Life Advocacy

LIFE ADVOCACY – BEGINNING OF LIFE, END OF LIFE, AND ALL LIFE IN BETWEEN

Lutheran Family Service is working to activate and equip individuals, pastors and congregations to engage in supporting our elected officials to uphold the value and sanctity of all human life. We believe that life begins at the moment of fertilization and ends at natural death. Life is valuable, purposeful and meaningful at all stages and ages.

“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)

Support the Life Advocacy work of Lutheran Family Service so that we may continue to equip others to Be a Voice for Life and stand up to defend the value of life through countless hours and efforts at the Iowa State Capitol.

Value does not come not from what we are able to do or not do. It comes from what God has done. Human life has value because:

  • God creates every life. (Psalm 139:13-14)
  • God redeemed every life with His own blood. (Acts 20:28)
  • God desires to call every life into an eternal relationship with Him. (1 Timothy 2:4)

Through this positive and joyful God-breathed truth, God moves us to dispel the myths about life’s value such as:

  • Unborn life has less value than born life.
  • People with severe disabilities are less valuable than the able bodied.
  • People with diseases like Alzheimer’s or mental health issues like depression are less valuable than others and financially burdensome.
  • The elderly are less valuable than younger people.

This is a critical time in a “pro-death” culture to be the voice for those vulnerable to abortion and physician-assisted suicide. If we don’t stand up now to defend life, who will? Lutheran Family Service works with LCMS Pastors and Congregations in Iowa to inform, educate and call-to-action through a Kingdom of the Left Sunday each January.

Jesus calls us to influence our culture. He tells us we are the light of His truth in this dark world (Matthew 5:14) and that we are to be like salt preserving this truth and defending it (Matthew 5:13). One of the ways we do this is in the public square is through our elected officials. Part of our Christian responsibility as citizens is to be a voice for God’s truth in the ears of those who represent us.

Right now, two specific issues call for our life-affirming voice.

Stopping Abortion through the Life Amendment

The Iowa Supreme court ruled that our state’s constitution gives women the right to have an abortion. This ruling will nullify all previous restrictions on abortion and make Iowa a “Mecca” for abortion in the Midwest.

An amendment declaring the constitution DOES NOT guarantee such a right is the ONLY way to reverse this. It would need to be passed in two General Assemblies and then by a vote of the people, a 3 to 4-year process. The process begins in the 2020 legislative session. Should it come to a vote of the people, make sure that you and everyone else you know, vote in favor of the Life Amendment.

Stopping Physician Assisted Suicide

A bill to legalize Physician Assisted Suicide waits for a shift in the legislature so it can be brought to the floor. You may better recognize Physician Assisted Suicide by more palatable names like “Death with Dignity” and “Compassionate Choices.” These names are carefully crafted and marketed to win over the public, including Christians.

Aside from promoting death as the answer to life’s problems, which creates an incredibly gruesome domino effect on the rate of suicides in general, it puts vulnerable subsets of the population in even more danger. Allowing “death by doctors” presents a convenient and cheap answer for “dealing” with those with disabilities, mental health illness, Alzheimer’s or other dementia, and the elderly.

To keep this from happening and to assure a life amendment is passed, maintaining a life-affirming legislature in the 2020 elections is critical. We must work to make Iowa a place where life at all stages and in all conditions is valued and protected.

Take Action and Be a Voice for LIFE

  1. Pray for life-affirming action in our legislature and vote for life-affirming legislators to be our elected officials.
  2. Contact those who represent you, and let them know your views on abortion and physician assisted suicide.
  3. Have Lutheran Family Service come and help educate your congregation on these issues.
  4. Sign up using the form below to receive our legislative alerts.
  5. Attend the Prayer Rally for Life on March 2, 2020 at the Iowa State Capitol.
  6. Support the Life Advocacy work of Lutheran Family Service so that we may continue to equip others and stand up to defend the value of life through countless hours and efforts at the Iowa State Capitol.
  7. Vote “yes” for the Life Amendment should it come to a vote of the people

Lutheran Family Service is proud to be a member of the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders. This group is indeed stronger together as we serve to be the voice for the little girl or boy in the mother’s womb. Each each year, together with the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, Lutheran Family Service helps to plan and organize a Prayer Rally for Life. To be notified when life advocacy events will take place, as well as other legislative action steps you can take, please sign-up using the form below.

Save the Date and Mark Your Calendar for the Iowa Prayer Rally for Life on Mon, March 2!

Exact times and agenda will be coming as the date draws closer and is typically a mid-morning through mid-afternoon event. Please go to the Lutheran Family Service Facebook page and mark that you are interested in or going to this event, then share the event to your personal news feed to help spread the word.

Prayer Rally for Life - March 2

 

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From the Blog

Doctor Assisted Suicide: Is Death the Solution to the Problems of Life?

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