Use of Telemedicine for Medication Abortions
May Not Be Banned, Iowa High Court Decides

June 25, 2015, 4:00 AM

An Iowa medical board rule requiring that a physician be physically present when prescribing abortion-inducing medications violates the Iowa Constitution, the state supreme court ruled June 19 (Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. v. Iowa Bd. of Med., 2015 BL 196838, Iowa, 14-1415, 6/19/15).

The Iowa Supreme Court found the rule violates the constitutional rights of women seeking abortion services because it puts an undue, unnecessary burden on women who want to terminate a pregnancy. The court rejected the board’s justification for the burden, finding the requirement that a physician do a physical examination in person before...

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