Congressman Steve King Teaches Kids All About Abortion

Congressman Steve King (Republican – Iowa) doesn’t limit himself to straight party politics when he’s addressing K-12 audiences; the issue of abortion is also at the top of his list.

Addressing The K-12 Auditorium About Abortion

That’s right: on an issue as sensitive and deeply personal to young women (and men), and at an age where these young people are extremely vulnerable, Representative King  feels he has the right to hold forth as the authority on this topic.

As Feministing reported today, in an interview with, published just before Christmas, King had this to say:

I often go into a high school auditorium or meet with people at even the K-through-12 level in their entirety, and I will tell them: “You will be asked to answer one of the most profound moral questions of our age and that is where do you stand on the abortion issue. And you need to only ask and answer two questions. The first question is do you believe that human life is sacred in all of its forms. Is the person sitting to your left and to your right and everyone in this room, is their life sacred?” And they’ll nod their heads.

Should Politicians Be Allowed To Present Their Anti-Abortion Views?

There are so many reasons that this type of rhetoric is wrong, that it’s hard to know where to start, but here are a few.

As a teacher of teenagers, I know how easy it is to influence students, and it’s a given amongst the profession to hold back on making your political and other opinions known to your students. Give them all the information, and let them decide. Presenting one side of an argument in this emotional way is both wrong, and bad teaching. Mr. King should know that.

Is Steve King Really “Pro-Life”?

And a few other issues: if Representative King holds life so sacred, how does he feel about all the killings around the world that America is responsible for? Has he voted to leave Afghanistan? Did he vote to enter Iraq? (The answers are no, and yes, respectively.)

And what about the death penalty? Presumably Congressman King is against that too?

Shame on you, Steve King, for exploiting your position as Congressman to try and brainwash young children.

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John F.
John F.4 years ago

This Man makes me SICK and my Skin Crawls at the Mention of his name. I strongly Dislike him for many reasons. Pro Life?? Nothing wrong with that.....What about the Women's basic rights as a Human?? To make her own personal decisions with her own Body?? Keep Abortion safe and legal !! Simple!! Who are we to Judge if it is right or wrong to terminate a pregnancy?? Many of you out there believe the Life of the Little one inside needs to Live on and if a Women's seeks out an abortion she should be penalized some how..Yes?? OK/ all you Christians Out there..Who Made you GOD ?? Why are you to do God's Work? Let Women be free to do what they need to rest their Own souls in this life time....Your God will punish Them in his way be sending them to hell !! Your God will save that Poor little baby's Soul in his own way. Leave Abortion alone !! Keep it Legal and Keep it safe. I sure Your God that you or your Daughters are never a Victim of a Brutal Vicious Gang rape or any Rape for that matter..."Oh Lord..Please do not get me started here on these Issues that Rep Steve King is so misguided on..For he is Not enlightened and he should not be trying to do your Work in your name" Maybe I sound a Bit crazy to some .....But Rep Steve King sounds Like an INSANE person who should be in a mental institution for EVER. BUt that is just my personal Opinion.....Seems to me that this guy is all about putting Women Down....Oh well..I guess he is trying to do way more then that. Peo

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle4 years ago

Shame on King. Shame on the schools for allowing this.

Melanie Clark
Melanie Clark4 years ago

I would be very angry if he was speaking to my children. I would have to say that he is most definitely brainwashing children, and who does he think he is anyway? He is not God or their parent. He should just keep his mouth shut. This makes me very angry.

jane richmond
jane richmond4 years ago

My body My choice!

Ainsley Chalmers
Ainsley Chalmers4 years ago

Good on Steve King. he is just stating the obvious that it is wrong to kill a human whether it lives in a house or a womb. we were all womb dwellers once. Thank God our mothers and fathers loved us enough to allow us to live. war is vastly different to abortion. some are justifiable like knocking off hitler and his mob and the taliban. others are questionable and probably immoral like iraq and vietnam.

Sue T.
Susan T.4 years ago

Life is sacred. There is a difference between a potential person and a person who has done really bad things.

I do not think speaking to young kids about this is necessary or means much. Just like sex-ed for youngsters. Can we let kids be kids? at least for a little while.

The argument on death penalty and abortion can be debated forever.

I for one support both. and I believe in LIFE.

Manuela C.
Manuela C.4 years ago

As in any ethical matter, you must show every option available (with pros and cons) and then let people decide for themselves what to think about it.

Kathleen D.
Kathleen D.4 years ago

Get involved with Progressive groups like Get involved with or go to some Green Party movements. Recruit progressive politicians and most of all; don't give up! I believe all groups (non-violent) races, religions, non-religious, deserve for their voices to be heard. Unfortunately, the far right religious, as I mentioned before have wielded far too much power and politicians quake when the w...rrrht accuse liberals of not being Christian or of caring about Christian values. These politicians trample one another trying to get to the closest microphone to 'say it isn't true'.

I am opitimistic and while things may be grim right now, by staying involved, positive change will follow. And, I appreciate you!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

In fairness, bring in different people to give their views to the students on abortion, pro-life, and the freedom to choose.

Glenna Jones-kachtik
Glenna Kachtik4 years ago

So, Kathleen - What DO WE DO???