Governor Reynold’s Statement
Governor explained her support for this groundbreaking legislation in this statement:
“I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor, I pledged to do everything in my power to protect it. That is what I am doing today. I understand that not everyone will agree with this decision. But if death is determined when a heart stops beating, then doesn’t a beating heart indicate life? For me, it is immoral to stop an innocent beating heart. For me, it is sickening to sell fetal body parts. For me, my faith leads me to protect every Iowan, no matter how small.
I understand and anticipate that this will likely be challenged in court, and that courts may even put a hold on the law until it reaches the Supreme Court. However, this is bigger than just a law. This is about life. I am not going to back down from who I am or what I believe in.”
Challenged in court
As the Governor expected, the Heartbeat Bill, which outlaws human abortion at the point at which a heartbeat is detected, was immediately challenged in court by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.
The bill has its day in court tomorrow at 10AM in the Polk County Courthouse, Room 308. The Courthouse is located at 500 Mulberry Street in downtown Des Moines.
Although there is no planned rally, you are invited and encouraged to attend if you’re able. And if you’re not, join us in prayer in support of the attorneys with the Thomas More Society defending the bill. Pray for Judge Michael Huppert who is hearing the case. And pray on behalf of the unborn children and their mothers who are put at grave risk if this bill is struck down.
Analysts estimate that the Heartbeat Bill will save the lives of 30,000 to 40,000 human persons over the course of the next decade.
Thank-you for your past support. The fight is far from over. Continue praying when the Heartbeat Bill goes to court, and if you’re able, join us in the Courthouse tomorrow at 10AM.
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