Abortion Pills Distribution System Being Challenged
The Iowa Board of Medicine will hear public testimony on whether the state should bar the practice of distributing abortion-inducing pills via a video-conferencing system. The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Des Moines. Activists are seeking to halt a long-distance video system used by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. It lets doctors deliver pills to patients in clinics around Iowa after a video consultation. Opponents of the practice say it is dangerous because patients don't see a doctor in person and may not get follow-up care. But Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President Jill June says the system helps women in remote areas and that they have received no complaints.