Posted by: Anita H | September 3, 2018

Respect Life and the Dignity of Human Labor

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There is dignity in work. Through work, human beings participate in creation and help realize God’s plan on earth.


Pope Francis Changes Catechism to Say Death Penalty ‘Inadmissible’

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Click here to read more from the National Catholic Register


St. Augustin Respect Life Committee Announces:

Second Sunday Speakers

An Afternoon of (free) LUNCH- (a little) LIBATION-and LEARNING

Immediately following the noon mass (1:00 p.m.) every Second Sunday of the month, in the St. Augustin Parish Hall.

September 9, 2018:

“The Theology of the Body and Why It Matters in a Culture of Life”-Fr. Zach Kautzky, Presenter

October 21, 2018 (this will be the 3rd Sunday, to avoid fall break):

(Respect Life Month) “Loving Them Both”-a Panel of Pregnancy and Women’s Health Care Clinic Directors

November 11, 2018:

(National Adoption Month) “Born Into My Heart”-A panel of Adoptive parents, Adoptees, and Adoption workers

All are welcome * Child Care provided in Basement Parish Nursery (no children’s lunch provided, please pack a lunch or snack labeled for your child)

*Please consider joining us on the Parish Respect Life Committee. Help us plan and implement education and service. Next meeting 6:45 -7:30 P.M. Thursday, August 23 in the parish library. Call 778-8456 with questions.


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You are cordially invited to join us on Sept 11th from 5-9pm at a donor appreciation event, organized by the Iowa Christian Generosity Council.  To RSVP, contact us today.  For more info, visit here.


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Did you know that you can direct your United Way donation to InnerVisions HealthCare?

Please check with your company’s HR Department or United Way Coordinator, or give us a call for more information:  (515) 280-4706.


Inner Visions 2018 Annual Dinner Dance

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Saturday, October 6 | 6:30 – 10:00pm
RSVP by September 24

St. John the Apostle
720 Orchard Hills Drive
Norwalk, IA 50211

$50 / person
$400 / table of 8

Sponsored by the

**Shawn Still, General Agent for the Knights of Columbus, will match tables purchased by each council (limit 12). So, if Knights of Columbus Councils want to maximize their impact for InnerVisions HealthCare, they can purchase a table!**

 


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Please join us for Life Chain, Sunday, October 7, 2-3:30 PM-Merle Hay and University

Annual Life Chain Please join St. Theresa parishioners Sunday, October 1, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm along Merle Hay Road in the peaceful and prayerful prolife witness that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. We quietly stand to remember the more than 59 million lives lost to abortion, and we pray for our nation and for people in crisis situations. Life Chain will happen rain or shine. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email Rachel at 7rdowney727@gmail.com


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Press Release: United Way Funds 2,901 Planned Parenthood Abortions

 


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This year’s banquet is going to be the most unique you’ve ever attended.

We’ve been thinking outside the box to create an event that is as stunning as it is entertaining and educational. This year, we aim to shock our guests with an edgy conversation between four of the most influential minds of the past century.

The title of our banquet: A CLASH OF CREEDS.

You’ll experience a conversation between Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged) and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton, using their own words … and dramatically presented.

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You can experience the drama and the fun on October 24th at Prairie Meadows.

The early bird price for a table of eight is $500, which goes up to $600 on June 15th. Individual tickets are $50/person

This year’s pro-life fundraising banquet is hosted by our parent company, the Natural Journey Alliance. This banquet will also be opened up to supporters of our sister organizations, Iowa Right to Life and Restored By Grace Ministries.

Tables are  limited and seats will sell out.

Iowans for LIFE supporters get first crack at table sponsorships, so take a minute right now and reserve your seat or table.  Get ready for a ‘Clash of Creeds!’

Thank-you for being a pro life supporter!  515.255.4113   |   www.iowansforlife.org

 

 

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Posted by: Anita H | August 1, 2018

Active and Aware August

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Put your Pro-Life beliefs in Action.  

Join Novena for the Legal Protection of Life: 

Click Here for more Info

Starts August 3! 


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Educate yourself:  Do you Know Roe?

