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Iowa Republicans tout legislative successes at Christian conference

BY: - July 16, 2021

Iowa Republicans ran a victory lap at a conservative Christian event Friday, touting their successes from the legislative session and their handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Gov. Kim Reynolds was the first elected official to speak at the Family Leadership Summit, an all-day gathering at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Des […]

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A church and its misplaced priorities

BY: - July 3, 2021

Talk about lousy timing. The biggest religion story in Iowa last week was a jaw-dropper. Attorney General Tom Miller announced he has concluded a three-year investigation of sexual abuse allegations against priests in the four Roman Catholic dioceses in our state. Miller’s staff examined church records, some dating to the 1930s, that involved about 100 […]

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Judge calls out lawmakers on ‘tricks’ and ‘mischiefs’ in legislative process

BY: - June 28, 2021

Last week’s district court ruling that struck down a 2020 Iowa law was notable not only as the latest skirmish in the war over abortion rights but also for the way the judge took Iowa lawmakers to task for the shortcuts they have been taking with the legislative process. District Judge Mitchell Turner dispensed fairly […]

Iowa district court blocks 24-hour wait period, additional appointment for abortions

BY: - June 22, 2021

A Johnson County district judge has found unconstitutional a state law enacted in 2020 that requires a mandatory 24-hour waiting period and a second clinic appointment for women seeking abortions. Rita Bettis Austen, legal director of ACLU of Iowa, said Tuesday she was immensely relieved by the decision. “The Iowa Supreme Court has recognized that […]

Senate approves proposed constitutional amendment on abortion

BY: - May 19, 2021

Both the House and Senate have passed a proposed constitutional amendment that would make explicit that the Iowa Constitution does not recognize a right to abortion. The amendment reads: “To defend and protect unborn children, we the people of the State of Iowa declare that this Constitution does not recognize, grant, or secure a right […]

House approves abortion amendment with new language

BY: - May 18, 2021

The Iowa House voted in favor of a proposed constitutional amendment that would make explicit that the state does not “recognize, grant, or secure a right to an abortion.”  But the House did not adopt previous changes the Senate made in the language of the amendment, leaving the measure’s fate uncertain. Republican advocates for the […]

What bills survived Iowa’s second funnel deadline? Several legislative priorities still in the works

BY: - April 2, 2021

Twelve weeks, hundreds of bills and several late-night debates later, another major legislative deadline has come and gone, but several big-ticket bills remain in play. The legislative deadline known as the “funnel” takes place at the end of the eighth and 12th weeks of Iowa’s legislative session. For bills to pass the second funnel, they […]

Iowa Supreme Court hears arguments in Planned Parenthood case

BY: - March 23, 2021

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland faced pointed questions from Iowa Supreme Court justices on Tuesday as the court considered a law barring the organization from receiving state funds for sex education programming. Although the 2019 law itself is narrowly written, the court’s decision could have far-reaching implications as to whether the state can refuse to […]

State’s appeal in Planned Parenthood case scheduled for Iowa Supreme Court

BY: - February 26, 2021

The state of Iowa and Planned Parenthood are preparing to square off in court again over a 2019 law that attempted to block the organization from receiving state funds for sex education programming. In May 2020, an Iowa district court struck down the controversial law, ruling that it was unconstitutional in that it violated Planned […]

Iowa House advances proposed constitutional amendment restricting abortion rights

BY: - January 27, 2021

The Iowa House advanced a proposed constitutional amendment Wednesday which would make explicit that the Iowa Constitution does not recognize a right to an abortion. House Joint Resolution 5 proposes a constitutional amendment which reads, “To defend and protect unborn children, we the people of the State of Iowa declare that this Constitution does not […]

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Iowa lawmaker proposes allowing the Legislature to overrule the Supreme Court

BY: - January 25, 2021

Most elementary-school students are taught that the American system of government has three branches: legislative, executive and judicial. These branches are co-equal and each serves as a check and balance to the others’ power. Some of our state legislators may have been playing hooky when that came up in social studies class. Members of the […]

House panels advance constitutional amendments on abortion, gun rights

BY: - January 19, 2021

Proposals to amend Iowa’s constitution to restrict state courts’ authority over abortion and firearms cases are advancing in the Iowa House. In back-to-back meetings with limited debate, three-member subcommittees of the House Judiciary and House Public Safety committees each voted 2-1 to advance proposed constitutional amendments to the full committees for debate. Neither proposal is […]