For Immediate Release: July 7, 2020

Contact: media@prochoiceamerica.org

 

NARAL Pro-Choice America today announced its endorsement of ten Iowa state legislators ahead of the November general election: State Representatives Karin Derry (HD-39), Heather Matson (HD-38), Kristin Sunde (HD-43), Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (HD-45), Liz Bennett (HD-65), Molly Donahue (HD-68), Lindsay James (HD-99), Assistant House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst (HD-42), House Minority Leader Todd Prichard (HD-52), state Senator Claire Celsi (SD-21), and Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen (SD-18).

Last month, anti-choice lawmakers in the Iowa legislature devoted the final hours of this year’s legislative session to forcing through an extreme measure that will force women to undergo a mandatory and medically unnecessary 24-hour delay prior to receiving abortion care. The last-minute effort to pass the measure followed a failed attempt by Republican lawmakers earlier in the month to advance an anti-choice, anti-freedom constitutional amendment that would undo a 2018 Iowa Supreme Court decision upholding the fundamental right to abortion in Iowa.

“The last few weeks have made it abundantly clear that anti-choice lawmakers in the Iowa legislature are hellbent on advancing their extreme, ideological agenda. This agenda couldn’t be more out-of-touch with the majority of Iowans who support reproductive freedom and legal access to abortion,” said NARAL Pro-Choice America National Communications Director Kristin Ford. “The failed attempt by Republican legislators to pass an anti-choice constitutional amendment serves as a stark reminder of the importance of protecting our champions in the General Assembly and flipping the chamber in November. NARAL is proud to endorse these ten leaders, who have demonstrated time and again their unwavering commitment to safeguarding the fundamental freedom of Iowans to make personal decisions about pregnancy without interference from anti-choice, anti-freedom politicians in Des Moines.” 

Background on the candidates

  • Rep. Karin Derry (HD-39) was first elected to represent the 39th House District in 2018 and will now face off against Republican challenger Eddie Andrews. 
  • Rep. Heather Matson (HD-38) was first elected to represent the 38th House District in 2018 and will now face off against Republican challenger Garrett Gobble. She spoke in defense of reproductive freedom during the overnight debate on the mandatory delay bill (HF 594). 
  • Rep. Kristin Sunde (HD-43) was first elected to represent the 43rd House District in 2018 and will now face off against Republican challenger Aaron Sewell. She spoke in defense of reproductive freedom during the overnight debate on HF 594. 
  • Assistant House Minority Leader Jennifer Konfrst (HD-42) was first elected to represent the 42nd House District in 2018 and will now face off against Republican challenger Sonya Swan. 
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (HD-45) was first elected to represent the 45th House District in 2004 and will now face off against Libertarian challenger Eric Cooper. She spoke in defense of reproductive freedom during the overnight debate on HF 594.
  • House Minority Leader Todd Prichard (HD-52) was first elected to represent the 52nd House District in 2012 and will now face off against Republican challenger Craig Clark. 
  • Rep. Liz Bennett (HD-65) was first elected to represent the 65th House District in 2014 and will now run unopposed. 
  • Rep. Molly Donahue (HD-68) was first elected to represent the 68th House District in 2018 and will now face off against Republican challenger Lou Rogers. 
  • Rep. Lindsay James (HD-99) was first elected to represent the 99th House District in 2018 and will now face off against Republican challenger Pauline Chilton. 
  • Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen (SD-18) was first elected to represent the 18th Senate District in 2012 and is running unopposed. She has been a fierce champion for reproductive freedom in the state Senate, speaking out against the proposed constitutional amendment, the mandatory delay bill, and other anti-choice restrictions. 

 

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 NARAL Pro-Choice America and its network of state affiliates and chapters are dedicated to protecting and expanding reproductive freedom for all. For more than 50 years, NARAL has worked to guarantee that every woman has the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion. Since 1969, NARAL has made history, grown to over 2.5 million members, and met the moments that have defined this fight with action, power and freedom. In recognition of its work defending our constitutional right to choose, Fortune Magazine described NARAL as “one of the top 10 advocacy groups in America.”

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