Fact Sheet:  Roe v. Wade: Questions and Answers


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Facebook Censors Story Exposing Company Hauling Away Boxes of Babies Killed in Late-Term Abortions

Click here to read more


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Babies who hear “The Cat in the Hat” in womb recognize it after birth.  Click here to read more


 

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From the 2018 IVHCare Gala:

Did you get a chance to see Claire’s testimonial video? Click here to watch  Wow!  What a story!  Thanks to Claire, Kolbe, Dom, and Nicole for opening up and sharing with the IVHCare family…and thanks to Kelly for being there at a critical moment in Claire’s life, some 6 years ago! 

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Can you do us a favor…right now:  do two things:

  1. Like both pages?  Both the Patient page and the Supporter page?
  2. Then, scroll down and where it says “Invite your friends”, could you invite like-minded friends who might be interesting in learning about what we are doing for the community? 

As we look towards the launch of our second location, we’ll need “all hands on deck”!  Thanks for helping us help others!

Theresa and the Staff @ IVHCare

Inner Visions 2018 Annual Dinner Dance

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Saturday, October 6 | 6:30 – 10:00pm
RSVP by September 24

St. John the Apostle
720 Orchard Hills Drive
Norwalk, IA 50211

$50 / person
$400 / table of 8

Sponsored by the

**Shawn Still, General Agent for the Knights of Columbus, will match tables purchased by each council (limit 12). So, if Knights of Columbus Councils want to maximize their impact for InnerVisions HealthCare, they can purchase a table!**

 


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Dear Fellow Respect Life Supporters:  Iowans for LIFE’s website is packed with rich content, updated weekly on our blog.

Did you miss any of these recent posts?

  • NEW:  The tactic of deceit: IFL sees an unhealthy link between abortion and environmental zealots who view babies as polluters and embrace a tactic of deceit to promote flawed polices. CLICK
  • The Abortion Pill Lie: “The claim that medical abortion is safer than Tylenol is just plainly a lie.” CLICK
  • Why the IUD is an abortifacient: “IUD’s are 100% abortifacient in that they work to thin the lining of the uterus so that the newly formed baby cannot implant and therefore dies.” CLICK
  • The abortion movement’s adversarial relationship with free speech: Abortion activists on college campuses have resorted to campus censorship against pro-life activists.   CLICK
  • Visionary Pope shocks the world: Blessed Pope Paul VI bravely presented to a hostile world what is perhaps the most profound encyclical of the modern age. CLICK
  • Be prepared to annihilate an anti-Life straw man argument: Proponents of human abortion rely on phony arguments to deflect the weakness of their position. CLICK

Be sure to visit our website at least once a week to keep current on pro life news in these turbulent times.

Thanks for your support!

Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director

PS—> Our annual fundraising banquet on October 24th, “A Clash of Creeds,” is filling up at a record pace. We already have sold 56 tables out of 70 available! Please, don’t wait. We will sell out. ––>Buy your tickets today.

This year’s banquet is going to be the most unique you’ve ever attended.

We’ve been thinking outside the box to create an event that is as stunning as it is entertaining and educational. This year, we aim to shock our guests with an edgy conversation between four of the most influential minds of the past century.

The title of our banquet: A CLASH OF CREEDS.

You’ll experience a conversation between Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged) and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton, using their own words … and dramatically presented.

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You can experience the drama and the fun on October 24th at Prairie Meadows.

The early bird price for a table of eight is $500, which goes up to $600 on June 15th. Individual tickets are $50/person

This year’s pro-life fundraising banquet is hosted by our parent company, the Natural Journey Alliance. This banquet will also be opened up to supporters of our sister organizations, Iowa Right to Life and Restored By Grace Ministries.

Tables are  limited and seats will sell out.

Iowans for LIFE supporters get first crack at table sponsorships, so take a minute right now and reserve your seat or table.  Get ready for a ‘Clash of Creeds!’

Thank-you for being a pro life supporter!  515.255.4113   |   www.iowansforlife.org

 

Posted by: Anita H | July 3, 2018

July Justice

“I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.”  – Thomas Jefferson, 1871

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Take 5 minutes to add your voice to Defund Planned Parenthood!

