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Is Abortion An Issue? | Iowa Republican Governor Debate (May 20, 2010)

posted on May 20, 2010

Henderson: You all endorsed a bill that is in place in Oklahoma that would require a woman to see an ultrasound before seeking an abortion. Governor Culver this week has been talking about his promise to maintain a woman's right to choose. Do you anticipate that abortion will be a major issue in the fall election? This response from Mr. Branstad, please, first.

Branstad: I think it's always an issue. I think people care deeply about life. I have a daughter and a daughter-in-law that are both going to have babies this year. I'm very pro-life. My son Marcus was born on January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. I believe that Iowa needs to have a pro-life governor. I will be a pro-life governor.

Henderson: Do you think this will be a crucial issue in the fall election, Mr. Roberts?

Roberts: I think it will be only because people do hold very strong feelings both for and opposed to something like this. But I have a very strong pro-life, not only position as a legislator if you look at my ten years of service, 100% consistent pro-life legislator but more importantly I believe that life in the womb is that of an unborn child and that child deserves protection. It has worth, value and dignity and I would do all that I can to help ensure the safety and well-being of those unborn children.

Henderson: Mr. Vander Plaats, the fall election a referendum on abortion?

Vander Plaats: Well, it sounds like it will be because Culver is definitely on the wrong side of this issue. I think the citizens of Iowa want to know very clear where do you stand on the life issue. I've been very clear, I'm 100% for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. I've wrote a book celebrating a life about our son who is extremely disabled. So, I believe abortion is going to be a big issue but I think another core conviction that is going to be a big issue in this campaign is traditional marriage and how much do you mean one man, one woman.


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