Iowa Official Rejects Republican Attempt To Ban Funding For Abortion Care In Case Of Rape, Incest

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"Iowa Official Rejects Republican Attempt To Ban Funding For Abortion Care In Case Of Rape, Incest"

A top Iowa health official rejected a costly effort by state Republicans to forbid state funding for abortions in the cases of rape and incest. Iowa Department of Human Services director Charles Palmer, who was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad (R), sent a letter to House Republicans arguing their efforts to strong-arm his agency could result in the loss of $2.1 billion in federal funding. House Republicans originally argued that only $6 million in Medicaid funding would be in jeopardy if the state defied federal requirements, but the governor’s office differed. Palmer’s letter came in response to the Iowa House’s June petition requesting that DHS cease funding for abortions in the cases of rape or incest. A familiar theme in the Iowa legislature this year, Republicans also attempted to pass a bill that would punish doctors who perform abortions to life imprisonment without the chance for parole.

Steven Perlberg

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