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Click here to comment by 7/31 to Defund Planned Parenthood

 


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 Iowa Supreme Court strikes down reflection period before an abortion

By a vote of 5-2, the Iowa Supreme Court has struck down a provision providing for a three-day reflection period before an abortion can take place. We strongly disagree with the Court’s judgment that this regulation of abortion impinges upon fundamental state Constitutional rights.

Several of the state’s bishops have commented on the ruling and we have shared those statements on our Facebook page.

The state’s prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy is still in force. As Pope Francis has said, “Let us respect and love human life, especially vulnerable life in a mother’s womb.”

Bishops comment on U.S. Supreme Court decision

The Court blocked, on First Amendment grounds, a California law requiring crisis pregnancy centers to inform women about abortion options. Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York, chair of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, said “the decision is an important development in protecting pro-life pregnancy centers from future efforts to compel speech in violation of their deeply held beliefs.”


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House members join Live Action to call for investigation into Planned Parenthood’s cover-up of sexual abuse

Click here to read about Planned Parenthood’s systemic cover-up of sexual abuse and human trafficking


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Iowa’s heartbeat bill slapped with an injunction

Click here to read more

 


Pope: Abortion is ‘ white glove’ version of Nazi crime

Eric J. Lyman, Special to USA TODAY June 17, 2018

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said Saturday that the use of abortion to terminate pregnancies likely to produce disabled or chronically ill children is the product of a Nazi mentality.

“It is fashionable, or at least usual, that when in the first few months of a pregnancy doctors do studies to see if the child is healthy or has something, the first idea is: ‘Let’s send it away,’ ” the pope said. “We do the same as the Nazis to maintain the purity of the race, but with white gloves on.”

A Vatican official confirmed the statements, which, according to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, were made when Francis departed from his prepared remarks in an address to the Forum of Family Associations on the 25year anniversary of its founding.

The pope’s remarks were strong but clearly in line with the stance of the Catholic Church, which has always been unwaveringly opposed to all forms of abortion or birth control.

Francis has long railed against what he called the “throwaway culture” in terms of the way the elderly and unborn children are sometimes seen as less worthy of protection, as well as in terms of material things used briefly and then discarded.

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RESERVE YOUR TABLE FOR THE ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BANQUET RIGHT AWAY.

HERE’S WHY:

This year’s banquet is going to be the most unique you’ve ever attended.

We’ve been thinking outside the box to create an event that is as stunning as it is entertaining and educational. This year, we aim to shock our guests with an edgy conversation between four of the most influential minds of the past century.

The title of our banquet: A CLASH OF CREEDS.

You’ll experience a conversation between Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged) and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton, using their own words … and dramatically presented.

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You can experience the drama and the fun on October 24th at Prairie Meadows.

The early bird price for a table of eight is $500, which goes up to $600 on June 15th. Individual tickets are $50/person

This year’s pro-life fundraising banquet is hosted by our parent company, the Natural Journey Alliance. This banquet will also be opened up to supporters of our sister organizations, Iowa Right to Life and Restored By Grace Ministries.

Tables are  limited and seats will sell out.

Iowans for LIFE supporters get first crack at table sponsorships, so take a minute right now and reserve your seat or table.  Get ready for a ‘Clash of Creeds!’

Get your tickets now

Thank-you for being a pro life supporter!  515.255.4113   |   www.iowansforlife.org

Posted by: Anita H | June 2, 2018

June-Pray Unceasingly

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Dear Iowans for LIFE Supporter:

Prayer is the foundation of the pro-life movement. IFL is so appreciative of all the prayers you have offered up on behalf of our pre-born brothers and sisters and their moms.

We need more prayers on June 11th. 

RSVP if you’re able to participate.

If you follow us on social media, you’ll note that we post a regular “IFL Pro Life Prayer of the Day.” I’d like to invite you downtown for a glass of wine on the rooftop of our building in exchange for a pro life prayer of the day.

We’re looking to video tape a 30 to 60 second pro life prayer, which we will eventually post on Facebook, Twitter, and our website. If you’re game, we’ll shoot a second video of a minute or two which allows you to explain why you’re pro life.

When you’re done, we’ll all gather for a glass of wine to toast the incredible pro-life achievements of the past year.

