Stupak-Pitts is a slippery slope: For example, every health insurance company in America could now lose some of its tax benefits. And you could just say that anybody that got a federal loan for housing could not get an abortion.
Expanding insurance coverage is important, experts say, but only half the battle. For many Americans, particularly in rural areas, access to high quality health care could remain elusive.
Two religious organizations have called on the Family Research Council to shut down a television ad and Web site that contain “massive misinformation” related to the national discussion on health care reform.
The case of an Iowa man sentenced to the maximum allowed by state law for failing to disclose to a one-time intimate partner that he was HIV-positive has been cited as evidence of the need to reevaluate state criminal transmission laws.
The current state of health care delivery in America is so grim that U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin no longer uses the word "care" in reference to reform.
In 1985, over 87 percent of hospitals in remote areas provided obstetric services. Seventeen years later, less than half of existing hospitals offered obstetric services to their communities.
Women living in rural Iowa who need reproductive health care — from contraception to diagnostic tests to abortion — are too often left without access to the services they need.
Shortages of nurses continue to cause concern among elected officials and health care analysts in Iowa, increasing pressure for solutions.
Driving across a rural Iowa highway, anti-abortion signs are almost as common a sight as farmers spraying crops. Now there is a growing body of evidence linking the substances sprayed on fields to human reproductive health issues, including unintended abortions.
Despite the fact that Iowa’s defense of marriage act was passed with the help of Democrats, Republicans throughout the state are connecting the dots between the recent court opinion legalizing same-sex marriage and elections in 2010.
Iowa's legislature and rural communities have yet to address the root causes of the doctor shortage in the state, including incentives for young rural Iowans to take the plunge into medical school.
Iowans facing domestic violence are currently able to access crisis counseling and shelters. But if the state doesn’t find a way to maintain $4 million in funding, all that could change.
Iowa's next turn in the national spotlight begins today, when the state Supreme Court hears arguments on same-sex marriage.
The state of Nebraska faces a situation most parents can’t comprehend. At last count 34 children, ranging in age from 20 months to 17 years, have been left at Nebraska hospitals under the auspices of a vaguely written “Safe Haven” law.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee robocalls Iowans to identify politically active opponents of abortion and to request contributions.
GOP faithful have been debating whether the party should move to the proverbial political center or embrace the conservatism of Gov. Sarah Palin. What has gone unnoticed is that support for Palin is a repudiation of the Bible.
In Iowa, social conservatism — especially as it pertains to issues of reproductive health and abortion — seemed to carry less sway than in elections past.
An Iowa Supreme Court decision confirms that legal counsel for Heidi Anfinson was ineffective for not presenting evidence and investigating Anfinson's claims of postpartum depression.
A group of Iowans focused on addressing challenges facing women statewide understands abortion in the context of many other reproductive health and kitchen table issues.
Give McCain credit for surprising everyone, including many in the GOP. But who is Sarah Palin?
Iowa Gov. Chet Culver last week voiced his displeasure with President George W. Bush’s proposed rule change that would redefine birth control as abortion.
A $400,000 federal grant will fund the Justice for Deaf Victims Coalition, a group that provides services and support to deaf survivors of sexual assault.
Just over 40 women, originally detained in the unprecedented May 12 immigration raid on the town’s kosher meatpacking plant, were released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement back into the town on humanitarian grounds to either care for children or for medical conditions.
If Obama knew my story, or the story of any woman who has sought a late term abortion, he wouldn't make such careless comments on the legality of exceptions to abortion bans.
In the four weeks since the May 12 federal immigration raids at Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, St. Bridget's Church has been a refuge for the plant's undocumented workers.
If we women do fall victim to some nefarious person, we must remember -- in spite of all the "friendly advice" we've been given -- that the blame lies solely on the back of those who would harm others.
In nearly any other election in recent memory, the accusation that a Republican candidate in Iowa not only supported abortion but had participated in one would have been big news -- if not a political kiss of death. Not this year.
More than two weeks have passed since the federal government launched an immigration raid -- the largest single-site raid in American history -- against Agriprocessors in Postville, Iowa, and more stories of abuse continue to surface.
The number of Iowans diagnosed with HIV infection last year rose to its highest level since reporting began in 1998.
Iowa Right to Life wanted to prevent clinics that provide abortion services from receiving family planning funding for low-income women in the state. Now the funding has been cut altogether.
Through our television sets, it seems, we get nearly every possible opinion and viewpoint on nearly every possible topic. Just not abortion.
