Iowa board votes to bar abortion pill system

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Board of Medicine has voted to ban a first-of-its-kind system in which doctors distribute abortion-inducing pills remotely to patients in clinics across the state.

The board voted 8-2 during a meeting Friday. The earliest the rules could go into effect would be Nov. 6.

Activists opposed to abortion rights sought 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.

Board members who voted for the rule said they were concerned because patients don’t see a doctor in person and may not get follow-up care. But Planned Parenthood of the Heartland officials say the system helps women in remote areas and that they have received no complaints.

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