Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Republicans in the Iowa House introduced legislation this month that would impose a slew of fresh restrictions on the kinds of food people can purchase using SNAP benefits, sparking outrage among local groups who say the measure would exacerbate hunger in the GOP-dominated state. The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), an interfaith group that operates the largest food pantry network in… Source Source / Read More: Iowa GOP Pushes “Profoundly Cruel and Petty” Food Benefit Restrictions

Driver Intentionally Rammed Abortion Rights Protesters in Iowa, Witnesses Say

An unidentified male motorist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa intentionally rammed into several women on Friday night as abortion rights defenders peacefully protested the right-wing U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade. The driver of a Ford truck maneuvered around multiple cars at a red light and drove through the tail end of a group of demonstrators who were crossing a street downtown, running over one woman’s ankle and sending her to the hospital, witnesses told HuffPost. “He tried to murder them,” said Lyz Lenz, a local journalist and witness to the attack. “These women see him coming and a…

Iowa High Court Reverses Its Own 2018 Ruling Recognizing Right to Abortion

The Iowa state Supreme Court has overruled a 2018 decision it previously made that deemed abortion rights protected under the state constitution. The reason for the reversal, which was announced on Friday, appears to only have happened because four justices, nominated by anti-abortion Gov. Kim Reynolds (R), were placed on the state’s highest bench over the past five years. Six of the seven justices overall were appointed by Republicans. The ruling does not make abortion illegal in Iowa, as federal standards and other laws in the state remain in place. But it does remove the previously held recognition from the…