Stay granted on abortion telemedicine ban
Tuesday, November 05, 2013 3:12 PM
A judge ruled this morning that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland may continue using its telemedicine system for dispensing abortion pills while the matter is contested in court, The Des Moines Register reported. Polk County District Judge Karen Romano ordered a temporary stay on a decision by the Iowa Board of Medicine, which effectively would have banned use of the first-in-the-nation system. The medical board's decision, which was scheduled to take effect Wednesday, would require doctors to be present to provide a physical exam before dispensing pills that cause early-term abortions.