Sen. Ernst on heartbeat bill: 'I just thank the legislature for taking up the bill'

The tour comes two days after the Iowa House and Senate passed the controversial Senate File 359, also known as the "Fetal Heartbeat Bill."

Posted: May 3, 2018 9:00 PM
Updated: May 4, 2018 7:37 AM

MASON CITY, Iowa - As part of her tour to visit all 99 counties, US Senator Joni Ernst (R - Red Oak) made two stops in Garner and Mason City on Thursday and discussed a topic at the forefront of political talk in Iowa.

In the morning, she met with employees of Stellar Industries, and discussed infrastructure, trade, and regulations. In the afternoon, she spoke with staffers at Care Pregnancy Center, where they shared what services the center provides.

The tour comes two days after the Iowa House and Senate passed the controversial Senate File 359, also known as the "Fetal Heartbeat Bill", which would make it the most restrictive abortion law in the country if signed by Governor Kim Reynolds.

More on the Heartbeat Bill in Iowa and around the country. 

The Senator is in support of the bill, and applauds the state legislature's efforts in passing it.

"I believe of life at conception, but when there is a beating heart, and a parent can see that, especially through sonogram or can hear that, it does change attitudes. So we'll see where it goes from here, but I just thank the legislature for taking up the bill," Ernst says.

However, she notes that a similar effort wouldn't fly at the federal level.

"We simply just don't have the support. We had a 20 week bill that we attempted to get through Congress, and it did not make it through the Senate," Ernst adds.

When Ernst met with employees at Stellar, she says they are concerned about President Trump's recent tariff enactments, and hopes that the situation can be worked out peacefully.

"We want to support American jobs, of course we want to do that. But American farmers also have American jobs, so there is a balance that we have to engage in right now," Ernst says.

And despite the current controversies surrounding the President, Ernst believes he's doing a good job, and is working hard for the American people.

"He has brought people to the table, in a very unusual way,:" Ernst adds.

The Senator has visited 36 counties in the state this year so far. 

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