EXCITING NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE LEADER CONFIRMED FOR 19TH ANNUAL IFFC SPRING KICK-OFF!

March 30, 2019 at 8:31 pm

 

EXCITING NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE LEADER CONFIRMED FOR 19TH ANNUAL IFFC SPRING KICK-OFF!

Friends of IA Faith & Freedom Coalition,

The Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition is pleased to announce that tickets are now on sale for the 19th Annual Spring Kick-Off will take place Saturday, May 11 beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Walnut Creek Church in Windsor Heights, Iowa.

We are incredibly excited to announce that Congressman Jody Hice of Georgia will headline the 2019 Spring Kick-Off. Representative Hice was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 serving Georgia’s 10th congressional district and has served as a pro-life, pro-family champion in the U.S. House of Representatives as a member of the Freedom Caucus and House Oversight & Reform Committee. Prior to his election to Congress, Rep. Hice served as a pastor for 25 years and worked as a conservative radio talk show host.

That’s not all!

In addition to hearing remarks from Rep. Hice, at the 2019 Spring Kick-Off we also expect to hear from Iowa’s leading elected officials including Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, Governor Kim Reynolds, Secretary of State Paul Pate, Secretary of Agriculture Michael Naig, and members of the Iowa legislature.

Do not miss this year’s event highlighting the widespread success of the Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition in mobilizing faith-based voters to influence legislation during the state legislative session, and a look forward at how Iowa voters of faith will play a pivotal role in electing conservatives up and down the ballot in 2020.

This exciting must-attend event is a fundraiser that will help us fund our battle tested and extensive voter program. Reserve your spot by contacting IA Faith & Freedom Coalition at 515-971-7636 or RSVP to events@ffciowa.com.

We can’t wait to see you on May 11!

Sincerely,
Steve Scheffler
President

2019 SKO FLYER

 

 

ABORTION MONUMENT BILL

February 2, 2019 at 8:54 pm

Abortion Monument Bill

Please take time to review this report from my good friend and State Rep. Dean Fisher.  Dean is one of the most ardent and passionate defenders of “life” in the Iowa Legislature!

Iowa Abortion Victims Monument

Rep. Dean Fisher, R – House District 72

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We must not forget the horrible loss of human life that the abortion culture has wrought on Iowa and our nation.  When an abortion is committed, not only is that baby’s life lost, but the generations that might have followed are also lost.  We build monuments to memorialize those that suffered the heinous practice of slavery. We memorialize those lost to terrorist acts, and to those lost in the Holocaust.  It is, therefore, fitting and proper that we build these monuments so we do not forget the circumstances that caused these lives to be lost. We must remember so that we strive to do better in the future.  We must remember the victims of terrorism and xenophobia so that we never let our guard down. We must remember the victims of slavery so that we never allow that practice to happen again.

 

We must build this monument to the unborn in order highlight that these are real human lives.  This heinous practice of abortion is allowed to exist because our culture has dehumanized the unborn. These unborn children are dehumanized as nothing more than a “tissue mass”. They are dehumanized by describing abortion as nothing more than a “choice”.  They are regarded as anything but a human being with a beating heart.  This monument will help to regain the humanity and value of every life.

 

This monument of remembrance can also bring about healing for those that have lost a loved one to abortion, be it a parent, grandparent, or any other person that grieves the loss.   In Chattanooga, Tennessee, there is a National Memorial to the Unborn. It is “Dedicated to healing generations of pain by honoring unborn children”.  It would be fitting and proper to have such a place of healing here in Iowa at the state capitol.

 

That is why I filed this bill, House File 153, so that the countless lives lost to abortion are not forgotten, not dehumanized, and so that we never forget the human cost this heinous practice has wrought.

 

House File 153 seeks to establish an abortion victim monument on the Iowa State Capitol grounds.  The bill requires that the Department of Administrative Services that oversees the capitol grounds accept applications from outside organizations for the design and construction of this memorial.  I have few preconceived ideas about what this monument will look like, or where it will be placed.

 

The bill specifies that “No governmental funds shall be used to plan, erect, or maintain the monument.”  That not only protects the tax-payers dollar, but more importantly it highlights precisely the purpose of this monument – to help us remember.  Involving citizens directly in the design, funding, construction and maintenance of this memorial will serve as a measure of how well we remember those lost to abortion.  If sufficient funds are quickly raised to design and build this monument, it will demonstrate the sentiment of the people of Iowa.  I hope and pray that those of us that are pro-life will overwhelm any organization that applies for design and construction of this monument with our ideas, our donations, and our support for this monument.  May God guide us.

 

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM IOWA FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION

December 24, 2018 at 1:46 pm

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM
IOWA FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION

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“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah 9:6

“Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

Luke 1:38

“And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign to you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good toward men.”

Luke 2:10-14

We want to wish all of our friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Let us never forget the real meaning of Christmas! In troubled times like this, we need to reflect on what Jesus means to us. Let us ask Jesus to make Himself more real to us than ever before.

We have so much to be thankful for. We live in the greatest nation on the face of the earth, with so many blessings that we so often take for granted. In addition, there are the blessings of family and friends and our men and women in uniform protecting our freedoms every day.

Please know that we here at Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition are so very thankful for you, your faithfulness, and your generous support of our endeavors in advancing the pro-family agenda. God Bless You! We look forward to working with you shoulder to shoulder in 2019 as we continue to “fight the good fight.”

With Thankfulness & Gratitude,

Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition

Steve Scheffler, President
Bernie Hayes, Vice President
Morris Hurd, Treasurer
Diana Hansen, Secretary
IFFC Board Members

November 21, 2018 at 6:04 pm

THANKSGIVING MESSAGE FROM  IOWA FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION

Steve Scheffler, President of Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition, issued the following statement in celebration of Thanksgiving.

We gather this week with family and friends to give thanks to God for our many blessings.

Thanksgiving is an opportunity for us to gather together and express thankfulness for the many blessings of life.  We have so many things to be thankful for—the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, and our loved ones who bring so much joy to our lives.  Those blessings are bestowed on us by God Himself.  We need to even be thankful during challenging times in our lives.

Let us never forget to give thanks for our blessings.  We need to ask God to continue to bless our families, the great state of Iowa, and the United States of America.

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5 DAYS TO GO – FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION GOES ALL IN!!

November 1, 2018 at 7:37 pm

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5 DAYS TO GO—FAITH & FREEDOM COALITION GOES ALL IN!!

We are now five days away from the most important election of our lifetimes!  The choice couldn’t be more clear—1) Continued unprecedented economic growth, peeling back of regulations, strong support of Israel, support of life (heartbeat bill/defunding of Planned Parenthood), tougher immigration measures (including stopping the invasion on our southern borders), and on and on and on!  Governor Kim Reynolds and President Trump have advanced the culture of life like none others who preceded them!  We now have voter ID, stopped sanctuary cities, tax cuts, reformed collective bargaining, and much more.  OR  2) Electing Far Left Socialists like Fred Hubbell, Abby Finkenauer, Cindy Axne, and Far Left state legislative candidates will undo ALL these advances made in the last few years.  Far Left candidates are being funded by Far Left radical organizations!  These groups are literally pouring millions of dollars into Iowa!

Faith & Freedom Coalition is making more grassroots contacts than any other non-profit right-of-center group in Iowa.  Over 2.75 million voter contacts will have been conducted by Election Day, November 6th—an unprecedented number with grassroots pro-family conservatives.  These contacts include 200,000 door knocks, 650,000 voter guides distributed through churches, all forms of social media outreach, digital, calling, turning out voters on Election Day!

We would like to solicit your continued financial support.  Please consider making one final contribution towards these battle-tested modes of voter outreach!  Your support can and will make a difference.  Polling shows us that there are multiple races that are in the margin of error—including the Governor’s race, at least 2 congressional races, all the statewide executive offices, and scores of state legislative races.

You can make a contribution through these different modes:

  • Mail :

Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition

939 Office Park Road, Ste 115

West Des Moines, IA 50265

  • Online: 

ffciowa.com, click on the donate tab, contribute, and follow instructions for credit card or PayPal donation.

Thank you for your continued support!

