Dear Editor:

I am writing in response to the proposed constitutional amendments that would take away Iowans’ right to safe and legal abortion. As a registered Iowa voter, I’m outraged that politicians insist on limiting health care options by inserting themselves into what should be private decisions.

I was proud to say that our Iowa Constitution was protecting us and ensuring our right to personal freedom, but this amendment would prevent doctors from exercising their best medical judgment about a person’s health. Anti-abortion politicians call these amendments “abortion neutral,” but this modification lays the groundwork to ban abortion entirely. 

When elected officials’ personal beliefs affect private health care decisions, Iowans’ well-being is put at risk. If this amendment passes, the Iowa Constitution would no longer protect a woman’s right to end a pregnancy under any circumstance, including when a pregnancy results from rape or incest or when her health or life is in danger.

    The purpose of the Iowa Constitution is to protect our rights, not take them away. We must contact our representatives and tell them to vote no on SJR 2001 and HSB 577 because Iowans deserve a full range of healthcare options.

Anna Lavender