WHAT: Sen. Grassley says abortion not an issue in Iowa legislature since his vote in 1972

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United States Sen. Chuck Grassley has been an elected official in Iowa for a long, long, long…long, long, long…long time.

It started in 1959 when he began to serve in the Iowa House of Representatives. And, according to Grassley, his first pro-life vote was cast in February of 1972 when he was one of 44 people who voted not to repeal Iowa’s ban on abortion.


“The next year we had Roe v. Wade and it was never an issue in the Iowa legislature until potentially it could be now as a result of Roe’s overturn,” Grassley said.

That is a curious thing to say, especially since Grassley has kept close tabs on Iowa state politics and spent a lot of his Hawkeye PAC money on the Iowa House of Representatives.

Grassley said abortion was “never an issue” in the Iowa legislature after Roe v. Wade was decided until — potentially — now.

Abortion has been a contentious issue in the Iowa legislature for decades.

Chuck’s grandson, Rep. Pat Grassley, has voted on abortion a number of times in the Iowa House:

Jan. 27, 2021: Proposed constitutional amendment to repeal the right to an abortion

June 13, 2020: Requiring a 24-hour waiting period prior to abortion

April 27, 2019: Funding of abortion

May 1, 2018: Prohibiting abortion after a heartbeat is detected

April 5, 2017: Prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy

March 9, 2016: Prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue

Feb. 11, 2014: Prohibiting webcam abortions

That’s just recent history. I could go on.

How can Chuck Grassley not know this? 

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