Monday, June 22, 2015

The Iowa tele-med abortion case: Next FOT

Last week the Iowa Supreme Court handed down its opinion on the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule on the practice of tele-med abortion. The board had passed a rule that before a woman could be given abortion pills she had to be personally examined by a physician.
Matthew Heffron
Planned Parenthood, who had been providing the abortion pills after a video conference between the woman and a physician, challenged the board’s rule. The district court held that the rule was legal.  But last week the Supreme Court reversed the lower court and held the rule an unconstitutional burden on a woman’s right to an abortion, but stopped short of ruling that the right to an abortion is found in the Iowa Constitution.
Governor O'Malley
This week, Matthew Heffron from the Thomas More Society, who was on an amicus brief supporting the board, will give us his analysis of the case.
In addition, Gina Noll’s series on the religious liberty positions of the presidential candidates will take a look at former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (D).
So join Gina and Deacon Mike Manno for a lively discussion of these and other items of interest at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Iowa Catholic Radio 1150 AM; 88.5 & 94.5 FM and streaming on  The program will re-air at 9 p.m.

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