Jenifer Bowen Promotes Life With Polk Women

Jenifer Bowen Speaks to members of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women's Polk Chapter.

Jenifer Bowen Speaks to members of the Iowa Federation of Republican Women’s Polk Chapter.

By: MacKenzie Dreeszen

Pro-life advocate Jenifer Bowen of Life Right Action gave an update on pro-life coalitions in Iowa at the Polk County Republican Women’s February meeting on Thursday. Jenifer founded Life Right Action in September 2016, and she serves on the board of directors for “And Then There Were None”, a national ministry founded by Abby Johnson, a former Planned Parenthood clinic manager. This organization provides financial, spiritual, emotional, and legal support to those wishing to leave the abortion industry.
Jenifer spoke about the recent passage of SF 2, a bill to defund organizations that provide abortions in Iowa in the Senate. The bill is currently in the committee process in the House and is expected to be debated on the floor soon.
Jenifer believes that SF 2 will provide women with more options for healthcare by reallocating funds to rural health centers. While there are 157 rural clinics that do not provide abortions, Planned Parenthood only has 12 locations, targeting urban areas only. This piece of legislation would greatly benefit those living in rural areas.
“I saw the effects of 44 years of abortion on demand. I saw women who regretted what they did. I saw women who were in pain, and women who didn’t know that they were in pain.”
Following her presentation, Bowen answered many questions from members of the Polk County Republican Women and guests.
When asked about her thoughts on the Women’s March, Jenifer said that it was actually scheduled before Election Day with the intent of celebrating what many anticipated to be a victory for Hillary Clinton.
“I want to talk about two numbers: 93 and 6. 93 counties in Iowa were won by President Trump. Only 6 were not. We spoke on Election Day, and wearing silly pink hats doesn’t change that. Yet that is what the media focuses on.”
However, Jenifer is optimistic that the media is “starting to get the message that SF 2 is going to happen and that Republican legislators are going to continue passing pro-life legislation”.
“Republican lawmakers are being pummeled right now. They receive death threats and have their cell and home phone numbers publicly posted. We need to let them know that we appreciate them, whether it’s a letter, an email, a phone call, or showing up at legislative forums”.