GOP to renew effort to ban Iowa abortion funding
Republican lawmakers say they're going to try again to ban the rare use of public money to finance abortions for low-income women.
Marshalltown 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 abortions to low-income women who have been the victims of rape or incest, to save the mother's life, or if a fetus has severe deformities.
A similar effort delayed Iowa lawmakers during the end of the last legislative session, as Republicans tried to push a rule banning government-funded abortions.
Republicans finally gave up on the effort under pressure to end the session.
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