A radical liberal Des Moines City Councilman called Josh Mandelbaum drafted a resolution that would prevent city resources from being used to investigate anyone for accessing or providing services related to the intentional ending of an unborn baby’s life.
“Republican politicians want to ban abortion statewide,” Mandelbaum wrote. “We can and should fight back.”
Mandelbaum said that Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is attempting to ban the intentional ending of an unborn baby’s life through court action and that is why cities like Des Moines should take steps to protect “reproductive health care.”
Mandelbaum’s resolution would also direct city staffers to draft an ordinance prohibiting discrimination in housing or employment against someone (I think they mean a woman) who has had an abortion or accesses “reproductive health services.”
Mandelbaum’s resolution states that access to reproductive health care is a “fundamental human right.” Rather than using the term woman or pregnant woman, the term “pregnant person” is in the resolution as well. It directs the city manager and HR director to develop a policy related to travel reimbursement to access health care services that become inaccessible in Iowa.