Iowa’s 20-week abortion ban – What’s next?

On April 18, the Iowa Legislature approved the final version of a bill, SF471, which bans most abortions in Iowa beyond 20 weeks gestation. The bill will be sent to the desk of Gov. Terry Branstad, who is expected to sign it into law.

SF471 also contains additional provisions aimed at protecting life:

  • It makes an exception for abortions that would save the life of the mother or save her from “substantial and irreversible physical harm.”
  • It enacts a 72-hour notice requirement that the mother be advised of certain information, including an ultrasound and the opportunity to hear the baby’s heartbeat.

For many pro-life Iowans, passage of SF471 is both a significant milestone in the fight to defend life and proof that there’s still much work to do.

“We will celebrate any baby’s life saved, and this 20-week ban is a good ‘baby step’ toward that end,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER, “but it’s not enough.”

“The FAMiLY LEADER will work until every child’s right to life is protected, from the moment of conception to natural death,” he continued. “Because that little girl in her mother’s womb? She’s a baby.”

What’s next?

At a pro-life rally held in March by The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders (of which TFL is a member), Iowa’s top legislative and executive officials publicly pledged they “would not settle” for SF471.

“Know that we’re not done,” affirmed Iowa House Speaker Linda Upmeyer.

“We are not going to stop,” Senate Majority Leader Bill Dix added.

It is now up to everyday Iowans to hold their elected representatives accountable to their words. The video below highlights their commitments:

Though the 2017 legislative session is coming to a close, TFL and the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders remain committed to advancing two, united goals in 2018 and beyond:

  • Stopping taxpayer dollars from funding abortion clinics
  • Legislation that affirms life begins at conception

Ready to join the fight? Visit ShesABaby.com today and click “I agree, she’s a baby!”

What can YOU do?

We must begin now laying the foundation for the fight in 2018:

  • Do not forget the promises made by Iowa’s elected leaders above.
  • Do not forget very first plank in the platform of Iowa’s governing, majority party affirms life begins at conception.
  • Do get involved today to get results tomorrow. Visit ShesABaby.com and click “I agree, she’s a baby!” You’ll be given four, different and easy ways you can start making a difference right away.



VIDEO: Holy Week Service at Iowa Capitol

Legislators and staff, pastors and the public gathered in the Rotunda of the Iowa Capitol on April 10 to start Holy Week right and help the Capitol community reflect on Christ’s purchase of freedom for us all.

From the sounds of “How Great Thou Art” sung a capella, drawing legislators out of chambers at the soul-stirring sound, to inspiring prayer and a presentation of the gospel based on 2 Corinthians 5:21, the service inspired hope in a place so often filled with human fallenness.

Watch video of the service below (time codes for specific speakers below the video):

0:00 Worship Team
7:58 Greg Baker – Welcome
10:35 Pastor Dave Martin
10:38 Bob Vander Plaats
22:20 Message – Pastor Todd Stiles
37:50 Greg Baker
39:40 Pastor Stanley Togba
42:46 Worship – “How Great Thou Art”




Rally for Life: “We’re not done!”

STATEMENT FROM THE COALITION OF PRO-LIFE LEADERS:

At the March 30 Rally for Life at the State Capitol, Iowans had the opportunity to hear from their elected leaders at the highest levels of state government speak out on life.

Iowans also heard one comment made repeatedly from the podium: “We’re not done.”

Yes, the Legislature has brought forward some life-affirming bills this session; yet our elected leaders freely and publicly pledged, “We’re not done.”

The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders also affirms, “We’re not done.” We will continue to work toward seeing a day when no tax dollars support abortion facilities and all babies are protected by law from the moment of conception.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS FROM THE FAMILY LEADER:

It is now up to everyday Iowans to hold their representatives accountable to their words. The video below highlights their commitments:

Ready to join the fight? Visit ShesABaby.com today and click “I agree, she’s a baby!”




