Posted by: ajrawson | December 17, 2016

Winter Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

 

 
Dying & Death: A Catholic Perspective – January 8th

Holy Trinity Catholic Church will be hosting a free presentation on “Dying & Death: A Catholic Perspective.” It will take place on Sunday, January 8th from 1:30-3:30 pm in the Social Room at Holy Trinity (2926 Beaver Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310).

Special guest speakers will be Dr. Matt Halbach, Director of the St. Joseph Educational Center, Tom Chapman, Director of the Iowa Catholic Conference, and Marsha Szyczuk, a retired hospice nurse. There will be a panel discussion and Q&A session on the dignity of life and what you can do to learn about and promote the beautiful Catholic teachings on it.

 
Midwest March for Life Important Change – Was January 14th

IMPORTANT! The annual Midwest March for Life has been canceled. The organizer, Iowa Right to Life, will be focusing on goals of preparing to promote pro-life legislation. See March 30th for the new event that will take its place this year. And the annual Mass for Life that is usually celebrated with the March for Life has been rescheduled.

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Mass for Life – January 15th

The annual Mass for Life will take place on Sunday, January 15th at 5 pm at Saints John and Paul Church (1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, IA 50009). The four Bishops of Iowa plan to be there. Come and celebrate Mass for pro-life intentions. All are welcome, no RSVP necessary!

 
Iowa Institute for Social Action – January 15th

The annual Iowa Institute for Social Action will take place on Sunday, January 15th and Monday, January 16th at Saints John and Paul Catholic Church (1401 1st Ave S, Altoona, 50009). This is an opportunity to learn more about Catholic teaching on various social issues. The emphasis is mostly on poverty issues (which are pro-life issues, especially when approached in the right way), but they also include protecting the elderly and vulnerable in the conference. The institute goes from 1:00 – 6:00 pm on Sunday, and on Monday from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm.

The keynote speaker will be Brian Corbin from Catholic Charities USA. There will be breakout sessions on many topics, including “Opposing Doctor-Prescribed Suicide – Death with True Dignity: A Catholic Approach to End of Life Care” presented by Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director of Iowans for Life. The annual Mass for Life will be part of the weekend as well for institute participants and for anyone else who can come.

For more information or to register go to Event Brite HERE.

 

 
 
Choosing An Adoption Agency Presentation – January 22nd

On Sunday, January 22nd from 6:00-8:00 pm, there will be a free presentation on “Choosing Your Adoption Agency.” The talk will be at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324). New Horizons Adoption Agency will be presenting on what to consider when looking at adoption agencies, what questions to ask, and what resources are available to help you learn about your agency options. There will also be other helpful adoption tips. If you have any questions, you can contactinfo@beautyamidsttheashes.com.

 

 
Annual Washington D.C. March for Life – January 25th

There has been a change, and the annual March for Life pilgrimage to Washington D.C. will happen one week later than usual because of the Presidential Inauguration on January 20th. The Iowans for LIFE bus trip will take place from January 25th – 29th. For more information or to register to attend, go to the Iowans for LIFE website HERE.

 


 
40 Days for Life – March 1st

Save the dates for 40 Days for Life’s Spring Campaign! 40 Days for Life is a time of prayer, fasting, and peaceful pro-life witness which will take place from March 1st to April 9th. Gather your friends, family, and church members and take time to quietly pray outside of local abortion facilities. For more information, click HERE.

 

 
Adoption Group Annual Banquet – March 25th

Beauty Amidst the Ashes, a local group which promotes adoption, will have their annual banquet and dessert auction on Saturday, March 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bethel Baptist Church (313 W. Hwy 7, Newell, 50568). The dinner will be a pasta bar, and afterwards tables can bid on their favorite desserts. There will also be a silent auction. During the dinner there will be a short talk about Beauty Amidst the Ashes and their work advocating for and educating about adoption.

Please RSVP to attend. You can host a table of 8 for no cost. There was no specific cost indicated for the evening, but I’m sure there will be an opportunity to give during the evening as well as for auction choices. For more information or to register, e-mailinfo@beautyamidsttheashes.com (with “Banquet Dinner” in the subject line).

 
 
Midwest March for Life Rescheduled – March 30th

As of today, Iowa Right to Life has decided to cancel the Midwest March for Life to focus on preparing for the new legislative session which begins in January, but “it will be replaced with a vigil in the Capitol Rotunda on March 30, 2017. The goal is to have 4,000 participants represent the lives lost to abortion in Iowa in 2015.”

Because the Senate can no longer block pro-life legislative measures as easily, there is a good chance that some could be passed. It will help to show the legislators that pro-life issues are important to many voters. So save the date for this opportunity. More information will be coming soon!

 
 
 
Des Moines “Birth Mother Connect” Support Group

From Beauty Amidst the Ashes:  “For many women, the choice to place their unborn child for adoption is an excruciatingly painful one. Committed to giving their child the gift of life and struggling with the loss can be overwhelming. Dealing with this inner battle often times leads to feelings of guilt, shame, and regret.

To provide birth mothers a place to find support, Beauty Amidst the Ashes is beginning a Birth Mother Support Group. The circle of support group offers opportunities for birth mothers to build connections and provide a path for healing. This will be accomplished by meeting other birth mothers and empowering women to share their stories.” For more information, contact Brigett De Vos at brigett@beautyamidsttheashes.com.

 

 
 
Petition to Irish Government to Stop Legalization of Abortion

Ireland is considering repealing their 8th Amendment, which would legalize abortion. Please take one minute or less to sign this petition that will be sent to the Irish Citizen’s Assembly. To sign the petition, click HERE. Thank you!

Fr. James Linton Petition

According to CitizenGo.org:  “Recently Father James Linton was arrested outside the San Bernardino Planned Parenthood for standing on public property and offering prayer and counseling to mothers and fathers considering abortion. Father Linton was arrested for ‘obstructing access to a business,’ held by police for six hours, and ordered to appear in court. If convicted, Father Linton may be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail and a $400 fine.”

Please sign the petition to drop the charges against Fr. Linton HERE.

