For Immediate Release Contact: Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director 515.244.1012 or iowa@iowaRTL.org

Des Moines, Iowa-August 19,2014-Iowa Right to Life first sounded the alarm on webcam abortion in 2008. Over the last six years, we have worked tirelessly to educate Iowans about this dangerous practice that risks the health of women all over Iowa.  We welcome today’s ruling by Judge Farrell in which he rules in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine’s decision to ban the dangerous practice of webcam abortion in the State of Iowa,” stated Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director of Iowa Right to Life. “While the plaintiffs have vowed to appeal this common-sense decision, we know having reviewed the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rationale behind the rule at question in the case and after hearing from women who have suffered complications and negative effects of the procedure, a ban on the practice was the only logical outcome in this case.” “A special thank you to the Iowa Board of Medicine who voted a year ago to end this practice and to each of the 30,0000+ Iowans that signed our petition to END webcam abortions in Iowa,” concluded Bowen.

From the Des Moines Register this morning:  “Judge rules against telemed abortion system”

The Iowa Board of Medicine’s press statement on why they voted to “establish standards of practice for physicians who prescribe or administer abortion-inducing drugs to terminate a pregnancy – medical abortion,” is a must-read.  Their release refutes all of the myths about the safety of webcam abortions. Some have tried to make this about politics, but the Iowa Board of Medicine made it about the health and safety of women, regardless of where they live.  You can read their powerful statement here.