A large bus idled at the bottom of the steps before the Iowa Statehouse Monday. More than half a dozen anti-groups gathered near it, urging Iowans to join their efforts to only back candidates who work to stop abortions. Tamara Scott, Iowa State Director for Concerned Women of America, told the crowd of several dozen supporters they should follow the Founding Fathers. She said, "They stood by nature's law and God's law. And we have every obligation and responsibility that we must stand with them and stand against those who snuff out the lives of our fellow Americans because they're not convenient."
The bus will tour Iowa and 4 other battleground states, with the faces of one Democrat from each state on the side of the bus. Fourth District Christie Vilsack is among those targeted because the group said she supports women's rights to choose abortions. Vilsack's campaign said in a statement, "It should be safe, legal, and rare and we should work together to prevent unwanted pregnancies, as Christie has done."
The statement did not include an answer to a request on the specific circumstances when Vilsack thinks abortions should be allowed.
The campaign of Vilsack's Republican opponent, Steve King, said he believes "life begins at conception" and King has voted to ban federal abortion funding, except in cases of rape, incest and the health of the mother.