Meeting Public Comments

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A bill for an act relating to the more options for maternal support program, and including effective date and retroactive applicability provisions.(See SF 2252.)
Subcommittee members: Costello-CH, Edler, Trone Garriott
Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2024
Time: 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Location: Senate Lounge
Comments Submitted:
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Janell Wright []
This bill does not require that the subcontractors, which is what the "nonprofit centers" actually are, have or maintain any persons with medical licensure at any location, let alone All locations. It allows for nonlicensed individuals to provide medical guidance, and opens up the state Department of Health and Human Services to litigation regarding subcontractors practicing medicine without proper licensing. Furthermore, nothing in this bill requires for individuals being counseled to be informed that the center is NOT a medical center, and actively encourages the subcontractors to avoid sharing this information to "i.Ensure that program funds are not used to provide or refer pregnant women for terminations of pregnancy". This bill continues to provide funding to prolife organizations, regardless of the harm they do to Iowa families.
Lauren Smith []
I am against this bill. This bill focuses on a redundant idea, there are already services (properly licensed medical locations and services) that help mothers without ulterior agendas such as "encouraging" them to carry a pregnancy to term regardless of their feelings or health. The time, effort, and funds that are focused on this bill would be better put to more reliable services that already exist. The health and support of a mother and baby should not be done with specific motives in mind and should be done with licensed health professionals and standards.
Denise Bubeck [The Family Leader Foundation]
I am writing in support of SSB 3114Supporting moms through the MOMS Bill SSB3114 can be a valuable and impactful endeavor. Pregnancy resource centers often aim to provide comprehensive support to pregnant women, including emotional, educational, and material assistance. Pregnancy Resource centers often offer educational programs that focus on prenatal care, parenting skills, childbirth education, and postpartum support. Many moms benefit from information about nutrition, breastfeeding, and baby care.They offer baby clothes, diapers, formula, and other essential baby items. Establish partnerships with local businesses or individuals to secure regular donations. They can provide transportation services for pregnant women who may have difficulty accessing the center for appointments or educational programs.There are many ways these centers come along Moms sometimes for a year or two. I think this bill will be significant for all Iowans as we support Moms and babies. Please Senators support SSB3114 Thank you so much for bringing this bill forward.