‘Tolerant’ mom rethinks bathrooms after finding a man in hers

Commentary by Nathan Oppman

A California mom who describes herself as “progressive and tolerant” recently posted about seeing a man in a women’s restroom and feeling like she couldn’t object for fear of being labeled “transphobic.”

In a blog post, the woman repeatedly asserts her acceptance of transgender people, but one day at Disney with a man in the women’s bathroom convinced her the transgender agenda has simply, in her words, “gone too far.”

“We can’t leave this situation ambiguous anymore. The gender debate needs to be addressed … and quickly. There have to be guidelines,” the “Get Real Mom” writes. “I never want to be in the position again. … We cannot tell women they don’t know what a man is anymore.”

An excerpt of her story is below (with foul language edited and emphasis added):

I’ve lived in Los Angeles for over a decade and have seen my fair share of transgender/gender fluid people. They in no way offend me. I’d consider myself pretty progressive and tolerant of most things… But two weeks ago something very different happened.

I was at Disneyland with my son … when I noticed a man walk into the restroom. My first thought was, “Oh xxx, he’s walked in the wrong restroom by mistake. lol.” He took a few more steps, at which point he would’ve definitely noticed all the women lined up, and still kept walking. My next thought was, “Maybe he’s looking for his wife … or child, and they’ve been in here a while.” But he didn’t call out any names or look around. He just stood off to the side and leaned up against the wall. At this point I’m like, “Xxx? OK, there is definitely a very large, burly man in a Lakers jersey who just walked in here. Am I the only one seeing this?” I surveyed the room and saw roughly 12 women, children in tow, staring at him with the exact same look on their faces. Everyone was visibly uncomfortable. We were all trading looks and motioning our eyes over to him … like, “What is he doing in here?” Yet every single one of us was silent. And this is the reason I wrote this blog.

If this had been 5 years ago, you bet your xxx every woman in there would’ve been like, “Ummm, what are you doing in here?” but in 2017? The mood has shifted. We had been culturally bullied into silence. Women were mid-changing their baby’s diapers on the changing tables, and I could see them shifting to block his view. But they remained silent. I stayed silent. We all did. Every woman who exited a stall and immediately zeroed right in on him … said nothing. And why? [Because] I and I’m sure all the others were scared of that “what if.” What if I say something, and he says he “identifies as a woman” and then I come off as the intolerant xxx at the happiest place on earth? So we all stood there, shifting in our uncomfortableness … trading looks. I saw two women leave the line with their children. Still nothing was said. An older lady said to me out loud, “What is he doing in here?” I’m ashamed to admit I silently shrugged and mouthed, “I don’t know.” She immediately walked out from a bathroom she had every right to use without fear.

… And let me be clear, my problem wasn’t JUST that there was a man in the restroom. It’s that he wasn’t even peeing, washing his hands, or doing anything else that you’d do in a restroom. He was just standing off to the side looking smug … untouchable … doing absolutely nothing. He had to have noticed that every woman in the long line was staring at him. He didn’t care. He then did a lap around the restroom walking by all the stalls. You know, the stalls that have 1 inch gaps by all the doors hinges so you can most definitely see everyone with their pants around their ankles …

So yes… there were women and small children using the restroom and this man was walking around knowing no one would say anything.

So here I am … writing this blog, because honestly I need answers. We can’t leave this situation ambiguous any more. The gender debate needs to be addressed … and quickly. There have to be guidelines. It can’t just be a feeling. I’m sorry. I wish it could, but it can’t. … This notion that we’re shamed into silence [because] we might offend someone has gone too far. There was a man in the bathroom. Not transgender. There was a man who felt entitled to be in the women’s restroom, because he knew no one would say anything. There were 20-25 people by the time I left who were scared and uncomfortable by his ominous presence. And the only thing stopping us was our fear of political correctness and that the media has told us we don’t know what gender is anymore.

I never want to be in the position again. I’m not asking for permission to tell transgender people to get out my bathroom. I need to know it’s OK to tell a man, who looks like a man, to get the xxx out. Gender just can’t be a feeling. There has to be science to it. DNA, genitals, amount of Sephora make up on your face, pick your poison, but as a very progressive woman … I’m sorry it can’t just be a feeling when there’s but a mere suggestion of a door with a peep hole separating your eyes from my … children’s genitals.

