Planned Parenthood Expands Remote Health Care

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By Larry Burkum

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says it is expanding telemedicine services in clinics around Iowa.

The women's health program says Thursday that three health centers allow patients to consult with health professionals via video conferencing for birth control consultations, birth control method changes and testing for sexual transmitted infections. By the end of the year, Planned Parenthood hopes to have telemedicine offerings at 15 clinics around the state.

Last month, the Iowa Board of Medicine voted to ban a telemedicine system used by Planned Parenthood in Iowa in which doctors distribute abortion-inducing pills remotely to patients in clinics across the state.

Board's Executive Director Mark Bowden declined to comment on the announcement, saying the board will have to review the information.

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