Was the opinion issued Friday by the Iowa Supreme Court an expansion or a clarification of the state's existing residency requirements for sex offenders? At the end of the day, according to some members of law enforcement, it doesn't matter one way or another.
Only two steps remain in Iowa's legislative quest to require insurance companies to provide coverage of vaccinations for the human papillomavirus, the major cause of cervical cancer.
Iowa has become the seventeenth state to refuse Title V, Section 510 funding for abstinence-only sex education. Iowa currently receives roughly $319,000 in matching funds from the federal funding stream.
The 2007 school-climate survey released by the advocacy group Iowa Pride Network identified progress in ensuring the state's high schools provided safe learning experiences for LGBT youth.
It isn't unusual for Iowa high school students Stacey Hoch and Venessa McDole, both peer advisors, to speak with their classmates about sensitive subjects. Thursday morning, however, they took their advocacy one step further by speaking in front of policymakers to encourage them to reject federal abstinence-only funds.
At a state policy briefing on Thursday morning, Iowa legislators were asked to end federally funded abstinence-only sex education in the state. The move would make Iowa the seventeenth state to reject Title V abstinence-only funding.
Iowa has roughly 100,000 low-income women -- 12.3 percent of all women of childbearing age -- who need, but are not receiving, publicly assisted family planning services. The lack of access has been costly to Iowa, a state where half of all pregnancies are unintended.
Chris Matthews on MSNBC just moments ago: "The polls have just closed in the state of Arkansas... and we're predicting Hillary Clinton to be the winner there."
At the end of his words, a pretty graphic flipped and spun into the middle of the screen showing an outline of the state and photo of Clinton with a checkmark at her side. In smaller text at the bottom "0%" -- as in, zero precincts reporting.
MSNBC is projecting Hillary Clinton to be the winner in Arkansas before a single vote has been counted and reported. Hasn't the media learned anything since Florida in 2000? I guess, at least this time, the network doesn't have to worry about a competitive network making the opposite call for a Republican.
The presidential campaign for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney must be stinging a bit on the news that former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee carried West Virginia today, but you wouldn't know it from the latest supporter email.
Just a few moments ago, the Romney campaign sent out an email message to supporters highlighting the differences between its candidate and Arizona Sen. John McCain. While McCain, who has been downing the poli-vitamins sans water since his Straight Talk Express was nearly pronounced dead-on-arrival in Iowa last summer, is arguably the Republican frontrunner and deserving of Team Romney's scrutiny in these final hours, the email is notably silent when it comes to Huck. He's not mentioned.
The loss of all of West Virginia's 18 Republican delegates has to hit the Romney Campaign hard as it struggles to sustain viability - especially since the candidate himself addressed the convention. Those on the ground in West Virginia are reporting that McCain supporters, following a miserable first-round showing, threw their support to Huckabee in an effort to deny Romney the delegates.
Here in Iowa, a national loss by Romney, the Republican candidate who tossed millions of campaign dollars and untold hours of time into the state, to McCain, a candidate who largely ignored Iowa, doesn't bode well. The same holds true on the Democratic side of the coin if New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is named the Democratic nominee. The conventional wisdom is neither Clinton nor McCain would be strong supporters of Iowa's traditional role as first-in-the-nation.
Oh, no! Not again.
It's been a month since the Iowa caucus and I was foolish enough to believe I was over the hump - that the curse had been broken. It should have been. Yet, this morning while waking up to the Good Morning America crew, it all came flooding back.
The camera panned the crowd at Times Square. I realized a moment too late that the sign warriors were out in force. Even knowing what was coming, my feet refused to move away from the screen.
Judy Norsigian, founder of Our Bodies, Ourselves, talks about the group's ongoing work to promote breastfeeding and birthing options and to provide evidenced-based health information that's not affected by corporate bias.
In his first direct email to supporters since leaving the race for the White House, Sen. Sam Brownback has used the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade as a fund-raising catalyst for his political action committee.
While millions of Americans are either celebrating or grieving the 35th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision today, 25-year-old Katie Wilkins credits the law for the 5-year-old girl playing outside her kitchen window.
Former Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack was shocked to learn that half of the state's pregnancies are unplanned. In response, she launched the Iowa Initiative to Reduce Unintended Pregnancies, a program focused on helping women between the ages of 18 and 30 receive family planning information.
For this to be the political year of the woman, candidates are going to have to become serious about courting women by speaking in detail about their core issues of concern. But as any good campaign strategist will tell you, details do not a good sound bite make.
