Iowa Senate Denies Confirmation of Appointee to Medical Board

April 17, 2012 — The Iowa Senate declined to confirm an appointee to the state Board of Medicine because of her alleged association with an antiabortion-rights activist convicted of conspiring to bomb an abortion clinic, the Register's "Iowa Politics" reports.

In a 2010 photo from a Medical Board hearing, nominee Colleen Pasnik is pictured standing beside Cheryl Sullenger, who served two years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to blow up a clinic in 1988.

Pasnik -- past director of the Family Life Office for the Archdiocese of Dubuque and past executive assistant for Dubuque County Right to Life -- said she did not know about Sullenger's past at the time of the photo and "would never advocate violence" (Clayworth, "Iowa Politics," Des Moines Register, 4/12).