Iowa GOP to introduce bill to defund Planned Parenthood

The Iowa GOP will introduce a bill to limit taxpayer funding of abortion services and limit taxpayer-funded medical procedures, the Iowa House GOP caucus announced Wednesday.

The measure, which also would eliminate the state’s Medicaid expansion, is expected to be considered by the Republican-controlled state House and Senate next week.

House Speaker David Longwell, a Republican, said in a statement that the measure would limit abortion to abortions for pregnancies that result from rape, incest or if the mother’s life is at risk.

The proposal comes amid a national push by Republican lawmakers and supporters of Planned Parenthood to expand access to abortion services in the wake of an investigation into the women’s health organization by the U.S. Department of Justice and congressional probes into Planned Parenthood.

The Iowa GOP also is expected at least to pass the measure, although the House and the Senate are likely to reject it.

The new legislation would end the state Medicaid expansion that has expanded access to abortions to low-income women and to people with pre-existing conditions.

The bill also would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and would prohibit abortions after 30 weeks of gestation.

The House caucus said the bill would “restore the right to life of every American,” but it would not eliminate abortion altogether.

The GOP’s proposal comes as the state is dealing with the impact of the government shutdown and the threat of a government default.

The federal government will default on the nation’s debt next week, forcing states to take over some of their own spending to pay for public services.

The state’s health care programs will be forced to close their doors for a time as well.