Don’t Let Iowa Deny Abortion Services to Poor Rape Victims

Target: The Iowa State Legislature

Goal: Don’t remove funding for abortion services provided to poor rape victims.

A group of “pro-life” legislators serving in the state of Iowa are currently promoting a measure which will eliminate all public funding for abortion services. As the only abortion services which are currently provided by the state are for poor rape and incest victims, this campaign’s only effect will be to take away abortion services for poor rape victims.

If Iowa stops funding the abortions for poor rape victims, there are several serious consequences. The first, and most serious problem caused by the removal of abortion funding is that rape victims who are unable to afford abortions will either be forced to carry their rapist’s child or risk an unsafe abortion; this result is not humane and will only lead the further victimization of raped women in the state of Iowa.

A secondary, but very important, consequence of removing funding for abortion services in Iowa would be that Iowa would lose a huge amount of money in federal health care funding. Depending upon the federal interpretation of the funding removal, Iowa may lose as much as $1.8 billion in federal health care funding for their state. Medicaid funding is currently barely adequate, and a $1.8 billion loss would compromise health care quality across the state.

If the Iowa state legislators pushing the removal of abortions funding through Medicaid are successful, the poorer citizens of Iowa will be severely harmed. Not only will they be unable to obtain an abortion if raped, but they will likely suffer huge Medicaid cuts and a decreased access to healthcare. Please sign this petition in order to influence the Iowa state legislators pushing this harmful measure to stop their misguided campaign.


Dear Iowa State Legislators,

This letter is directed at all Iowa state legislators who support the measure to remove state abortion service funding in the cases of rape and incest, as well as any legislator considering supporting this measure. Removing state funding  intended to provide abortion services to poor rape victims is both dangerous towards women and economically negligent.

Poor rape victims who are denied abortion services will either face the prospect of giving birth to their rapist’s child or risk obtaining an unsafe abortion. Regardless of your opinions surrounding abortion, it is clear that this is not an effective path of promoting “life”. Raped women who are unable to afford abortion services will suffer additional trauma and health consequences if they unable to access Medicaid money to get an abortion.

In addition to the humanitarian issues surrounding the removal of abortion funding for poor raped women, there are significant economic issues. By removing abortion funding from Medicaid services, Iowa would jeopardize its access to federal health care money. It is possible that up to $1.8 billion would be removed from Iowa’s federal health care funding if this measure were to succeed. Put plainly, the sacrificing of such a large amount of money in federal health care funding based upon a personal objection to abortion is economically negligent and would result in untold suffering to the poor.

I, as well as everybody else to sign this petition, implore you to stop all efforts to remove Medicaid funding for poor raped women in your state; removing such funding is inhumane and would punch a gigantic hole into state health care funding.


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