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Rule to Bar Iowa Abortion Pill System Moves Ahead

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A committee that provides legislative oversight on state agency rule making has allowed a new rule to move forward that will end the use of a video-conferencing system used by Planned Parenthood to distribute abortion-inducing pills.

Democrats on the Administrative Rules Review Committee proposed delaying the rule but Republicans on Monday had enough votes to defeat the motion. That allows the Iowa Board of Medicine rule approved last month to go into effect Nov. 6.

The rule ends the use of a rare telemedicine system, which allows doctors to distribute abortion-inducing pills to patients remotely. Opponents say it's unsafe, but supporters say the argument is political.

The rules committee meeting was the last opportunity to stop the rule administratively.

Planned Parenthood is suing to stop the rule in court.

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