Abortion-rights supporters are denouncing an "outrageous" Iowa law that will require the governor to personally sign off to pay for abortions with state Medicaid funds.
The law, signed by Gov. Terry Branstad (R) on Thursday, requires the governor's office to approve each reimbursement from the state's Medicaid program to hospitals or clinics that provide abortions in cases of rape, incest, fetal anomaly or when the life of the mother is at risk.
“Women in Iowa already face so many barriers in trying to get safe, legal abortion care," NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue said in a statement on Friday. "Now their governor will be deciding personally on a case-by-case basis, whether a woman’s doctor will be paid for providing a legal, medically appropriate, and constitutionally guaranteed procedure."