Rule to bar Iowa abortion pill system moves ahead
DES MOINES (AP) — A new Iowa rule ending the practice of distributing abortion-inducing pills via a conferencing system will move forward, a legislative committee decided Monday.
The Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule will now go into effect Nov. 6. The committee meeting was the last opportunity to stop the rule administratively. The issue is now up to the courts.
The system in question allows Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to offer the abortion-inducing pills at clinics in 15 remote locations where the organization doesn’t have doctors who can meet with patients in person. Instead, a doctor, typically based in Des Moines, meets with the women using an Internet video system before giving them the drugs, one dose to be taken at the office, the other at home.
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