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Court Allows Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Service To Continue During Appeals Case

Court Allows Iowa Telemedicine Abortion Service To Continue During Appeals Case

September 17, 2014 — The Iowa Supreme Court on Tuesday issued a stay that allows Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to continue administering medication abortion via a telemedicine system while a court case over the service proceeds, the Des Moines Register reports.

In the underlying case, PPH is challenging an Iowa Board of Medicine rule that would ban the use of telemedicine for abortion services.

PPH would have been forced to stop use of its telemedicine system this week if the stay had not been granted.

Reaction to Stay

PPH President Suzanna de Baca said, "A woman has a constitutional right to access to a safe, trusted abortion provider, no matter what ZIP code she lives in." She added, "As our fight for Iowa women continues, we're pleased that the court has upheld this right and we're proud to continue to provide the same exceptional care that we always have, no matter what."

Meanwhile, Iowa Board of Medicine Executive Director Mark Bowden said, "The extension of the stay perpetuates what the board believes is inadequate health care and treatment for Iowans who seek medical abortions" (Leys, Des Moines Register, 9/16).