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Bishops commend passage of heartbeat law, July 13, 2023

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The bishops of Iowa issued the following statement on July 13, 2023.

“We commend the Iowa Legislature for passing a law that would prohibit abortions after a child’s cardiac activity can be detected. As Pope Francis has said, “Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb.” For us, this is a matter of personal rights and dignity and the common good. Human life is precious and should be protected in our laws to the greatest extent possible.

As a state and as a society, we should commit ourselves to working for the protection of all vulnerable populations from violence – wherever individuals and groups are at risk. We urge people of good will in Iowa both to work for an end to the practice of abortion and to join us in tireless, unremitting and compassionate solidarity with pregnant women in distress, with the men who fathered these children, and with families in need.

Most Rev. Richard Pates
Apostolic Administrator of Dubuque

Most Rev. R. Walker Nickless
Bishop of Sioux City

Most Rev. Thomas Zinkula
Bishop of Davenport

Most Rev. William Joensen
Bishop of Des Moines

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