Posted by: Anita H | July 16, 2017

Summer–a time to grow!

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TWITTER SUPPRESSES PRO-LIFE SPEECH AND FACTS EXPOSING PLANNED PARENTHOOD

While Twitter is calling Live Action’s content “offensive” and “inflammatory,” Planned Parenthood is allowed to freely promote its message. Live Action President Lila Rose tells Tucker Carlson Tonight that while Congress is debating defunding, Twitter is protecting Planned Parenthood by suppressing facts about why the abortion giant doesn’t deserve our tax dollars.

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FORMER ABORTIONIST WHO BECAME PRO-LIFE: ‘I REALIZED THAT THE BABY WAS THE INNOCENT VICTIM IN ALL OF THIS’

“I was horrified by the realization that I had killed more people than most mass murderers.”

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WOMB WITH A VIEW: FETUSES CAN RECOGNIZE FACES

DOYLE RICE-USA TODAY-DES MOINES REGISTER 6/9/17

We know babies love looking at the faces of their mom or dad. Researchers discovered that this preference develops in the womb several weeks before birth, according to a study published Thursday. By projecting light through the uterine wall of pregnant mothers, British scientists found that 34-week-old fetuses would turn their heads to look at face-like images.
“ We have shown the fetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track facelike over non-face-like shapes,” said psychologist Vincent Reid of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, a co-author of the study. “This preference has been recognized in babies for many decades, but until now, exploring fetal vision has not been attempted.”

The findings, which appeared in the journal Current Biology, were the first to show it’s possible to explore sight and cognition in babies before birth.

Researchers projected two patterns of three dots in the shape of a triangle through the uterine wall of 39 pregnant mothers: One was in the shape of eyes and a mouth and the other was upside down.

Scientists then measured how the fetus responded using highquality, 4-D ultrasound. The ultrasound showed developing babies turned their heads to look more often at upright, face-like stimuli than those presented to them upside down.

“It turned out that they responded in a way that was very similar to infants,” Reid said. Although fetuses’ eyes are likely to be closed most of the time, the ultrasound scans often showed them blinking.

A 4-D ultrasound of a fetus tracks a stimulus during research into fetal cognition. The ultrasound scans often show the fetuses blinking.

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Below is the editorial written by IFL Director Maggie DeWitte.  This was published in the Des Moines Register on Sunday June 4, 2017.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced that they will be closing four clinics. The clinics set to close by June 30, 2017 are Sioux City, Keokuk, and Burlington. The Bettendorf center will provide limited telemed abortion services after June 30, but will also eventually close. They also have clinics in Urbandale, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Cedar Falls and two in Des Moines, all of which remain open for now.

Planned Parenthood stated that the reason for the closures was due to legislation passed last session that stopped family planning funds from going to clinics that provide abortion. Governor Branstad signed this bill a few weeks ago.

The Des Moines Register Editorial board believes this is a bad thing for Iowans. (Anti-Abortion agenda limits birth control, May 28).  Their angst is misguided.

The reality is that women will NOT lose health care because of these closures.

They WILL continue to get access to quality, comprehensive health care across the state of Iowa.

In fact, the Coalition of Pro-Life leaders developed a detailed map to help educate Iowans on the number and availability of community health centers throughout Iowa. It states, “There are only a handful of mostly urban clinics in Iowa that offer abortions. Shifting family planning dollars to community health centers instead will give more women more health care options in more areas of the state, particularly in rural communities.”

As support, the coalition surveyed 157 rural community health clinics to find out if they offer the same services as Planned Parenthood, including: STD testing, Cervical Cancer Testing, Breast Cancer Testing (Mammograms), and Contraception. The only PP service excluded from the survey was human abortion, which has nothing to do with women’s reproductive healthcare.

We discovered that these rural clinics provided most, if not all, of the above services, and usually on-site (in contrast to PP who typically refer services like mammograms to other locations). And women in need of these services can get them close to home without having to drive across the state to distant urban clinics.

The truth is in the numbers. One-hundred fifty-seven rural Iowa health clinics will benefit with this infusion of new funding. (A detailed map can be located at: http://iowaprolifeleaders.com/handout-senate-file-2/.)

Planned Parenthood’s motto is: Care. No Matter What.

Really? They claim that only a very small percent of the services they offer are abortion. If this was the case and if Planned Parenthood truly cared about women and families in Iowa, they would cease human abortion procedures so they could continue to be eligible for the family medical waiver planning dollars.

