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March 4, 2013

Heartsill challenges pro-lifers

(Continued)

Knoxville —

This is what we believe as pro-lifers, right?  Life begins at conception, right?  We want to see an end to the slaughter of innocent life, right?  Then why do some pro-life organizations sit silent?

I happen to know that House File 138 hasn’t slipped by unnoticed given the volume of emails I’ve received as a co-sponsor of the bill.

I’ve been told that one of the absent pro-life groups is concerned about the “messaging” of the bill.  Really?  The message of House File 138 is that life begins at conception and that the life of the child in the womb should be afforded all the rights, privileges, and equal protection that every other life is afforded under our country’s founding documents.

Are we really afraid of that message?  Or are we afraid of the narrative used by the abortion industry that characterizes us falsely?  We say that we believe in life at conception.  Why not act upon it?  Why not make a public stand for it?

As the legislative “funnel” deadline draws near, this is not a time for timidity and seclusion.  For those pro-life organizations that have chosen to sit on the sidelines, your absence is more noticeable than your presence.  Your silence speaks volumes.

To see the list of organizations that have registered their declaration on House File 138, check out the following web link:

http://http://coolice.legis.iowa.gov/Cool-ICE/default.asp?Category=Lobbyist&Service=DspReport&ga=85&type=b&hbill=HF138

Please go to this link to see if your pro-life organization has weighed in on House File 138.  If they haven’t, then maybe they need to hear from you.  You should know what their justification is for being silent on a bill that defines life as beginning at conception.

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