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In today’s Quickie: Pres. Biden voices support for abortion rights in SOTU, Iowa lawmakers to introduce two abortion bans, and PP Nevada Votes Executive Director calls on lawmakers to defend reproductive rights in the state.
POTUS STANDS UP FOR ABORTION RIGHTS IN SOTU: Yesterday, President Biden voiced his support for abortion rights in his first State of the Union address since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. In his prepared remarks, Pres. Biden announced his administration’s commitment to guaranteeing reproductive freedoms:
“Here in the people’s House, it’s our duty to protect all the people’s rights and freedoms.
“Congress must restore the right that was taken away in Roe v. Wade…
“The Vice President and I are doing everything to protect access to reproductive health care and safeguard patient safety. But already, more than a dozen states are enforcing extreme abortion bans.
“Make no mistake about it; if Congress passes a national ban, I will veto it.”
Planned Parenthood Action Fund President Alexis McGill Johnson applauded Pres. Biden’s continued support for abortion rights:
“The abortion access crisis is a national public health crisis. We need everyone in a position of power to fight alongside us to protect this essential health care. Tonight, the President did that by speaking emphatically about every person deserving the ability to make their own health care decisions — without political interference.”
Members of Congress also showed their support for reproductive rights by inviting leaders, providers, patients and advocates as guests to the address and wearing “Abortion” pins.
ANTI-ABORTION LAWMAKERS IN IOWA TO INTRODUCE TOTAL ABORTION BAN & BAN ON MEDICATION ABORTION: This week, anti-abortion lawmakers in Iowa introduced a ban on medication abortion as well as announced their plans to introduce a total abortion ban in the state. The proposed ban on medication abortion, which accounts for 79% of abortions in Iowa, would make it a felony to manufacture, distribute, prescribe, dispense, sell, or transfer medication abortion pills in the state with the penalties being up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $13,660.
“Banning abortion at any stage of pregnancy denies a person the fundamental right to control their own body and health care decisions,” said Mazie Stilwell, Director of Public Affairs for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Iowa. “For now, abortion remains safe and legal in Iowa. But it’s hanging by a thread and politicians in power are working hard to take away our rights, health care, and power over our bodies and futures. Make no mistake. We will stand beside Iowans—a growing majority of whom support keeping abortion safe and legal—and fight these bans every step of the way.”
While Iowa lawmakers attempt to limit access to critical health care services, they have simultaneously proposed quadrupling taxpayer funding for anti-abortion centers, also known as crisis pregnancy centers, which mislead patients by posing as health care centers.
Read more at Iowa Public Radio.
“IT’S TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT ABORTION ACCESS AND RIGHTS IN NEVADA”: This week, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Votes Nevada Lindsey Harmon penned an op-ed for the Nevada Independent, calling for protections for out-of-state patients seeking abortions in Nevada as well as more robust protections for reproductive health care in the state. Harmons writes:
“Millions of people in this country who live in the 18 states that have enacted abortion bans and restrictions since Roe fell are already experiencing this heartbreaking reality. If we as Nevadans truly believe the government has absolutely no place telling us or anyone else what they can do with their body, then now would be a hell of a time for us to be complacent…
“The game has changed. Sticking our heads in the sand and relying on outdated, 30 year-old protections will not be enough. We need leaders who are willing to think boldly and take tangible steps toward making sure the right to an abortion is unassailable in Nevada. Because if we don’t do it now, we run the risk of losing everything we’ve fought so hard for.”
Read the full op-ed at the Nevada Independent.