Iowa Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Telemedicine Abortions

- DES MOINES, IA (ABC9 NEWS)- The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that the Iowa Board of Medicine's ban on telemedicine abortions violates the state constitution. In a unanimous decision filed on Friday, the court ruled that the Board's decision to require a doctor to be present during medication abortions caused undue burden to Iowa women seeking abortions. 

Prior to the Iowa Board of Medicine's rule change in 2013, a doctor was allowed to meet with a patient using a webcam to prescribe abortion inducing drugs to women that live in rural areas with no access to abortion services. 

In the court's 31 page ruling, they found that the Iowa Board of Medicine's rule limited rural Iowa women's access to medical abortions, and was a rule that had the intention of banning a legal medical procedure. The court also found that the rule was politically motivated and that the board had previously studied the issue in 2010 and concluded that the procedures were safe. 

You can find a copy of the court's full ruling here.

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