Iowa House approves bill restricting abortions


April 19th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a measure calling for new restrictions on the use of taxpayer dollars to pay for abortions. The House backed the measure Wednesday night on a 57-37 vote. It would ban public funding of abortions except in cases where the procedure is needed to save the life of the mother. Current law allows taxpayer-funded abortions in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. The vote came as the House debated a larger measure paying for human services programs. Critics say the measure is unfair to low-income women but supporters say public money shouldn’t pay for a procedure that many people oppose. The spending measure will go to the Senate, where opposition to the abortion change is expected.