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The Abortion Pill Lie

Jun 20, 2018 | Comments Off on The Abortion Pill Lie
abortion pill lie

abortion pill lieHolly Patterson ingested the poison on a Saturday.

The eighteen year old girl had been perfectly healthy up to that moment. Before the day was through, she began experiencing cramping and constipation. Within a week, she was dead from septic shock.

All of this occurred in California a decade and a half ago when Holly walked into a Planned Parenthood clinic and met with their onsite doctor. They dispensed to her the RU-486 pills which induces human abortion. The girl was pregnant and thought this was a safe way to procure a human abortion.

She was tragically wrong.

The abortion pill lie is promoted by Planned Parenthood

Iowans for LIFE revisits Holly’s tragic death in light of Cecile Richard’s latest comment on the safety of RU-486, also known as the Abortion Pill. Planned Parenthood’s former CEO wrote in the LA Times:

“There is no medical or health reason for this ban on medication abortion. Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2000, non-invasive medication abortion is safe by all measures — safer than Tylenol and Viagra, even.”

Yes, Viagra warns men to call a doctor if they experience a four hour erection. On the other hand, the Abortion Pill can cause 4 or more hours of heavy bleeding, vomiting, headaches, and abdominal pain.

The abortion pill lie downplays your potential for violent illness

In the case of another former Planned Parenthood employee, Abby Johnson, the side effects were nightmarish for far MORE than 4 hours:

“… I started to feel pain in my abdomen unlike anything I had ever experienced. Then the blood… was gushing out of me. I couldn’t wear a pad… nothing was able to absorb the amount of blood I was losing. The only thing I could do was sit on the toilet… for hours… bleeding, throwing up into the bathroom trashcan, crying and sweating. I used to watch shows about childbirth. I would see these women in labor… covered in sweat. I would always think, “Gosh, do they keep it hot in the delivery room, or what?” But at that moment, sitting on the toilet, I knew it wasn’t from heat… it was from pain.

“It looked like a crime scene”

“After several hours on the toilet, I desperately wanted to soak in the bath tub. …My bathwater was bright red. It looked like I was sitting in the middle of a crime scene …

“I stood up…. I began to sweat again and felt faint….  Then I felt a release… and a splash in the water that was draining beneath me. A blood clot the size of a lemon had fallen into my bath water. Was that my baby?…. Then came the excruciating pain again. I… sat on the toilet. Another lemon sized blood clot. Then another. And another. I thought I was dying. This couldn’t be normal. Planned Parenthood didn’t ever tell me this could happen…. I decided that I would call them in the morning… if I didn’t die before then. It was around midnight and I had been in the bathroom for a good 12 hours.”

Abby Johnson called Planned Parenthood the next day to ask if what she was going through was normal. Yes, they said that what she was experiencing was “not abnormal.” She experienced another 8 weeks of blood clots, cramping, and nausea.

For the record, the potential side effects of taking Tylenol include nausea, stomach pain, itching, rash, headache, loss of appetite, dark urine, and clay-colored stools.

Is Cecile Richards really serious when she nationally proclaims that a four hour erection or clay-colored stools is worse than a half a day of hell … and a dead baby?

No, she’s not. She just thinks you’re gullible. Dr. Donna Harrison of The American Association or Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) doesn’t pull any punches:

The abortion pill lie is based on your gullibility

“The claim that medical abortion is safer than Tylenol is just plainly a lie. And what is even more heinous is that medical abortions are being pushed on poor and rural women, who don’t have access to emergency treatments. Those women are much more likely to die as a result.”

Just ask Holly Patterson.

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Why the IUD is an abortifacient

Jun 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Why the IUD is an abortifacient
IUD is an abortifacient

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a fairly popular form of birth control that is inserted into a woman’s uterus. What many contracepting pro-life women don’t realize, is that the IUD is an abortifacient. It also poses health risks to the woman using the IUD.

Planned Parenthood’s website downplays these risks:

“Some people have side effects that bother them after getting an IUD, but these usually go away after a few months. Rarely, the side effects can be serious.”

Tell that to Tanai Smith, of Baltimore, Md. According to a report by Fox News, “her IUD forced its way up into her stomach and migrated over to her liver.” The complications were profound, causing her to lose her ovaries, uterus, and toes.

IUD risks to women

Ms. Smith’s medical disaster was clearly an unusual reaction to use of an IUD. More common risks include a chance of perforating the uterine lining when an IUD is inserted. Perforations occur once or twice per one-thousand women.

When conception occurs in a woman with an IUD, the chance of an ectopic pregnancy is 6 percent.

Most common of all, an IUD increases a woman’s risk of an infection in her uterus. This occurs in about one out of a hundred women in the first twenty days of insertion. According to Dr. Ben Janaway writing in “The Femedic” blog,

“Untreated infections can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. One episode of untreated pelvic inflammatory disease carries a 12% risk of infertility, whereas three untreated episodes carry a 50% risk.”

Contracepting women using IUDs must be alert to these real health risks. Even more, they need to be alert to the way IUDs work, because an IUD is an abortifacient.

