IOWA Defunds Planned Parenthood Sex Education
This article originally appeared in this issue of the WSR: 2019-05-15

Iowa governor, Kim Reynolds, has signed a budget bill that contains a provision that no money for sex education programs in Iowa will be given to Planned Parenthood. This is the latest in a long string of victories of anti-Planned Parenthood warriors in the state.

When news like this breaks, STOPP always receives calls from people in other states asking “How did they do it?” The answer is—through years and years of very hard work. Any effort to defeat Planned Parenthood in a state always involves hundreds of people from all walks of life. It also involves an active leader. In the case of Iowa, over the last decade, that leader was Jennifer Bowen. From 2010 to 2016, she was CEO of Iowa Right to Life and then founded Life Right Action. Jennifer is dedicated to ending abortion in the state of Iowa and has been a major opponent of Planned Parenthood in the state. 

Back in 2017, Jennifer listed for us some of the major victories over Planned Parenthood the state has seen. Among the list are:

  • TWENTY Planned Parenthood clinics CLOSED FOR GOOD in Iowa between 2010-2017! (That number is now 21.)
  • None of the half dozen Planned Parenthood Iowa clinics scheduled to open shortly after 2011 ever did. In fact, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (PPH) never got close to their goal of a walk-in abortion clinic in all 99 counties.
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (which operated clinics in Iowa and Nebraska) actually went out of business as it merged with another Planned Parenthood affiliate that had clinics in Minnesota and South Dakota. 

Jennifer pointed out that, since 2010, Iowa has had a pro-life governor, lt. governor and legislature, who have sacrificed much to provide a safer Iowa for our unborn children and their mothers. They have passed numerous pro-life and anti-Planned Parenthood laws.

The signing of this latest budget removing sex education funds from Planned Parenthood clearly demonstrates that God is continuing to bless the state’s efforts to protect all children from Planned Parenthood.

We congratulate the anti-Planned Parenthood forces in Iowa and stand willing to help any organization begin the effort to do the same in its state.