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September 19, 2014


"Iowa's Telemedicine Abortions Can Continue -- for Now," Jessica Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check: "Telemedicine abortions can continue in Iowa for now, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, blocking a rule by the Iowa Board of Medicine that threatened to shut down the use of video-conferencing technology to help rural Iowans access abortion care," Mason Pieklo writes. According to Mason Pieklo, abortion-rights supporters have said the rule, if permitted to take effect, would mean that abortion access in the state would be limited "to Des Moines and Iowa City, with some patients in rural and medically under-served areas forced to travel more than 500 miles round-trip, multiple times, to access care." She writes that while opponents of the rule consider the decision a victory for women in the state, the decision only blocks the requirements while an appeal of a lower court's ruling -- which "would have allowed the rule to take effect" -- is reviewed (Mason Pieklo, RH Reality Check, 9/17).

What others are saying about abortion access:

~ "'I Feel Like I Was Tricked': New Documentary Uncovers How Crisis Pregnancy Centers Lie to Women," Jenny Kutner, Salon.

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