Pro-Choice Voter Guide: Iowa District 04
Rep. Steve King
Rep. Steve King (R) is anti-choice. He is the incumbent.
Rep. King earned a 0-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2011 Congressional Record on Choice.
Voted twice to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.
Voted for H.R.3, a bill that would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges; impose tax penalties on small businesses and many individuals who purchase private health plans that include abortion coverage; and make permanent several restrictions that block many women from accessing abortion care.
Voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care to women who could die without it.
Rep. King offered legislation to ban the use of federal funds for prescription or discussion of medical abortion (RU 486).
Rep. King said, "I stand firm in the fundamental belief that life begins at conception. A moral society cannot be sustained unless full human rights are extended to the unborn. Success in the pro-life movement will usher in a new era of personal responsibility and moral integrity. By merely debating atrocities such as partial-birth abortion, embryonic stem cell research, and human cloning, our children learn that life is a statistic and not God's precious gift. We must instill our youth with the principle that no individual or institution can marginalize or destroy life."
When asked about a scenario of a 12-year-old getting pregnant, Rep. King answered "Well I just haven't heard of that being a circumstance that's been brought to me in any personal way and I'd be open to hearing discussion about that subject matter."
Christine Vilsack (D) is pro-choice.
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Vilsack.
Martin Monroe (I) has no known position on choice.