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Democrats Call for Public Hearing on Bill that Puts Families at Risk, Bans Birth Control Pill

Democrats in the Iowa House today requested a public hearing on a bill moving through the House that would jeopardize the health and safety of Iowa families while banning the most common form of contraception.

“I’m deeply concerned about the impact House File 153 has on the health and safety of Iowa families. In no situation should a family be forced to choose between saving a mother’s life or having her charged with murder,” said Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell of Ames, who is Ranking Member of the House Human Resources Committee. “It’s important for us to hear from Iowans who understand what the bill means to their own family.”

The bill, House File 153, was approved by a House subcommittee on Monday and is currently in the House Human Resources Committee. House Democrats requested the public hearing today and Speaker Kraig Paulsen will now decide when to hold the public hearing.

“While I understand everyone has strong feelings about pregnancy, I believe the bill goes too far and has too many unintended consequences. It would ban the most common form of contraception in Iowa, the birth control pill, and limit options for families who struggle to get pregnant,” concluded Wessel-Kroeschell.

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