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Newt Gingrich: “Pro-Life Fraud”?

Robin Marty

Gingrich's lead in Iowa is likely to whittle away because of some surprising foes -- anti-choice activists.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich’s quick rise to the front of the other GOP presidential candidates has hit a major speed bump.  His new enemy?

Anti-choice activists in Iowa.

Calling Gingrich a “pro-life fraud,” fliers claiming to be from the group “Iowans for Life” are popping up all over the state, using a quote from Gingrich calling America a “pro-choice country.”

But is that really who is behind the attack?  According to Sarah Posner, no. 

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As to why someone might try to impersonate her group, [Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for Life] said, “I have no idea,” adding that her group tends to be less political than the other major pro-life group in the state, Iowa Right to Life, and focuses more on educating grassroots activists. “It’s interesting, because we’re not really seen as the political group.”

It turns out that the flyer actually states it is paid for by “the Iowans for Life,” a mystery group that has yet to be tracked down.  However, the charges sound very much like the same ones being used in a robo-call by Iowa Pro-Life Action, who is behind the push for a “personhood” amendment in the state.

Apparently, Gingrich’s pledge to sign a personhood amendment hasn’t convinced them he’s truly on their side.

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2012 Elections, newt gingrich

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