- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A medical board says it will not appeal an Iowa Supreme Court’s decision that allows doctors to dispense abortion-inducing pills remotely via a teleconferencing system.

Iowa Board of Medicine Chairman Hamed Tewfik tells The Des Moines Register (https://dmreg.co/1NMzCmF ) that the group will not appeal the June 19 decision to the U.S. Supreme Court. The board had 90 days to consider the option.

Tewfik tells the newspaper that board members consulted with attorneys and decided an appeal would have been a complicated process.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland sued the board over a 2013 decision to require a doctor to be in the room with a patient when dispensing abortion-inducing medication. The Iowa Supreme Court agreed with Planned Parenthood’s argument that the rule would have placed an undue burden on women.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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