Recently the Iowa Board of Medicine outlawed using telemedicine for abortions using pills. The coverage on television had statements from Planned Parenthood and a anti-abortion spokeswoman. The anti-abortion woman ended with the statement that Iowa women are now safer. I do not think this is true.
Abortion at the early stages of pregnancy is very minor with little risk. As the pregnancy progresses, abortions are riskier. I am not sure, but I suspect the risk increases until the riskiest event of all – birth. I am quite certain that, with the ban on telemedicine abortions, women will be having abortions later in the pregnancy – therefore be at a greater health risk. This is because, I suspect, it would usually take more time to arrange to get to a city with an abortion provider.