First Iowa Gov. Terry Brandstad (R) nominated a Dubuque anti-abortion activist for a seat on the Iowa Board of Medicine, but the Iowa Senate rejected that nomination. Branstad In response Brandstad nominated a prominent Catholic priest for the spot.
The medical board licenses physicians and is involved in abortion politics when anti-abortion activists file complaints about providers. Branstad’s first choice, Colleen Pasnick is a past director of the Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and a past employee of Dubuque County Right to Life.
More notably though are Pasnich’s ties to domestic terrorists including Cheryl Sullenger, an Operation Rescue leader who was convicted of bombing a California abortion clinic in the 1980s.
Branstad’s latest nominee is Msgr. Frank Bognanno, the pastor at Des Moines’ Christ the King Catholic Church. Bognanno was part of an anti-abortion delegation that met with the medical board to object to Planned Parenthood distributing abortion pills via video conference. Pasnich and Sullenger were also a part of that delegation, though Bognanno denies any ties to Sullenger.
Should Bognanno’s nomination clear it would represent a continuing encroachment by the Catholic Church into the regulation and review of medical care and a dangerous slide away from science and toward theology. And it’s a slide that Branstad is apparently happy to embrace.
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