[Comment: Your help can make a tremendous difference in the health of women in your state.
AAPLOG is working in partnership with several legal organizations to present the facts about the effect of abortion on women. And these facts are compelling. ADF and AAPLOG submitted a key letter to the Iowa Board of Medicine. See the ADF release and AP article below. Let’s celebrate this victory for women’s safety and health.
Donna Harrison, MD, Exec Dir AAPLOG]
Yesterday [30 Aug 13], the Iowa Board of Medicine voted to ban telemed abortions on behalf of the safety of women.
Press Release from ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM COMMENT, August 30, 2013
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton regarding the Iowa Board of Medicine’s decision Friday to prohibit “webcam” abortions:
“Planned Parenthood and other abortionists should be accountable to basic health and medical standards.
“That at least includes a licensed professional personally meeting with women who are considering such a serious and potentially life-altering act. That’s why we commend the Iowa Board of Medicine for caring more about the health and safety of mothers than about the profits Planned Parenthood obtains through ‘webcam’ abortions.
“Chemical abortions pose serious health risks to women, so their care should not be taken lightly. No matter where people stand on abortion, all should be able to agree on that.”
IOWA BOARD VOTES TO BAR ABORTION PILL SYSTEM
The Iowa Board of Medicine has voted to ban a first-of-its-kind system in which doctors distribute abortion-inducing pills remotely to patients in abortion businesses across the state.
The board voted 8-2 during a meeting Friday. The earliest the rules could go into effect would be Nov. 6.
Activists opposed to abortion rights sought to halt a long-distance video system used by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. It lets doctors deliver pills to patients in sites around Iowa after a video consultation.
Board members who voted for the rule said they were concerned because patients don’t see a doctor in person and may not get follow-up care.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland officials say the system helps women in remote areas and that they have received no complaints.
[Ed. Of course, PP wants the mega-money; they don’t bother listening to complaints…]
[30 Aug 13, ADF, http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_ABORTION_PILL_DISPUTE?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-08-30-15-05-00 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) ; 31 August 13, AAPLOG]
Iowa Board Of Medicine Votes To End Webcam Abortions
Today the Iowa Board of Medicine voted 8-2 to to establish a standard of medical care which would prohibit webcam abortion in the State of Iowa.
Iowa Right to Life supports this rule and is pleased the Board acted on the request submitted by a number of medical professionals earlier this year to adopt this rule. This new rule is effective 35 days after its publication on October 2.
Iowa Right to Life first sounded the alarm about this method of abortion in 2008.
Since 2010, over 27,300 Iowans have signed our petitions requesting the State end the practice of webcam abortion. It is abundantly clear Iowans stand behind the physicians requesting this rule and the Board of Medicine’s decision to adopt it.
We commend them for acting today to raise the standard of care and protect countless women from this method of abortion.
[Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life, Aug 30, 2013, iowartl.org]