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Community Impact

We believe the Christian has a biblical responsibility to both society and our fellow man – seeking not only a government that treats others with justice and mercy, but also the opportunity to actively love our neighbors, all according to Scripture’s principles and precepts. We support, therefore, a variety of policies and initiatives that bear tangible impact on our neighbors, communities, and culture.

Iowa Legislature's special session has special, life-saving goal

On Oct. 5, the Iowa Legislature will reconvene in special session to work on redrawing the district lines for Iowa elections … and to save ... read more ›

WATCH: Iowa National Day of Prayer proves powerfully moving

“Powerful, today was so powerful,” said a woman who traveled from Mason City to Des Moines for the Iowa National Day of Prayer at the ... read more ›

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 6: Exciting new bill aids moms in crisis

The FAMiLY Leader Capitol Team worked on several bills this week – including fighting to stop gambling expansion and working to stop gender indoctrination without ... read more ›
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Education

We believe that parents are entrusted by God with directing the upbringing and education of their children. We believe that parents from all socio-economic backgrounds should be able to choose the type of education, whether public or private, religious or home schooling, that reflects their values and the needs of their children.

STATEMENT: Iowa Supreme Court rules against Planned Parenthood sex-ed funding

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Iowa State Supreme Court issued a significant pro-life decision, upholding an Iowa law barring abortion providers like Planned Parenthood ... read more ›

VIDEO: Rep. Salmon speaks out on saving girls' sports

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, State Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, spoke before the Iowa House on preserving girls’ sports in our state. In the three-minute ... read more ›

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 10: Indoctrination in schools erupts

Iowa’s parents are hearing more and more stories about how critical race theory is being taught in schools – instructing children to think of the ... read more ›
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TFL's work wins Iowa 'Offensive Player of the Year' award

The FAMiLY Leader has been nationally recognized for positively impacting pro-family legislative policy in Iowa in 2021 through a distinction that sounds more typically NFL ... read more ›

Vander Plaats on Newsmax: The Church is still our beacon of hope

The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats was interviewed by Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith on Newsmax July 14, 2021. Asked about declining ... read more ›

WATCH: Bob Vander Plaats breaks big news on 'Iowa Press'

The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats appeared on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” on Friday, July 9, 2021. Unlike other TV interview ... read more ›
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Life

We believe that human life is of inestimable worth and significance from conception to natural death. This reverence for the sanctity of life obligates us to actively support public policy that protects innocent life, including opposition to abortion, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia.

'All life is sacred': Bob Vander Plaats shares story of his son Lucas

DES MOINES, Iowa – At the 2021 Agape Pregnancy Center fundraising banquet, The FAMiLY Leader President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats was honored to speak, ... read more ›

The abortion debate just got WAY more radical

by Bob Vander Plaats The abortion debate in America has changed. And it’s suddenly way more radical than you may realize. Last Friday, Nancy Pelosi ... read more ›

60 legislators urge Iowa Supremes to overturn 'right' to abortion

Sixty Iowa legislators have signed on to an amicus, or “friend of the court,” brief, calling on the Iowa Supreme Court to reverse its shocking ... read more ›
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Marriage & Sexuality

We believe human sexuality to be God’s gift to us, designed and intended for our good within the bond of a committed, lifelong marriage between a man and woman. We support public policy that benefits families and encourages individuals toward healthy, biblical marriages; and we oppose policy that encourages individuals to pursue alternate means of sexual expression or fulfillment, including, but not limited to fornication, pornography, prostitution, adultery, homosexuality, and transgenderism.

STATEMENT: Iowa Supreme Court rules against Planned Parenthood sex-ed funding

On Wednesday, June 30, 2021, the Iowa State Supreme Court issued a significant pro-life decision, upholding an Iowa law barring abortion providers like Planned Parenthood ... read more ›

VIDEO: Rep. Salmon speaks out on saving girls' sports

On Thursday, March 25, 2021, State Rep. Sandy Salmon, R-Janesville, spoke before the Iowa House on preserving girls’ sports in our state. In the three-minute ... read more ›

Iowa school ‘committed to disrupting nuclear family’

The Ames Community School District in Ames, Iowa, has publicly released its plan for a “Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action” from Feb. ... read more ›
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Religious Liberty

We believe every individual is responsible before God in matters of faith and conscience, and thus we affirm a God-given right to free exercise of religion, both for individuals and organizations. We support policy that ensures faith can be freely exercised and acted upon without fear of unjust government interference, not only within personal or church life, but also in the public sphere.

WATCH: Iowa National Day of Prayer proves powerfully moving

“Powerful, today was so powerful,” said a woman who traveled from Mason City to Des Moines for the Iowa National Day of Prayer at the ... read more ›

TFL Capitol Connection, Ep. 14: Success! TFL protects its donors

In this week’s update from the Iowa Capitol, the FAMiLY Leader’s Chuck Hurley and Daniel Carroll break down the latest from the Iowa Legislature, including ... read more ›

Capitol Connection Special: Freedom threatened on campus

This time, the University of Iowa may have gone too far. In this special edition update to TFL’s Capitol Connection, The FAMiLY Leader’s Chuck Hurley ... read more ›
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Restoring Civility

We believe every person – regardless of their physical traits or political or personal opinion – is made in the image of God and deserves to be treated as such, with courtesy, respect, and dignity. We endeavor, therefore, to exemplify the biblical mandate that Christians “speak the truth in love”; we resist bitter, partisan division, seeking instead ways to work toward God-honoring policy regardless of political party; and we encourage mutually honoring discussion between people of diverse and even opposing viewpoints.

The tragedy, and the hope, of Jan. 6

The following is a statement from Bob Vander Plaats and The FAMiLY Leader on the protests, turned riots, at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. ... read more ›

Restoring civility: The legacy of an unlikely friendship

“I will be forever grateful that Donna invited me for coffee,” recalls The FAMiLY LEADER President and CEO Bob Vander Plaats. Bob and Donna Red ... read more ›

Tony Evans on racial unrest: 'This is a divine moment for ecclesiological reset'

On Thursday, June 18, The FAMiLY Leader welcomed leaders of sister state organizations from around the country to a Zoom meeting on racial reconciliation with ... read more ›
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