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Pulse Life Advocates has been a leader in bringing forth pro-life legislation at the Iowa State Capitol.  In fact, most of the early pro-life legislation can be credited to this organization.  We are advocating for legislation during the session and providing education to our representatives to pass bills that will protect life.

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Maggie DeWitte testifies at the State Capitol

Maggie DeWitte’s testimony in support of The Protect Life Amendment

By iowansforlife | January 19, 2021

My name is Maggie DeWitte and I am the Executive Director of Iowans for LIFE and the spokesman for the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders.  I am speaking to you this morning in support for HSB 41. Thank you for bringing this amendment forward and so quickly in the session, which shows your true commitment to…

Your voice is needed to protect life in Iowa!

ACTION ALERT: Your voice is needed to protect life in Iowa!

By iowansforlife | January 14, 2021

Dear Iowans for LIFE Supporter: You have an opportunity RIGHT NOW to help save mothers and babies from abortion extremism in Iowa! This coming week, the Iowa House of Representatives will be convening a subcommittee to advance the Protect Life Amendment. The amendment allows We the People to put a stop to radical, unelected judges’…

Senator Joni Ernst

Joni Ernst responds to concerned Iowan

By iowansforlife | October 14, 2020

By JONI ERNST Thank you for taking the time to contact me about federal policies impacting life and funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America. It is important for me to hear from folks in Iowa on matters such as this. I am committed to defending life, because protecting our most vulnerable is an important…

Iowa Judge Voter Guide

By iowansforlife | October 7, 2020

We have put together a comprehensive voters guide for you to read before you go to the polls to vote. Please click on the link below to open the guide. Much is at stake. Click Here: Iowa Judge Voter Guide

2020 Legislative Update

By iowansforlife | August 26, 2020

The Pro-Life lobby in the Iowa State Legislature The 2020 Legislative Session will go down in the history books for many reasons.  Not the least of which was the suspension of the session due to Covid-19; a virus that ceased the entire world and the ramifications of which we will continue to endure for years…

24 Hour Bill injunction

Judge grants 24 Hour Bill injunction

By iowansforlife | July 1, 2020

As expected, Mitchell E. Turner, District Court Judge for the Sixth Judicial District in Iowa, granted an injunction to the 24 Hour Bill which was scheduled to go into force today. Planned Parenthood and the ACLU filed a lawsuit to block the bill before Governor Reynolds even had a chance to sign it into law.…

24 hour waiting period

Planned Parenthood files lawsuit to block 24 hour waiting period

By iowansforlife | June 24, 2020

Women and men often regret the decision to abort their baby. That’s why Iowa lawmakers passed a bill which requires  a 24 hour waiting period before getting an abortion. As expected, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit to block the legislation and seeks a temporary injunction to delay it from going into effect on July 1st.…

Protect Life Amendment failed

Good and bad legislative news

By iowansforlife | June 15, 2020

Dear Pro-Life Supporters:  I won’t pull any punches. This last weekend of the legislative was intense. Let me get the bad news out of the way. The Protect Life Amendment failed. Iowans for LIFE and the Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders worked overtime this weekend in an attempt to budge a few recalcitrant legislators to…

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Protect Life Amendment on life support

By iowansforlife | June 12, 2020

The clock approaches midnight and House Republicans still don’t have the votes to pass the Protect Life Amendment. Keep in mind that Republicans have a 53 to 47 advantage. Keep in mind that that the Republican platform proclaims: “The Right to Life shall be understood to include all people from conception to natural death.” Keep…

A lot is happening legislatively in Iowa right now. So much is at stake because all of our legislative success is threatened by the Iowa Supreme Court's ruling in June of 2018 that there is a "fundamental right" to abortion in the Iowa Constitution.

Without the vote of the people, and without the vote of our elected officials, the Iowa Supreme Court changed us from one of the most pro-life states into one of the most pro-abortion states in the U.S.  They found a right that does not exist in our constitution. That is outrageous judicial activism!  We have to act.

