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.

http://www.iowansforlife.org

 

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🙂

http://www.ivhcare.org

 

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.

 

http://innervisionshealthcare.org/

 

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.

catholiccharitiesnwo.org

 

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.

 

http://www.iowartl.org

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”

Posted by: ajrawson | March 2, 2016

March Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – March 1st

The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, March 1st at 6 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th St, Urbandale, IA 50322). Come to learn more about the pro-life initiatives in Des Moines and how you can be a part of them.

 

40 Days for Life – Now until March 20th

The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign will be from February 10th – March 20th. Organize family, friends, and fellow parishioners to quietly pray, witness, and be available to offer help in front of local Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. Since this is during Lent, it’s an especially great time to pray and fast for pro-life causes.

 

 

Save One Post-Abortive Healing Class – March 2nd

From Iowa Right to Life:  A SaveOne chapter is forming in the Des Moines area.  The group is for women or men who struggle “with regret over abortion in their past.” This confidential class will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd. For more information on Save One, see their website HERE. For more details on the class, you can e-mail iowa@iowartl.org.

 

 

Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court Case – March 23rd

Continue to pray for the result of the Supreme Court case that includes the Little Sisters of the Poor and Priests for Life. The Little Sisters will plead their portion of the case on March 23rd. 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.

Priests for Life also has a “prayer for the victory of life and freedom in Supreme Court cases.” Please pray it below.

 

Lord God,
You are the Author of Life and Freedom.
In your Spirit, we have the freedom of the children of God,
And in your Name, we promote the freedom of all
To seek, embrace, and live the truth of your Word.
In that freedom, Lord, we your people stand with Life and for Life.
We reject whatever destroys life,
And we refuse to cooperate in what is evil.
At this moment, therefore, when our government has decided
To force us to cooperate in evil,
We pray for the grace to be faithful to you and to oppose the unjust laws and mandates
That have been imposed upon us and our institutions.
We pray for the conversion of those in civil authority
Who fail to appreciate the demands of conscience.
We pray for the complete reversal of all policies
That permit the destruction of life
Or coerce the cooperation of your people
In practices that are wrong.
In particular we pray that the cases which challenge the HHS mandate
And are now before the Supreme Court may be decided rightly,
And thereby protect the religious freedom of all.
Father, may Your Kingdom come,
And let your people rejoice in the victory of life and freedom.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life

 

 

 

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 am! Invite your friends and family to walk with you. Meet at the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel 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! You can support moms and babies by being a sponsored walker, forming a team, or dropping off a donation when you get there.

There will also be special surprises this year in honor of the anniversary. More walk and registration details will be coming soon.

 

 

 

InnerVisions HealthCare 5th Annual Gala – June 16th

Save the date for the annual gala for InnerVisions HealthCare, an advanced crisis pregnancy center that offers free help to women facing unplanned pregnancies. The gala will be held on Thursday, June 16th.

The keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson. Abby Johnson is a “pro-life advocate and former clinic director of Planned Parenthood, who experienced a ‘change of heart’ while participating in an ultrasound guided abortion procedure.” She will share her inspirational story of transformation.

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

 

 

 

Legislative Update

Death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

From Life News: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died recently. Scalia is one of the minority of Supreme Court judges who was pro-life and supported overturning Roe v. Wade. Leading pro-life groups have called Justice Scalia a “pro-life hero.”

His death is a major issue because if a pro-choice justice replaces him, the Supreme Court would be very pro-abortion. Please sign the petitions below to Congress members to wait on the vote for a replacement until after the next president has been voted in.

Petitions to Wait for the Next President to Choose Replacement Supreme Court Justice:

– Sign the AFA petition HERE.

– Sign the Susan B. Anthony List petition HERE.

– Sign the Go Petition HERE.

 

Tell to Your Iowa Legislator to Stop the Sale of Aborted Fetal Tissue

From Iowa Catholic Conference Update on Iowa Legislature:

– Please e-mail your legislator asking them to support House File 2329. This bill “would stop the transfer or sale of fetal tissue in Iowa after an abortion.”

Send a prepared message to your Iowa legislator supporting this bill HERE.

– Good news! “Both ‘doctor-prescribed suicide’ bills that were introduced this session died in committee. The bills would have allowed assisted suicide by permitting people with “terminal” diagnoses of six months or less to receive drugs to kill themselves.

 

U.S. House of Representatives Fails to Override President’s Veto

From Live Action:  The U.S. House of Representatives attempted to override President Obama’s veto on the legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, but, sadly, it was unsuccessful. They did what they could, but needed 50 more votes to meet the override threshold.

 

 

New Video on Planned Parenthood Illegal Accounting Practices

From Life News: A new video released this month by The Center for Medical Progress shows Planned Parenthood using illegal accounting practices to cover up profits from sales of aborted baby body parts. See the video HERE (at the bottom of the page).

 

Prayers Needed!

