Siouxland lawmakers and religious leaders react to the overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court | national news

SIOUX CITY – Instant and divided reaction.

Just minutes passed after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade (throwing nearly half a century of legal precedent) before lawmakers, church leaders and activists in Siouxland offered different paths forward.

Democratic House District 1 nominee JD Scholten took to Twitter shortly after the Supreme Court issued its opinion on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, calling it “dangerous”.

“I can’t help but think of sisters, neighbors, nieces, daughters, etc. and not having legal control over her body,” he said in a tweet. “Posting on Twitter may temporarily seem okay, but to protect women, we need to organize!”

U.S. Rep. Randy Feenstra, R-Hull, who defeated Scholten in 2020, also reacted on Twitter, calling the decision “a momentous day for the pro-life movement and pro-life Americans across our country.”

“Since being elected to Congress, I have called for Roe v. Wade to be struck down, and after nearly fifty years, I am delighted that the sanctity of life has triumphed,” he said. declared.

South Dakota’s only representative, Republican Dusty Johnson, tweeted: “I never believed that the Roe v. Wade decision – which was ultimately a matter of personal privacy – was a justification for taking a human life. L unborn child deserves protection.”

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Pro-Life Caucus, said in a statement that she was “proudly and adamantly pro-life” while Senator Chuck Grassley called the High Court’s decision a “well-reasoned” decision. .

Churches, clinics

Bishop Walker Nickless of the Diocese of Sioux City said he was pleased with the direction of state and federal judges.

“While the recent actions of the federal and state supreme courts are good news for all who believe in the sanctity of life, there is still much work to be done,” Nickless said in a statement. “I ask all Catholics and all people of faith to continue to pray for an end to abortion in our state and our nation.”

Marion Miner, associate director of pro-life and family policy for the Catholic Conference of Nebraska, agreed with Nickless.

“Nebraska is once again free to protect unborn babies from the deadly violence of the abortion industry,” she said in a statement.

She called on Nebraska state legislators to enact legal protections from the moment of conception.

Connie Ryan, executive director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, said the decision puts the nation on a dangerous path. She also said the court betrayed religious freedom.

“The court has placed the lives and futures of pregnant American women in the hands of politicians with extreme political agendas, rather than doing its job to protect the basic rights of Americans,” she said in a statement.

“True religious freedom means that anyone can seek care for themselves based on their own beliefs. The Court imposed a narrow set of religious beliefs on Americans, violating our nation’s commitment to individual liberties .”

In response, Planned Parenthood North Central States referred to the rollback of individual rights and freedoms and called the legal opinion harmful to “millions of people.”

“Because people’s right to access abortion is no longer guaranteed by federal law, it now depends on where you live and how much money you have to travel outside of the country. state for abortion care. Forced pregnancy is a grave violation of human rights and dignity,” said Sarah Stoesz, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood North Central States.

What is the next step for States

With the Supreme Court ruling, abortions are now criminal acts in South Dakota. Leader Argus reported that “South Dakota’s long-awaited ‘trigger law’ prohibiting voluntary termination of pregnancy has gone into effect.”

Regarding Nebraska: In January, Bill 933, introduced by State Senators Joni Albrecht of Thurston and Mike Flood of Norfolk, would make it a crime to provide a drug or undertake a procedure for the purpose of terminating to the life of an unborn child, defined as an “individual living member of the species homo sapiens…from fertilization through full gestation and childbirth”.

The decision is expected to disproportionately affect minority women who already have limited access to health care, according to statistics analyzed by The Associated Press.

Thirteen states, mostly in the South and Midwest, already have so-called “trigger laws” on the books that were passed to limit abortion access in the event Roe is overturned. Another half dozen states have bans or near-total bans after 6 weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.

The Mississippi case in question, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, comes from the government of the time. Phil Bryant signed a 15-week abortion ban into law in March 2018 when Justices Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg were still members of a five-judge majority that upholds abortion.

Sioux City, Iowa and beyond

On June 17, the Iowa Supreme Court paved the way for lawmakers to severely limit or even ban abortion in the state, reversing a court ruling just four years ago that guaranteed the right to abortion under the Iowa Constitution.

Following the Iowa Supreme Court ruling, The Associated Press reported, “Data from the Iowa Department of Public Health shows there were 4,058 abortions in Iowa in 2020 – 835 surgical abortions and 3,222 by medication This was an increase from the previous year when 3,566 abortions were reported Iowa averaged just under 3,500 abortions per year from 2015 to 2019.” The story went on to note that the show Planned Parenthood performs approximately 95% of abortions in Iowa and that surgical and medical abortions can be obtained at clinics in Des Moines and Iowa City, while medical abortions are offered at other clinics, including Sioux City, Council Bluffs, and Ames.

The Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Clinic in Sioux City closed June 30, 2017, after the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature approved $3 million in funding cuts to then-government Medicaid. Terry Branstad signed the law before leaving office. The clinic then reopened in June 2020 with limited in-person services such as STI screening and family planning, including birth control, IUD consultation, and Depo injections (a form of injectable birth control).

With the federal and state rulings, Iowa lawmakers could ban abortion in the state without completing the lengthy process of amending the state constitution.

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