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Iowa Governor Signs Bill Limiting Funds for Sex-Reassignment Surgery

Iowa Governor Signs Bill Limiting Funds for Sex-Reassignment Surgery Photo: MGN Online.

May 03, 2019 09:18 PM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Kim Reynolds has signed a budget bill that prohibits the use of Medicaid funding to pay for sex-reassignment surgery.
    
The Republican governor signed the Health and Human Services funding bill on Friday and opted not to issue a line item veto of the ban on public funding for such surgeries.
    
Conservative Republicans added the prohibition in the closing days of the Legislature, saying it was a response to a recent Iowa Supreme Court decision that said the state couldn't deny two transgender women Medicaid coverage for sex-reassignment surgery.
    
Daniel Hoffmann-Zinnell, executive director of the civil rights group One Iowa Action, said that by signing the bill, Reynolds "tarnished Iowa's reputation as a state that stands for fairness and equality."

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