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October 17th, 2011

Bachmann on Late Term Abortion Bans: “That’s a State Issue”

Michele Bachmann recently gathered a group of Iowa faith leaders and pastors for a press conference to promote pro-life causes. During the Question and Answer session, TheIowaRepublican asked Bachmann for her views on the late term abortion ban that was debated in the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

The issue divided the pro-life community in Iowa. Some Republicans tried to block that bill’s passage, feeling it did not go far enough to protect the unborn. Some of the pastors seated behind Bachmann at the press conference shared the same view. The bill never passed.

Here is Bachmann response to TIR’s questions regarding her stances on late term abortion legislation:

Bachmann: “I think that’s referring to late term abortion and I think that’s something that most people find anathema and they would prefer to see it outlawed. That’s a state issue. So it’s up to the people of Iowa to decide what they want to do. I only know for myself, and as President of the United States I am 100% percent pro-life from conception to natural death and I will stand up for the unborn.”

TheIowaRepublican: Does that mean you would take incremental steps or would you only support personhood-type legislation?

Answer: “It would depend what the legislation is that comes before me. Sometimes there are steps that you take to get to the point that you want to be. It just depends on what the legislation is that comes before.”

Bachmann added that she feels the pro-life cause is gaining momentum. “What I’m seeing all across the United States, not just in Iowa, there has never been a dimmunition of support for the pro-life issue. In fact, I think its even gained ground, especially among young people.”

Michele Bachmann’s campaign is making a strong push to try to lock up the evangelical vote in Iowa. “For many voters, the number one issue in their heart is, will that person as President of the United States stand up for the unborn,” Bachmann said. “Will they stand up for marriage? What will they do for the family?”

The Minnesota congresswoman paints herself as the true, constitutional conservative in the race. She implied that evangelicals are often used by Republicans to help get elected, but ignored once they take office.

“It seems like every four years the faith community is told, ‘You have to settle’,” Bachmann said. “Because the faith community are the ones who do the phone calls, who drop the literature, who do the emails, and then they’re patted on the head and told to stand against the wall. They’re told, ‘Well not this time. This time we have to have someone who’s electable, someone who’s a moderate.’ But I think of any year, this is the year not to settle.”

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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