For Immediate Release
May 2, 2018
Abby Finkenauer Rallies Against Iowa GOP's Radical Anti-Choice Bill
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Republican-controlled Iowa legislature passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. The bill effectively bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy — denying Iowa women access to reproductive health care guaranteed to them under the Constitution. Fortunately, Iowa's women and families have a champion in Iowa state Rep. Abby Finkenauer, who took to the floor of the Iowa House to rally against the Republicans' radical anti-choice bill.
“State legislatures are the front lines of the Republican Party's efforts to eliminate our reproductive rights. With this bill, Iowa has the dubious distinction of going further than any other state in undermining women's access to health care,” said Christina Reynolds, EMILY's List vice president of communications. “Abby Finkenauer has always been a strong fighter, and we couldn't have been more proud to watch her last night. Her speech was an important reminder of just how much the Iowa House — like every legislature — needs women's voices at the table. Abby proved just how essential it is to have pro-choice Democratic women in power who will stand up and fight back. Iowa voters can count on her to keep doing just that in Congress, which is why we are thrilled to stand with her as she takes on another anti-choice Republican — Rod Blum — in November.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $500 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making them one of the most successful political organizations ever. Our grassroots community of over five million members helps Democratic women wage competitive campaigns – and win. We recruit and train candidates, support strong campaigns, research the issues that impact women and families, and turn out women voters. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect 116 women to the House, 23 to the Senate, 12 governors, and over 800 to state and local office. Forty percent of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Since the 2016 election, thousands of women and counting have reached out to us about running for office. To harness this energy, EMILYs List has launched Run to Win, an unprecedented effort to get more women to run at the local, state, and national levels.