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DATE: Monday, June 11th

TIME: 5PM to 6:30PM

PLACE: The Market One Building, 130 East Third Street, Des Moines, IA on the rooftop (4th floor)

Again, RSVP immediately if you’re able to participate.

Thank-you!

Maggie DeWitte, Executive Director

PS—> Did I remind you to RSVP? 😉

            UPDATE ON THE HEARTBEAT LAW

Attorneys representing the State of Iowa in the lawsuit over the “Heartbeat Law” have today agreed – or “stipulated” – to a temporary injunction prohibiting the law from going into effect on July 1 as scheduled until the full case can be heard in court.

Martin Cannon of the Thomas More Society will represent the State and defend the Heartbeat Law at the anticipated full hearing some months away. He explained in a statement why attorneys consented to the temporary halt in the law’s enforcement:

“I very much appreciate your prayers and support in this challenge before us. After much discussion, considerable thought, and a lot of our own prayers, we have agreed … to place the heartbeat bill on hold until the challenge to it can be heard on its merits instead of in the shortened hearing that precedes a temporary injunction,” Cannon said.

Choosing this path, Cannon explained, “We’ll get to a proper hearing sooner, and our prospects for ultimate success are better.”

The Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders, of which Iowans for LIFE is a founding member, further issued the following statement:

“The Heartbeat Law will save babies’ lives when enforced, and while it’s delayed, those babies will tragically die. That’s horrible. But the process gave pro-life attorneys too little time to build their best case. And we’re not going to play into that game. Babies’ lives are too precious to put up a rushed legal defense. Remember, we have to take the long view. This case was never going to be concluded this week. And we’re confident that when the process plays out, and when the American people have the chance to hear all the facts, they’ll see that the child in the womb … she’s a baby. And neither a just government, nor a just society, can tolerate the killing of innocent babies.”


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Dear Friend of the Family,

I know you’ve been praying with me for America’s judges, that they would recognize the preciousness of life in the womb and uphold Iowa’s Heartbeat Law.

After what’s happened today, we’ll need to be praying all the harder.

Attorneys for the State of Iowa have agreed, or “stipulated,” to a temporary injunction that will stop the law from going into effect until the full case can be heard.

The bad news, of course, is that the Heartbeat Law would save hundreds, if not thousands, of lives if it were to go into effect as planned July 1. Now, this life-saving measure will have to wait.

The good news is that this gives the pro-life Thomas More Society, which will defend the law when it faces its full hearing, the time to build a solid case. Babies’ lives are just too precious to put up a rushed legal defense.

If you want to read more about the injunction, we’ve posted a statement from the Coalition of Pro-Life Leaders on our website.

We’ve always suspected this temporary roadblock would happen. It’s hardly a surprise. But at the same time, we’re confident that when the process plays out, and when the American people have the chance to hear all the facts, they’ll see that the child in the womb … she’s a baby. And neither a just government, nor a just society, can tolerate the killing of innocent babies.

So stay of good heart, and please … keep praying!

For the family,

Bob

P.S. – If you haven’t yet signed the petition urging America’s judges to defend life, join us in doing so now! And if you have, please make sure to share it with your pastor, your church, your friends, your family – anyone you can! Our voice will only grow loud enough through the work of grassroots pro-life champions like YOU!


INNERVISIONS ANNUAL GALA JUNE 7, 2018  

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LIFE, LIBERTY, AND HAPPINESS

Cal Thomas is a veteran of broadcast and print journalism, having weekly columns appear in hundreds of newspapers and appearing as a political commentator on many programs.  A staunch defender of the unborn – and for the Life, Liberty, and Happiness of all individuals – Cal will share his perspectives of the importance of medical clinics in the pro-life movement.

Click here to Register to Attend This Event

EVENT INFORMATION:

We want to honor all the guests, donors, volunteers, staff, and especially patients who have are part of the IVHCare family! Sign up today to join us!

DATE AND TIME

Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:00pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION

Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conf Center
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321


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Register Today!

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Calling all golfers and friends!
We’re golfing FORE a great cause, and you can too! Play as an individual or bring your own team, and together we will turn belief into achievement one swing at a time. Not a golfer? No sweat- get social with us at, and register for lunch and games instead.

