The next Girls at the Well “Be a Lily Among Thorns” Purity Retreat for Junior High Girls. The retreat will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 8 am – 4 pm. For more information or to register, contact Kelly at Kelly@innervisionshealthcare.org or call 515-440-2273.
The 2nd annual Midwest March for Life will be happening on Saturday, January 18th, at the Iowa State Capitol building. For those of us who can’t travel to Washington D.C. for the bigger march, this is a great opportunity for us to show our support. This year’s Midwest March will entail four components: marching around the Iowa capitol, the Roe v. Wade Effect Luncheon, a Youth Rally, and Breakout Sessions. Iowa Right to Life has high hopes for a large turnout – please come to whatever parts of the day you can and invite family and friends to do the same!
Midwest March Schedule of Events
11:00AM Welcome! Please meet on the WEST STEPS of the Iowa State Capitol (1007 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA). We will provide some signs to carry but feel free to bring your own signs/banners. Remember to dress for Iowa weather!
11:00AM -12:00PM Let the March, begin! We will open in prayer and remarks by Bishop Richard Pates and Bryan Kemper (of Stand True . The marching will end at the Supreme Court with a closing prayer and instructions for the Roe v. Wade Effect Luncheon at Iowa Events Center.
12:30PM – 2:30PM The Roe v. Wade Effect Luncheon is held at the Iowa Events Center. This portion of the day will allow attendees to hear our keynote, Byran Kemper and others. Various pro-life organizations will have booths to visit. Reservations are requested for attendance at the Roe v. Wade Effect luncheon program. A free will offering opportunity will be presented to help defray costs of the Midwest March for Life and luncheon. Please make your reservations by Friday, January 10 to ensure enough food. With any questions, contact Paula Brown at 877.595.9406 or outreach@iowaRTL.org
2:30PM – 4:30PM Calling all High School and College pro-life advocates! A Youth Rally will be held at this time in another Iowa Events Center room. There will be a live band (Walnut Creek Teen band), networking with other SFLA groups/members/student leaders, snacks, and of course, Bryan Kemper with a special speaking engagement for students!
2:30PM – 4:30PM Interested in exposing the dirty laundry of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland? How about the IRS? Join us for FOUR Breakout Sessions! These sessions will run simultaneously with the Youth Rally but in a separate room.
RSVP HERE by January 10th for the luncheon so they know how much food to have and see the speakers for the event, including Bishop Pates and Bryan Kemper (the founder of Rock for Life, Stand True, and the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity, and the Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life). The luncheon is free, but there will be a free will offering opportunity to defray costs.
See the awesome trailer for this event HERE.
All are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Mass for Life on Sunday, January 19th, at the Basilica of St. John (1915 University Avenue, Des Moines). There will be a rosary for life at 5:30 pm and Mass will be at 6 pm, with Bishop Pates presiding. After Mass there will be a reception. I hope you can make it!
Iowans for Life is coordinating this pilgrimage experience to Washington D.C. Please pray for all participants to have an incredible trip!
Sunday, January 19th: Departure from several Iowa locations. Travel will continue overnight.
Monday, January 20th: Arrival in Washington D.C. in the afternoon. Free day to explore.
Tuesday, January 21st: Free day to explore Washington D.C. Worship opportunities in the evening.
Wednesday, January 22nd: Youth Rally and worship opportunities in the morning. March for Life at noon. Departure for Iowa in the evening. Travel overnight on the bus.
Thursday, January 23rd: Arrival in Iowa locations in the early evening.
Cost: The cost of the trip is $375 per participant. The fee covers the bus transportation and hotel stay for two nights.
Registration: Buses are currently full, but you may e-mail to be put on the waiting list. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone.