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

 

Important Pro-Life Supreme Court Case 

From Susan B. Anthony List:

– On Wednesday, March 2nd, “the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in one of the most important cases on abortion in decades – Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

The issue is whether abortion facilities should have to adhere to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient facilities and whether or not abortionists must have admitting privileges to area hospitals.

This law has the potential to not only protect unborn children and women but also close unsafe abortion clinics, like that of Kermit Gosnell.”

For those of us here in Iowa (instead of Washington D.C.), they say we can help by:

1.    Using #protectthemboth on your social media accounts to show your support.

2.    Pray for wisdom on the Supreme Court. With Justice Scalia’s gone, your prayers are needed even more!

– Also on March 2nd, the newly formed House Select Panel on Infant Lives, chaired by pro-life leader Rep. Marsha Blackburn, will hold its first hearing.

The panel “will begin to uncover the truth about how unborn and newborn infants are treated in our nation. This is all a part of a larger investigation into the truth about the harvesting and sale of baby body parts. Chairman Blackburn has already used her subpoena power to request information from groups that sell infant organs and tissue for research.”

How to Help:

1.    Thank Chairman Blackburn for her leadership: Send a public message of support and thanks to @MarshaBlackburn on Twitter.

2.    Follow @MarshaBlackburn, @SBAList, and @marjorieSBA on Twitter for the latest updates on the events of the day.

3.    Pray for wisdom and discernment for our pro-life leaders in Congress, that they will find the truth.

 

USCCB Religious Freedom Video

From the USCCB:  See this four-minute video from the USCCB on why religious freedom is incredibly important, including for institutions who perform works of mercy. See the video HERE.

 

 

Free Pro-Life Lesson for Students

American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program has a free lesson available for school-age students on pro-life leader Dr. Mildred Jefferson. She was an African American doctor who was able to persuade the U.S. President at the time to change his opinion on abortion. I had never heard of her before, but she sounds fascinating. See the lesson HERE. It includes information about her, questions, and activity ideas.

I also recommend getting on American Life League’s e-mail list to receive the free lessons they send out periodically to help parents and teachers build a culture of life.

 

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Super Bowl Ad Upsets Pro-Abortion NARAL

According to Life News, pro-abortion group NARAL expressed their frustration about the Dorito advertisement during the Super Bowl for “humanizing fetuses.” The advertisement featured the ultrasound of an unborn baby who is interacting with the dad eating Dorito chips. See the Dorito advertisement HERE.

See the full article HERE.

 

 

Pro-Life Pope Francis

According to a recent Life News article, “Pope Francis said abortion is not a solution to the Zika virus.

‘Abortion is not a lesser evil — it’s a crime,’ Pope Francis said. He added that it is the deliberate taking of an innocent human life, calling abortion ‘an absolute evil.’ ”

See the full article HERE.

Posted by: ajrawson | February 3, 2016

February Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

 

Caucuses – February 1st

The Iowa precinct caucuses are TONIGHT, Monday, February 1st at 7 pm. Please consider going and include the pro-life cause in your thinking when you decide which presidential candidate to vote for. After voting there is usually discussion about your party’s platform.

Iowa Right to Life recommends “offering a pro-life plank for your party’s platform during the caucus.”  Iowa Right to Life has prepared one to make it easy for you! Click HERE to see it so you can print it and bring it with you.

 

 

40 Days for Life – February 10th

The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign will be from February 10th – March 20th. Start thinking about organizing family, friends, and fellow parishioners to quietly pray, witness, and be available to offer help in front of local Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. This will be during Lent, so it’s a great time to pray and fast for pro-life causes.

And if you enjoy podcasts, 40 Days for Life now has free podcasts you can subscribe to with a new episode coming out weekly. Click HERE to subscribe or get more information.

 

 

 

Couple to Couple League NFP Class – February 21st

[This is included because Natural Family Planning is an important part of being pro-life that many people are just finding out about].

The next Couple to Couple League class on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning will begin Sunday, February 21st from 6-8:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Online registration is required at register.ccli.org.

There are also NEW options for the class including live online and self-paced online classes. For more details click HERE.

The sympto-thermal method of natural family planning uses a cross-checking system based on three signs of female fertility. It is 99 percent effective in postponing pregnancy when used properly and can be highly effective in helping couples of low fertility achieve pregnancy. For more information on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, visit the Couple to Couple League website at www.ccli.org.

 

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Gigi’s Playhouse Gala – February 27th

Gigi’s Playhouse is a Down Syndrome Achievement Center located in Des Moines. Gigi’s Playhouse offers educational and therapeutic programs free of charge to children and adults with Down Syndrome and for their families.

They are having a fundraising gala entitled “I Have a Voice” on Saturday, February 27th, at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown. For more information and to order tickets, click HERE.

 

 

Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – March 1st

The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, March 1st at 6 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th St, Urbandale, IA 50322). Come to learn more about the pro-life initiatives in Des Moines and how you can be a part of them.

