As Pride month comes to a close, we look back on the month of June as one that pushed us, challenged us, and called us to do more. We must never forget that Pride began as an act of protest by a Black trans woman. That protest continues.
The law would cause excessive hardship for low-income Iowans, many who must take time off work or school, arrange and pay for child care, and often drive hours to get health care.
June Medical Services v. Russo not only threatens access to care, it also brings up the issue of “third-party standing” and whether it is applicable in abortion cases. If the Court rules that physicians and health centers no longer have “third-party standing,” it will make it much more difficult for unnecessary abortion restrictions to be challenged in the courts.
Vice President Joe Biden is the best choice for Iowa and our country.
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.