On behalf of Iowa’s Families,

Steve Scheffler

IA Faith & Freedom Coalition

President

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LeRoy Carhart: A Legislative Response

November 19, 2010 at 2:27 pm

      

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.

WE THE PEOPLE TO IOWA SUPREME COURT JUDGES

November 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm

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.

This Week @ IFFC

October 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm

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.

Restoring Power

April 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm


We were quite happy with the turn out at the “Restoring The Power” event last Friday in Wellman, Iowa with about 70 in attendance. The 2 hour presentation consists of 6 parts:

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:
Brad Sherman
(319) 338-2277
sherm@getpurpose.org

STATE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE 1/22/18 – Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition

January 22, 2018 at 7:27 pm

The Senate stands during invocation opening day 1-8-18.

 

Starting the 3rd week of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session and things are moving right along.  Iowa Faith and Freedom is at the State House daily working as a resource for legislators, a guardian of the Constitution, and a protector of our Judeo Christian Foundations as a nation.

 

Last Friday, 1-19-18 marked the deadline for new bills to be submitted.   It appears this session should be every bit as productive as the last.  Thankfully, several legislators intend to build on the success of last session in further protecting the lives of innocent Iowans in the womb.

 

The majority party seems unified in efforts toward tax reform so Iowa residents, businesses and owners can keep more of the money they earn.    If the legislature can attain a portion of the success their federal counterparts were able to spark with over 170 businesses now crediting the tax reform directly to employee bonuses and wage increases, (1) Iowans should be hopeful.

 

(1) http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/1000-employee-bonus-check-credits-trump-tax-cut-and-jobs-act/article/2645981

 

 

Iowa is blessed to have a growing number of steadfast legislators working to protect life, liberty, and our nation’s Godly legacy through innovative policies.  Several House Republicans have sponsored HF 2031 (2) which would allow local school districts to offer elective social studies courses emphasizing the impact of the Bible in literature, sciences, and cultures throughout history.   Of course, the ill-informed will fuss about any connection to a Christian faith in spite of  our nation’s foundations.    Though many schools are already teaching the Koran and other mystic religions in social studies, some will deny equal opportunity concerning the Bible.    It seems they would rather have students ignorant than understand the vast contributions of the Bible and those who believe in it.    By their reasoning, we should then stop the teachings of Sir Francis Bacon, Sir Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, and contemporary Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Project;  (3) not to mention Einstein, Shakespeare, and Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Law.    A 2014 Washington Post article (4)  credits the Bible as a central and foundational influence that cannot be avoided in Western culture.

 

 

(2) HF 2031 –  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ba=HF%202031&ga=83

 

(3) http://www.beliefnet.com/faiths/christianity/galleries/famous-scientists-that-believe-in-god.aspx?p=2

 

(4) https://www.google.com/amp/amp.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/11/the-bibles-influence-the-bible-as-cultural-influen/

 

Throughout the 2018 Session, IFFC will keep you apprised of pending legislation good and bad, bills that expand or protect liberty and those that will harm or limit it, bills that uphold our Constitutional Foundations and those that jeopardize them.   The goal being to inform and give you an honest account of State House happenings this session.

 

That said, Senate President, Jack Whitver, SD19-R gave an enthusiastic speech touting the state’s new education rankings opening day of the 2018 Session which was promptly met with confrontation from the Senate Democrat Leader.

 

Senator Whitver’s statement:

“I have never been more optimistic about what lies ahead for our state. People around the country are taking notice of Iowa. In just the last year, Iowa has been recognized for our great job climate – being named the BEST state in the country for the middle class. Our schools have also been recognized as we were named the #1 state in America in high school graduation rates and #4 in increased education funding. Our state has been recognized as the 3rd best managed state in America. There are so many reasons to be excited about the future.”

 

Seems positive and one would expect most Iowans to be pleased with such rankings.   Yet, Senator Janet Petersen, SD18-D who is skilled in delivering death-blows to the unborn with her ‘Susie sunshine style and smile’ responded with the teaser that Democrats hoped to work across the aisle as Iowans expect their legislators to be civil.   Then she attacked Republicans for  “doing a lot of bad things to a lot of good people” during the 2017 session.   Who knew Democrats would think good schools were a bad thing?

