Ernst Opposed Abortion In Cases Of Rape, Incest and Fetal Anomalies.

2011: Ernst Voted Against Abortion Coverage In The Case Of Rape, Incest And Fetal Anomaly Under The Iowa Medicaid Program. In May 2011, Ernst opposed an amendment that, according to Planned Parenthood, “restored the long-standing language in the Iowa Medicaid program that allows for abortion coverage in the cases of rape, incest and fetal anomaly.” The Senate accepted the amendment, by a vote of 26 to 22. [House File 649 – Amendment S3293, 5/12/11; Journal of the Senate, 5/12/11; Planned Parenthood, Accessed 9/26/13]

Ernst Said That She Was Against Abortion, And Only Approved An Exception To Save The Life Of The Mother. According to, “Ernst did not offer many specifics. She is against abortion, but approves of an exception to save the life of the mother.” [, 7/18/13]

Ernst Co-Sponsored Legislation That Could Outlaw Certain Common Forms Of Birth Control.

2010: Ernst Co-Sponsored A So-Called Personhood Amendment To Iowa Constitution. In April 2010, Ernst co-sponsored a joint resolution that proposed “an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa relating to the inalienable right to life.” The motion was referred to the Senate Rules & Administration Committee. No further action was taken. [Senate Joint Resolution 10, 4/29/13; Journal of the Senate, 4/29/13]

  • Resolution Would Have Recognized And Protected The Right To Life At “Any Stage Of Development.” According to the text of the resolution, “The inalienable right to life of every person at any stage of development shall be recognized and protected.” [Senate Joint Resolution 10, 4/29/13]

  • Resolution Would Have Put A Personhood Amendment Up To A Referendum. According to the text of the resolution, “The foregoing proposed amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa is referred to the general assembly to be chosen at the next general election for members of the general assembly and the secretary of state is directed to cause the proposed amendment to be published for three consecutive months previous to the date of that election as provided by law.” [Senate Joint Resolution 10, 4/29/13]

Ernst Opposed Taxpayer Funding For Family-Planning Organizations Like Planned Parenthood.

Ernst Voted Against An Amendment That Allowed Family Planning Organizations Like Planned Parenthood To Continue To Receive Family Planning Funding, Despite Not Promoting Abstinence. In 2011, Ernst voted against an amendment that would have allowed family planning organizations, like Planned Parenthood, to continue receiving family planning funding, despite not promoting abstinence. According to the text of an amendment, S3293, to a bill, House File 649, “108. Page 79, by striking lines 4 through 14.” According to the bill, House File 649, lines 4 through 14 of page 79 read as follows: “Sec. 61. FAMILY PLANNING WAIVER AND MAINTENANCE OF EFFORT. Notwithstanding 2010 Iowa Acts, chapter 1192, section 11, subsection 24, the department of human services shall not amend the medical assistance waiver for the Iowa family planning network in accordance with that provision, but shall instead continue the Iowa family planning waiver in effect prior to June 30, 2011, and shall only amend the waiver to increase the income eligibility percentage above the percentage provided in the waiver in effect if necessary and only by the minimum percentage required to comply with maintenance of effort requirements.” The amendment was passed in the Senate, by a vote of 26 to 22. [House File 649 – Amendment S3293, 5/12/11; Journal of the Senate, 5/12/11]

  • Original House Bill Removed Planned Parenthood’s Access To Family Planning Funding Used For Abstinence-Based Programs. According to the Iowa House Republicans, “House File 649 removes language that allowed Planned Parenthood to access funds that had been used for abstinence-based programs. It also removes the advantage that current grant recipients had when reapplying for the grant.” The bill was passed in the House, by a vote of 56 to 40. [Iowa House Republicans, 3/17/11; House File 649, 4/7/11]
  • Family Planning Language Was Part Of A Larger $1.5 Billion Health And Human Services Appropriations Bill. According to Des Moines Register, “Terry Branstad this week signed a nearly $1.5 billion budget bill dealing with the state’s health and human services budget. House File 649 includes the departments of public health and human services, as well as a few other departments such as the Iowa Finance Authority and the Department on Aging.” [Des Moines Register, 7/28/11]

Ernst Said That Women Had Access To Birth Control And Abortion, Even If They Were “Things That I Personally Disagree With.” According to Washington Post, “Asked in the interview whether she is too ideologically rigid for middle-of-the-road Iowa, Ernst laughed. ‘I do believe in life at conception,’ she said, but noted that ‘we have set policy right now.’ If women ‘want birth control, they have access to birth control,’ she added. ‘If women want to have an abortion, they have access to an abortion. There may be things that I personally disagree with, but women have access to those things. What I don’t believe is that all taxpayers should be paying for somebody’s personal choices.’” [Washington Post, 8/7/14]

Ernst Opposed Taxpayer Funding For Birth Control And Abortion. According to the Washington Post, referring to birth control and abortion, Ernst said, “[w]hat I don’t believe is that all taxpayers should be paying for somebody’s personal choices.” [Washington Post, 8/7/14]