This bill is similar to the one we placed exhaustive efforts on in 2011. At the time, we were working feverishly to keep late-term abortionist, LeRoy Carhart out of Council Bluffs, Iowa.
It was through the ongoing efforts of Pro-Lifers in Council Bluffs and throughout Iowa, LeRoy Carhart eventually abandoned his desire to move into Iowa.
We’ve heard from a few people who have concerns about supporting this effort again. Since LeRoy Carhart no longer plans to move here, do we have a moral obligation to abandon this bill and support only a Life at Conception Act?
We’ve been pondering that.
For another project, I’m working to obtain the numbers of every single reported Iowa abortion from 1973 – present.
Here’s what I’ve determined:
Since Abortionist Carhart announced his intention in November 2010, more than 21,895 unborn babies have been aborted in Iowa.
1,389 were killed between the gestational ages of 14-28 weeks (as reported by the Iowa Department of Public Health.)
We will never know just how many – but a 20-week ban on abortion enacted in 2011 would have spared the lives of at least some of these 1,389 babies.
Legislation similar to this has been passed in nearly 20 states in recent years.
There are toddlers alive today in Texas…kindergartners in Nebraska…and all around our nation because of this life-saving legislation. Frankly, I am unwilling to look into their bright eyes and tell them that they were not worth the effort to save-nor would they be here in Iowa. It’s true. LeRoy Carhart did not move into Iowa. But we still have abortion raging into Council Bluffs. We still have Planned Parenthood, Iowa’s largest abortion chain, and Iowa City’s Emma Goldman Clinic performing thousands of abortions every single year.
Those hidden, forming babies, targets for these organizations, remain our moral obligation.
Currently this bill has exceptions that we are not supportive of in any manner. We remain committed to working with the Senate through this process.
From Iowa Right to Life’s perspective, we work passionately to see the lives of as many babies saved as possible, as we fight to ultimately see all tiny, unborn lives protected from the very moment of fertilization.
Yes, we have seen historic precedents set with this past election, state-wide and on the federal level. But that simply is not a signal that we relinquish our efforts to save lives. We re-double them and press forward like never before. For only then will we continue to usher in the ultimate end to abortion.