In a follow-up to her blog after she faced harsh criticism, the mother continued:

Gender must be clearly defined to keep women safe. We cannot tell women they don’t know what a man is anymore. We cannot coddle this small fraction of people (people who are men, “identify as women,” but have made no external attempt to show that) at the risk of women and children everywhere. The wrong men will take advantage of this loophole and put others in danger. My situation wasn’t dire, but for others it could be. We cannot put doubt in women’s minds regarding their ability to recognize and identify a man. In a world where 99.9% of sexual assault is done by men, we must to have the right to “assume someone’s gender.” And I will not waiver in that stance.

Her solution is that society have definitions for male and female that everyone can work with. She wants women and children to be safe. She is fine with transgenderism as a concept, but wants some rules to order society. However, she misses the main problem. And it isn’t bathroom safety.

No one disagrees that safety is important. Especially in vulnerable place like restrooms. But the primary issue is not safety. The primary issue is a philosophical debate about gender. And as with almost every significant issue of our time, it comes down to one question: Who gets to define truth – God or mankind?

God created us in His image, and He created us male and female. If we as a culture deny this reality, then many problems will follow. Safety in bathrooms is just the first. When truth is turned upside down, dire consequences follow in many areas:

  1. It is now considered medically acceptable to mutilate healthy organs, even in children. If a doctor removed or otherwise damaged healthy organs in virtually any other situation, he could be in danger of losing his medical license. But in the case of “gender reassignment,” this malpractice is considered acceptable.
  2. It is considered good counsel to reinforce denial of reality. Normally when people deny reality, we seek to help them get counseling to adjust to reality. But in the case of men feeling like women or women feeling like men, we are told that we must reinforce the erroneous thinking.

These problems are the tip of the iceberg. Bathroom safety is important, but if we become too focused on bathrooms we miss the bigger picture. The mom blogger who shared her bathroom experience asked an important question: What qualifies a person to enter a particular restroom? Maybe that is the wrong question. Maybe we should be asking instead: What does it mean to be male and female?

Then again, perhaps the question isn’t as important as who gets to answer it. If we look to God for the answer, then things become clear. If we answer with whatever we feel, then we will leave moms wondering what to say when a man walks into the bathroom.




Let’s be honest: Beauty and the Beast’s ‘gay agenda’

Commentary by Drew Zahn

I heard the buzz surrounding Disney’s “gay” scenes in the new, live-action “Beauty and the Beast” film … and I wondered, does the film really merit the reaction?

After all, in my five years as a film critic for WND.com, I saw in the comments sections of my reviews just how quickly many Christians shout, “Gay agenda!” and bash all things Disney, convinced Mickey Mouse is secretly a nefarious Pied Piper, seducing America’s children to destruction.

So I went to see the film for myself.

And let’s be honest: If your child has no idea that homosexuality or transgenderism even exists, the wide-eyed innocent will likely never notice the “gay” character or at most, think him “funny.”

But to the more seasoned and observant, you can’t not see how incredibly “gay” is comedian Josh Gad’s performance of the character LeFou. Gad plays to the stereotype with a character effeminate and effusive, whose sideways glances and double entendres are incessant. It’s not just one scene. It’s many. LeFou is every bit a caricature of the “gay man” as Gaston is a caricature of the cocksure, masculine braggart.

And when a henchman at the end of the film smiles in relief and gratitude at being magically reclothed in a dress and makeup, little children will likely laugh at the joke of a boy being dressed as a girl, while the adults in the room will easily see the nod to transgenderism (or at least cross-dressing).

Contrary to rumors, there are no same-sex kisses or love scenes, and outside of a man dancing with LeFou (another joke to the innocents, obvious to the discerning), LeFou’s homosexual affections are unrequited.

The summary is simple: There’s a “gay” character in a Disney movie. An obviously “gay” character. The implications, however, are a little more tricky.

