No state-sponsored travel will happen from California to Iowa. The Hawkeye State became the 11th state on California’s travel ban list.
The ban, announced by California AG Xavier Becerra, will take effect Oct. 4.
What drastic move by Iowa prompted this reaction from California? The Iowa Legislature’s action to prohibit tax dollars from paying for sex-change surgeries.
“The Iowa Legislature has reversed course on what was settled law under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, repealing protections for those seeking gender-affirming healthcare,” Becerra said. “California has taken an unambiguous stand against discrimination and government actions that would enable it.”
Democrats fought the move. State Senator Joe Bolkcom compared sex reassignment surgery to cancer.
Another Democrat, Rep. Kirsten Running-Marquardt, said there is no Jesus in taking away public funding of sex-change surgeries.
Finally, Democrat Rep. Bruce Hunter said sexual reassignment surgery is regular health care.