Abortion pills are now administered via videoconferences across Iowa, a first for the state and the country. Pro-choicers praise it for increasing abortion access, as women who are hundreds of miles away from clinics can access RU-486 pills from computers in nearby health-care offices.
Troy Newman of Operation Rescue, which overtly opposes abortion, coyly calls it a "prescription for disaster." He and other pro-life opponents say it removes the doctor-patient relationship and does not meet Iowa's requirement for doctors to perform abortions. Ultimately, the woman ingesting the pill is the one who administers the abortion, though, whether it's prescribed in person or online. What pro-lifers would be for increasing access anyway?
“They are not really protesting the new technology,” Dr. Vanessa Cullins of Planned Parenthood said, “They are protesting abortion in general.”