Some will bemoan the “loss of innocence,” grieved that once squeaky-clean Disney is now bringing adult sexual concepts into children’s fare that parents ought to be able to trust.

But if you’re among those feeling this pain, I would suggest – in as friendly a way as possible – you’re about 30 years too late. Your “trust” would be misplaced. Disney hasn’t been “squeaky clean” in decades, and discerning parents need to understand: Just because it’s animated doesn’t mean it’s fit for children. Or, to put in another way: These aren’t children’s movies; these are Disney movies.

Others will go further, blasting Disney for attempting to “indoctrinate” America’s children in a “gay agenda.”

But that summary unfairly reduces the filmmakers to nothing more than homosexual activists, and it misses the bigger picture. For this isn’t a “gay” film, but it is, from a worldview perspective, an inherently “progressive” film.

Left-Coast narratives and values permeate “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s a female “empowerment” story of a woman yearning to be liberated of her “provincial” life, where rural people are backward, uneducated rubes, and city folk are inherently more enlightened. (To its credit, however, the movie does portray the church as place of both education and compassion.)

And “Beauty and the Beast” was made to be a statement about one of the chief Left-Coast values, diversity. For example, the prince’s courtiers and the townspeople are racially diverse, with no distinction of social class, despite the film’s setting in roughly 18th century France (where such diversity was rare at most).

It would only make sense, therefore, to filmmakers of “progressive” worldview to also include homosexual and transgender characters in their diversity fairy tale movie. This isn’t some radical, pro-homosexual activism; it’s just a reflection of society as “progressives” see it (or want it to be – remember, this is a fairy tale).

So, yes, Christian conservative parents, you do have causes for caution with this movie and your kiddos: 1. It’s Disney, 2. It does contain a “gay” character, and 3. It’s infused with progressive values. All the more reason that, yes, it would be wise to disciple your children as they navigate movie culture, instead of merely surrendering them to it.

But this leaves the question: Are boycotts and protests and condemning Facebook posts warranted?

Again, a tricky question.

I once preached a sermon called “Pagans Act Like Pagans,” explaining that Christians really don’t gain anything by being shocked and aghast when unbelievers get drunk and fornicate. That’s what people without Christ just typically do. Why do we expect them to do anything different?

Unbelievers won’t conform to the laws of our moral Authority when they don’t believe in Him … and the same is true for Disney. I don’t think Christians need to treat it like a massive “scandal” when Disney acts like Disney.

But we can send a message that moviemakers will hear, loud and clear, not on our Facebook or blog posts, but by choosing to spend our entertainment dollars on movies that reflect, rather than undermine, our values.

Drew Zahn is the communications director for The FAMiLY LEADER and former film reporter and movie critic for WND.com




On the record: 20-week abortion ban passes, life at conception stalls

In the Iowa Senate Tuesday, a bill banning most abortions past 20 weeks passed, while an opportunity to extend that protection to all babies from the moment of conception was defeated.

In the end, all 29 Republican senators voted to pass the 20-week bill, SF471, and they were joined by independent Sen. David Johnson of Osceola County and Democrat Sens. Tod Bowman of Jackson County and Kevin Kinney of Johnson County.

The 20-week ban has earned praise as an “important” vote, but it remains only a first step. Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY LEADER, for example, expressed “deep disappointment” that a Republican-controlled legislature has not gone further to defend human life.

Isn’t it time ALL babies’ lives were protected? Visit ShesABaby.com and click “I agree, she’s a baby” to give babies a voice today!

During debate, Sen. Jake Chapman of Dallas County, lead sponsor of the SF253 Life at Conception Act, sought to suspend Senate rules to amend the 20-week bill with wording very similar to SF253’s life-at-conception language.

All Senate Democrats, the Senate’s lone independent, and 13 Republicans opposed the suspension of rules, defeating Chapman’s efforts. The 13 Republicans who voted against suspending the rules were as follows: Sens. Waylon Brown, Mark Chelgren, Mark Costello, Dan Dawson, Bill Dix, Jeff Edler, Thomas Greene, Tim Kapucian, Charles Schneider, Jason Schultz, Tom Shipley, Jack Whitver, and Dan Zumbach.

