Republican-Led Iowa House Advance Zero Pro-Life Bills



Iowa House

Like last session the Republican-led Iowa House will not advance any pro-life legislation past funnel week.  None.  Nada. Zip.  This would include the following bills, most of which would likely be dead on arrival in the Iowa Senate not that it really matters.

  • A personhood bill, House File 138, introduced by State Representative Tom Shaw (R-Laurens)
  • A personhood bill (doesn’t penalize mothers), House File 171, introduced by State Representative Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley)
  • A ban against webcam abortions, House File 173, introduced by Windschitl.
  • A personhood state constitutional amendment, House Joint Resolution 12, introduced by State Representative Dwayne Alons (R-Hull).

If I’m missing any other bills please let me know in the comments below.

I’m tired of the circular firing squad.  There’s plenty of blame to go around.  The simple fact is none of these bills would make it past a floor vote even though Republicans have a 53 seat majority.  This is one of the reasons why we don’t have a 60 seat majority anymore, not that we were able to get anything passed then either.

Let’s review what the Republican Party of Iowa platform says on the Right to Life shall we?  Here it is in its entirety:

1.1 We believe in the sacred gift of life from conception to natural death. On day one a baby’s genetic code and DNA are formed. That is the beginning of life. We affirm that the unborn child is a living human being, with rights separate from those of its mother regardless of gestational age or dependency. We advocate that the State of Iowa pass laws protecting all life from the moment of conception to non-intervened natural death, excluding acts of capital punishment.
1.2 We oppose infanticide, euthanasia, and assisted suicide.
1.3 We advocate the appointment of judges who respect the sanctity of life and who understand their limited role in government.
1.4 We disagree with Roe vs. Wade and Doe vs. Bolton as “settled law.”
1.5 We support a personhood amendment to the US Constitution that states, “Personhood and life begins at Conception” and that no person shall be deprived of life, liberty, and property, according to the 14th amendment with-out due Process of Law and shall hold all officials accountable to enforce it.
1.6 We oppose the use of public revenues for abortion, and call for elimination of government funding for all organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, which advocate or support abortion.
1.7 We support a ban of RU-486 (morning after pill) and all abortion-inducing drugs.
1.8 We support legislation requiring a parent or legal guardian’s consent before an abortion or any reproductive surgery is performed on a minor child.
1.9 We believe in “conscience-clause” legislation so that no physician, pharmacist, or other health care provider can be penalized for refusing to prescribe, dispense, or participate in the procurement of abortion or anything contrary to the conscience of the health care provider.
1.10 We support an Iowa “Woman’s Right to Know Law” requiring informed consent — including a three day waiting period with a mandatory ultrasound — before any elective abortion services may be provided. “Informed Consent” means that abortionists must offer to the pregnant woman, prior to the abortion, complete factual information about the complications of abortion, the biological development of the unborn, fetal pain, and the availability of alternatives to abortion.
1.11 We call for confidential statistical reporting of abortion procedures to the State Health Department by all doctors and health facilities performing abortions.
1.12 Facilities performing abortions should be subject to the same health and safety standards as hospitals.
1.13 We call for the end of “tele-med” abortions.
1.14 We support legislation that would prohibit organizations, such as Planned Parenthood, from entering public school facilities for the purpose of promoting abortion.
1.15 We call for banning partial birth abortions.
1.16 We support agencies that do not refer for or perform abortions and encourage “Positive Alternatives,” for pregnancy counseling. We support adoption and aid to unwed mothers during pregnancy. All funding must come from the private sector.
1.17 We support the use of non-embryonic stem cells to advance modern medical research. We oppose somatic cell nuclear transfer (human cloning), embryonic stem cell research, human fetal-tissue research from induced abortions, and the commercial use or sale of fetal parts.
1.18 We oppose the selling, brokering, or marketing of fetal and aborted tissue. We oppose the use of aborted fetal tissue in vaccines. This should be illegal.

