By Karen Cross, NRL Political Director
Pro-abortion Democrat Rita Hart finally dropped her challenge to the election results in Iowa’s Second Congressional District. For months, Hart has disputed the election of pro-life Congresswoman Mariannette Miller-Meeks who was certified the winner by the state of Iowa and has been serving in Congress since January.
Hart dropped her challenge on the same day that pro-life Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy made a visit to the district with Miller-Meeks calling for an end to the contest. Rather than plead her case in Iowa’s courts, Hart had sought Speaker Pelosi’s help in appealing to a House committee to overturn the result.
“You or I — ordinary citizens — if we had a grievance, we’d have to go through court to settle that grievance, we couldn’t go to a member of Congress and say, ‘You know, I didn’t like the results they counted and counted and recounted — it didn’t come out the way I want — so can a partisan political process body overturn that result,” Miller-Meeks said.
Miller-Meeks won the Iowa seat by just 6 votes, making it one of the closest Congressional races in US history. She joins the 117th Congress alongside a historic number of pro-life women. The seat had previously been held by pro-abortion Congressman Dave Loebsack who did not seek re-election in 2020.
The National Right to Life Victory Fund was actively involved in the race turning out pro-life voters on Miller-Meeks’ behalf. The race underscores the vital importance of every single vote. Winning the race gives unborn babies and their mothers one more champion in the House. It also means one less vote for the radical pro-abortion agenda being pushed by Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats.
Since taking office, Congresswoman Miller-Meeks has maintained a 100% pro-life voting record.
Prior to serving in Congress, Miller-Meeks served in the United States Army and owned a private ophthalmology practice. She also served as the first female president of the Iowa Medical Society. In 2010, Governor Terry Branstad appointed Miller-Meeks director of the Iowa Department of Public Health, a role in which she served for four years.