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Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition
By Dan Boddicker
The timing of “Dr.” LeRoy Carhart’s announcement of his intentions to put a late term abortion clinic in Council Bluffs after the November 2 elections was wise. The abortion issue has pretty much been off the radar screen since the election of Chet Culver in 2006. This election cycle primarily focused on fiscal policy and social policy was dominated only by the judicial retention vote.
Carhart’s plans to move his abortion business from an Omaha suburb to Council Bluffs present some interesting challenges for the pro-life community eager to stop him, and Senator Mike Gronstal may find yet another prominent social issue sitting firmly in his lap, one that could alienate him and his declining caucus even more from the voters of Iowa.
The reason for Carhart’s move to Iowa is due to recent laws passed by Nebraska’s legislature, which ban elective abortions after 20 weeks, citing the scientific fact that a baby’s nervous system is sufficiently developed to feel the pain of being dismembered, chemically burned or getting scissors shoved into the back of its skull. A law like this is bad for business, or so says Carhart. Carhart claims late term abortions make up the majority of his business.
So how does Iowa respond? We already tolerate a city with the highest per capita abortion rate in America. Do we want a late term abortionist like LeRoy Carhart here? The sad fact of the matter is that, if there was no market for his grisly services, he wouldn’t be coming to Iowa. So while we work to stop him, we must also work to stop the demand for his “services.”
There are several options that the legislature, the Branstad administration, and the pro-life groups can pursue to thwart Carhart’s plans. They must work together if they hope for success.
Legislatively, the House can pass a bill making Iowa’s abortion laws like Nebraska’s. The bill should be brought up and passed as quickly as possible and sent over to the Senate. Senate Republicans should make this issue, along with the marriage amendment issue, their top two social-issue priorities. While they are working to bolster the House Republicans, efforts to cut and control spending, they need to get these social issues up for a vote. The closer Carhart gets to his ribbon cutting, the more pressure needs to be put on Gronstal to keep this menace out of his back yard. And like the Marriage Amendment, this issue is the one where senate tradition needs to be thrown out the window.
Rules exist for a reason, and it is high time that the written and adopted rules of the Senate prevail over the “good ol’ boy” agreement that has existed for decades not to use them.
Perhaps along with the post 20-week ban legislation, it’s time to revive “A-Woman’s-Right-To-Know” legislation. Those who are for “choice” should have no problem with “informed choice”, right?
Regulatory solutions may include the Certificate Of Need (CON) process. Whether or not Carhart’s type of facility falls under the CON process will depend on what equipment Carhart will require in his facility and whether his activities are considered outpatient surgery. If it does, then pressure needs to be put on the Department Of Public Health (DPH),and state health facilities panel to make sure that all the requirements are met and that the community actually has a need to have its unborn babies over 20 weeks killed. Governor Branstad must step up and make sure that his DPH Director makes sure that the law is followed.
The Appropriations process may also provide some opportunities to slow down or stop Carhart’s efforts. Perhaps this issue can be used to finally de-fund Planned Parenthood and any other facility that provides abortions or referrals. Most Iowans don’t want their tax dollars funding abortions and never have. Funds could be directed to crisis pregnancy clinics to provide for ultrasound equipment so that these girls and women can see the life that is in them. Then they can make an educated choice, something that the abortion industry and abortion rights advocates fear the most.
Whatever the legislature does, it is time for the sleeping giant to reawaken and get the attention of the legislature. The lobbying muscles of the pro-life community that existed back in the 90’s have gotten flabby, and the knowledge of how to do grassroots lobbying has become foggy. It’s time for Iowa Right to Life, the Iowa Catholic Conference, the Iowa Christian Alliance, and the other pro-life and conservative groups to step up and fight for our unborn children.
Dan Boddicker is a former Iowa State Representative from Tipton, Iowa. Boddicker served as the chairman of the House Human Resources committee.
COMMENTARY –Norm Pawlewski
November 3, 2010
TURN IN YOUR ROBES – YOU’RE FIRED
According to Rekha Basu in her column this morning, “Justice not served by vengeful ousters,” Rekha, as usual, still doesn’t get it. Almost a half million Iowans voted to deny retention to three Supreme Court justices, not out of any need for vengeance, but a need to restore the balance of power as provided in their constitution. The constitution ultimately belongs to all the people. Like Rekha, the justices either never appreciated that principle or forgot.
The losers— the elitists, the lawyers, the progressive left are, as expected, spinning their rejection by the voters as a hissy fit, a tantrum. Frankly, this is stupidity on their part. Rekha says, “Now, in a subversion of the judicial retention vote, a band of misguided activists look to have punished the justices……” She says also, “But because of a vengeful vote, that seemed all but certain at press time, judges now have to worry about the payback with every controversial ruling they make.” No Rekha, they only have to worry about controversial rulings that exceed their mandate, defy civility, create rights where they are unwarranted and/or non-existent and act like they are a law unto themselves.
