Iowa Pro-Lifers Upset State Funds Abortions on Disabled Babies

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 10, 2012   |   4:22PM   |   Des Moines, IA

State legislators in Iowa recently lost their bid to get the state government to stop funding abortions on disabled babies with taxpayer dollars. Marlys Popma, president of the state pro-life group Iowa Right to Life lamented that in a new statement:

“Iowa Right to Life and its board and members are honored to have pro-life Governor Terry Branstad once again serving in this most important state position. Governor Branstad has been a consistent defender of the lives of the unborn during his tenures as Governor and we look forward to working with him to protect the lives of our most innocent and vulnerable.

However, due to the mission of the organization, we are bound to make statements on issues as they pertain to the protection of the unborn and from time to time will find it necessary to disagree with administrative rulings. On August 3, Charles Palmer issued a statement as director of the Iowa Department of Human Services to which Iowa Right to Life takes severe issue

Iowa Right to Life stands firmly beside Representative Dawn Pettengill and the 41 signers of the Petition for Rulemaking delivered to Mr. Palmer. Iowa is currently one of only three states that fund abortions with tax-payer dollars for fetal abnormality. In no way is this consistent with the federal Hyde Amendment and funding for such abortions should be ceased immediately. We call on the administration to act accordingly

Other issues discussed in the petition should also be revisited.

Once again, Iowa Right to Life affirms its support of pro-life Governor Branstad, but regrettably deems it necessary to make our views known on the denial of the Petition and its petitioners.”

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Earlier this year, the Iowa state legislature, before wrapping up its legislative session for the year, killed off an effort put forward by pro-life groups to cut off taxpayer funding for the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

While Planned Parenthood doesn’t get funding for abortions, it receives $6 million in state tax dollars as reimbursement for providing birth control and family planning for women that can be obtained elsewhere without supporting an abortion business. On a vote of 57 to 37, the Iowa House passed H-8489, submitted by Rep. Annette Sweeney. The amendment to the HHS Appropriation bill, SF 2336, was the latest version of what has been referred to as the Whole Women’s Health Priority Amendment.