Fighting for Access: Women’s Reproductive Healthcare in Iowa


MAY 4, 2018

LYNDA WADDINGTON, Syndicated opinion columnist

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
310 Fifth Street SE, Cedar Rapids

$10 per person (payable at the door) — includes lunch

State policy changes altered the landscape for Iowa women seeking health care services—especially so for women who are not affluent, or women who require specialized obstetrics or gynecology services. Debate leading to these policy changes focused nearly unerringly on abortion services, preventing or at least side-stepping discussion of many other non-controversial aspects of reproductive health care. What are the practical ramifications of a state-run family planning fund that specifically excludes some of the state’s most affordable and knowledgeable providers?

Lynda Waddington is an Eastern Iowa wife and mom who regularly defies the laws of time management by producing a twice-weekly syndicated opinion column for The Gazette (Cedar Rapids). Her viewpoints stem from roots in community journalism, more than two decades of covering Iowa politics, meager beginnings in rural America, and a life-long mission to help women and girls reach their full potential. Lynda is a voracious book reader, wannabe social media guru, victim of wanderlust and professional pot-stirrer, not necessarily in that order. She’s spoken throughout the South and Midwest on the need for more female voices in the public square, and views industry awards on her shelf with incredulity and bemusement.


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