The Missouri Valley Republican, who opposes abortion, said the university’s use of private insurance means “we are not directly appropriating taxpayer dollars to end human life.” Though he acknowledged that abortions at the U of I still will be financed with some state money.
Tim Albrecht, Branstad’s spokesman, declined to comment on what the governor thought about the university’s decision.
“The Iowa Legislature made clear, with bipartisan support, their intent to reduce the number of taxpayer-funded abortions,” he wrote in an email to the Register. “Medicaid providers have a great amount of discretion in the claims they submit to the state for reimbursement, and UIHC is no different. Certainly, the Legislature is free to determine if other changes are necessary when they convene in January.”