State of Iowa Archives: on Abortion


Joni Ernst: Opposes all federal funding of Planned Parenthood

Q: Support Planned Parenthood receiving public funds for non-abortion care?

Joni Ernst: No. Opposes all federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Theresa Greenfield: Yes. Opposes "shutting down Planned Parenthood," which serves "a crucial part of our population."

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Opposes shutting down Planned Parenthood

Q: Support Planned Parenthood receiving public funds for non-abortion care?

Theresa Greenfield: Yes. Opposes "shutting down Planned Parenthood," which serves "a crucial part of our population."

Joni Ernst: No. Opposes all federal funding of Planned Parenthood.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Iowa Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Joni Ernst: Don't think Roe will be overturned

Q: What do you do if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade?

Ernst: I am proudly pro-life. I think every life has value and is worthwhile. I don't believe anyone is to be thrown away. I think the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned is very minimal. I don't see that happening. But what we can do is certainly educate the public on how important life is. So again, I'm adamantly pro-life. I will stand behind that.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Always defend woman's right to make own health decisions

Q: What should happen if the court overturns Roe v. Wade?

Greenfield: I know that there are strong feelings on both sides of this issue, absolutely. And I believe Roe is settled law. I will always defend a woman's right to make her own health care decisions with the guidance of her doctor. And I actually will defend all people to make their own health care decisions with their doctors and will continue to defend it regardless of where we go in the future.

Source: Iowa Public Television transcript of 2020 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Women should have access to safe affordable health care

Theresa believes in women's constitutional right to make their own health care decisions. Theresa believes all women, regardless of where they live or how much money they make, should have access to safe, high-quality, affordable health care. Theresa is proudly endorsed by EMILY's List and NARAL Pro-Choice America, and she will always work to defend women's rights and health.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website GreenfieldForIowa.com Jun 2, 2020

Michael Franken: Codify Roe v. Wade; fully fund Planned Parenthood

Mike supports a woman's right to choose. He will defend that right, and he will reject any judicial nominee who threatens a woman's choice. Mike knows that Democrats cannot simply play defense on this issue -- government must play an activist role in supporting women's health. Besides codifying Roe v. Wade and fully funding for Planned Parenthood and associated programs, Mike supports universal access to long-acting reversible contraceptives.
Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website FrankenForIowa.org May 27, 2020

Eddie Mauro: Fundamental right to make one's own health care decisions

Eddie Mauro is a person of strong faith that believes in a person's fundamental right to make their own health care decisions - including the right to an abortion. People facing an unintended pregnancy have a fundamental right to safe and legal abortion, but everyone has an interest in reducing unintended pregnancies that may result in an abortion. He supports repeal of the Trump-Pence Administration "Gag Rule" that puts health care at risk for millions of Americans.

In office, I will only vote to confirm federal judges that recognize that equal protection applies to all Americans, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. I will question judges on their fundamental respect and approach to reproductive rights, Roe v. Wade and respect for the privacy of a woman's body.

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website EddieMauro.com Feb 10, 2020

Kim Reynolds: State constitution does not grant right to abortion

As we begin 2020, I'm focused on the overall wellness of all Iowans, in every part of the State, in all stages of life. And when I say all stages of life, I mean to include the unborn. We must protect life by making clear, through an amendment, that our constitution does not grant a right to abortion. It's time, and unfortunately it's necessary.
Source: 2020 Iowa State of the State address Jan 14, 2020

Kimberly Graham: Defend Roe v. Wade

Source: 2020 Iowa Senate campaign website, KimberlyForIowa.com Jan 12, 2020

Theresa Greenfield: Fight to protect reproductive freedom

NARAL press release: "I'm deeply grateful to have NARAL's support in our race," said Theresa Greenfield, candidate for U.S. Senate. "As long as Senator Ernst and Majority Leader McConnell are in Washington working to defund Planned Parenthood and undermine Roe v. Wade, it's clear that women's health and rights will be at risk and under attack. I'll fight to protect reproductive freedom and ensure we defend every woman's constitutional right to make her own health care decisions."
Source: NARAL Pro-Choice America 2020 Iowa Senate race endorsements Oct 2, 2019

Theresa Greenfield: EMILY's List endorses Greenfield for abortion rights

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and EMILY's List, which backs female Democrats who support abortion rights, both announced they were endorsing Greenfield in the race. "Theresa Greenfield embodies Iowa values of hard work, resilience, and a commitment to doing what's right," DSCC Chairwoman Catherine Cortez Masto said in a statement. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, a 2020 presidential hopeful, also endorsed Greenfield on Thursday, according to Iowa Starting Line.
Source: Rollcall.com e-zine on 2020 Iowa Senate race endorsements Jun 6, 2019

Fred Hubbell: Work to reverse IA's abortion ban

Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Hubbell: Legal. Will work to reverse IA's abortion ban, one of the strictest in the country.