But they won’t. Abortion is big business. Whether it is selling baby body parts or deceiving women to dismember their baby in the womb, it’s all about the bottom dollar.

In contrast to the Register’s dour warning, the family medical wavier IS good news for families in the state of Iowa. We worked hard this last session to educate legislators and the public that there are many quality community health centers in Iowa that provide comprehensive healthcare to women and families across the state. They do so without taking the life of precious human beings. This is a victory for our state, and Iowans for LIFE is committed to continue working to see all abortion clinics closed in Iowa.

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Posted by: Anita H | July 16, 2017

Come Holy Spirit–Renew the Face of the Earth

Informed Choice of Iowa Walk For LIFE–June 17th 

Calling all lifesavers! Join us for a walk in the park. The Informed Choices Walk for Life will take place on Saturday, June 17th at 9:00 am. The walk will take place at Gray’s Lake (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines) – meet at the Terrace Building to start.
There will be a pancake breakfast served from 7:30-10:30 am. Starting at 8:30 am, you can check-in for the walk, and at 9:00 am there will be prayer and the walk will begin.

Informed Choices Medical Clinics are pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics and medical centers. They have clinics in Iowa City, Ames, Fort Dodge, Burlington, and a mobile clinic, which will work primarily in Des Moines.

You can register HERE.

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www.nrlc.org/academy/

National Right to Life Academy – June 29th

If you know of a young person who is passionately pro-life, there is an exciting summer opportunity they may be interested in. National Right to Life has “created an innovative, five-week program to equip young leaders with the skills and knowledge to carry the pro-life movement into the future.

The National Right to Life Academy will take place from June 29th – August 4th. It empowers young pro-life leaders through a five-week summer course held at National Right to Life headquarters in Washington DC. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare, legislative strategy, history of the pro-life movement, medical ethics, unborn development and lobbying.”
The program will also allow students to earn three college credits, which can be transferred to their university. Interested students should submit their applications for the program soon.

For more information, click HERE or email academy@nrlc.org

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Watch the pro-life short film that is changing hearts and minds.

“Sing a Little Louder”

 

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One Minute Radio Announcement by Jenifer Bowen on Iowa budget victory!

MAY 24, 2017

Listen to the one minute Bott Radio announcement by Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life, about the Health & Human Services Appropriation bill signed by Governor Branstad that cuts more than $3 million dollars to Iowa’s abortion industry and redirects the money to real health care clinics across Iowa.

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YouTube sides with pro-choice extremists by removing investigative video that exposes Planned Parenthood.

Please take action now!  The Center for Medical Progress published another undercover investigative video exposing the horrors of the abortion industry in America. 

This video hit a nerve with the pro-abortion community because YouTube removed this video!

Please sign now and demand that YouTube stop blocking the truth about abortion and the profiteering abortion industry in America.  Every day, Planned Parenthood callously takes the lives of 300 unborn babies and they desperately don’t want you to know the truth.The evidence convicts — please demand that YouTube allow the truth about Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses to be heard!

Tell YouTube to stop censoring pro-life journalism!

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Iowa Catholic Conference News updates

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement reviewing the 2017 Iowa legislative session.

ICC staff was pleased to be present when Gov. Branstad signed Senate File 471 on May 5. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a serious physical health emergency. The ICC has been working on similar legislation since 2011 and it is the first limitation on abortion passed in Iowa for many years. You can check out a photo of the bill-signing on our website. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood received a court order blocking the waiting period while a trial court will decide the matter. The 20-week ban itself is in place.

During the past session, the ICC fought efforts to restore the death penalty in Iowa. We are continuing our long time collaboration with the Iowans Against the Death Penalty group.

We also encourage you to read and sign the
National Catholic Pledge to End the Death Penalty. 

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As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, we share this prophecy from Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the seers who lived much longer after the other two.  Sr Lucia once wrote a letter to Cardinal Carlo Caffarra in which she spoke about a final battle between God and Satan:  “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.”

Those fighting for life, marriage, and the family must remember that on May 13, 2017 — the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing in Fatima — the ultimate fight is about saving souls from hell. This means saving those enslaved to sexual sins and those who profit from sexual sins: the abortionist, the pornographer, the pimp, the prostitute. Our Lady of Fatima invited the children to help save souls through prayer and sacrifice.
Our Lady’s message about the reality of hell and the children’s example of what to do to help people from going there is something anyone fighting for life and family must take seriously. The prayer taught to the children should be constantly on our lips: “O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy.”

