The Federal Public Defender’s Office (DPU) sent the Minister of Health, Marcelo Queiroga, and the President of the Federal Council of Medicine (CFM), Mauro Luiz de Britto Ribeiro, a recommendation in defense of the legality of the procedure of legal abortion through telemedicine .
The document is endorsed by 41 signatories, including federal and regional public defenders and holders of specialized state nuclei.
The initiative seeks to protect the Center for Comprehensive Care for Victims of Sexual Assault, linked to the Hospital de Clínicas of the Federal University of Uberlândia, which last year implemented a protocol to carry out, at a distance, interruptions provided for by law. The measure was designed to circumvent the lack of beds due to the epidemic of the new coronavirus.
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The protocol has a first face-to-face and interdisciplinary service. If the patient opts for interruption, she receives three doses of an abortion-inducing drug to use at home, as well as guidance on its use. The entire remote process is monitored by a medical team.
In May, the national human rights defender, André Ribeiro Porciúncula, and the federal prosecutor Fernando de Almeida Martins recommended the CFM, the Ministry of Health and Anvisa to stop the service and investigate the professionals involved. The protocol, according to them, “exposes the life, health and safety of women at risk”.
The DPU, however, endorses the safety of the procedure and recommends that the ministry and CFM ensure that professionals are not constrained. “Abortion is not a procedure that can wait or be scheduled for a future period,” advocates say.
with BRUNO B. SORAGGI, BIANKA VIEIRA e VICTORIA AZEVEDO
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