Right in the platform we recognize that life begins at conception, specifically stating, “we advocate that the State of Iowa pass laws protecting all life from the moment of conception to non-intervened natural death, excluding acts of capital punishment.”

So we couldn’t get a majority on at least one of the personhood bills?  Ridiculous and unacceptable.  The primary difference between the two personhood bills was the penalizing mothers.  We couldn’t find any compromise there?  Also there was at least one unnamed state representative that couldn’t go for HF 138 or 171.  Unacceptable that a Republican would be against any type of personhood bill.  I also find it unacceptable that some State Representatives who favored Shaw’s bill couldn’t favor Windschitl’s.  Get personhood passed and then revisit penalizing moms after the law has been implemented in awhile.  With our current culture there’s no way that would get passed, but you’d think everybody (who claims to be pro-life anyway) would support going after abortionists.

When I find out which State Representative is against personhood in any form, I’ll be sure to let you know who they are.

Now the party platform in 1.13 says, “we call for the end of ‘tele-med’ abortions.”  So because we can’t eliminate every abortion in a single swoops let’s continue to let Planned Parenthood expand their operations which increases the number of abortions done?  Also let’s continue to allow women to have their health and even lives jeopardized by not even having medical care present?  The simple fact is this – telemed abortions allow Planned Parenthood to offer abortions throughout the state in a less expensive fashion.  We are going to allow this?  The Republican Party of Iowa platform doesn’t say “advance personhood bills only.”

Outside State Representatives Shaw and Greg Heartsill (R-Melcher-Dallas) who oppose this bill for principled reasons.   I understand where they are coming from, but I disagree with that position.  It stymies any advancement which makes their vote, in effect, no different than somebody who is pro-choice with the exception of (some) personhood bills.  However, I was told that there were not enough votes to get a majority.  That means there has got to be some Republicans who believe tele-med abortions should be protected.  I don’t know who they are for certain because there was never any vote tally done.  If I find out, I’ll be happy to let you know.

I’m also frustrated that these bills were not introduced sooner which may have helped and that is an issue with the leadership.  Also while it may have been considered a black eye on House Republicans if these billed failed on a floor vote it would still allow us to see where everybody is at.  Also some of these people who may hem and haw about particular bills may vote different when forced to go on record.

I’m also frustrated by groups like Iowa Pro-Life Action who send out an reprehensible emails like this one.  You may not like Iowa Right to Life, but they aren’t demonizing other pro-life groups or stand in the way of any prolife legislation like Iowa Pro-Life Action does (they never sent out an email telling anyone to vote no on HF 138).  It seems like all they know how to do is shoot down legislation and fundraise.

No thank you.

Anyway plenty of blame to around and as a result pre-born babies continue to die, but hey let’s continue to let our pride stymie progress.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Shedlock/100000472261599 David Shedlock

    ” I also find it unacceptable that some State Representatives who favored Shaw’s bill couldn’t favor Windschitl’s. ”

    How about those who favored Windschitl’s but not Shaw’s? Is that acceptable?

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      Sure David that’s unacceptable and we can keep playing games and not pass anything. Windschidtl was at least trying to reconcile some differences.

      • Reagan 84

        No point wasting time trying to talk sense into David Shedlock. He and people like him are the reason why we cannot pass any pro-life legislation.
        Blood is on his and their hands

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Shedlock/100000472261599 David Shedlock

    I read the emails your received. Did the bill on telemed only require that a doctor meet with the mother who is killing the baby – it did not ban the use of these chemicals to kill babies? i agree with Cindy Anders sentiment. If the purpose was only to protect mothers but not babies, how is that pro-life?

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      You and I are at an impasse if you don’t agree that ending tele-med abortion clinics is prolife and would save lives. I never said the language could not be improved. I actually haven’t even written on this particular bill before. So they could have had their lobbyists try to amend the bill instead of trying to kill it. Oh that’s right, they can’t because they’ve burnt so many bridges nobody will work with them.

