Iowa’s anti-choice Republican governor announced Friday that he expects to sign the state’s budget into law, including a new rule that will give him complete control over federal Medicaid funding for the roughly two dozen Medicaid-eligible abortions that are performed in the state each year.
For the third time, Iowa legislators have failed to directly end abortion funding for poor women who have been victims of sexual assault. That is, if the governor agrees.
Alaska has found that “personhood” is blatantly unconstitutional. So why is Iowa still trying to pass it?
Forcing poor women to pay out-of-pocket or give birth to their rapists’ baby has now become an outright vendetta in Iowa.
If reproductive issues are a “woman’s problem,” why are so many men making the rules?
A certain segment of Iowa politicians want to force rape victims to give birth, and they were one vote away from getting their way.
Unlike in recent years, when the thrust of legislative activity was on regulating abortion, this year legislators seem to be focusing on banning abortion outright.
If we want all people to have access to care across the United States, we must create newsworthy initiatives calling for an expansion rather than a retraction of coverage, and we must call upon our elected representatives to do the same.
Sorenson believes that the anti-shackling bill should be amended to “prohibit state resources being used to facilitate or perform abortions on female inmates held in state or county custody.”
At this point, proposing legislation to give legal rights to fertilized eggs is more about anti-choice posturing than trying to pass a law.