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Showing posts with label Iowa. Show all posts

April 13, 2018

In Iowa A GOP Gov Wanted an Anti LGBT BD OF Med. Candidate But The Dem Senate Rejected it


This is happens twice in the span of the year and twice is been put down with candidates that seem qualify except in Social Issues. You can't have some one for the Board of Medicine who beleive some of the people he'she is going to serve are sick or religious unfit. The person needs to have respect for all and the law. Last year it was an anti abortion candidate.  These reinforces things we know, that if we have a legislature/congress froma party that beleie in scial justice even a wild card on a Governnor can be restrained to do the right thing. If this was so natioanlly we would a different world right now!  ๐ŸฆŠ

Gov. Reynolds’ nominee for a position on the Iowa Board of Medicine went down to defeat in a  confirmation vote in  the Iowa Senate today.  
Nevada resident Katherine Asjes is the wife of a NATO flight officer with a background in public relations who has lived all over the world, but settled in Iowa in 2005.     
The Senate voted 30 to 18 for confirmation, short of the two-thirds majority required. 
Senate Democrats objected to a post on a Catholic blog in which Asjes agreed with negative views about the LGBT community.    
“Our caucus is interested in making sure that anyone appointed to the Board of Medicine will protect the health of all Iowans,” said Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen.   “After doing some research there were some concerns, red flags, caused pause in moving that confirmation forward.”
An entry on The Catholic World Report criticized a movement in the Catholic Church to accept gays and lesbians.  The entry goes on to say that when the Church began to focus on the unitive rather than procreative aspects of sex, that led to the acceptance of homosexuality.     
“I completely agree with all you have said here,” Katherine Asjes wrote on the blog. 
Urbandale Republican Brad Zaun called Asjes more than qualified for a position on the Board of Medicine.  He called it “disgusting” that Asjes was opposed  for one comment on a blog.
“So we bring her down, her whole family down,” Zaun said. “Freedom of speech only works on this side of the aisle.” 
Petersen said she advised Gov. Reynolds that the confirmation was in  trouble, but the governor did not take Asjes out of consideration.  
In a statement, the governor’s spokeswoman Brenna Smith called the vote disappointing. 
“Senate Democrats voted down a well-qualified nominee who wanted to give her time and talents to the State of Iowa,” Smith said.   
Last year,  Senate Democrats defeated Gov. Branstad’s nominees Diane Clark and Hamid Tewfik for additional terms on the Board of Medicine because of their votes against telemed abortions.     
“This is the Board of Medicine,” Peterson said last year.  “This is not Gov. Branstad and Kim Reynolds' board that they politically stack with people who won't back a woman's constitutional right for a legal medical procedure.”   
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