Sen. Schultz, a key vote in passing both SF2 (defunding abortion providers) and the Life at Conception Act through subcommittee, explained in a Facebook post why his name was surprisingly among those opposed to suspending the rules.

“I am a life-at-conception senator,” Schultz wrote. “I voted no on the suspension because I believe that path was not going to work, and I am not done working the regular process to see [life at conception] go to the floor and be voted on. Suspending the rules makes my path harder and offers less chance of success.”

Sen. Rick Bertrand of Woodbury County ultimately voted for the 20-week ban, but nonetheless expressed his “disappointment” that this legislature has yet to pass a life-at-conception bill.

“I rise tonight in support of Senate File 471. I do that, actually, very disappointed, though,” Bertrand said in a speech on the floor of the Senate. “I’ve been here seven years, and I’ve been waiting for this opportunity: [Republicans] control the House, we control the Senate, and we now control the [Governor’s Office]. And tonight, we decided this is the bill we as Republicans are going to send out. We’re going to send out a 20-week bill that basically has already failed in the House. … This is the bill we settled on.”

Click here to watch Sen. Bertrand’s speech now.

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER and one of the spokespeople for Iowa’s Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, echoed both Bertrand’s support for restricting abortion and his “disappointment” that Republicans “settled” for a 20-week ban.

“We are pleased that efforts aimed at saving babies’ lives are moving forward, but we agree with many Iowans in deep disappointment that Republicans have yet to stand for the very first plank of their party’s platform – life at conception,” said Vander Plaats. “We at The FAMiLY LEADER and the Coalition remain resolved in the defense of all life from the moment of conception. We will continue to press toward that goal, because we know that little girl in her mother’s womb … she’s a baby.”

We want to hear your thoughts, but more importantly, your legislator needs to hear from you.
Visit ShesABaby.com now to learn how!




THANK YOU for standing for life!

When we work together, YOU have a powerful voice in our government.

170301 mom baby computerBecause of your efforts, Iowa’s lawmakers received – through The FAMiLY LEADER’s action alerts and the ShesABaby.com website alone – over 77,900 emails encouraging them to pass pro-life legislation this session!

And that’s not even counting those emails and phone calls you sent privately or through other allies in the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders. Nor counting the over 600 of you who came to Capitol, met with lawmakers, and distributed hand-written encouraging notes to legislators.

Please, continue your good work in engaging our government leaders. Though we have experienced and should expect future setbacks in our goal to protect all life from the moment of conception, the swelling sound of Iowans demanding the right to life be defended cannot be ignored.

At this point:

  • SF253, a bill establishing life begins at conception, failed to garner enough votes (in any germane committee) to pass committee, thus missing the “funnel” deadline to be considered this session
  • SF53, limiting abortion to the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, was passed through committee and is therefore eligible for an upcoming vote on the floor of the Senate
  • SF2, prohibiting some taxpayer funds from being distributed to abortion providers, was passed on the floor of the Senate and is waiting House action

Here’s what you can do now:

Though disappointment over SF253 looms large, this year has already marked historic advances for life. We must press our legislators to finish the job by passing all the pro-life measures they can, while continuing to fight for the “gold standard” of life at conception.

Senate leaders have told our Capitol Team avenues may yet remain for life at conception this session. We will keep you informed if and when there are ways you can help make those avenues reality.

Please, continue with us in the fight. For the fight to defend Iowa’s babies is just beginning.