 

 
 Election Results

With big wins at the federal and state levels of government, we need to continue to fast and pray for true pro-life improvements! According to Iowa Right to Life: “From the White House to the Iowa Statehouse, life was protected in [November’s] historic elections!” 65 out of 87 of the pro-life candidates were elected who had made Iowa Right to Life’s preferred candidate list. We also look forward to a pro-life judge being chosen for the Supreme Court.

 

Free “Dangers of Assisted Suicide” Webinar Replay Available

Life Legal Defense Foundation recently put on a webinar where Bishop Robert Barron, Hugh Hewitt, and Pastor Rick Warren talked about the dangers of assisted suicide. Learn why assisted suicide is a threat to human dignity and the sanctity of human life. You can watch the recording of the webinar HERE.

 

 
Rapper Nick Cannon Says Planned Parenthood Commits “Genocide” Against Africans Americans

If you are interested, click HERE to read an article from Lifenews.com about how African American rapper, Nick Cannon, shares publicly that Planned Parenthood is hurting the African American community and that his family’s Christian faith inspires him to share the truth.

 

 
 
Iowans for LIFE Administrative Volunteer Needed

From Iowans for LIFE:  “Iowans for LIFE is looking for a volunteer one to two days a week to work on data entry and other administrative tasks. The ideal candidate would be able to work at least one day per week at our office in the East Village; moms with kids (we have a great little play area), retirees, or anyone with computer skills and a little time on their hands is the right person for the job. For more information, please contact Executive Director, Maggie Dewitte at mdewitte@iowansforlife.org.”

 

 
Ruth Harbor Back-up Houseparents Needed

Ruth Harbor is an organization which cares for pregnant young women in need of support in a home in Des Moines. They are currently searching for back-up house parents, who could sometimes stay at the house to “supervise and support our residents for a few hours or a couple days when the lead house parents are off duty or out of town.” To learn more about the job description and how to apply click HERE.

 

 
 
 
InnerVisions HealthCare Update

InnerVisions HealthCare, a local crisis pregnancy clinic, is doing some exciting news things! According to the diocesan pro-life meeting minutes, they have expanded their hours to assist more women. Also, they are now providing “First Trimester Care” to provide extra support for women who have chosen life for their unborn baby. This includes “not only education, ultrasounds, and overall support, but also valuable nutritional and material support.”

If your church or pro-life group is interested in doing a baby bottle fundraiser for InnerVisions, you can contact Bryan Gonzalez at bryan@ivhcare.org.

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Posted by: ajrawson | October 20, 2016

Fall Pro-Life Events

 

 

Advent/Christmas Ideas

Pro-Life Service:

– Go to the wish list for Ruth Harbor or one of the local crisis pregnancy clinics. Drop off some little things for them to support them in their mission and encourage them!

– Do you know a mom who has chosen life for her baby or a single parent with young kids? Send her a Christmas card and giftcard, offer to babysit for her, or have her and her kids over for a meal. Tell her she is doing a great job and become part of her support network!

– Donate gently used kids clothing to InnerVisions HealthCare – they now have a partnership with Once Upon a Child where they can turn in clothes and get giftcards for the value of the clothes. These giftcards can then be given to the pregnant moms and they can pick out all kinds of baby things they need.

– Give donations to or volunteer at crisis pregnancy clinics or pro-life organizations like Iowans for LIFE and Iowa Right to Life.

– Pray and offer up your hard things for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn babies. Ask God to help you find hurting people to support. Pray for an end to abortion.

 
Pro-Life Gifts:

– Buy tickets for yourself and family or friends to attend the Dinner & Broadway Revue in December at Holy Trinity. It’s the gift that gives twice – your guests have a fun time with you, and all proceeds go to support the work of Iowans for LIFE.

– Buy all of your normal Christmas gifts on Amazon Smile and choose a pro-life nonprofit organization that will be supported with part of the cost of your purchases. Local pro-life organizations like Iowans for LIFE, Iowa Right to Life, and InnerVisions HealthCare are options you can choose. It’s a win-win!

Pro-life movies – Movies are a powerful way to express the pro-life message. There are many that have excellent gift potential for people of all ages.

Click HERE to see a Huffington Post list of family-friendly movies that positively portray adoption. I am excited to share many of these with my children.

Click HERE to see a list provided by Students for Life of America of recent movies with pro-life themes. Many of these are for more mature audiences.

Giving a pro-life movie at Christmas (or watching it during the holiday family time) is an easy way to make people think about pro-life issues in a new way.

Pro-life books – There are several lists online of pro-life books that every pro-life advocate should read. HERE is a link to one of the lists of top pro-life books. Check them out – the authors have made some of them available online for free. This can be a gift to yourself or others.

Pro-Life T-shirts – Giving positive, pro-life t-shirts to other pro-life people is a great way to give a practical gift that will plant seeds in the hearts of the culture. HERE is a link to the Rock for Life online store, which has several good t-shirts. My favorite is the “I Love Babies” shirt. There is also a myriad of other pro-life jewelry, pictures, etc. that you can find online. So as you start to make your Christmas shopping list, remember that pro-life options are available too!

 

 

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, and that you and your family can experience and share the joy of baby Jesus’ birthday!

Local Events

 

 

HOPE Adoption Conference – October 22nd

November is Adoption Month! I know it’s short notice, but please consider attending the HOPE Adoption Conference that will take place in Des Moines on Saturday, October 22nd from 8:15 am – 5:30 pm.  It will be held at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights). Adoption is near and dear to my heart because one of my cousins was adopted. The schedule looks AWESOME! See the schedule with speakers and breakout sessionsHERE.

The event is FREE, but they ask you to register before you come if possible. You can register HERE.

If you have never heard of the Dennehy family, you will want to come to this. Mike Dennehy, adoptive father to many children with extreme special needs, will be there with his son, George Dennehy who was born with no arms, but is incredible example of overcoming all difficulties with God’s help. You can see a short, super-inspirational video about the Dennehy Family HERE.

