Iowa board holds onto abortion pill system report

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators have declined to give Planned Parenthood of the Heartland a report that discusses the group’s use of a video-conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills.

The Iowa Board of Medicine declined to release the 2010 report by a board investigator that was used in 2011 to determine the safety of the video system. Planned Parenthood requested a copy of the report last week.

The board’s executive director, Mark Bowden, told The Des Moines Register ( ) that such investigative reports are confidential under state law.

The board voted Friday to end use of the rare system, which allows doctors to use a video-conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills to patients at Iowa clinics in remote areas. Opponents say it’s unsafe, but Planned Parenthood supporters say the argument is political.


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