Women at risk after Iowa court rules on ‘webcam’ abortions

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled today by unanimous decision to overturn the Iowa Board of Medicine’s ban on “webcam” abortions, a practice in which women are provided abortion-inducing drugs remotely, without any in-person examination by a doctor.

The decision clears the way for Planned Parenthood of the Heartland to perform this dangerous procedure.

Regrettably, the court’s decision allows abortionists to defy basic medical standards meant to put women’s safety first.

The FAMiLY LEADER agrees with the Alliance Defending Freedom – a non-profit legal organization that filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the case – that the Iowa Supreme Court was should have upheld the common-sense ban, which is similar to protections for pregnant women in 16 other states. Abortion is too serious a medical procedure to be performed without in-person care by a licensed physician.

Planned Parenthood and other abortionists must be held to basic medical standards of care, and little is more basic than an in-person examination by a physician before a procedure that poses serious health risks. Regardless of one’s position on abortion, everyone should agree that Planned Parenthood should not be allowed to jeopardize women’s lives by disregarding established medical protocols.

“Planned Parenthood’s main concern should be the health and safety of women, not its bottom line,” commented ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton.

ADF filed its brief in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland v. Iowa Board of Medicine on behalf of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists; Donna J. Harrison, M.D.; Iowa Right to Life; and Susan Thayer, a former director of an Iowa Planned Parenthood facility who resigned her position rather than perform “webcam” abortions.

ADF attorneys also represent Thayer in a separate lawsuit against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland that accuses the abortion giant of massive healthcare fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars.




The Family Leadership Summit 2015

Video of each of the speakers at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit is now available!

Take note: The keynote speakers of the 2015 Family Leadership Summit each took their turn “in the chair,” being interviewed on an in-depth, personal basis. No stump speeches, these are one-on-one interviews, including questions from both the moderator as well as the audience.

Click below to watch the speakers, listed in alphabetical, not chronological, order:

Shawn D. Akers

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Gary Bauer

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Brian Brown

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Ben Carson

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Ted Cruz

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Lindsey Graham

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Mike Huckabee

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Bobby Jindal

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Steve King

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Tony Perkins

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Rick Perry

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Marco Rubio

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Rick Santorum

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Donald Trump

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Bob Vander Plaats

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Scott Walker

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The purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will provide Iowans the opportunity to engage with national conservative leaders and hear their leadership vision on the issues that matter most to the future of America.

>>Click here to visit the Official FLS2015 Web Page.<<

Click here to watch the full day’s coverage, start to finish, originally broadcast live on C-SPAN.




WHO’s Jan Mickelson blows lid off explicit student conference

On Friday, June 12, WHO Radio host Jan Mickelson shined the spotlight of his microphone on sexually graphic and obscene material presented to Iowa schoolchildren at an ostensibly “anti-bullying” conference April 3 called the 10th Annual Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth.

Mickelson invited Iowa State Rep. Greg Heartsill to talk about an investigation into the conference after parents, students, and teachers in attendance reported the children were exposed to “pornographic,” “vulgar,” and “X-rated” content at the event.

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Greg Heartsill

Heartsill has been joined by over 20 other state legislators who are demanding answers on why taxpayer money was used to expose minors to obscene material. Heartsill and his colleagues deserve recognition and honor for working faithfully to defend and protect Iowa’s children.

Nonetheless, Iowa Safe Schools and Progress Iowa have inexplicably attacked Heartsill for working to safeguard children. The latter organization even took out a full-page ad belittling Heartsill in his hometown newspaper.

On Friday, Mickelson invited Heartsill on to his program to talk about the Iowa Straw Poll, the attack ad, and his courageous work to discover the truth about the conference.

You can listen to the free podcast of Mickelson’s June 12 program, including his conversation with Heartsill (which begins about an hour into the broadcast), by clicking here.

Read the original FAMiLY LEADER report that exposed the shocking content of the Iowa Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth.

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Opponents, not enemies: Leading the way toward civility

Oz Guinness told attendees of the Iowa Prayer Breakfast April 2 that true liberty requires a civil public square, a society where people are free to hold and speak their conscience without threat of coercion or attack.

Which makes what happened on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines only one hour later either a remarkable coincidence or a Divine appointment.

On a beautiful spring morning when just about anyone would rather be out on the campus green than in class, three dozen students crammed into a crowded room on the third floor of Drake University’s Howard Hall. The space overflowing, most of the students had to sit on the floor.

