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After Nearly 50 Years and nearly 350,000 Iowans Served, Planned Parenthood is Forced to End Participation in Federal Title X Family Planning Program

This gag rule is medically unethical because it stops providers from giving patients full information about their options. Planned Parenthood will never withhold information from our patients in exchange for funding. Despite this dangerous move by the Trump administration to defund Planned Parenthood, our doors are open and we will continue seeing patients.

Aug. 19, 2019 • Iowa

Planned Parenthood Warns of Being Forced Out
of Nations Affordable Birth Control Program

Since 1971, the lives of one million Iowans have been made immeasurably better through Title X, a historic public health partnership between the federal government and Planned Parenthood. The Trump-Pence administration is now ending this partnership by imposing an unconscionable gag rule on providers in the Title X program. We refuse to let this administration bully us into withholding abortion information from our patients. It is fundamentally unethical for providers to keep information from patients about all their health care options and we won’t do it. We at Planned Parenthood will never back down from giving our patients the full range of information about all their health care options—which is exactly what the Trump administration’s gag rule on Title X would force us to do.

Aug. 15, 2019 • Iowa

The ACLU and Planned Parenthood File Lawsuit Challenging Education Defunding Law

May 15, 2019, the ACLU of Iowa, on behalf of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, filed a lawsuit to block a law excluding Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from receiving crucial funding to provide sex education for youth in Iowa. Planned Parenthood has been the trusted provider of comprehensive sex education in Iowa for decades—and for nearly 15 years under one of the federal programs that the Reynolds administration just defunded. By signing this law, the Governor is undermining the health of young people in our state, making it more difficult for them to get the tools they need to make healthy decisions, now and for a lifetime.

May 15, 2019 • Iowa

Trump-Pence Administration Moves to Block Critical Health Care Services for Iowans

Today, the Trump-Pence administration released the final gag rule on Title X funding, the nation’s family planning program that helps cover the cost of birth control and preventive care for people with low incomes. This rule bans any health care provider that refers patients for safe, legal abortion from receiving Title X funds.

Feb. 22, 2019 • Iowa

Iowa's 6-week abortion ban struck down as unconstitutional

Today, the Polk County District Court ruled that Iowa’s 6-week abortion ban violates the Iowa’s state constitution and issued a permanent injunction. 

Jan. 22, 2019 • Iowa

Planned Parenthood Launches Abortion Culture Change Campaign Across Iowa

New “Say Abortion” billboards from Planned Parenthood are here to break the silence around abortions and amplify voices of the people who have them.

Jan. 4, 2019 • Iowa

Sex trivia and drag show to benefit Iowa City Planned Parenthood

Born After Roe (B.A.R.), a group of Planned Parenthood supporters in Eastern Iowa, will host a second annual Sex Trivia night and drag show beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursday, December 6 at Studio 13, 13 S Linn St. in Iowa City. 

Nov. 1, 2018 • Iowa

Planned Parenthood Book Sale Set for Oct. 18-22

Des Moines area volunteers are pleased to announce the fall Planned Parenthood Book Sale, set for October 18-22 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Sept. 20, 2018 • Iowa

Iowa Supreme Court Strikes Down 72-Hour Wait Abortion Law

Today the Iowa Supreme Court declared unconstitutional an Iowa law that would have 1) required women to make a second, medically unnecessary clinic appointment and 2) then wait at least 72 hours after that appointment to finally receive abortion services.

June 29, 2018 • Iowa