Iowa Clinics Affected from New Regulation

By: Nada Ibrahim, HealthyJoCo Volunteer

Due to the Trump Administration’s new regulation, which prohibits any health care organization providing and counseling patients on abortion services from receiving funding from a federal grant program named Title X. Begining this week, five clinics in Iowa, including Iowa City, will be affected, no longer able to provide free services for patients that come in. In 2018, the funds helped to serve 23,000 patients from 10 different agencies. There is now a concern of an increase of unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted disease due to the limited access to family planning services as well.