Tom Vilsack on Abortion

Democratic IA Governor


Informed consent is government telling women what to do

Informed consent laws often mandate that a woman is given inflammatory and medically inaccurate materials, emphasizing alleged medical risks and the state's preference for childbirth through biased "counseling" and pictorial depictions. As Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack commented, informed consent laws "are about government prescribing what a woman should think about, when a woman should think, and for how long a woman should think. This goes beyond the appropriate role of government."
Source: 2016 Veepstakes: ProChoiceOregon.org, "Waiting periods" , Feb 24, 2007

Vetoed requiring info about abortion risks and alternatives

Vilsack upset the pro-life community when he vetoed legislation that would have required abortion businesses to provide women with factual information about abortion risks and alternatives prior to performing one. Women who regret their abortions frequently say that abortion practitioners did not provide them adequate information beforehand that may have changed their minds had they had it available.

He also ridiculed a bill that would protect pregnant women and their unborn children--such as Laci Peterson and her son Conner--from acts of violence. It would have allowed two charges for two deaths such as the charges Scott Peterson faced in that case. "I'm not quite sure why we're doing this other than this is the political season and it's time for political bills," Vilsack said. House lawmakers voted 63-36 in favor of the bill, while members of the state Senate backed it on a 33-19 vote.

Source: 2016 Veepstakes: LifeNews.com, "Pro-Abortion Iowa Governor" , Nov 9, 2006

Personal choice includes taxpayer funding

In March 2004, Vilsack came under fire for opposing a measure to stop taxpayer funding for abortions at the University of Iowa's hospital on unborn babies diagnosed with physical or mental disabilities.

Vilsack appeared to back the abortion funding. "We should not be in a position to interfere in that very difficult and personal choice, and the relationship between a woman and her doctor," he said. "If that's what this legislation does, obviously, I'm going to have deep concerns about that."

Vilsack has raised money to promote abortion and was one of four governors to lend his name to a NARAL fundraising letter opposing President Bush because of his pro-life position.

Source: 2016 Veepstakes: LifeNews.com, "Pro-Abortion Iowa Governor" , Nov 9, 2006

A Catholic who supports abortion rights

Sen. John Kerry campaigned across Iowa with Gov. Tom Vilsack, widely reported to be on Kerry’s vice presidential short list. A Catholic who supports abortion rights and has taken heat from some in the church hierarchy for his stance, Kerry said, “I oppos abortion, personally. I don’t like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception.” On Sunday, Kerry sat in a church pew near Vilsack, also a Catholic who supports abortion rights, and his wife, Christie, one of Kerry’s earliest backers in Iowa.
Source: Jonathan Finer in Washington Post on 2004 election , Jul 5, 2004

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