Here are the top two ways you can help:

  1. Pray. We must remember that we’re not just seeking to change laws, but to change hearts and minds and the spirit of a nation. True heart change is the domain of the Holy Spirit, and if we forget to call upon God, then our labor will surely be in vain. Visit If714.com today to learn how you can join over 45,000 people in more than 30 countries who are praying daily for heart change in America through the free If714 app.
  2. Work the fields. The Life at Conception Act planted seeds of change. 77,900 emails watered those seeds. And thanks to you, your signs, your hashtags and tweets, the message of “She’s a Baby” is growing all over our state. Visit ShesABaby.com today to see how you can continue to nurture and spread the message, and make sure you watch and share the “She’s a Baby” video that is touching hearts and minds everywhere. Work the fields through ShesABaby.com today, and then again and again, for the harvest we look forward to tomorrow!

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”
Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord”
1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)

“With patience a ruler may be persuaded, and a soft tongue will break a bone”
Proverbs 25:15 (ESV)




Victory for life on SF253! The day in pictures

170227 crowdHundreds of Iowans came to the State Capitol Monday in support of SF253, a bill that would establish life begins at conception in Iowa law.

Waving signs that read “She’s a Baby” and wearing the unity color black, defenders of human life outnumbered abortion advocates better than 10-to-1. And included in the crowd were over 50 pastors from various churches and denominations, all standing in support of life! It was the largest single outpouring of support for pro-life legislation yet this session.

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The outpouring of support encouraged State Sens. Jason Schultz and Brad Zaun to pass SF253 out of subcommittee by a vote of 2-1, with Sen. Janet Peterson dissenting. A huge victory!

Would you consider donating just $9 to help continue the effort to save babies’ lives? Visit www.ShesABaby.com today to see how YOU can make a difference!

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170227shesababyPro-life Iowans, you were a HUGE encouragement to our legislators to do the right thing and pass SF253 through subcommittee.

But the work is not yet done! Would you please contact Iowa’s senators today and encourage them to stand strong for life and advance SF253?

Click here now for a convenient tool that emails every Iowa state senator in one, easy step!

Your involvement today could save thousands of babies’ lives in Iowa. Please contact the State Senate today.




Support SF2! Good for women, good for babies

Would you please send an email to Iowa’s key legislators in the House today, asking them to support Senate File 2?

SF2 is a bill, already passed by the Iowa Senate, now being considered in the Iowa House, that offers women, especially rural women, more health care optionsall while cutting the amount of YOUR state tax dollars that support abortion providers!

And Iowan women don’t need your tax dollars subsidizing Iowa’s roughly 15, urban abortion clinics and advocates. There are between 150 and 200 non-abortion clinics all across the state that offer the same, and even more, services, both in urban and rural areas.

See the map and list of Iowa women’s health-care options for yourself!

170213 health care mapJust to be certain, the Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders personally called over 150 Rural Health Canters around the state to confirm that they would offer the same STD testing, cervical cancer screening, breast cancer testing, and low-cost contraceptive options that Planned Parenthood and similar abortion advocates provide. They do.

What’s more, many of these Rural Health Centers offer additional services – like mammograms and prenatal care – that abortion providers like Planned Parenthood don’t.

See the map and list of Iowa women’s health-care options for yourself!

And best of all, SF2 would finally stem the flow of YOUR tax dollars funding Iowa’s abortion clinics, which kill thousands of Iowa’s sons and daughters every year. No person should be forced by government to pay for medical procedures they consider morally wrong.

Put simply, SF2 is good for women, good for babies, and good for the conscience of the Iowa taxpayer.

Nonetheless, Iowa’s legislators are being flooded with emails, protesters, death threats, lobbyists, and lies every day, trying to convince them to keep funneling your money into abortion clinics.

Would you take just moment – and in one, easy step through our convenient form – to contact the members of Iowa’s House Human Resource Committee and encourage them to support SF2?

Click here now to tell Iowa’s legislators you want them to stand for life!




Iowa’s US Senators and Judge Gorsuch

The latest nomination to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch is getting excellent reviews from our friends engaged in the fight for religious liberty, life, and constitutional government.  There is much commentary out there on Judge Gorsuch and more will come as he goes through hearings.  We encourage you to stay educated and to encourage the legislature to do the right thing in the confirmation process.