Posted by: ajrawson | May 6, 2017

Spring/Summer Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

 

 

International Adoption Workshop – April 23rd

Come learn more about international adoption on Sunday, April 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm! The FREE workshop is hosted by Beauty Amidst the Ashes and Bethany Christian Services. It will take place at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324).

 

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Ruth Harbor Annual Walk for Life – May 13th

Ruth Harbor is a local Christian organization which provides safe housing and assistance to women who have experienced an unplanned pregnancy. The Walk for Life is a “family friendly, non-athletic, social event” that is an opportunity to support these new moms and their babies. It will take place on Saturday, May 13th at 9:30 am.

The walk will again be at the Downtown Riverwalk. Meet on the west side of the Embassy Suites Downtown (in the Riverview Lobby if raining). The address is: 101 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309. The walk will be about one mile.

You can be a sponsored walker or create a team, and invite others to support you with just a few clicks! Ruth Harbor does all the work – including collecting any pledges or money from those who sponsor you. All sponsored walkers will receive a t-shirt. You can also show up and make a donation there (but wouldn’t receive a t-shirt).

You can register HERE, and “make a difference… two lives at a time!”

 

 

“Let Life Shine” InnerVisions Healthcare Annual Gala – June 1st

The sixth annual gala for InnerVisions Healthcare, “an Unplanned Pregnancy and STD Medical Clinic,” will take place on Thursday, June 1st. It will be held at the Sheraton Hotel (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines). Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the dinner and program are from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.

The keynote speaker will be Lauren Roman, a pro-life advocate, musician, and TV & film star who will join us to share her powerful testimony of how a post-abortion healing workshop led her to healing and forgiveness.

Cost is $50 per person. Please RSVP by May 15th. You can register for the gala HERE.

 

 

 

Informed Choice of Iowa Walk For LIFE – June 17th 

Calling all lifesavers! Join us for a walk in the park. The Informed Choices Walk for Life will take place on Saturday, June 17th at 9:00 am. The walk will take place at Gray’s Lake (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines) – meet at the Terrace Building to start.

There will be a pancake breakfast served from 7:30-10:30 am. Starting at 8:30 am, you can check-in for the walk, and at 9:00 am there will be prayer and the walk will begin.

Informed Choices Medical Clinics are pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics and medical centers. They have clinics in Iowa City, Ames, Fort Dodge, Burlington, and a mobile clinic, which will work primarily in Des Moines.

You can register HERE.

 

 www.nrlc.org/academy/

 

National Right to Life Academy – June 29th

If you know of a young person who is passionately pro-life, there is an exciting summer opportunity they may be interested in. National Right to Life has “created an innovative, five-week program to equip young leaders with the skills and knowledge to carry the pro-life movement into the future.

The National Right to Life Academy will take place from June 29th – August 4th. It empowers young pro-life leaders through a five-week summer course held at National Right to Life headquarters in Washington DC. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare, legislative strategy, history of the pro-life movement, medical ethics, unborn development and lobbying.”

The program will also allow students to earn three college credits, which can be transferred to their university. Interested students should submit their applications for the program soon.

For more information, click HERE or e-mail academy@nrlc.org.

 

 

Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – September 5th

The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 pm at the InnerVisions HealthCare Office (1355 50th Street, Suite 400, West Des Moines). Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.

(Future meetings will return to their usual location at St. Pius X Catholic Church).

 

 

 

Iowans for LIFE Annual Banquet – October 12th

From Iowans for LIFE:  Please save the date for the 7th annual Iowans for LIFE Banquet on Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 pm. It will be held in the Meadows Bishop Ballroom (1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona). Cost of the evening is $50 per person or you can purchase a table of 8 for $500.

The keynote speaker will be Matt Birk, an “NFL star and pro-life warrior. This Catholic boy from St. Paul was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 draft.

He was named the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field service, as well as his playing excellence. After a 15 year career in the NFL and a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens, the six-time Pro Bowl Center retired from playing football and accepted a position with the National Football League as their Director of Football Development.

When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013, he declined to meet President Barack Obama with his teammates due to a comment the President made in a speech in which he said, “God Bless Planned Parenthood.” Birk stated, ‘It was because of my Catholic faith and my pro-life convictions, but ultimately, it was because of my kids.’ Matt and wife Adrianna are raising seven children, all under the age of 14.”

You can register HERE.

 

 

Des Moines “Birth Mother Connect” Support Group

To provide birth mothers a place to find support, Beauty Amidst the Ashes is beginning a Birth Mother Support Group for mothers who have made an adoption plan for their child. Birth mothers will connect and be empowered to share their stories. They would like to ask your assistance to let women know about this group. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Smokey Row Coffee Shop Conference Room (1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines).

