With high-ranking Democratic officials listening reverently in the Iowa state capitol, a liberal activist and union official on Wednesday led a prayer for increased funding for abortions, for greater access to abortions, for doctors who perform abortions, and for what she called “the blessing of choice.”
Midge Slater, an organizer for the Iowa Alliance for Retired Americans, part of the Iowa Federation of Labor and the AFL-CIO, spoke to about 80 people who came to the capitol to protest a proposal that the State Board of Medicine end a program that allows doctors to prescribe an abortion pill for a woman after a video chat, rather than an in-person consultation.
Two days later, on Friday, the Board voted to end the practice known as “tele-med” abortions. In her invocation at the rally, which was attended by Jack Hatch and Tyler Olson, two Democratic candidates for governor of Iowa, Slater prayed that elected officials “may always support a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions.”
She prayed for “increased financial support for low income women” to have abortions.
She prayed that “women in developing nations” have greater access to abortion.
She prayed to “give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.”
And she prayed that families may know “the blessing of choice.”
Slater also prayed for “women have been made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion.”
And she asked God that women be able to “throw away their secrets and claim their herstories.”