 

 

InnerVisions HealthCare Gala – June 16th

Save the date for the annual gala for InnerVisions HealthCare, an advanced crisis pregnancy center that offers free help to women facing unplanned pregnancies. The gala will be held on Thursday, June 16th. More details to come…

 

 

YoungLives of Greater Des Moines

A positive, pro-life ministry that you may want to learn about is YoungLives. Young women who choose to parent their babies are matched with a mentor to encourage them through everything.

According to Ruth Harbor, which partners with Younglives: “YoungLives’ ministry seeks to treat each mom and her child or children with unconditional love and respect, sharing the love of Jesus in a tangible way. These young women are given the opportunity to gather for a meal or take childcare classes together with other teens experiencing similar life circumstances where they can build lasting friendships around their common experiences. Being given the opportunity to serve young moms and essentially influence generations continues to be humbling, inspiring and challenging all at the same time.”

YoungLives currently needs additional mentors. You can also organize a group to bring a meal for the young women and their children. For more information or to get involved, see their website HERE.

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Iowa Catholic Conference

The Iowa Legislative Session has begun. According to the Iowa Catholic Conference, one of the pro-life issues they plan on working with legislators on is:

“Last summer you may have heard about videos that show Planned Parenthood trafficking in fetal tissues following abortions. We believe that practice is unethical. Not only that, but apparently abortion methods are sometimes altered not for any reason related to women’s health but to obtain more intact organs. We have been working on a bill to outlaw trafficking in fetal body parts, and support efforts to redirect government family planning money away from abortion providers.”

National News Update + Action Alerts!

– President Obama vetoed the bill from Congress which would have defunded Planned Parenthood. However, TOMORROW, February 2nd, “the U.S. House of Representatives will be voting to override the President’s veto of the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act, which eliminates a massive portion of funding to Planned Parenthood and repeals key parts of ObamaCare! (FRC Action)”

Please click HERE to urge your Representative to override the President’s veto of the bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. Choose the first action alert “Urge House today to override President’s veto of bill defunding Planned Parenthood.”

NCHLA Action:  ANDA, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, is a bill that will “fight for conscience rights for all who reject abortion.” Please click HERE to send a prepared message to your national legislators asking them to support ANDA. Choose the only action alert: “Protect the Rights of Pro-Life Healthcare Providers.”

David Daleiden Indictment

Please click HERE to sign the petition to “Drop the charges against David Daleiden and charge Planned Parenthood.”

David Daleiden, from the Center for Medical Progress, which is responsible for the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s sale of fetal tissue, has been indicted for use of a California identification to get into the Planned Parenthood clinic for the investigation. According to Life Legal Defense Foundation, this is “the same charge that would be leveled at a minor who used a fake ID to purchase alcohol. However, the law also provides a defense where the false information has no effect on the government’s purpose for requiring the governmental record.’

The Center for Medical Progress issued the following statement: ‘The Center for Medical Progress uses the same undercover techniques that investigative journalists have used for decades in exercising our First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and of the press, and follows all applicable laws.”

Currently lawsuits have also been filed against David Daleiden and The Center for Medical Progress by the National Abortion Federation, StemExpress, and Planned Parenthood. Life Legal Defense Foundation is representing him in these. Consider supporting Life Legal Defense Foundation HERE.

Read an article further explaining the indictment HERE.

Read David Daleiden response “Planned Parenthood broke the law, not me” HERE.

– 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 to the Catholic (and additional Christian) organizations to violate their religious principles and provide artificial contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, as expected by the HHS mandate.

– According to a Lifenews article, the shooter at the Planned Parenthood in Denver has said his real goal was to fight against the FBI and government (not related to his feelings on life issues). Read the article HERE.

 

LiveAction.org

– In California, crisis pregnancy centers continue to face legislative pressure to refer for abortions. They are hoping for an injunction to put a delay on this religious liberty issue. Please pray for them. Here are some specific intentions from the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA):

  • Pray for Judge John Huston to be fair and issue a preliminary injunction
  • Pray for the attorneys to speak wisdom clearly and powerfully
  • Pray for the centers for protection and service to the community
  • Pray for the opponents that their eyes will be opened
  • Pray for the Board, staff and volunteers of all California Centers
  • Pray for the local politicians for their influence and wisdom
  • Pray for the unborn
  • Pray for those seeking help from the centers that they may find LIFE!

 

 

 

Iowa March for Life Group Makes National News

The Iowans for LIFE pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington D.C. finished off with an adventure. Because of a huge snowstorm, and accidents caused by the snowstorm, the group was trapped on a turnpike for 24 hours with many people, including many buses also headed home from the March for Life. During the wait they made a snow altar and priests said Mass for 500 people – this is what made national news. Students in the group also performed acts of service during the stop. To see a reflection by Maggie Dewitte, who led the Iowa group, click HERE.

 

Pro-Life Pope Francis

After a homeless woman gave birth right outside the Vatican, Pope Francis gave her a year of free lodging. See full article HERE.

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