Supporters and opponents of abortion had a war of words on the steps of the Iowa Statehouse yesterday afternoon. Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa’s Jill June told reporters the Supreme Court’s five-to-four decision which knocked down bans on partial birth abortion is proof “a woman’s right to choose dangles by a thread.” June says it’ll be a big issue in the presidential election.The next President may appoint three new justices to the Supreme Court, tipping the balance on the abortion issue. She says they’re concerned about “preserving a woman’s right to choose.” June says the only way to do that is by electing the “right people”to public office.Diane Kolmer, chair of Planned Parenthood of Greater Iowa’s Political Action Committee, will be raising money to raise the issue in legislative races, too.Iowa Right to Life Committee executive director Kim Gordon met with reporters while clutching a doll she said was the size of a fetus that could be subject to a partial birth abortion. She says the baby can feel every ounce of pain. She says its a “horrific and gruesome procedure.”Gordon said abortion opponents will be equally vigilant about electing politicians who support their cause.
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