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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

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By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

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By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

EXCLUSIVE: State lawmakers draft bill to end access to abortion, birth control

By Lynda Waddington | 02.04.10 | 2:30 pm

Sixteen Iowa lawmakers — 15 Republicans and one Democrat — have begun a process that could result in an amendment of the Iowa Constitution, but the focus isn’t same-sex marriage. The proposed amendment calls for the state to recognize human eggs as persons worthy of legal protection, effectively ending any access to abortion and possibly to contraception.

The “personhood” initiative is the latest strategy by anti-abortion forces, and is being pushed in Iowa and 29 other states. At recent demonstrations in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with the anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, the controversial pastor of a prominent California African American evangelical ministry explained that the initiative allows those who oppose abortion to equate their cause with historic civil rights movements.

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“There was no Supreme Court decision that … overturned Dred Scott,” said Rev. John Hunter during the demonstrations. “That is not what freed the slaves. Dred Scott never got overturned, and, look at me: I’m free.”

According to Personhood Colorado, one of the longest standing and most active branches of the national group Personhood USA, American physicians under the auspices of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists changed the definition of contraception to not only describe medications that prevent fertilization of an egg, but those that prohibit or discourage implantation in the uterus. For this reason, the personhood initiative seeks to ban nearly all forms of prevalent birth control, except barrier methods such as condoms.

Critics of the initiative have been quick to point out that a woman’s body naturally miscarry frequently — and often early enough so that the woman in question is not aware of anything more than a heavier than usual menstrual cycle. They question if women could be considered culpable during such miscarriages for destroying what the state has identified as a person worthy of legal protection. Proponents of the change indicate that women would have to both cause the miscarriage and do so with “criminal intent” before such a legal proceeding would take place. It remains unclear, however, if a woman who suffers a miscarriage could be charged criminally if she knowingly engaged in activity known to be detrimental to early pregnancy, such as illicit drug use, smoking, alcohol consumption, horseback riding and unusually strenuous exercise.

What both sides agree upon is that the measure, if adopted into states’ constitutions, will ban all abortions and all embryonic stem cell research.

The language introduced in Iowa reads as follows:

The right to life is the paramount and most fundamental right of every person. With respect to the fundamental and inalienable rights of all persons guaranteed in this Constitution, the word “person’ applies to all human beings, irrespective of age, health, function, physical or mental dependency, or method of reproduction, whether in vivo or in vitro, from the beginning of their biological development, including the single-cell human embryo.

The statement was introduced as a joint resolution to amend the Iowa Constitution. In order for the amendment to become law it would need to be adopted in two separate sessions of the Iowa legislature before being placed on the ballot for final ratification in a public vote. The measure was introduced and sent to the House Committee on State Government, where it was further referred to a subcommittee. There is no reason to believe, given the current make-up of the Iowa legislature and the committee reviewing the bill, that this measure will find a path to the chamber floor — at least not during the current legislative session.

Iowa Republican Reps. Dwayne Alons (Hull), Royd Chambers (Sheldon), Jodi Tymeson (Winterset), Mike May (Spirit Lake), Kevin Koester (Ankeny), Matt Windschitl (Missouri Valley), Jason Schultz (Schleswig), Betty DeBoef (What Cheer), Kent Sorenson (Indianola), Annette Sweeney (Alden), Daniel Huseman (Aurelia), Jeff Kaufmann (Wilton), Henry Rayhons (Garner), Chris Hagenow (Windsor Heights) and Chuck Soderberg (Le Mars) joined with Democratic Rep. Delores Mertz (Ottosen) to sponsor the joint resolution.

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Comments

  • RegularJoe

    Someone call those villages and let 'em know their idiots have managed to wander to the state capital.

  • poppasauk

    Hey boys and girls, try doing something at the state house that needs doing, not something to get you contributions from the looney bins. Get to work on fixing the state's problems and get your hands off our reproductive organs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-Crawford/1171661673 Randy Crawford

    Civilization is all about learning self-control and not stepping on the little guy. You never know when it will be your turn to be the little guy. It is about time for people to learn to control their primitive primate instincts, and not take their immature selfishness out on helpless innocent babies. Abortion is the ultimate in selfishness and stepping on those who have done nothing wrong. The sooner we outlaw abortion, the sooner we can call ourselves civilized. Until then, Iowa is just another state of conniving murderous criminals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-Crawford/1171661673 Randy Crawford

    Civilization is all about learning self-control and not stepping on the little guy. You never know when it will be your turn to be the little guy. It is about time for people to learn to control their primitive primate instincts, and not take their immature selfishness out on helpless innocent babies. Abortion is the ultimate in selfishness and stepping on those who have done nothing wrong. The sooner we outlaw abortion, the sooner we can call ourselves civilized. Until then, Iowa is just another state of conniving murderous criminals.

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