For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Rally for Life will take place on February 17th. The rally will begin at St. Anthony Church (15 Indianola Road, Des Moines, IA 50315) with registration at 9:30 am, followed by prayer and an educational session with Wesley J. Smith and a Q&A panel. A major focus will be on euthanasia this year. There will lobbying training, lunch, and then move to the Capitol building at 1:30 pm. Interested participants can lobby legislators until the rally at the Capitol at 3:00 pm.
Details to come, but on Saturday, April 26th, Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life and famous Catholic speaker, will be the keynote speaker at Iowa Right to Life’s Spring Banquet.
My friend, Tory, sent out information about a new pro-life app coming soon that sends out prayer alerts when women in your area are considering abortion. It also sends out save alerts when a mother chooses life and you can see how many other people in your area are praying at the same time. It will be tested in the Los Angeles Archdiocese.
See the exciting National Catholic Register article about it HERE.
See HERE for more details about getting the free app.
Samaritan Ministries is providing an option for Christian families to provide for their families healthcare needs without supporting the anti-life parts of the new law. This is a very interesting response and as of this December, 28,000 families are involved. See their website for a short introductory video HERE and for more information about what it is and how it works HERE.
Iowans Oppose Webcam Abortions
When I talk about polling I always remind people that polling shouldn’t tell you what to stand for. However, it serves a purpose in helping outline the task ahead.
A recent University of Iowa Hawkeye Poll asked Iowans’ opinions about a variety of issues. It was found that most Iowans support the Iowa State Board of Medicine’s decision to ban telemedicine abortions. While the ban was temporarily suspended on Nov. 6 by a Polk County judge, 66.3 percent of respondents supported banning telemedicine abortions.
Support was especially high among Republicans (84.8 percent), but a majority of Democrats (52.9 percent) and Independents (64.2) also supported such a ban. Despite the recent action by the board and ensuing legal actions, most Iowans (59.6 percent) indicated that they did not know whether the state banned this practice.
A trial on the webcam rule is set for late March.
Iowa Catholic Conference
Two pro-life goals to work toward in the Iowa state legislature with the most potential are:
1.) Requiring abortion centers to meet the same requirements as surgical centers
2.) Changing the law so that Iowa will not remain one of only 10 states in which a law suit cannot be filed if an unborn child is killed in an auto accident.
Bishop Pates wishes to re-energize this post-abortion ministry in Des Moines. This idea was also promoted at the recent USCCB convention. It will involve 3 main areas: (1) Volunteers to respond to phone calls about where to go for help, (2) Therapists trained in post-abortion counseling, and (3) Priests trained in post-abortion Reconciliation and counseling (the last training in this area for priests happened about 20 years ago).
The recent Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat in Cedar Falls was very successful with the seven participants experiencing powerful transformations of hope, forgiveness and joy.
The most simple acts of love are what change hearts and make a difference in a fragile life, one person at a time. Without donations and volunteer team members ranging from clergy to professional therapists, Rachel’s Vineyard wouldn’t exist. I give glory to God by saying that all of our participants were sponsored by someone. I believe you can’t put a price on healing. It’s a gift that Jesus already paid.
If you would like to donate or sponsor a participant, please contact Kris Gaspari at email@example.com or by calling515-306-7838. Checks should be addressed to InnerVisions HealthCare and in the memo, add “Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat”. Rachel’s Vineyard is a non-profit 501c3 organization operating under InnerVisions HealthCare, Des Moines, Iowa.
The Gabriel Project is in need of volunteers. It is a Catholic ministry that helps pregnant women of any faith. You can volunteer by answering the phone line from your home or cell phone, or by helping women one on one on your own time. An informational meeting will take place in January. If interested, please call Marilyn at 515-707-8642 to learn more. This is such a beautiful, practical ministry – please consider volunteering even a few hours a month!
Join the Prayer Team!
Consider this your personal invitation to join the InnerVisions prayer team! The prayer team volunteers offer up prayers for the intentions of the clinic staff, volunteers and clients. The goal is to cover InnerVisions in prayer every day of the week. For more information, contact Tricia Pietig at firstname.lastname@example.org.
