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Harkin: Stupak Amendment A Slippery Slope

Stupak-Pitts is a slippery slope: For example, every health insurance company in America could now lose some of its tax benefits. And you could just say that anybody that got a federal loan for housing could not get an abortion.

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Health Insurance for All: Necessary But Not Sufficient For Rural America

Expanding insurance coverage is important, experts say, but only half the battle. For many Americans, particularly in rural areas, access to high quality health care could remain elusive.

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Religious Groups Say “Abortion Mandate” Ads Mislead

Two religious organizations have called on the Family Research Council to shut down a television ad and Web site that contain “massive misinformation” related to the national discussion on health care reform.

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Reform of Iowa’s HIV Transmission Law Meets Resistance

The case of an Iowa man sentenced to the maximum allowed by state law for failing to disclose to a one-time intimate partner that he was HIV-positive has been cited as evidence of the need to reevaluate state criminal transmission laws.

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Harkin: “We Aren’t Dancing Around the Edges” of Health Care Reform

The current state of health care delivery in America is so grim that U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin no longer uses the word “care” in reference to reform.

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Study Highlights Grim Realities of Rural Obstetric Access

In 1985, over 87 percent of hospitals in remote areas provided obstetric services. Seventeen years later, less than half of existing hospitals offered obstetric services to their communities.

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Stigma Threatens Reproductive Health Care Access in Rural Iowa

Women living in rural Iowa who need reproductive health care — from contraception to diagnostic tests to abortion — are too often left without access to the services they need.

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Nursing Crisis Looms over Iowa

Shortages of nurses continue to cause concern among elected officials and health care analysts in Iowa, increasing pressure for solutions.

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Can Chemical Abortions Be Linked to Midwestern Agriculture?

Driving across a rural Iowa highway, anti-abortion signs are almost as common a sight as farmers spraying crops. Now there is a growing body of evidence linking the substances sprayed on fields to human reproductive health issues, including unintended abortions.

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Iowa GOP Blames Dems for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Despite the fact that Iowa’s defense of marriage act was passed with the help of Democrats, Republicans throughout the state are connecting the dots between the recent court opinion legalizing same-sex marriage and elections in 2010.

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