Planned Parenthood had already committed 1,500 telemed abortions over two years by the time Operation Rescue outed them.
And while Planned Parenthood claims telemed abortions are confined at present to Iowa, expansion has been in the works for some time. On May 21 Iowa Public Radio reported:
Clinics around the country have been inquiring about the [abortion telemed] system, and already Planned Parenthood of East Central Iowa will also be signing on, making abortion available for the first time at their clinics in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque, which lack full-time physicians on staff.
Director of Patient Services Barbara Chadwick says it's the goal of Planned Parenthood to expand abortion services at its clinics nationwide over the next five years.
"We have been looking at initiating abortion service as a core service of all Planned Parenthoods, part of the Federation's strategic plan for 2015."
Medical abortions, Chadwick says, will be a key element in that strategy, and signing up for the long-distance option will get her organization toward the goal faster. ...
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