"Planned Parenthood was aware of the proximity to ICE, but purchased the building with the understanding that the ICE office would be relocating," a spokesperson told Rewire.
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“This policy does not protect life. It jeopardizes the lives of countless women by withholding critical information and access to the full range of reproductive health care," said Nancy Northup, CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights.
Millions would lose health-care coverage under the widely criticized and increasingly unpopular bill that House Republicans passed last week.
As survivors of sexual assault attempt to determine how the proposed legislation could affect them, opponents of the bill warn of a potential chilling effect on reports of sexual assault, an already-underreported crime.
The actions taken by Iowa Republicans are reminiscent of steps taken by Texas lawmakers in 2011, and the impact appears to have had a similar effect.