Iowa Planned Parenthood Launches Presidential Election Effort

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 28, 2003   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Iowa Planned Parenthood Launches Presidential Election Effort

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 28, 2003

Des Moines, IA ( — Iowa plays a key role in determining which Democratic presidential candidate will face President George W. Bush in 2004. Though all of the Demcorats support abortion, Planned Parenthood of Iowa wants to make sure Democratic caucus-goers keep abortion in mind when they vote.

"I personally am troubled when I see the campaigns not really paying attention to this issue until very, very late in the game," Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, told the Des Moines Register.

The campaign, called "Stand Up for Choice," also hopes to engage the candidates about abortion issues and encourage them to make their pro-abortion stance known to Iowans.

Kim Gordon, the executive director of Iowa Right to Life, says most Americans are pro-life, despite Planned Parenthood’s efforts.

"The Gallup Poll shows that the majority of Americans do not support the extreme views of Planned Parenthood," Gordon said. "I think that George W. Bush represents the majority of Americans."

June said it would be "very unlikely" that her group would endorse one of the Democrats prior to the January 19th Iowa caucuses. The pro-abortion group will support the eventual nominee against Bush.

However, Planned Parenthood may not represent the views of a significant number of Democrats.

A June poll the group sponsored asked 611 Iowa Democrats their position on abortion. One-third said they were pro-life.

Some 31 percent of Iowa Democrats said they take a pro-life position of either prohibiting all or virtually all abortions.

"What’s amazing is that every statement given to respondents included limits on abortion," Carol Tobias, PAC director of National Right to Life, told "Even Planned Parenthood was afraid to find out how many, or how few, Iowa Democrats would allow unrestricted abortion, which is the true position of pro-abortion organizations."

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