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Republicans want vote on telemedicine abortion ban

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 17, 2014 at 12:17 pm •  Published: March 17, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republicans in the Iowa Senate want legislative leaders to revive a measure that would ban the remote distribution of abortion-inducing drugs.

The bill cleared the Republican-majority House, 55-42, but has been declared dead since the Democratic-controlled Senate didn't take action prior to last week's legislative deadline. In a news conference Monday, minority Republicans called on leaders in the Senate to bring the legislation to the floor for a vote.

"We believe, with the help of leadership from both parties, that we can bring this to the floor," said Sen. David Johnson, R-Ocheyedan.

The measure would prohibit the use of webcams or teleconferencing as a means of dispensing abortion pills to patients in remote locations. Instead, women seeking an abortion would have to be in the presence of a physician when receiving the drugs.

Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, said in a statement that such a measure would mean refusing health care to rural Iowans.

"I'm disappointed Iowa Republicans have launched a new front in the national so-called war on women by opposing affordable, safe access to health care for rural Iowans," he said.

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