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With the legislative session closed, activists respond to the Iowa Legislature’s conservative turn

Gov. Terry Branstad heralded this year as “one of the most significant and productive sessions in our history.” And it certainly did produce a large volume of wide-ranging, impactful bills. But for some, those bills represented a sharp lurch to the right and an abrupt end to bipartisan Iowa politics. Among the measures that left Iowa organizations and activists gearing up for a fight are laws impacting women’s access to abortions, reducing union bargaining rights, expanding and protecting access to guns and decreased support for public education.

Some measures, including a 72-hour waiting period for abortions and restrictions on collective bargaining rights for public employees, have already been challenged in court. […]

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IUDs take on new urgency in the Trump era

Convenience, effectiveness and cost: all reasons women often choose intrauterine devices, IUDs, as long-term birth control. But this year, one additional incentive has been added to the list: uncertainty surrounding health care policy. After the election of President Donald Trump, and again after the inauguration, Google searches for IUDs spiked. As Trump promised to repeal […]

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