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Iowa GOP Wants To Stop Public Money For Abortion In Cases Of Rape Or Incest

In Iowa, Republicans filed a motion aiming to eliminate public money for abortions in case of rape or incest. In the meantime, 14 Pennsylvania abortion clinics have been licensed under a new abortion clinic oversight law.

Des Moines Register: GOP Files Motion To Eliminate Iowa-Paid Abortions For Rape, Incest; $1 billion + Federal Money At Stake
A group of 41 Iowa Republican representatives has filed a petition requesting emergency rulemaking that would halt all Iowa government-paid abortions in cases of rape and incest. The petition cites state law in arguing that rules allowing for abortions paid by Medicaid for fetuses that are physically or mentally deformed or those conceived in cases of rape or incest are illegal and should be rescinded (Clayworth, 6/18).

Philadelphia Inquirer: 14 Pa. Abortion Clinics Licensed Under New Law
Fourteen of Pennsylvania's 22 abortion clinics have been licensed to continue providing surgical abortions under a controversial new law, passed after revelations that state regulators ignored horrors at a West Philadelphia abortion clinic, the state Department of Health announced Monday. The law, enacted in December and effective Tuesday, requires clinics that perform surgical abortions to meet the same medical and construction standards as other outpatient surgical facilities. Of the 14 clinics, six have been licensed to do abortions up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, and eight have been licensed for abortions up to about 18 weeks of pregnancy (McCullough, 6/19).

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