Panel OKs ban on remote abortion pill distribution

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A legislative panel approved a measure that would ban the remote distribution of abortion pills to pregnant women in Iowa.

A subcommittee voted two-to-one Wednesday to prohibit the use of webcams or teleconferencing as a means of dispensing abortion-inducing drugs to patients in remote locations. The two Republicans vote in favor and the one Democrat was opposed. The bill moves to the House Human Resources Committee.

The bill would require that women seeking an abortion must be in the presence of a physician when receiving the pills.

Democratic Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschall, of Ames, says such legislation would create a challenge for rural Iowans with limited access to physicians.

Republican Rep. Matt Windschitl, who sponsors the bill, says more women might consider carrying out a pregnancy without immediate access.

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