 

Pickerman’s Supports Iowans for LIFE – October 24th-26th

Warm up with some soup and sandwiches and support a good cause! If you eat at Pickerman’s Soup & Sandwich restaurant they will donate a percentage of the proceeds to Iowans for LIFE. Here are the days and times to go:

Monday, October 24 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 25 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 26 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pickerman’s is located at 6750 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. You can see their menu HERE.

 

Mercy Summit – October 29th

The Diocese of Des Moines is hosting a Mercy Summit on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. It will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th Street, Urbandale). It will focus on the millions of acts of mercy that occur in the Diocese of Des Moines and how we can continue these acts of mercy with even more love.

Here is the schedule:

8:00 am – Check in and breakfast

8:30 am – Prayer

9:00 am – Welcome by Bishop Pates

9:30 am – Keynote Cindy Shaw

10:15 am – Breakout Sessions on:

– Mercy to the sick or imprisoned

– Mercy to the hungry and homeless

– Mercy on behalf of the most vulnerable

– Mercy to the refugee and immigrant

11:45 am – Prayer

This event is FREE, but they would like you to register. You can register for the Mercy Summit HERE.There is also childcare available for free for children 2 years old and above.

This seems like this would be a great opportunity to learn more about how we can be pro-life and share our faith in action in Des Moines.

 

 
 
Washington D.C. March for Life Sign Up – November 1st

The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion held in Washington, D.C. around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. The overall goal of the march is to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. The March for Life typically draws well over 500,000 attendees each year. Iowans for LIFE organizes several busloads of Iowans to go to the event each year.

Trip Schedule:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – Departure from several Iowa locations in the mid/late afternoon. Travel will continue overnight on the bus.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Arrival in Washington D.C. in the afternoon; free time and worship opportunities in Washington D.C.

Friday, January 27, 2017 – Youth Rally, worship opportunities and March for Life events in the morning. March for Life midday; free time in Washington D.C.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Free day to explore Washington D.C.; departure for Iowa in the evening; travel continues overnight on the bus. Worship opportunity available.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – Arrival in Iowa locations in the late afternoon/early evening.

The cost of the trip is $375 per participant. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone. The $375 fee covers the bus transportation and a hotel stay (4 to a room) for two nights. For additional fees, private and semi-private rooms can possibly be reserved.

Payments and registrations received before 11/01/16 will be secured. Registrations will be taken after 11/01/16 until the buses are full. Registrations are not accepted without full payment. You can register and pay HERE.

For more information, contact iowansforlife@msn.com.

 

40 Days for Life – Until November 6th

The 40 Days for Life Fall campaign will continue to take place until November 6th. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigil outside of local abortion clinics. So coordinate with your friends, family, or church to prayerfully witness for life. Click HERE to see the 40 Days for Life webpage for Des Moines.

If you would just like to go and not have to organize anything, consider going to the prayer vigil that happens every Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Planned Parenthood at 1000 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines.

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Election – November 8th

Please pray for the U.S. election that will happen on Tuesday, November 8th! With the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, as well as the lives of many unborn babies, the effects of this election will be huge. To be honest, while the choices aren’t exciting, the choice is very clear-cut from a pro-life perspective. Please pray and fast for the result of this election!

The Iowa Bishops have put out resources to help Catholics discern which candidates to vote for as part of Faithful Citizenship. One resource is a flyer which has questions to ask each candidate about their priorities. I was pleased to see that the first question was: “Do you support protecting human life from conception until natural death as a foundational principle?” That’s always a good start. To see the flyer, click HERE.

 

 

 

Ruth Harbor Banquet – November 17th
 

Join Ruth Harbor for their annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm. Ruth Harbor is a home where a pregnant young woman can find safety and support for her and her child. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and dinner begins at 7:00 pm. The banquet will take place at Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines (101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines).

They will be celebrating 15 years of a labor of love at Ruth Harbor. Join them to hear about the redemptive journeys of alumni directly from them and the positive impact Ruth Harbor has had over the years!

Click HERE to register or to get more information.

Special Needs Conference – November 18th & 19th
The Inclusive Ministry Conference will take place on Friday, November 18th from 6:00-8:30 pm, and on Saturday, November 19th, from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Lutheran Church of Hope (925 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines). The conference will “support, inform, and equip families and ministries impacted by individuals with special needs.” There are two tracks, and five breakout sessions on different topics. The conference is sponsored by the Special Needs Ministry Network of Des Moines, a partnership of St. Francis of Assisi, Lutheran Church of Hope, and Valley Church.

Also, during the conference lunchbreak on Saturday, there is a special luncheon hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Special Needs Ministry about how Loyola Press can “support you in meeting the faith needs of those with special needs in your parish.” Registration is required for both the conference and extra luncheon.

To learn more about and to register for the conference, go to inclusiveministryconference.com. To register for the luncheon, you can e-mail Jess Streit at jstreit@saintfrancischurch.org.

 
 
It’s a Wonderful Life Fundraiser – December 10th 

You are invited to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dinner and Broadway Musical Revue on Saturday, December 10th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner will be at 6:00 pm, and the show will be at 7:00 pm. This event is organized by the Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee, and proceeds go to support Iowans for LIFE. The benefit will be held in the Holy Trinity Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines).

This is a great Christmas season event for a great cause, and is a fun date idea! Bring your family and friends for an evening of good food and music from some of Des Moines’ top musicians and singers.

Tickets are now available HERE, and it’s good to get them fast because they sell out every year. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students, and children under 10 are FREE. You can also organize a table of eight for $280.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Tom Quiner at tom@bmi-info.com.

 
Midwest March for Life – January 14th
 

Save the date for the 5th Annual Midwest March for Life! The Midwest March for Life will be held at the Capitol Building in Des Moines on Saturday, January 14th. This is the opportunity for those of us who can’t attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. or the West Coast March for Life to be a voice for the voiceless and show our support.

The march is usually in the late morning and involves prayer and a short walk around the Capitol Building. There is also a Mass for Life and indoor educational opportunities for the rest of the day. You can see the short promotional video HERE.

