June 19, 2015

We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine.

In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. The Iowa Supreme Court has decided the rule is invalid because the Court believes it unduly burdens a woman’s right to an abortion.

We believe the Board of Medicine was correct in establishing a minimum standard of care for such a serious procedure. While we oppose abortion because it takes a human life, when abortions are taking place the safety and informed consent of the women involved should be our chief concern. These abortions are not like any other form of telemedicine. The drugs provided have serious effects on the woman’s body in every case, including the loss of a life.

We are hopeful that this decision will be appealed if possible.
Most Rev. Michael Jackels, Archbishop of Dubuque

Most Rev. Martin Amos, Bishop of Davenport

Most Rev. Richard Pates, Bishop of Des Moines

Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of Sioux City