Another abortion fight looms in the Iowa Legislature. A group of lawmakers says they’re “outraged” Iowa State University Health Service officials are talking about dispensing R-U-four-86, the so-called “abortion pill”. Next week, the Iowa House will consider an amendment that would shut the door on the idea. Representative Barbara Finch, a republican from Ames, is among those who want to prohibit I-S-U, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa from offering the abortion pill in their student health centers. She says it’s a liability issue as the student health centers aren’t open 24 hours to meet the needs of young women.Finch says offering R-U-four-86 at the student health centers would open the state up to lawsuits if a student needed extra medical attention that wasn’t available at the center. She says if there’s excessive bleeding, a women would need medical help immediately.Representative David Johnson, a republican from Ocheydan, says the drug’s too dangerous to dispense at a student health clinic. He says one of the underreported stories of the drug are the adverse side effects.Iowa State University officials released a statement saying they have “no immediate plans” to provide R-U-four-86 to students.
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