The Iowa Supreme Court is currently deciding whether to uphold a ban on Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s (PPH) “webcam abortions” in which off-site physicians remotely dispense two abortion-inducing drugs to patients they have not examined.
“This is a national test case,” said Matthew Heffron, an attorney for the Thomas More Society, after the high court heard oral arguments in the case on March 11.
PPH “is trying the procedure here. If they’re successful, they will probably attempt to spread the practice to other states,” Heffron predicted.
During oral arguments, Iowa Solicitor General Jeffrey Thompson told the state justices that the Board of Medicine made the right decision. The RU-486 protocol used in webcam abortions “is not a typical prescription pharmaceutical,” he pointed out. “The FDA, in approving the drug, specifically provided a protocol for what they were saying was safe and effective use of the drug.”