Why the IUD is an abortifacient

According to Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for LIFE,

“IUD’s are 100% abortifacient in that they work to thin the lining of the uterus so that the newly formed baby cannot implant and therefore dies. Unlike oral contraceptions that work in one of three ways (by preventing ovulation, thickening the mucus to prevent sperm from entering, and thinning the lining so the baby cannot attach to the uterus), IUDs work only one way: ending the life of a newly formed baby.”

IFL’s Women’s Reproductive Health Resource Book provides additional background:

FERTILIZATION is when a unique human life begins. This ‘conception’ process begins when a sperm penetrates an oocyte, creating a brand new human life.

A unique human person is now created, as highly regarded textbooks on embryology state:

Life begins “when the sperm and ovum, neither of which can sustain life or direct growth by itself, come together at fertilization. For the first time the new life has all 46 chromosomes and all the directions (DNA) it needs for the rest of life. The sex of the baby, the color of the hair, everything is already fixed.

Cells begin replicating at a dizzying pace, and human organs develop. And then the next step occurs:

IMPLANTATION is the attachment process of the now 5 to 7 day old baby to the lining of his/her mother’s uterus.

IUDs prevent this new, one-of-a-kind human being from implanting on the mother’s uterus, which aborts her child.

Scientifically speaking, this is an abortion.

Philosophically speaking, abortion is immoral.

As Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College, asserts in the video above,

“Everyone can agree that it is always morally wrong to deliberately kill an innocent person.”

What many women don’t fully realize is that is exactly what an IUD does, deliberately kill an innocent human being. Watch the video above for the philosophical case against abortion.

Many contracepting pro-life women just don’t realize the implications of what they are doing when they use an IUD: the IUD is an abortifacient.

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The abortion movement’s adversarial relationship with free speech

Jun 8, 2018 | Comments Off on The abortion movement’s adversarial relationship with free speech
campus censorship

campus censorshipIt’s hard to defend the abortion position. Abortion activists on college campuses have resorted to campus censorship against pro-life activists to avoid discussing the touchy subject of human abortion on its merits.

The Wall Street Journal ran a good piece on the subject a few weeks ago by Kristan Hawkins. Ms. Hawkins is president of Students for Life (SFL). Under Ms. Hawkins leadership, SFL has increased the number of campus and high school pro life groups from a few dozen to over twelve-hundred nationally.

Examples of campus censorship

She said pro abortion groups are furiously at work imposing campus censorship on pro-lifer’s free speech, often with the silent consent of the administration.

For example, pro-life groups have come up with a wonderful way to honor the humanity of our aborted brothers and sisters by creating a cemetery of the innocents, as you can see in the video above. Abortion groups regularly deface or destroy these sites, as you can see on the video below.

Here’s another desecration committed by abortion proponents:

Pro-life groups often use chalking to convey their pro-life message. As you can see in the video below, abortion proponents don’t like it and try to wash it away out of fear it might save a life.

According to Ms. Hawkins, however, California State University, Fresno, fined one of their professors $17,000 for encouraging pro-abortion students to join him in destroying these pro-life messages. There is hope!

Isn’t it interesting. Chalk messages don’t last. Foot traffic and rain will quickly and naturally erase these messages in short order, usually within a few days. But abortion groups have such little tolerance that they are driven to erase opposing thought before anyone else can be exposed to a fresh perspective.

The pro-life “tax”

Ms. Hawkins said universities sometimes try to impose a “tax” on pro-life groups by sending them a bill for extra security costs. Here’s what happens: abortion groups try to disrupt and threaten violence when pro-life groups bring in a speaker like Alveda King, Reverend Martin Luther King’s niece. At the University of Michigan, the administration sent a bill for $800 to the pro-life group for the cost of security reinforcement to protect against the intolerance of abortion supporters.

Talk about injustice.

Fortunately, the Alliance Defending Freedom intervened on the side of Students for Life with this statement:

“The government may not charge speakers for the security costs by listeners’ response to that speech.”

Campus censorship in Des Moines

Here in Des Moines, Roosevelt High school invited Ms. King to speak a number of years back. Two parents complained because of her pro-life position. The principal quickly caved and disinvited her, denying a pro-life message that many students wanted to hear. Campus censorship takes many forms.

Administrations commonly cancel pro-life events when abortion supporters threaten violence. At Cal State Fullerton, they didn’t cancel a pro-life speaker. Instead, the university forced Students for Life to move the location when Antifa threatened violence if the pro-life event was held.

The threat of violence works.

The university did nothing to hold Antifa responsible. To compound the injustice, they would not allow the pro-lifers to advertise the new date and location of their event. Again, campus censorship takes many forms. At its heart, it is grounded in intolerance and an inability to defend the violence that defines human abortion.

More Iowa examples of campus censorship

David Cordaro, who will speak in October at our “Social Justice Creed” Event, coordinates the upper Midwest region for Students for Life. IFL asked him to what extent anti-life intolerance has affected Iowa. He sent a link to a story out of Hampton, Iowa, where the principal refused to let a respect life group form. Students for Life quickly responded through their legal counsel, the Thomas More Society.

