by Steve Weatherbe, LifeSiteNews.com
The Iowa House of Representatives and the state Senate voted last week to deny $400,000 to 12 Planned Parenthood clinics in the state and redirect patients to other federally-qualified community health facilities.
The $1.77 billion health and social service budget was passed earlier this week by the Republican majority in the House and on Thursday night by the state Senate in a 28-21 vote along party lines. Governor Terry Branstad is expected to sign off on it.
The bill does not specifically exclude Planned Parenthood, but it denies state family planning funds to organization doing abortions. Because Medicaid spending in this area is tied to state allocations, the defunding will cost the state nearly $3 million in federal money.
Republican Senator Amy Sinclair promised that healthcare would still be provided “in a way that is balanced with the needs and the concerns and the conscientious objections of those taxpayers that we represent who frankly are offended to their very soul by the intentional and unnecessary termination of the life of another human being.”
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