Check-in & Registration 8:30am | Shotgun Start 9:00am

Learn More

Register

Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities

Because of your participation and generosity, Playhouses nationwide are stronger; as we educate communities, inspire families and achieve acceptance.

Eagle Sponsor $2500

-Green Fees & carts for 8

-Hole sponsorship with two signs
-Your company giveaway in registration packet
-Verbal recognition at prize ceremony
-Large Company Logo: website, event banner, Facebook, blog, and event emails

Birdie sponsor $1000

-Green fees & carts for 4
-4 commemorative GiGi’s Gifts
-Hole sponsorship with sign
-Medium company logo on website, event banner, Facebook, blog, and event emails

Flag Sponsor $150

-Flag sponsorship with flag at hole

Hole Sponsorship $100

– Hole sponsorship with sign at hole

 


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RESERVE YOUR TABLE FOR THE ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BANQUET RIGHT AWAY.

HERE’S WHY:

This year’s banquet is going to be the most unique you’ve ever attended.

We’ve been thinking outside the box to create an event that is as stunning as it is entertaining and educational. This year, we aim to shock our guests with an edgy conversation between four of the most influential minds of the past century.

The title of our banquet: A CLASH OF CREEDS.

You’ll experience a conversation between Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged) and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton, using their own words … and dramatically presented.

clash.jpg

You can experience the drama and the fun on October 24th at Prairie Meadows.

The early bird price for a table of eight is $500, which goes up to $600 on June 15th. Individual tickets are $50/person

This year’s pro-life fundraising banquet is hosted by our parent company, the Natural Journey Alliance. This banquet will also be opened up to supporters of our sister organizations, Iowa Right to Life and Restored By Grace Ministries.

Tables are  limited and seats will sell out.

Iowans for LIFE supporters get first crack at table sponsorships, so take a minute right now and reserve your seat or table.  Get ready for a ‘Clash of Creeds!’

Get your tickets now

Thank-you for being a pro life supporter!  515.255.4113   |   www.iowansforlife.org


 

Posted by: Anita H | May 2, 2018

May–The Heart of a Mother…

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St Theresa Pro Life will commemorate Mother’s Day and their Spiritual Adoption 9th month with a baby shower on Sunday, May 20 after 8:30 and 10:30 masses. People can bring baby gifts or donate money that will be given to InnverVisions and Birthright. The baby shower will be in the back of the church with a playpen decorated for gift contributions, along with balloons and cake!

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Please join fellow St. Theresa parishioners for a holy hour on Tuesday, May 29 from 7:00-8:00 pm to pray especially for pro-life intentions! Come and visit Jesus and pray for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn babies, for the workers in abortion facilities, and for Jesus’ healing and forgiveness for those affected by an abortion.

All ages are welcome! There will be coloring sheets available for little ones and snacks afterward. Hope to see you there!


INNERVISIONS ANNUAL GALA JUNE 7, 2018  

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LIFE, LIBERTY, AND HAPPINESS

Cal Thomas is a veteran of broadcast and print journalism, having weekly columns appear in hundreds of newspapers and appearing as a political commentator on many programs.  A staunch defender of the unborn – and for the Life, Liberty, and Happiness of all individuals – Cal will share his perspectives of the importance of medical clinics in the pro-life movement.

Click here to Register to Attend This Event

EVENT INFORMATION:

We want to honor all the guests, donors, volunteers, staff, and especially patients who have are part of the IVHCare family! Sign up today to join us!

DATE AND TIME

Thursday, June 7, 2018
5:00pm – 8:30pm

LOCATION

Holiday Inn Des Moines-Airport/Conf Center
6111 Fleur Drive
Des Moines, IA 50321


GIGI

Register Today!

gigi-2.jpg

Calling all golfers and friends!
We’re golfing FORE a great cause, and you can too! Play as an individual or bring your own team, and together we will turn belief into achievement one swing at a time. Not a golfer? No sweat- get social with us at, and register for lunch and games instead.

Check-in & Registration 8:30am | Shotgun Start 9:00am

Learn More

Register

Sponsor

Sponsorship Opportunities

Because of your participation and generosity, Playhouses nationwide are stronger; as we educate communities, inspire families and achieve acceptance.

