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Thirteen abortions happen every day in Iowa

Published: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:02 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 11:34 a.m. CDT

From Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood center manager

Storm Lake

Planned Parenthood (PP) has operated a family planning clinic in Creston for many years, but in 2007 webcam abortions were added as a service, making Creston home to an abortion facility.

Webcam abortions are done by nonmedical staff, no doctor or nurse onsite. A vaginal ultrasound is done and the image of the baby scanned to a doctor. If the doctor determines the baby is less than 70 days old, he can push a button on his computer screen that opens a drawer in Creston PP. The doctor then watches via a Skype-like connection as the patient takes pills to kill the baby. More pills are sent home with the mother, taken two days later, which then start the contractions. Mom delivers a tiny, dead baby at home, alone.

A 10 week baby is fully developed, including tiny fingers and toes and has had a heartbeat for well over a month. Most women who abort at home have no idea they will be seeing an actual baby, believing that it is simply "a blob of tissue."

With little cost for surgical equipment or staff travel, webcam abortion is a big money maker for PP. Iowa has no waiting period for women seeking an abortion so a woman can learn she is pregnant and abort her baby all in one short visit.

Thirteen Iowa babies die every single day at Iowa abortion facilities, including the one in Creston.

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