Do 2024 Republicans Support Iowa Republicans’ Latest Attack on Women’s Health Care?

Yesterday, Iowa’s attorney general announced that the state has halted its longstanding practice of paying for emergency contraception like Plan B and abortion care for rape and sexual assault victims — the latest cruel move in Republicans’ unrelenting war on women’s right to make their own health care decisions. 

Now, as Republican presidential hopefuls like Nikki Haley and Tim Scott bring their MAGA anti-abortion campaigns into Iowa this week and beyond, they must answer for whether they support this new attack on reproductive freedom in the state.

The Republican Iowa attorney general has launched the latest extreme attack on the right to choose: halting payments for emergency contraception and abortion care for women who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Associated Press: “The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has paused its practice of paying for emergency contraception — and in rare cases, abortions — for victims of sexual assault, a move that drew criticism from some victim advocates.”

MAGA Republican presidential hopefuls are running on an extreme anti-choice agenda — many with the ultimate goal of banning abortion nationwide.

The Independent: “A handful of GOP lawmakers were guests of honour at an event hosted by Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an anti-abortion nonprofit organisation named after the famous (and staunchly religious) women’s rights activist. Among those who attended were both of South Carolina’s US senators, Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham.”

Newsweek: “[Nikki] Haley described herself as ‘very pro-life’ and has spent most of her political career fighting for anti-abortion legislation, including signing a law as South Carolina governor in 2016 banning the procedure in most circumstances after 19 weeks of pregnancy unless the mother’s life is at risk.”

Donald Trump: “Nobody has ever done more for right to life than Donald Trump. I put three Supreme Court justices who all voted, and they got something that they’ve been fighting for for 64 years.”

WFLA: “Gov. Ron DeSantis said while speaking at Tallahassee event to announce the next year’s budget that he would sign a 6-week abortion ban … into law for Florida.”

DC News Now: “Gov. Glenn Youngkin said he was ‘frustrated’ with state Democrats after a swift rejection Thursday of his proposed 15-week ban on abortion.”

Associated Press: “[Gov. Kristi Noem] and South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley released a letter to South Dakota pharmacists saying they are ‘subject to felony prosecution’ if they procure or dispense abortion-inducing drugs. The state bans all abortions except to save the life of the pregnant person.”

Mike Pompeo: “While we would like to see abortion illegal nationwide, that likely won’t happen in the near term.  Instead, we should take a two-pronged approach:  1) restrict abortion as much as possible in each state, and 2) work to create a society that makes abortion obsolete.”