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Iowa Board Ends Abortion by Videoconferencing

September 3, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Doctors in Iowa can no longer use videoconferencing for distributing abortion-inducing pills.

The state's medical board voted by majority on Friday to end the system Planned Parenthood started in 2008.

The doctors, based in Des Moines, would meet with a patient through a web conference before she received the drugs. Planned Parenthood said the program benefits women in rural locations and that it's received no complaints from patients.

But board members say they had concerns about the process and the care women were receiving. They said the goal wasn't to restrict abortion access.

Board spokesman Tim Albrecht said in an emailed statement, "The board made this decision based on the standard of health care that women deserve."

Planned Parenthood said it's keepingĀ its options open.

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