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Joni Ernst on Abortion

 

 


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

Protecting most vulnerable is important measure of society

We'll defend life, because protecting our most vulnerable is an important measure of any society. Congress is back to work on your behalf, ready to make Washington focus on your concerns again. We know America faces big challenges. But history has shown there's nothing our nation, and our people, can't accomplish.
Source: GOP response to the 2015 State of the Union address , Jan 20, 2015

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

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

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

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

Protect infant survivors of abortion.

Ernst voted YEA Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act

S.311/H.R.962: Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: Congress finds the following:

Opposing argument from Rewire.com, "Born Alive Propaganda," by Calla Hales, 4/12/2019: From restrictive bans at various points of pregnancy to a proposed death penalty for seeking care, both federal and state legislators are taking aim at abortion rights. The goal? To make abortion illegal, criminalizing patients and providers in the process. One kind of bill making a recent resurgence is the "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act." These bills aim to further the false narrative that abortions regularly occur immediately before or, according to the president, at the time of birth. Intentional action to end the life of an infant is already illegal. This is covered by federal and state infanticide laws. These bills do nothing but vilify physicians who provide reproductive health care.

Legislative outcome Referred to Committee in House; Senate motion to proceed rejected, 56-41-3 (60 required).

Source: Congressional vote 19-S0311 on Feb 5, 2019

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