In the craziness of the news cycle we don’t want to forget to give praise to Iowa’s two Senators for their work.  The caucuses are over but Iowa is still playing a major role in the national scene!  Because of Senator Grassley’s strong stance on the judiciary committee last year we have the opportunity to get a good nominee to the Court.  Senator Grassley showed courage and resolve in waiting until after the election to consider Supreme Court nominees we are seeing the fruit of his resolve.

Senator Ernst introduced legislation to defund Planned Parenthood and has legislation in the works to undo the Obama Administration’s pro-abortion Title X rules that were promoted as he left office.  National groups such as FRC have recognized the importance of what Senator Ernst is doing and we as Iowans should be grateful for her work.  This dovetails well with Iowa’s legislative effort to defund abortionists at the state level.

Please encourage our Senators as they stand for life and judicial restraint!




“A Vote Heard ‘Round the State!”

“It was a vote heard around the state!”

Senate File 2 passed the Iowa Senate on Thursday with all 29 Senate Republicans and one Independent Senator voting YES and all 20 Democrats voting NO. The 2 page bill states, in part,

“…family planning services program funds shall not be made to any entity that performs abortions or that maintains or operates a facility where abortions are performed.”

That provision became the entire focus of the legislation. Several Democrats attempted a desperate argument opposed to the bill but in the end were defeated by an impressive array of strong pro-life proponents on the Republican side. If they gave an award for the “most valuable player” in the debate it would most certainly go to Senator Amy Sinclair.

Sen. Amy Sinclair
Sen. Amy Sinclair

It would be well worth the time to listen to her closing remarks online by clicking here.

It has been a long and hard fought journey to get to this point.  For years pro-life advocates have tried to prohibit public funds from going to abortionists.  With Democrats in control of the Senate, we have always been defeated.  Not today.  Today life won, and abortionists who make money from the shedding of innocent blood lost.

The Capitol team wishes to offer our heartfelt thanks to the thousands of Iowans who have been praying and working for this victory for so long, and to the voters who gave strong pro-life majorities to the Iowa House and Senate.  We also would like to thank Governor Branstad for setting the stage for this victory in his Condition of the State address in January.  We praise God for His mercy and for inspiring the faithful lawmakers who serve here in Des Moines.

If you haven’t already, please take a moment and send a note to the 29 Republican Senators and one Independent Senator, and thank them for their vote Thursday.




March for Life: This is why I marched

The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., is happening today, and I was privileged while living in our nation’s Capital to march for this noble cause.

Why have so many people marched on a cold January day for so many years? I can answer that with three simple words: “She’s a baby.”

I do not minimize the difficulty of pregnancy (my wife is in throes of morning sickness as I type), nor do I minimize the challenge of young women who have few options for raising a child. But as hard as pregnancy is and as difficult a situation as a young woman may find herself in, when asked if abortion is an option, I still come back to those three words: “She’s a baby.”

Throw every argument for abortion out there, and those three words will still stand. One sad part about the 40+ years of abortion debate in America is that we have used doublespeak to cover the truth. We call her “a fetus,” a “choice,” “women’s health,” even “a pregnancy,” all carefully avoiding the truth we know all too well because it is written on our hearts: “She’s a baby.”

170108shesababyI urge all of my pro-life friends to continue to remember these words when they are marching this year. I encourage those who work in adoption and in women’s health clinics around the country to speak these words and let this truth shine out over a darkened nation: “She’s a baby.”

I plead with those who support abortion to stop with euphemisms and face the reality that what they fight for is the “right” to kill a baby. I beg those who counsel women that they will be better off killing their child to remember that a woman who receives an abortion will have to face these three words for the rest of her life: “She’s a baby.”

I urge legislators who fear passing strong pro-life legislation because they are worried about judicial rulings and legal expenses to do all in their power to stop murder in this nation because … “She’s a baby.” I urge judges and legal professionals to remember that justice for the weakest in society is one of the measures of a nation’s greatness.

Whoever you are, marching or not, legislator or judge, pro-life or pro-choice, I ask you before God to consider the truth that she’s a baby. And because she is, it’s time to save her.