The COVID-19 virus continues capturing the headlines. Cases rise, some restaurants close again, and debate goes on about going back to school. But, obscured by such headlines and unknown by most, lurks something deadly to Iowa children.

TelAbortion was recently unleashed in Iowa. It allows young women to kill their unborn child by obtaining the drug RU-486 through the mail.

Lutheran Family Service is a member of the Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders.  They recently sent the following letter to President Trump drawing this to his attention and asking for action.

July 16, 2020

The President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

The Iowa Coalition of Pro-Life leaders needs your immediate assistance. A pilot project called
TelAbortion was recently launched in Iowa, along with a dozen other states, which allows Iowa
women to obtain abortion pills via the mail.

We are concerned that this program poses grave risk to Iowa women and especially teen girls.
RU-486 (mifepristone and misoprostol) is a dangerous medication that kills unborn children in
the womb and harms women both physically and emotionally. The idea that girls and women
across Iowa could receive this dangerous drug through the mail without ever seeing a physician
in person causes grave concern among Iowa parents and grandparents and religious and pro-life
leaders. We are especially concerned that school-aged teen girls could obtain these abortion pills
without a parent’s knowledge.

The Food and Drug Administration hasn’t allowed RU-486 to be distributed via the mail in
the past. The side effects are profound, according to their website. However, the FDA under
the guidance of the previous administration made an exception, allowing the New York based
Gynuity Health Projects to initiate a study. This study has now reached Iowa.

Iowa had enjoyed a two decade decline in human abortion, until the advent of chemical
abortions. The uptick we are now experiencing will only increase with the availability of mail
order abortions.

You have been the most pro-life president in history. You recognize that humanity is a scientific
fact at the instant of fertilization.

Mr. President, can you ask the FDA to withdraw support from this reckless study? It is
unconscionable that any woman could take this deadly medication without seeing a physician in


Maggie DeWitte, Chairperson

Things you can do:

Open your mouth for the mute,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

(Proverbs 31:8-9)

Your Lutheran Family Service Life Advocacy Team

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