Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds addressed the 2022 FAMiLY Leadership Summit on Friday. Reynolds credited the organization and its supporters for its work.
“This group stands as a powerful testament to the great things God can accomplish through His people,” Reynolds said.
She then said God’s “power” was on display at the Supreme Court last month when the Dobbs decision was released.
“With Dobbs, the Lord reminded us that He never abandons His children. That everyone who asks, receives. And the one who seeks, finds. And to the one who knocks, it will be opened,” Reynolds said.
When the Supreme Court handed down the decision, Reynolds said it was living up to the “best version” of itself.
“The greatest moments in the court’s history have come when it allows America to embody more perfectly the enduring truth on which it was founded,” she said. “That all human beings, without exception, are created equal. This truth lies at the heart of the American experiment and to deny it is to undermine our country’s deepest foundation.”
She said the ruling is “only the beginning” of the work.
Reynolds credited the Iowa Supreme Court for also overturning a decision declaring a fundamental right to an abortion in the Iowa Constitution.
“Those who wrote that Constitution 165 years ago would have been shocked,” she said. “And I’m glad that the Iowa Supreme Court corrected that grave mistake.”
The fight for the unborn is just beginning.
“We need to be ready for the fight that’s coming,” she said. “Because I am telling you, and you’ve seen it, the Left won’t give up. They want abortion on demand. And the last several months have made it very clear.
“Let’s be absolutely clear about what it means — the Democrat Party wants to legalize abortion up until the moment of birth in every state in America.”
Reynolds said the goal of the pro-life movement was never to overturn Roe, it is to ensure every unborn child is protected and respected.
Iowa has done that, she said. Reynolds said there is a strong foundation of programs providing support to moms and their kids. There’s also access to a broad range of family planning and preventative health services while also supporting families with newborns and infants.
“We’ve expanded our safe haven law and enhanced opportunities for adoption,” Reynolds said. “Iowa is the leader in implementing the federal Family First Act, which helps families in crisis safely stay together and reduce the foster care population.
“And I’m proud to have recently signed into law the MOMS Act to help expectant mothers dealing with a crisis pregnancy.”