March 12, 2015
DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) — The Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments March 11 in a case on “webcam” abortions that could have far-reaching implications.
“It’s been the first time in decades the Iowa Supreme Court has addressed the issue of abortion,” said Tom Chapman, executive director of the Iowa Catholic Conference, an organization that advocates in the public policy realm for Iowa’s Catholic bishops.
In 2013, the Iowa Board of Medicine decided that webcam abortions should be banned in the state. A webcam abortion is a procedure where a woman gets a chemical abortion when there is no doctor physically present. The patient consults the doctor only through a webcam and the doctor remotely activates a drawer that opens to provide the woman with abortion drugs.