They came to hear about an unlikely friendship and a series of civil discussions between two people who stand as public opponents on some of the day’s most heated issues, yet who also insist they are not “enemies.”

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Donna Red Wing has been an advocate and activist for LGBT causes for 30 years and today is executive director of One Iowa, the state’s leading lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) organization.

Bob Vander Plaats is the president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER, a Christian organization with a mission to strengthen families and a reputation for opposing same-sex marriage.

As leaders in their respective causes, the news media often quotes Vander Plaats and Red Wing as diametrically opposed voices in news reports on marriage and LGBT issues.

Yet in 2013, Red Wing was challenged by the death of a friend who exemplified reconciliation to attempt a conversation with the very person she would be most likely to call an “enemy.”

“Who’s the person who would be the most difficult to reach out to?” Red Wing asked herself. “I emailed Bob.”

Thus began the oddest of friendships, a relationship so out of the ordinary in today’s environment of partisan bickering and Internet flame wars that Des Moines Register’s Rekha Basu wrote a story about the relationship she said “left me nearly speechless.”

Watch video of Donna and Bob telling Drake students about their first, uncertain meeting:

But how do you forge a respectful friendship and civil dialogue when you disagree vehemently?

That was the question students of Drake Prof. Carol Spaulding-Kruse and her class, “Talking with the Enemy: Dialogue in a Polarized Age,” were asking.

“The first thing Donna and I did, I wanted to learn more about who Donna is as a person. She wanted to know, who is Bob as a person?” Vander Plaats explained. “In the media today, people are made into polar opposites, but who are you? Understand, I care deeply about the issue, but I care deeply about you. … I think it’s OK to model that. You can be passionate about issues without tearing each other down.”

“We made an agreement early on that nothing we did in those private, quiet conversations would change what One Iowa cared about or what The FAMiLY LEADER cared about,” Red Wing added, “but we did change how we as organizations interacted. For example, nothing goes out of One Iowa that will denigrate human beings, individuals at The FAMiLY LEADER, we’re very careful about that. And we’ve noticed The FAMiLY LEADER doesn’t attack Donna Red Wing.

“I don’t see us ‘enemies,'” Red Wing continued. “We’re political ‘opponents.’ Our understanding of social justice is very different. But if all that happens in what we do is that our organizations took a civil tone, it doesn’t diminish the passion of our work. It doesn’t diminish what The FAMiLY LEADER does.”

“Some of my best conversations, bar none, are with people who disagree with me,” Vander Plaats stressed. “You can sing to the choir all day long, and really, what did you get out of it? … I like to have intellectual conversation, and quite frankly, no matter where you’re at on the issues of the day, our country would benefit from civil dialogue and discussion, intellectual conversation. Not emotions, signs and pointing fingers – we’ve had enough of that.”

In fact, Bob and Donna learned in time there’s more to one another than their respective causes and more to their relationship than merely argument.

“It’s developing a better understanding of Donna’s perspective and Donna’s understanding of my perspective,” Vander Plaats said. “I think we would both be disingenuous if we [denied], ‘Boy would I love to have Donna come on over to my side and say [she] was wrong,’ … and she’d like for me to do that [too], but if you go in with that, you’re going to be disappointed a lot.”

The pair told Drake students how learning to see one another as people, not just ideological punching bags, led to a civil discourse that even included defending one another.

When an LGBTQ conference for youth turned Vander Plaats into a comic book villain, for example, Red Wing addressed it with the publisher. When a national radio host called Red Wing a “thug” and a “mob boss,” Bob emailed Donna that day, saying, “You are not a thug, and I’m going to talk to [the host].”

“That meant the world to me,” Donna said.

“Donna knows that genuinely I love her,” Vander Plaats told the students, while Red Wing nodded her agreement. “It sounds odd, but I do. I love Donna, and she knows I would do anything for her. And I think she would do the same for me. And we also know that we vehemently, fundamentally, foundationally disagree on some key issues to both of us.”

And while their coffee-shop conversations are intentionally quiet and private, Vander Plaats and Red Wing are willing to talk openly about this unusual path they’ve forged, in large part, because true civil dialogue is both too rare and desperately needed in America.

