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Iowa GOP Renews Effort to Ban Abortion Funding
DES MOINES, Iowa - 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.