VIDEO RECAP: Heartbeat faces Dec. 7 hearing

Iowa’s nation-leading Heartbeat Law was in court Friday, Dec. 7, as Planned Parenthood and friends tried to get the law struck down without even a trial.

The FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats and Drew Zahn were on the scene, witnessing and reporting on what happened:

Now, here’s what YOU can do next: No matter how Judge Michael Huppert rules, the losing side will almost certainly appeal to the Iowa State Supreme Court. And now, YOU will have the opportunity to have YOUR voice heard on the matter!

The FAMiLY LEADER plans to file an official, on the record, amicus brief targeted for that appeal that specifically comes from “We the People.” It’s about time America’s courts recognize they only get their power from us. So when you join with thousands of other Americans in signing the Heartbeat petition, YOUR name will be listed among “We the People” calling on the courts to defend life!

Sign the petition for life that will be entered into official court records!

In the video below, TFL’s Chuck Hurley explains why this bold move from “We the People” is so historic and so significant:

You’re going to want to be able to tell your children and grandchildren that YOUR name was counted among the Americans who stood up for life on this day!

All you have to do is fill out the petition form at the link below to add your name to this historic record:

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When you’re done filling out the petition, know that the more people who sign it, the louder our collective voice will be. So SHARE this page! Share it with your online friends, your family, your pastor, your church, your small group, your neighbors, your book club, your Christmas card list – anyone and everyone who might stand with you for life.

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Click on the image at the left for a downloadable bulletin insert your pastor or church can use to encourage your fellow church members to both sign the petition AND pray for issues specific to the fetal heartbeat law court challenge!

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Click on the image at the left for a downloadable print petition that you can use to gather written signatures. The more signatures, the better! Instructions for use are on the form itself.


This is a historic moment, and our leaders in government need to hear the voice of the people. They need to hear YOU … because babies in the womb have no other voice to speak for them. Sign the petition today!

Bob Vander Plaats on WOI-TV: Heartbeat Law, 2018 governor’s race

The weekend prior to the 2018 mid-term election, Bob Vander Plaats appeared on WOI-TV’s “This Week in Iowa” to discuss the election, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, and the Heartbeat Law:

Pastor Equipping Webinar: Religious liberty

Continuing the monthly equipping webinars for pastors, the Church Ambassador Network hosted a webinar on religious liberty. Chuck Hurley, TFL chief counsel and ADF-allied attorney, presented on the history, current status, and future of religious liberty, as well as practical steps churches can take. Check out the webinar recording as well as resource links below:

History of religious freedom in America

Protect Your Ministry booklet

Albert Mohler’s The Briefing

Bob talks midterm elections with MSNBC

The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats appeared on MSNBC with host Craig Melvin on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to talk about President Donald Trump’s rally appearance in Council Bluffs, Iowa, the evening before:

The FAMiLY LEADER works to inspire the Church to engage with government for the advance of God’s Kingdom (and not any person or political party). To that end, TFL has created Honoring God 2018, a non-partisan initiative that equips pastors and church leaders to encourage their congregations to engage in the 2018 Election. As Americans, we have been given the gift of self-government, of choosing our leaders, and like any gift, we have a responsibility to use it for the glory of God.

Learn more about Honoring God 2018 by clicking here now!

Bob on CNN: Take politics out of it, let’s get to the truth

On Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, Bob Vander Plaats was in New York City on the set of CNN’s prime time show Out Front to talk about the Senate’s investigation into allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. But while the show’s other guest immediately pressed to score political points, Bob challenged CNN and all America to a higher standard – to seek the truth instead of partisan advantage:

In today’s hyperpartisan culture, The FAMiLY LEADER stands uniquely as a voice of faithfulness to a higher Kingdom. Please join us in advocating civil dialogue and a biblical worldview by giving to the ministry of The FAMiLY LEADER today.

Behind the scenes at #FLS18: Marjorie Dannenfelser

Behind the scenes at #FLS18: Lyndon Allen

LEAD VIDEO: Be inspired by the next generation!

Check out this quick, recap video from LEAD, The FAMiLY LEADER’s first-ever summer leadership program for youth:

LEAD challenges teens with a week of Christian worldview and leadership training, then culminates in hands-on experience as part of a mock legislature at the Iowa Capitol. But LEAD is far more than a “government camp,” for its primary focus is on encouraging and equipping young people to be Christ-like leaders in whatever field God places them.

Read more about LEAD by clicking here.

Join TFL in investing in the next generation of Christian leaders. Give to the work of The FAMiLY LEADER today!

Bob on MSNBC: “Roe v. Wade is going to end”

The MSNBC news program Velshi & Ruhle invited two, opposing guests to discuss the future of abortion in America – National Organization for Women President Toni Van Pelt and The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats.

In light of Justice Anthony Kennedy announcing his planned retirement on July 31 from the U.S. Supreme Court, the infamous abortion ruling Roe v. Wade hangs in the balance.

Watch as Van Pelt and Vander Plaats react very differently to to the news:

Bob on Fox, NBC: Kennedy retirement a ‘historic opportunity’

When Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announced his plan to retire on July 31 from the U.S. Supreme Court, the news media turned to The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats for an evangelical perspective on the future of the court.

Could this shakeup on the Supreme Court lead to overturning the Roe v. Wade abortion decision? What about Kennedy’s majority opinion in the Obergefell same-sex wedding case?

Bob spoke first with the Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto, then with NBC Nightly News, calling Kennedy’s retirement a “historic opportunity”:

Bob was then asked by NBC Nightly News what this might mean for the pro-life cause:

On CNN: Bob refuses all-in, all-against divide over Trump

“What do President Trump’s approval numbers mean?” CNN asked The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats.

Bob says it shows the country is being pushed into an artificial “all in” or “all against” divide. It’s time for Americans to think bigger than hyper-partisan boxes.

Watch the interview below:

Read Bob’s New York Times column that CNN referred to in the interview.

On MSNBC: Bob calls for justice AND mercy at U.S. border

The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats joined MSNBC host Hallie Jackson Wednesday morning for a frank discussion on children being separated from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border.

Watch the interview below:

The MSNBC interview was prompted by Bob’s op-ed in The New York Times, in which Bob called on the president, U.S. attorney general, and members of Congress to work out a solution to immigration enforcement that embodies the “do justly and love mercy” spirit of Micah 6:8.

“Let the adults get around the table, and let’s stop this now,” Bob told Jackson. “We cannot let the worst of Washington keep these kids hostage and separate families.”

Read Bob’s New York Times column that prompted the interview, “Cruelty at the Border Is Not Justice,” by clicking here now!

Bob has also been interviewed recently on local TV networks, including WHO-TV and KCCI-TV, Des Moines. You can watch those interviews below:

Read Bob Vander Plaats’ column, “Cruelty at the Border Is Not Justice,” on The New York Times website by clicking here.

Bob previously wrote a USA Today column about solutions to America’s immigration woes in February 2018. Click here to read the USA Today column.