Friday, November 26, 2010

Iowans Energized Against Abortion

Hundreds of Council Bluffs citizens jammed the City Hall to stop LeRoy Carhart, the Nebraska late-term abortionist, from spreading his killing fields to Iowa. The council unanimously agreed to forbid construction of an abortion clinic on its property.

-- From "Council vote could stall, but not block, abortion clinic" by Jon leu, Managing Editor, The Daily Nonpareil (Council Bluffs, IA) 11/25/10

The City Council vote Monday night to sell a city-owned 24,393-square-foot vacant lot at North 15th Street and Avenue G – but sell it with restrictions – can be viewed as a delaying tactic, but it will not block LeRoy Carhart’s efforts to build an abortion clinic in Council Bluffs.

Monday’s council vote to sell the Avenue G property came with the stipulation that the property could not be used for an abortion clinic.

Council Bluffs Mayor Tom Hanafan said the city can impose deed restrictions on city-owned land that the city wishes to sell, and that is exactly what the council did Monday night.

But [City Attorney Richard] Wade was quick to admit there is relatively little city officials can do to block an effort by Carhart to open a clinic in Council Bluffs.

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From "Abortion foes fill Bluffs meeting" by Tim Rohwer, Omaha World-Herald 11/22/10

If LeRoy Carhart wants to build an abortion clinic in Council Bluffs, it won't come without a fight.

That was made clear Monday evening by those who jammed City Hall as well as by the City Council's action on a vacant piece of ground.

The turnout apparently was prompted by a rumor that the land might be among the parcels that Carhart is considering. There was no indication at the meeting, however, that it was in fact a site he wanted to use.

Mayor Tom Hanafan said that no one has come forward to seek city approval for an abortion clinic.

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From "Iowa Lawmakers to Push Bills to Limit Late-Term Abortion Practitioner" by Steven Ertelt, 11/24/10

When the newly-elected officials take their positions in January in Des Moines, pro-life advocates expect them to push for legislation that would focus on late-term abortion practitioner Leroy Carhart.

Chuck Hurley, president of the Iowa Family Policy Center Action . . . told the CitizenLink publication of Focus on the Family that Iowa’s incoming Republican leadership in the state House vows to pass pro-life bills in 2011, including legislation related to Carhart.

Jennifer Bowen, the director of Iowa Right to Life, already said the 2010 elections put the pro-life movement in a position to promote legislation like the fetal pain bill in Nebraska that bans abortions after 20 weeks and is prompting Carhart’s proposed relocation.

Because of the problem of Planned Parenthood expanding abortion with the use of the controversial telemed abortion procedure, Bowen says pro-life groups are reinvigorated and ready to work with newly-elected officials on legislation or investigations of abortion practitioners like Carhart.

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