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Iowa Board of Medicine Punts on Telemed Abortions

Today, the Iowa Board of Medicine met in Des Moines to, among other things, discuss the newest way to have an abortion – through the internet.

That’s right. Using a system similar to Skype, the woman seeking an abortion sits at a video-equipped computer in a clinic with a doctor performing an evaluation from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. After a review of the medical history and some questions, the doctor pushes a button on his computer that opens a drawer on her side with the drugs inside. You can see a video of how it works here.

Despite the fact that the board moved the public comment section up by an hour unannounced, the room was filled with concerned citizens and representatives from pro-life organizations who addressed the board members.  Americans United for Life made comments along with Iowa Right to Life, Silent No More Awareness, Operation Rescue, Iowans for L.I.F.E.,  and more.  AUL discussed both the medical and legal implications of allowing telemed abortions to continue in the state as is.

After the comment period, the board decided to punt discussion of the issue until at least next month without debate.

Tonight, there will be a town hall event co-sponsored by Iowa Right to Life and Iowans for L.I.F.E. at The Downtown Church, 323 East Locust Street, Des Moines at 5:30pm.  All are welcome to attend.  Speakers include:

  • Daniel McConchie, AUL’s Vice President of Government Affairs
  • Iowa Senator Dave Johnson
  • Brenna Findley, candidate for Attorney General of Iowa
  • Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life
  • Steven Brody of Dubuque County Right to Life
  • Megan Dewitte of Iowans for L.I.F.E.
  • Troy Newman and Cheryl Sullenger of Operation Rescue