We oppose all abortions, no matter the method, but when abortions are taking place, the safety and informed consent of the women involved should be among our chief concerns. We have supported bills relating to prohibition of late-term abortions, informed consent, support services for pregnant women, and re-prioritization of government funds away from abortion providers.

Protecting the lives of these children about to be born should not be considered primarily a partisan issue or even a religious issue. For us, this is a question of the common good. Human life is precious and should be protected in our laws. It is in the best interest of the State of Iowa to welcome these new citizens into our midst. Americans reject permissive abortion and want limits to the unfettered destruction of unborn human life.

We are saddened that the Supreme Court has refused to overturn Roe v. Wade; therefore, we support an amendment to the United States Constitution which would offer full legal recognition of the right to life of the unborn child. For more information on federal efforts, visit www.nchla.org. We respect the fact that legislation often involves judgments about the most effective and timely means for advancing the protection of unborn children, and we support passage of legislation that can withstand judicial challenge.

601, 2020

Iowa Catholic Conference supports constitutional amendment on abortion

We support an Iowa constitutional amendment to clarify that a right to abortion is not guaranteed by the State of Iowa Constitution. The Iowa Supreme Court, in a June 2018 decision, struck down the law [...]

1004, 2018

Public policy and informed consent

By Joan Thompson The Catholic Church opposes all abortions, no matter the method, but when abortions are taking place, the safety and informed consent of the women involved should be among our chief concerns. Women [...]

1203, 2018

ICC supports bill to prevent ‘wrongful birth’ claims

This week the Iowa Senate Judiciary Committee may consider HF 2405, a bill that will prevent a cause of action that allows a parent to bring a lawsuit claiming a child should have been aborted [...]

503, 2018

ICC comments on “heartbeat” legislation following Senate passage

The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the life-affirming intent of “heartbeat” abortion legislation such as Senate File 2281. We appreciate legislators for their efforts to advance the protection of unborn children and we remain committed to [...]

1102, 2018

ICC comments on ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

The ICC provided the following comments to a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Feb. 8, 2018 regarding SSB 3143, a bill to stop abortion after a heartbeat can be detected: The Iowa Catholic Conference supports the [...]

1201, 2018

Protecting the Hyde Amendment

In 1977, Congress passed the Hyde Amendment with bi-partisan support, and since that time its action has protected millions of vulnerable human lives. An accelerating political movement to end Hyde requires the support of Catholics [...]

505, 2017

20-week abortion prohibition signed by Governor

Iowa Catholic Conference staff was pleased to be present when Gov. Terry Branstad signed Senate File 471 on May 5. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of [...]

2703, 2017

Three pro-life bills continue to make their way in the 2017 session

The current legislative session presents an opportunity to take action on pro-life issues and ICC and our allies are lobbying to advance three bills that have survived the first funnel date. Each bill addresses an [...]

1101, 2016

Midwest March for Life 2016

Stand with us! March with us! In January, as hundreds of Iowans once again join hundreds of thousands on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life, there will also be [...]

2508, 2015

The abuse and destruction of God’s greatest gifts

“… a widespread mentality of profit, the throwaway culture, which has today enslaved the hearts and minds of so many.” Pope Francis, on the subject of abortion The recent revelations of Planned Parenthood’s practice of [...]

1906, 2015

Statement on decision by Iowa Supreme Court on telemed abortion

June 19, 2015 We are disappointed by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a rule prohibiting abortions by telemedicine. In 2013 the Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule that required a physician [...]

1906, 2015

Iowa Supreme Court strikes down rule prohibiting telemed abortions

The Iowa Supreme Court has struck down the Iowa Board of Medicine’s rule that essentially prohibited telemedicine (“webcam”) abortions. In 2013 the board had approved a rule that required a physician to be physically present [...]

402, 2015

Cardinal O’Malley Welcomes House Passage of ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" Act, which would codify a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the [...]

1908, 2014

Good news – judge rules in favor of webcam abortion ban

A Polk County District Court judge ruled in favor of the Iowa Board of Medicine Aug. 19 and upheld its right to ban webcam abortions in Iowa. The decision is set to take effect in 30 days. Planned Parenthood [...]

1407, 2014

NCHLA issues action alert on bill to limit religious liberty

The U.S. bishops' partner organization, the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment, has issued an alert in opposition to S. 2578. The U.S. Senate may vote on this bill as early as this week. The "Protect [...]