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.

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“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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