In addition to these monthly group meetings, there will be a closed Facebook group to reach women that are not able to attend a local meeting. The online group will offer a place where women can view a monthly presentation by our facilitator, Brigett De Vos, and participate in discussions. Together these women can find strength, friendship and encouragement. For more information, contact Brigett at brigett@beautyamidsttheashes.com.

 

Engaging Your Church in Adoption – Free Resource

Local nonprofit, Beauty Amidst the Ashes, is offering FREE copies of the booklet, “Engaging Your Church in Adoption.” The booklet gives information on how your church can get involved with and promote “adoption, foster care, and orphan care.”

If you would like to receive a FREE copy, click the link below and write “Request a Copy” in the subject line. Please include your name and address.

Request a FREE copy HERE.

 

Legislative

Thank you for all of your help on action alerts lately! As legislative sessions come to an end, there has been a lot of progress made! States all over the country, including our own, are making pro-life breakthroughs.

 

 

Iowa Passes Law Banning Abortion at 20 Weeks!

From Iowa Right to Life: Recently, the 20-week abortion ban passed the Iowa Senate. Governor Branstad is expected to sign it into law very soon!

Legislation Details:

“This legislation bans abortions once a baby is at 20 weeks in the womb. It also establishes a three-day waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Thankfully, ‘exceptions’ for babies conceived in rape or incest or with fetal anomalies are not included in this legislation.

A three-day waiting period was included. This means that a woman seeking an abortion will need to return three days later to proceed with her irreversible decision. This will be among the strictest laws in the nation. Iowa would become the sixth state to require a three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions, joining Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah.

While the bill does not contain criminal penalties, it does allow a woman to pursue a civil case against providers who perform illegal abortions. Doctors can be disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine if they violate the law.”

According to Jenifer Bowen, “We are in the most Pro-Life legislative session in Iowa State Capitol history since long before Roe v. Wade in 1973!”

 

 

Gorsuch Becomes New Supreme Court Justice!

According to Lifenews, “Judge Neil Gorsuch became Justice Neil Gorsuch (recently) as he was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice following a Senate confirmation vote.” After so much drama, it was a relief to hear. Thank you for all you did, writing your legislators and signing petitions to support now-Justice Gorsuch.

To read the full Lifenews article, click HERE.

 

 

President Trump Overturns Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood

President Trump has done some valuable, pro-life work so far in his presidency. Recently, President Trump signed a bill that overturned a late-term rule created by President Obama that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.

According to Marjorie Dannenfelser, SBA List President, the new bill “ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars. Rather, states have the option to spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics that better serve women and girls.”

To see the full Lifenews article, click HERE.

 

 www.lifesitenews.com

 

Pro-Life Flash Mob Video  : )

As a special treat, take a minute and watch the short video of a pro-life flash mob, where young pro-lifers sang and danced as part of the “Marcha por la Vida” in Lima, Peru, this Spring. My kids and I loved it!

See the video HERE.

 

Pro-Life Pope Francis

“If we want to celebrate Christmas authentically, we need to contemplate this sign: the fragile simplicity of a small newborn, the meekness of where he lies, the tender affection of the swaddling clothes. God is there.

– Pope Francis, Christmas Homily, December 2016
Posted by: ajrawson | February 27, 2017

Spring Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

 

Adoption 101 Seminar – February 26th

Are you interested in adoption? There will be an Adoption 101 Seminar on Sunday, February 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. It will be held at the Walnut Creek Church (900 64th St, Windsor Heights). This is a great place to start if you’ve ever thought about adopting and would like to hear about the basics. I believe the seminar is free, and it is put on by Beauty Amidst the Ashes, a local group that educates about adoption.

 

 

 

 
Pro-Life Rally at Capitol – February 27th

Please come to the Iowa Capitol Building on Monday, February 27th at 11:00 am and try to stay until 1:00 pm.

According to the Family Leader:

“The Iowa Legislature is about to consider SF 253, a bill that would establish life begins at conception in the Iowa code. But if the Senate Judiciary Committee does not pass this bill in the next week … it will die this session, and we may never have an opportunity like this again.

Come make history with us on Monday, Feb. 27th! Wear black. Come to encourage our pro-life lawmakers at 11:00 a.m., and plan on staying until at least 1 p.m.

