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Planned Parenthood affiliate seeks to block disclosure on medical licensing

Catholic World News - August 30, 2010

A Planned Parenthood affiliate has asked an Iowa court to block the request of a pro-life group for full disclosure of information on the medical licensing of a new abortion procedure.

The Iowa branch of Planned Parenthood has announced plans for “telemed” abortions, in which a doctor will only consult with a woman by video conference before dispensing the abortifacient drug RU-486. The pro-life group Operation Rescue demanded information on the medical qualifications of the doctor who would be doing the “telemed” conferences. Planned Parenthood has asked a court to block that request.

Operation Rescue has raised questions about whether there is “a working relationship and prior communication” between Iowa’s medical licensing authorities and the Planned Parenthood officials who have filed to avoid disclosure.

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