By Tom Quiner

Iowa Board of Medicine considers telemed abortions

I just got back from the Iowa Board of Medicine who heard various speakers express their concern about telemedicine abortions.

If the Board decides that telemed abortions are unsafe, they could halt this practice in its tracks before it spreads nationwide through other Planned Parenthood clinics.

One speaker, Charles Burke, produced 1960 pages of data detailing the health risks of the abortion pill (RU-486) used in telemed abortions. He mentioned 19 deaths and 17 life-threatening situations caused by the abortion pill. He related additional health traumas caused by the abortion pill.

Tre Critelli, a Des Moines trial lawyer, described the telemed abortion issue as one that is complex and politically-charged. For example, who does the patient sue when something goes wrong? The doctor who wasn’t even there? He suggested the Board “punt” on the issue and leave it up to the state legislature to decide. He said we should put a stop to this procedure for the sake of patients and doctors.

Tre Critelli, attorney, addresses the Iowa Board of Medicine

Other leaders from the pro life community spoke, including Steven Tasz, Maggie Dewitte, and Jenifer Bowen. I was impressed with the logic and intellectual acuity of each of these speakers. They presented compelling arguments against the practice of telemed abortions, including:

• The procedure is risky, a doctor should be present when something goes wrong.

• It is probably illegal, since Iowa law says a doctor needs to be present.

• Telemed medicine is a legitimate idea in many situations as long as it supports human dignity. Telemed abortion clearly doesn’t.

• Abortion is under-regulated, especially in Iowa. An abortion clinic in Louisiana was recently closed for failure to provide adequate pre-abortion examinations to their patients. Pre-abortion exams are critical to reduce health risks to women. Does Iowa want to lower the bar with this procedure that doesn’t even have a doctor onsite?

The solution is to simply enforce laws already on the books that require a doctor to be physically present. That raises the question: why are we having this discussion on telemed abortions? Is Planned Parenthood that influential with the Attorney General?

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  1. maxine bechtel on October 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    We all know the liberal Democrats’ position on this issue, (including the Des Moines Register’s). The Register’s Sept. 5 editorial, praised Planned Parenthood’s latest innovation. Obviously, the Register recognizes that Planned Parenthood is skirting our law that the dangerous RU486 abortion pill is to be personally administered by a physician, and NOT via an electronic image, BUT the Register’s editorial admonishes our lawmakers to change the law by saying,“… Planned Parenthood has used telemedicine as it was intended: to expand access to legal health services in rural Iowa. The challenge of that approach should prompt state leaders to update laws and policies – to give Iowans increased access to health care, including abortion, through the use of technology.”

    QUESTION: Why are the powers-that-be looking the other way and giving PP a pass in this issue, allowing them to sidestep the law while touting their practices as “healthcare”?? Is it because of PP’s heavy supporter of so many of them?

    The Democrat Pro-“choice” stranglehold in Iowa and in WA have forced taxpayer-funded abortion on us while Planned Parenthood lines its already bulging pockets with OUR money! But more tragic than that, they are cavalierly murdering hundreds and thousands more members of our future generation!

    The VERY BEST solution to preventing unwanted pregnancies is simple! It works flawlessly every time it’s tried! It’s called ABSTINENCE!
    It is so hypocritical to sing the “Woman’s right to choose” when the little “women” and “men” in the womb have NO “choice” whatsoever!

  2. Rhonda Phillips on October 22, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    The answer to your last question, Tom, is probably. After all, Tom Miller superseded his authority by instructing all the county recorders to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples or lose their jobs! So, as far as the law goes Miller and his ilk, including activist judges assume the law is only what they say it is. Hopefully, the chickens will come home to roost November 2nd!

    I, too, was at the board meeting. As a post abortive woman stood and gave her tearful testimony I sat in amazement as I observed all the board members sans one appeared unaffected.

    Everyone who spoke gave clear and convincing evidence that abortion itself but in particular, abortion via webcam was a revolting assault on woman and unborn children.

    Only God knows the hearts of the Iowa Board. We must continue to pray that He opens their eyes, minds and hearts. We must also continue to pray for those who acquiesce to murdering the unborn.

  3. Robert Dopf on October 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Don’t let your opponent define the issues.
    PP wants to call this “Telemed” procedures.

    We need to label them for what they are:

    “Remote control abortions” or
    “Push button abortions”


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