In an effort to address the shortage of doctors available to provide abortion services in Iowa, a program to dispense abortion-inducing medication remotely via video conference called telemedicine, has been developed. Abortion opponents want it stopped.
Read more at the Des Moines RegisterAbortion foes pleaded with the Iowa Board of Medicine on Friday to immediately halt Planned Parenthood's use of telemedicine to dispense abortion pills to women in rural communities, but the board said it needs more time to study the issue.
The first-in-the-nation system allows a Planned Parenthood physician in Des Moines to visit with each patient by video conference, then press a computer button to open a drawer in front of the patient, who could be at a clinic many miles from the doctor. The patient reaches into the drawer and withdraws the pills, taking the first dose as the doctor watches.