“Iowa for whatever reason is in the crosshairs of the world’s attention, whether we like it or not because of this presidential thing,” Vander Plaats said. “But it may be a good way for Iowa to model how to have civil dialogue on big issues, because our country could really use that today.”

“In this place and this time, here in Iowa, we get to model how those conversations happen,” Red Wing added. “That doesn’t mean if there were a bill to eradicate same-gender marriage in Iowa [One Iowa] wouldn’t be out there fighting with everything we have.”

“Freedom is tough. Freedom is not easy,” Vander Plaats said. “In some countries you can think whatever you want, you can believe whatever you want, as long as you don’t say it. That’s not this country. … So you have to be willing to engage in these kinds of dialogues if you really want to a have a civil, free society.”

The FAMiLY LEADER is committed not only to leading the way on some of our culture’s biggest issues, but also setting the example of how to engage in these discussions with civility and respect. Would you consider making a donation to The FAMiLY LEADER today? If so, click here.




Good news! Iowa passes human trafficking bill

In the final moments before the legislative session closed in Des Moines Friday, lawmakers passed a bill designating nearly $1 million to help stop human trafficking in Iowa.

“It was people’s voices that made the difference,” commented Chuck Hurley, vice president of The FAMiLY LEADER and one of the measure’s most ardent supporters at the Iowa Capitol. “You were relentless in calling and emailing lawmakers, not letting this issue slip from the forefront of their minds. In the end, they couldn’t ‘go to bed’ until this task was done. And that’s because of you.”

Hurley called the bill a “huge and unprecedented” blow against an evil industry that has stolen, drugged, and enslaved Iowa girls and boys.

If signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad, the bill will designate funds to train law enforcement officers and many others to combat human trafficking at three levels:

  • The first, “front line” of defense will train local, county, and state personnel on how to identify the signs of human trafficking crimes in their daily work
  • The second level will train officers how to process human trafficking incidents, so victims can be rescued from their captors and protected long-term against those who would re-terrorize or enslave them
  • The third level of training teaches law enforcement how to go after the “kingpins,” to turn local arrests into evidence that can take down not only the kidnappers and pimps, but also the cartels funding and fueling the human trafficking industry.

“We now have one fist to smash human traffickers,” Hurley said. “That’s a huge deal. A second ‘fist’ is still needed next year in the form of additional investigators and other operational costs, which was not quite possible in this budget year. Nonetheless, this is a huge victory.”

For Hurley, it’s also a personal victory.

“I became a foster parent about 30 years ago. I care deeply about kids and rescuing those in danger,” he said. “But for too long, we’ve been cleaning up after the crime instead of stopping it cold. This funding will help us go after the crime leaders, to eventually cut off the flow – to send a clear message to those who would victimize our children: ‘You’re not welcome in Iowa.'”

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In addition to thanking you, the people of Iowa, for joining us in the fight against human trafficking, The FAMiLY LEADER would like to thank several others who were key in developing this legislation:

  • The FAMiLY LEADER Capitol Team: Chuck Hurley, Danny Carroll, and Tamara Scott
  • Teresa Downing-Matibag, Ph.D., executive director of Network Against Human Trafficking
  • Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Monticello
  • Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs
  • Iowa State Rep. Chuck Soderberg, R-Le Mars
  • Iowa State Sen. Bob Dvorsky, D-Coralville
  • Iowa State Sen. Kevin Kinney, D-Oxford, a former deputy sheriff with experience working on sex trafficking cases
  • Mike Ferjak of the Iowa Attorney General’s Office
  • Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller

Several other legislators, activists, and organizations also contributed to this effort. With their help – and yours – Iowa will soon be a safer place for our children.




Iowa Legislature takes baby step for life

In intense negotiations at the Iowa Capitol, a Conference Committee Report was approved that requires women be “given the opportunity to view an ultrasound image of the fetus” as part of the standard of care before receiving an abortion.

The FAMiLY LEADER commends the hard work of many legislators in taking this step to defend the value of human life. Giving mothers an ultrasound of their child can only help reveal how precious life is, and it is our hope that these informed mothers will, indeed, embrace the life of their unborn child.

While in any legislation, there are always nuances we may wish were stronger, The FAMiLY LEADER remains committed to seeking a day when all life is cherished, from conception to natural death, in culture, in law, and in state spending priorities.

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Big News! 2015 Family Leadership Summit tickets are FREE!

