As the district court recognized, the state violated the Iowa Constitution's promise of equal protection by attempting to block these grants. Importantly, during this appeal, we will be able to continue to provide these vital programs to Iowans in need of them across our state.
The Iowa Department of Health recently released data showing that the incidence of dangerous sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Iowa continues to increase since lawmakers excluded Planned Parenthood from the state’s family planning program.
"I’m involved with Planned Parenthood for my grandma who didn’t have choices; I do it for my mom, myself, my friends, and I do it for people I don’t know. Everyone deserves to have access to expert reproductive health care."
"I had an abortion. Abortion is truly a health care service. And that’s why it’s so important to talk about it, to destigmatize it."
"Health care settings require vulnerability from patients, but Planned Parenthood makes me feel safe in that vulnerability because they recognize the importance of my non-binary identity and how closely it ties into how I feel about my body — including the decisions I make for it."
"I grew up in a small town where it’s common for girls to become pregnant in high school. It’s not something that I wanted for myself. Before I found Planned Parenthood, I felt a little hopeless, worried that I would get pregnant and stay in a cycle of poverty."
"I told a friend of my grandparents that I worked at Planned Parenthood. She got this look on her face and she started to cry, saying, 'Thank God for Planned Parenthood and thank God for you.'"
Today the Polk County District Court ruled a state law unconstitutional because it would have blocked Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from providing state-approved sex education to young Iowans through two federal grants administered by Iowa state agencies.
It’s National Nurses Week so we’d like to take a moment to highlight our compassionate and skilled providers. April, a registered nurse at the Planned Parenthood Rosenfield Health Center in Iowa, shared some of her experiences working in this moment.