King touts ‘Fetal Heartbeat’ bill at annual GOP supper
In a recent meeting with President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Steve King was asked if he would provide any exceptions to the federal version of the “Fetal Heartbeat” bill for rape or incest.
“I said, ‘No, Mr. President,'” King, R-Kiron, told more than 200 people at the Ken and Jane Rasch annual Webster County GOP chili supper in the Cardiff Center at Fort Frenzy Monday night. “Because that baby doesn’t deserve to be executed for the crime of the father.”
King said he met with Trump on Oct. 2.
During that conversation, King said Trump asked Sarah Stevens, King’s chief of staff, “If you were raped by some heinous criminal — some ugly, beastly criminal that made you pregnant, would you want the government to tell you to have the baby?”
According to King, Stevens said, “They wouldn’t need to Mr. President. I would have the baby because that baby doesn’t deserve to be executed.”
King was joined by Kate Stucky, a candidate for Webster County treasurer; Merrill Leffler, Webster County supervisor; state Rep. Rob Bacon; state Rep. Mike Sexton; Secretary of State Paul Pate; state Sen. Jerry Behn; state Sen. Tim Kraayenbrink; Jeremy Davis, state treasurer; Ann Meyer, candidate for Iowa House District 9; Mary Moisman, state auditor; Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig; and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg.
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds was scheduled to speak, but fell ill prior the event.
King complimented the efforts of Republicans in the Iowa House and Iowa Senate.
“They have done a terrific job,” he said. “They got so much of it right this time. I am a little jealous I didn’t get to be part of that. When good legislation comes into the House and Senate and goes on to Gov. Reynolds’ desk, we ended up with some of the best legislation I’ve ever seen, including the Heartbeat Bill.”
Reynolds signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion bills into law in May. That piece of legislation bans abortions once a fetal heartbeat has been detected.
“I am looking at doing this at the national level,” King said. “If we can pass this in Washington — it takes four windows open at anytime — a window in the House, a window in the Senate, a president that will sign the bill and a Supreme Court that will uphold it.”
He added, “This is the best scenario we have had in the last 45 years to protect innocent unborn human lives. If we lose the governorship that goes backwards on us. If we lose the majority in the United States House of Representatives it goes backwards on us. But I look at the other way. I think we have a chance to see a 7-2 Supreme Court or a 5-4. A 7-2 Supreme Court — if we get there we are in a place where we are almost guaranteed if we keep our majorities, we can save every one of these little babies from the time a heartbeat can be detected, the baby needs to be protected.”