So save the date! More details will be coming soon!

 

 
 
 Adoption Opportunity
 
During college I met a wonderful young lady who worked at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ames. Her name is Misty and she is very sweet! After I left college, she got married and she and her husband were able to adopt a son. They are hoping to adopt again, and if you have one minute it would be great of you to like their Facebook page where they put up information about their family for birth mothers considering adoption to see.
Because God uses these little things at the perfect time, I hope that someone may see this and know of someone considering adoption. Please like their Facebook page HERE or send their information on to any prospective birth mothers you have met. Thank you!

Action Alert: Petition to Stop American Medical Association Support of Assisted Suicide

According to CitizenGo:

“The American Medical Association (AMA) has long held that assisted suicide is incompatible with the role of the doctor. However, the AMA is reconsidering that position. In several weeks, on November 13 and 14 in Orlando during an interim meeting, a special session will be devoted to discussing assisted suicide. As the largest association of doctors in the country, the AMA has a huge influence.

Please join us in asking the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath and continue to oppose assisted suicide.”

Take less than a minute to sign the petition HERE.

Legislative News

 

Iowa Right to Life Preferred Candidates

Iowa Right to Life always evaluates candidates for state and federal offices before elections and send out a list of the candidates who have shown themselves to be the most pro-life in legislative action.

Here the list of their preferred candidates:
President & Vice President – Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence

U.S. Senate – Senator Charles Grassley

U.S. Representative District 1 – Congressman Rod Blum

U.S. Representative District 3 – Congressman David Young

U.S. Representative District 4 – Congressman Steve King

Vote NO on Judges
Iowa Right to Life also recommends voting NO to retaining Supreme Court Justices Appel, Cady, and Hecht. The reason they give is that “when given the chance to protect women and unborn children in 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court ignored the medical expertise of the Iowa Board of Medicine. These men enabled Planned Parenthood to continue to unleash dangerous webcam abortions across Iowa. Further, they willfully established precedent for other states to do the same.”

Pro-Life Pope Francis
It’s tough to say it better than that : ) Thanks for all that you do! God bless you and your families!
Posted by: ajrawson | September 1, 2016

September Pro-Life Events

 Local Events

 

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Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – September 6th

The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6th at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). The meeting will be held in the Parish Center. Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.

InnerVisions Fundraiser Dinner Dance – September 17th
You are invited to the 5th annual dinner dance to benefit InnerVisions HealthCare Clinic. The dance will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 6:30 -10:30 pm at St. Boniface Parish (1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA 50263). There will be a steak dinner, a silent/live auction, and dancing. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The cost is $50 per ticket or $320 per table of eight. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds go to support InnerVisions HealthCare.

Please register by September 9th. To register, go to www.ivhcare.org/2016DinnerDance, e-mail development@ivhcare.org, or send checks to InnerVisions HealthCare at 1355 50th St. Suite 400, WDM, IA 50266.

Affirming Life Through Ethical Medical Research – September 17th

Dr. Alan Moy will be giving a special presentation on Saturday, September 17th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The topic will be “Offering Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cells and Aborted Fetal Tissue.” The event will take place at St. Augustin Catholic Church (545 42nd Street, Des Moines). It is sponsored by Iowans for LIFE and the Catholic Medical Association.

According to Iowans for LIFE, after receiving advanced medical degrees, “in 2005 Dr. Moy left academia and co-founded Cellular Engineering Technology, Iowa’s only biopharmaceutical company devoted to industrial manufacturing of adult stem cells. In 2006 Dr. Moy founded the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop adult stem cell therapies for treating diseases. Dr. Moy is an expert on industrial manufacturing of human adult stem cells and he has written and spoken on the topic of medical research ethics.”

Free Workshop to Plan Your Legacy to Support Pro-Life Causes – September 20th 
On Tuesday, September 20th from 4:00 – 8:55 pm there will be a free workshop to help “provide you with basic information you can use in caring for loved ones and stewarding your charitable giving at church or to other ministries – today and in the future.”

The workshop will be held at the State Historical Building (600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines). Free parking is available in the parking ramp across the street on the north side of the building. This will be a great opportunity to learn about another way you can provide long-term support to pro-life causes.

This event is hosted by four Christian nonprofit organizations, two of them specifically focused on caring for women and unborn children: Ruth Harbor (a home for pregnant mothers), Agape Crisis Pregnancy Clinic, Hope Ministries, and Freedom for Youth. See short videos on each ministry at their website HERE. According to the website, this is not a fundraiser and there will be no soliciting.

Event Schedule

Talks start at 4:45, with breakouts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. Participants can choose to attend the entire event start to finish or come and go (check in and out) throughout the evening depending on their topics of interest or as their schedule permits.

4:00-4:45 Reception – Light hors d’oeuvres and collaborator displays

4:45-5:15 Opening Session – Large Group

5:30-6:30 Breakout Session #1

6:30-6:45 BREAK – Light refreshments and collaborator displays

6:45-7:45 Breakout Session #2

7:45-8:00 BREAK – Light refreshments and collaborator displays

8:00-8:55 Breakout Session #3

An RSVP is required, even though the event is free. You can register online HERE or email legacyplanningforum@gmail.com or call 515-265-7272 Ext. 1003.

40 Days for Life – Starts September 28th

The 40 Days for Life Fall campaign will take place from September 28th to November 6th. 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigil outside of local abortion clinics.

So coordinate with your friends, family, or church to prayerfully witness for life. Click HEREto see the 40 Days for Life webpage for Des Moines.

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Life Chain – October 2nd


The annual Life Chain will take place on Sunday, October 2nd, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. The location that I know about is at St. Theresa Parish (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines 50311). We quietly pray and stand along Merle Hay Road with pro-life signs. Please join us to witness for life! Also, this is a family activity, so bring everyone, and it happens rain or shine. There will also be cookies to enjoy at the end!

Iowans for LIFE Banquet – October 13th

The Iowans for LIFE annual banquet will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. It will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines). There will be social time at 6:00 pm, and seating at 6:30 pm.