Current Abortion Laws on the books in Iowa: (all of these are threatened)

  • The parent of a minor must be notified before an abortion is provided.
  • Public funding is available for abortion only in cases of life endangerment, rape, incest or fetal anomaly. The governor must approve each Medicaid-funded abortion.
  • A woman must undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion; the provider must offer her the option to view the image.
  • No abortions after 20-weeks (passed in 2017)
  • 2017-The Family Medical Waiver Program excluded the abortion industry and redirected that money to quality community health care centers across the state that provide real health care to women and families.
  • 2019 Session, the Department of Health & Human Services bill states that abortion providers are NOT qualified to receive state money to teach our youth sex education.  PP has filed a lawsuit, an injunction was granted and a trial is expected yet this summer.
  • 2019 Judicial Reform- A modified version of this passed which gives Gov. Reynolds one additional non-attorney on the nominating committee.  This puts her at 9 and the bar association at 8.  Chief Justice only serves for 2 years and then has to be re-elected as a chief justice.  And, the most senior justice is not automatically the chairman of the nominating committee.

Two additional bills that did not pass this session, but will come up next session is fetal homicide law and the Alfie Evans bill.  The fetal homicide law would put language into the criminal code that would give criminal punishment to anyone who kills an unborn child.  The Alfie Evans bill is based on the case in Britain in which Alfie was removed from life support over the objections of his parents.  This bill passed the Iowa House, but not the Senate and would not allow the courts or hospitals to remove life support without the parent’s consent.

One bill that may come up that IFL does not support is allowing hormonal contraception to be given out over the counter without a prescription.  We will continue to educate the Governor and legislators on the negative implications of passing such a bill.

 The Terrible Consequences of the June 29 Supreme Court Ruling

In one stroke of the pen, unelected judges flipped Iowa from the most pro-life state to among the least. 

In June 2018, in a decision on the 72-Hour waiting period on abortions, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that the Iowa Constitution contains a "fundamental right" to abortion. This means that almost no existing or future regulation of abortion can survive a court challenge in Iowa. 

This ruling is the most significant event in the history of Iowa’s pro-life battle. 

It Dwarfs any Previous Setback. 

It Vetoes Every Achievement: 

  • Concocted a fundamental right to abortion. 
  • Caused the reversal of Iowa’s Heartbeat Law. 

It Exposes to Reversal: 

  • The remaining ban on 20-week abortions. 
  • The defunding of Planned Parenthood. 
  • Every other pro-life law or regulation currently on the books, & any yet to come. 

This is the most important assault on Iowa’s democratic republic in our history. This is of serious concern to both liberals and conservatives. The authority of the Court does not extend to amending the Iowa Constitution. 

The Constitution provides for only two methods of its own amendment, and both are accomplished only through the actions of the People, not the court. In its 160 years, the current Iowa Constitution has been amended on 27 different occasions (as recently as 2010) and in 48 ways. The court’s ruling has usurped the authority of all Iowans as the only authors of their Constitution. Liberals may not agree with conservatives on issues of the day. But both should cherish and defend our principles of self-governance. When the court usurped the authority of all Iowans, it robbed Republicans and Democrats alike. 

The Solution

The Iowa court imagined a right to abortion in the Iowa Constitution where the people had never intended it. The same legislature that passed our current Constitution promptly also banned abortion except to save the life of the mother. There is no credible argument that they intended a right to abortion in the state Constitution. 

The People of Iowa must reassert the same authority by which they drafted and passed the Iowa Constitution. 

Amend the Iowa Constitution to affirm there is
no right to abortion contained in it.

Even moderates could agree because this amendment would not prohibit     abortion. It would merely restore the issue to the People (liberals and conservatives alike) to debate among themselves and pass laws on the issue. 

Several states are in the process of passing similar amendments, and Tennessee and West Virginia have successfully done it. We can pass an amendment in Iowa, too, but there is almost nothing else pro-lifers CAN do until this step is done.

We know that little child, kicking in her mother's womb, she's a baby. But even if everyone in Iowa agreed with us, we could do almost nothing to protect her until we amend the Iowa Supreme Court's outrageous decision from June 2018. 

We need this amendment. That baby in the womb? She needs this amendment. And we all need YOU to get your pro-life friends and family on board with passing a constitutional amendment that says to the Court, "No! There IS NO RIGHT to abortion in We the People's Constitution!"  

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