Anti-life vandals tear off pro-life message

At Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, at least they have a pro-life group. The group worked hard to create a display that pointed out that “157 human hearts are taken by abortion every hour.” Anti-life students tore those words off the display, in a common form of campus censorship.

The unspoken ideological litmus test

Perhaps the most extreme form of campus censorship is the unspoken anti-life ideological litmus test placed on employment opportunities. A few years ago at the University of Iowa, a highly qualified female attorney was denied employment by their law school. Why? Because of her previous experience of working for pro life groups. Forty-six out of 50 of the professors in the department were registered Democrats and pro abortion. She would have been that highly rare professor in academia: a Republican … and pro-life.

An associate dean with the university admitted the department blackballed her “because they so despise her politics (and especially her activism about it).”

The university alleged the professor performed poorly in a video-taped job interview with other faculty members. They claimed one of her answers disqualified her from the job, which the conservative professor adamantly denied. The video tape that would prove her point had been ‘accidentally erased.’

The abortion movement’s adversarial relationship with free speech runs deep. The same people who spout words such as inclusion, tolerance, and diversity don’t mean it. Campus censorship of pro-life groups defines a movement that is afraid to publicly defend their deadly position.

[To learn more, be sure to register for our free “Social Justice Creed” Event on October 24th, 2018. David Cordaro from Students for Life will be one of our speakers.]

The difference between pro-life and abortion advocates

Jun 1, 2018 | Comments Off on The difference between pro-life and abortion advocates
abortion breeds anger

By Tom Quiner

Have you ever prayed outside of Planned Parenthood? I have countless times over the years. I’ve noticed something: pro-life supporters are joyful. Abortion supporters are enraged. Abortion breeds anger.

Both groups use their hands to react. Abortion supporters raise their middle finger. (I mistakenly thought that they were saying that we were #1!) Pro-life supporters raise their thumb towards Heaven.

Both groups use their car horns to react. Abortion supporters angrily blast their horn and don’t let up: “BREEEEEEEET!!!!!!!” Pro-life supporters offer quick taps in rapid fire succession: “Beep, beep, beep!” (Note that they usually come in a sequence of three taps, which I firmly believe is a sign of the Holy Trinity).

Both groups use their vocal chords to react. Abortion supporters might communicate with the words, “GO TO HELL!!!!!!” Pro-life supporters tend to say, “God bless yoouuuu!!!”

A big difference: no abortion supporter has brought us Krispy Kreme donuts or hot chocolate from Frederichs when we’re praying in a cold rain, and no abortion supporter has pulled over and handed us a twenty dollar bill to support the cause.

We all have issues on which we disagree. Pro-lifers can certainly get worked up talking about the carnage of human abortion, but I just don’t see the unfettered rage that so animates the abortion movement.

The Irish experience

John McGuirk

John McGuirk eloquently captures the contrast between the two groups in a series of Tweets. Mr. McGuirk was the Communication Director for ‘Save the 8th,’ a leading pro-life group in Ireland, and as you know, Ireland just overwhelming voted to overturn legal protections for the pre-born. When abortion groups should be celebrating, they seem angrier than ever, says Mr. McGuirk:

Angry victors

“Rarely in my life have I seen people angrier about winning than the repealers. Cheer up folks, it’s not that bad. There’ll be something along shortly for you all to focus your never-ending anger on, I’m sure.

Today I went to Stonehall Wildlife Park in Limerick (which is brilliant – take your kids) and petted a parrot, and several rabbits and goats. I come home to another 2,000 tweets from the angriest, craziest people in Ireland. Your unhappiness will never be fixed by a vote, folks.

The problem is the 8th amendment was never what was making you angry in the first place. It’s not the schools or the hospitals, or the ban on euthanasia either. No social reform is going to make you people happy. You’re all looking in the wrong place.

Something is missing

The deep injustice many people feel, and the power to change the country that they now wield, is missing something – there’s no vision in it for how to make people feel happy. Once all the “oppression” is gone, they’ll have to confront the fact that their misery is their own.

It was never the journey that was lonely. It was never the country that was cruel. It was never the church that was oppressing you. The movement you are in won’t leave you fulfilled and happy. It will just leave you all angry in company.

In terms of the calls to silence me, or others – hah. You guys own the country now. You own the media, the political class, the culture. You can keep pretending that a minority voice is holding you back, or you can realise that it’s actually an oppression of your own making.

A symbolic victory?

One thing I kept hearing yesterday was that this was a “symbolic” victory. There are many more symbolic victories to be had – blasphemy, the role of women, the pre-amble. Lots more totems of the past to tear down. None of them will fix the problem.

Abortion leaves emptiness in its wake

The problem is that all of those victories are empty of meaning. Even this one. Having an abortion in Louth will not be more fun than having one in London. It remains an abortion. You’re not “free”. You’re just miserable, probably in greater numbers, closer to home.

The Irish liberal left has nothing to offer you whatsoever, beyond days like yesterday. A momentary feeling of togetherness. It can’t provide you with a good job, or a loving partner, or security. All it does is provide you with an enemy to hate.”

Thumbs up to Mr. McGuirk!

Beep, beep, beep!

“God bless yoouuuu!”

