Two Events Puts Focus on Iowa State Capitol Monuments on Independence Day

One rally is planned to call for the removal of three monuments at the Iowa State Capitol on July 4 while another event is planned to appreciate them.

Video: Pornhub Exposed As #TraffickingHub

The #TraffickingHub campaign and Exodus Cry released a video this week that exposes Pornhub as complicit in the sexual exploitation of women and minors.

Friday Five Items of Good News (Vol. 9)

Every Friday, Shane Vander Hart shares five items of good news or inspiring stories from the week to end the work week on a positive note.

Grassley, Whitver Support Law Enforcement Action, Condemn Violence at State Capitol

Speaker Pat Grassley and Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said they support law enforcement action that led to 17 arrests at the State Capitol after a protest turned violent.

Listen: USCIRF Commissioner Confirms China’s Forced Sterilization of Uyghurs

Nury Turkel, USCIRF commissioner and chairman of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, says he’s not surprised by the AP report outlining forced abortions and sterilizations.

Heading Into July, COVID-19 Hospitalizations in Iowa Tick-Up Slightly

On the first day of July, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports a slight increase in hospitalizations from COVID-19.

Feds Send $2 Million to Planned Parenthood in Iowa for Sex Education

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will receive a three-year sex education grant totaling $2,053,383 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Iowa’s 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortion Temporarily Blocked

District Court Judge Mitchell Turner granted a temporary injunction blocking Iowa’s 24-hour waiting period for abortions from taking effect on July 1.

Vander Hart: The Iowa Civil Rights Commission Seeks to Restrict Free Speech

The Iowa Civil Rights Commission says using the wrong name and pronouns for transgender persons could be considered “illegal harassment.”

Supreme Court Rules Religious Schools Can’t Be Excluded From School Choice Programs

The Supreme Court ruled that Montana’s exclusion of religious schools in their school choice program was a violation of its residents free exercise rights.

Reynolds Signs 24-Hour Waiting Period for Abortions Into Law

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed HF 594, a bill requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions, into law that already faces a legal challenge by abortion advocates.

Vander Hart: Roberts Places Institutional Loyalty Before Sound Judgment

Shane Vander Hart: Chief Justice John Roberts had the opportunity to correct the wrong decision in Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt, but failed to do it.

Ernst Trails Greenfield at Start of General Election Campaign

U.S. Sen Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, starts her general election campaign trailing her Democratic challenger Theresa Greenfield in three separate polls in early June.

Axne, Finkenauer, and Loebsack Vote for D.C. Statehood

Iowa’s Democratic U.S. Reps. Cindy Axne, Abby Finkenauer, and Dave Loebsack voted in favor of giving the District of Columbia statehood.

Freedom for Youth Responds to Black Lives Matter Banner Controversy

Mark Nelson: “Freedom for Youth endorses and actively conducts programs that help overcome racial inequity and other barriers every day.”

Ernst Introduces Bill Withholding Federal Funding for Cities That Allow Anarchy

U.S. Senator Joni Ernst announced a new bill that would restrict federal funding from going to cities that allow anarchists to control parts of their city.