Republican Chairman Blasts Iowa Democrats Who Prayed for Abortion

State   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Sep 6, 2013   |   10:53AM   |   Des Moines, IA

The chairman of the Iowa Republican party is blasting Democratic gubernatorial candidates who recently joined in on a prayer for abortion.

Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates joined abortion activists in prayer for increased abortion access. “We pray for women who’ve been made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion” and they prayed for the “blessing of choice.”

From the story:

The chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa blasted two Democratic gubernatorial candidates Thursday for standing by last week while a woman prayed for continued access to abortion during a political rally in the Capitol.

Party chairman A.J. Spiker called the prayer, delivered by Midge Slater of the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, “sick, twisted and disgusting” and faulted candidates Tyler Olson and Jack Hatch for not indicating their disapproval of it.

“Praying to God and thanking Him for abortions, and then asking for his guidance to provide more abortions, is one of the most atrocious things I’ve ever heard of,” Spiker said in a lengthy prepared statement.

He added, “If this is what Olson and Hatch think will help them in their race to defeat Terry Branstad in 2014, then it shows just how unbelievably out of touch they are with everyday Iowans and how poorly they’re going to perform come election time.”

In the prayer, Slater thanked God for doctors who perform abortions and prayed for their safety. She also prayed that elected officials support “a woman’s right to make her own medical decision” and for continued access to “all forms of birth control.”

“We give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal,” Slater said.



From the prayer:

“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”

“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”

“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”

“Today we pray for the families who have chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.”