By Jenifer Bowen
Governor Terry Branstad has offered a Proclamation that, in Iowa, the first Sunday of each October will be “Respect for Life Sunday.” The purpose of this proclamation is to educate all citizens of Iowa young and old that life is precious and should be respected.
This education will take place through the following statements:
Whereas: Life is to be respected in all stages of development beginning with fertilization to continuing to natural death.
Whereas: We shall show respect in our daily lives as we protect the unborn from the abuses of abortion. We will raise them in the traditional values that come with a traditional family.
Whereas: Life will be respected in the latter years of life by having in place a continued support system which will offer them the dignity earned through years of service to family, church, community, friends and country.
Whereas: Life will be respected through the acceptance that Life is not ours to give nor is it ours to take. These are the functions of a higher being. That being is GOD!
Whereas: Respect for Life Sunday is a day of recognition that we were given the gift of choice not as a weapon against Life, but so that we can call upon our God and receive eternal life.
The Proclamation Signing will occur Friday, October 7, at 11:15 am. This signing will be held in the Governor’s Formal Office at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.
[Jenifer Bowen is Executive Director for Iowa Right to Life.]