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May 4th, 2011

Republicans Turn Up The Heat on Gronstal

By Craig Robinson

Yesterday, 113 days into the legislative session, Republicans in the legislature finally put House File 657, the late-term abortion ban, in Sen. Mike Gronstal’s hands.

The legislative session was only scheduled to last 110 days.

Thanks to a handful of Republican legislators who blocked and attacked the bill, pro-life activists in Iowa have precious little time to lobby Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal to pass the bill.  Everyone has always known the major hurdle in passing the bill, which is intended to keep late-term abortionist Dr. LeRoy Carhart out of Iowa, was Gronstal. Yet, until all 24 Republican Senators and two Democrat Senators signed onto a discharge petition, Gronstal has been able to avoid criticism because the pro-life community and Republicans in the legislature were busy fighting one another instead of fighting to protect life.

Now that the ball is in Gronstal’s court, he’s beginning to feel the heat.  The Republican Party of Iowa is calling into Gronstal’s district encouraging citizens to contact the Senate Majority Leader and ask him to support House File 657.

The script of the call reads:

“Without immediate action from our Senator, Mike Gronstal, a late-term abortionist will call our community home and make Council Bluffs the abortion capital of the Midwest.

Only Mike Gronstal stands in the way of a bipartisan move to force a vote in the Iowa Senate to stop this abortionist and save our community.

Call Mike Gronstal at 515-282-3371, and tell him to listen to his constituents, allow a vote in the Senate, and keep this abortionist out of our Council Bluffs.”

Republican Party of Iowa Chairman Matt Strawn told TheIowaRepublican.com, “Gronstal’s obstructionism has escalated from denying the will of the people to threatening the lives of the unborn,” Strawn said. “The vast majority of his constituents have spoken clearly that they want an up or down vote to keep Dr. Carhart out their community, and members of his own party are urging action. It’s time for Gronstal to stand up for Iowa’s unborn and not continue to hide behind legislative procedure.”

Carhart, a renowned later term abortionist, has indicated he will open an abortion clinic in Council Bluffs should the state legislature fail to act on the late-term abortion ban.

After the discharge petition was filed yesterday, the decision regarding whether this bill will be debated and voted on rests solely with Gronstal.  The bill is eligible for debate as early as Thursday.

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About the Author

Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, 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 TheIowaRepublican.com 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, TheIowaRepublcian.com. 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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