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Health system says Iowa blocking it from new program

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One of Iowa's biggest health systems says the state is improperly barring all of its hospitals, clinics and health care providers from participating in a new family planning program because of a few abortions performed within the system.

The Des Moines Register says UnityPoint Health contends its affiliates should be allowed to offer publicly-financed birth control services to moderate-income Iowans.

No UnityPoint affiliate provides elective abortions, but they do perform some abortions in cases of fetal anomalies.

But state administrators say a new state law passed earlier strictly bans any system that allows any abortion.

The new family planning program, which is financed solely by the state, replaces a Medicaid program that allows participation by agencies that provide abortions.

Thirty-two Iowa hospitals are members or affiliates of UnityPoint, based in West Des Moines.

The system also has scores of clinics and doctors' practices in the state.

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