We will gather, space permitting, on the second floor of the south wing of the Capitol building, behind the Iowa Senate Chambers. Hope to see you there!”

 

 

 

40 Days for Life – March 1st

The latest 40 Days for Life campaign is starting soon! It will begin on March 1st (Ash Wednesday), and will continue until April 9th.  40 Days for Life is a time of prayer, fasting, and peaceful pro-life witness, which often includes quiet prayer outside clinics which perform abortions.

This year Geneveve Loraditch has stepped up to be the official local coordinator. Please consider helping cover the vigil hours outside the Planned Parenthood surgical abortion clinic (1000 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines). The hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Have your church take a day to fill, or go once a week or even just once during Lent. Try to go in groups of at least two, and you can sign up online HERE. When you go, you can park at Hobby Lobby. Please pray about it and make the commitment to stand for life!

Also, Geneveve has organized a weekly adoration hour for 40 Days for Life on every Monday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. All are invited.

 

 

 

Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – March 7th

The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:00 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). The meeting will be held in the Parish Center. It is the building next to the school. Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.

 

 

 

Des Moines 40 Days for Life Rally – 
March 19th

There will be a mid-point rally for 40 Days for Life on Sunday, March 19th at 5:00 pm. Please join with other pro-life people in peaceful witness  in from the Planned Parenthood surgical abortion clinic (1000 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines). If you prefer to pray with others, this is a good time to come.

 

 

Adoption Group Annual Banquet – March 25th

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

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

 

 

 

Des Moines “Birth Mother Connect” Support Group

To provide birth mothers a place to find support, Beauty Amidst the Ashes is beginning a Birth Mother Support Group for mothers who have given up a child for adoption. Birth mothers will connect and be empowered to share their stories. They would like to ask your assistance to let women know about this group. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Smokey Row Coffee Shop Conference Room (1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines).

In addition to these monthly group meetings, there will be a closed Facebook group to reach women that are not able to attend a local meeting. The online group will offer a place where women can view a monthly presentation by our facilitator, Brigett De Vos, and participate in discussions. Together these women can find strength, friendship and encouragement. For more information, contact Brigett at brigett@beautyamidsttheashes.com.

 

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Ruth Harbor Annual Walk for Life – May 13th

Ruth Harbor is a local Christian organization which provides safe housing and assistance to pregnant young women. Please save the date for the annual Walk for Life, which supports their work.

The walk will be held on Saturday, May 13th. You can fundraise through their website, bring a donation the day of the walk, or just come to learn more about Ruth Harbor and opportunities to share in their work. More details will be coming soon.

Legislative

Here are ways to help promote pro-life legislation in under a minute! Thanks for taking the time to make a difference! After you have written your legislators or signed the petitions, feel free to pass them on to family and friends by e-mail or social media.


Ask Your US Senators to Support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch is a pro-life Supreme Court Justice nominee who will be voted on soon. Please e-mail your US Senators with an easy, prepared message & sign this LifeNews petition “urging the Senate to vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice.”

Send a quick, prepared message to your Senators through Focus on the Family’s action alert HERE.

Please sign the LifeNews petition immediately urging the Senate to vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice.

Sign the LifeNews petition HERE.



Petition to US Congress to Defund Planned Parenthood

According to CitizenGo: “To keep funding, Planned Parenthood claims that they do far more than just abortion—they are supposedly committed to providing women the full range of reproductive health services, including prenatal care.

Live Action, a pro-life organization, decided to investigate this claim that Planned Parenthood provides parental services and called 97 clinics across the country asking for prenatal care. Only 5 provided any prenatal services! Watch this three-minute videoHERE to hear the responses Live Action received.”

Please help keep the pressure on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, which obviously focuses on abortions.  We should “redirect those funds to community health centers that actually provide women with holistic care, including desperately needed prenatal care.”

Sign the petition HERE.

 
 
Iowa Pro-Life Bill Passes Senate and Goes On to House – Action Needed!

Senate File 2 is a bill which, according to Iowa Right to Life, would take away funding from clinics who do abortions and send those funds to qualified medical clinics.  Senate File 2 recently passed the Iowa Senate in a vote of 30-20! Now it is moving on to the Iowa House.

To help, please do three things:

1.       E-mail Key Iowa Representatives Encouraging Them to Defend Life

According to The Family Leader, Iowa legislators who support pro-life legislation are being attacked verbally and even threatened. Please easily send an encouraging e-mail to the Iowa House Human Resources Committee, which is handling the SF 2 bill which would take away funding from clinics who do abortions.Please take less than a minute to e-mail the whole committee through The Family Leader’s one-step, easy form HERE!

