Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Refreshing Concession to the Rule of Law

And in Iowa, of all places.

So the Iowa Board of Medicine made a rule that any woman seeking an abortion in the Hawkeye State must have a personal visit with a physician before the physician may prescribe an abortifacient such as mifepristone. The Iowa Supreme Court disagreed, and ruled the Board of Medicine rule unconstitutional.

After reluctantly concluding an appeal to higher courts would be useless, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad signed a bill that instructs Medicaid to consider "interactions with doctors via telemedicine as "equivalent" to an in-person doctor's visit."

Every so often, conservative zealots meet their Waterloo. Good for the Governor, in this instance, to concede defeat gracefully.

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