In the dead of night and without any public input, these leaders spent the final hours of the 2020 legislative session pushing through a 24-hour waiting period for Iowans who are getting an abortion. They took this action even though legislators received thousands of phone calls and emails this session from constituents in support of sexual and reproductive freedom.
Iowa made remarkable progress last night, thanks to the Iowa Legislative Black Caucus and organizers for Black Lives Matter Des Moines, along with Black, Indigenous and people of color leading organizations across Iowa—and the Iowans who showed up in the streets to demand justice.
Iowa House Begins Debate on Legislation to Amend Iowa Constitution and End Iowans’ Right to Abortion
Iowans do not want their representatives to push through a constitutional amendment, let alone to focus on stripping away our rights while we are in this urgent fight to address systemic racism and policy brutality, all while we continue to battle a global pandemic.
Sexual and reproductive health care needs don’t stop during a pandemic and Iowans in the Sioux City area need these services, especially now.
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."