Letter to the Editor: Submitted by Karen Pratte

To the Editor:

Iowans value liberty and rights as reflected in the state’s motto “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” Tragically, Gov. Reynolds and her legislators have relentlessly attacked our liberty and finally succeeded in stripping away women’s reproductive rights. By the narrowest of margins, Reynolds’ four hand-picked Supreme Court Justices ruled (4-3 decision) to allow the six-week abortion ban to take effect.

In a few weeks, abortions in Iowa will not be legal after six weeks. Abortion will be a punishable crime just like in Texas and Idaho, states with similar extreme abortion laws. Women, their daughters and granddaughters have fewer rights than they did two years ago when the U.S. Supreme Court’s radical extremist justices overturned Roe, rescinding 50 years of a woman’s right to an abortion.

We deserve leaders who protect our freedoms, who respect women’s rights to make their own reproductive decisions. We deserve leaders who live up to the state motto of “Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain.” Take action.  Together we can get the leaders we deserve.

Karen Pratte