Iowa priest's role in telemed abortion ban challenged
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland contends that a prominent Catholic priest played an “outsized role” in the state medical board’s decision to ban use of a telemedicine system for providing abortion pills.continue at Des Moines Register
Planned Parenthood’s complaint is aimed at Msgr. Frank Bognanno, who has been a member of the Iowa Board of Medicine since 2012. Bognanno, who has been an outspoken abortion opponent, took part in an 8-2 board vote last August to bar doctors from using Planned Parenthood’s video-conferencing system to dispense abortion pills to women in outlying clinics.
The medical board’s ruling is on hold while Planned Parenthood pursues a lawsuit in Polk County District Court. Planned Parenthood recently filed hundreds of pages of supporting documents in court. The information includes the allegation about Bognanno’s role.
Planned Parenthood said that a few weeks before last year’s board vote, Bognanno sent other board members dozens of pages of materials collected by anti-abortion groups.
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