[Be sure to mark your calendar for Iowans for LIFE annual fundraising banquet on October 24th, 2018. You’ll be treated to a dramatic presentation of “A Clash of Creeds.” Reserve your table today!]


Catholic women are more likely to have an abortion than Protestant women

May 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Catholic women are more likely to have an abortion than Protestant women
Catholic respect life curriculum

By Maggie DeWitte

Catholic respect life curriculumIowans for LIFE embraces all of the teachings of the Catholic Church on issues regarding human reproduction, but Catholic abortion rates shock and sadden us.

And yet the Church’s position on abortion is crystal clear, as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (2270):

“Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.”

By contrast, the largest mainline Protestant denomination in the U.S., the United Methodist Church, stakes out a softer position on abortion in their Book of Discipline:

“Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion.

But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother and the unborn child.” (Book of Discipline ¶161.J)

The Church’s position on abortion is unwavering

Since Roe V Wade, the Catholic Church’s position on matters related to abortion have been unwavering. Sadly, the same can’t be said of those who self-identify as Catholics.

Surveys conducted by the Alan Guttmacher Institute claim that Catholic women of child-bearing years are 29% more likely to have an abortion than their Protestant counterparts. Here’s what Guttmacher had to say about Catholic abortion statistics:

The abortion index for Catholic women showed that their relative abortion rate was nearly the same as that for all women.

By contrast:

… evangelical Protestants had an abortion rate that was half of the national average.

This statistic is shocking in light of the clarity of the Catholic position on abortion, and the lack of clarity in many Protestant churches.  It is shocking in light of Catholic dedication to religious education and the presence of nearly 7000 Catholic schools in the U.S.

Clearly, something is amiss with Catholic curriculum if  Catholics are just as likely to have an abortion as the rest of the culture. Clearly, something is amiss with Catholic curriculum if Protestants, most of whom attend public schools, are far less likely to abort their child than a Catholic.

PEW Research sheds more light on the problem

According the PEW Research Center, 51% of Catholics say having an abortion is morally wrong compared to 54% for Protestants. And 31% of Catholics say having an abortion isn’t even a moral issue!

Iowans for LIFE has a solution

IFL has developed a respect life curriculum for Catholic schools through the 8th grade.  It has been field-tested at the largest Catholic school in Iowa, St. Francis of Assisi in West Des Moines.  It works because it is age-appropriate.  Teachers and administrators love it because it is easy to implement.

Catholic dioceses establish benchmarks for Catholic schools which call on them to teach the Church’s pro life ethic.  IFL provides the resources in the form of printed materials, training, and even audio visual presentations to fulfill this benchmark.

Over-burdened teachers have no need to re-invent the wheel and cobble together their own curriculum when IFL has done the work for them.

Kindergarten through 8th grade are formative years.  The hodgepodge approach to respect life curriculum clearly isn’t forming a culture of Life. If we continue doing things the same way, we’re going to continue seeing 31% of all abortions committed by Catholics. [Source: Guttmacher Institute].

Iowans for LIFE proposes a new approach

IFL proposes a new approach, one that utilizes a respect life curriculum created by respect life professionals.  It takes money.  It takes you.  Remember, IFL doesn’t receive a cent from any Catholic diocese. And yet we can transform the culture if we get this dynamic curriculum into the hands of Catholic teachers.

Our goal: to get Iowans for LIFE Respect Life curriculum into 5 Catholic schools and 3 religious education programs a year which costs us about $7500.  Now is the time of year when presentations have to be made.  As schools sign on, we need an assurance that we’ll have the funding to fulfill our commitments.

We need to raise $7500 NOW to be ready to launch this exciting initiative into five new schools by August.  Can you help with your donation of at least $100?  Simply go to our donate page today and enter your credit card. Thank-you for supporting the respect life movement.


Is Planned Parenthood on the ropes?

May 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Is Planned Parenthood on the ropes?
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland

Planned Parenthood of the HeartlandPlanned Parenthood of the Heartland is being absorbed by a larger affiliate in Minnesota and the Dakotas according to the Des Moines Register. The Iowa PP president, Suzanna de Baca, is stepping down, and Iowa operations will be directed from Minnesota. Is this a sign that Planned Parenthood is on the ropes?

Iowans for LIFE’S Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte, addressed the question with this quote. It appeared in the Star Tribune out of Minneapolis:

“Look at schools. Why do they consolidate? Because they don’t have enough students to fill a classroom. I think the same thing is happening with the Planned Parenthood clinics.”

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland closes 14 abortion clinics

As recently as 2012, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland operated 22 brick and mortar clinics in Iowa. The number fell to just eight last year. Like most of the country, Iowans are becoming increasingly pro-life, which is reflected in recent legislation.

Last year’s legislature passed the twenty week bill, which bans abortion at the point when a pre-born person can feel the pain of abortion.

This year, the legislature went further with passage of The Heartbeat Bill which bans abortion at the point when a heartbeat is detected.

Even more, they cut $2 million of Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood, redirecting it to clinics that provide authentic reproductive health care.

All of this has taken a toll on Planned Parenthood of the Heartland at the state level.