Great news! The FAMiLY LEADER announces tickets for the 4th Annual Family Leadership Summit at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, Iowa, on Saturday, July 18, 2015, are available to the public for the first time at no cost.

Why free?

It comes down to this: America’s liberties are on the line, our roots are being eroded, and we want you to be engaged in a critical discussion about our future.

We want you to be informed about the real issues America is facing. We want you to know you’re not alone. That’s why we’re so grateful for those who are making sure cost is not a factor preventing you from coming on July 18.

“Through the generosity of donors and supporters of The FAMiLY LEADER, and their commitment to engaging the family in the discussion about the future of our nation, we are thrilled to announce that the 2015 Family Leadership Summit will be a ticketed – but free – event,” says Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of The FAMiLY LEADER.

Click here now to register for your FREE tickets!

Why come?

The purpose of The Family Leadership Summit is to inspire, motivate, and educate conservatives regarding worldview application and the most pressing issues facing America’s families. The Summit will give you the opportunity to engage with national conservative leaders and hear their leadership vision on the issues that matter most to the future of America.

And … did we mention it’s free?

But getting the tickets for less doesn’t mean there’s anything less for you at this headliner event. Confirmed speakers for July 18 already include Gary Bauer, Dr. Ben Carson, Sen. Ted Cruz, former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Marco Rubio, former Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and more.

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Last year’s Family Leadership Summit (which wasn’t free to attend) was a huge success, with more than 1,200 attendees and 100 members of the media and a lineup that included many of the conservative movement’s most prominent leaders, such as Dr. Alveda King, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Tim Scott, Sen. Ted Cruz, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Tony Perkins, Joel Rosenberg, Ken Cuccinelli, and many others.

This year’s event will also add additional names as the date draws near, making the Family Leadership Summit one of the most anticipated Iowa events of 2015.

Remember, though tickets are free, you are required to register for the Summit, and expect a freewill offering to be taken, so attendees can invest in engaging more Americans in the issues that affect their families in 2016 and beyond.

For more information about the event, visit TheFamilyLeadershipSummit.org by clicking here now.

We hope to see you there!

The following video recap of the 2014 Family Leadership Summit will also give you a taste of what to expect this year:

 




Video: Iowa National Security Action Summit

Attendees left thoroughly “wowed” by the Iowa National Security Action Summit in Waukee, Iowa, on May 16.

They heard from notable names like Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, Gov. Bobby Jindal, Rick Santorum, Phyllis Schlafly, Sen. Ted Cruz, and U.S. Rep Steve King. They got the unfiltered, inside scoop from a retired admiral who once commanded more ships than the entire U.S. Navy has on the seas today. They welcomed information and action steps on issues like refugee resettlement, Islamic terrorism, cybersecurity, a weakening military, and more.

The Summit was just too good to miss, the information presented too good to miss out on. That’s why we’ve made public the videos below. Don’t miss a moment; come back again and again until you’ve seen ’em all!

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Session I: Border and Immigration Security

U.S. Rep. Steve King

Phyllis Schlafly, founder of Eagle Forum

Ann Corcoran, Refugee Resettlement Watch

Rick Manning, Americans for Limited Government

Jan Mickelson, WHO Radio

Session II: America’s Electric Power Grid and Threats to Critical Infrastructure

Dr. Peter Vincent Fry, executive director, Task Force on National and Homeland Security

Dr. Henry Cooper, chairman, High Frontier

Zach Nunn, Iowa State Representative

Dr. Ben Carson

Session III: America’s Military in Decline

Admiral “Ace” Lyons, U.S. Navy, retired

Peter Huessy, president, GeoStrategic Analysis

Colonel Al Ringgenberg, U.S. Air Force, retired

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

Sen. Ted Cruz

Session IV: Shariah, the Global Jihad Movement, and the Islamic Republic of Iran

Frank Gaffney, president, Center for Security Policy

Donald Trump

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO, The FAMiLY LEADER Foundation

Former Sen. Rick Santorum

You can help The FAMiLY LEADER host more events like this by clicking here and making a donation today!

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TFL shines The Truth on LGBTQ Conference

The FAMiLY LEADER’s new director of communications, Drew Zahn, visited with J. Michael “Mac” McKoy of 99.3, The Truth Network, about the 10th Annual Governor’s Conference on LGBTQ Youth in Altoona, Iowa, on April 3.

