Tuesday, August 17, 2010

'Telemed' investigation moving slowly

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 8/16/2010 4:00:00 AM

telemed tele medicineThe Iowa Board of Medicine will meet August 20 to discuss the controversial abortion method known as "telemed" abortions. (See earlier article)

The telemed approach involves an abortion patient who sits in front of a computer and takes part in an audio-video link with a doctor, who only views a sonogram of the woman's baby. The patient does not see the sonogram. If the doctor gives the go-ahead for an abortion, he or she pushes a button and a drawer containing the RU-486 pills opens for the patient. But since the doctor does not actually perform the abortion, as Iowa law requires, pro-life groups contend this method is illegal.

"Iowa law right now requires that a doctor must be present to perform an abortion," explains Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life.

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