Republican State Rep. Jane Bloomingdale is one of three House Republicans who voted against the Protect Life Amendment. She was also one of the House Republicans who locked up as a no vote on the amendment in 2020 and forced the amendment to die.
A constitutional amendment must pass two general assemblies in the state of Iowa before it can be considered by Iowa voters. So, if Roe v. Wade is indeed overturned this summer, Bloomingdale is one of the main reasons why babies in Iowa will continue to be legally aborted up to 20 weeks until at least 2025 at the earliest.
That’s a pretty horrible thing to have on one’s voting record — especially as a Republican.
Yet despite her anti-life voting record, which includes voting against the Heartbeat Bill and simply not voting on a bill that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks, there are House Republicans helping Bloomingdale knock doors in her district despite a pro-life Republican running against her.
You can read about Deb Hild, Bloomingdale’s primary opponent, here.
In addition to her anti-life stance, Bloomingdale is reportedly one of the House Republican no votes on Education Savings Accounts for Iowa families.
When House Republicans help non-conservative incumbents like Bloomingdale, it makes it really, really, really, really — really — difficult to believe they want to see a conservative agenda pushed in Iowa.
Yet Bloomingdale posted a thank you to her colleagues who gave their time to support her campaign. The photos indicate Republican Representatives Carter Nordman, Megan Jones, Brian Lohse, Shannon Latham and Mike Bousselot all showed up to help the anti-life House Republican in her election against a pro-life Republican challenger. Linda Upmeyer, the former Speaker of the Iowa House and current co-chair of the Republican Party of Iowa is also in one of the photos. Lobbyists from Des Moines, including lobbyists for the teachers union, were also helping Bloomingdale.
What must that mean?