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The strength of the Iowa ban on gender affirming care following decisions in Florida and Arkansas

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River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

The Iowa Attorney General's office announced in April it would pause a longstanding program that compensates rape victims for emergency contraceptives. On this episode of River to River, Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird joins host Ben Kieffer to discuss various political topics, including the emergency contraception pause, lawsuits cracking down on "robocalls" and the recent Iowa Supreme Court decision on abortion.

Then Tina Solis and Seth Horvath discuss their work with gender-affirming care cases and whether a law to ban this care for minors in Iowa could be challenged.


  • Brenna Bird, Iowa Attorney General
  • Tina Solis, partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
  • Seth Horvath, partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Dani Gehr is a producer for River to River and Talk of Iowa. Dani came to Iowa from her hometown in the northwest suburbs of Chicago to attend Iowa State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, international studies and French. Before coming to IPR, Dani covered local government in Story County for the Ames Tribune and Des Moines Register.