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Rally In Support of Iowa Fetal Pain Bill on Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sent May 6, 2011

By Operation Rescue

If you cannot be present, please continue to e-mail Senators at the link below!

Council Bluffs, IA - Pro-life supporters continue to fight to protect late-term babies from abortion in Iowa where abortionist LeRoy Carhart has vowed to open an abortion mill specializing in the grisly procedures. A rally will be held Saturday, May 7, 2011 in support of the Iowa Fetal Pain Bill, HF 657, which is being held up by abortion supporters in the Senate.

Rally Information

Date: Saturday, May 7

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: Westside of Bayliss Park, which is located right near city hall in downtown Council Bluffs

Speakers: House Reps. Hanusa, Brandendburg, Iowa Right to Life Executive Director Jenifer Bowen, Martin Cannon (lawyer from Omaha that defends pro-life legislation and helped draft the Nebraska law) and others.

The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks, when late-term babies are known to feel pain. It is similar to a new law in Nebraska which successfully forced Carhart to move his late-term abortion business to Kansas. Carhart is now under a full investigation by the Maryland Board of Physicians that could result in the revocation in that state, making Iowa Carhart's next target state for late-term abortions.

The Fetal Pain bill passed easily in the Iowa House, but was assigned to a Senate committee that had no intention of bringing the bill out for a floor debate. Suing a rare maneuver, the majority of Senators filed a petition that forced the bill out of committee and onto the Senate calendar. However, the Senate manager has yet to call the bill up for a vote and hostile amendments threaten insure that it does not pass.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a pro-abortion Democrat, is from Council Bluffs and has been strongly pressured by his constituents, the Council Bluffs, Mayor, and the local paper to allow the bill an up or down vote. Gronstal has sent mixed messages about it, but appears to be stonewalling. Governor Terry Branstad has come out in support of the Fetal Pain bill, calling it "necessary." He promises to sign it, if passed.

"We urge everyone in the Council Bluffs area to attend this important rally and let the politicians in Des Moines know that the will of the people is to protect life," said Operation Rescue President Troy Newman. "If this bill fails, the blood of untold innocent babies will be on the hands of those who prevented this common sense protection for late-term babies for going through."

Even if you do not live in Iowa, your voice is needed. Carhart solicits late-term abortion customers from every state, so this bill could affect someone you love.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal and the rest of the Iowa Senate urgently need to hear from you! Ask them to allow floor debate and an up or down vote on HF 657, the Fetal Pain bill.

Click on the link to go to Operation Rescue's page, where there is a button that will let you E-mail every Iowa State Senator at once:

To contact Sen. Gronstal specifically:

Legislative Email:

Home Phone: 712.328.2808


About Operation Rescue®

Operation Rescue is one of the leading pro-life Christian activist organizations in the nation and has become a strong voice for the pro-life movement in America. Operation Rescue is now headquartered in a former abortion clinic that it bought and closed in 2006. From there, Operation Rescue launches its innovative new strategies across the nation, exposing and closing abortion clinics through peaceful, legal means. Its activities are on the cutting edge of the abortion issue, taking direct action to stop abortion and ultimately restore legal personhood to the pre-born in obedience to biblical mandates.


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Please pray that the Iowa Fetal Pain Bill is supported,

and pray for an end to abortion and euthanasia worldwide.

True love leads to life.