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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.  Iowa Admin. Code r. 441-78.1(17) (Enacted 1985); Iowa Dep't of Human Servs., Medicaid Provider Manual: Physician Services, Coverage and Limitations Physician Services, E-68, E-69, E-74 (July 2014), at

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