This is a new type of abortion procedure – called “telemedicine” abortion, or “telemed” abortion and it is being tested in Iowa, while the rest of the nation watches. Since beginning this procedure since June 2008, telemed abortions are already occurring in 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa. These include: Ames, Des Moines, Red Oak, Bettendorf, Iowa City, Spencer, Cedar Falls, Knoxville, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Newton, Storm Lake, and Creston. More than 1,500 Iowa babies already have been aborted with these “telemed” drugs. Telemed abortions are used to abort babies up to 9 weeks old (63 days). There are no limitations on the age of the pregnant girl, nor any requirements that if the pregnant girl is a teenager or minor living at home, that parents must be notified.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is already the subject of a criminal complaint pro-life group Operation Rescue made with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and pro-life advocates say it should be subject to a state audit. "Planned Parenthood is denying them an in-person doctor visit before getting the drug that has killed at least 13 women -- and perhaps as many as 40 -- and injured at least 1,100 more according to 2006 FDA figures. Abortion rates nationally have dropped, as have the number of surgical abortion clinics. However, in Iowa, abortion rates have remained steady as telemed abortions have offset the decrease in the number of surgical abortions", Troy Newman President of Operation Rescue explained. The pro-life group also discovered that Planned Parenthood charges insurance companies $1,000 for the abortion drug procedure -- twice the cost of the abortion and something Newman says will drive up insurance prices for all consumers.
Currently the issue is in the hands of the Iowa Board of Medicine. Iowa Board of Medicine has received a complaint to investigate the practices of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, specifically the use of telemedicine to dispense RU-486, resulting in a medical abortion. Their next board meeting is in October. We have an online petition up and running for people to sign onto opposing telemed abortions. Please go to either the main website of www.dcrtl.org, or the other website www.protestplannedparenthood.org. Both sites will enable you to link to the petition and sign it. Anyone can sign up for it!