On Tuesday, March 14, Sen. Rick Bertrand, R-Woodbury, stood up during debate in the Iowa Senate on a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks post-conception. While he voted for the bill, he explained why he was “disappointed” Iowa’s Republicans didn’t go further and pass life-at-conception legislation:
At a press conference at the Iowa Capitol on Feb. 28, the The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, or CoPLL – a united group of ten, pro-life organizations active in Iowa – announced a new video, radio, and grassroots initiative called “She’s a Baby.”
“She’s a Baby” posters and T-shirts were already widely displayed across the Capitol during the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on SF 253, the Life at Conception Act, on Monday, Feb. 27. Sen. Jake Chapman even referenced the “She’s a Baby” materials during testimony at the hearing.
Similarly, “She’s a Baby” ads have been heard on WHO-Radio, and the “She’s a Baby” video and Facebook profile photo have been spreading through social media.
The “She’s a Baby” initiative specifically encourages Iowa’s lawmakers to pass legislation like Senate File 253, the Life at Conception Act, and encourages Iowans to support their legislators in taking leadership on defending human life.
“To assist in tangible encouragement to all the legislators … we are launching a comprehensive “She’s a Baby” initiative,” explained Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY LEADER, a CoPLL member, at the press conference. “This is to have their back, but it’s also to deliver a message to all of Iowa that that little girl in her mother’s womb, she is a baby. It is to highlight the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, our unity, and our resolve to pass this bold, courageous, and right statement for life at conception.”
“Frankly, we’ve heard all the arguments [about abortion],” Vander Plaats continued at the press conference. “But there’s one fact we cannot argue away: That little girl in her mother’s womb, she’s a baby. … With this video and with this initiative, we are really hoping that Iowans will step up to the plate and lead and give life a chance.”
Watch video of Tuesday’s press conference below:
“Iowans have the opportunity right now to finally do something that will protect the lives of our most innocent,” said Jenifer Bowen of Iowa Right to Life, a CoPLL member, prior to the press conference. “With pro-life majorities in the House, Senate, and the governor’s mansion, and SF253, the Life at Conception Act, on the table, it’s time for Iowans to stand united and declare that together, we will defend Iowa’s babies from death by abortion.”
Relive the inspiration! Family Leadership Summit 2016
This 5-minute video recaptures the power, the inspiration, and the encouragement of The 2016 Family Leadership Summit.
Check it out now to see highlights of the Summit and what attendees had to say about the experience:
And if you want to watch the Summit or listen to the breakout sessions, click here now for video from Anne Graham Lotz, Pastor Steven Khoury, and more, or audio from breakout sessions, including Dr. Del Tackett, Pastor Jon Crane, Dr. Gary and Barb Rosberg, and more!
‘Cancer is my personal revival’
The word “cancer” completely flipped Denise Bubeck’s life upside down.
But as the TFL church ambassador explains, sometimes God uses painful changes to bring unexpected blessing:
Mac’s World Live: 300 pastors come to Iowa Capitol
Greg Baker is turning the “separation of church and state” on its head.
Or is he?
Baker, director of The FAMiLY LEADER’s Church Ambassador Network, explains to J. Michael “Mac” Mckoy of KTIA 99.3 radio that it’s actually our modern culture that has the phrase turned upside down.
Watch Greg explain to Mac what “the separation of church and state” actually means, what the Bible has to say about it, and what happened at the Iowa Capitol when pastors started bringing the voice of the prophet Nathan to the King Davids of Des Moines:
Encouraging news: Bible held aloft on Senate floor
Last year, churches around Iowa partnered with The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation to distribute Founders Bibles to their state legislators and other elected officials.
Earlier this week, Sen. Dennis Guth, R-Hancock, held up his Founders Bible on the floor of the Iowa Senate and encouraged his fellow legislators to seek the wisdom of God’s Word. Watch footage from the Iowa Senate below:
Audio of the breakout sessions now available! Click here!
About 1,000 people came to the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center in Des Moines, Iowa, to hear messages of hope and cultural transformation at the 2016 Family Leadership Summit.
Encouraged over and over that our hope is not in the 2016 election, nor the next Supreme Court case, but in God alone, those who came were inspired to take up our greatest weapon in the fight for our children’s future: prayer.
“We are on a path, as a society, of degradation and a failure to understand truth,” commented attendee Don Friend of Des Moines. “But there is hope. There is aboloutely hope, and our hope is in God. As the [Summit] stressed, all we have to do is turn to Him.”
Morning session speakers included Bob Vander Plaats, Dr. Del Tackett of The Truth Project, and Billy Graham’s daughter, author Anne Graham Lotz. Afternoon session speakers included Pastor Steven Khoury of Jerusalem and actor T.C. Stallings of the film “War Room.”* Several other speakers also presented breakout sessions that featured encouragement in areas of personal revival, such as health, marriage, and evangelism. Watch the morning speakers here:
Bob Vander Plaats:
Dr. Del Tackett:
Anne Graham Lotz:
Watch the afternoon speakers here:
*Due to contractual agreements with T.C. Stallings’ representatives, The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation was unable to record Stallings’ presentations.
The 2016 Family Leadership Summit included an element new to the Summits: breakout sessions! Eight different sessions gave attendees the opportunity to dive deeper into the topic or focus that most interested them.
The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation has heard nothing but positive feedback and praise over this new addition. The only drawback, of course, is that no one could attend all eight breakout sessions!
But now, we can make available the audio for several of those sessions at the links below.*
*Due to contractual obligations, we were unable to record T.C. Stallings’ breakout session, and Pastor Steven Khoury’s session cannot be rebroadcast because of internationally sensitive information that could jeopardize Christians in Israel.
VIDEO: Holy Week service proclaims Christ on Capitol steps
Bigger than elections and bills and presidents and kings. It was the theme of the first Holy Week Worship Service at the Iowa Capitol on Monday, March 21.
“We’ve had rallies here for issues,” said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER, from the west steps of the Iowa Capitol. “It’s easy to get people here to rally around an issue.”
“But we need to think bigger,” he said, “to think way beyond the issues.”
Both Vander Plaats and Pastor Mike Housholder of Lutheran Church of Hope, Iowa’s largest church, declared those who look only to Capitol Hill for help, ironically, need to lift their eyes just a little farther:
“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth” ~ Psalms 121:1-2.
Watch the full video of the service below, which includes a time of worship, messages from Vander Plaats and Housholder, and a time of corporate prayer: