The Iowa gubernatorial race in November will pit a wealthy, male abortion activist against a strong pro-life female lawmaker.
Fred Hubbell, a wealthy businessman and board member for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, won the Democratic nomination for governor Tuesday in Iowa, KWQC reports. He will challenge pro-life Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds, the first female governor of Iowa.
Hubbell has focused his campaign around promoting the largest abortion chain in America, according to the local news.
“And we stand united to restore funding for Planned Parenthood, reverse the most restrictive anti- women’s health care law in the country, reverse Reynolds failed Medicaid privatization and improve our mental health care system,” Hubbell told supporters.
Hubbell is well-known in Des Moines for his philanthropy, political donations and family’s real estate business. He has traveled the state and flooded television airwaves to highlight his support for reforming the state’s Medicaid health care program and funding Planned Parenthood.
During his victory speech, Hubbell also talked about Iowans losing access to “health care,” according to the Des Moines Register.
“Are we going to continue with the failed Gov. Reynolds policies that have decimated our schools, denied Iowans health care while giving our tax dollars to wealthy out of state companies? Or are we going to set the right priorities and invest in ourselves and the next generation?” he said.
But abortion activists often use the term “health care” as a euphemism for abortion. When Iowa defunded Planned Parenthood, abortion activists claimed women would lose access to important health care. In reality, the move only hurt the abortion chain.
Reynolds’ record presents a sharp contrast to Hubbell’s abortion advocacy. Earlier this year, Reynolds made history not only as the first female governor of Iowa but also as a passionate advocate for unborn babies.
In May, she signed into law the earliest abortion ban in the United States. The law prohibits abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Planned Parenthood is challenging the law in court.
“We are No. 1 in the country when it comes to protecting life,” Reynolds told the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition in May, Newsmax reports. “I believe all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor I pledge to you to do everything in my power to protect life.
“We know that our work is not done, that we must continue to work together to change the hearts and minds,” the governor continued. “But I’ll tell you what, we’re not slowing down, we’re not going to stop. It’s a fight worth fighting.”
Reynolds also supports defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood of taxpayer dollars. Iowa defunded the abortion chain and now gives tax dollars to legitimate health centers that care for women and families.
Ironically, a Planned Parenthood spokeswoman blasted Reynolds for being “anti-woman” in December because she does not support the killing of unborn babies.
Reynolds has been a target of negative attention from the liberal media and abortion activists; but she told the Des Moines Register that she has received “very positive feedback” about the heartbeat law.
She previously served as lieutenant governor under Terry Brandstad.