National conditions are worse for abortion providers

If anything, conditions are worse at the national level for providers of human abortion. Yesterday, President Trump cut $60 million of Title X funds from Planned Parenthood. It will go into effect in sixty days.

But the problem for Planned Parenthood isn’t just the government. Their customers are giving them fits, too: They’re having fewer abortions. This is a huge problem for an organization whose fiscal health thrives on the backs of dead babies.

Planned Parenthood downsized authentic women’s reproductive healthcare under Cecile Richards

Under Cecile Richard’s tenure as CEO of Planned Parenthood, the organization doubled down on their abortion business at the expense of legitimate women’s reproductive healthcare.

Since her first year on the job in 2006, PP experienced a 23% decline in patient visits at the same time that abortions increased by 11 percent. What is striking about this number is that the national abortion rate sharply declined at the same time Planned Parenthood’s abortion business was rising. In other words, they provided more abortions but less authentic healthcare.

Abortion rate plunges

From 1981 to the present, the national abortion rate plunged 46.6 percent. According to Planned Parenthood partner, the Alan Guttmacher Institute, the abortion rate peaked at 29.3 human abortions per one thousand women in 1981 declining to 14.6 by 2014.

But at the same time that a growing number of Planned Parenthood’s customers were getting sickened at the thought of aborting their baby, PP backed away from authentic healthcare for these women. For example, the number of cancer screenings performed at PP dropped every year that Richards was president, with 200 percent more screenings taking place in 2006 than in 2017.

Planned Parenthood has another problem: the number of women having an abortion for the first time is dropping. This reflects the growing pro-life sentiments of younger women. So where is PP picking up the slack? With more abortions from repeat customers. But as these women age out of their fertile years, PP will be forced to find new revenue sources.

Planned Parenthood has formidable resources

So, is Planned Parenthood on the ropes? Probably not. They have tremendous political and financial clout.

The Democratic Party has made it a litmus test for their candidates to support public funding of human abortion specifically as well as any pro abortion legislation generally.

Iowans for LIFE knows they don’t reflect the pro-life leanings of a lot of rank and file Democrats. But for now, at least, one political party is in the tank for Planned Parenthood.

That much power and cash is formidable.

The courts are a huge factor

The courts also have a big role to play in Planned Parenthood’s future. The current president seems to be appointing more judges concerned with the original intent of  the Constitution. But there are eight years of liberal judges appointed by President Obama who tend to favor abortion rights over the rights of the pre-born.

A word of caution. Yes, Planned Parenthood of the Heartlands has closed 14 clinics in Iowa in the past six years. This simply confirms that the clinics are not really about women’s reproductive healthcare. But they are picking up the slack with tele-med abortions.

The risk of tele-med abortions

Nobody knows for sure how many at-risk teenage girls get Planned Parenthood’s free app.

Nobody knows for sure how many order the RU-486 Abortion Pill on this app without their parents’ knowledge.

And nobody knows for sure how many of these girls abort their baby in the family toilet, thanks to the availability of the Abortion Pill from Planned Parenthood’s app.

That kind of data just isn’t available.

Iowans for LIFE cautiously joins the rest of the pro-life community in celebrating the downsizing of Planned Parenthood  of the Heartland within our Iowa borders.

But let’s get real: our work is just beginning. If current trends continue, human abortion will take the lives of 30,000 more Iowa babies over the next decade. And that just counts surgical abortions.

We need your help more than ever.

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Visionary Pope shocks the world

May 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Visionary Pope shocks the world

contraceptionFaithful Catholics and Protestants are broadly united in their defense of human life. They part company on one distinct element of human sexuality and family life: contraception.

In fact, a majority of Catholics quietly ignore the teachings of their own Church on the subject, teachings which were reiterated and clarified with shocking prescience fifty years ago.

Humanae Vitae said ‘no’ to artificial contraception

Blessed Pope Paul VI bravely presented to a hostile world what is perhaps the most profound encyclical of the modern age: Humanae Vitae (Latin for “of human life”).

In a nutshell, this teaching said NO to artificial forms of contraception, including the recently approved (1960) birth control pill. Natural family planning methods were the only acceptable forms of ‘planning for parenthood.’

Why? What could be wrong with artificial birth control? The Pope’s own commission investigating new forms of contraception recommended their acceptance.

Abortion advocates, eugenicists, and champions of population control were confident that the ancient Church was about to get in step with a modern world. In fact, the Pope said it was them, not the Church, that was out of step with the times. Even more, said the Pope, contracepting was “intrinsically evil.”

The Pope’s warning

Pope Paul VI warned that a contraception culture would produce dire consequences, such as:

  1. An increase in marital infidelity.
  2. A general lowering of moral standards.
  3. A loss of respect for women.
  4. Coercive government intervention in citizens’ reproductive lives.

Each warning has come to pass. They have come to pass because Pope Paul VI understood that decoupling sexual intimacy from its “procreative and unitive” basis is ultimately destructive. As Bishop Robert Barron put it,

“When we are permitted casually to separate love from procreation—or as one analyst had it, to sever the link between sex and diapers—we place ourselves on a short road to reducing sexual intercourse to a form of self-indulgent recreation.”

