Health Care

Abortion waiting period fails to win OK as other bills advance

BY: - February 20, 2020

Republican state lawmakers are putting on hold their efforts to pass a bill requiring women to wait 72 hours for an abortion  and are focusing instead on passing a constitutional amendment stating abortions aren’t protected by the Iowa Constitution. The waiting-period bill failed to advance in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but that doesn’t […]

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I won’t apologize for defending my abortion

BY: - February 20, 2020

Two weeks ago, I sat across a table from a legislative subcommittee of three Iowa lawmakers shaking and holding back tears as I laid bare what should have been my private medical history. The binges and purges. A suicide attempt at age 12. The crippling depression and anxiety that continued to follow me, and the […]

Conversion therapy is happening underground in Iowa, LGBT advocates say. Some lawmakers are trying to stop it.

BY: - February 19, 2020

When Peter Nunn was 14 years old, his parents found a men’s workout magazine he owned and came to their own conclusions about his sexual orientation. His father decided to take him on a trip away from their home near Atlanta, but declined to tell him where they were going until their layover in St. […]

Grassley not yet ready to call it a career

BY: - February 19, 2020

CEDAR FALLS – U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he’s not yet ready to decide whether his current term of office will be his last. “You’ll have to ask me a year and a half from now,” the seven-term, 86-year-old senator said Tuesday after an appearance at the Cedar Falls Rotary Club. “Now if you’d asked […]

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Iowa must ban ‘conversion therapy’ that harms LGBTQ youth

BY: - February 19, 2020

As a physician, the number of youth I have seen in my profession who identify as LGBTQ has steadily increased over the past decade. I am grateful every time a young person trusts me with this personal information. Knowing a client is LGBTQ not only helps me build a stronger relationship with them as their […]

GOP senators try again on 72-hour abortion waiting period

BY: - February 18, 2020

Iowa Republicans are reintroducing a measure that would require pregnant women to wait 72 hours before undergoing an abortion, similar to a law that was struck down by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2018. Senate File 2215 requires women who want an abortion to undergo an ultrasound at least three days before it’s performed. Republicans […]

Senator: ‘I’m going for the gusto’ on medical cannabidiol update

BY: - February 18, 2020

State Sen. Brad Zaun said Tuesday it’s one of his top priorities to pass a “strong” update to Iowa’s medical cannabidiol law, despite continued divisions among Republicans over how strong the medicine should be. The main dispute remains the amount of THC that can be dispensed.  That’s the psychoactive compound in cannabis that is also […]

Lawmakers propose $2,000 regulatory license for abortion clinics

BY: - February 18, 2020

Medical facilities that perform abortions would need to acquire a special $2,000 license under a bill moving forward in the Iowa House. House Study Bill 678 requires abortion clinics to apply for a license through the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals and prove there is at least one licensed physician on staff. The department […]

Iowa grants license to psychiatrist with history of disciplinary actions

BY: - February 18, 2020

The Iowa Board of Medicine has granted a medical license to a psychiatrist accused of repeatedly violating standards of care in another state. The board has granted a license to Patrick Kin-Lee Chau, a 67-year-old physician who practices psychiatry in the state of Washington. At the same time, the Iowa board has issued Chau a […]

Senators advance $250K cap in medical malpractice cases

BY: - February 17, 2020

Representatives of Iowa’s medical community blamed soaring awards in medical malpractice cases for the erosion of health-care access in rural Iowa Monday. They were arguing for legislation to put a $250,000 cap on noneconomic damages in lawsuits that arise from medical errors. But lawyers who litigate medical malpractice cases say claims against insurance carriers are […]

Iowa inches closer to vote on abortion amendment

BY: - February 13, 2020

Whether or not abortions are protected under Iowa’s constitution isn’t something that should be left to the decisions of the Iowa legislators or the state’s Supreme Court, Republican legislators argue.  Instead, it’s a decision that should be left in the hands of Iowa voters, advocates of a constitutional amendment on abortion rights say.  Following a […]

Iowa bill requiring fetus burials or cremations moves forward

BY: - February 13, 2020

Iowa legislators are advancing a bill that would require women who have a miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy to obtain a fetal death certificate and choose whether they want to bury or cremate the fetus. The proposed legislation was discussed Thursday at a meeting of the House Human Resources Subcommittee. Republican […]