Forty-one Iowa House and Senate Republicans petitioned Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to launch a taxpayer-funded investigation of Planned Parenthood, without a whit of evidence of wrongdoing by any clinic in the state.

This fruitless exercise seems intended as a campaign stunt to express outrage over secretly videotaped interviews by special interest activists who posted phony credentials to gain access to Planned Parenthood clinics and events. As we’ve written, these tactics certainly merit a criminal investigation. So far, the phony special interest group has provided no evidence of criminal activity by Planned Parenthood.

What they did provide were glimpses at legal practices that many – but still not most – Americans condemn.

Notably, those 41 GOP legislators were not joined by current House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, incoming Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, House Majority Leader Chris Hagenow, R-Windsor Heights, or Senate Minority Leader Bill Dix, R-Shell Rock.

The path to block American abortion practices is clear; it runs through 50 statehouses where those 41 Republicans have been elected to serve. They stand squarely on that path and could choose to pursue it, if they had the votes.

--The Quad-City Times, another Lee Enterprises newspaper

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