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Iowa Governor May Need to Approve Medicaid Abortion Funding

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) --
   If approved by Gov. Terry Branstad, Iowa would likely be the first state to require the governor to personally approve reimbursement for every abortion for Medicaid recipients.
   Iowa's Medicaid program covers a small number of abortions each year due to rape, incest, fetal deformity or to protect a mother's life. If Branstad approves this measure, he will have to sign off on these reimbursement dollars on a regular basis.
   The Catholic, anti-abortion Republican said he is likely to approve the legislation, which effects reimbursements after the abortions, not authorizing the procedures ahead of time.
   Abortion rights advocates say Iowa would be the first state to set such a policy.

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