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Iowa Passes Abortion Ban Counter to the Beliefs of Iowans

Iowa’s abortion ban is harmful, cruel, and against the wishes of Iowans, a large majority of whom believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases.

Advocates for Youth is deeply proud to work with a network of young people across the country, including in Iowa, who are working to ensure everyone has access to the abortion care they need when they need it. Lawmakers working to force through harmful bans and restrictions are severely out of touch with the millions of young people who support abortion access, who have watched as bans stripped pregnant people of their autonomy and endangered their health and lives.

Supreme Court Limits LGBTQ Protections

Advocates for Youth condemns the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision ruling in 303 Creative v. Elenis that businesses discriminating against LGBTQ+ people are protected through the free speech clause of the First Amendment. Plainly, the Court ruled in favor of a Christian web designer who refuses to create websites that celebrate same-sex weddings.

Statement on SCOTUS Rulings on Affirmative Action

Advocates for Youth is deeply disappointed in the devastating outcome of these cases. Affirmative action programs have significantly helped Black, Indigenous, and Latinx youth, who have historically been excluded from colleges and universities, access higher education. This decision is just another blatant attempt by those with power and privilege to do whatever they can to hold on to that power. It undermines efforts to remedy systemic racism in public education and to create diverse and inclusive campuses.

Muslim Youth Leadership Council Statement on Affirming LGBTQ+ Muslims

While we are disturbed and disheartened by the recent open-letter “Navigating Differences” published on May 23, 2023, we are incredibly proud of the community response to it; numerous publications, organizations and individuals have been rallying against the sexist, queerphobic ideology preached in the original publication, as well as the declaration of the authors and signatories that they are the sole authority on what “Islam” says, supports or stands for. 

Statement on the White House Executive Order Expanding Access to Contraception

Advocates for Youth applauds and welcomes President Biden’s executive order expanding contraception access. In the current political environment, in which attacks on reproductive and sexual health and rights proliferate, it’s incredibly important to remove barriers to contraception where possible. We applaud the White House’s commitment to contraceptive access and strongly urge federal agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services, to now take action to expand that access. 

Statement on the Abortion Justice Act

Advocates for Youth applauds the introduction of the Abortion Justice Act, a groundbreaking piece of legislation that charts a policy path forward, where abortion care is available, affordable, and accessible.

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