GOP seeks to bar Medicaid-funded abortions
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa’s Medicaid program would no longer pay for any abortions under a massive budget bill for state health departments that the state House approved Wednesday.
In a 52-46 vote, the House approved the roughly $1.7 billion state Health and Human Services budget, which includes funding for the Medicaid program. The plan approved by the Republican-controlled House offers less money for health programs than the version approved by the Democratic-majority Senate.
Under the abortion language in the bill, Iowa’s Medicaid program, which is paid for with state and federal dollars, would no longer provide funding for any abortions. Currently, Medicaid covers abortions in Iowa in cases of rape, incest, fetal deformity and to protect a mother’s life.
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