 

So, if this is a glimpse of what is to be in the 2018, civility appears no more than a word bandied about by Democrats for tv.   Still Republicans have the numbers and no excuses, so buckle up and be ready.   Could be quite a ride, and legislators deserve to have your help when they’re trying to help you.

 

Respectfully,

Tamara Scott

IFFC Legislative Director

 

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Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition Legislative Report

March 7, 2017 at 7:45 pm

                   Iowa Faith & Freedom Coalition 

          Legislative Report

              Tamara Scott, IFFC Lobbyist

IFFC Legislative report 3-7-17

March 3rd was the first funnel date, meaning any proposed legislation that didn’t make it through a committee is likely now dead.    Most notable for the Life movement was the failure of SF 253, the Life at Conception Bill.

While it is considered the “gold standard” and certainly something Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition (IFFC) and Concerned Women for America (CWA) would like to see passed.   Even with passage, many proponents of the bill admit the bill alone would likely not stop abortion though it would have been a great start by changing the Iowa code to recognize life begins at conception is to be protected by the state of Iowa and U.S. Constitution.

This is why IFFC and CWA supported SF 253, plus several other pro-life measures that we believe would have strengthened it and possibly hastened the end of abortion in Iowa.   As it is, some of those bills did make it through committee and/or passed one chamber.

SF 2 – has passed the full Senate and awaits action in the House.  It redirects taxpayer dollars to a greater number of non-abortion clinics offering more healthcare services in more locations across the state by defunding Planned Parenthood and abortion providers.

SF 53 – is now eligible for floor debate in the Senate.  Often referred to as a 20-week ban, it in no way recognizes the right to an abortion, but prohibits abortion post-20 weeks.

While it’s unfortunate and disappointing that Life at Conception – the first legislative priority listed in the state platform of the Republican Party – didn’t make it to a Republican controlled Senate where it should have passed; the pro-life movement is alive, growing, and has much work yet to do – some within our own movement.

One of the reasons SF 253 may have failed could be that legislators who might have otherwise been supportive in helping the Bill make it through the process may have felt overwhelmed, even ambushed by angry and accusatory messages from supposed pro-life supporters.

Pro-life legislators who staked political capital on SF 253 sadly received angry messages for not doing enough or being successful.  These messages are counterproductive and frankly, not a good witness for Christians.

We’ve been blessed to increase the number of strong pro-life legislators, we need to stand with them in work, success, and even failed attempts.

The good news is, because Republicans are in control, we still have both SF 2 and SF 53 which are good pro-life bills and will help save lives.

IFFC encourages our friends and members to attend local forums, town halls, and coffees with elected officials.  Follow up with a polite call, email, or speak with legislators to stand for life.   Give them the bill number, a one-line description and a specific request for action to either support it or help it through the committee process if applicable.  Thank every legislator for their time away from family and job to serve.  Edify and encourage them to do the right thing, but understand threats seldom work.

So STAND FOR LIFE, but SHINE FOR CHRIST when you do with a kind, direct if necessary, but always civil tone.

A note of thanks and gratitude: 

IFFC wishes to thank Senator Brad Zaun 18-R, Senator Jason Schultz 9-R, Senator Jake Chapman 10-R for their heavy lift with SF 253.   Their leadership was evident.   They withstood the fury and attacks from opponents, and unfortunately, some from proponents.   We and our members will look forward to working with them to further the cause however possible yet this year and in the future.

IFFC also wishes to thank other pro-life Senators who either submitted pro-life legislation or helped move pro-life bills forward like Senator Mark Chelgren 41-R who offered SF 54 and SF 26, Senator Mark Segebart 6-R, who chaired the committee to help pass SF 53, and Senator Amy Sinclair 14-R who helped lead the charge to defund PPH in the Senate.  Not to mention the many other pro-life legislators in the Senate.

Please consider sending legislators a note of thanks at either their legislative email addresses first.lastname@legis.iowa.gov or by mail to Honorable (name), Iowa Senate or Iowa House, Iowa State Capitol, Des Moines, Iowa 50319.

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