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Planned Parenthood v. Iowa Board of Medicine

Planned Parenthood v. Iowa Board of Medicine

State court challenge to a rule prohibiting the use of telemedicine to provide medication abortion to patients. The rule requires a physician to have an in-person exam with the patient and to be present when the medication abortion is dispensed. The Polk County District Court issued a temporary stay of the rule, allowing providers to continue to use telemedicine to administer medication abortion until a court ruling on the merits of the case. Current Status: In August 2014, the Polk County District Court upheld the rule, allowing it to take effect 30 days after the court issued its decision. Planned Parenthood immediately announced plans to appeal the ruling. (Read more about the case here.)