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Negotiations to resume today on a COVID-19 relief package; advocates brace for surge in homeless Americans.


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Concerns about U.S. Postal Service delays and voter intimidation from voting rights advocates. Plus, Joe Biden calls for emergency housing legislation.

Public News Service - IA: Women's

Although recent anti-abortion laws in Iowa have been struck down by the courts, legal observers note that four conservative-leaning justices have been added to the state Supreme Court since 2018. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The issue of whether to restrict abortions has flared up again in Iowa. This week, a judge temporarily blocked enforcement of Iowa's new law that requires a 24-hour waiting period before an abortion. The bill was passed with GOP support just before the Legislature adjourned - an

Iowa is among several states where a debate over whether abortions should still be allowed during the pandemic has surfaced. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A lawsuit has been filed against Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds over the suspension of abortion procedures during the pandemic. Pro-choice groups say the decision will force women to carry pregnancies when they might not want to. The Republican governor said the move will conserve key

After the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in favor of pro-choice advocates in 2018, anti-abortion lawmakers are hoping to amend the Iowa Constitution. (Adobe Stock)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- GOP leaders in Iowa hope to send a constitutional amendment to voters stating that a woman's right to an abortion is not protected -- but opponents of that effort are rallying. The amendment would effectively roll back a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision that affirms women have t

Pro-choice advocates are expected to rally at state capitols and courthouses in all 50 states today in response to Alabama's almost total ban on abortion passed last week. (aclu-ia.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Rallies will be held in six Iowa cities today following the near-total ban on abortions signed into law in Alabama last week and ongoing efforts to pass similar laws in other states. The Alabama law makes no exception in cases of rape or incest and authorizes prison senten

Iowa's Ebonie Bailey used Waterloo's MercyOne Medical Center for the birth of her child and post-delivery contraception before the Catholic-affiliated hospital announced a crackdown on reproductive health care services based on Roman Catholic directives. (Courtesy: Ebonie Bailey)

WATERLOO, Iowa – A Catholic hospital in Iowa that offered contraception for decades has halted those services after Dubuque Archbishop Michael Jackels decided it was time to more strictly adhere to directives from the U.S. Conference on Catholic Bishops. Since April 1, MercyOne Medical Cente

Experts say risk assessment, weight loss, and regular exercise are the three things women can do to reduce their risk of heart attack or stroke. (MabelAmber/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Red will be the color of choice for employees at the YMCA of Greater Des Moines today, as American Heart Month kicks off with "National Wear Red Day" to raise awareness for women's heart health. Since 2006, the death rate for women from coronary heart disease in Iowa has be

Iowa women volunteer at significantly higher rates than men, but don't equal their numbers on county boards and commissions. (sjreia.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Despite a 2012 Iowa law requiring gender balance on county and city boards, the ratio of men to women serving in those offices hasn't evened out, and a new report says improvement has mostly stalled. The research from Iowa State University shows that only four of Iowa's 99

A lawsuit has been filed to stop Iowa's newest anti-abortion law from taking effect on July 1.  (plannedparenthoodaction.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Calling the Iowa "fetal heartbeat" abortion law "beyond extreme," three groups filed suit on Tuesday to stop its implementation. Planned Parenthood, its Iowa chapter and the American Civil Liberties Union Iowa branch said the law passed by Iowa legislators and signed by the

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