SIOUX CITY | Speakers at an anti-abortion political rally in Sioux City on Monday urged voters to support U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, and prevent President Barack Obama from getting a second term.
"Unless we vote in righteous candidates, we cannot get righteous laws," said Tammy Kobza, president of the Iowa chapter of the conservative group Eagle Forum, during the “Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care” bus tour.
The appearance, held near the Sgt. Floyd Monument, was organized by the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee helping women who are anti-abortion get elected to Congress, and The Family Leader, a Pleasant Hill, Iowa, social conservative group.
Anti-abortion activist Jill Stanek, a former labor and delivery nurse from suburban Chicago, spoke about Obama’s record on abortion rights, including his move as a state senator in Illinois to block legislation that would have required giving medical care to aborted fetuses that survived.
"Barack Obama is the most pro-abortion, pro-infanticide president we have ever seen," Stanek said.
Former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Musgrave, R-Colo., spoke against Obama’s health care overhaul because it requires that health insurance policies cover contraception.
"When people say it is just contraception, don't believe it," she said "... ObamaCare was the greatest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade."
People held signs that said "Defend the First Amendment" on one side, with "Respect Religious Freedom" on the other.
Musgrave, who served in Congress from 2003 to 2009, also recognized King for his support of anti-abortion legislation. King is running against Christie Vilsack in the Nov. 6 election.
"If you look up courage in the dictionary, you will see a picture of Steve King,” Musgrave said.
The bus tour on Monday also stopped in Mason City and Des Moines, where Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds started a 40-minute news conference with a speech in support of King and his message.
“He is a man of conviction, he is a man of integrity and he is a man who is unafraid to stand up for the rights of the unborn and the sanctity of life,” she said. “We should not be afraid to stand up for somebody who stands up for the unborn.”
The Vilsack campaign on Monday released a statement accusing King of trying to avoid topics such as the economy and taxes.
“Christie Vilsack has spent years focused on preventing unwanted pregnancies in Iowa. She founded a nonprofit aimed at prevention and has traveled across the state talking to people about responsible family planning. Trying to divide people on this issue, instead of trying to find common ground — like prevention — just isn’t productive,” the statement said.
The bus tour has also scheduled stops in Florida, Ohio and Virginia through Aug. 30.
Mike Wiser of the Journal Des Moines Bureau contributed to this report.