I am a long-time advocate for the rights of women to make our own reproductive health care decisions. These rights have been tested and are under fire, and the attacks are only getting worse. During my previous term, I wrote a bill to restore family planning funding to trusted providers across Iowa. I  also spoke out against cuts to sexuality education grants and an unconstitutional 24-hour waiting period for women seeking abortion care. In 2021, Republican legislators took the first step in passing a constitutional amendment that would effectively ban abortion care in the state of Iowa; we need to change the balance in the Iowa House in order to ensure this legislation doesn’t go any further. Fundamentally, reproductive health care is intensely personal and all Iowans have the right to make these decisions for ourselves in consultation with our doctors, not politicians.

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