The keynote speaker is Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers. His talk is titled: Black & White in a World of Grey. The cost is $50 per person, or you can purchase a table of 10 for $500.

You can register for the banquet HERE. If you have any questions, e-mail them at iowansforlife@msn.com.

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Ruth Harbor Banquet – November 17th

Join Ruth Harbor for their annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm. Ruth Harbor is a home where a pregnant young woman can find safety and support for her and her child. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and dinner begins at 7 pm. The banquet will take place at Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines (101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines).

They will be celebrating 15 years of a labor of love at Ruth Harbor. Join them to hear about the redemptive journeys of alumni directly from them and the positive impact Ruth Harbor has had over the years!

There isn’t registration information on their website today, but check soonHERE and it should be easy to find.

It’s a Wonderful Life Fundraiser – December 10th

You are invited to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dinner and Broadway Musical Revue on Saturday, December 10th. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, and the show will be at 7:00 pm. This event is organized by the Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee, and proceeds go to support Iowans for LIFE. The benefit will be held in the Holy Trinity Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines).

This is a great Christmas season event for a great cause, and is a fun date idea! Bring your family and friends for an evening of good food and music from some of Des Moines’ top musicians and singers.

Tickets go on sale October 13th, and it’s good to get them fast because they sell out every year. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students, and children under 10 are FREE. You can also organize a table of eight for $280.

So save the date in December and also mark your calendar for October 13th, when you will be able to buy tickets HERE. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Tom Quiner at tom@bmi-info.com

 

Free Pro-Life E-Book on “How to Keep the Fire Burning”

Priests for Life is offering a FREE e-book called “How to Keep the Fire Burning.” It is written by Fr. Pavone. The book is designed as a helpful tool that people waging the battle for life can use to be energized and encouraged. Get the FREE e-book HERE.

 
Legislative News

 

 

Urgent Action Alert on Chimera Research – Must Act Before September 6th!

According to Human Life Action, “The National Institutes of Health, has recently announced its intention to lift its moratorium on funding research that involves injecting human embryonic stem cells into animal embryos thus creating part-human and part-animal organisms known as chimeras.

This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the creation and manipulation of new beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals. Public comments in opposition to this unethical research are currently being accepted. However, the window to act is tight; comments close on September 6 at midnight.”

Please go HERE to make a public comment protecting the dignity of human life. They have a prepared message that you can copy, then go to the NIH public comment link, and paste. Done – less than one minute! Thank you!

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Election – November 8th

Please pray for the U.S. election that will happen on Tuesday, November 8th! With the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, as well as the lives of many unborn babies, the effects of this election will be huge.

The Iowa Bishops have put out resources to help Catholics discern which candidates to vote for as part of Faithful Citizenship. One resource is a flyer which has questions to ask each candidate about their priorities. I was pleased to see that the first question was: “Do you support protecting human life from conception until natural death as a foundational principle?” That’s always a good start. To see the flyer, click HERE.

To see their other resources on Faithful Citizenship, click HERE.

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Charges Dropped Against David Daleiden

All charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were dropped. These were the two people who directly exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts through video footage. They had been charged for using fake IDs to protect their identities while they investigated. Thankfully they are now vindicated of all charges. See the Lifenews.com article HERE.

 

Real Estate For Life – Awesome Idea!

Looking to buy or sell a home? Choose a certified, pro-life realtor from Real Estate for Life, and when the sale is completed, your agent will donate a portion of their commission to Students for Life. After you purchase a home, pro-life organizations get a commission check!

Check out their website and video explaining the nonprofit HERE OR contact proliferealestate@yahoo.com to get connected to a pro-life realtor.

 

New Pro-Life Curriculum for Middle School Students

Students for Life has created a pro-life curriculum, “Protecting Value,” for middle school students. They are doing this to combat Planned Parenthood’s propaganda, which is often already in schools. They are looking for support as they test this new curriculum with several groups and hope to expand it in the future. If you would like to learn more or help Students for Life with this project, click HERE.

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Inspirational Pro-Life Stories from the Olympics

I LOVE the Olympics! Here are a couple articles about Olympians being inspiring in pro-life ways, in addition to athletically.


Olympian Saves Baby From Abortion

Olympian boxer Claressa Shields adopted her cousin’s baby and saved her from abortion. To read the Lifenews.com article, click HERE.

 
Athlete Sarah Brown Gave Up the Olympics to Keep Her Baby

Sarah Brown, one of the top female 1500 meter runners in the world, was getting ready for the Olympics in Rio when she found out that she was unexpectedly pregnant. She chose to give up the Olympics to keep her daughter. Take 30 seconds to sign a thank you to Sarah for setting such a good example HERE.

Olympic Champion Gymnast Simone Biles Was Adopted

Simone Biles, superstar gymnast who we all came to know and love during the Olympics, has an amazing back story, including that she was adopted. See the Lifenews.com storyHERE.

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Pro-Life Pope Francis

“The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs.”

– Pope Francis, in a 2013 address to a delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute

Posted by: ajrawson | June 3, 2016

June Pro-Live Events

Local Events

 

Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – June 7th

The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7th at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.

Also, starting at this meeting, there will be a new room location. For the rest of the year, they will be meeting in the Parish Center. The Parish Center is the St. Pius X gym and cafeteria area, and they will meet in one of the small meeting rooms to the left as you enter the main door. Go in the door that faces the school building.

 

 

 

InnerVisions HealthCare 5th Annual Gala – June 16th

The annual gala for InnerVisions HealthCare will take place on Thursday, June 16th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Sheraton Hotel (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines). InnerVisions is an advanced crisis pregnancy center that offers free help to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

The keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson. Abby Johnson is a “pro-life advocate and former Planned Parenthood clinic director.” She will share her inspirational story of transformation.

For more details and to register, go HERE.

 

FREE Showing of Mary’s Meal “Generation Hope” Movie – June 18th

I don’t usually have room to include all of the pro-life events in the poverty area, but this is one I know about and this month there is room 🙂  Mary’s Meals is an amazing organization, and I hope you and your family are able to come!

