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IA Regulators Withhold Report on Abortion Pill Delivery System
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa regulators have declined to give Planned Parenthood of the Heartland a report that discusses the group's use of a video-conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills.
The Iowa Board of Medicine declined to release the 2010 report by a board investigator that was used in 2011 to determine the safety of the video system. Planned Parenthood requested a copy of the report last week.
The board's executive director, Mark Bowden, told The Des Moines Register that such investigative reports are confidential under state law.
The board voted Friday to end use of the rare system, which allows doctors to use a video-conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills to patients at Iowa clinics in remote areas. Opponents say it's unsafe, but Planned Parenthood supporters say the argument is political.
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