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IA Republicans want to stop using public money for abortions

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

A group of 41 Iowa Republicans is asking the Iowa Department of Human Services to stop using public money for most abortions, including those in cases of rape and incest.

One of the lawmakers behind the petition, Representative Dawn Pettengill, says the petition asks the Department of Human Services to bring their funding rules in line with a 2011 bill that lays out how the state will fund abortions.

DHS has 60 days to begin emergency rulemaking or deny the petition.

In this fiscal year, Iowa has paid for 22 abortions using Medicaid dollars.

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