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Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Story) joined those spreading misinformation about the abortion neutrality amendment.
“Changing the Constitution is a serious endeavor,” she wrote in this week’s newsletter. “In the first three weeks of session, the Senate State Government Committee passed a constitutional amendment, which will ban abortions in Iowa if it is approved.”
That simply is not so, but it is a talking point that some in the media and some in the Democrat Party have routinely used.
The amendment will state the Constitution of the State of Iowa does not secure or protect a right to abortion or require the funding of abortion.
She is not the first, and likely won’t be the last, Democrat to spread this false narrative.
Earlier this month we reported on previous efforts.
WHO-TV’s original headline read:
“Lawmakers Take Up Proposed Amendment to Ban Abortion in Iowa”
The Des Moines Register has a headline that says:
“Iowa anti-abortion amendment clears first hurdle”
House Rep. Vicki Lensing’s legislative newsletter says:
“Governor Reynolds in her State of the State address announced she will push to adopt a constitutional amendment to ban all abortions, even in cases for rape and incest.”
House Rep. Sharon Steckman’s legislative newsletter says:
“Other ideas outlined by the Governor include a constitutional ban on abortion.”
We also reminded our readers about Rep. Mary Wolfe’s position on a proposed Constitutional amendment from last year that would’ve restored voting rights for felons automatically.
Last year, Wolfe said:
“So, I think often we say, ‘Let’s just give the people a chance to vote. I say to the Senate, put your yes vote where your mouth is and let the people of Iowa vote on this amendment. And, in order to do that, you have to vote it out this general assembly session.”
It will be interesting to see if House Democrats follow the advice one of their members gave to the Iowa Senate in 2019.
The abortion neutrality amendment is scheduled for a floor vote this week and will be in a House subcommittee on Tuesday.