For Immediate Release: June 04, 2020
As thousands of Iowans march to demand the state take action to confront structural racism and entrenched white supremacy, Republican state legislators remain laser-focused on attacking reproductive freedom.
Amid ongoing protests in support of the Movement for Black Lives and while more than 20,000 Iowans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, anti-choice politicians consumed by an extreme ideological agenda are trying to rush a vote on an extreme constitutional amendment to roll back access to abortion in the state. If implemented, the amendment would nullify a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision upholding the fundamental right to access abortion in Iowa.
NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kristin Ford released the following statement:
“It’s appalling to see anti-choice Republicans in the state legislature exploiting this moment of national grieving and crisis to advance their extreme ideological agenda. Hundreds of Iowans have lost their lives to COVID-19 and thousands more are peacefully filling the streets to protest the violence, trauma, and racism Black people in the U.S. face every day. Right now our leaders should be doing everything in their power to overhaul systems that perpetuate racial disparities and to provide relief to communities still reeling from an unprecedented pandemic. Instead, these legislators are using women as political props as they attempt to eliminate the state’s constitutional right to abortion. Their actions are shameful. Now more than ever, NARAL Iowa members are committed to holding politicians accountable for failing to protect our fundamental freedoms — enough is enough.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power, and freedom. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”