TELEMED ABORTION: Judge Halts Rule Change

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A Polk County judge has blocked the start of new rules regarding telemedicine abortions in Iowa.

Tuesday, the judge blocked implementation of a decision by the Iowa Board of Medicine. The board voted in August to ban the use of video conferencing by doctors who then remotely dispensed drugs to patients to end a pregnancy. The rules would have forced a doctor to be physically present before dispensing the drug.

Planned Parenthood objected to the board’s decision and filed a motion for a stay on the rules, which were to be implemented November 6th. The judge agreed to the stay. It will be in effect until the matter can be settled in court.