One more quote from Rekha’s article: “The issue is, are the judges qualified to be on the bench? The vote –no people’s actions are at best arbitrary and at worst retaliatory.” This from a Sioux City attorney who served in three of Bob Vander Plaats’ gubernatorial campaigns before breaking with him on the judge retention issue.
When the sore losers start to whine about vengeful voters, out-of-state money, out-of state-activists, etc., remind them that almost one-half million Iowa voters voted to deny retention to these three judges, but allowed dozens more to keep their jobs. Your decision, whether you voted yes or no, was made after a considerable amount of discussion and debate. If anything, the main street media, like the Des Moines Register, went overboard to support retention. Every editorial and most guest columns were skewed toward retention. They did everything they could to frame the issue as one of guaranteeing judicial impartiality and keeping politics out of the courts. Every one of these judges was a political appointee. One article in the Register, “A question of BALANCE,” Thursday, October 28th, made it clear that the current system is controlled by Democrats, for Democrats.
Now that we the people have their attention, we need to work through the Legislature and our new governor to straighten out the imbalance in the judicial nominating and appointment process. That’s why I said in my last commentary on this issue, “This is not the end of the issue of dealing with Iowa’s activist judges. It is the beginning.”
SOME OTHER BIG WINS FOR THE PEOPLE
There were a few disappointments yesterday. I wanted Brenna Findley to be Attorney General and Brad Zaun to represent the 3rd Congressional District in Washington. I also thought David Jamison would be a great State Treasurer. And I wanted David Funk to shake up the Polk County Board of Supervisors.
But there were some real big wins. Kent Sorenson, who endured the most negative, unfair and downright disgusting campaign ads, won. Kent, who came to Christ about ten years ago, was savaged by Sen. Staci Appel (wife of Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel) for his life before Christ. Kent takes seriously Galatians 2:20~~”I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me, and the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.” And Romans 12:2~~”Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” That’s how Kent has tried to live his life since coming to Christ. Fortunately, his neighbors and the residents of Senate District 37 saw this in him and gave Mrs. Appel a whipping. Kent won by almost 5,000 votes, 59% to her 41%. Bye Bye Staci.
Another big win (if it holds, because it’s close) Kim Pearson, attorney, home-schooler Mom and tea party activist, beat seven-term incumbent, Geri Huser, for House District 42. The last report I saw had Kim up by less than 200 votes. Geri Huser tried to tout her blue dog Democrat credentials during the last few days before the vote. It seems not to have worked.
I will say more soon in another commentary after we have had a chance to look at complete results. But congratulations are in order for Joel Fry for beating Mike Reasoner, to Bill Anderson taking an open Republican Senate seat and Rick Bertrand for filling an open Democrat Senate seat.
Leroy and Janice Cobia cordially invite you to a pro-family reception and fundraiser in support of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition featuring Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Friday, October 8, 2010 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Home of Leroy and Janice Cobia: 17680 Newberry Circle, Council Bluffs. While the reception begins at 5:00 PM our speakers will not begin until 5:30.
Come at your convenience. Light refreshments will be served. General attendance:$25 per person or $30 per couple. Please RSVP to 515-225-1515.
Chris and Cathleen McGowan cordially invite you to a pro-family reception and fundraiser in support of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition featuring Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
Friday, October 8, 2010 from 7:30-9:00 PM at the Sioux City Country Club. Light refreshments will be served. General attendance:$25 per person or $30 per couple. Please RSVP to 515-225-1515.
Also this Friday in Burlington: Restoring the Power. Friday, October 8th * 7:00 pm * Great River Christian School * 426 Harrison St * Burlington, Iowa Visit http://www.iowachristian.com/amen.htm for more information.
1) Understanding Terms
2) A Brief History of Nation Building
3) Understanding Church and State
4) The American Republic and the Source of Republicanism
5) The War Against Freedom
6) Restoring Our Republic
The attendees went away understanding the difference between a Republic and a Democracy, key terms that are part of our political language, increased knowledge of our history and foundational concepts that gave birth to our Constitution, important Christian values that support freedom, the battle we face, and hope for the future.
Several of those attending expressed a desire to bring Restoring The Power to other communities and an interest in leading or attending Constitutional Study Groups. People are realizing that we can no longer allow ourselves to be uninformed when it comes to the truth of our history, our form of government, and the tyranny that is being imposed upon us.
For information about hosting “Restoring The Power” in your community contact: