State Board to Hear Views on Abortion Pill System

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Board of Medicine will hear public testimony on whether the state should bar the practice of distributing abortion-inducing pills via a video-conferencing system.

The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in Des Moines.

Activists are seeking to halt a long-distance video system used by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. It lets doctors deliver pills to patients in clinics around Iowa after a video consultation.

Opponents of the practice say it is dangerous because patients don't see a doctor in person and may not get follow-up care. But Planned Parenthood of the Heartland President Jill June says the system helps women in remote areas and that they have received no complaints.

The earliest the board could adopt new rules barring the practice would be Friday.

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