Abortion rights have been settled precedent since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade landmark decision finally granted women to have the right to control their fertility and their destiny. Gone were the days where women had to risk their lives seeking dangerous back alley abortions. We are now waiting for the 2022 Supreme Court ruling that will likely overturn Roe vs. Wade. That will give states the power to shape their own abortion policies, including total bans.
Currently, Iowa has a strong Constitutional ruling on the books (2018 decision Planned Parenthood of the Heartland. v Reynolds. 2018) that clearly defines abortion as a primary and fundamental decision that women make for themselves. That decision could be overturned if Republicans succeed in getting a law passed and before the Iowa Supreme Court. Since the 2018 ruling, Governor Reynolds has stacked the court with her selections, all conservatives. Those new justices could overturn Heartland vs. Reynolds.
Senator Claire Celsi serves on the Senate State Government Committee. The Republican Constitutional Amendment passed through this committee and Senator Celsi led the Democrats’ floor fight to stop the bill. Senator Celsi is passionate about Iowans maintaining their rights to a complete range of reproductive healthcare, including safe and readily accessible abortion. Celsi has spoken out forcefully about the Constitutional right to an abortion in Iowa on the Senate floor.
Sen. Claire Celsi, D-West Des Moines, said the Iowa Constitution has been amended several times, but it was always to expand the rights of Iowans. She said this amendment would take rights away.
“Public poll after public poll affirms that our constituents trust pregnant Iowans to make decisions about their own bodies with the advice of their physicians, their partner and their God,” Celsi said. “In contrast, if approved, this constitutional amendment seeks to take away a right to bodily autonomy and privacy.” – Senator Claire Celsi