Planned Parenthood took a big hit on Tuesday after the District Court for Polk County, Iowa upheld a ban on “webcam” abortions. Judge Jeffrey Farrell’s ruling concluded that abortions – if done at all – really should be done after a complete medical exam. Better yet, Judge Ferrell ruled that the medical exam should actually be done by a physician – in person – and not via video feed. Well slap my head, imagine that.
In an effort to increase profit margins, Planned Parenthood’s management decided that their rural clinics could save money if they did abortions without having a physician present. To get around that ‘minor’ hurdle they shortcut the system and bypassed the requisite exam, altogether. Then they hired abortion doctors in neighboring cities to ‘consult’ with patients via webcam.
But the Iowa Board of Medicine didn’t take too kindly to killing babies without so much as a brief handshaking. So in August 2013, the Board ruled 8-2 that a physician had to be present when abortion drugs are administered.
As expected, Planned Parenthood challenged the Medical Board’s ruling because apparently it just cost too much to hire physicians to trek an hour out to the rural clinics to kill babies.
Before the Board’s ban, when a woman presented herself to an abortion clinic, she was given forms to fill out and queried about her pregnancy. Assuming the information the mother provided fit the gestational age requirement (and we all know how honest/accurate a teenage girl can be when she’s desperate), she was taken into an exam room where she was connected to an abortion doctor via webcam. The physician supposedly ‘consulted’ with her and then made the decision to dispense the abortion inducing drugs.
The doc pushed a button at his end and a little drawer containing two pills opened at the mother’s end. The mother took one pill at the clinic and then went home. A few days later she took the second pill and – voila – the baby died and was expelled.
Except there have been a few problems with abortifacient drugs, like deaths, strokes and sepsis caused by a total lack of concern, care and/or supervision on the part of abortion providers.
Joanne Moudy is the author of “The Tenth,” a paranormal thriller exploring the very real trauma of abortion in a fictional realm. She proudly served as an officer in the military for nine years, before specializing in emergency nursing until retirement. She speaks regularly on the subjects of religious freedom, traditional marriage, and pro-life, and the impact of liberalism and secularism on all of humanity. You can follow her on Twitter @composedof1.