Eagle Sponsor $2500

-Green Fees & carts for 8

-Hole sponsorship with two signs
-Your company giveaway in registration packet
-Verbal recognition at prize ceremony
-Large Company Logo: website, event banner, Facebook, blog, and event emails

Birdie sponsor $1000

-Green fees & carts for 4
-4 commemorative GiGi’s Gifts
-Hole sponsorship with sign
-Medium company logo on website, event banner, Facebook, blog, and event emails

Flag Sponsor $150

-Flag sponsorship with flag at hole

Hole Sponsorship $100

– Hole sponsorship with sign at hole


From The Catholic Mirror:

New Iowa pro-life alliance means more focus, less duplication

Natural Journey Alliance Currently oversees three pro-life organizations

By Kelly Mescher Collins, Catholic Mirror Staff Writer

The newly formed Natural Journey Alliance celebrated its launch in April and announced its strategic partnership with three Iowa pro-life organizations:  Iowans for LIFE, Iowa Right to Life and Restored by Grace.

National Journey alliance is a non-profit group that will help these three organizations improve efficiency, streamline operations, and allow significantly more donations to go strictly to mission.

All three groups are currently housed in the same office together, located at 130 East 3rd St in Des Moines, which encourages more collaboration and less duplication.

“[It’s] the concept that we could get more done legislatively and mission wise if we work together,” said Scott Valencia, executive director of the Natural Journey Alliance.

Valencia said the National Journey Alliance will continue to grow, thereby enabling other pro-life organizations in Iowa to benefit from the unification.  Each year the Natural Journey Alliance will look at bringing three additional pro-life organizations under their umbrella.

The organizations have done the best that they can with limited resources,” Valencia said.  “And on top of that, not only are the financial resources limited, but there are time constraints on fundraising and general duties has kept them from being effective.  The Natural Journey Alliance has coalesced these organizations into one organization under one roof so 100 percent of their time can be focused on mission and saving lives.”

Maggie DeWitte, executive director of Iowans for LIFE, said she is thrilled for the partnership.

“I think we’re just going to be able to accomplish so much more than we have in years past,” DeWitte said.  “When we work together there is unity and I think that help in our efforts.  We’ve already seen some really great things happen with the 20-week legislation that we were able to get passed and many things that are happening this year.  It gives us a lot of hope working together.”


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RESERVE YOUR TABLE FOR THE ANNUAL PRO-LIFE BANQUET RIGHT AWAY.

HERE’S WHY:

This year’s banquet is going to be the most unique you’ve ever attended.

We’ve been thinking outside the box to create an event that is as stunning as it is entertaining and educational. This year, we aim to shock our guests with an edgy conversation between four of the most influential minds of the past century.

The title of our banquet: A CLASH OF CREEDS.

You’ll experience a conversation between Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood), Ayn Rand (author of Atlas Shrugged) and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, moderated by G.K. Chesterton, using their own words … and dramatically presented.

clash.jpg

You can experience the drama and the fun on October 24th at Prairie Meadows.

The early bird price for a table of eight is $500, which goes up to $600 on June 15th. Individual tickets are $50/person

This year’s pro-life fundraising banquet is hosted by our parent company, the Natural Journey Alliance. This banquet will also be opened up to supporters of our sister organizations, Iowa Right to Life and Restored By Grace Ministries.

Tables are  limited and seats will sell out.

Iowans for LIFE supporters get first crack at table sponsorships, so take a minute right now and reserve your seat or table.  Get ready for a ‘Clash of Creeds!’

Get your tickets now

Thank-you for being a pro life supporter!  515.255.4113   |   www.iowansforlife.org


Breaking news from Maggie DeWitte-May 2, 2018

Dear Fellow Pro Life Supporters:

Last night, we witnessed high drama at the State House as the Heartbeat Bill was debated. To say that passions ran high is an understatement.

One side insisted that human life is sacred and deserves protection when a heartbeat is detected.

The other side insisted that human life is conditional,  and deserves no legal protections if she is unwanted.

In the end, the pro life position prevailed in the Iowa House, 51 to 46.

The bill was slightly diluted with amendments that provide exceptions for rape, incest, and fetal abnormalities, exceptions IFL opposes. Sadly, the bill would not have passed without those exceptions this year.

