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Iowa Dem Mike Franken Says Abortion Restrictions ‘Aren’t Necessary’

Iowa Democrat Mike Franken, who is running against longtime Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, said there was “no need at this point” to discuss having “restrictions” on abortions.

When asked about his stance on abortion during an interview this week with CBS News’ Robert Costa on Red and blue, Franken said it was “not necessary at this point” to talk about any restrictions on abortions while giving Grassley credit for putting the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court.

Initially, when Franken was asked to clarify his position on abortion by the interviewer, Franken said he believed that “a woman has a right in all of these matters and what we shouldn’t have is is a constitutional lawyer or Chuck Grassley or the federal government or, even worse, the state government standing in this maternity ward.

Franken also claimed that Grassley’s “legacy” puts conservative justices on the Supreme Court, saying the High Court’s rightward tilt is “compliments for it being fundamentally unfair”, leading to “the Most partisan Supreme Court we’ve had since 1934.”

A recent poll suggests that Americans oppose the left’s radical abortion agenda.

A May Gallup survey found that only 36% said abortion should be legal in the second trimester of pregnancy, while an even smaller number (just 20%) said it should be legal during the last three months of pregnancy. Ultimately, 71% said it should be illegal in the last quarter.

In response to Franken’s comments, Michaela Sundermann, Grassley’s campaign communications director, said, “Mike Franken’s support for unlimited abortion on demand until the last moment before birth, including on minors without parental consent, is shockingly far from step with Iowans.

“Senator Grassley is pro-life, and like most Iowans, he supports exceptions for incest, rape, and maternal life,” Sundermann added. “Mike Franken’s rejection of any common sense common ground on the issue is extreme and out of touch with Iowa’s respect for human life.”

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at or follow him on Twitter @JacobMBliss.


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