Divorce rates spiked after “The Pill” was approved

As you can see in the chart below, the divorce rate spiked after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the Pill in 1960. Certainly, many variables influenced the shocking break-up of families. The contraception mindset laid the foundation for them all.


No one can deny the lowering of moral standards in our culture since the 1960s. No one can deny the lowering of respect for women from a culture that views them as sex objects more than ever since procreation has been decoupled from sex.

The “Me Too” movement and on-demand pornography is the culmination of a mindset that suggests self-indulgent sexual recreation is a right.

The ‘over-population’ creed

Ironically, another tome on human reproduction exploded on to the culture in 1968, “The Population Bomb,” by Professor Paul Ehrlich. Professor Ehrlich built on the creed of eugenicists who preceded him, such as Planned Parenthood founder, Margaret Sanger, that viewed over-population as the gravest threat to mankind. People were bad, in his view, because they destroy the environment and deplete natural resources.

Where Sanger viewed eugenics as a way to reduce the populations of “human weeds,” Ehrlich was more concerned with over-population in general.

The solution was to implement voluntary and coercive programs to reduce our population. His tools: contraception, sterilization, and human abortion.” Said Ehrlich:

“We must cut out the cancer of population growth. Coercion? Perhaps, but coercion in a good cause [population control] … We must be relentless in pushing for population control.

It is absolutely essential that we slow or halt population growth by making contraception and abortion available to all of the world’s women.

If we do not put the brakes on our runaway population, the use of coercion will be necessary in order to save the planet.”

Ehrlich advanced solutions which included putting birth control in our water supply, forced abortions, coercive sterilization, punitive taxes on people who have children, and other heavy-handed government solutions that violate civil liberties and human dignity.

“People are bad”

This idea that “people are bad” fed the notion that human abortion was a legitimate solution to save the planet. Ironically, liberal thinking that had always been defined as “looking out for the little guy” abruptly turned on the little guy, the pre-born. Mother Earth became more important to them than the future polluters residing in the womb.

His philosophy gained remarkable traction in the U.S. even though his predictions were grotesquely, even comically inaccurate, as you can see in the chart below. Rather than exploding population growth rates, the world experienced declining rates.

The Ehrlich/Sanger creed of radical population control is the antitheses of the creed of life pronounced by Blessed Pope John Paul VI in Humanae Vitae. Their creed has become the dividing line people the political Left and Right in the U.S.

Their creed asserts that abortion is a fundamental women’s right. But they try to soften their tone by suggesting that birth control reduces the potential for abortion.

Contraception increases the likelihood of abortion

They were wrong, as demonstrated by Roe V Wade. Despite the prevalence of affordable contraception, 60 million unique human persons have been aborted since 1973.

Contraception fails. When the beauty of procreation is decoupled from sexual intimacy, unplanned pregnancies are viewed as “mistakes” which are easily “fixed” with an abortion. Data provided by the Alan Guttmacher Institute confirms it. Fifty-one percent of women seeking abortion were using some form of contraception the month they got pregnant.

The coercive power of the state

The Pope’s final warning has been realized here in the United States with the imposition of President Obama’s HHS Mandate. It coerced people of faith to pay for contraception and abortifacients in their healthcare plans, even if they considered such actions “intrinsically evil.”

Although the current president undid the mandate, it can be easily re-imposed.

The Pope was right. Humanae Vitae has been validated by a half century of social pathology. A contraception culture that separates sex from procreation led to abortion, no-fault divorce, so-called same-sex marriage, and pathological sexual confusion.

Families have been destroyed.

Forty-three percent of children live in homes without their father.

Twenty-one percent of children live in poverty due largely to single-parent incomes.

Blessed Pope Paul VI called it.

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A Pro-Life appeal to Democrats

May 10, 2018 | Comments Off on A Pro-Life appeal to Democrats
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By Maggie DeWitte

pro-life DemocratDo you tend to vote Democrat? Are you a little uncomfortable with your party leadership that is rigid on their call for abortion-on-demand for the entire nine months of a mother’s pregnancy? But, are you reluctant to call yourself a pro-life Democrat?

By the same token, are you uncomfortable with Republicans on some, even most issues?

I respectfully would like to engage you in a conversation. In fact, this may be the most important blogpost we’ve ever posted.

Here’s the deal: the pro-life movement needs your help. You may be held back from getting involved because of some misconceptions about Iowans for LIFE (IFL) specifically, and the pro-life movement generally.

Let’s clear the air

Let’s quickly clear the air on some of your immediate concerns:

Is IFL non-partisan? Yes.

Is IFL a single issue non-profit? Non profit, yes. Regarding issues, we are dedicated to protecting human life by informing, educating, and inspiring society to value the sanctity of all human life from its conception to natural death.

We’re certainly focused on abortion since nearly a million occur in the U.S. every year. However, we are concerned about other life-related issues, such as euthanasia and contraception. So, we ARE focused on a single issue which  we broadly characterize as “dignity of life” issues, but this area is complex enough to encompass multiple political and social issues.

