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Des Moines, Iowa—Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa, the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence will hold a virtual news conference at 2 p.m. CST Wednesday, February 23 following the oral arguments in an Iowa Supreme Court case that could strip Iowans of their state constitutional right to safe, legal abortion.

 The Iowa Supreme Court will decide whether to uphold an earlier ruling that found a forced 72-hour waiting period unconstitutional and established Iowans’ constitutional right to abortion. The current case comes as federal abortion protections hang by a thread, as the U.S. Supreme Court is preparing to issue a decision that could chip away at or eliminate the right to abortion. If federal protections for abortion fall, the future of abortion access will be decided at the state level. In the absence of federal and state constitutional protections, Iowa lawmakers would have the unchecked authority to further restrict abortion access, which some legislators have made clear is their intention.

 Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa, the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence will join Iowa abortion storyteller and advocate Rue Monroe to discuss oral arguments and the potential implications of the case on the future of abortion access in Iowa. 

 WHAT: A virtual news conference about the future of abortion access in Iowa preparing for an Iowa Supreme Court decision

 WHO:

  • Jamie Burch Elliott, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa Director of Public Affairs
  • Rue Monroe, Iowa Abortion Storyteller and Advocate
  • Elizabeth Barnhill, Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
  • Lindsay Pingel, Director of Community Engagement for the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence

 

WHEN: 2 p.m. CST Wednesday, February 23

 WHERE: The press conference will be virtual, and members of the media must RSVP to attend. RSVP to Sheena Dooley at [email protected] or 515.249.6084.

 

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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.

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