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Democrats block confirmations to Iowa Board of Medicine over tele-abortion votes


Democrats block confirmations to Iowa Board of Medicine over tele-abortion votes
DesMoinesRegister.com

Two of Gov. Terry Branstad's appointees to the Iowa Board of Medicine failed to win reconfirmation Wednesday from the Iowa Senate because of their past support for a ban on telemedicine abortions.Board Chair Diane Clark, a public member from Lake Mills, and Dr. Hamed Tewfik, a physician from Iowa City, each needed two-thirds support in the 50-member Senate. That meant they required 34 yes votes to be reconfirmed. Each received 32 votes in favor of reconfirmation, with 18 Democrats voting against them.Sen. Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, urged her colleagues to reject Clark and Tewfik, citing the Board of Medicine's vote in 2013 to prohibit women from having access to telemedicine abortions.Doctors use the system to communicate with patients and view sonogram results via closed-circuit video.

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