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Posted: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 1:57 pm | Updated: 1:58 pm, Wed Oct 30, 2013.

A lawyer for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked a judge to temporarily stop a state ban on the organization’s use of a video conferencing system to distribute abortion-inducing pills in rural areas.

Sharon Malheiro told Judge Karen Romano on Wednesday the sole purpose of the rule taking effect Nov. 6 was to prevent women in rural areas from receiving access to a medical procedure that was safe and similar to other telemedicine procedures.

The Iowa Board of Medicine approved the ban in August.

Planned Parenthood seeks a temporary stay on the ruling, followed by a decision to permanently overturn the board’s action.

Assistant Attorney General Julie Bussanmas says anti-abortion views didn’t motivate the board and the judge should deny Planned Parenthood’s request.

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