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GOP will renew effort to ban Iowa abortion funding

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2013 at 6:05 pm •  Published: January 23, 2013

Hatch said he expects Republicans to try attaching their proposal to the Health and Human Services Appropriations budget. He said that would slow lawmakers on other issues, such as the effort to approve funding to help needy counties keep their mental health services running.

Asked about such efforts to restrict abortion, Gov. Terry Branstad said he is morally against the practice but would need to review Windschitl's proposal before supporting it.

"The chances of getting this through the Senate are probably similar to what they were last year," Branstad said Wednesday.

Of the 22 abortions funded by Medicaid dollars last fiscal year in Iowa, 15 were for severe fatal anomalies such as separation of the brain from the fetus. Two were for rape and five were to save the life of a mother.

House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, acknowledged Wednesday that Republicans feel an obligation to address abortion, but he would not say whether he would support Windschitl's measure.

"House Republicans are always interested in having a conversation about protecting innocent life," Paulsen said.