Monday the Human Resources SubCommittee of the Iowa House voted to send HF5
, (A bill for an act relating to abortions including prohibiting late-term abortions with certain exceptions, providing penalties, and including an effective date provision.) to the full Human Resources Committee.
As I reported
last month when HF5 was 1st introduced & sent to this subcommittee, this bill is the Iowa equivalent of the Nebraska law that drove late term abortionist Leroy Carhart out of Nebraska. Unfortunately, it faces some problems. 1 of them is that it looks like there are not enough votes to get it out of the full committee. 2 of the Republican members of the full committee, GOP Reps. Kim Pearson of Pleasant Hill & Glen Massie of Des Moines, are opposed because it isn't a full ban on abortion.*
I can understand their desire to completely end abortion in Iowa. As I said last month, a complete ban on abortion is the ideal. I would love to see Iowa adopt a personhood amendment. But I also realize that is highly unlikely at this time in Iowa. But this is a step in the right direction. Some people might call it pragmatism, I call it reality. Do we refuse to pass this law that will at least save some lives? Or do we do nothing & let late term abortionist Leroy Carhart & others like him start doing more late term abortions? To me doing nothing is like seeing a sinking ship & my having a small boat that could rescue some people. Do I say no, I won't save anyone since I can't save them all? Or do I do all I can to save as many as I can? (Note: a similar debate
is going on in Ohio over a fetal heartbeat bill.)
I know some Pro-lifers feel strongly that this is not the way to go, that this type of law is being seen as a goal, an end. & I have great respect for them. But for me this is not a goal. The only goal is a total end to abortion. & if we make that goal, we win the game. I will never stop fighting until abortion goes the way of slavery. Until then, do we do nothing to save at least some of them? Maybe I'm wrong, but I can't see doing nothing because we can't do everything.
* The 21-member Human Resources Committee of the Iowa House is made up of 12 Republicans & 9 Democrats. So if Massie & Pearson vote against it there wouldn't be enough votes to send it to the full House.
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