IOWA CITY, Iowa When a small anti-abortion group in Iowa sought nonprofit status, the IRS wanted a promise that it wouldn't protest outside Planned Parenthood. The agency also demanded to know how its prayer meetings and protest signs were educational.
Although the Coalition for Life of Iowa's application was ultimately approved in 2009, the IRS' treatment of the organization and other anti-abortion groups is getting new scrutiny in the wake of the ongoing scandal related to its targeting of other conservative groups.
Republicans are seizing on the coalition's case to question whether IRS targeting of such groups may have started earlier and been broader than acknowledged by the IRS. It has apologized for singling out tea party groups for scrutiny in 2010 and 2011.