The women received ultrasound at the clinic to determine the gestational age of the fetus before speaking with a physician either in person or virtually. Medical termination was successful in 99 percent of the telemedicine patients as compared to 97 percent of those who had face-to-face counseling. There was no significant difference when it came to complications between the two groups of women.Notably, follow-up data was obtained from only 449 of the original 578 patients. Who knows how many of the missing 129 patients (more than 1/5 of the original patients) had complications or were unsatisfied with their experience.
Telemedicine patients were more likely to report satisfaction with their care than those receiving face-to-face counseling
The MSNBC article also identifies Ibis, the pro-choice organization the study's lead author works for, as "non-profit research organization."