Des Moines, Iowa — A Christian conservative organization headed by a Sheldon native is the only group registered, at least thus far, in favor of a bill to erect an “abortion victims monument” on the state capitol grounds.
Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats is the head of the Family Leader, which has come out in support of the bill. The Interfaith Alliance of Iowa is registered in opposition. That group’s executive director, Connie Ryan, says the bill would set a dangerous precedent.
Four Republicans in the Iowa House are sponsoring the legislation, including Representative Dean Fisher of Montour.
There’s no spot picked out or even a design for the statue. The bill would leave those decisions to the state agency and the state commission that oversee the capitol grounds in Des Moines.
There are nearly 50 monuments and memorials on the Iowa Capitol Grounds today. You can see a list of those monuments and memorials, including photos, by CLICKING HERE.