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It is no secret that Representative Cindy Axne of Iowa’s third congressional district supports women who decide to murder their babies, otherwise known as “pro-choice,” but over the past week Representative Axne exclaimed loudly to the constituents of her district that not only does she support this horrific practice, but Iowans should foot the bill. 


Last week Axne broke four decades of bipartisan precedent by voting in favor of H.R. 4502, an LHHS appropriations bill. For the past forty years this appropriations bill has contained the Hyde Amendment, an amendment issued in response to the ruling of Roe v. Wade that protected taxpayer money from being used via Medicaid to fund abortions. However, last week the bill proceeded to the floor without the Hyde Amendment stripped from it. 


Prior to the vote, Concerned Women of America, CWA Iowa State Director, Tamara Scott, along with several mothers from the third district met with Axne’s legislative director to communicate their support of the Hyde Amendment. Iowan mothers pleading for Iowan babies. They discussed how Hyde Amendment saves lives and how Iowans, especially those who morally and religiously oppose abortions, do not want to pay for it. Axne’s office was reminded of her claims to be bipartisan and how bipartisan consensus on this issue should be continued. CWA was reassured that Axne claimed she would never take a vote to shut down the government, but one has to wonder why she voted “yea” on a bill that without the Hyde Amendment is DOA in the Senate, which could lead to a government shutdown.  


As a reminder, this is not the first time Axne has voted against the Hyde Amendment. In December of 2020, she voted against H.R. 20, which would have codified the Hyde Amendment into law. 


A very disappointing day for the third district as Axne failed to live up to her commitment of reaching across the aisle and now wishes to force those of the third district to use their hard-earned money to pay for the murder of children. At a time when the nation is divided on so many issues, Representative Axne voted to continue the divide.

Author: Kathryn Kueter

Kathryn Kueter is the Public Policy Director of VALOR Iowa