Following pro-life Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s announcement of a working group of senators tasked with creating a new bill to de-fund the Planned Parenthood abortion business, Senator Joni Ernst emerged as the leader of the group and the point person on the bill. She will spearhead the vote next week on the Senate floor and lead the debate for the pro-life side.
Thankfully, Ernst is a pro-life champion who puts an excellent face on the issue of why taxpayer funds should be diverted from the Planned Parenthood abortion business and sent, instead, to clinics that provide legitimate medical care for women.
Ernst also understands the ghastly and horrific nature of the expose’ videos showing Planned Parenthood facilitating the sale of body parts from aborted babies.
“As a mother and grandmother, I find this footage of Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies morally reprehensible and vile,” said Senator Ernst. “The American people are horrified by these videos as well. Simply put, this legislation ensures that funding for women’s health is protected and that taxpayer dollars will not go to Planned Parenthood.”
“This footage is morally reprehensible, vile, and raises a number of questions that taxpayers deserve answers to. As a defender of life, I remain committed to getting these answers because protecting our most vulnerable is an important measure of any society,” she added.
“In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, this legislation ensures the preservation of Federal funding for women’s health services including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals,” she explained. “Funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be offered to other eligible entities to provide such women’s health care services.”
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.
“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.”
Earlier this year, Republican leaders selected Ernst to five the response to the State of the Union address and pro-abortion groups immediately trashed her as nothing more than “window dressing.” 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.
Ernst – the first woman elected to the Senate from Iowa 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.
Planned Parenthood of Iowa was so strongly opposed to Ernst’s election that it spent almost half a million in advertising against her.