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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Essential Estrogen: Family planning funds removed by House, appropriation bill heads to conference

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Iowa lawmakers are meeting today in an effort to reconcile the 2008
health and human services appropriations bill, a necessary and
traditional piece of legislation considered controversial this year
due to the implementation of a new fund that would address family
planning. The fund, allocated up to $750,000 before House lawmakers
stripped it from the bill and re-allocated the funds to county mental
health services on Tuesday, is a focused effort of Planned Parenthood
of Greater Iowa, through the Healthy Families project. The monies
would be used to aid low-income and under-served women in Iowa in
obtaining contraceptives and accessing family planning programs that
seek to prevent unwanted pregnancy.


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