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EXALT! A CALL TO PRAYER AND FASTING

Join with fellow Christians across Iowa, and join with thousands of Christians across America, as together we dedicate 14 days in July to reset our spiritual compass and cry out to Christ in fasting and prayer!

“Exalt! A Call to Prayer and Fasting” is a nationwide initiative of the Family Policy Alliance, The FAMiLY Leader, and the If 7:14 prayer ministry, uniting networks of Christians in states across America from July 1-14 in humble supplication to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

VIDEO: DEBUNKING MYTHS, LIES, AND WHAT'S NEXT FOR ABORTION

The Dobbs v. Jackson case overturning Roe v. Wade may be the biggest news in 50 years! But what does it really mean?

In this special edition of TFL’s Capitol Connection, The FAMiLY Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats, Chuck Hurley, and Daniel Sunne debunk some of the wild claims made about the ruling and help you understand what’s actually next for the abortion debate in Iowa and across the nation:

TFL STATEMENT:
U.S. SUPREME COURT OVERTURNS ROE V. WADE

On Friday, June 24, 2022, in its Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade and returned to the people and to the states the ability to protect pre-born life.

“This is a momentous day for America,” says Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of The FAMiLY Leader. “Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided, and its horrifying precedent granting permission to treat pre-born children as less than human has led to the deaths of over 62 million Americans and counting. But at long last, today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson will allow the states to protect women and children from abortion.

TFL STATEMENT: 'RESOUNDING VICTORY' FOR LIFE AT IOWA SUPREME COURT

In its June 17, 2022, Planned Parenthood v. Reynolds ruling, the Iowa State Supreme Court corrected a previous, erroneous decision by rightly recognizing there is no “fundamental right” to abortion in the Iowa Constitution.

“Today is resounding victory, not just for life, but for proper and constitutional rule of law,” says Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of The FAMiLY Leader.

IN LOVING MEMORY:
LUCAS VANDER PLAATS

The FAMiLY Leader lost a dear member of our extended family in 2021. Lucas Vander Plaats, third son of Bob and Darla Vander Plaats, met his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, cheek to cheek and face to face, where every tear and disability were wiped away, on November 22, 2021. He was 28 years old.

Lucas was born with a very rare brain disorder, Partial Pachygyria Lissencephaly, resulting in life-long physical and mental disabilities requiring 24-hour care. Yet Lucas’ life displayed the glory and mighty works of God …

FEATURED CONTENT:
THE LEGACY OF AN UNLIKELY FRIENDSHIP

Bob and Donna Red Wing were often quoted in the news media on opposite sides of contentious issues. Bob leads a Christian organization that advocates for public policy consistent with biblical values. Donna was a longtime LGBTQ activist and, in her own words, “a sometimes agitator.” They were natural “enemies” who became the most unlikely of friends.