It's the final countdown. Attacks on Mitt Romney are coming all the way from Massachusetts, twelve more antiwar protesters were arrested, some Iowans are still extremely fickle, and the rest of the nation has never gotten campaign promises like these!
Tomorrow is caucus day and Iowans are flashing back to 2004 when Dennis Kucinich threw his support behind Edwards just before caucus day helping to propel Edwards to a second place finish. This year, however, Kucinich is supporting Obama.
Just two more days until the beginning of the primaries and Barack Obama and Mike Huckabee look strong in the last Des Moines Register poll before caucusing begins.
It's caucus week and with just three days to go Iowa phones are ringing off the hook and GOP front-runners Romney and Huckabee continue to trade barbs.
Just four days to go before the primaries are underway and the candidate's families, and a few stars, are out stumping. New years eve celebrations, Iowa style, are planned and a slew of new ads hit the airwaves.
Five days before caucus night and Obama criticizes his opponents continued use of PACs for fund raising and McCain introduced Iowans to the leader of the anti-abortion coalition, Faith for McCain.
Six days to go until the Iowa caucus and Mike Huckabee comes out ahead even with his mis-speak after Bhutto's death yesterday.
The second in the series of Lynda Waddington's daily reports from Iowa during the run-up to the caucuses on January 3rd.
The countdown to Iowa begins. With eight days until the Iowa caucus, candidates are scrambling to make the biggest splash but are Iowans already worn out?
In its purest form, "gotcha" politics is taking a single moment -- a snapshot in time based on one statement, one policy stance, one incident -- and using it to define the whole.
Social conservatives in Iowa continue to grapple with Mitt Romney's checkered anti-choice record.
Sen. Hillary Clinton has released her HIV/AIDS plan, which would double the HIV/AIDS research budget within the National Institutes of Health to $5.2 billion annually.
The grassroots group Iowans for AIDS Action has made global AIDS a prominent issue in the 2008 presidential campaign.
National Right to Life became the first national grassroots organization to issue a formal endorsement in the Republican presidential contest Tuesday morning when they put their support behind former Tennessee Sen. Fred Thompson.
Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd has received a boost to his presidential campaign from a prominent member of the global health community.
Not one of the three friends expected her life to be touched by depression, postpartum or otherwise, yet it was depression that brought them together.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson hears voters' concerns in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
CEDAW activist Alice Dahle proves one woman can make a difference.
The tide is turning against federal funding for abstinence-only education as Congress is given the chance to dry up one stream of funding. Will they take it?
The construction of a new Planned Parenthood clinic in Aurora, Illinois, has been held up as the judge in the case rules against Planned Parenthood's claim of discrimination. But the fight isn't close to over.
I can remember the weather on every significant day of my life, except the day I lost my son.
Sen. Hillary Clinton has finally released her health care plan, and rivals to her right and left denounce it.
A new Missouri law classifying Planned Parenthood clinics as "ambulatory surgical centers" isn't about safety - it's about circumventing a women's legal right to an abortion.
In Iowa, women remind Sen. Barack Obama that reproductive rights issues are far broader than just the right to an abortion.
Democratic presidential contender Bill Richardson discusses his accomplishments as governor of New Mexico and what he would do with the money we're spending in Iraq each week.
Republican and Democratic presidential contenders find common ground on the HPV vaccine, but not where we want them too.
Iowa must mesh its state sexuality education guidelines with federal mandates.
In Missouri, the only sex education allowed is the inaccurate information that follows federal government guidelines.
The most effective sexuality education curricula in Illinois get no federal or state funding.
As the competition for the Iowa caucus heats up, candidates attempt to out-do one another opposing contraception. Romney, Brownback and Tancredo lead the charge.
Your instinctive reaction was right: Bratz dolls are harmful to girls, an APA study says.
Rewire's ace Iowa analyst, Lynda Waddington of Iowa Independent, previews this weekend's money-driven GOP straw poll and what it might mean for social conservatives.
Though the American public has been mostly insulated from the near brawls between the Republican hopefuls, Sunday's ABC Presidential Forum in Des Moines has begun to drag some of the GOP carnage into the spotlight.
Veteran journalist Helen Thomas is worried about what she describes as the current "chipping away" of individual rights by the Bush administration and the U.S. Supreme Court.
On the campaign trail, even in the political powerhouse state of Iowa, candidates rarely include basic reproductive health statements in stump speeches.
Project Pharmacy's aim is to determine availability of emergency contraception at Iowa pharmacies as well as to educate and inform both pharmacists and the general public about emergency contraception.