Governor Branstad Attends Anti-Abortion Rally

Governor Terry Branstad delivers the Condition of the State address at the State Capitol Building in Des Moines on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette-KCRG TV9)

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By Rachel Begle

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Gov. Terry Branstad has spoken at an anti-abortion rally in Iowa and encouraged citizen involvement to secure future legislation on the issue.

Branstad made the comments Monday during the annual Rally for Life event at the Capitol. He also encouraged various groups and citizens to continue their education efforts about the "pro-life cause."

Branstad said he's encouraged by recent legislation that would ban the remote distribution of abortion pills in Iowa. The bill was approved in the Republican-majority House, but it's not expected to advance further in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The rally was part of a daylong event geared toward different forms of anti-abortion education. Keynote speaker Wesley Smith of the Discovery Institute spoke out against assisted suicide in the United States.

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