Skip to comments.Bus tour of women who oppose abortion stops in Iowa cities
Posted on 08/20/2012 10:00:18 PM PDT by iowamark
DES MOINES A rolling billboard coach supporting the anti-abortion cause and the defeat of five specific congressional candidates began its five-state trip Monday in Iowa, with stops in Sioux City, Des Moines and Mason City.
The Women Speak Out: Abortion is Not Health Care bus arrived in Des Moines about 1:15 p.m. The group had hoped to park their coach decorated with the crossed-out faces of Barack Obama, Christie Vilsack and other Democrats in front of the Capitol and use it as a backdrop for a news conference.
But they were forced to move locations because work crews had blocked off the street Monday to set up viewing stands for an upcoming road race.
Instead, they set up shop on East 7th and East Locust streets at the base of the Capitol parkway with the bus parked around the block.
The Des Moines stop was the second of three in the state and 30 across the country scheduled by the group, whose trip will also take them to Wisconsin, Ohio, Virginia and Florida.
The appearance 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, an Iowa social conservative group.
The Des Moines event attracted about 120 people, many of them holding signs in support of the anti-abortion cause, in support of Rep. Steve King of Kiron and against Obama.
Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds started the 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.
Other speakers at the Des Moines stop included Tamara Scott of Concerned Women for America, Melissa Ohden who survived a chemical abortion in her mothers womb and has grown up to be an anti-abortion activist and speaker, and Julie Summa, director of outreach and marketing for the Family Leader.
Summa used her turn at the microphone to support King, the movement and to plug the Family Leaders campaign to oust Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.
The Family Leader and the Iowa Republican Party are encouraging voters to vote against Wiggins retention because he supported the 2009 Varnum decision that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.
What happens with the presidential race filters down with the other races and, of course, Steve King is very important to us, said Marilyn Musgrave, a former congresswoman from Colorado who heads the Susan B. Anthony Lists government affairs operation. Musgrave also gave her support to Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, who has come under fire for a comment he made about a womans body being able to prevent a legitimate rape.
Well, Congressman Akin, (who) I served with for three terms, said he misspoke and I take him at his word, Musgrave said. It seems like in these campaigns, people will make a faux pas, they will say something, and I think what we really need to focus on in that race is the record of Todd Akin.
The Vilsack campaign 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 isnt productive, the statement said.
SBA List: Tour Schedule
""Monday, August 20th
9:00 AM -- Sioux City, IA Sergeant Floyd Monument 2701 South Lewis Blvd./Old U.S. Highway 75
1:15 PM -- Des Moines, IA Iowa State Capitol - West Capitol Terrace 399 East 7th Street
4:15 PM Mason City, IA Central Park 75 1st St NW Mason City, IA 50401
Tuesday, August 21st
9:30 AM La Crosse, WI Riverside Park 100 State Street La Crosse, WI 54601
1:00 PM Madison, WI **Please note location change** James Madison Park 500 E Gorham St Madison, WI 53706
3:15 PM Waukesha, WI Country Springs Hotel 2810 Golf Road Pewaukee, WI 53072
Wednesday, August 22nd
10:00 AM Toledo, OH One Maritime Plaza 1 Maritime Plaza Toledo, OH 43604
12:30 PM Lima, OH Faurot Park 1750 Spencerville Rd. Lima, OH 45805
3:00 PM Dayton, OH Cooper Park 222 East 2nd Street Dayton, OH
Thursday, August 23rd
10:00 AM Cincinnati, OH Parking Lot next door to Wornick Foods 4660 Creek Road Blue Ash, OH 45242
1:00 PM Columbus, OH Ohio State Capitol Veterans Plaza 25 South 3rd Street Columbus, OH 43215
3:00 PM Zanesville, OH Putnam Hill Park 150 Pine St. Zanesville, OH 43701
Friday, August 24th
10:00 AM -- Akron, OH Parking Lot across Medina Road from the Bob Evans at 4076 Medina Road Akron, OH 44333
1:00 PM -- Steubenville, OH Green Space Across from Public Library, 430 South Fourth Street)
2:45 PM -- Wheeling, WV Heritage Point, Greater Wheeling Trail Waterfront Plaza 1200 Water St. Wheeling, WV 26003
Saturday, August 25th
10:00 AM -- Harrisonburg, VA Rockingham County Court House 44 Court Square Harrisonburg, VA 22802
1:00 PM -- Lynchburg, VA Parking Lot near Chick-fil-A 4003 Wards Road Lynchburg, VA 24502
3:15 PM -- Roanoke, VA Chick-fil-A 4805 Valley View Boulevard NW Roanoke, VA 24012
Monday, August 27th
9:00 AM -- Pensacola, FL Admiral Mason Park/Veterans Memorial Park 97 South 9th Street Pensacola, FL32502
12:30 PM -- Panama City, FL Chik-fil-A 900 West 23rd Street Panama City, FL 32405
4:45 PM -- Tallahassee, FL State Capitol Back Steps by Supreme Court 451 South Duval Street Tallahassee, FL 32301
Tuesday, August 28th
9:00 AM -- Gainesville, FL Parking Lot near Cracker Barrel 4001 SW 43rd St Gainesville, FL 32608
12:00 PM -- Jacksonville, FL Riverside Park 935 Post Street Jacksonville, FL 32204
2:30 PM -- Daytona Beach, FL City Island Park 105 East Magnolia Avenue Daytona Beach, FL
4:30 PM -- Orlando, FL Parking Lot near Chick-fil-A 8673 Summit Centre Way Orlando, FL 32810
Wednesday, August 29th
9:30AM -- Fort Pierce, FL Parking Lot Across from Loves Truck Stop 7151 Okeechobee Road Fort Pierce, FL 34945
11:45 AM -- West Palm Beach, FL Palm Beach Post Centennial Park 321 South Flagler Drive West Palm Beach, FL 33401
3:45 PM -- Fort Myers, FL Bennett-Hart Park 2330 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Fort Myers, FL 33901
Thursday, August 30th
10:00 AM -- Sarasota, FL Payne Park 2099 Adams Lane Sarasota, FL 34237
TBA -- Tampa, FL TBD ""
Between Des Moines and Madison, they could (or, should) have stopped in Cedar Rapids and Dubuque. Instead, they went the long way, through Mason City and La Crosse.
Oh, well. Hopefully, next time.