Week #18 Abortionist Funding Continues

Funding For Abortions and Abortion Providers Continues

Late last night and early this morning, the Health and Human Services (HHS) budget passed both the Iowa House and Senate.  Both chambers have adjourned for the Session.  Unfortunately, the Health and Human Services budget continues to fund abortions, and abortion clinics like Planned Parenthood and others.  We are very disappointed that the House did not put up a stronger fight against the Senate.  However, 11 Republicans in the House stayed strong and voted against the bill, and all 24 Republicans voted against it in the Senate.  The bill passed the House 80-17 and the Senate 26-24. Thank you to the Senate Republicans for staying strong!

We want to send extra gratitude to the 11 Republicans in the House who voted against this bill and against a majority of their own party members.   These Representatives showed great commitment and bravery by saying, “We will no longer fund abortions or abortionists with Iowans’ hard-earned tax dollars. We do not care how long we have to stay here or if it costs us our job, we will not vote against our conscience.”

Here are the 11 heroes:

Rep. Tom Shaw

Rep. Larry Sheets

Rep. Jason Schultz

Rep. Dwayne Alons

Rep. Greg Heartsill

Rep. Sandy Salmon

Rep. Ted Gassman

Rep. Dean Fisher

Rep. Ralph Watts

Rep. Julian Garrett

Rep. Mark Brandenburg

The final compromise on the HHS Budget did take a small step in the right direction:  it moved the reimbursements for Medicaid-paid abortions to the office of the Governor.   The state of Iowa on average pays for 25 abortions a year through Medicaid reimbursements.  Governor Branstad now has the ability to no longer reimburse for those expenses.  This provision does allow for the possibility of tax money no longer going to abortions.  However, it only lasts for two years, it still does not forbid tax money paying for these Medicaid reimbursed abortions, and it does nothing to end the millions of dollars abortion providers receive from family planning grants.  That is why we stayed past midnight last night encouraging members to vote No on this compromise language.

We do thank Iowa House Republicans for taking initial steps to end tax payers’ dollars going to abortions and abortionists.  We are disappointed they did not continue the fight.  The House could not see a path to victory in the Senate.  They only saw the Senate stubbornly holding out to keep the funding for abortionists, and pushing the government into partial shutdown.  They then saw the media demonizing them, and losing in the public’s perception.  One House member told us he felt he got the best he could get.

We do believe that many Republicans in the House desired to end tax payers’ money going to abortionists, and we understand their frustrations with the Senate.  However, Gosnell changed everything.  Over 90 phone calls were going into the Iowa Senate every day, encouraging them to end taxpayer funding of abortions and abortionists.  Our grassroots literature dropped in 6 Senate districts over the weekend.  We were seeing the Senate Democrats cracking, but the House did not see it the same way.  Instead they left with what they felt was the best they could get and we just could not support what they ended with.  It is time to draw the line in the sand and say we will no longer fund abortions and anyone who provides them, even if it costs us the election.

Please thank and encourage those who stood strong.  Pray for them.  Also pray that others will join them.  There were a lot more who were close to joining them that just need a little bit more encouragement.  Even though we lost this fight, we are very encouraged by what is going on in the Iowa Legislature.  God is working.  He has raised up an amazing freshman class, and more and more legislators are getting bold and willing to fight.  Pray that His work continues.  We look forward to seeing what God has for us next year.

We were also very pleased with the expansion of parental choice in private education this Session, and will elaborate in future reports.

 

Serving Him and you,

 

Chuck Hurley

Danny Carroll

Greg Baker

Tamara Scott

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Week #17: A Gosnell in Iowa?

Life is Sacred!

righttolifeAs the Iowa Legislature moves toward adjournment, we are still working for a provision in the Health and Human Services budget to prevent your tax dollars from going to abortionists.   The House amendment, H-1378, that we are supporting has a chance of passage this Session.  Events on the national and Iowa scene undergird why we need to stop this in Iowa.  Consider the following reports:

The Heritage Foundation questions “tax money for abortionists” in light of Gosnell

heritageSarah Torre at the Heritage Foundation wrote an article linking the Gosnell case to continued government payments to abortionists like him.  She concluded her piece with the following statement:

“In light of the brutality that became commonplace at [Gosnell’s abortuary] and has appeared elsewhere, policymakers should rethink continued financial support for an industry that creates and supports the likes of Gosnell.”

You can read the entire article here.

 

Dr. Jill Meadows – Iowa’s Kermit Gosnell?

JillMeadowsThe Iowa Republican reports that Iowa has its own version of recently convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell.  Read more about Dr. Jill Meadows here.

 

U.S. Congressman has questions for Iowa

tommilleragIowa Attorney General Tom Miller recently received a letter from U.S. Congressman Bob Goodlatte, the House Judiciary Committee Chairman.  Rep. Goodlatte apparently is asking all fifty state Attorneys General to provide information on their states’ laws, regulations, inspections and litigation of Gosnell-type abortion centers.  As of this report, it is unclear if Attorney General Miller plans to respond to Rep. Goodlatte’s request for information.  A copy of the letter sent to Virginia’s Attorney General is here.  We understand Iowa’s letter is similar.

Concluding Action:

PLEASE let your voice be heard on behalf of Iowa’s voiceless—call or email your Rep. and Senator NOW, in the final hours of this Session:  “NO MORE tax dollars to abortionists!”

Thank you, and may God bless our efforts together to save the least of these, the tiniest members of our human family!

 

Education Reform

school-choice1Governor Branstad’s education reform initiative remains alive.  Representative Jorgensen, Republican from Sioux City and the House leader on education, said his fellow Republicans will stand firm in support of home-school families and private school relief.  A few Senate Democrats are reportedly holding out in resistance to any relief for parental choice in education.  Please contact and encourage your state Senator to support home school and private school parents.

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Gosnell: GUILTY

The jury found abortionist Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first degree murder.

Sentencing will commence next week.

The implications of this verdict are tremendous.  First of all, this is the first time an abortionist has been convicted of murder.  This brings up the philosophical question of when does life begin, and when should the law provide protection for that life?  Since Roe v. Wade, it has been after the baby was born and completely out of the womb.  With this verdict, these questions are going to be challenged and need to answered with more clarity than they have historically.  This is a time when anyone who believes life begins at conception to be talking about this with your friends and coworkers.  Frankly, the law needs to be updated to match what science can now tell us about the development of a person in the womb.

Be in prayer that this trial and conviction will have a positive impact on the pro-life movement.

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Gosnell Kept Her Baby’s Severed Feet

If the utter horror and depravity of Kermit Gosnell’s actions wasn’t enough to make you sick, young Desiree Hawkins found out that Gosnell severed and kept the feet of her aborted baby.

Entire story: http://www.lifenews.com/2013/04/30/mother-finds-out-aborted-baby-feet-gosnell-kept-belonged-to-her-baby/

Source: Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com

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