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Iowa Board of Medicine to Write Rules Limiting Dangerous Webcam Abortions
Is a "web-cam abortion" - where an abortionist safely ensconced behind a desk at a big city clinic simply clicks a computer mouse to remotely unlock a drawer with a dose of dangerous abortifacient pills for a woman he's never personally examined at a location maybe hundreds of miles away - a legitimate application of what has come to be called telemedicine?
It's a question a medical board in Iowa is going to be examining over the next several months. The outcome may have an impact not only on the women and unborn children of Iowa, but also across America.
A prod to the Iowa Board of Medicine to consider the question was a petition from 20,000 Iowans which raised serious questions about the safety of this way of administering chemical abortions. As we will see below the Board of Medicine has responded.
The "birth" of the web-cam abortion came in July of 2008, when Planned Parenthood's behemoth Midwestern affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPH) began offering them at 16 of their smaller clinics scattered around Iowa. Women go to their local Planned Parenthood clinic, talk with a counselor, have some blood work, an ultrasound, maybe an exam by a "trained staffer," and if allowed to proceed, teleconference with an abortionist back in Des Moines, where PPH is headquartered.
If he is satisfied after a brief consultation, the abortionist remotely releases the abortion pills to the woman. She takes the first pill-mifepristone (RU-486)-there. She takes misoprostol, a prostaglandin, home to initiate powerful contractions to expel the tiny corpse. She is given the number of a 24 hour hotline to call if she has problems.
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