Reynolds: Ban. Signed "Heartbeat Bill," banning abortion if fetal heartbeat detected.

Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Hubbell: Yes. Also former chair of Planned Parenthood of Mid-Iowa.

Reynolds: No. Support defunding Planned Parenthood.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Kim Reynolds: De-fund Planned Parenthood

Abortion: Mostly ban or mostly legal?

Hubbell: Legal. Will work to reverse IA's abortion ban, one of the strictest in the country.

Reynolds: Ban. Signed "Heartbeat Bill," banning abortion if fetal heartbeat detected. In 2010 said abortion should legally "be equivalent to murder," though would need to research potential penalties for doctors or women.

Healthcare: Let Planned Parenthood receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Hubbell: Yes. Also former chair of Planned Parenthood of Mid-Iowa.

Reynolds: No. Support defunding Planned Parenthood.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Iowa Governor race Nov 1, 2018

Jake Porter: Don't prohibit abortion but don't fund it

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: The government should not prohibit abortion nor should they fund it.ˇ Prohibition of abortion hasn't prevented them from occurring and creates a bigger government that violates the rights of people.ˇ

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Iowa Governor candidate May 18, 2018

Marco Battaglia: Prefer fewer abortion, but not state prohibition

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: I support this idea. I would like to see fewer abortions but I do not believe that state prohibition is the most ethical solution.ˇ

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Iowa Governor candidate May 13, 2018

ACLU: Fight ban on abortion when heartbeat is heard, at 6 weeks

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, surrounded by toddler-toting supporters.

As Reynolds inked the bill, backers' cheers nearly drowned out the echoing chorus of "My body, my choice" shouted by protesters just outside the door.

"I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred," Reynolds said from her formal office before signing a bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. "And as governor, I have pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. And that's what I'm doing today."

Senate File 359 will take effect July 1, though Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa said they plan to quickly challenge the law. Under the legislation, physicians will be barred from performing most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Experts said that heartbeat can be heard about six weeks into a pregnancy--often before a woman realizes she's pregnant.

Source: Des Moines Register on Iowa voting record SF 359 May 4, 2018

Kim Reynolds: Ban abortion after heartbeat is heard, at 6 weeks

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, surrounded by toddler-toting supporters.

As Reynolds inked the bill, backers' cheers nearly drowned out the echoing chorus of "My body, my choice" shouted by protesters just outside the door.

"I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred," Reynolds said from her formal office before signing a bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. "And as governor, I have pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. And that's what I'm doing today."

Senate File 359 will take effect July 1, though Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa said they plan to quickly challenge the law. Under the legislation, physicians will be barred from performing most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected. Experts said that heartbeat can be heard about six weeks into a pregnancy--often before a woman realizes she's pregnant.

Source: Des Moines Register on Iowa voting record SF 359 May 4, 2018

Rob Hogg: Vote against abortion ban at 6 weeks when heartbeat is heard

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, surrounded by toddler-toting supporters.

As Reynolds inked the bill, backers' cheers nearly drowned out the echoing chorus of "My body, my choice" shouted by protesters just outside the door.

"I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred," Reynolds said from her formal office before signing a bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. "And as governor, I have pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. And that's what I'm doing today."

Senate File 359 will take effect July 1. Under the legislation, physicians will be barred from performing most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy--often before a woman realizes she's pregnant.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House, 51-46-3 (H.J. 901, May 1); passed Senate, 29-17-4, (S.J. 1013, May 1); Sen. Hogg voted NAY; Signed by Governor (S.J. 1059, May 4, 2018)

Source: Des Moines Register on Iowa voting record SF 359 May 4, 2018

Tom Fiegen: Vote against abortion ban at 6 weeks when heartbeat is heard

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, surrounded by toddler-toting supporters.

As Reynolds inked the bill, backers' cheers nearly drowned out the echoing chorus of "My body, my choice" shouted by protesters just outside the door.

