Democrats may have to change their strategy if they hope to reclaim the governor's mansion in Iowa, where the political landscape has experienced a major shift on the issue of life.
Republican Kim Reynolds became governor in 2017 when then-Governor Terry Branstad was appointed ambassador to China. She is now running for her first full term as governor. She will face Democrat Fred Hubble, who has touted his connection and history with Planned Parenthood of the Heartland – both as a board member and as chair.
Jenifer Bowen, founder and president of Life Right Action, tells OneNewsNow Hubble's past with the abortion giant was clearly touted in his first campaign commercial released last fall.
"He was focused on his longstanding time on the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland board," she reports. "[He's] very, very proud that he's pro-choice; very, very proud that he stands with Iowa's abortion giant."
In that commercial, Hubble's wife states the couple has been working with Planned Parenthood for over 30 years. They also helped the abortion provider open a clinic in Dubuque when it couldn't get access to property in the city.
Bowen explains that the landscape has changed in Iowa, pointing to the outcome of the last presidential election as proof.
"[In November 2016], 93 out of 99 counties in the state of Iowa – for the first time ever, really – voted for a pro-life candidate," she shares. "They voted for a pro-life presidential candidate, and they also swept out six pro-abortion senators here in Iowa. [The state] really moved to the right on the issue of life."
Life Right Action points out Planned Parenthood had 29 locations in Iowa in 2010. Only eight now remain.
In contrast to her opponent, Reynolds is a strong and eloquent supporter of life and has signed pro-life legislation into law. That means, says Bowen, when Iowa voters go to the polls in the November election, they will choose between someone who proposes to change the state's direction on the issue – and one who has proven to stay on track with life.
Two Democrats (Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver) held the governor's seat prior to Branstad taking over in January 2011.