CAMPAIGN ALMANAC: Democrat Liz Mathis targets Ashley Hinson on abortion in new TV ad

State Senator Liz Mathis, the Democratic candidate for the congressional seat in Iowa’s 2nd district, addresses a crowd at a campaign event September 3 in Lisbon. A new ad campaign by Mathis targets Rep. Ashley Hinson’s record on abortion rights. (Geoff Stellfox/The Gazette)

A new ad from Democratic challenger Liz Mathis targets Republican U.S. Representative from Iowa Ashley Hinson’s record on abortion rights, saying the first-term incumbent supports a nationwide ban on the procedure with no exceptions for rape, incest or to save the woman’s life.

The announcement references Hinson’s support for the Design Life Act, a bill introduced in the House in February 2021 that declares that a constitutional right to life “endows every human being” at all times. life stages, “including the time of fertilization, cloning or any other time an individual is born.

The wording of the bill does not indicate any exception in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the pregnant woman is in danger.

Hinson, however, has previously backed such exemptions as a state legislator when voting in favor of the so-called fetal heart rate law in May 2018, which is being challenged in an Iowa court and not has not entered into force.

Hinson also co-sponsored the House version of a bill introduced earlier this month by Republican U.S. Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham that would create a nationwide ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would allow exceptions in cases of incest, rape or if the woman’s life is in danger.

Hinson called the announcement a “lie” in a Twitter post, saying she is “unapologetically pro-life, and I will continue to work to save as many lives as possible.”

“I support exceptions for rape, incest and mother’s life,” Hinson posted.

Mathis, in a statement, said, “Politicians like Ashley Hinson should not make personal decisions about women’s health care,” and that if elected to Congress, Mathis “will vote to codify Roe.” and protect the reproductive freedoms of Iowans.”

Democrats channeled a Unprecedented $124 million this year in abortion rights-related TV advertisingaccording to the Associated Press, underscoring how central the message is to the party in the final weeks before the Nov. 8 midterm elections.

That sum is more than twice as much money as Democrats’ next big issue this year, “character,” and nearly 20 times more than what Democrats spent on mid-term abortion-related ads. term in 2018, the AP reported.

To date, the Mathis campaign said it has placed $675,000 in TV ad buys, with additional media placement to be booked.

CONSERVATIVE GROUP ENDORSEMENTS: The Iowa Chapter of Conservative Americans for Prosperity announced its endorsement of 13 Republican candidates for the Iowa Legislature.

The organization will support the organization of candidates, some of whom are participating in competitive campaigns.

Endorsements include Sens. Jake Chapman, R-Adel, and Chris Cournoyer, R-LeClaire.

“Iowa needs principled leaders who will put politics above politics to fight for our economy, lower taxes, support expanded educational opportunities, and improve access to quality health care that our families can afford,” Drew Klein, the organization’s state director, said in a press release. .

The organization also endorsed State House candidates Michael Bousselot, Mark Cisneros, Henry Stone, Doug Campbell, Dan Gehlbach, Cindy Golding, Bill Gustoff, Bob Henderson, Jennifer Smith and Mark Weatherly, and Senate candidate Scott Webster.

WISKUS APPROVED: Jessica Wiskus, Democratic candidate for Iowa Senate District 42, announced her endorsement by the citizens of Iowa for the Community Improvement Action Fund.

The district covers much of rural Linn and Benton counties. There is no incumbent senator in the district due to redistricting.

Hannah Bott, a CCI Action member from Mount Vernon, said Wiskus, from Lisbon, “stands with our neighbors and our communities to fight proposed CO2 pipelines.”

“She listened to rural voters about the changes we need, and she is committed to bringing those voices with her to the Statehouse,” Bott said in a statement. “That’s the kind of leadership we were looking for.

Wiskus is running to challenge incumbent Republican Rep. Charlie McClintock of Alburnett. Non-party candidate Bruce Gardner of Garrison is also running for the Iowa Senate seat.

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