Does IFL ever take positions on other issues such as immigration reform, minimum wage, or tax reform? No. The way we see it, social justice begins with life. We focus on life issues alone. Sometimes, this dips into other areas, such as mandates requiring pro lifers (such as The Little Sisters of the Poor) to purchase abortifacients in their health insurance coverage). This is not to say we don’t care about those issues or think that they are unimportant. They are simply not part of our mission. 

Does IFL use their blog and social media platform to promote specific political candidates? No.

Okay, that’s a little about us. Let’s talk about the Democratic Party. Iowans for LIFE believes that the party’s leadership may not represent the views of rank and file Democrats.

The truth about the pro life movement

Many, maybe even most in the pro-life movement, aren’t purists. We have supporters who call themselves pro-life, but are willing to consider a variety of exceptions for abortion, with which IFL disagrees.

Most Democrats are the same. According to a Marist Poll just published in January, 79% of self-identifying Democrats do not support unfettered abortion any time during a woman’s pregnancy, unlike your party’s leadership.

Do you? If you’re like the majority of rank and file Democrats, keep reading.

Pro-life Democrat polling data

Some 61% of rank and file Democrats support significant regulations on abortion in one form or another.  For example:

  • 29% want abortion restricted to the first three months of a pregnancy.
  • 19% only want abortion used in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.
  • 9% only want it used if it is necessary to save the life of the mother.
  • 4% of Democrats believe it should never be permitted under any circumstances.

Democratic leadership has become more extreme on abortion issues

By contrast, the Democratic 2016 party platform called for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which would compel pro life Democrats, Republicans, and Independents to pay for human abortion for Medicaid recipients, an egregious violation of your conscience rights.

Here in Iowa, not a single Democratic legislator voted for the The Heartbeat Bill, which extends human rights protections to the pre-born when their heartbeat is detected.

Last year, not a single Democrat voted to regulate abortion at the point when a pre-born person can feel the pain of abortion.

At the national level, every House Democrat but six voted against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. A variety of sources, including the Centers for Disease Control, estimate that more than 1200 babies survive an abortion attempt each year and are born-alive. This bill would require an abortion clinic to transport the infant to the hospital to save her life, report the incident, and be subject to legal sanction if they don’t comply with either.

A similar bill passed both houses with a voice vote in 2002. In light of the polling data above, you can see how far party leadership has drifted away from rank and file Democrats since then.

Take a couple of minutes to watch the video below of a woman who survived an abortion attempt. You can find hundreds of survivors on YouTube, but I show this one since the victim, Melissa Ohden, spoke at our banquet a number of years ago:

Iowans for LIFE invites Democrats to support the cause of life

Let’s be honest, IFL is probably more pro-life than you, but you’re probably more pro-life than your party’s leadership.

Would you really want an abortionist to leave a baby who survives an abortion attempt to die?

I doubt it.

Let’s meet in the middle

I know Democrats are supportive of Planned Parenthood.  I’ll shoot straight with you:  we’re not.  The organization dramatically shifted its focus during Cecile Richard’s tenure as CEO away from legitimate women’s reproductive health issues and towards abortion.

Since her first year on the job in 2006, PP experienced a 23% decline in patient visits at the same time that abortions increased by 11 percent. What is striking about this number is that the national abortion rate sharply declined at the same time Planned Parenthood’s abortion business was rising.

At the same time, the number of cancer screenings performed at PP dropped every year that Richards was president, with 200 percent more screenings taking place in 2006 than in 2017. Even more, Ms. Richards and Planned Parenthood hasn’t been forthright with us on the services they provide. For example, they launched a massive PR campaign that suggested that they provide mammograms as a foundational component of their women’s reproductive healthcare services. It turns out it wasn’t true:

Iowans for Life believes that on this critical issue of human abortion, a majority of rank and file Democrats have more in common with our position than the Democrat’s leadership at the state and national level.

Support the little guy like Democrats always have

So, am I asking you to vote Republican? Actually, no. I’m asking you to support the little guy by voting for candidates who roll back abortion and “make it rare” as President Bill Clinton called for back in the 90s. After all, the Democratic Party was once known as the party of the little guy.

I’m asking you to wield your considerable clout. Let your Democratic representatives know you want them to vote pro life. Here in Iowa, not one voted for any regulations on human abortion in the past two years.

I suspect that many of these Democrats are more pro-life than their votes indicate. But they need to hear from people like you that they won’t lose your vote if they vote pro-life.

If this concerns you and you’d like to do something about it, here’s a list of Iowa legislators who opposed The Heartbeat Bill, which the governor just signed into law. Let them know your displeasure.

No other issue is relevant if you’ve been aborted.  Everything begins with life.

Here at Iowans for LIFE, we believe life is beautiful.  If you do, too, let’s start a conversation. LIKE us or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram.

We’ve got to stop shouting at each other.  I acknowledge that social media has gotten very polarized.  Let’s try to change that.

Thanks for reading this far.  I do appreciate it.

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An urgent message from Iowans for LIFE Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte

May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on An urgent message from Iowans for LIFE Executive Director, Maggie DeWitte
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spiritual attackDear IFL Supporters & Iowa Legislators: Our brave pro life legislators and governor are under spiritual attack. The spiritual climate at the Capitol is intense today. Angry shouts. Protests by Big Abortion. Spiritual attacks are running high on anyone standing up for the rights of our brothers and sisters in the womb.

