Iowa Democrat gubernatorial candidates Jack Hatch and Tyler Olson joined 50 pro-abortion activists in an extended prayer for abortion rights during a rally at the State Capitol on Wednesday. The noon event was meant to fire-up liberals prior to an afternoon hearing across the street conducted by the Iowa Board of Medicine regarding tele-med abortions.
They made the unusual decision, for Democrats, to begin the event with a prayer. This was likely in response to a prayer vigil being conducted by pro-life activists at the same time nearby.
Des Moines activist Midge Slater took the podium and spent five and a half minutes thanking God for abortion rights, abortion doctors and taxpayer funding for abortions. She also referred to the decision to have an abortion as “a blessing”.
During the entire prayer, State Senator Jack Hatch and Rep. Tyler Olson, both of whom are running for governor, kept their heads bowed and eyes closed, joining in the group prayer.

Here are a view excerpts from the pro-abortion prayer:
“We give thanks, oh Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care.”
“We pray for increased financial support for low-income women to access contraception, abortion and childcare.”
“Today, we pray for women in developing nations, that they may know the power of self-determination. May they have access to employment, education, birth control and abortion.”
“Today we pray for the families who have chosen. May they know the blessing of choice.”
At the end of the prayer, Jack Hatch started to clap, but then stopped himself. Olson did not applaud.
The event then became a Democrat campaign rally, with a steady stream of attacks on Governor Branstad from Hatch, Olson and State Senator Janet Petersen (D-Des Moines).
“We need a governor who will encourage women and girls to seek a doctor, not prevent them from doing so,” Petersen said, clearly referring to abortion doctors. “Governor Branstad’s administration and his party have been actively working to limit women’s reproductive healthcare in the state from the moment he took office.”
Sen. Petersen has endorsed Olson for governor, over her fellow state senator from Des Moines, Jack Hatch.
Hatch was the next speaker. He rehashed the controversy from two years ago when he opposed the appointment of a pro-life Catholic woman to the Iowa Board of Medicine, once again claiming his opposition had nothing to do with her being pro-life, despite all evidence to the contrary. Hatch even earned a thistle from the liberal Des Moines Register for that episode.
Apparently, Jack Hatch has discovered a line somewhere buried deep in the U.S. Constitution that states taxpayers must fund other people’s abortions. Hatch referred to Republican legislators’ attempts to strip taxpayer funding for abortions as “wanting to deny a woman their constitutional right to have an abortion”. He did not provide the article or amendment where that language is written. Article