Liz Mathis

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Office and District: US House in District 2
Party: Democratic

Survey Questions

1. In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in case no. 17–1579 that there was a "fundamental right" to abortion in the Iowa constitution that can only be regulated if the state can pass the "strict scrutiny" test. Do you support amending the Iowa Constitution so that this document shall not be construed to recognize, grant, or secure a right to abortion or to require the public funding of abortion?
2. Do you oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, and the elderly and infirmed, as well as active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide?
3. Do you believe the selling, brokering or marketing of aborted fetal tissue should be illegal?
4. In your opinion, when does “life” begin?
5. If the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which exceptions, if any, should be included in legislation that eliminates abortion in our state in order to gain your support?
6. Do you oppose using public revenues for abortion or funding organizations which advocate it?
7. Do you support legislation that would prohibit any organization from entering public schools for the purpose of providing sex education that uses abortion related products, videos, or printed material?
8. Do you believe that a pregnant girl under 18 should be required to have permission from at least one parent or legal guardian before getting an abortion, except in medical emergencies?
Remarks: Q1/C- short answer: This is disappointing decision by the Iowa Supreme Court. Ultimately, it is up to Iowans and the Iowa State Legislature to consider amendments to the constitution, not the federal government. I have a record in the Iowa legislature of supporting pro-life policies. From the federal perspective, no taxpayer should ever be forced to pay for abortions against their conscience and I am fighting in Washington to ensure this does not happen with federal tax dollars. Q2/C - Short answer: All life is valuable and that is why I helped lead an amicus brief ot the US Supreme Court to ensure that no babies are aborted on the basis of disability diagnosis. I also believe that all life should be treated with dignity and every human should be given a chance to live regardless of disability or infirmity.

Iowa Voting Record

2017-2018 (87th)

HF 2405 Wrongful Birth
SF 359 Fetal Tissue & Heartbeat No
SF 471 72-Hour Wait No
SF 2281 - Heartbeat No

2019-2020 (88th)

HF 594 - Limitations regarding withdrawal of life-sustaining procedure from minor child. No
SF 523 Nonconsensual Termination No
SJR 2001 Protect Life Amendment No

2021-2022 (89th)

HF 2372 Nonconsensual Termination
HJR 5 Protect Life Amendment No
SF 577 - Nonviable Birth Certificate Yes

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