A plan to begin aborting babies in Dubuque is in the works by Planned Parenthood, according to recent news reports. Articles in the New York Times and Des Moines Register, published on June 8th, 2010, and May 16th 2010, reveal that this new type of abortion procedure – called “telemedicine” abortion, or “telemed” abortion – is being tested in Iowa, while the rest of the nation watches. Since beginning this procedure in June 2008, telemed abortions are already occurring in 16 Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa, many in communities much smaller than Dubuque. More than 3,000 Iowa babies already have been aborted with these “telemed” drugs.
That telemed abortions will be offered in Dubuque in the near future was confirmed by Planned Parenthood officials in interviews with Iowa Public Radio, airing on June 3 and 4, 2010.
"Abortions Drugs Given in Iowa via
Video Link", The New York Times (June 8, 2010)
Telemed Abortions, Iowa Public Radio (June 3 and 4, 2010) (PDF)
“Planned Parenthoods committing web-cam abortions”, www.jillstanek.com (May 19, 2010)
As the Register and Times news reports make clear, telemed abortions do not involve direct physician contact or care, as required by Iowa law. Rather, a Planned Parenthood doctor in Des Moines – available only by videoconference – permits the dispensing of the abortion drugs, including RU-486, to a pregnant girl – even a minor or teenager still living at home with parents. The physician, however, provides no ongoing care or supervision whatsoever. After ingesting the first of two abortion drugs, the pregnant girl leaves Planned Parenthood, only to experience the induced abortion later on at home and, quite likely, alone. As the aborted baby is expelled, parents may have no idea why their daughter is cramping and bleeding. Complications, at a minimum, may require emergency room treatment.
Telemed abortions are already occurring in 16 communities in Iowa, including in Planned Parenthood facilities in several communities much smaller than Dubuque. These telemed abortion sites include: Ames, Des Moines, Red Oak, Bettendorf, Iowa City, Spencer, Cedar Falls, Knoxville, Sioux City, Council Bluffs, Newton, Storm Lake, and Creston
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.