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