Group asks judge to block abortion pill system ban

A lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked a judge to temporarily stop a state ban on the organization's use of a video conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills in rural areas.

The Des Moines Register reports lawyer Sharon Malheiro told Judge Karen Romano on Wednesday the sole purpose of the rule taking effect November 6th was to prevent women in rural areas from receiving access to a medical procedure that was safe and similar to other telemedicine procedures.

The Iowa Board of Medicine approved the ban in August.

Planned Parenthood seeks a temporary stay on the ruling, followed by a decision to permanently overturn the board's action.

Assistant Attorney General Julie Bussanmas says anti-abortion views didn't motivate the board and the judge should deny Planned Parenthood's request.

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