Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Yesterday, Mar. 9, 2021, on Tall Tales with Bob Klitzkie, there was a question about why two doctors from Hawaii - with the backing of the ACLU - are suing the Government of Guam (Leevin Camacho, et al) over two provisions in Guam law which the doctors say are prohibiting them from performing medication abortions via telemedicine, i.e. prescribing abortion pills over the internet.

While there is speculation about a profit motive, the facts don't bear that out. In the the Guam Attorney General's Opposition, Deputy Attorney General, James Canto, notes that between 2012 and 2016, medication abortions accounted for less than 1% to 3% of the abortions, which averaged about 250 per year, or 2 to 7 abortions per year. 

According to Planned Parenthood, a medication abortion can cost up to $1000. However, that figure most likely includes doctor visits both before and after the medication abortion which is usually the ingestion of two pills self-administered by a woman at home. 

And because the two Hawaii doctors cannot perform the pre and post examinations over the internet, they would have to partner with local doctors to perform those functions and thus share the profits.

But even if the Hawaii doctors did cash in on the full $1000, $2000 to $7000 per year is hardly motivation for any doctor to file a 150-plus page lawsuit. Attorney and court costs would must likely eat up at least a couple years profits before this could even get off the ground, even if their suit could prevail.

So what's really going on here? 

Esperansa Project co-founder, Tim Rohr, called into Tall Tales and explained:

The documents procured by the Vigilance Committee demonstrating the connection between Governor Lou Leon Guerrero (in the person of Jayne Flores), which are referred to in the above clip, can be found here.

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