This month, within days of the death of perhaps one of the most influential women in America, Iowa legislators are acting to fulfill her dying wish to stop funding for, and ultimately end, abortion.
On February 18, Norma “Roe” McCorvey, the woman behind the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized the murder of children, died at age 69.
Decades after the 1973 ruling, McCorvey became a Christian and made it her life’s work to advocate on behalf of the lives of the unborn. After professing her belief in Christ, she wrote:
“I’m Norma McCorvey, the former Jane Roe of the Roe v. Wade decision that brought legal child killing to America. I was persuaded by feminist attorneys to lie; to say that I was raped, and needed an abortion. It was all a lie. Since then, over 50 million babies have been murdered. I will take this burden to my grave. Please, don’t follow in my mistakes.”
Iowa, the first-in-the-nation caucus state, is making history by heeding McCorvey’s plea. On February 2, 2016, its senate voted to block public funding to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, passing Senate File 2. The House has yet to vote on it, but it is likely to pass and receive Gov. Terry Branstad’s signature.
Thousands of people arrived at the Capitol expressing support for SF 2. As they filled the halls, their voices could be heard throughout the corridors. They weren’t rioting, wearing vagina hats, burning or looting, or threatening anyone. They were singing “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Thousands more are expected to arrive on Monday, February 27, which could be one of the most important days in Iowa’s history.
On Monday, the Iowa Senate will host a subcommittee meeting on S.F. 253, Life At Conception, a bill that if it becomes law, will end abortion in Iowa. According to sources, the full committee has expressed reluctance to bring the bill to the floor but it is required to vote on it by Friday, March 3.
Iowa’s senators have struck straight to the heart of abortion fallacies. Justice Blackburn wrote in 1973 that, “the word ‘person,’ as used in the 14th Amendment, does not include the unborn.” He added that states could “at some point in time” determine at what point a pregnancy represented “potential human life;” and that they could prohibit abortion after the fetus “developed the capacity to survive.”
So then, according to Blackburn with what exactly is a woman pregnant? If the fetus isn’t human, what is it, a baby elephant? And the non-human thing at some point becomes “potentially” human? It’s only human after it’s born?
Either way, human or not, the Constitution doesn’t protect it, abortionists argue. Who can forget Hillary Clinton stating on national television that the unborn (her own grandchildren) have no constitutionally protected rights.
Fortunately, common sense still exists. Iowans recognize that human women are pregnant with human babies. And, Iowa legislators introduced S.F. 253, a bill that safeguards the right for these human baby boys and girls to live and be born. Section One, Line 1-8 states:
… life is valued and protected at the moment of conception, and each life, from that moment, is accorded the same rights and protections guaranteed to all persons by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Iowa, and the laws of this state.”
In a letter sent to all legislators on Thursday February 23, Pastor Terry Amann, a pro-life leader in Iowa, asked them to consider the importance of the task before them. He wrote:
I ask you to think of the day you were born, and to consider what the world would look like if you were never given the opportunity to live.
“Your mother loved you and took care of you enough to give birth to you for such a time as this. It is this very moment in history that your life is destined to fulfill a purpose greater than your own — for better or for worse.”
Prior to SF 2 being passed, committee members received numerous death threats from abortion activists. Senator Brad Zaun continues to receive death threats. The 21 senators who sponsored SF 253 are also under significant pressure.
The question for their opponents, those who advocate a murderous diatribe built on Roe’s lie, is this:
Not only think about the day you were born, but the day you will die. Is advocacy for death how you want to be remembered? On your deathbed will you look back and wish you had had the opportunity to kill more innocent children? In just one generation — 40 years — is the blood of nearly 60 million children not enough?
Will your death, like McCorvey’s, bring meaning to life? Or will it just continue to perpetuate the lies on which Roe v. Wade was founded?
Why not choose life? Otherwise, what is the purpose of living, if not to live?
This article was first published by Newsmax on February 24, 2017.