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Iowa ACLU suing State over 2019 legislation proscribing intercourse reassignment surgical procedure

DES MOINES, Iowa (KWWL) – The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa filed a lawsuit Thursday to improve access to sex reassignment surgery.

This surgery helps transgender people completely transition to the gender they identify by removing sex organs that were given to them at birth. The surgery is currently legal in Iowa but is not covered by Medicaid.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled in the Eerieanna Good and Carol Bean case v. The Iowa Department of Human Services in 2018 that these operations should be covered by Medicaid and that it was discriminatory not to do so.

However, Republican lawmakers overturned that decision in April 2019 and passed a new law that again prevented public funding of these operations.

“This policy is in violation of the Iowa Constitution because it discriminates against people in the face and deliberately for simply being transgender,” said Rita Bettis Austen, Iowa legal director for the ACLU.