So, Iowa’s MOMS program remains an orphan.
MOMS is an acronym for “More Options for Maternal Support.” It’s Gov. Kim Reynolds’ effort to use state money to fund crisis pregnancy centers. Many are religiously affiliated, anti-abortion organizations masquerading as clinics. Some do pregnancy tests and ultrasounds.
But for the second time in a year, the Department of Health and Human Services came up empty trying to find an entity to manage the program. So now the HHS will manage it while officials wonder whether three times could be a charm.
Our Republican-controlled Legislature doubled spending on MOMS to $1 million. Reynolds asked for $2 million. If other red states are any indication, and with Reynolds they usually are, the largesse will grow.