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Welcome to the best opinion pieces of the week from News From The States. Our commentary includes our own journalists from across our extensive network as well as outside voices to bring a wide range of perspectives and ideas. In addition to the sampling below, you can look through all our commentary here.



GOP can’t go back to 2018 to dodge fallout of their abortion ban

Kathie Obradovich | Iowa Capital Dispatch

As we've seen in other states, doctors won't treat life-threatening pregnancy complications until the patient is at death's door.​​​​​​​(Photo via Getty Images)

As we've seen in other states, doctors won't treat life-threatening pregnancy complications until the patient is at death's door.
(Photo via Getty Images)

What Iowa GOP lawmakers and Gov. Kim Reynolds are planning to do in Tuesday’s special session may have started out as the most politically expedient course of action on abortion – but it could backfire in a spectacular way.

Here’s why.

Reynolds and the GOP majority under the golden dome are coming back into session at the cost of tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to try again to pass a law banning most abortions after roughly six weeks of gestation.

No matter what they pass, this law is going straight back to court, at the cost of potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars for litigation, again at the expense of taxpayers. Its ultimate fate will not be decided before the Legislature’s regular session in January.

In fact, it probably won’t be decided before the 2024 elections.


Canadian wildfire smoke should be wakeup call for West Virginia officials

Quenton King | West Virginia Watch


The biggest challenge for Alabama Democrats? Alabama demographics

Brian Lyman | Alabama Reflector


Kris Kobach stuffs himself into superhero costume to combat transgender Kansans’ rights

Clay Wirestone | Kansas Reflector


They had one job. And the Montana Legislature failed.

Darrell Ehrlick | Daily Montanan


We’ve never seen a violation of open meetings law like this

Quentin Young | Colorado Newsline


The Indian Child Welfare Act is a cornerstone of Virginia tribal sovereignty

Samantha Willis | Virginia Mercury


The Wisconsin state budget is done. Now what?

Ruth Conniff | Wisconsin Examiner


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