Nonetheless, Iowa is once again leading the New Wave Movement of the 21st Century with a social justice creed that emphasis LIFE. The Heartbeat Bill is the most pro life bill passed by any state legislature in the United States.

It comes just a year after the passage of the landmark 20 Week Bill.

The sweep of history is on the side of LIFE as the rights of the pre-born are relentlessly being expanded in one state after another.

The Heartbeat Bill is the culmination of intense lobbying by the Iowa Pro Life coalition, of which Iowans for LIFE is a founding member.

To demonstrate the passion and commitment to the cause of life, every single member of this coalition was present at the Capitol last night at 2:30AM when the reconciled bill finally passed the Senate side!

Believe me, our legislators took note.

Believe me, they knew of the support for this bill because of the thousands of emails and letters they received, some of which were from you!

You are part of a movement the likes of which America hasn’t seen since the slaves were freed. We call it the New Wave Movement of the 21st Century.

The Heartbeat Bill is a major victory. Now it goes to Governor Kim Reynolds for her signature.

Our work is far from over. Yes, this bill will save something like 30,000 lives over the next decade. But thousands more will still fall victim to the scourge of human abortion.

Iowans for LIFE needs your financial support more than ever to reach even more Iowans with a positive, pro life message.

If you are as excited as I am about the passage of the Heartbeat Bill, I humbly ask for you to support us with a donation today. DONATE HERE

Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!

maggie

Executive Director   Iowans for LIFE

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Des Moines Register USA TODAY NETWORK-Stephen Gruber-Miller-May 2, 2018

Iowa GOP hopes for abortion overturn

Fetal heartbeat bill takes aim at Roe v. Wade

Iowa Republicans took a step toward passing the strictest abortion ban in the nation Tuesday — one that everyone agrees would end up in court if it becomes law. But which court?

Republicans who debated Senate File 359 late into the night Tuesday said they hope their law will face a legal challenge so it can advance to the U.S. Supreme Court. Their goal is to overturn the 1973 landmark case Roe v. Wade, which established that women have a constitutional right to an abortion.

The Supreme Court has declined to hear similar cases in recent years. But as states continue to pass legislation restricting abortions and President Donald Trump appoints more conservative federal judges, such as Justice Neil Gorsuch, abortion opponents are increasingly optimistic.

“ The science and technology have significantly advanced since 1973,” said the bill’s floor manager, Rep. Shannon Lundgren, R-Dubuque. “It is time for the Supreme Court to weigh in on the issue of life. It has taken decades for the science to catch up to what many have believed all along: that she’s a baby.”

What would it do?

The legislation would ban most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, at about six weeks into a pregnancy — often before many women even know they’re pregnant.

Groups that have challenged other abortion restrictions in Iowa, such as Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, have decried the bill as unconstitutional, foreshadowing an all but certain lawsuit.  Democrats on Tuesday urged their Republican colleagues to reconsider the bill, which they said will drive some women to seek out- of-state abortions and others to seek out more dangerous methods of terminating a pregnancy.

“All women, regardless of age, income or race, should be able to obtain reproductive health services, including abortion, free from political and economic barriers,” said Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell, D-Ames.

The bill previously did not include any exceptions to the ban in cases of rape or incest. Republicans amended the bill Tuesday to include those exceptions. The Senate was expected to approve the amended legislation overnight to send it to Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds’ desk.

‘A case in the pipeline’

Conservatives’ argument for passing a law now is that by the time it reaches the U.S. Supreme Court — which could take three or four years — Trump could potentially have appointed another one or two justices who could bolster Gorsuch and overturn Roe.

Several national groups are gearing up for a fight to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy, who legal experts speculate could retire as soon as this year. Kennedy was nominated by President Ronald Reagan, but has voted in favor of abortion rights in key cases.

In the meantime, Trump continues to appoint federal judges to lower courts “and all the other justices have gotten three years older,” said Martin Cannon, a senior counsel for the Thomas More society, a national law firm that defends abortion restrictions and religious freedom laws around the country.

“There’s a real decent chance that we’re going to wind up with another justice or two to tilt the balance a little bit, and we need to have a case in the pipeline,” he said.

