Earlier this month, I was criticized for calling out two pro-life legislators for preventing House File 5, a bill that uses fetal pain as the basis for banning abortions instead of using the standards set by the U.S. Supreme Court in its decision in Roe vs. Wade, from passing out of the Human Resources Committee.
In the article, I clearly stated that Rep. Kim Pearson and Rep. Glen Massie opposed the measure because the bill didn’t outlaw all abortions, only those that would occur after 20 weeks. Pearson told the Des Moines Register, “It would codify deaths of babies from zero to 19 weeks, and I’m not willing to do that. I want to protect all life, not just some.”
When the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition emailed a copy of the article that I wrote to its members and encouraged them to contact Pearson and Massie, IFFC was heavily criticized for asking the two legislators to compromise on their principles.
Like Pearson and Massie, The FAMiLY Leader is opposed to House File 5, but Danny Carroll, a former legislator who now lobbies on behalf of the group, declared that The FAMiLY Leader is officially registered as “undecided” on the bill.
Yesterday, Bob Vander Plaats, The FAMiLY Leader’s President and CEO, sent a copy of the group’s February prayer calendar to its email list. For today it reads, “Ask the Lord to bring the late-term abortion bill HF-5 out of committee.”
Will The FAMilY Leader be criticized to the same extent that the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition was for asking Pearson and Massie to compromise their principles? I doubt it, but it appears that either The FAMiLY Leader’s prayer calendar is inconsistent with the beliefs of the group, or they have changed their mind about House File 5. In any event, the prayer calendar does not give the group’s donors and supporters a true picture of what the group is actually doing and advocating for at the Statehouse.
On Valentines Day, the prayer calendar reads, “Asks God for a miracle in moving forward the judicial Impeachment effort in the House.” Apparently Chuck Hurley’s meeting with Chief Justice Cady didn’t go as planned. The FAMiLY Leader has yet to officially support the impeachment of the four remaining justices, but maybe they are changing their tune on that issue as well.
Update: Chuck Hurley just sent out the following email.
Greetings from The FAMiLY LEADER!
Thank You for Praying
For those of you who received our February 2011 prayer calendar, thank you for praying, but we need to make a correction to today’s entry. It should read: ‘Ask the Lord to bring the late-term abortion bill HF5 out of committee as amended, to protect ALL babies.’
Thanks to the many of you who caught this oversight and are praying that God would help us protect all innocent human life.
The floor manager of HF5, Representative Matt Windschitl, has asked that we all pray that “God’s will be done.”
Thank you for your prayers,
The FAMiLY LEADER
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