"I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred," Reynolds said from her formal office before signing a bill that will outlaw nearly all abortions in the state. "And as governor, I have pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. And that's what I'm doing today."

Senate File 359 will take effect July 1. Under the legislation, physicians will be barred from performing most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, about six weeks into a pregnancy--often before a woman realizes she's pregnant.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House, 51-46-3 (H.J. 901, May 1); passed Senate, 29-17-4, (S.J. 1013, May 1); Sen. Fiegen voted NAY; Signed by Governor (S.J. 1059, May 4, 2018)

Source: Des Moines Register on Iowa voting record SF 359 May 4, 2018

Cathy Glasson: Pro-choice and will restore Planned Parenthood funding

As Governor, I will work to restore funding for Planned Parenthood so we can re-open shuttered clinics around the state and give women the health care they need when they need it and where they need it. I am 100% pro-choice. I believe this isˇa basic health care issue for women and their families. And just like other health care issues, the decision belongsˇonly to women about what will happen with their bodies.ˇPoliticians and the government should stay out of making these decisions for women.
Source: 2018 Iowa gubernatorial candidate website CathyGlasson.com May 2, 2018

Fred Hubbell: AdWatch: commitment to Planned Parenthood

The first TV commercial promoting Fred Hubbell for governor begins running today. Opening campaign commercials are often biographical. Notably, Hubbell chose to introduce himself to Iowa television viewers by emphasizing his commitment to Planned Parenthood rather than his extensive business career. It's the latest sign that his early internal polling showed a strongly positive response when Democrats learned about Hubbell's support for a leading women's health care provider.
Source: BleedingHeartland.com AdWatch on 2018 Iowa Senate race Oct 20, 2017

Terry Branstad: Signed law making abortion illegal at 20 weeks

SF471: A bill for an act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

Des Moines Register analysis, 3/22/17: SF471 says any person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks post-fertilization commits a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother or the fetus, or to avert a "serious risk" to the pregnant woman of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function." It also allows exceptions for fetal abnormalities where a child could not survive outside the womb. "Putting these criminal penalties on here puts a woman's life at risk immediately, because trying to save a woman's life now potentially makes a doctor a criminal," said Rep. Beth Woessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 55-43-3 on Apr/5/17; Passed Senate 30-20-0 on Apr/20/17; Signed by Gov. Branstad on May/5/17

Source: Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa voting record SF471 May 5, 2017

Nate Boulton: Voted NO on making abortion illegal at 20 weeks

SF471: A bill for an act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

Des Moines Register analysis, 3/22/17: SF471 says any person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks post-fertilization commits a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother or the fetus, or to avert a "serious risk" to the pregnant woman of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function." It also allows exceptions for fetal abnormalities where a child could not survive outside the womb. "Putting these criminal penalties on here puts a woman's life at risk immediately, because trying to save a woman's life now potentially makes a doctor a criminal," said Rep. Beth Woessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 55-43-3 on 4/5/17; Passed Senate 30-20-0 on 4/20; State Sen. Boulton voted NO; Signed by Gov. Branstad on 5/5.

Source: Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa voting record SF471 Apr 20, 2017

Randy Feenstra: Voted YES on making abortion illegal at 20 weeks

SF471: A bill for an act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

Des Moines Register analysis, 3/22/17: SF471 says any person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks post-fertilization commits a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother or the fetus, or to avert a "serious risk" to the pregnant woman of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function." It also allows exceptions for fetal abnormalities where a child could not survive outside the womb. "Putting these criminal penalties on here puts a woman's life at risk immediately, because trying to save a woman's life now potentially makes a doctor a criminal," said Rep. Beth Woessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 55-43-3 on 4/5/17; Passed Senate 30-20-0 on 4/20; State Sen. Feenstra voted YES; Signed by Gov. Branstad on 5/5.

Source: Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa voting record SF471 Apr 20, 2017

Rob Hogg: Voted NO on making abortion illegal at 20 weeks

SF471: A bill for an act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

Des Moines Register analysis, 3/22/17: SF471 says any person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks post-fertilization commits a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother or the fetus, or to avert a "serious risk" to the pregnant woman of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function." It also allows exceptions for fetal abnormalities where a child could not survive outside the womb. "Putting these criminal penalties on here puts a woman's life at risk immediately, because trying to save a woman's life now potentially makes a doctor a criminal," said Rep. Beth Woessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 55-43-3 on 4/5/17; Passed Senate 30-20-0 on 4/20; State Sen. Rob Hogg voted NO; Signed by Gov. Branstad on 5/5.