You need to stop what you’re doing and pray right NOW.

Iowans for LIFE thanks our legislators for the groundbreaking work you’re doing on behalf of the preborn. Please know, IFL and our followers are still praying for you!

You are not alone.

We’re grateful for the work you’ve done passing Heartbeat legislation. We know there are still several pro-life measures being considered, including:

· Blocking the abortion industry from state-funded sex ed programs in our schools
· Fully defunding the abortion industry of taxpayer dollars
· Stopping “wrongful birth” lawsuits that allow parents to sue doctors for NOT aborting their child.

Let’s make sure we’re encouraging our pro-life champions and lifting them up in prayer TODAY!

THANK YOU, legislators! Stay in the fight!

In Christ, Maggie DeWitte
Iowans for LIFE Executive Director

History is being forged before your very eyes.

May 2, 2018 | Comments Off on History is being forged before your very eyes.
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By Maggie DeWitte

new wave movement of the 21st centuryIowa is once again leading the New Wave Movement of the 21st century with a social justice creed that emphasis LIFE with the passage of the Heartbeat Bill.

Last night, we witnessed high drama at the State House as the Heartbeat Bill was debated. The bill protects life of the pre-born when a heartbeat is detected. This occurs around the 6th week after fertilization.

To say that passions ran high is an understatement. One side insisted that human life is sacred and deserves protection when a heartbeat is detected.

The other side insisted that human life is conditional, and deserves no legal protections if she is unwanted.

The Heartbeat Bill passes!

In the end, the pro life position prevailed in the Iowa House, 51 to 46.

You can watch a quick excerpt of the debate below. Representative Shannon Lundgren speaks on behalf of the bill. Representative Beth Wessel-Kroeschell in speaks in opposition.

Iowans for LIFE fundamentally disagrees with Ms. Wessel-Kroeschell and her party in her characterization that human abortion is medical care. In almost all cases, it begins with a healthy mother carrying a healthy baby and ends up with a dead baby and an emotionally (and sometimes physically) scarred mother.

That’s certainly not healthcare.

Even more, Iowans for LIFE believes that social justice begins at fertilization and extends to natural death.

The Heartbeat Bill was slightly diluted with amendments that provide exceptions for rape, incest, and fetal abnormalities, exceptions IFL opposes. Sadly, the bill would not have passed without those exceptions this year.

Nonetheless, Iowa is once again leading the New Wave Movement of the 21st century with a social justice creed that emphasizes LIFE. To be clear, Iowans for LIFE embraces the same Social Justice Creed expressed by the Catholic Church.

It “proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society.”

The most pro life bill in the U.S.

The Heartbeat Bill is the most pro life bill passed by any state legislature in the United States.

It comes just a year after the passage of the landmark 20 Week Bill.

The sweep of history is on the side of LIFE. One state after another relentlessly expands the rights of the pre-born. 

From 2012 through 2016, state legislatures passed 334 pro life laws with another fifty added last year (according to the pro abortion Guttmacher Institute).

The Heartbeat Bill is the culmination of intense lobbying by the Iowa Pro Life coalition, of which Iowans for LIFE is a founding member.

To demonstrate the passion and commitment to the cause of life, every single member of this coalition was present at the Capitol last night at 2:30AM when the reconciled bill finally passed the Senate side!

Believe me, our legislators took note.

Believe me, they knew of the support for this bill because of the thousands of emails and letters they received, some of which were from you!

The New Wave Movement of the 21st Century.

You are part of a movement the likes of which America hasn’t seen since the slaves were freed. We call it the New Wave Movement of the 21st Century.

Think about it: the Emancipation Proclamation that at last extended God-given rights of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness to slaves was the defining moment of human liberty in the 19th century.

In the 20th century, the defining human liberty moment was the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1919 which gave women the right to vote.

And in the 21st century, pro-lifers wage a furious battle to extend human liberty to our pre-born brothers and sisters.

The Heartbeat Bill is a major victory. Now it goes to Governor Kim Reynolds for her signature.

Ironically, Democrats unanimously opposed the Heartbeat Bill just as their predecessors opposed the 15th Amendment (outlawing human slavery) and the 19th Amendment (giving women the right to vote).

Our work to advance human liberty is far from over. Yes, this bill will save something like 30,000 lives over the next decade. But thousands more will still fall victim to the scourge of human abortion.

60% of pro-choicers are open to more regulation on human abortion

What’s interesting about the New Wave Movement of the 21st century is how many people who self-identify as “pro choice” want to join the movement. Sixty percent welcome more protections for our pre-born brothers and sisters, even if they don’t support a full ban.

History is being forged before your very eyes with the passage of the Heartbeat Bill which extends more legal protection to the pre-born than any other state in the union.

Iowans for LIFE is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human life from fertilization to natural death.  To that end, we call on our friends on the other side of the aisle on this issue to get with the program.

Don’t once again be the party that obstructs human liberty.

Join the New Wave Movement of the 21st Century defined by a social justice creed that emphasizes LIFE.

Don’t let history once again pass you by.

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