February 28, 2018 (Des Moines, IA) – Moments ago, the Iowa Senate voted along party lines 30-20 to pass the bill that would make abortion functionally illegal after six weeks – an extreme move that defies all medical and legal standards of women’s reproductive health and constitutional rights.
This bill is widely opposed by many in the medical and legal community including the Iowa Medical Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, COPIC, Family Planning Council of Iowa, the Iowa Clinic, Iowa Independent Physician Group, ACLU of Iowa, Iowa Board of Regents and Planned Parenthood, as well as religious groups including Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, Annual Conference of United Methodist Church, and the Iowa Catholic Conference.
The Iowa Medical Society has testified that if the abortion ban is enacted, the University of Iowa will lose its OB/GYN residency program – the only such program in the state. Iowa already has a shortage of OB/GYNs per capita, ranking 50 out of 51 states including the District of Columbia.
Erin Davison-Rippey, public affairs director, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa:
“Today’s vote to ban abortion is unpopular, unconstitutional, and unconscionable. Iowans should be outraged that GOP senators once again put their personal politics above women’s health and common sense. If these lawmakers really wanted to decrease the need for abortion, they would work with Planned Parenthood to increase access to birth control. Instead, they’ve decimated access to family planning and are working to push Iowa back to a pre-Roe era where abortion was unsafe and often deadly. Plain and simple, Iowa women do not want to be dragged back to 1972, and taxpayers do not want to pay the cost of a lengthy, divisive legal battle to challenge Roe – especially when 7 in 10 Americans agree that abortion should remain safe and legal. We call on reasonable members of the House to do the right thing and stop this attack on women’s health and rights.”