    • http://www.facebook.com/VMS2010 Vicki Stogdill

      I can’t speak for those who wrote/sponsored the bill – but my interpretation is that the bill’s purpose is to remove ONE of the methods available to kill babies. That would save unborn children’s lives – (as abortionists admit, it would be “inconvenient” for many rural women to drive to an abortion center) and it would also save some women who could die from complications.

  • http://www.facebook.com/belikebunce Wm Luke Priest

    Shane – Doesn’t it not bother you that the State Platform clearly and emphatically states, “1.7 We support a ban of RU-486 (morning after pill) and all abortion-inducing drugs.” but Representative Windschitl’s bill explicitly exempts RU-486, as well as all chemical abortifacients taken prior to a “clinically diagnosable pregnancy”, from being included in his so called “personhood” legislation? He also exempts all other self ingested abortion inducing drugs because the pregnant mother cannot be charged with a crime under this legislation.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      I didn’t say it didn’t bother me and I don’t recall lifting up this bill as being the gold standard of all pro-life bills. Like I said in a comment to David – amend it. I know the net effect of it being passed would mean no telemed abortion clinics and the net effect of it not being passed is what exactly?

      Oh yeah… telemed abortion clinics still being allowed to operate.

      Another thing that frustrates me about your comments as well as David’s is that I’m flaming those who didn’t support personhood as well – including Shaw’s bill. I’ve said before, on Facebook I think, that I would support Shaw’s bill. I’m not a fan of some of the language, but I wouldn’t oppose it and if I were a legislator I would have voted for it.

      I’m just disappointed that there couldn’t be cooperation and reciprocity all around. That’s pride.

  • Tom Shaw

    This is what happens when you try to regulate abortion rather than fight for the Equal Protection of all Innocent Life. Notice the court went after the Fetal Pain Bill (this was the “must vote on bill” in Iowa two years ago) and the Telemedicine Bill (this year’s “must vote on” bill.)

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/03/06/federal-judge-rules-idaho-fetal-pain-abortion-law-is-unconstitutional/#ixzz2MsCMLpXo

    • Reagan 84

      You claim to be an abolitionist, but you need a history lesson to learn about the abolitionists.
      The abolitionists who worked the Underground Railroad tried to save each and every runaway slave who they could save!
      If you worked the Underground Railroad like you do pro-life, you’d say, “Sorry runaway slaves! I believe it’s immoral to save you so long as there are others who are still slaves. All or none.”
      Quit being a yes-man to Deace and Pearson, and you may someday be an effective lawmaker who can actually save babies. Right now, you’re just dead-weight on the movement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/VMS2010 Vicki Stogdill

    I am deeply disappointed in a so-called “pro life group” as Pro Life Action (PLA) claims to be – and in their e-blast they ask why we should care about the health of a woman who is about to abort her baby. WOW….. That is not only un-loving – but un-Christian. We are to love the mother AND the baby. And God tells us He rejoices when even ONE soul is saved — can’t we rejoince when even one LIFE is saved (be it an unborn life or a mom’slife?) I believe we must work to end “tele-med” and then continue working until we stop them all. But the “all or nothing” mentality has Christians eating each other alive – and Satan and the Democrats are just sitting back smiling at our stupidy — they don’t even need to life a finger to defeat us – we’ll kill each other ourselves. Meanwhile the Dem’s will use PLA’s “mis-information hateful hit piece” to try to unseat Windchitl next election and if they succeed — we’ll get a pro-abort Dem who will delight in killing as many babies as women want. Wake up people. Stop hating — let’s work together – and maybe — just maybe if we honor God’s command to LOVE…He might bless us with total eradication of this evil holocaust some day….but I’m not surprised he’s had us wandering in this desert for 40 years the way we have been treating one another….(gee, we sound a bit like the children of Israel, huh?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/VMS2010 Vicki Stogdill

    freudian slip…life…(type) should be “lift” a finger…..