Caucus Platform Planks

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Abortion

Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death regardless of method of conception, gestational age, or dependency, and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Iowa and U.S. Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.

We support the use of non-embryonic stem cells to advance modern medical research. We oppose somatic cell nuclear transfer (human cloning), embryonic stem cell research, human fetal-tissue research from induced abortions, and the commercial use or sale of fetal parts.

 

Education

We support the proposition that school curriculum content of local districts in the State of Iowa should remain under the control of the local school boards, and that accreditation or funding should not be denied or withheld from districts on the basis of national goals and standards established under the Educate America Act, or as adopted by the state in compliance with the national goals and standards.

We call for the elimination of the Federal Dept. of Education.

We support the idea of choice and competition through educational vouchers and/or tuition tax exemptions to assist parents as they exercise their right of choosing government, private, alternate, or “home schooling” educational programs for children.

We oppose ratification of the “so called” United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, which interferes with parental rights to direct the upbringing and education of their children.

We support presenting all the scientific evidence for intelligent design in our government funded schools.

We support parental rights legislation stating that parents have the right to direct the upbringing and education of their minor children.

 

Common Core

We believe that control of education should be left to the parents, teachers, and local school boards and therefore, the _(insert party affiliation here)__Party of Iowa rejects this Common Core State Standards plan.

We oppose the collection of personal student data for any non-educational purpose without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent and that it rejects the sharing of such personal data, without the prior written consent of an adult student or a child student’s parent, with any person or entity other than schools or education agencies within the state.

We call on _(insert party affiliation here)__legislators and executives to oppose implementation of the Common Core State Standards plan, which limits the academic freedom and achievement of Iowa’s teachers, students, and schools.

 

Marriage and Family

We support federal and state constitutional amendments, voted on by the citizens, which define marriage as only between one natural man and one natural woman.

We believe that the traditional family is the building block to a moral, healthy, and thriving society.

We support non-familial adoption by heterosexual married couples consisting of one man and one woman, and believe that no law should infringe on faith-based adoptive service agencies that offer their services in accordance with their beliefs.

We favor improving, strengthening, and simplifying the adoption process so that more children can have a father and a mother.

We believe divorce is almost always tragic and expensive to the individuals involved and to all of society. Therefore, we support efforts to reduce the number of divorces and harmful custody battles.

We believe that obscenity is harmful to the individuals involved in the production and consumption of it and to all of society. Therefore, we call on all prosecutors to vigorously enforce all obscenity laws and call on law makers to strengthen penalties on obscenity producers.

We believe that gambling is a state sponsored vice that harms those addicted to it and all of society. Therefore, we are opposed to expansion and favor recriminalizing predatory gambling.

We decry all predatory and abusive lending practices and call for passage and vigorous enforcement of laws against it.

 

Foreign Policy- Israel

We support Israel in their natural and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon their own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others; and that peace can be afforded the region only through a united Israel governed under one law for all people.

 

Religious Liberty

We strongly support the right of Iowans to speak freely and to practice religious freedoms as guaranteed to all citizens under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

We believe that every citizen has the Constitutional right to pray, read the Bible or any religious text, and discuss his or her faith in private and in public, including the public schools of this state.

We support the display of the Ten Commandments and other expressions of faith and doctrine in public places.

We support and strongly urge Congress to pass a Religious Freedom Amendment, which provides: ‘Neither the United States nor any state shall prohibit student–sponsored prayer in public schools, nor compose any official student prayer or compel joining therein.’

We urge the legislature to end censorship of discussion of religion in our founding documents, and encourage discussing those documents.

We urge change of the Internal Revenue Code to allow a religious organization to address issues without fear.