Source: Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa voting record SF471 Apr 20, 2017

Abby Finkenauer: Voted NO on making abortion illegal at 20 weeks

SF471: A bill for an act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

Des Moines Register analysis, 3/22/17: SF471 says any person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks post-fertilization commits a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother or the fetus, or to avert a "serious risk" to the pregnant woman of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function." It also allows exceptions for fetal abnormalities where a child could not survive outside the womb. "Putting these criminal penalties on here puts a woman's life at risk immediately, because trying to save a woman's life now potentially makes a doctor a criminal," said Rep. Beth Woessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 55-43-3 on 4/5/17; Rep. Abby Finkenauer voted NO; Passed Senate 30-20-0 on 4/20; Signed by Gov. Branstad on 5/5.

Source: Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa voting record SF471 Apr 5, 2017

Ashley Hinson: Voted YES on making abortion illegal at 20 weeks

SF471: A bill for an act relating to feticide, making penalties applicable, and including effective date provisions.

Des Moines Register analysis, 3/22/17: SF471 says any person who intentionally terminates a pregnancy that has reached 20 weeks post-fertilization commits a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The bill allows exceptions to preserve the life of the mother or the fetus, or to avert a "serious risk" to the pregnant woman of "substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a bodily function." It also allows exceptions for fetal abnormalities where a child could not survive outside the womb. "Putting these criminal penalties on here puts a woman's life at risk immediately, because trying to save a woman's life now potentially makes a doctor a criminal," said Rep. Beth Woessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

Legislative Outcome: Passed House 55-43-3 on 4/5/17; State Rep Hinson voted YES; Passed Senate 30-20-0 on 4/20; Signed by Gov. Branstad on 5/5.

Source: Des Moines Register analysis of Iowa voting record SF471 Apr 5, 2017

Nate Boulton: Anti-abortion law hurts women's healthcare access

[On defunding Planned Parenthood]: "Our debate affects real Iowans who are receiving real services today. Our focus needs to be on those Iowans and our responsibility to them," said Boulton. "What we are doing here is harming a working system based on old political battle lines and Iowa women are going to receive less access to health care as a result."
Source: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier on 2018 Iowa gubernatorial race Feb 2, 2017

Patty Judge: Supports public funding for Planned Parenthood

Q: On Healthcare: Should Planned Parenthood be eligible to receive public funds for non-abortion health services?

Grassley: No

Judge: Yes

Q: On Contraception: Should employers be able to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Grassley: Yes. Religious freedom takes precedence.

Judge: Probable no, based on Emily's List endorsement.

Q: On Abortion: Should abortion be highly restricted?

Grassley: Yes

Judge: No

Source: CampusElect Voter Guide to 2016 Iowa Senate race Oct 9, 2016

Patty Judge: Strong advocate for protecting access to women's health care

As a former nurse, Patty knows the importance of quality health care and how critical it is that women be able to make their own health care decisions. Patty has been a strong advocate throughout her career for protecting access to health care for women. She will stand up to Republicans like Chuck Grassley who believe Planned Parenthood should be defunded and will fight any attempts to make it more difficult for women to receive the health care they need.
Source: 2016 Iowa Senate campaign website PattyJudgeForIowa.com Aug 8, 2016

Andy McGuire: Restore Planned Parenthood funding from the dark ages

I am disgusted by the regressive, anti-choice legislation that the Branstad-Reynolds administration signed into law. It takes women's health back into the dark ages.

And the Branstad-Reynolds administration effectively defunded Planned Parenthood forcing four clinics in our state to close. This takes away women's health services including cancer screenings, STD testing, and access to birth control. As governor, I will restore funding for Planned Parenthood on my very first day in office.

Source: 2018 Iowa governor campaign website McGuireForGovernor.com Jul 2, 2016

Carly Fiorina: Planned Parenthood performs late-term partial birth abortion

Parenthood engages in partial birth abortion. Americans find this practice horrific. Most Americans find horrific that Hillary Clinton's position on this is it's not a life until it's born. In a President Fiorina budget, there will not be one dime for Planned Parenthood, although there would be a lot of money for women's health and we will finally pass the pain capable unborn child protection act.
Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa Jan 28, 2016

Chris Christie: Thousands upon thousands are murdered in the womb

Q: Can you name one thing that the federal government does now that it should not do at all?

