Doctors should be present for medical procedures
Several weeks ago I read a letter to the editor by Robert Franklin in the T-R. He questioned the motivation of members of the Iowa Board of Medicine who say they are concerned about the health of women receiving abortion medication. When I learned that the Iowa Board of Medicine is holding a public hearing on Aug. 28 to hear proposals to eliminate abortions via telemedicine (webcam abortions) in Iowa, I searched for Robert Franklin’s comments and reread his view. If we, you and I, really care about the welfare of all women, poor as well as rich, those living in rural areas as well as cities should we not encourage the board to require a doctor to be present when RU 486 is administered? The women of Iowa, our sisters, daughters and friends need a doctor to examine them before and after taking the abortion pills to ensure their physical health and their mental well being. If you really care about women’s health, contact members of the board before the hearing on webcam abortions Wednesday and ask them not to approve abortions via telemedicine.