Higgins discusses COVID-related barriers to abortion on WUWM

Tags: Jenny Higgins, Collaborative for Reproductive Equity, reproductive and population health

In an interview with WUWM-Milwaukee Public Media, UW Ob-Gyn associate professor Jenny Higgins, PhD discussed restrictions to abortion care in Wisconsin that may be exacerbated by COVID-19. Higgins is the director of the UW-Madison Collaborative for Reproductive Equity and faculty in the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive and Population Health.

In the interview, Higgins discussed Wisconsin laws passed in the last 10 years that ban telemedicine for use in abortion-related care, and the difficulties a telemedicine ban pose during a time when in-person visits were limited:

While the Department of Health Services pushed for the use of telemedicine to reduce the number of people leaving their home during the coronavirus pandemic, that did not extend to telemedicine services for patients seeking abortions….

[UW-Madison PhD student Barbara] Alvarez and Higgins say that telemedicine abortion services, including medication abortion, need to be available for those in Wisconsin but will only become available once legislators in Wisconsin allow it.”

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