Increasingly, extremist politicians are trying to take away access to essential reproductive health services. The ACLU of Iowa is fighting back.
Defending access to telemedicine abortions
We were successful in our efforts to assure that Iowa women could continue to use telemedicine to communicate with their doctor to get medication that would induce an abortion. The Iowa Board of Medicine had banned physicians in Iowa from prescribing the medication to women via a secure teleconference system, a critical service particularly for women in rural areas to access abortion early in pregnancy. Planned Parenthood of the Greater Heartland filed a lawsuit contesting the ban and we filed an amicus brief in the case. In June 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down the ban.
Blocking efforts to deny Medicaid abortions for rape, incest, and fetal anomaly
In 2012, for example, we successfully advocated with our partner and ally, Planned Parenthood, to block efforts to deny Medicaid funding for abortions in the case of rape, incest, and severe fetal anomaly. Read more.
Working for a ban on shackling pregnant women in prison
We successfully worked to change the Iowa Department of Corrections policy of shackling pregnant women during pregnancy and right before and after labor. Now, most incarcerated women will not be shackled after 22 weeks of pregnancy. But legislation is still needed to protect women in a full range of conditions related to their pregnancies. Read more.
Defending the rights of pregnant and parenting teens
The law assures certain rights in education to students who are pregnant or are parents. Check them out by clicking here.