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 year.

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.

Reversing Supreme Court Decision

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.

Reversing this decision will be a lengthy and demanding process as it calls for a constitutional amendment. However, for the sake of preborn children and the moms who carry them, we must engage in it. We are pleased to inform you that the 2021 legislature is acting quickly. On January 19, the subcommittee advanced the Protect Life Amendment bill to the full committee and the full committee passed it the next day!  The resolution now makes its way to the Full Floor of the House of Representatives. And, we believe that may happen as soon as next week, January 25-29. Now, our Representatives need your encouragement to see this bill through! 

How Can You Help?

Click HERE to find and contact your Representative and let them know you support the Protect Life Amendment, also known as HSB41. They need to hear your voice to encourage them to do the right thing. There are many voices at the Capitol. The one voice they need to hear is God’s teaching on this matter. All human life has value because we are made in His image. He has created, called and redeemed every single one of us. A sample email message can be found below.

Dear Honorable Representative ____________,

Soon you will have the opportunity to correct an injustice. In 2017, a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court states the Iowa Constitution gives the fundamental right to abortion. Abortion, is always wrong, as it takes an innocent life created in the image of God. 

The justices got this wrong, as no such language is contained in the Iowa Constitution. There is a process to change the constitution of Iowa, and it is not for the judges to do. It is for you, our Representatives, and ultimately for “We the People” to decide.

As for me, I will support this Constitutional Amendment, if given a chance to vote for it, and I pray you will do the same. 

Thank you for your service,

Sincerely,

Your name and contact information

Stopping Physician Assisted Suicide

Given the make-up of the 2021 legislature, it is unlikely that a Physician Assisted Suicide bill will be debated. However, Compassion and Choices, the pro-death group pushing for this, will not give up trying. We too must be vigilant educating others of the dangers of such a bill. Again, sign up below so you can watch for alerts on this issue, but we also urge you to be proactive. Contact Lutheran Family Service to schedule presentations on this – in person or virtually if you desire.

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.

Take Action and Be a Voice for LIFE

  1. Pray for life-affirming action in our legislature.
  2. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the Iowa Prayer Rally for Life on March 15.
  3. Contact those who represent you, and let them know your views on abortion and physician assisted suicide.
  4. Have Lutheran Family Service come and help educate your congregation on these issues.
  5. Sign up using the form below to receive our legislative alerts.
  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.

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.

 

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

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