May 4, 2018 (Des Moines, IA) – Today during an Iowa Fights Back rally at the Iowa State Capitol, President/CEO Suzanna de Baca announced that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will file a lawsuit against Gov. Kim Reynolds, should she sign the 6-week abortion ban into law.
“It’s shameful that when Planned Parenthood heard lawmakers were introducing legislation to ban abortion, we were outraged – but we weren’t surprised. But I think many of us still never expected that Governor Reynolds would so swiftly jump to sign a bill that is so clearly unconstitutional.
But sources indicate that sometime in the next 24 hours, that is exactly what she will do. And so, I am here to tell her, Gov. Reynolds, if you sign this bill, Planned Parenthood will see you in court. We will challenge this law with absolutely everything we have on behalf of our patients because Iowa will not go back,” de Baca said.
The rally featured speakers from several community organizations who addressed a crowd of 100+ people, highlighting the outrage Iowans have against both the “fetal heartbeat” bill and the Iowa Legislature’s most recent attack on funding for PPHeartland’s sexual health education programs. Speakers included representatives of the ACLU of Iowa, Emma Goldman Clinic in Iowa City, One Iowa Action, Iowa Safe Schools, Interfaith Alliance of Iowa and the Urbandale UCC, as well as patient and youth advocates.
“We need to face facts that young people have sex, and they also have rights,” said Andi Grubb, PPHeartland director of education. "They have a right to get age-appropriate, medically accurate information; the right to ask questions and get answers, without being shamed or judged; and the right to the information and skills they need to protect their health. It is a violation of their rights to deny them that information about how their bodies work.”
“We’re here because this is Iowa – and most of us love Iowa – but this is not our Iowa," said Erin Davison-Rippey, director of public affairs for PPHeartland and Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa.
"These are not our values. We’re here because we are fighters, and we will do whatever it takes to fix this mess Gov. Reynolds is creating, and to protect the rights our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers already won.”
The Health and Human Services budget bills that include provisions to defund PPHeartland are still in negotiation. Iowans are encouraged to contact their representatives and urge them to strike the disastrous attack on sex education from the budget before it advances to the Governor. Iowans are also encouraged to keep calling on Gov. Reynolds to veto the abortion bill.
PPHeartland has not yet filed suit and is not releasing details of the pending litigation at this time. Should the bill be signed into law, Planned Parenthood representatives will be available for comment once the filing is received by the courts.