CHRISTIE: Yes. You want one?

Q: I want one.

CHRISTIE: How about one that I've done in N.J. for the last 6 years? That's get rid of Planned Parenthood funding from the United States.

Q: Anything bigger than that?

CHRISTIE: Bigger than that? Let me tell you something, when you see thousands upon thousands of children being murdered in the womb, I can't think of anything better than that.

Source: 2016 Fox News Republican two-tiered debate in Iowa Jan 28, 2016

Mike Huckabee: Apply Constitutional rights from conception

I talked about the importance of preserving life, not just saying we're going to defund Planned Parenthood, but something bolder. Let's get rid of abortion by applying the Fifth, and Fourteenth amendment to every person from conception because that means that we recognize that no person can be deprived of life or liberty unless they have due process.
Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa Jan 28, 2016

Rick Santorum: I've been to the March For Life for 25 years

Q: Carly Fiorina was the only GOP candidate to attend the March for Life in Washington. Where were you?

SANTORUM: I've been to the March for Life for 25 years. I have shepherded every piece of pro-life piece of legislation that's passed over the last 20 years. Twice we were counseled to have an abortion. Neither time did we think about it because we know that life begins at conception.

FIORINA: It is outrageous that Fox News would question the pro-life credentials of Rick Santorum.

Source: 2016 Fox News Republican Undercard debate in Iowa Jan 28, 2016

Scott Walker: Passed pro-life legislation & defunded Planned Parenthood

In his 2010 and 2012 races for governor, Walker mostly steered clear of talking about his strong opposition to abortion. Nonetheless, he acted in private and signed legislation in 2013 requiring women seeking abortions to get ultrasounds and doctors performing the procedure to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles.

Abortion flared as an issue in his 2014 race, and Walker ran an ad saying the measure was about patient safety and that he understood the decision to end a pregnancy is an "agonizing one."

The governor repeatedly declined last year to say whether he would support banning abortion after 20 weeks, which is the top priority for Wisconsin Right to Life in the current legislative session. But now, as Walker eyes the presidency, he is trumpeting his opposition to abortion at events such as his January speech to the Iowa Freedom Summit in Des Moines. "We've passed pro-life legislation and we've defunded Planned Parenthood," he said there.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit Mar 2, 2015

Carly Fiorina: Liberals believe in protecting flies, but not human life

Still unknown to many Iowans, Fiorina touted pro-life credentials by slamming liberals in her former home state of California. "Liberals believe that flies are worth protecting, but the life of an unborn child is not," Fiorina said.
Source: Des Moines Register on 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit Jan 24, 2015

Pat Murphy: Defend a woman's right to make her own health care decisions

Defending Women's Rights: Pat is pro-choice and will defend a woman's right to make her own health care decisions. In the Iowa House, he voted against efforts to ban abortions after 20 weeks, and in Congress, he will be a vocal opponent of radicals who invent misleading facts to restrict access to women's health care. Pat will fight to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, and he'll join efforts to get tough on sexual assault in the military.
Source: 2014 Iowa House campaign website, PatMurphyForIowa.com Oct 10, 2014

Joni Ernst: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Ernst: Strongly Agree

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Ernst: Yes, in the case of life of the mother.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race Sep 30, 2014

Joni Ernst: Affordable access to contraception

Braley supports access to abortion. Ernst opposes abortion. That led to a fierce back-and-forth where Braley said Ernst introduced legislation that would've banned all forms of abortion and prevented certain forms of contraception.

Ernst responded that the amendment Braley referenced "would not do any of the things that he stated it would do. That amendment is simply a statement that I support life."

"I always stand with our women on affordable access to contraception," added Ernst, who stood on a seven-inch riser to put her at eye level with her opponent. "That's something that Congressman Braley has been trying to mislead our women voters on. I do believe in a woman's right to contraception."

Source: Des Moines Register on 2014 Iowa Senate debate Sep 29, 2014

Joni Ernst: Personhood amendment is a statement of pro-life principle

Ernst, a state senator since 2010, was prodded to explain several positions she staked out on her way to winning the Republican primary in June, such as supporting a Personhood amendment.

Ernst defended her support for a Personhood amendment to the Iowa Constitution. Braley attacked Ernst for supporting the measure in the state legislature, which he said would allow doctors to be prosecuted for terminating pregnancies. That amendment is simply a statement that I support life." She added that she supports "a woman's right to contraception."

