Tonight, pro-life Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will deliver the GOP response to pro-abortion President Barack Obama’s State of the Union. She has yet to begin her speech and already pro-abortion groups are attacking her as Republican “window dressing.”
Ernst is a strong pro-life advocate who, last November, won her bid for election in Iowa against a pro-abortion stalwart. During her election, leading pro-life groups showered Ernst with praise for standing up for unborn children during her time in the Iowa state legislature.
But the radical pro-abortion group Emily’s List is trashing Ernst, releasing a statement saying “GOP Chooses Window Dressing Over Substance to Appeal to Women.” Andrew Johnson of National Review noticed the statement and indicated it “appears as an edited version of the group’s statement from 2014, substituting the name of the former Iowa state senator and National Guard veteran for the name of Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who delivered last year’s GOP rebuttal.”
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“Choosing Joni Ernst to give the State of the Union response is a transparent attempt to appeal to women without having to offer any policies that appeal to women,” the group’s communications director, Jess McIntosh, said. “What they don’t seem to realize is that Ernst being a woman politician does not make her a pro-woman politician.”
In other words, Ernst can’t possibly be pro-woman because she takes a pro-life view opposing abortions, which kill little girl babies and kill and injure the women having them.
Never mind that Ernst is the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa, which has a reputation as a battleground state. It was there that Ernst grew up in small-town America, and still lives there today:
I was born and raised in Montgomery County. I grew up walking beans and feeding hogs. My mom made all of my clothes. We went to church every week, helped our neighbors when they needed it, and they did the same for us. These were the values I was raised with, and they’re the same values I have fought my entire life to promote and protect.
We didn’t have much money, so I was fortunate to be able to attend college at Iowa State University with the help of academic and leadership scholarships, and earned tuition money by working construction jobs with my dad during the summer months. I met my husband Gail while in Ames. After Gail retired as a Command Sergeant Major and Army Ranger, it came time for us to settle down, and raise our own family, we knew there was only one place to go: Back home to Iowa. Today I teach Sunday school in the same church I was baptized and married in. I live in the very house where one of my best friends grew up. And when I mow our lawn, I look out at the same sidewalks and yards where we used to play.
Ernst is married to a retired Army Ranger and, as a member of the Iowa Army National Guard, she personally served in Iraq and Kuwait.
Before her election last November, pro-life groups heaped praise on Ernst.
“As a state senator, Joni Ernst has been an outspoken leader in the fight to protect innocent human life in Iowa,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life president. “Joni Ernst will bring her record of strong pro-life leadership to the U.S. Senate. The most vulnerable members of our human family will be well served by Joni Ernst’s election to the U.S. Senate.”
Ernst opposes using taxpayer dollars to pay for abortion and supports the legislation that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks on the basis that these children are capable of feeling excruciating pain
Planned Parenthood of Iowa was so strongly opposed to Ernst’s election that it spent almost half a million in advertising against her.
Planned Parenthood was attacking Ernst because of her support of the Supreme Courts decision to allow Hobby Lobby, a Christian-run store, to refuse to pay for abortifacient drugs in their employee health care plans. The Hobby Lobby decision did not ban employees from purchasing all birth control, just ones that may kill babies in the womb.