On Saturday, June 18th, at 10 am there will be a FREE showing of the new Mary’s Meals documentary “Generation Hope.” The free showing will be held in the St. Theresa Church Parish Hall (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, 50311). Come have some snacks and watch this 30-minute, inspirational movie.

Mary’s Meals is a global nonprofit that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities. Generation Hope is the new documentary movie which shows the extraordinary difference receiving a daily meal in school can make in the lives of children. This uplifting film introduces us to the group of young people who, having received Mary’s Meals, have broken the cycle of poverty and gone on to further education or paid employment.

There will be an opportunity to support the work of Mary’s Meals or give a freewill donation for the snacks. Feel free to invite others. Hope to see you there!

Pro-Life Action Alerts

 

Contact Congress Members about Conscience Protection Act

From Human Life Alliance:

Please contact your Congress Members and ask them to support the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. This legislation is to allow the right of conscientious objection to abortion. The bill has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate.

To contact your Congress Members, click HERE. Click on the orange “Take Action” box.

 

Support the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act

From FRC Action:

Senator Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act (S. 2066) is designed to strengthen the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and provide the accountability needed to actually protect and provide medical care to any baby born alive after a failed abortion.

Please send a quick, prepared message to your Senator to support the bill HERE. Click on the blue “Take Action” oval.

National & Local News

 

Iowa Court Rules Unborn Children Should Have the Same Rights as Born Children

From Lifenews.com:

“The Iowa Supreme Court hesitantly admitted last week that unborn children should have the same rights as born children in cases involving a parent’s wrongful death, World Magazine reports.

The high court handed down the decision on May 6, ruling that a little girl who was still in the womb when her father died can be awarded damages for wrongful loss of parental companionship, according to the report.”

To read the full article click HERE.

 

 

New Iowa Law Protects Women & Children

From Iowans for LIFE:

“Iowans for LIFE proudly participated in Governor Branstad’s signing of HF 2386. This law allows victims of rape who become pregnant and choose life for their child to terminate their rapists’ parental rights. This helps to eliminate situations in which a rapist will use their parental rights as leverage to threaten for custody or visitation rights for the child. At Iowans for LIFE, we strive to protect both mother and child.”

Also, according to Iowans for LIFE, Governor Brandstad once again proclaimed that April is Abortion Recovery month. Thank you to all of the groups who assist women who need hope and healing.

 

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Project Rachel

Speaking of groups who help post-abortive women, Project Rachel is a post-abortive healing resource for both women and men affected by abortion.

Catholic Charities now offers support through Project Rachel for men and women who are struggling with the effects of past abortions. Trained staff are available to provide compassionate counseling and confidential referrals to licensed therapists, support groups, and local priests trained in post-abortion counseling and sacramental Reconciliation if needed.

As pro-life people who really care about women and their babies, I recommend putting this phone number and/or e-mail in your phone, so you have it available in case you run into anyone who it could help. The Project Rachel phone will be checked daily. I believe it is a land-line phone, so make sure anyone who needs it knows that texting will not work.

If you or someone you know needs to contact Project Rachel, you can call 515-393-5230 OR e-mail projectrachel@catholiccharitiesdm.org

 

 
Iowa Right to Life Update

From Iowa Right to Life:

“A few months ago, through our friends in SW Iowa, we became aware of a $5 million federal grant Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has secured. This is for the so-called ‘The President’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.’ This grant targets children from Kindergarten-12th grade in the following counties: Woodbury, Pottawattamie, Mills and Page Counties in Iowa and Dakota and Douglas Counties in Nebraska… We will continue to support in every way possible the targeted cities, Shenandoah, Clarinda, Stanton and beyond.”

Please pray for the people in the targeted areas as well as Iowa Right to Life’s efforts to help.

Iowa Right to Life Final Iowa Legislative Report

“This year the Iowa House of Representatives passed a Health and Human Services budget bill with language that would have effectively defunded Planned Parenthood.” However, the Democrat-controlled Senate took this language out of the bill. The bill went to a conference committee, but the final bill “did not include defunding the abortion industry.”

Iowa Right to Life is “disappointed that the Senate refused to end the taxpayer funding of abortion providers in the State of Iowa.” They say it makes more sense to send family planning dollars to Federally Qualified Health Centers “since they have exponentially more locations and provide actual medical care without a history of fraud and abuse.”

However there is some progress since the Iowa House and Senate have agreed to double the adoption tax credit from $2,500 to $5,000. This is a great way to support and encourage adoptions!

Supreme Court Supports Little Sisters of the Poor!

From Lifenews.com:

“In a surprise move Monday, the Supreme Court punted on the case and, in a unanimous ruling, essentially told the lower courts to find a way to accommodate the Little Sisters so their conscience rights would not be violated. The Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts to examine an alternative accommodation to the mandate.

The justices instructed the lower court to find tweaks in the HHS mandate to eliminate any faith-based concerns ‘while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly.’”

Thanks for the prayers for them, but it’s not over yet. Keep them up!

To read the full article click HERE.

 

Petition to Stop the Global UN Tax

From C-Fam:

At the UN there is currently talk of a Global UN Tax. “The reason a UN Global Tax on all international financial transactions would be a bad idea is that it would create a totally independent revenue stream for the UN.” They mention this money would be used to continue to try to spread abortion on demand and undermine the traditional family.

“The UN is now funded by voluntary contributions from governments. They [governments] can always pull their funding, like the US did when the US pulled out of UNESCO for several years. A UN Global Tax would have no government oversight. The Global UN Tax must be stopped.”

If you haven’t already, please sign the petition against a global UN tax. Click HERE to sign the petition.

 

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Prayers for Election

Pray for the presidential election coming up! Soon presidential nominees will be chosen, and a lot hangs in the balance, including the judge that will be added to the Supreme Court.

Pro-Life Pope Francis

From Lifenews.com:

“Pope Francis once again proves himself to be a powerful pro-life voice with his latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Latin for the ‘Joy of Love.’

