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Life Update: Roe v Wade challenge:
On Dec. 1, the United States Supreme Court will hear the first case overtly challenging Roe v Wade since 1992. The Court will likely release its ruling in June of 2022, but it could be sooner. The case, Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization, revolves around Mississippi’s law banning abortions after the baby has been alive for at least 15 weeks in her mother’s womb. Pro-Lifers generally expect at least a partial victory, but have to fight uphill against Roe’s precedent. The question is whether the Supreme Court will affirm Roe; slightly tweak precedent to allow abortion bans at 15 weeks; or finally acknowledge that the Court was wrong in Roe, and thus allow states to begin prohibiting the killing of preborn babies.

Texas Heartbeat Law:
On Sept. 1, a first-of-its-kind law went into effect in Texas. Texas’s law uniquely is enforced not by police, but instead by allowing anyone to sue an abortionist and those who aid or abet in the child killing (excluding the mother). This law effectively ended the killing of babies in Texas who had heartbeats, for the entire month of September. The Susan B. Anthony List estimated this saved approximately 4,700 lives! On Oct. 6, a federal judge temporarily enjoined (stopped) the Texas law from saving babies. (The U.S. Supreme Court had refused to enjoin the law in early September by a 5-4 vote!) The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, however, quickly reversed the lower court’s decision, and we expect that the litigation battle will continue. Pray that babies may continue to be saved!

Iowa Supreme Court Case:
In 2018, the Iowa Supreme Court invented a supposed “fundamental right to abortion” under the Iowa Constitution and struck down a 3-day waiting period before an abortion. In 2020, the Iowa General Assembly passed a 24-hour waiting period before abortion, which was enjoined by an Iowa City judge and is now before the Iowa Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood v Reynolds. It is likely the Court will uphold the 24-hour law, but it is unclear if they will go as far as to overrule their 2018 decision and return Iowa law to what it was for over 160 years – that there is not a right to abortion in the Iowa Constitution.  60 Iowa legislators signed onto a legal brief we partnered with Alliance Defending Freedom to file (read more here) urging the Court to overturn its extreme and hideous 2018 decision. The Iowa Supreme Court will likely hear the case in early 2022 and release a decision next summer. Please pray! Even if the Court rules badly, The FAMiLY Leader team is working with allies to pass the Protect Life Amendment, so that Iowa judges don’t get to tell us whether our state can protect preborn babies.

Special Elections:
Ankeny: This summer, Rep. John Landon passed away after a fight with cancer. He was a Christian statesman and a strong pro-lifer and will be greatly missed. You can read his obituary here: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/obituaries/dmr115104 In a special election on Sept. 14, Michael Bousselot was elected to replace John and represent the north side of Ankeny. Bousselot has assured us he is pro-life and pro-school choice, and we were pleased to support him in a close race, which was decided by fewer than 400 votes. Newton: On Tuesday, Oct. 12, there will be a special election in Jasper County to replace Rep. Wes Breckenridge, retiring to take a new job. The FAMiLY Leader has endorsed Jon Dunwell, a former pastor and a pro-life Republican. Republicans have an unusual opportunity in a non-election year to expand their House majority to from 59 to 60 seats if Dunwell wins this election. This would help all Iowans’ chances of saving babies’ lives and giving more parents more school options for their children.

Special Session:
This year, the Iowa General Assembly is required by our Constitution to redraw legislative and congressional districts. This creates many crises and opportunities for veteran lawmakers and new challengers.  Iowa’s constitutional process has a government agency create a map, and then the Iowa Legislature votes on it. If either the House or the Senate votes “no,” the agency draws up a new, second map, which will also need a vote by the Legislature. If a third map is needed, legislators can offer amendments and make changes. Last Tuesday, the Iowa Legislature was in Des Moines for a special session. The Iowa Senate voted down the first proposed map. A second, new map is expected on Oct. 21, and another special session is scheduled for Oct. 28.

Local Elections:
On Nov. 2, all Iowa cities and school boards will hold their elections on the same day, for the first time since a new Iowa law passed. This should increase turnout and give you an opportunity to be better informed about local politics! Check out your local candidates and plan to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 2!