Des Moines, Iowa—Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds today asked the state’s courts to reinstate a six-week abortion ban that was previously ruled unconstitutional. If successful, Iowa would join the growing lists of states that have outlawed abortion in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last week overturning Roe v. Wade. Most people do not know they are pregnant at 6 weeks, effectively eliminating safe, legal abortion.
Abortion currently remains safe and legal in Iowa, despite the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, and a state Supreme Court ruling earlier this month that lowered the scrutiny level for abortion legislation. The U.S. Supreme Court and Iowa Supreme Court rulings have paved the way for Gov. Reynolds and Republican politicians to move quickly to ban safe and legal abortion.
“Abortion remains safe and legal in Iowa, and Iowans want to keep it that way,” said Sheena Dooley, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa. “Regardless of our personal beliefs, we can all agree that Iowans deserve the right to control their bodies and futures—even though the courts have said politicians should be charged with those decisions. Gov. Reynolds wants to take us back decades in time by forcing pregnancy on Iowans, a grave violation of their human rights. Iowa is headed down a dangerous path where Gov. Reynolds will have more say over our reproductive health than we do.”
Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa (PPAI) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a mission of fostering and preserving a social and political climate favorable to reproductive health. To meet this mission, PPAI engages in lobbying, issues education, and supporter mobilization.