InnerVisions HeathCare needs volunteers to ensure our clinic is running smoothly…if you are a plumber or handyman, we need your help with two small projects in the clinic. We also need volunteer RN’s and sonographers, as well as receptionists. This is a life changing opportunity to work together to empower women facing an unplanned pregnancy choose life for their babies!
Job Openings at InnerVisions – Share these with people who may be interested!
InnerVisions HealthCare, a prolife unplanned pregnancy and STD medical clinic in West Des Moines is seeking a part-time Bookkeeper/Admin. This position is responsible for supporting the development program by maintaining donor databases, organizing donor stewardship and retention initiatives as well as other administrative duties required to meet organizational revenue goals. In conjunction with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors, this position is responsible for all bookkeeping functions and maintaining the financial reporting system. Applicant must have a BA in accounting, a strong attention to detail and commitment to confidentiality. Send a resume and cover letter to Jenny Condon, Executive Director at email@example.com, or contact her for more information.
Staff Registered Nurse:
InnerVisions HealthCare, a prolife unplanned pregnancy and STD medical clinic in West Des Moines is seeking a part-time Staff Nurse with a BSN degree. Under general direction, this position serves as a client advocate by serving clients compassionately and without judgment. This includes nursing care activities and care planning along with other disciplines. Applicants must be willing to train and obtain the skills to do limited obstetric ultrasounds. Training is provided. Send a resume and cover letter to Jenny Condon, Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her for more information.
With big name stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, and James Earl Jones this should be really interesting. It appears to be a movie with lots of pro-life themes of how people can support young women in very difficult situations. I’m hoping to have a chance to see it, and I hope it’s good! See the trailer HERE.
Wikipedia Plot Synopsis:
Apple Bailey (Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June (Rosario Dawson), is an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive, and is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps. Apple knows the streets, alleys and motels like the back of her hand but wants more from her life. She possesses a tenacious, tough, indomitable spirit, and will not surrender to fate. Apple runs away from her mother and tracks down her father whom she has never known, as he was only 19 when he got Apple’s mother pregnant. Apple begs her now Wall Street Broker father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), to take her in. In the few days under her father’s care, she learns she’s become pregnant by a kid from the streets she met on the train, who now wants nothing to do with her. She is forced to leave her father’s home because of her choice to give birth to the baby she is carrying.
She is eventually taken under the wing of Father McCarthy (James Earl Jones), the chaplain of the local hospital after almost getting herself killed. He offers to let Apple live at a shelter for pregnant young women run by a spiritual woman named Kathy (Ann Dowd). It is here that Apple begins to tentatively interact with the other girls who are in the same predicament, and she gradually begins to make a family and a future for herself.
Learn more about the movie HERE.
Iowa Right to Life has started a state political action committee to support pro-life legislation and pro-life candidates. See their new website HERE to learn more about how you can help support legislation and public policy that saves lives in Iowa and beyond.
The total number of surgical abortion clinics left in the U.S. is now 582. This represents an impressive 12% net decrease in surgical abortion clinics in 2013 alone, and a 73% drop from a high in 1991 of 2,176.
“These numbers show that the pro-life movement is gaining ground and that the abortion industry is collapsing – mostly due to its own negligence and greed, which has been exposed by their unwillingness and inability to comply with even the most rudimentary safety standards,” said Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue.
The state with the most closures was Texas at 11, most of which shut down after Texas passed an abortion law earlier this year that required abortionists to maintain local hospital privileges. New clinic safety rules accounted for closures in Pennsylvania and Maryland as well.
- “Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning abortion advertising. Some members of the Duma (the Russian state assembly), are talking about going even further and banning the procedure itself.”
