Iowa has a problem. It’s not unique to Iowa, but after the last couple years it sure seems the problem is bigger here than in most other states.
On Wednesday a Polk County District Court issued an order for a temporary injunction to protect Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s ability to provide sex education through two federal grants.
Iowa legislators passed a law during the 2019 session that prohibited these federal dollars from going to an abortion provider. Governor Kim Reynolds signed it.
This judge, Joseph Seidlin, has used his signature to stop the enforcement of the law. A court will fully review the arguments and determine whether the law is constitutional.
According to the ACLU, the lawsuit argues that the law is unconstitutional because it violates free speech by punishing Planned Parenthood for its constitutionally protected advocacy for the right to kill an unborn child.
It doesn’t sound pretty, but let’s just cut through the crap and call it what it is. It being abortion.
The law violates due process by denying government funds because Planned Parenthood provides access to the “safe and legal” killing of unborn babies. Again, just calling it what it is.
Finally, the law violates equal protection by singling out providers who kill unborn babies for defunding.
There’s a lot of legal jargon you can read if you want to. Find it here.
Add this to yet another court decision that attempts to erase the will of the People.
Seriously. And there were Republicans who forced the judicial nominating process bill to be watered down so much because our judiciary is so great.
That conclusion is based on the opinion of liberal lawyers. Let’s just keep on calling things like they are.
Sarah Stoesz, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States, said the ruling “is a victory for young people in Iowa, whose lives and constitutional rights are under attack. We must protect the health of young people and their right to crucial health information. Planned Parenthood will never stop fighting for the health of every young person in Iowa.”
Who is younger than an unborn baby?
Never stop fighting, when did Planned Parenthood start fighting for the health of every young, unborn person in Iowa?
Erin Davison-Rippey, the state executive director for Iowa, said the ruling “means young Iowans can still get accurate, reliable information about their bodies and their relationships.”
Whew, what a relief. Doesn’t it make you wonder how teen girls survived without getting pregnant every year before Planned Parenthood began its work of sex education? I mean, based on what we heard at the Capitol during debate and what Davison-Rippey said, you’d think teen girls in Iowa were popping out babies nonstop prior to Planned Parenthood taking the torch of sex education and lighting the way.
Do people really believe that if Planned Parenthood couldn’t teach sex education that young Iowans wouldn’t receive “accurate, reliable information about their bodies and their relationships?”
Planned Parenthood makes a lot of money off its abortion services. It generates a lot of revenue.
Is it wise having an organization that makes millions of dollars off killing unborn babies take part in providing children with sex education?
(Insert your expletive of choice here) no!
The People of Iowa spoke when its elected representatives passed the law.
They spoke again when the governor signed the law.
One Iowan spoke when he issued a court order. One person who most Iowans have never heard of and will likely never hear of again. One person who most Iowans can’t vote for or again.
The Courts are the branch of government least impacted by the People of Iowa yet they seem to be the one with the most control.
It’s a problem.