Source: Politico.com e-zine on 2014 Iowa Senate debate Sep 28, 2014

Doug Butzier: Leave abortion decisions to the states

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right"?

A: The constitution leaves this question to the States, so I would oppose any Federal interference with the issue.

Source: E-mail interview: 2014 Iowa Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Sep 17, 2014

Sam Clovis: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Clovis: Strongly Agree.

Question topic: Should abortion be allowed under extenuating circumstances? If so, what circumstances?

Clovis: I am a Catholic and cannot find my way to exceptions of any kind for abortion. Who protects the unborn if not those who are empowered by the Constitution? It is, after all, the main role of government to protect its citizens.

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Iowa Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Tom Hoefling: Human life begins at conception

Question topic: Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Hoefling: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2013 Iowa Gubernatorial campaign Jul 2, 2014

Rob Hogg: Restricting abortion for "women's safety" won't win approval

Despite emotional testimony from women who claimed they were harmed by abortions, Iowa lawmakers were told that legislation to create a new cause of action based on physical injury or emotional distress is unnecessary and would have a chilling effect on abortion providers. The bill's House Sponsor said the legislation is consistent with the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that said the state has a legitimate interest in protecting the safety of women.

Lobbyists for the Iowa Medical Society and the ACLU-Iowa told lawmakers the cause of action exists in current law. Singling out one medical procedure will have a `chilling effect` on physicians who offer that service. The bill `feels like an attempt to intimidate providers,` added a representative of Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa.

Approval in the Senate seems unlikely, according to Judiciary Chairman Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids, who said he was unaware of the proposal.

Source: Quad City Times on 2016 Iowa Senate race Feb 13, 2014

Sam Clovis: Life should be protected from conception

I believe life begins at conception and life should be protected from conception to natural, dignified death. There should be no exceptions for protecting life. However, the judicial system of the nation has protected certain options. In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court allowed that abortion was about privacy. If that is the case, then private funds should pay for whatever abortions take place. Not a single tax dollar should go to any organization or agency that supports the killing of the unborn.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, Iowans4SamClovis.com, "Issues" Nov 11, 2013

Joni Ernst: No taxpayer funding for abortion; protect the unborn

Protecting Innocent Life: Joni believes life begins at conception, that all innocent life is precious, and that we must cherish and protect the unborn. Joni opposes any taxpayer funding of abortion and has a record as a strong, proven defender of innocent life during her tenure in the state legislature.
Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JoniForIowa.com, "Issues" Sep 9, 2013

Rick Santorum: No abortions even in cases of rape; one violence is enough

Q: In June, you said, "I believe that any doctor who performs an abortion should be criminally charged for doing so." You would allow no exceptions for cases of rape and incest?

SANTORUM: You know, the US Supreme Court on a recent case said that a man who committed rape could not be killed, could not be subject to the death penalty, yet the child conceived as a result of that rape could be. That to me sounds like a country that doesn't have its morals correct. That child did nothing wrong. That child is an innocent victim. To be victimized twice would be a horrible thing. It is an innocent human life. It is genetically human from the moment of conception. And it is a human life. And we in America should be big enough to try to surround ourselves and help women in those terrible situations who've been traumatized already. To put them through another trauma of an abortion I think is too much to ask. And so I would absolutely stand and say that one violence is enough.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa Aug 11, 2011

Tim Pawlenty: Criminal sanctions against abortion doctors, not women

Q: You often cite an article in National Review saying you may be the strongest pro-life candidate in the race. What's the basis for that?

A : National Review's article said based on results, not rhetoric, that I'm perhaps the most pro-life candidate i this race. When I was governor, I proposed and signed into law the Women's Right to Know bill; the Positive Alternatives to Abortion bill; the Fetal Pain bill and more. And our abortion rate in Minnesota has dropped dramatically, in fact, now at historic lows. In terms of my personal views, the only exception I can really reconcile or justify is the life of the mother.

Q: Do you support criminal charges for doctors who perform abortions?

A: I think there should be absolutely consequences for doctors who perform abortions, when it's illegal, and the possibility of criminal sanctions or severe civil sanctions. I don't think the woman involved should be criminally sanctioned.

Source: Iowa Straw Poll 2011 GOP debate in Ames Iowa Aug 11, 2011

Kim Reynolds: Abortion is equivalent to murder, but different penalty

If Kim Reynolds' stance on abortion prevails, and it is criminalized again, what should the penalty be for a physician who performs an abortion or a woman who has one?

