Abortion opponents alerted Branstad’s attorney

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa abortion opponents alerted Gov. Terry Branstad’s attorney before asking a state licensing board to stop a statewide abortion pill dispensing system.

The Des Moines Register reports (http://dmreg.co/12JpX6c ) Tuesday that the lawyer then attended the board’s meeting and told members how they could quickly consider banning the system.

Activists want to halt a long-distance video system used by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. It lets a doctor in Des Moines deliver pills to patients in clinics around Iowa.

The Register obtained an email showing anti-abortion activist Jenny Condon contacted Branstad counsel Brenna Findley in June before the group delivered a petition to the Board of Medicine.

Findley later attended a board meeting and gave advice differing from the board’s attorney, who urged caution.

A public hearing is set for August.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com

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