Nurse Practitioner Gushes About How “Great” It Feels to Provide Telemedicine Abortions

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A nurse practitioner and midwife who recently started providing telemedicine abortions to women in three states was highlighted in Ms. Magazine earlier this month for her work, which she says “feels great.”

Robin Tucker has a practice in Bethesda, Virginia, where she caters to “all genders, all lifestyles, all types of bodies” to provide “reproductive and sexual health care” via telehealth, office visits, and house calls.

She enjoys the “balance” of being able to deliver babies at a nearby hospital while providing women with access to the abortion pill through her practice, although most of her abortion work consists of mailing the pill to women she might consult with over the phone — or might not.

She has a sliding scale fee of up to $150 for medication abortions and has been serving an average of 95 to 100 patients a month. Tucker explains how appealing the ease of access is for abortion-seeking women who are mostly concerned with how quickly they can abort.

“I’m getting a lot of patients from Maryland and Virginia, people in rural areas who would have had to take time off work to go to a clinic in person,” she explained.

“They come through virtually and schedule an appointment, a phone consult, or just the forms. Many are lower income and need assistance. A lot of them are in Southwestern Virginia, Southern Virginia. I get a lot of people in the military and public service occupations—really, it’s everyone, but this allows me to meet people where they really are if they have limited resources.”

She boasted how easy she makes it for abortion-seeking women to obtain the pills, which suppress progesterone production and effectively starve the conceived child to death.

“I’ve had people say, this seems too good to be true, this just seems so easy, there has to be a catch. I just try and make it easy. I’m trying to remove barriers,” she explained.

Tucker provides abortions that are, in some cases, just a click away.

“Most of them say, thank you for making this so easy to deal with. … I clicked on the button, I made an appointment, I got the forms. Everything was just super easy.”

While she is often able to do same-day consults for even easier access, but if patients have questions after-hours, she needs to use an answering service because she’s just a “one-person shop” for medicated abortions.

As for follow-ups, while she recommends them, most patients don’t schedule them and she seems to largely hear little from how many women are doing after taking the drug to end their pregnancies.

“Most of them are saying that it went great. I’ve had one person who said she went to the hospital, but she was okay,” she explained.

“I had another person get very anxious and change her mind in the middle of the abortion. An anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center prescribed her progesterone to reverse the abortion,” she continued. There are indeed many pro-life centers and organizations that offer help to women who have changed their minds halfway through taking the abortion pill protocol, as it can in some cases be reversed.

“She contacted me afterward because she took the medication they gave her, and she ultimately had heavy bleeding and ended up in the ER for monitoring,” she explained, not mentioning whether or not the woman’s baby was saved.

Late last year, the Biden administration Food and Drug Administration opted to permanently allow mifepristone to be administered via telemedicine.

H/T LifeSite

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