Sen. Joni Ernst said on Monday during an hour-long debate for the U.S. Senate race that she did not think President Donald Trump’s newest Supreme Court nominee would overturn abortion rights.
The Republican’s proclamation that the reversal of Roe v. Wade is unlikely came after she announced her status as “adamantly pro-life” when moderator David Yepsen asked what each candidate would do if the court overturned the ruling which made abortion legal across the nation. Trump has said nominee Amy Coney Barrett could be part of a court decision to overturn that ruling.
“I think the likelihood of Roe v. Wade being overturned is very minimal. I don’t see that happening, truly I don’t see that happening, but what we can do is certainly educate the public on how important life is,” Ernst said at the Iowa PBS studios in Johnston.
“The views that are being taken by Theresa Greenfield and those that are backing her from the coasts—from California to New York, it’s inappropriate and not acceptable to Iowa voters.”
Her opponent, Theresa Greenfield, countered the claim by saying Roe v. Wade was “settled law” and cemented her stance as pro-choice.
“I will always defend a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions with the guidance of her doctor, and actually I will defend all people to make their healthcare decisions with their doctors and will continue to defend it, regardless of where we go in the future,” Greenfield said.
Fifty-six percent of Americans surveyed in a recent NYT/Siena poll said they would likely vote against Trump if his nominee assists in dismantling Roe v. Wade. Ernst, who has remained close to the President and his messaging throughout her candidacy, is currently polling over two points under Greenfield.
Ernst has a history of support for Roe v. Wade’s ruin. In January, the senator joined joining 206 other members of Congress in petitioning the Supreme Court to reconsider Roe v. Wade.
by Isabella Murray
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