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Iowa Plan To Defund Planned Parenthood May Cut Kids Program

January 15, 2017
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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s governor has proposed cutting funding for needy kids as part of his plan to defund Planned Parenthood, a rare step even as Republican-dominated states grapple with whether to sacrifice federal dollars in order to lessen the organization’s influence. According to budget projections reviewed by The Associated Press, Gov. Terry Branstad has recommended taking $2.8 million previously given to child and family services so it can be redirected to create a roughly $3.3 million program that distributes family planning money to organizations that do not perform abortions. None of Iowa’s family planning money is used to fund abortions, and the state’s funding for Planned Parenthood goes to other women’s health services such as birth control counseling and health exams. Iowa receives more than $3 million in federal Medicaid funding that it must spend on family planning services, and some of that is tied to Planned Parenthood. Branstad, who is expected to resign soon from his Iowa job to become President-elect Donald Trump’s ambassador to China, told legislators in an address last week that he supports removing state funding for Planned Parenthood to redirect it to other groups. His office later confirmed to the AP that the governor backed the creation of a state-run program that would pass up millions of federal Medicaid dollars for family planning services. Branstad’s office said...

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