Watch the Heartbeat video that “changes everything”

The FAMiLY LEADER gave the Karaidos family of Des Moines, Iowa, the opportunity to hear their baby’s heartbeat in their own living room.

See why the sound of life “changes everything”:

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TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 9: Bill fates decided at “second funnel”

Multiple life and religious liberty bills became the focus of the Iowa Legislature this week as the “second funnel” deadline struck midnight. The FAMiLY LEADER’s Nathan Oppman and Danny Carroll discuss what survived the funnel and what didn’t:

Danny shared a number of bills that did NOT make it through committee in time for the final “funnel” deadline of the 2018 Legislative session:

  • A Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would instruct the courts to give religious liberty a fair hearing in court and require government to use the “least restrictive” means possible of resolving religious liberty disputes.
  • The Forum Act, which would preserve religious liberty on college campuses, especially in light of the University of Iowa’s decision to decertify the Business Leaders in Christ student group at the Iowa City campus.
  • A “wrongful birth” bill that would restrict parents from suing their doctors when their babies are born with birth defects or handicaps.

One bill that DID make it through the deadline, however, is a bill that would BOTH ban the sale of fetal body parts and ban abortions after a baby’s fetal heartbeat can be detected.

This double life bill, however, still faces some big hurdles, including a public hearing that will be scheduled for next week. Danny Carroll explains the details in the video above.

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Capitol Connection, Ep. 8: What’s really happening on Heartbeat

Iowa’s life-saving “Heartbeat” legislation – which would ban abortions after an unborn baby’s heartbeat can be detected – celebrated a HUGE victory in the State Senate last week. But its future in the Iowa House remains much more uncertain.

In this week’s Capitol Connection, Bob Vander Plaats, Greg Baker, and Danny Carroll give you the inside scoop on where “Heartbeat” stands:

“I don’t know that we have ever seen a day like last week,” exclaims Danny, referring to the Iowa Senate’s groundbreaking passage of the Heartbeat bill.

But, as Bob explains, last week’s victory is only “the first quarter” of a larger contest. Right now, the next big hurdle is encouraging a majority of State representatives to support Heartbeat legislation.

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Why is this common sense legislation, supported by nearly 7 in 10 of all Americans, so difficult to get passed?

As Greg explains, the Heartbeat bill is “not just another controversial issue,” but a matter of intense, spiritual wrestling. Greg points out the Evil One seeks to rob us of life, and not just from the unborn babies, but also from mothers and from the culture at large.

For that reason, Danny says, it’s a real “game changer” to see the pastors Greg brings up to the Capitol nearly every day. To see pastors in prayer and genuinely ministering to government officials gives Danny great hope that hearts and lives will be changed.

Danny also explains that Heartbeat faces two, upcoming deadlines and a stiff challenge in the court system.

But as Bob told his boys when they were growing up, “You’ll never be right if you do wrong … but you’ll never be wrong if you do right.” And defending the lives of babies in the womb is right.

Finally, Danny is urging YOU to get involved: “The most powerful thing a person can do is contact your legislator. … A personal touch is still the most powerful way we can affect government today.”

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VIDEO: “Most important life bill ever passed”

Watch exclusive interviews and testimony from the floor of the Iowa Senate, which passed SF 2281, a bill that would ban abortions in Iowa after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected:

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TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 7: Pray and prepare

There may be a lull in the Iowa Legislature right now, but it’s the quiet before a storm. In this week’s Capitol Connection, Chuck Hurley and Drew Zahn explain why now is a time for urgent prayer and preparation:

Chuck gives an update on two bills in particular – the “Heartbeat bill,” SF 2281, and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, SF 2338 – both of which have passed out of Senate committee, but need to pass House committee before the “second funnel” date of March 16 if they’re to have any chance of becoming law this session.

Chuck also explains that while our hearts are grieving over the 17 children killed in a school shooting in Florida, our hearts also grieve over the roughly 17 children who are killed in abortions every day in Iowa.

Stopping abortions after a baby’s heart is beating, however, will face a tough road ahead if it’s to become law. That’s why, as Drew says, “A battle is coming, a storm is coming,” and your prayers and prepared attention are needed now.

