In a serious blow to pro-abortion Democrats, the Iowa Supreme Court last week ruled that the state can deny Planned Parenthood the ability to provide sex education programming that is funded via federal money, as Fox News reports.
The justices determined – by a margin of 6-1 – that a 2019 law spearheaded by the state’s GOP-controlled legislature prohibiting such involvement by the group does not violate the constitution, a decision that constitutions a forceful rejection of Planned Parenthood’s contention that the statute contravened the organization’s equal protection rights and did not serve a rational or legitimate governmental interest.
In precluding Planned Parenthood’s participation in federally-funded sex education programs in Iowa, state Supreme Court Justice Dana Oxley wrote that the government had a legitimate concern that “using abortion providers to deliver sex education programs to teenage students would create relationships between the abortion provider and the students the state does not wish to foster in light of its policy preference for childbirth over abortion,” as The Hill reported.
Following the announcement of the ruling, Monica Cline, former Title X Planned Parenthood-educated sex education teacher, told Breitbart News that the decision should be cause for celebration among the state’s children and parents.
Cline opined, “Planned Parenthood’s entire business model relies on separating kids from their parents, who are referred to as barriers to service. If Planned Parenthood is allowed in our schools, it means they are talking to your kids about sex, contraception, STDs, and their version of healthy relationships.”
Also commenting favorably on the outcome, Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds declared the ruling to be “a strong statement in support of the idea that taxpayer dollars should not fund abortion,” adding that she remains “proud to be a pro-life governor who will protect all innocent life.”
Justice Brent Appel, the sole jurist to dissent in the case, argued that state lawmakers “through unconstitutional conditions in these statutes is trying to accomplish indirectly what it cannot do directly: namely, attack abortion rights,” as Fox News further noted.
Not surprisingly, the American Civil Liberties Union – which offered legal support to Planned Parenthood in the case – declared its frustration with the ruling, saying, “We are disappointed that the law was upheld because we understand the harm to young Iowans that will result from this decision. We were privileged to support Planned Parenthood in the vital work they do every day to empower Iowans with sex education and teen pregnancy prevention programming.”
Regardless of the liberals’ protestations, in a sentiment surely echoed by countless pro—life residents of the Hawkeye State, Cline declared, “If parents don’t connect with their kids and talk about the hard topics, someone else will. And thanks to the Iowa Supreme Court, it’s not going to be Planned Parenthood.”