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Branstad to Approve Medicaid Abortion Cases Individually, Says He’ll Be ‘Thoughtful’

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Iowa’s anti-choice Republican governor announced Friday that he expects to sign the state’s budget into law, including a new rule that will give him complete control over federal Medicaid funding for the roughly two dozen Medicaid-eligible abortions that are performed in the state each year.

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Iowa Governor Will Personally Approve Every Medicaid-Funded Abortion

For the third time, Iowa legislators have failed to directly end abortion funding for poor women who have been victims of sexual assault. That is, if Republican Governor Terry Branstad (pictured above) agrees.

For the third time, Iowa legislators have failed to directly end abortion funding for poor women who have been victims of sexual assault. That is, if the governor agrees.

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Personhood Squelched in Alaska, Pops Up in Iowa

Alaska has found that "personhood" is blatantly unconstitutional. So why is Iowa still trying to pass it?

Alaska has found that “personhood” is blatantly unconstitutional. So why is Iowa still trying to pass it?

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Iowa Republicans Again Force Showdown Over Medicaid Coverage of Abortions for Rape, Anomalies

Forcing poor women to pay out-of-pocket or give birth to their rapists' baby has now become an outright vendetta in Iowa.

Forcing poor women to pay out-of-pocket or give birth to their rapists’ baby has now become an outright vendetta in Iowa.

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New Abortion Restrictions Show Lawmakers’ Complete Contempt for Women

If reproductive issues are a "woman's problem," why are so many men making the rules?

If reproductive issues are a “woman’s problem,” why are so many men making the rules?

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Amendment to Ban Medicaid Payments for Abortion For Rape Victims Fails in Iowa Senate by One Vote

A certain segment of Iowa politicians want to force rape victims to give birth, and they were one vote away from getting their way.

A certain segment of Iowa politicians want to force rape victims to give birth, and they were one vote away from getting their way.

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State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

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Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.

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It’s Time to Take Back the Conversation on Reproductive Health

It is time for us to give the media something to talk about on our terms, something that supports an expansion of pregnancy-related care rather than a restriction.

If we want all people to have access to care across the United States, we must create newsworthy initiatives calling for an expansion rather than a retraction of coverage, and we must call upon our elected representatives to do the same.

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Iowa State Senator Seeks to Add Abortion Restrictions to Anti-Shackling Bill

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Sorenson believes that the anti-shackling bill should be amended to “prohibit state resources being used to facilitate or perform abortions on female inmates held in state or county custody.”

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Iowa Showboat “Personhood” Bill

Rep. Tom Shaw.

At this point, proposing legislation to give legal rights to fertilized eggs is more about anti-choice posturing than trying to pass a law.

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