Opponents of Iowa’s legislation say it clearly violates long-standing legal precedent, beginning with the Roe decision, that has found women have a constitutional right to an abortion before viability. The fact that the Supreme Court upheld the right to an abortion in several cases over the years makes it extremely unlikely it will reverse course, said Hillary Schneller, a staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, a national organization that has filed legal challenges to abortion restrictions in other states.

“The composition of the court always changes over time, but bedrock principle of the rule of law remains stable because the justices are bound by the idea that they have to respect and follow established precedent,” she said.

What could convince the Supreme Court to hear a heartbeat challenge?

The last time the Supreme Court had the chance to hear a challenge to a heartbeat law, it declined to do so.

In 2016, the court rejected requests to hear challenges to a fetal heartbeat law in North Dakota and a 12-week abortion ban in Arkansas. The Supreme Court’s refusal left in place lower court rulings that blocked those laws.

“In a way, it’s just too easy a case,” said Paul Gowder, a law professor at the University of Iowa who teaches constitutional law. “ The Supreme Court very rarely chooses to weigh in on cases that are easy with respect to its prior case law.”

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the North Dakota law in 2015. The federal appeals court sits one step below the Supreme Court and has jurisdiction over Iowa cases. Trump has appointed three new judges to that court since its decision in the North Dakota case.

One scenario that could cause the Supreme Court to take up a heartbeat law would be a circuit split, in which two federal appellate courts disagreed about whether similar laws are unconstitutional.

Chuck Hurley, chief counsel for the Family Leader, a faith-based group that opposes abortion, believes this will happen. “ There’s going to be a circuit split. We don’t know when, I don’t know which panel, but Roe is a tattered mess from the day it was signed,” he said.

But the fact that the 8th Circuit, a relatively conservative federal court, has refused to uphold a heartbeat law illustrates the challenges facing this approach. Lower courts are bound by Supreme Court precedent.

“ They’re judges; they’re not politicians,” Gowder said. “It would be extremely surprising, essentially, for an appellate court to uphold one of these bills.“

State are passing stricter abortion restrictions. Courts are knocking them down.

Iowa already has a law on the books that bans most abortions after 20 weeks. It is one of 18 states with such a law, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.

Laws in Arizona and Idaho that restricted abortions after 20 weeks have been struck down in federal court, but the Supreme Court has not weighed in on the issue. Iowa’s 20-week prohibition has not been challenged in court.

Mississippi passed a law earlier this year that would ban abortion after 15 weeks, and Kentucky passed a law last month banning a certain abortion procedure after 11 weeks. Both laws currently face court challenges.

As Trump continues to appoint conservative judges to the federal bench and states pass an increasing number of abortion restrictions, conservatives believe the Supreme Court will be forced to revisit the issue.

“When you consider that and when you consider the increasing number of states that are pushing pro-life legislation, it’s unquestionable that Roe and its progeny are going to get reversed. There is going to be a change there. There has to be,” Cannon said.

Elizabeth Nash, senior state issues manager with the Guttmacher Institute, said the takeaway from legal challenges to abortion bans is that courts have generally not supported such restrictions.

“Over the past several years, the (Supreme) Court has had the opportunity to take an abortion ban case, and hasn’t done it,” she wrote in an email.

What about Iowa Supreme Court?

If opponents of the heartbeat bill are worried about their chances in federal court, they could bring a lawsuit in state court instead.

Planned Parenthood took this path in two other cases challenging abortion restrictions in Iowa. In 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld the use of telemedicine abortions after a state board banned the practice.

And in February, the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging a 72-hour waiting period before a woman can obtain an abortion. The court will issue a decision in that case in the coming weeks.

If the Iowa Supreme Court struck down a heartbeat law on state constitutional grounds, that would be the end of the matter.

“If a state supreme court makes its ruling under state constitutional law, the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t get to review that,” said Gowder, the UI professor.

But if the state supreme court were to decide the case based on the federal constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court could review that decision.

In the telemedicine abortion case in 2015, Planned Parenthood urged the Iowa Supreme Court to find that the Iowa Constitution grants women the right to an abortion and to create more robust protections for abortions in Iowa than the federal constitution provides. But the court sidestepped that question at the time.

“We have yet to determine if the Iowa Constitution protects a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy,” the court wrote in that decision.

 

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