GOP Will Renew Effort to Ban Iowa Abortion Funding

Representatives listen to closing remarks in the Iowa House during the final day of the Iowa legislative session, Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at the Statehouse in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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By Ryan Jones

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican lawmakers say they're going to try again to ban the rare use of public money to finance abortions for low-income women.

Missouri Valley Rep. Matt Windschitl says he and other House Republicans are holding preliminary talks on a proposal to prevent Medicaid reimbursement for any abortions. Last fiscal year, the state reimbursed 22 abortions at a cost of $19,402.

State and federal laws now limit abortion funding to low-income women who are rape or incest victims, whose lives will be in danger if they don't get an abortion, or whose fetuses face severe deformities.

A similar effort delayed Iowa lawmakers during the end of last legislative session, as Republicans tried to push a rule banning government-funded abortions. Republicans finally gave up the effort under pressure to end the session.
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