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Iowa

Restrictions on Low-Income Women's Access to Abortion

Iowa prohibits public funding for abortion for women eligible for state medical assistance for general health care unless: (1) the continuation of the pregnancy would endanger her life; (2) the fetus is physically deformed, mentally deficient, or afflicted with a congenital illness; or (3) the pregnancy is the result of a rape reported within 45 days of occurrence; or (4) the pregnancy is the result of incest reported within 150 days of occurrence.  Moreover, the governor's office must approve individually each reimbursement to a hospital or clinic that provides abortion services to women insured through the state's medical assistance program.  Iowa Admin. Code r. 441-78.1(17); Iowa Dep't of Human Servs., Medicaid Provider Manual: Physician Services, Coverage and Limitations Physician Services, E-68, E-69, E-74 (Mar. 2008) at http://www.dhs.state.ia.us/policyanalysis/PolicyManualPages/Manual _Documents/Provman/phys.pdf (Enacted 1985); S.F. 446, 85th Gen. Assemb., Reg. Sess. (Iowa 2013).


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