"Well, I think it would be equivalent to murder," Reynolds said. "I would want to research that before I would lay specifically out what the penalties would be."

If someone is stabbed to death in front of Pizza Ranch now is the culprit guilty of the same crime as a doctor who performs an abortion?

"No," she said.

Source: Daily Times Herald (Carroll) on 2018 Iowa gubernatorial race Nov 1, 2010

Roxanne Conlin: Support women's right to reproductive freedom

I believe in a women's right to reproductive freedom. We must do all we can to prevent unintended pregnancies and abortions should be legal, safe and rare. Senator Grassley does not support a woman's right to choose and has a 100% rating from the National Right to Life Committee.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.RoxanneForIowa, "Issues" Jul 20, 2010

Christopher Reed: Very pro-life; no abortion under any circumstances

Q: There are a couple of issues that are sort of perennial issues any time you have a political campaign, they are social issues. Abortion; where are you?

A: I am very pro-life.

Q: And what does very pro-life mean?

A: I do not agree with abortion.

Q: Under any circumstances?

A: Under any circumstances, life is a gift from God under any circumstances itís granted.

Source: Dean Borg, Iowa Public TV. on 2008 Iowa Senate debate Jun 6, 2008

John McCain: Abortion issue shows what kind of country we are

Q: Some people argue that, in the general election, the most important issue is going to be national security, and an issue like abortion should be de-emphasized. Do you agree with that?

A: I think the respect and commitment to the rights of the unborn is something Iíve fought for, and it has a lot to do with national security. Because it says very much what kind of a country we are and our respect for human life, whether it be here in the US or anyplace else in the world. So I think it is connected.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Mitt Romney: Iowa attack phone ads are not true; I am pro-life

Q: [to Brownback]: Your campaign has been making phone calls to Iowa voters about Mitt Romney:
(BEGIN AUDIO)
ANNOUNCER: Mitt Romney is telling Iowans that he is firmly pro-life. Nothing could be further from the truth. As late as 2005, Mitt Romney pledged to support and uphold pro-abortion policies and pass taxpayer funding of abortions in Massachusetts. His wife, Ann, has contributed money to Planned Parenthood. Mitt told the National Abortion Rights Action League that, ďYou need someone like me in Washington.ď
(END AUDIO)
Q: Do you stand by that attack?

BROWNBACK: I certainly do. Thereís one word that describes that ad, and itís Ētruthful.ď Thatís a truthful ad. And thatís what campaigns are about: for getting the truth out, expressing the differences between candidates.

Q: Is everything in that ad true?

ROMNEY: Virtually nothing in that ad is true. I am pro-life. Thatís the truth. Every action Iíve taken as governor of Massachusetts has been pro-life.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Mitt Romney: Tired of holier-than-thou attitude about becoming pro-life

Q: [to Romney]: Are any of the specifics true in Sen. Brownbackís phone ad calling you pro-choice?

ROMNEY: Abortion is a very difficult decision. Weíre involved in the lives of two people: a mom and an unborn child. Iíve come down on the side of saying Iím in favor of life. The best way you can learn about someone is not by asking their opponent, but ask them, ďWhat do you believe, and whatís your view?Ē And I am pro-life. And virtually every part of that ad is inaccurate. Iím pro-life. My positions are pro-life.

BROWNBACK: You can go on YouTube and see the governor speaking himself about where he is on this position in 1994.

ROMNEY: Look, I was pro-choice. I am pro-life. You can go back to YouTube and look at what I said in 1994. I never said I was pro-choice, but my position was effectively pro-choice. I changed my position. And I get tired of people that are holier-than-thou because theyíve been pro-life longer than I have. But Iím proud of the fact.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Mitt Romney: Defining mistake: supported abortion law despite opposing it

Q: What is the defining mistake of your life and why?

