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UIHC fears future of OB/GYN training program

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On Friday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed the "Fetal Heartbeat Bill" into law, which may cost the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics one of its training programs.

The bill signed by Reynolds bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which usually happens around the sixth week of pregnancy.

The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics say this will put its OB/GYN residential training program at risk.

A statement was released Friday by Josh Lehman, the Senior Communications Director for the Iowa Board of Regents.

"If this bill passes, University of Iowa Health Care will not be able to offer comprehensive training for its Obstetrician/Gynecology (OB/GYN)residents. This will jeopardize its accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME.)," Lehman wrote.

According to Lehman, The UI Carver College of Medicine and Iowa Obstetrics and Gynecology Department is accredited by ACGME. To be accredited, the program is required to provide family planning training, Lehman said. That includes all forms of contraception and training in the provision of abortion.

Lehman said a student can choose whether or not to partake in the latter.

"If this law is passed, limitations on abortions in Iowa would eliminate the ability to meet training requirements," he wrote.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Iowa already struggles to employ OB/GYN doctors. Iowa only has 1.49 doctors per 10,000 women, That's the second lowest in the country.

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