What ACLU Is Targeting Taxpayers For In Iowa Will Have You Seeing Red

June 24, 2019
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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) plans to sue the State of Iowa because the taxpayers refuse to cover gender reassignment surgery.

Iowa officials fight back by saying the completely elective surgery is not the responsibilities of the taxpayers.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed a bill on May 3 that included language amending the state’s Civil Rights Act so that government officials are not required to pay for gender reassignment surgery.

According to Fox News, the group’s Iowa chapter filed a lawsuit, challenging a state amendment to its Civil Rights Act granting officials that discretion. According to the lawsuit, the state’s Supreme Court said those types of restrictions violated its Civil Rights Act in addition to the equal protection guarantee of the state’s constitution.

“This cruel amendment has no basis in medicine or science. Every major medical association agrees gender dysphoria is a serious medical condition and that surgical treatment is medically necessary for some transgender people,” Rita Bettis Austen, Legal Director of the ACLU of Iowa, said.

“That includes the American Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Association of Social Workers, and the World Professional Association of Transgender Health (WPATH).”

Republican Sen. Jake Chapman said as the bill was introduced that some lawmakers were hearing from their constituents who were upset by the court’s decision and believe “this is an elective surgery that if Iowans want to do, that’s fine but not with our taxpayer dollars.”

Reynolds spokesman Pat Garrett said she will work with the attorney general’s office to defend “this narrow provision clarifying that Iowa’s Civil Rights Act does not require taxpayer dollars to pay for sex reassignment and other similar surgeries — the state’s position for years.”

If ACLU is successful it could mean that Iowa’s working-class taxpayers will be on the hook to cover sex change operations.

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