In a complete and total betrayal of the pro-life movement in Iowa, unborn babies and the right to life, Republican State Rep. Matt Windschitl defended his endorsement of a colleague, Rep. Jane Bloomingdale.
Windschitl has been criticized for publicly endorsing the pro-abortion Republican Bloomingdale. As Majority Leader for the Iowa House, one would think Windschitl would know Bloomingdale’s voting record as well as anyone.
Thankfully voting records are a matter of public knowledge. Let’s examine her voting record on abortion:
*Jan. 27, 2021: Bloomingdale voted AGAINST a proposed constitutional amendment stating there is no right to abortion nor the public funding of abortion in the Iowa Constitution. Keep in mind the legislature cannot pass this amendment, they can only allow all Iowans to vote on it. Bloomingdale refused to support allowing Iowans to have a voice on whether there is a right to an abortion in the state constitution. That is a pro-abortion vote, not a pro-life vote.
Plus, keep in mind that the Iowa House failed to even bring the amendment to the floor for a vote in 2020 due to “not having the votes.” This means if Roe v. Wade is overturned this summer by the Supreme Court, the status quo for abortion will remain in Iowa until 2025 at the earliest because the House failed to pass the amendment in 2020.
*May 1, 2018: Bloomingdale voted AGAINST the Heartbeat Bill, which would prohibit abortions after a heartbeat is detected. This is a pro-abortion vote, not a pro-life vote.
*April 5, 2017: Bloomingdale did not vote at all on a bill to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Yet at the candidate forum between Windschitl and his primary opponent, Rebecca Wilkerson, Windschitl defended his endorsement of the pro-abortion Bloomingdale:
“I’m just going to address the elephant in the room…I endorsed one of my colleagues, alright, that colleague is pro-life,” he said. “But people claim that she’s not. So, I’m not going to have her integrity put into question — she’s pro-life. So that’s what’s being referred to. You have to have integrity. You have to tell the whole truth, the whole story and not just say something to get a buzzword in.”
(Video courtesy of Bryan Jack Holder. You can watch the full forum here.)
It is unbelievable that Windschitl would be so committed to a lie, so committed to a pro-abortion colleague, that he would be willing to lie to his constituents about her and her voting record on the most important issue of our lifetime — abortion.
There is only one logical explanation — and that is Windschitl believes pro-life Republicans can vote against the Protect Life Amendment, vote against the Heartbeat Bill and not vote at all on a 20-week abortion ban.
But Windschitl isn’t exactly a political newcomer. Pro-life Republicans don’t vote to protect abortion, they vote to protect babies. He should know that.
Bloomingdale has a consistent history and record of voting to protect abortion, the practice of killing babies, instead of voting to protect babies.
He endorsed her and then defended her voting record as it pertains to the abortion issue. This is a total, inexcusable backstabbing of the unborn here in Iowa as well as the pro-life movement in Iowa.