August 29, 2013 ( – Newly released video footage shows Democrat gubernatorial candidates Tyler Olson and Jack Hatch joining abortion activists in an extended prayer in thanksgiving for abortionists, asking for increased abortion access, and decrying the fact that women have been “made afraid of their own power by their paternalistic religion.”

The five-minute prayer begins, “We give thanks, O Lord, for the doctors, both current and future, who provide quality abortion care, and pray that they may be kept safe.”

“We pray for the 45 million American women who have had safe, legal abortions. May they stand tall and refuse shame,” the prayer continues. “We pray for elected officials, that they may always support a woman's right to make her own medical decisions.”

The prayer was led by abortion activist Midge Slater, according to the Iowa Republican. It was part of a rally by abortion activists ahead of a hearing on proposed rules banning the practice of having abortionists in a remote location dispense abortion drugs to women via webcam.

Pro-life activists held their own prayer service at a nearby church, according to the Des Moines Register.

The Iowa Republican reports that at the end of the pro-abortion prayer, Hatch stood up and began applauding, before stopping, while Olson remained seated and did not applaud. 

During the prayer Slater also asked “the Lord” for increased funding for abortion, increased abortion access in the developing world, and called abortion a “blessing.” 

She also prayed that “all women will know that they were created in the image of God: good and holy, moral and wise,” and asked that all pregnant women will “be surrounded by loving voices.”

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