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The Timeless Voice: Billy Graham’s final crusade




TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 6: Fast and furious “funnel” action!

“Funnel” week is when the rubber meets the road at the Iowa Capitol, and this past week was funnel week! TFL’s Drew Zahn, Danny Carroll, and Chuck Hurley explain what happened in perhaps the biggest week in the entire legislative process:

On the life front, Drew and Chuck specifically broke down the incredible success of the “Heartbeat bill,” which, if passed into law, would ban in Iowa all abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected!

While we’re thrilled the bill has made it through a Senate committee and the “funnel” week, the “Heartbeat bill” still has five more hurdles needed before it becomes law. Your prayers and your support will still be needed if Iowa is to pass this measure, saving thousands of babies and their mothers from the horror of abortion every year.

Chuck also told the story of a young, discouraged lawmaker whose bills did not survive the “funnel.” Yet Chuck encouraged him, explaining why this session has so far been one of the most successful and most exciting he’s seen in 27 years at the Capitol! Watch the video above to see why Chuck would make such a bold statement.

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The Timeless Voice: What distinguishes Christians at the Capitol?

TFL’s Vice President of Church Engagement Greg Baker asks the question, “What is it that separates Christians from the rest of the world?”

It isn’t political party or good deeds or even good intentions. But rather, Greg explains, it’s a death penalty issued 2,000 years ago that makes all the difference:

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VIDEO: “Heartbeat bill” passes Iowa Senate committee

By a vote of 8-5 Monday evening, the State Senate Judicial Committee passed a bill banning abortions in Iowa after the baby’s heartbeat can be detected.

Over 100 pro-life supporters packed the committee room to show support to a committee that came up just short of passing a “life at conception” bill last spring. This year, however, the committee came through, voting along party lines to defend babies whose lives can be verified by heartbeat.

The FAMiLY LEADER was at the scene to support the committee and report on the evening’s monumental vote:

While this heartbeat legislation still falls short of the gold standard of protecting every life from fertilization, should this bill become law, it would nonetheless save thousands of babies from abortion in Iowa every year.

The FAMiLY LEADER will continue to press for the gold standard, but until the day ALL life in the womb is protected, we can still agree: If her heart is beating … she’s alive!

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TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 5: An URGENT appeal for life!

This coming week will be HUGE for life in the state of Iowa. TFL’s Drew Zahn and Chuck Hurley explain why and when we need YOU to come to the Capitol:

As Drew explained, a bill that would save thousands of Iowa mothers and babies from abortion will be heard in Senate committee, and we need YOU to come and show the senators your support!

Those details again: Monday, Feb. 12, 5p.m. (be there by 4p.m.), Room 116 of the Iowa Capitol building

The bill would ban abortions in Iowa following detection of a baby’s heartbeat. Clearly, if a baby’s heart is beating, she’s alive, and her life deserves to be protected.

The FAMiLY LEADER was there when the “heartbeat bill” was heard in subcommittee, and you can watch video of our testimony and coverage of the key debate below:

In this week’s episode of TFL’s Capitol Connection, Chuck also updated you on the status of two bills defending religious liberty, both of which have a chance to emerge before the critical “funnel” date of this coming Friday, Feb. 16.

The U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed a Religious Freedom Restoration Act back in the ’90s, but those same protections at the federal level are not currently protecting Iowans at the state level. Please join us in prayer that religious liberty in Iowa would be defended and preserved!

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VIDEO: Testimony heard on fetal heartbeat bill

An Iowa Senate subcommittee heard testimony today on a bill banning abortion after a baby’s heartbeat can be heard. The FAMiLY LEADER was there to defend life and to give YOU behind-the-scenes access to what happened on this momentous day:

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The Timeless Voice: Repentance is pointedly personal

The FAMiLY LEADER Vice President of Church Engagement Greg Baker was convicted recently when asked, “Greg, are you preaching repentance?”

Repentance, Greg realized, is intensely personal and can be divisive. People might not like you if you call them to repentance.

But in this video, Greg explains why it’s so important not to shy away from repentance when sharing the gospel … even when sharing at the State Capitol: