Pro-Life Group Reminds Voters Rudy Giuliani’s Iowa Chair Pro-Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Dec 16, 2007   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Pro-Life Group Reminds Voters Rudy Giuliani’s Iowa Chair Pro-Abortion Email this article
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by Steven Ertelt Editor
December 16,

Des Moines, IA ( — The leading pro-life organization in Iowa is reminding voters in the first presidential battleground state that Rudy Giuliani’s state campaign chairman is a pro-abortion activist who has raised millions for Planned Parenthood. Pro-life advocates worry that’s the kind of people Giuliani would surround himself with as governor.

Joy Corning was the Lieutenant Governor during the last eight years in office of former Gov. Terry Branstad.

However, Corning was on the Board of Trustees for Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa as recently as 2005, according to information from the abortion business.

Corning wasn’t an idle member who simply showed up for leadership meetings. She headed Planned Parenthood’s "Responsible Choices" fundraising effort and PPGI reports she was responsible for bringing in over $11 million to its coffers.

Iowa Right to Life sent a copy of a communication it sent to its membership to urge pro-life advocates to get involved in the upcoming caucuses.

The pro-life group hasn’t endorsed a candidate in either the Republican or Democratic presidential race but clearly hopes Giuliani is not the nominee and mentions Corning’s involvement in his campaign.

"We want people to know that Giuliani’s co-chair for his campaign in Iowa also sat on Planned Parenthood’s board and was responsible for raising $11,000,000 for Planned Parenthood," Kim Lehman, the president of the organization said.

"In other words, Planned Parenthood is actively involved in the Republican caucuses this year," Lehman added. "Do not be fooled, Giuliani is a liability for the Republican Party and has a limited possibility in beating the Democrats."

The organization cited a recent Des Moines Register news poll and asked how Giuliani can unite a party when he disagrees with the 70 percent of Republicans there who opposes all or most abortions.

"Please let your friends and family know that Rudy Giuliani is anti-life," Lehman concluded in the email to She added that her groups considers him opposed to a ban on partial-birth abortions and limits on taxpayer-funded abortions.

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