Iowa board hears views on abortion pill system

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Medical professionals and advocates have lined up to testify on whether Iowa should bar the practice of distributing abortion-inducing pills via a video-conferencing system.

The Iowa Board of Medicine is holding the public hearing 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.

Dr. Thomas Ross, who works for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, says patients get the same level of care as those he sees in person. But West Des Moines Dr. Gregory McKernan, who opposes abortion, says he thinks the doctor should have to be present.

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