Not familiar with the shocking content presented to Iowa’s schoolchildren at this conference? Click here to learn more.

At the heart of the interview – eyewitness transcripts of what was presented at the conference and how the confluence of LGBTQ issues and bullying is blowing up in our schools.

Watch the webcast with Drew Zahn, Mac McKoy, Frank “The Verse” Thomas, and Frank Meeink of Life After Hate below:

(Note: Some of the content of this interview is explicit in nature. Parental caution is advised.)

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Power of prayer leaps political borders

In Apopka, Florida, the fires of an “If 7:14” revival are burning.

The northwest suburb of Orlando made national news last year when, after an atheist organization complained of the high school football team’s chaplain, hundreds of community members stepped out of the stands following a game to “cover the field” in prayer.

This is a community that understands the power of “taking a knee.”

On Thursday, May 7, Apopka welcomed Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY LEADER to share the “If 7:14” vision for a prayer and revival movement that can spread from Iowa, Florida, and anywhere the Spirit of God may be moving.

Vander Plaats told the story of taking his son Josh to another field – a baseball field in Sioux City, Iowa – for a Little League photograph.

150512funnelcloudWhile the dads stood around talking, Josh came over and tugged on his father’s sleeve. Pointing to the sky, Josh identified a funnel cloud threatening to strike the field with a tornado.

Vander Plaats said he grabbed his son, got him into the car, and tried to outdrive the looming storm. But funnel clouds began descending from the sky all around – four, in fact, that threatened to form tornadoes.

Vander Plaats turned the car for home instead and gathered his family into the basement to pray.

“When the funnel clouds come toward you, and you have nowhere else to run and nowhere else to hide, what do you do?” Vander Plaats asked the Apopka prayer gathering. “You start turning your focus back to God.”

That’s what “If 7:14” is all about: God’s people turning their focus away from every other source of security, turning away from their sin, and turning back to God.

Discover how you can join the If 7:14 movement by clicking here!

Local reports estimated 350 people attended Apopka’s 2015 Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, including city commissioners, police and fire chiefs, pastors, and the city’s mayor.

Pastor Doug Bankson of the Victory Church World Outreach Center introduced Vander Plaats to those assembled. Bankson had met Vander Plaats on a trip to Israel.

“This man’s heart is for the people and for God,” Bankson said, according to The Apopka Chief newspaper. “You know people by the company they keep, but what’s more is by the people they influence.”

For years, Vander Plaats has influenced politics and policy in both Iowa and in presidential elections. But through “If 7:14,” Vander Plaats is seeing a message that resonates beyond politics and well beyond his home state of Iowa.

The “If 7:14” initiative, Vander Plaats told the gathering, comes at a time when America needs the healing promised in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

And though 2 Chronicles 7:14 was originally written for Israel and not the United States, Vander Plaats told the Apopka prayer gathering, this scripture gives a glimpse into God’s heart about spiritual revival. The scripture is not focused on our troubles or perceived enemies, but on us. Revival in America and its institutions can’t happen unless it begins in the heart.

“Revival is an ‘inside-out’ proposition, not an ‘outside-in’ proposition,” Vander Plaats said, according to the Chief.

Bob Vander Plaats in Apopka, Florida
Bob Vander Plaats in Apopka, Florida

God wants people to “seek His face” so they see things the way He sees them and turn back to Him, Vander Plaats explained. This includes repenting from indifference about God or thinking God has no permission to speak to public life, a stiff-arm of God that Vander Plaats said “is killing this country.”

“When it’s people’s turns – leaders, pastors, parents, public officials, teachers, you name it – to take to the microphone and say something like, ‘No, that’s not right; that’s wrong,’ we backed away,” the Chief quoted Vander Plaats as saying. “We backed away because it was too ‘hot,’ ‘too controversial.'”

But the healing America needs won’t be found in silencing the Word of God; instead, it will come in heeding it – specifically, in heeding the call to repentance and prayer of 2 Chronicles 7:14.

As Vander Plaats told the prayer warriors in Apopka, “I don’t think [God] is done with this country yet … this city yet … your home yet … your church yet.”

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ACTION ALERT, May 8 – Stop human trafficking now

Your immediate action could save the lives of Iowa’s daughters.

Human trafficking is more widespread in Iowa than most people realize. Our Interstate system and truck-stop network make Iowa fertile ground for this heinous crime. Just this week, CBS reported the case of an Iowa girl kidnapped, drugged, tortured, and forced into a prostitution ring halfway across the country.