- “Until recently, the average woman in Russia could expect to have seven abortions over her lifetime. Even The New York Times, no bastion of pro-life sentiment, has been compelled to acknowledge that Russia’s high abortion rate was damaging the health and fertility of Russian women. As the paper noted in a 2003 editorial, ‘Now the Russian government is attempting to slow the abortion rate. It is an admirable goal, given the toll that multiple abortions have taken on the health and fertility of Russia’s women.’ Not to mention the toll that abortion has taken on the unborn, and on the population as a whole.”
- “Abortion was forced on the Russian people by the Bolsheviks (the Russian communist party under Lenin), who upon coming to power in 1920 legalized abortion up to birth without any restrictions. It was the early Bolsheviks who developed the suction abortion machine that is still in use in abortion clinics today. They actually developed two versions: the electric suction abortion machine used in abortion clinics in the U.S. and other countries, and the second was the manual vacuum aspirator, a hand-held and operated abortion machine that is used in less developed countries in places where no electric power is available.”
- “The Russian government is trying to slow the abortion rate: A law was passed banning abortion of unborn babies older than 12 weeks in recent years. They also mandated a waiting period of 2-7 days for those wanting an abortion, and required that anyone advertising abortion services include a warning to the effect that “abortion is hazardous to a woman’s health.” Now, of course, advertising of any kind has been banned.”
- “The Russian government also now pays a one-time baby bonus of $13,000 to the parents of every newborn. According to Russian demographer Igor Beloborodov, however, this generous bonus has only convinced 8 percent of couples of reproductive age to consider having another child.”
- “The cumulative effect of all of the new pro-life, pro-natal policies taken to date is significant though. While there are still, according to the Russian Health Ministry, 1.7 abortions for every live birth in the country, that ratio is shrinking as the birth rate climbs and abortion becomes gradually less common. As a result of the adoption of enlightened policies to protect the sanctity of human life, Russia’s population decline has been virtually halted, and the country has been put on a more stable demographic course.”
Read full article HERE.
The same day that he was chosen as TIME magazine’s Person of the Year – Pope Francis exhorted North and South America to “accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age.”
Amid misinterpretations of the pontiff’s pro-life stance in the mainstream media, the Holy Father continues to affirm his unwavering belief, completely united to that of the Catholic Church, that human life is sacred from conception to natural death.
He said (emphasis added):
Tomorrow is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas. I would like to greet all my brothers and sisters on that continent, and I do so thinking of the Virgin of Tepeyac.
When Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego, her face was that of a woman of mixed blood, a mestiza, and her garments bore many symbols of the native culture. Like Jesus, Mary is close to all her sons and daughters; as a concerned mother, she accompanies them on their way through life. She shares all the joys and hopes, the sorrows and troubles of God’s People, which is made up of men and women of every race and nation.
Mary’s embrace showed what America – North and South – is called to be: a land where different peoples come together; a land prepared to accept human life at every stage, from the mother’s womb to old age; a land which welcomes immigrants, and the poor and the marginalized, in every age. A land of generosity.
That is the message of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and it is also my message, the message of the Church. I ask all the people of the Americas to open wide their arms, like the Virgin, with love and tenderness.
Francis’s comments come as the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The day commemorates an event five hundred years ago, when Catholics believe that the Virgin Mary appeared to a poor young man on a hill near Mexico city and asked him to build a church in her honor. In the apparition, Mary was pregnant with Jesus, and she left her image on the young man’s tilma, which can still be viewed today in Mexico. Because the apparition occurred in Mexico, and because Mary appeared pregnant, the Catholic Church has entrusted to her protection both the Americas and the unborn. This may be why Pope Francis urged all Americans to specifically remember human life on this day.
Members of the liberal media and even abortion rights groups like NARAL have attempted to claim the pope as one of their own, picking out phrases that can be interpreted as ambiguity towards abortion sans their larger context. But Pope Francis is undeniably a stalwart and public pro-lifer. He has spoken out in defense of life numerous times since his election in March, and it doesn’t appear that he will be backing down any time soon.