2.       E-mail your Iowa Representative and ask them to support SF 2 HERE. This is important for after the bill passes through committee and moves on to discussion in the Iowa House.

3.       Sign Petition to Thank Iowa Senate for Passing SF 2HERE. This is important to encourage our pro-life Iowa Senators. My family and I went to the Capitol recently and talked with a couple pro-life legislators. They are being harrassed and threatened over this issue. They need to know that they are not alone!


Urge President Trump to Support Religious Liberty

According to Human Life Action:

Please use this quick, prepared message to e-mail President Trump and Vice President Pence to encourage President Trump to “issue an Executive Order that establishes a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. The Executive Order should make clear that religious freedom entails more than the freedom to worship but also includes the ability to act on one’s beliefs.”

Click HERE to e-mail them.
Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act of 2017

According to Human Life Action:

“The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644) has been introduced in the House of Representatives… This much-needed, common-sense legislation will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can continue to do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children. Please take a moment to let your representatives in Congress know that we expect them to protect our most cherished liberties.”

This legislation is supported by Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori, who wrote Congress a letter supporting the conscience protection legislation.

Contact your US Representatives with a quick, prepared message HERE. It is the first USCCB Action Alert listed.

 


Free Pro-Life Movie Guides & Lesson Ideas

American Life League offers help for educating young people of all ages on pro-life topics. One free resource they have is free movie discussion guides on pro-life topics for a variety of movies. This is a great resource for families, churches, or schools.

See their library of FREE movie discussion guides HERE.

Free Pro-Life K-12 Lesson Ideas

Another free resource from American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program is a FREE lesson packet with ideas of how to “begin building a culture of life in your home and classroom.”

Download your free Pro-Life Education Starter Pack HERE.

Lastly, American Life League also offers a FREE curriculum plan, with ideas of how to work pro-life lessons into different subjects at various grade levels. You can get the curriculum plan HERE.



New Iowa Pro-Life Coalition

From Iowans for LIFE:

“Iowans for LIFE was a part of a historical moment on January 11, 2017 when Director, Maggie DeWitte and other pro-life leaders from Iowa Right to Life, Lutherans for Life, Personhood Iowa, and 4 other pro-life organizations signed a pledge to unite together.”

They are hoping to work effectively together to promote pro-life goals, especially pro-life legislation.

 
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Good Idea to Show Reality of Unborn Babies

According to an article at churchpop.com, pro-life women in Chile “broadcast the heart-beat of their unborn child live during the event. They accomplished this by strapping fetal monitors to their pregnant bellies and amplifying the real-time heartbeat of their children through loudspeakers.” It’s a cool idea that would leave no doubts as the early heartbeat of young babies.

To read the full article, click HERE.



Pro-Life Pope Francis

“It’s terrible, it hurts the soul what I heard one time years ago in another diocese. A woman, a good woman, very, very beautiful and who bragged about her beauty, commented as if it were natural: ‘Yeah, I had to have an abortion because my figure is so important’…

Rather than promoting life, [idols] drive us toward death. When values such as physical beauty, health become idols to which everything must be sacrificed, they create confusion in our spirit and in our hearts.”

– Pope Francis, at a Wednesday audience this January

You can see more details in a LifeNews article HERE.

Posted by: ajrawson | December 17, 2016

Winter Pro-Life Events

Local Events

 

 

 
Dying & Death: A Catholic Perspective – January 8th

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

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

 
Midwest March for Life Important Change – Was January 14th

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

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Mass for Life – January 15th

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

 
Iowa Institute for Social Action – January 15th

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

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

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

 

 
 
Choosing An Adoption Agency Presentation – January 22nd

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

 

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

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

 


 
40 Days for Life – March 1st

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

 

 
Adoption Group Annual Banquet – March 25th

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

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

 
 
Midwest March for Life Rescheduled – March 30th

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

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

 
 
 
Des Moines “Birth Mother Connect” Support Group

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

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

 

 
 
Petition to Irish Government to Stop Legalization of Abortion

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

Fr. James Linton Petition

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

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

 

 
 Election Results

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

 

Free “Dangers of Assisted Suicide” Webinar Replay Available

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

 

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

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

 

 
 
Iowans for LIFE Administrative Volunteer Needed

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

 

 
Ruth Harbor Back-up Houseparents Needed

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

 

 
 
 
InnerVisions HealthCare Update

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

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

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