A: Probably from a political standpoint and a personal standpoint, the greatest mistake was when I first ran for office, being deeply opposed to abortion but saying, ďI support the current law,Ē which was pro-choice and effectively a pro-choice position. That was just wrong. And when I became a governor and faced a life-and-death decision as a governor, I came down on the side of life. That was a mistake before that.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Ultimate decision by woman, her conscience & her doctor

I believe the best way we can have common ground in this debate that youíre hearing is if we put our emphasis on reducing abortions and increasing the number of adoptions, which is something that I did as mayor of New York City. But I think ultimately that decision that has to be made is one that government shouldnít make. Ultimately, a woman should make that with her conscience and ultimately with her doctor.
Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Sam Brownback: Iowa phone ad: Romney is not pro-life

Q: [to Brownback]: Your campaign has been making phone calls to Iowa voters about Mitt Romney:
(BEGIN AUDIO)
ANNOUNCER: Mitt Romney is telling Iowans that he is firmly pro-life. Nothing could be further from the truth. As late as 2005, Mitt Romney pledged to support and uphold pro-abortion policies and pass taxpayer funding of abortions in Massachusetts. His wife, Ann, has contributed money to Planned Parenthood. Mitt told the National Abortion Rights Action League that, ďYou need someone like me in Washington.ď
(END AUDIO)
Q: Do you stand by that attack?

BROWNBACK: I certainly do. Thereís one word that describes that ad, and itís Ētruthful.ď Thatís a truthful ad. And thatís what campaigns are about: for getting the truth out, expressing the differences between candidates.

Q: Is everything in that ad true?

ROMNEY: Virtually nothing in that ad is true. I am pro-life. Thatís the truth. Every action Iíve taken as governor of Massachusetts has been pro-life.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Tommy Thompson: Pro-choice GOP nominee problem for GOP platform

Q: Some columnists say one of the consequences--because of the mayorís pro-life position--of a Giuliani victory would be to place the Republican nominee in direct conflict with the Roman Catholic Church. How big a problem is that?

THOMPSON: I think itís a problem. I think itís a problem not only for the Roman Catholic Church, but itís a problem with the Constitution and the platform of the Republican Party. Every year the Republican Party, both at the state level in Iowa, and nationally, are parties that come out very avidly and passionately on being pro-life. And I think any candidate thatís pro-choice is going to have a difficulty with the party faithful and those individuals that have come to this district and the state and national meetings and have avowed time and time again that this party, the Republican Party, is a party of pro-life. So anybody thatís not pro-life is going to have difficulties. Thatís the question.

Source: 2007 GOP Iowa Straw Poll debate Aug 5, 2007

Tom Vilsack: Vetoed requiring info about abortion risks and alternatives

Vilsack upset the pro-life community when he vetoed legislation that would have required abortion businesses to provide women with factual information about abortion risks and alternatives prior to performing one. Women who regret their abortions frequently say that abortion practitioners did not provide them adequate information beforehand that may have changed their minds had they had it available.

He also ridiculed a bill that would protect pregnant women and their unborn children--such as Laci Peterson and her son Conner--from acts of violence. It would have allowed two charges for two deaths such as the charges Scott Peterson faced in that case. "I'm not quite sure why we're doing this other than this is the political season and it's time for political bills," Vilsack said. House lawmakers voted 63-36 in favor of the bill, while members of the state Senate backed it on a 33-19 vote.

Source: 2016 Veepstakes: LifeNews.com, "Pro-Abortion Iowa Governor" Nov 9, 2006

Tom Vilsack: Personal choice includes taxpayer funding

In March 2004, Vilsack came under fire for opposing a measure to stop taxpayer funding for abortions at the University of Iowa's hospital on unborn babies diagnosed with physical or mental disabilities.

Vilsack appeared to back the abortion funding. "We should not be in a position to interfere in that very difficult and personal choice, and the relationship between a woman and her doctor," he said. "If that's what this legislation does, obviously, I'm going to have deep concerns about that."

Vilsack has raised money to promote abortion and was one of four governors to lend his name to a NARAL fundraising letter opposing President Bush because of his pro-life position.

Source: 2016 Veepstakes: LifeNews.com, "Pro-Abortion Iowa Governor" Nov 9, 2006

Jack Hatch: Abortions should always be legally available

Source: 2002 Iowa Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Tom Fiegen: Limit legality, and eliminate public funding for abortion

Source: Iowa Congressional 2002 National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Orrin Hatch: Abortions cause a societal insensitivity to life

Q: Do you think that thereís a direct connection between Roe v. Wade and the violence that we see in schools these days? A: Sure do. There is an insensitivity to life in our society today. When you have 40 million babies that have been aborted since Roe v. Wade, there comes an insensitivity that affects all of us.
Source: Des Moines Iowa GOP Debate Dec 13, 1999

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2020 Presidential contenders on Abortion:
  Democrats running for President:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 Third Party Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (L-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
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Sen.Ted Cruz(R-TX)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich(R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld(R-MA & L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
Sen.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
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