Opinion: Joni Ernst is the Champion Iowans Can Count On.

The recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett illustrates the importance of strong pro-life, pro-woman leadership in the U.S. Senate and reaffirms the stark contrast between Democrat Theresa Greenfield and Republican Joni Ernst.

The first mother of school-aged children to serve on the Court, Barrett is a role model for women and girls everywhere. Ernst, a trailblazer herself as the first woman to represent Iowa in Congress and the first female combat veteran elected to the Senate, understands the significance of this milestone.

As a member of the influential Judiciary Committee, Joni has been instrumental to the confirmation of more than 200 constitutionalist judges, including three stellar Supreme Court justices. When pro-abortion Democrats and their media allies attacked Barrett’s family, her pro-life views, and her Catholic faith, Joni didn’t hesitate to speak up.

I’ve known Joni for years and this comes as no surprise. She is a fearless advocate for women and children, both born and unborn, as well as taxpayers who are deeply opposed to funding abortion with their hard-earned dollars – it’s why she has earned an ‘A’ rating on Susan B. Anthony List’s National Pro-life Scorecard.

She and her Democrat opponent Theresa Greenfield could not be more different.

Greenfield is backed by radical pro-abortion lobby groups like Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List, which promote taxpayer-funded abortion for any reason, at any point in pregnancy – even up to birth. Earlier this year in a Facebook Live event with Sioux Falls Democrat J.D Scholten, Greenfield stated she would “never compromise” on her support for abortion on demand.

Asked a few months later to clarify whether she supports any limits on abortion, even in the third trimester, Greenfield doubled down.

Greenfield’s stance is extreme and cruel. Research shows unborn children can feel excruciating pain at least by five months. The United States is one of only seven nations to allow abortion on demand after this point.

To get us out of that group, Joni Ernst co-sponsored “Micah’s Law” to stop late-term abortions – legislation that well over half of Americans, and even 43% of Democrats support — as well as a bill to protect babies who survive failed abortions.

Sadly, pro-abortion Democrats in the House and Senate have spent almost two years blocking these vital protections. There’s no question Greenfield would side with Schumer and Pelosi instead of her constituents.

Greenfield’s opposition to Justice Barrett and silence in the face of her fellow Democrats’ vicious attacks on this fine Midwestern judge are the last straw that proves she is utterly out of step with Iowa values.

With leading Democrats calling to expand the Supreme Court and destroy the independence of our third branch of government in order to impose their agenda, losing a champion like Joni and potentially the Senate majority is something we simply can’t afford.

At this pivotal moment for our nation, Iowa could play a decisive role in determining whether every child has a chance in America, or whether Democrats roll back all our hard-won gains and even the foundations of our government. Joni Ernst is the champion Iowans can count on. I couldn’t be prouder to support her and I strongly encourage all pro-life Iowans to make their voices heard.

Marjorie Dannenfelser is president of the national pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.