by Steven Ertelt
May 5, 2006
Des Moines, IA (LifeNews.com) — Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa has made its first endorsement ever of a gubernatorial candidate and announced at a press conference on Thursday that it will be supporting pro-abortion candidate Chet Culver, who is currently the Secretary of State. The group will also contribute to his campaign next month.
"Among the leading candidates today, Chet Culver stands head and shoulders above the rest," Jill June, president of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa, said. She said Culver was a "clear" abortion backer.
June said it was more important for pro-abortion advocates to turn out to vote because other states are considering something like the abortion ban in South Dakota.
Culver joined the abortion business at the news conference and indicated he would strongly support abortion.
"As governor, most importantly, I will veto any attempt that will infringe on this very important right," Culver said
Culver is running in the Democratic primary against other candidates who have said they will promote abortion, including state Representative Ed Fallon, of Des Moines, and Sioux City engineer Sal Mohamed.
Mike Blouin, another candidate, was considered pro-life but has said he would do nothing to change Iowa law to limit abortions should he be elected.
Blouin, who stepped down as the state’s economic development director to run for governor, wouldn’t agree to sign a state abortion ban if Roe is overturned.
"As I have said before, Roe vs. Wade is the law of the land," Blouin explained previously. "My campaign is not a discussion of the past but rather of the future."
Still Blouin has been attacked for cosponsoring two bills for constitutional amendment banning abortion in the 1970s when he served in Congress.
The winner of the primary will face Congressman Jim Nussle, who is seeking the Republican nomination. Nussle is pro-life and has a 100% pro-life voting record with the National Right to Life Committee.
Related web sites:
Iowa Right to Life – https://www.irlc.org