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