ADF: Iowa high court should uphold ban on ‘webcam’ abortions

ADF attorney available for media interviews at Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Attorney sound bite:  Michael J. Norton

WHO: ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton
WHAT:  Available for media interviews following oral arguments in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Iowa Board of Medicine
WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, immediately after hearing, which begins at 9 a.m. CDT
WHERE: Iowa Supreme Court, 111 E. Court Ave., Des Moines

DES MOINES, Iowa – Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton will be available for media interviews following oral arguments at the Iowa Supreme Court Wednesday regarding a ban on “webcam” abortions. In August 2014, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland appealed a trial court’s decision to uphold an Iowa Board of Medicine ban on the practice, in which women are provided with abortion-inducing drugs without any in-person examination by a licensed physician.

ADF filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the Iowa Supreme Court in November 2014 on behalf of pro-life advocates in support of the ban. Sixteen other states have enacted similar bans.

“Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the health and safety of women, not its bottom line,” said Norton. “Procedures like medication abortion that pose serious health risks should require an in-person examination by a physician. Planned Parenthood and other abortionists should not oppose basic medical standards of care when the lives of mothers are at risk. The Iowa Supreme Court should affirm the well-reasoned decision of the trial court, which upheld the Iowa Board of Medicine’s common-sense rule.”

ADF filed the brief in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Iowa Board of Medicine on behalf of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Donna J. Harrison, M.D.; Iowa Right to Life; and Susan Thayer, a former director of an Iowa Planned Parenthood facility who resigned her position rather than perform “webcam” abortions. ADF attorneys also represent Thayer in a separate lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland that accuses the abortion giant of massive healthcare fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars.
 
  • Fact sheet: Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Iowa Board of Medicine

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