Now a bill to combat these crimes is being considered in joint committee in the Iowa Legislature. But this critical piece of legislation is hanging by a thread and is in danger of being tabled as this session comes to a close.

Yet if we act together now, we can make a difference in the lives of countless girls and boys!

What can I do?

We are urging you to send just one email, but do it now. By following the steps below, you can contact the governor’s office, legislative leaders, and the 10 members of the joint committee all at once – yet this weekend is critical, as the bill’s fate will likely be decided Monday, May 11, or immediately thereafter.

Send just one email to the key people who hold this legislation in their hands. Your voice could determine whether or not law enforcement officers get the funding they need to rescue Iowa boys and girls and stop human traffickers now.

Here’s how

Three steps:

1. Draft an email to Gov. Terry Branstad through his office at margaret.hough@iowa.gov.

2. Then, copy and paste the following list of email addresses into the carbon copy or “cc” box of that same email:

mike.gronstal@legis.iowa.gov; robert.dvorsky@legis.iowa.gov; thomas.courtney@legis.iowa.gov; rob.hogg@legis.iowa.gov; rich.taylor@legis.iowa.gov; julian.garrett@legis.iowa.gov; mark.chelgren@legis.iowa.gov; kraig.paulsen@legis.iowa.gov; chuck.soderberg@legis.iowa.gov; gary.worthan@legis.iowa.gov; Darrel.Branhagen@legis.iowa.gov; chris.hagenow@legis.iowa.gov; todd.taylor@legis.iowa.gov; marti.anderson@legis.iowa.gov

3. Include a simple, urgent plea, such as the following sample text, in the body of the email, and hit send. It’s that simple. But by following through now, the next boy or girl you save could be someone you know.

Dear Iowa leader,

As a fellow Iowan, I am urging you to fully fund needed efforts to stop human trafficking in Iowa.

The bill being considered in joint committee right now, SF 497, will help save the lives of Iowa sons and daughters.

PLEASE, don’t let this session close without passing this critical piece of legislation. What priority could be more important than protecting and defending the lives of our children from those who would kidnap and horribly abuse them?

Sincerely and with great respect,

[name]
[city], Iowa

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‘I can’t help but feel a revival is coming’

Over 120 Iowans met in the Capitol Rotunda Thursday, April 30, reminded of the words of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams, declaring America’s dependence on God, as well as Abraham Lincoln, who in 1863 proclaimed April 30 as a day of fasting, repentance, prayer.

But this wasn’t a rally to champion America’s Christian heritage or Christian conservative causes.

It was a day of humiliation.

150430iowaprayerdayAs 2 Chronicles 7:14 declares, and as was proclaimed several times as the same Scripture was read beneath the Capitol’s golden dome, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Just as in Lincoln’s day, when the U.S. was bitterly divided in the midst of a brutal Civil War, America today is sharply divided and in need of God’s mercy to bring hope, forgiveness and healing.

At the Capitol, those gathered for the Iowa Call to Prayer heard from pastors, Iowa legislators, and other faith leaders about the need for God’s people, those “called by my name,” to lead the nation toward repentance. The turning back to God, they were told, must begin with the church.

Iowa State Rep. Steven Holt boldly challenged those present to learn from the church’s mistakes in history and not permit America’s freedom of religion to be convoluted into freedom from religion.

Pastor Andre Brooks of Kingdom Life International Family Ministries in Des Moines, Iowa, called on those present to raise their hands in surrender to God, to seek God’s forgiveness and call for revival.

Bob Vander Plaats of The FAMiLY LEADER warned that Christian leaders and churches cannot, as they have too often in the past, remain silent behind their wooden doors, afraid to pick up the microphone when the culture needs their voices most.

Several of the speakers led those present to pray in repentance, to pray for our pastors and leaders, and to pray for our nation.

Yet even in the humiliation, the confession, and the repentance, attendees did not leave feeling shamed or downtrodden.

For even as in 2 Chronicles 7:14, when God’s people return to Him, the promise remains that God will hear from heaven and will hear their land.

“I can’t help it,” said The FAMiLY LEADER’s Greg Baker as he walked down the Capitol’s north stairs into the sunshine of a glorious April day in Iowa, “I can’t help but feel a revival is coming.”

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