Iowa GOP Vow To Bring Abortion Fight Nobody Wants

Iowa lawmakers are bracing for another abortion fight that could gum up the end of the year’s legislative work.

The fight is over Iowa’s narrow exception for allowing public funding of abortion in those cases where a doctor has deemed it necessary and a woman has neither the funds nor insurance coverage for the procedure. Social conservatives in the state hope to ban public funding in any case.

Social conservatives acknowledge that a total funding ban is not likely but they won’t give the fight up regardless. Still, House Speaker Kraig Paulsen said it’s important to get lawmakers on the record about the matter.

“I think it’s important for this caucus and Republicans statewide to fight to protect life anytime we can,” said Paulsen, R-Hiawatha.

Rep. Tom Shaw is leading efforts to end funding. He said the debate is valuable, even if limited public funding for abortions remains. “It is absolutely worth the debate,” said Shaw, R-Laurens. “We, as elected officials, need to stand up for our oath of office. It is a worthwhile debate to have because I can tell you nothing will change if we don’t have the debate.”

Even if the measure were to make it out of the House, it would likely die in the Senate where Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has made it clear that he has no interest in debating abortion again. He noted lawmakers still need to deal with proposed property taxes, school reforms, mental health system changes and agency budgets.

“That’s going to be our focus in the closing weeks of the session,” Gronstal said. “The House and Senate have disagreements and it’s time for us to recognize that continuing to play out those disagreements solves no problems.”


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Catt R.
Catt R5 years ago

we have to stand up and say if a woman's life depends on having her pregnancy terminated and she can not pay for it herself she must be allowed to die.... because that is what needs to happen???


KS Goh
KS Goh5 years ago

Thanks for the article.

April Thompson
April Thompson5 years ago

Embryos are not babies! They are the start of a potential baby! Stay out of my uterus, otherwise, I will come after your sperm!

Frances C.
Frances C5 years ago

Don't feed the trolls, they live in their own bubble head. Nothing gets in.

Tim R.
Tim Ra5 years ago

Just for the record, I want to make it clear that I'm not into shooting or killing anyone just because their political and/or spiritual views are different than my own. I certainly do not like the personal war on women the GOP has created, but there are many ways to fight it without violence or having to mention violent threats. Adults with common sense know to simply vote out all the tea party republican's, not shoot them or kill them all. We're all American's and we tend to disagree about a number of issues, and that's what politics is all about. ;-)

Kasia Y.
Kasia Y.5 years ago

These dinosaurs are no different from the Islamic Clerics in Iran and Pakistan and Syria: they're violent, they have lots of money (mainly through illegal means), and they want you to do what they say because they think they have the word of god behind them. Shoot all of them. NO RELIGION.

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey5 years ago

Tell me, Ron G., If a child conceived by rape is a ‘blessing from God,’ does that mean the rapists are Angels on Earth doing God’s Work?

You can't have it both ways, you know.

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Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

If more women don't realize that their rights are speedily being taken away by the narrow minded politicians and don't act by voting them out of office, there will come a day when they will ask themselves, what happened to my rights?? By that time it will be too late. The future of women who have to put up with all this injustice of being attacked on contraception, abortion, and closing the Planned Parenthood offices which have helped with cancer screenings, pregnancies and many others is leading them down the path to second class citizenship. Women have so much power but they don't realize it, and if they do they don't use it. If women went on strike in the kitchen and the bedroom I believe things would change quickly and for the better. Look at the voting records of all the politicians and use the Power of your VOTE and remove any politician of any party that tries to take away your rights.

Tony C.
Tony C5 years ago

I can not conceive of the anguish a girl or women goes through when she decides to have an abortion. I don't believe that God wants a a girl or women who has been raped to have a child of a rapist or of incest or medical complications or others to have a baby UNLESS she wants to. (HER CHOICE) It is a proven fact that SEX EDUCATION can help prevent abortions through knowledge so that women don’t get pregnant in the first place.
As some of you believe that life begins at conception then you must believe that they have a soul, if a women has a miscarriage what happens to that soul? Do you think that God is so petty that aborted souls are not put back into the bodies of loving women that can take care of them.
Listen up people. God did not write the Bible. Men wrote the Bible and put in or took out words that would keep in them in power. What happened to the other apostles. All I hear about are words from Matthew,Mark, Luke and John. Were there not 12? Is it not possible that some of the words that these 8 wrote contradicted these 4 and were left out. God and Jesus are all about LOVE. How dare anyone tell a woman what she can do with her own body.