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March 9th, 2011

Defund Planned Parenthood Tour Makes Iowa Stops

By Craig Robinson

Monday morning, a number of leaders from pro-life groups in Iowa and across the country gathered outside of Congressman Leonard Boswell’s office to demand that he vote to end the practice of giving taxpayer dollars to Planned Parenthood.  The organization received $360 million from the federal government last year.

The event is part of the “Women Speak Out: Defund Planned Parenthood” tour, which will make eleven stops in seven states over the next few days.   Former Colorado Congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave and Live Action President Lila Rose are the featured speakers at each stop.

Musgrave, who served three terms in the United States Congress, is now the Project Director for the Susan B. Anthony List Votes Have Consequences initiative.  Rose is a 22-year-old recent college graduate who has exposed the sinister behavior of Planned Parenthood through investigative videos and interviews with Planned Parenthood employees.  Some conservative pundits have said Rose is “doing the work that 60 Minutes used to do.”

Musgrave and Rose were impressive at the stop, but so, too, were the local pro-life leaders who took to the microphone.  Iowa Right to Life’s Jenifer Bowen and Maggie DeWitte from Iowans for L.I.F.E. added a local perspective on the fight against Planned Parenthood.  Tamara Scott of Concerned Women of America’s Iowa affiliate, did an excellent job of articulating the reason why Planned Parenthood should not be funded with taxpayer dollars.

Below are the videos of each speaker.  All did a phenomenal job.  Please take the time to watch their remarks and call Congressman Leonard Boswell and Congressman Bruce Braley and ask them to stop funding Planned Parenthood.

Congressman Boswell: (515) 282-1909
Congressman Braley: (319) 287-3233

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About the Author

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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