Governor Branstad, Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and a couple dozen state legislators joined with 100 Iowans from around the state to rally for the cause of life on Monday afternoon. The 10th annual Rally for Life also included nine different pro-life organizations from around the state gathering in the State Capitol building’s rotunda to spread their message.
“I just love these events where we get like-minded Iowans together, we get down here at the Capitol, our voices are heard,” said Jenifer Bowen, the executive director of Iowa Right to Life. “Right before the rally we had several dozen people upstairs lobbying their legislators and it was a successful day.”
Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds both referenced how looking at their grandchildren reaffirms their commitment to life. Branstad’s youngest grandchild is two months old. He called the baby as “as precious gift from God” and also referred to the nation’s founding documents to deliver his pro-life message.
“I believe that life is very precious,” Governor Branstad said. “The Founders of our nation…they made a pledge and they had the courage to declare independence, and they talked about those important factors, such as life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness. So it’s been a part of our founding document from the day America emerged as a free people and a free nation and we must not ever forget that.”
“I truly believe that the pro-life movement is a pro-woman movement,” Lt. Governor Reynolds said as the crowd voiced its approval. “As pro-life women, it is important for us to remain engaged in the public-square and work on behalf of our pro-life issues.”
Daniel McConchie of Americans United for Life keynote speaker of the event. He spoke at length about Roe v. Wade and other legal decisions regarding abortion. He also said that, although we still have a pro-choice president and pro-choice majority in the U.S. Senate, progress is being made on the state level.
“There are some great opportunities coming our way. There’s great hope,” McConchie said. “In 2010 we saw across this nation a vast number of pro-life legislators enacted to office. Significant increases in the numbers of pro-life governors, in fact right now today with have four pro-life women governors, while there’s only one pro-choice woman governor in office in the United States. In the last election, while there was disappointment at the federal level, we have actually seen increases in the number of pro-life state legislatures.”
Numerous legislators attended the rally, including a few Democrats. Seeing the various pro-life groups and the large numbers of legislators taking their time to support life was heartwarming for Jenifer Bowen.
“This is so exciting to me,” Bowen said. “More than anything to see maybe three dozen senators and representatives here at the statehouse that came down here today in the middle of a busy day, stood behind us and represented themselves as pro-life leaders.”
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