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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 was 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. Reportedly over 300 people attended the rally in support of the late-term abortion ban.
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. Using 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. A so-called “compromise” offered by abortion supporters also threatens to emasculate the legislation.
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 the country who cherishes life to get involved and send a message to the politicians in Des Moines informing them that it is 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.

Contact Sen. Gronstal specifically:

Legislative Email: mike.gronstal@legis.state.ia.us
Home Phone: 712.328.2808