By Tom Quiner, Pulse Life Advocates Board President
Dear Judiciary Committee Member:
Iowa needs the Life at Conception Bill to be passed for a variety of reasons:
1. Human dignity. The unborn are human at the instant of fertilization. They have human parents. Their genetic code is fully intact. They have all 46 chromosomes present in their little bodies. They are fully human deserving of all of the same human rights and kindness afforded the most vulnerable born members of our society.
Until someone proves they are not human, and no one ever has, a just society must protect our fellow human beings in the womb.
2. Religion: Iowa is a state of church goers. The unborn are God’s creation at conception. In fact, sacred scripture tells us God knew us before we were born. We matter in God’s eyes. Public policy that allows them to be killed because they are inconvenient is bad public policy. Besides, according to Lutheran Family Services, we have Iowans standing in line to adopt, but there are simply not enough babies, because we are aborting them.
3. Demographics. Iowa is one of the oldest states in the union in terms of our citizenry’s media age. And we’re getting older. In 2010, Iowans over the age of 65 represented 14.9% of all Iowans. By 2021, their share had climbed to 17.7%.
We need young blood to replace these aging Iowans when they die. We need young blood to help care for the aging and to keep our economy growing.
And yet our fertility rate is only 1.82, below the replacement level of 2.1. We are aborting our posterity. Iowa’s population has only grown 1.5% in the last half a century. Since Roe v Wade was decided, our population has increased only 336,802. At the same time, we allowed 269,000 babies to be aborted.
This is demographic suicide.
Human abortion is holding back Iowa economically, morally, and spiritually.
I respectfully encourage you to advance the Life at Conception Bill for the well-being of this great state.
Iowa needs the Life at Conception Bill. Thank-you for reading.
Tom Quiner, Pulse Life Advocates Board President
[Contact the Judiciary here and tell them Iowa needs the Life at Conception Bill: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/committees/committee?ga=90&groupID=689]