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.
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.
On this 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we honor and celebrate US women’s legal right to abortion, and we reaffirm our commitment to ensuring that abortion is accessible to women everywhere, and that the promise of the decision is a reality for all of us.
Telemedicine administration of medical abortion is a relatively new practice in the United States with great potential to reach underserved women with abortion care.
The bill, which didn’t pass in 2011, is being brought back to the floor so it can not become law again this year.
The Republican dominated House and Senate appear likely to vote through new abortion restrictions.
The new regulations on medication abortion are definitely bad law and bad medicine. But on a cultural level, how much of a woman’s decision re: whether or not to get an abortion — medication or otherwise — is influenced by societal shame and stigma surrounding the procedure?
One law will make it harder for minors to access abortions. Another will do absolutely nothing.
New research indicates that telemedicine abortion is safe, effective, and expands access to women in rural areas without an abortion provider. But laws based on ideology are increasingly limiting this promising new use of communications technology.
The North Dakota ban on telemed abortions receives a temporary restraining order.