Watch Gov. Reynolds sign Heartbeat into law

With dozens of legislators, families, reporters, and The FAMiLY LEADER in the room, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law the most pro-life abortion restriction in the nation!

Now watch the governor’s comments and exclusive interviews with the bill’s floor manager, Rep. Shannon Lundgren, and other pro-life champions of the Heartbeat bill:

The Heartbeat law bans abortions in Iowa – with some exceptions – after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected. But the law, which could save an estimated 3,000 or more babies’ lives in the state each year, doesn’t go into effect until July 1.

Looking ahead, the bill is certain to face legal challenge, and The FAMiLY LEADER plans to be a part of fighting for babies’ lives in court.

And YOU TOO may have the opportunity to have your name submitted in the official record, telling the judges you want the courts to defend unborn babies by upholding the Heartbeat law!

Sign up for TFL’s text alerts today, so we can let you know when the window opens to have YOUR NAME added to the fight for life:

The spiritual groundwork for “Heartbeat”

Passing a major piece of pro-life legislation like the “Heartbeat bill” doesn’t happen overnight, and it doesn’t happen at all without God breaking down major spiritual strongholds.

Bob Vander Plaats and Greg Baker talk about the years of work at the heart-and-soul level that have led up to one of the most significant pro-life victories in American history:

TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 15: Heartbeat passes!

“I believe a great thing is happening,” says The FAMiLY LEADER Capitol Team member Chuck Hurley. “In our lifetime, the sanctity of human life is on the front page of newspapers.”

Indeed, newspapers and news networks around the country are reporting the stunning, late-night development: The Iowa Legislature has passed the Heartbeat bill!

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER, says the news is nothing short of a “sign of revival.”

In this week’s TFL’s Capitol Connection, Bob sits down with Chuck Hurley and Danny Carroll to share what’s happened and what’s next in Iowa’s nation-leading charge to defend life in the womb.

Along the way, Danny also shares a story from behind the scenes about the precursor to the Heartbeat bill and the first moment this session when he came to believe the Heartbeat bill was possible:

In the video, Bob mentioned an opportunity to thank the legislators who voted for the Heartbeat bill. The FAMiLY LEADER has developed a convenient tool that enables you to email every “yes” vote in a single, easy step.

Click here to thank Iowa’s legislators today!

TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 14: Heartbeat’s only prayer is YOU

Iowa’s “Heartbeat bill” has hit the hurdle of men’s hearts. Bob Vander Plaats, Chuck Hurley, and Danny Carroll sit down to discuss this life-saving bill’s path forward, even while lawmakers are hoping to close out the legislative session quickly.

See why Chuck and Bob affirm that prayer is needed to break this through this stronghold; nothing else will do:

Join the “Heartbeat” text and prayer team that Bob mentioned by clicking here now!

Bob on Fox Business: “Our identity isn’t in Donald Trump”

On April 19, Charles Payne of Fox Business invited The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats to discuss President Trump’s recent peak of support among white evangelicals in the polls.

But while the temptation is to think of presidential polling and demographics solely in terms of politics, Bob offered a powerful testimony to what it really means to call yourself an “evangelical” Christian: “Christians don’t find our identity in Donald Trump; our identity is in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ alone.”

Watch the full interview below:

The Timeless Voice: We bring a “tough teaching” to the Capitol

How is bringing the gospel to the Iowa Capitol like Paul bringing the gospel to Athens?

Greg Baker, vice president of church engagement for The FAMiLY LEADER, explains:

TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 12: “Heartbeat” status…

“Wondering where the Heartbeat bill stands?”

Bob Vander Plaats sat down with The FAMiLY LEADER Capitol Team, Chuck Hurley and Danny Carroll, to find out what the options are for the Heartbeat bill’s passage as the legislature reaches 100 days in session.

Simple online tool:
We’re asking you to pray, to contact your legislator, to invite your friends … and we’ve made it easy for you to do. The FAMiLY LEADER has drafted a quick, online tool that helps you do all that and more in just a matter of minutes.

Join with thousands of Iowans in standing for life RIGHT NOW!


TFL’s Capitol Connection, Ep. 11: “Heartbeat” faces hurdle

What’s the status of the “Heartbeat bill”? What’s the hang-up? How can we help move it into law and save babies’ lives?

Bob Vander Plaats sat down with The FAMiLY LEADER Capitol Team, Chuck Hurley and Danny Carroll, to get the latest news in this video below:

In the video, Bob also mentioned “The Daniel Difference,” a devotional program on reviving the power of prayer in your life. It’s available for free in the YouVersion Bible app, or more directly by clicking here.

And keep an eye on your email inbox. The FAMiLY LEADER is planning to get the word out far and wide when the next opportunity is ripe for the people of Iowa to make their voice heard on “Heartbeat”!

Bob on MSNBC: Leaders should ‘own’ and confess wrongdoing

The FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats faced questions from MSNBC’s Katy Tur over recent allegations of Donald Trump’s extramarital affairs.

Tur’s questions focused on scandal and politics.

Bob’s response, however, looked to a higher standard. Instead, Bob said, the mark of a leader is to “own” your wrongdoing, confess it, and apologize. If the allegations are true, Bob said, our president has humbling work to do ahead:

VIDEO: Holy Week Service blesses the Iowa Capitol

On Monday, March 26, Iowa citizens, Capitol staff, and elected representatives gathered in the Rotunda of the Iowa Capitol for a worship service at the beginning of the “Holy Week” leading up to Easter.

The FAMiLY LEADER’s Vice President of Church Engagement Greg Baker explained prior the service that bringing worship into the halls of government can be a healing balm, particularly in such divisive times.

“In today’s culture we focus so much on what divides us,” Baker said. “Let us turn to what unites us: We can turn to our Savior Jesus Christ. This message of redemption has and will continue to transcend time, culture, class, race, and everything else that divides us. It reminds us that no matter who we are, what we do, or where we live … we all need Jesus’ saving grace.”

Pastor Dan Berry of Cornerstone Family Church in Des Moines echoed the theme of reconciliation in his message from Matthew 22.

“The Sadducees thought it was about the law, the Pharisees thought it was about the law, everyone thought it was about the law,” Pastor Berry said. “The [Sadducees and Pharisees] were the lawmakers of their day, and like today, they became so polarized, they forgot the reason for their leadership. … But Jesus said the first and greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with your whole heart, then love your neighbor as yourself, and all the law hangs on these two commandments.”

Watch a short video recap of the service below:

Join The FAMiLY LEADER in being an ambassador for the gospel of Jesus Christ, even in the very halls of government! Give today by clicking here.

“Heartbeat” bill brings out heart-wrenching testimony

On March 20, the Iowa House of Representatives hosted a public hearing on banning abortions after a baby’s heartbeat can be detected in the womb.

The FAMiLY LEADER and the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders assembled a roster of nationally recognized, expert witnesses from around the country to rise to the challenge of defending life.

Watch below a recap and excerpts from the testimony, both pro and con:

Give now to join The FAMiLY LEADER’s efforts to defend life!

SF359, the bill that includes both a ban on the sale of fetal body parts and a ban on abortions after the baby’s heartbeat can be detected, must next be brought to the floor of the Iowa House before it can become law.

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”:

Want to spread the word about the sound of life?