The Holy Father states,

‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide are serious threats to families worldwide…The Church, while firmly opposing these practices, feels the need to assist families who take care of their elderly and infirm members.’”

To read the full article click HERE.

Posted by: ajrawson | March 31, 2016

April Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

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Ladies Lovin’ Life Gathering – April 12th
InnerVisions HealthCare hosts a monthly social group of pro-life women that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The goal of the evening is to enjoy time with other pro-life women and get a quick update on what is happening at the clinic.

On April 12th, the meeting will be dinner at Bravo Cucina Italian Restaurant at 6:30 pm (120 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines).  I believe that you choose and pay for your own dinner, and they provide the fun, pro-life atmosphere 🙂  A no-obligation gift idea for the clinic is a giftcard to Office Depot. Please RSVP to LCramer4@q.com.

 

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Des Moines Couple-to-Couple League Meeting – April 17th
Natural Family Planning is one good way to be totally pro-life. If you are interested in sharing the positive message of how NFP can bless your marriage, consider going to the next local Couple-to-Couple League (CCL) meeting. The next quarterly meeting will be on Sunday, April 17th at 11:00 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish (7075 Ashworth Rd, West Des Moines).

 

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Religious Freedom Celebration – April 20th
Everyone is invited to the 3rd annual Religious Freedom Celebration in the Rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines. It will be held from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 20th. The event is called “Strengthening Families, Citizens, and Communities in a Pluralistic Society.” The Iowa Catholic Conference is one of the main sponsors, and Bishop Pates will be one of the speakers.  For more information, visit www.iowareligiousfreedomday.org

 

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End of Life Issues Presentation – April 24th
On Sunday, April 24th, there will be a talk about End of Life Issues at the Basilica of St. John in the Parish Hall (1915 University Ave, Des Moines). Joan Thompson, from the Iowa Catholic Conference, will discuss various end of life issues, including the recent push for assisted suicide in Iowa.

All are welcome to attend. Please come and bring family and friends. The event is free, and snacks will be available for a donation. This talk is sponsored by the Basilica of St. John Pro-Life Committee.

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Iowans for LIFE “March for Life: The Pilgrimage Continues” – April 30th
On April 30th, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Iowans for LIFE will have a recap of the recent March for Life, including the “turnpike Mass” they were part of that gained national attention. From there discussion turns to where we go from here, how we can make a difference the rest of the year, and next year’s March for Life pilgrimage. There will be food, drink, and fellowship.

The presentation will be held on the rooftop of the Market One Building (130 E. 3rd Street, Des Moines). The rain location is at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines). Please RSVP to iowansforlife@msn.com by April 23rd.

 

 

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Ruth Harbor Walk for Life – May 7th
Save the date for the annual Ruth Harbor Walk for Life. The walk will be on Saturday, May 7th at 9:30 – 11:00 am. Invite your friends and family to walk with you. Meet at the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel (101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines) and make one lap around the Des Moines Riverwalk together, ending with a special celebration to commemorate Ruth Harbor opening her doors 15 years ago! There will also be special surprises this year in honor of the anniversary.

You can support moms and babies by being a sponsored walker, forming a team, or dropping off a donation when you get there. For more information, e-mail walk@ruthharbor.org If you aren’t able to signed up in time, just go and you can write a freewill donation check from your family when you get there (I’ve done that before 🙂

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Ladies Lovin’ Life Gathering – May 10th
InnerVisions HealthCare hosts a monthly social group of pro-life women that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The goal of the evening is to enjoy time with other pro-life women and get a quick update on what is happening at the clinic.

On May 10th, the meeting will be dinner at Bravo Cucina Italian Restaurant at 6:30 pm (120 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines).  I believe that you choose and pay for your own dinner, and they provide the fun, pro-life atmosphere 🙂  A no-obligation gift idea for the clinic is a gas/fuel giftcard, like to Casey’s or Kum n’ Go. Please RSVP to LCramer4@q.com.

http://www.iowansforlife.org

Iowans for LIFE Lunch and Learn Series – May 18th
Looking for a good way to spend your lunch break? Come learn about and discuss a pro-life topic with Iowans for LIFE from 12:00 -1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 18th. Topic to be announced.

I’m assuming that this is held at their office at the Market One Building (130 E. 3rd Street, Des Moines). I haven’t been able to find out more details about this. For more information, e-mail iowansforlife@msn.com.

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Memorial Mass for the Unborn – May 24th
There will be a Memorial Mass for the Unborn on Tuesday, May 24th at Christ the King Parish (5711 SW 9th Street, Des Moines). The Memorial Service will begin at 5:00 pm in the Holy Innocents Garden at Christ the King and will be for all who have lost a child. After prayers, there will be Mass. Participants will receive a token of remembrance.

http://www.iowansforlife.org

Iowans for LIFE Lunch and Learn Series – May 25th
Looking for a good way to spend your lunch break? Come learn about and discuss a pro-life topic with Iowans for LIFE from 12:00 -1:00 pm on Wednesday, May 25th. Topic to be announced.

I’m assuming that this is held at their office at the Market One Building (130 E. 3rd Street, Des Moines). I haven’t been able to find out more details about this. For more information, e-mail iowansforlife@msn.com.

 

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Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – June 7th
The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7th at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.

Also, starting at this meeting, there will be a new room location. I will try to find out more specifics before the meeting.

 

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InnerVisions HealthCare 5th Annual Gala – June 16th
The annual gala for InnerVisions HealthCare will take place on Thursday, June 16th from 6:00 – 8:30 pm at the Sheraton Hotel (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines). InnerVisions is an advanced crisis pregnancy center that offers free help to women facing unplanned pregnancies.

The keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson. Abby Johnson is a “pro-life advocate and former Planned Parenthood clinic director.” She will share her inspirational story of transformation.

For more details and to register, go HERE.

