Iowa AG: No More Morning After Pills For Rape Victims

The Des Moines Register reports:

The Iowa Attorney General’s Office has put on hold its longstanding practice of paying for emergency contraception, and in rare cases abortions, for victims of sexual assault. Iowa law and federal regulations require the state to pay for many of the expenses facing assault survivors who seek medical help, including the costs of forensic examinations and treatments for sexually transmitted infections.

Under Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, the state’s victim compensation fund also picked up the tab for Plan B ― the so-called “morning after” pill ― and similar treatments to prevent unwanted pregnancies. A spokeswoman for Republican Attorney General Brenna Bird, who defeated Miller’s bid for an 11th term last fall, confirmed to the Des Moines Register that payment for such costs is on hold.

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As always, the cruelty is the point.

Bird last appeared on JMG in 2019 when a state official was awarded $1.5 million in an anti-gay discrimination lawsuit. At the time of the incident, Bird was chief counsel to former Gov. Terry Branstad and the pair had demanded that the man resign when they learned he was gay.