On Friday, the Iowa Board of Medicine voted 8 to 2 to adopt a rule that is likely to end the state’s telemedicine abortion program.
Without the governor’s veto a bill to restrict access to medication abortion will go into effect.
One state is trying to curb safe abortion access, while the other seeks to expand it.
An amended bill has clarified that women seeking medication abortions would only need to make three trips to a clinic, not the potential four trips bill opponents feared.
Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.
Since lawmakers were unable to pass abortion restrictions one by one, they’ve decided to roll them all together and resubmit.
Governor Mark Dayton vetoes another piece of anti-choice legislation, while the sponsor of a bill to ban RU-486 calls Viagra a “drug for life.”
The Republican controlled legislature wants to make it a felony if a doctor is not in the room when RU-486 is dispensed, and create new licensing requirements for clinics that provide abortions.