• Press Release

EMILYs List Statement on Iowa Republicans’ Special Legislative Session To Ban Abortion

July 11, 2023


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a special session in the Republican-led Iowa state legislature is convening in an effort to codify harsher abortion restrictions in the state. This special session was called by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds after the courts blocked her efforts to reinstate a 2018 near-total abortion ban. EMILYs List President Laphonza Butler released the following statement: 

“Governor Reynolds and Iowa Republicans clearly will not stop until they have ended abortion in Iowa. It’s yet another proof point that who we elect as governor and in our state legislatures matters. It’s the difference between accessible essential health care in your state and lawmakers controlling if, when, and how you start a family. Gov. Reynolds: it’s time to stop playing politics and trust Iowans. They want reproductive freedom.”

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