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Local Pro-Life Resources You Should Know About

Catholic Charities Pregnancy & Adoption Advocate

Catholic Charities has a new staff member, Kelsey Tyrrell. She will “provide Birth Options Counseling for pregnant women as they contemplate parenting or adoption as the best plan for their child. Kelsey will make referrals for prenatal care, parenting classes, GED classes, job searches, and adoption agencies.” Adoption referrals are to Lutheran Family Services and Bethany Christian Services. Catholic Charities is not currently able to facilitate adoptions. If you need to refer someone to Kelsey, you can e-mail her at ktyrrell@catholiccharitiesdm.org.

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Project Rachel

Bishop Pates has been hoping to get this program going in Des Moines for several years, and it sounds like it will happen soon. Project Rachel is a post-abortive healing resource for both women and men affected by abortion.

Catholic Charities will have a phone line dedicated to Project Rachel where “post-abortive women, men, and family members may call to seek help provided by Catholic Charities licensed counselors and/or priests trained in post-abortion counseling and sacramental Reconciliation.” The phone will be checked daily. Soon the phone number will be available.

 

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Iowa Right to Life Speakers

Iowa Right to Life has a Pro-Life Speakers Bureau available for any groups trying to find good speakers on various pro-life topics. See more information about the speakers HERE.

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Legislative Update
Iowa Catholic Conference – Fetal Tissue Bill Stalls & Then is Passed  By Iowa House

According to the Iowa Catholic Conference, HF 2329, is a “bill to prohibit the trafficking and use of fetal tissue following an abortion.” It was going to be debated recently, but “the state Board of Regents came out publicly against the bill. We can infer this is because the University of Iowa wants to protect its ability to continue using fetal tissue from abortions in research.”

“The Church teaches that the use of this tissue is unethical because it is obtained as a result of an abortion. We do not support the abuse of one group (the unborn) for the benefit of others.”

After the stall, the Iowa House did pass HF 2329 before the second funnel deadline. “The House did adopt an amendment to allow current fetal cell lines derived from abortions to be used for research. The purpose was to allow the University of Iowa to continue current research on cells derived from an aborted fetus.”

Unfortunately, “the bill was passed too late for the (Iowa) Senate to take any action before the legislative deadline.” We will see if the bill can make progress in the Senate soon.

 

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Iowa Right to Life Update
– According to Iowa Right to Life, Iowa is second in the nation for the number of abortion clinics closed (we are 2nd to Texas). “Thirteen Planned Parenthood clinics have closed for good since 2012.”

– Recently, the Doctor Prescribed Suicide bill died in the Iowa Senate. Yay!

– Maine has just started to do webcam abortions. “Overnight, they went from three abortion clinics to 20.”

– Iowa Right to Life and SBA List praised US Senator Chuck Grassley (from Iowa) for strongly supporting waiting to vote on the Supreme Court vacancy until the American people have chosen a new president. This allows the American people to have a say in the future of the Supreme Court.

Senator Grassley is being attacked for his position. Please send him a prepared message of encouragement to stay strong. Send the message HERE.

 

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Send Quick Messages & Petitions to Congress Members to Wait to Vote on Supreme Court Nominee

– Send a message to your US Senate members HERE.
– Sign the Life News petition HERE.

– Send another message to your US Senators through the American Family Association HERE.

– Sign the Concerned Women for America petition HERE.

 

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Global Abortion Tax for United Nations
According to C-Fam, the United Nations is considering a “global tax on financial transactions that will be an independent revenue stream for UN programs that promote abortion and ‘various forms of the family’.”

This tax, the Tobin Tax, has been discussed before. “It would tax all international financial transactions including when you change money when you travel.” This would allow the UN guaranteed money to support legalizing abortion around the world.

Please sign this petition against the global tax HERE.

 

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Prayers Needed!
– Continue to pray for the result of the Supreme Court case that includes the Little Sisters of the Poor and Priests for Life. The case is on whether the government can force Christian organizations to violate their religious principles and provide artificial contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, as expected by the HHS mandate.

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– Pray for wisdom for the Supreme Court justices as they rule on the court case Whole Women’s Health vs. Hellerstedt. This is the most significant pro-life case in many years.

The case is about if abortion facilities should have to meet more regulated health standards like other outpatient surgical centers. This seems like common sense for women’s safety, but there is a lot of money and power at stake. Setting these regulations would close many current abortion clinics because they are not prepared to meet these health standards.

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– Pray for the presidential election coming up! Soon presidential nominees will be chosen, and, as always, a lot hangs in the balance.

Priests for Life Election Novena Prayer

O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord,
Not only of individuals, but of nations and governments.

We thank you for the privilege
Of being able to organize ourselves politically
And of knowing that political loyalty
Does not have to mean disloyalty to you.

We thank you for your law,
Which our Founding Fathers acknowledged
And recognized as higher than any human law.

We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us,
To exercise our solemn duty not only to vote,
But to influence countless others to vote,
And to vote correctly.

Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened.
Let them realize that while politics is not their salvation,
Their response to you requires that they be politically active.

Awaken your people to know that they are
not called to be a sect fleeing the world
But rather a community of faith renewing the world.

Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer
Are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth;
That the same eyes that read your Word
Are the eyes that read the names on the ballot,
And that they do not cease to be Christians
When they enter the voting booth.

Awaken your people to a commitment to justice
To the sanctity of marriage and the family,
To the dignity of each individual human life,
And to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin,
And not one moment later.

Lord, we rejoice today
That we are citizens of your kingdom.

May that make us all the more committed
To being faithful citizens on earth.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

– Please pray for some of the California crisis pregnancy clinics who are refusing to comply with the new law, which would force them to tell women about abortion as an option for them. For more information, see the article HERE.

 

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Pro-Life Pope Francis
“The fight against abortion is part of the battle in favor of life from the moment of conception until a dignified, natural end. This includes the care of the mother during pregnancy, the existence of laws to protect the mother postpartum, and the need to ensure that children receive enough food, as well as providing healthcare throughout the whole length of life…

…On science being aware it is human life: ‘A pregnant woman isn’t carrying a toothbrush in her belly or a tumor…We are in the presence of a human being’.”

– Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (before he became Pope Francis) in book of

interviews “Pope Francis: His Life in His Own Words”

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