Iowa Senate: Where do Chuck Grassley and Patty Judge Stand on Abortion?

By Karen Cross, National Right to Life Political Director

grassley-endorsement-graphicreEvery election year, National Right to Life publishes downloadable comparison flyers about the various Senate candidates. The downloadable version for Iowa’s “Where do the Senate Candidates Stand on Life?” is available here.

The candidates have very different views on abortion. Here is an overview of their positions on abortion-related issues.

Abortion on Demand

Chuck Grassley is pro-life. He opposes abortion on demand, and supports protection for unborn children.

Chuck Grassley co-sponsored and voted to advance the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation to protect unborn children who can feel pain by prohibiting abortion at 20 weeks, a point by which the unborn child is capable of experiencing great pain when being killed by dismemberment or other late abortion methods.

In contrast, Patty Judge supports a policy of abortion on demand, which allows abortion for any reason.

Government Funding for Abortion Providers

Chuck Grassley voted for passage of a budget reconciliation bill (H.R. 3762) that would defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider.

Patty Judge supports providing government funds to abortion providers.

Obama’s Health Care Law

Chuck Grassley voted to repeal Obamacare, including the provision that has resulted in federal funding of about 1,000 health plans that pay for elective abortion. He is committed to reversing the abortion-expanding and rationing effects of that law.

In contrast, Patty Judge supports Obamacare, which provides government funding for insurance plans that pay for abortion on demand, and imposes rationing of lifesaving medical care.

A downloadable version of the Iowa Senate comparison flyer may be found here.

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