Posted by: Anita H | December 2, 2018

Advent-Prepare and Pray

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Iowa’s children need YOU to be their voice on Friday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. “Heartbeat” law has its day in court.

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Pray the Heartbeat Novena

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IFL’s supporters came through for the cause of life in unprecedented ways!  Banquet attendance was up 30%!  Donations were up 42%!  Unity was up 100%!

You packed the Meadows ballroom for the most unique pro-life fundraising banquet ever:  A Clash of Creeds, a conversation with Margaret Sanger, Ayn Rand, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta and moderated by GK Chesterton.

ifl.jpgOur fellow members of the Natural Journey Alliance, Iowa Right to Life and Restored by Grace Ministries were on hand, along with many of our allies from the Pro Life Coalition of Iowa. What an evening of fun and fellowship!

IFL bestowed our Life Advocate Award to Governor Kim Reynolds for signing the Heartbeat Bill.

We’ve got big plans for 2019 and ask EACH of you to partner with us, whether you were able to attend the banquet or not.

We’ve installed our Pro Life Curriculum in 5 Catholic schools, with a bunch more pending.

You’ll note our aggressive social media and website outreach which is reaching thousands of Iowans every month with powerful pro life messages.

And we’ve got incredible video projects in the works to reach more young Iowans than ever with a positive pro-life message.

Our workload is massive because the cause is massive.

If you couldn’t make the banquet, you can STILL support our aggressive pro life educational outreach. Stop what you’re doing. Go to our DONATE page … right now … and donate to the cause of Life!  Thank-you!


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Stacy’s Story

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Posted by: Anita H | November 1, 2018

Giving Thanks for Lives Saved

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Father of mercies,
God of all creation,
Source of life and of every blessing,
We thank you today, and every day of our lives,
For all that you give us!

Our thanksgiving is not only a duty,
But a joy and a source of strength,
Because it reminds us of your faithful love,
And inspires us with the hope of a future filled with blessings!

Lord, we thank you for guiding our fathers,
Who, inspired by the prophets
And by the saving work of your Son,
Founded a nation where all might live as one,
Acknowledging their dependence on you
As the source of their right to life.

We thank you for your blessings in the past,
And for all that, with your help, we must yet achieve.

We ask you to bless us as we thank you,
That our giving thanks may be accompanied by our firm resolve
To proclaim, celebrate, and serve
The gift of human life, born and unborn.

We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.


 

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.

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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SAVE THE DATE! Our annual fundraising banquet is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 15th.

Be sure to mark your calendar & start thinking about who you’ll invite. There are some good surprises for our table hosts this year Click here for more information!.

A Celebration! 

The opening of a second home & introduction of a new name & logo…all in one day.

We welcomed hundreds of family, friends, past residents, community members, volunteers and more to help us celebrate the opening of our new Mother-Child Home in Carlisle. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to tour the home!  It was an amazing day of new and old connections, as well as an opportunity to praise God for the work he is doing in our ministry. Be sure to click over to our Facebook page to see photos from the Open House.

The opening of a second home also gave birth to the expansion of our ministry name from “Ruth Harbor” to “Ruth Harbor Ministries.” In our new logo, you’ll recognize the shape of four “wombs” that were used to to create a cross in the center, emphasizing the Christ-centered focus of our mission.


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A big thank you to those who attended the annual Life Chain in early October! Your participation was especially appreciated this year with the cold, rainy weather making it more difficult. According to Ruth Kabitzke, the Des Moines coordinator, there were 162 participants at the various Des Moines locations. The gathering at St. Theresa was the largest part of that number. Thank you again for all your pro-life efforts during Respect Life month!


HOPE Adoption Conference 

November 16 & 17, 2018 | North Point Church | Des Moines, IA

The HOPE Adoption Conference celebrates adoption, educates individuals and families about adoption and motivates people to engage in caring for children who need families.


This is an ALL NEW,  ALL-CHRISTMAS MUSICAL FEAST

The last two years sold out quickly. This is a show worth seeing! 

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  • Saturday night’s show on December 1st includes a sit down dinner. Price: $295 for a table of 8. Single tickets are $38 each.
  • Sunday’s December 2nd matinee includes a delectable dessert bar and beverages.  Seating is limited! Price: $19 each. A family table is $50.

Tables receive preferred seating and are now on sale.

Questions? Call Karen or Tom Quiner at 515-689-9266.

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Several months ago, Facebook changed its formulas to practically force organizations like The FAMiLY LEADER to pay for ads to get exposure on the social network. Of course, Facebook, which doesn’t typically censor everyday content, reserved the power to censor those ads.

And now Facebook is censoring us.

See for yourself the pro-life video Facebook found too hot to handle!

Together with our national pro-life partner Susan B. Anthony List, TFL developed a 60-second video depicting a real, Iowa mom and her prematurely born son, Micah. The mom tells her story, then invites voters to stand against Iowa gubernatorial candidate Fred Hubbell, who will fight to ensure babies like Micah can be aborted in the womb.

Facebook originally accepted the ad. But after it had been shown to over 35,000 people, the social media giant put a stop to spreading the video any further.

Now, we need your help to spread Micah’s story!

Here’s three things you can do right now to make sure Facebook doesn’t stop this powerful pro-life message from getting out:

  1. Watch the video on Twitter, and retweet to get the word out!
  2. Share the video on Facebook. They may be able to stop the ad from running, but they can’t stop YOU from sharing it with your friends and networks!
  3. Give to get the word out! Facebook isn’t the only place this pro-life message can be shared. Your gift of even $10, $25, $100, or more will make sure TFL gets Micah’s story out the public, whether Facebook likes it or not!

I encourage you to watch Micah’s story for yourself. I’m confident you’ll see his message, his joy, and his mother’s heart, is just too powerful to let Facebook squash his story.

For the family,

Bob


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This October, Respect Life Month has truly lived up to its name. We have many reasons to celebrate.

On the 11th, Washington became the 20th state to abolish capital punishment. Just a few hours later, Malaysia followed suit.

This week, the annual Gallup poll reaffirmed that public support for the death penalty remains at historic lows, with less than 50% of Americans believing that capital punishment is applied fairly in the United States.

And, by the grace of God and the power of your participation in the Mercy in Action Project, so far none of October’s four scheduled executions have gone through.

On the heels of the Church’s revision to the Catechism in August, which called the death penalty “inadmissible”, we find that momentum toward abolition is growing – and with it, a respect for all life. As our society embraces more restorative approaches to harm, the death penalty moves ever closer to its inevitable end.

Lastly, I would be remiss not to mention that October held the long-awaited canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. He modeled a faithful courage to speak out against violence which emboldens us today.

Saint Oscar Romero, pray for us.

With gratitude,
Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
Executive Director


Posted by: Anita H | October 1, 2018

October–Respect Life Month

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Heavenly Father, the beauty and dignity of human life was the crowning of your creation. You further ennobled that life when your Son became one with us in his incarnation. Help us to realize the sacredness of human life and to respect it from the moment of conception until the last moment at death. Give us courage to speak with truth and love and with conviction in defence of life. Help us to extend the gentle hand of mercy and forgiveness to those who do not reverence your gift of life. To all, grant pardon for the times we have failed to be grateful for your precious gift of life or to respect it in others. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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. St Pius and St Mary’s also have Life Chain at their churches!  Go to the location that works for you!

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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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.

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.

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

4e829-40days40 days for Life – September 26 – November 4th. By the grace of God, 40 Days for life has achieved a stunning track record of life-saving results since launching in 2007 and rapidly becoming a worldwide movement. It is built on prayer and witness. Please join us.  Sign up here today. We

The New Wave Movement of the 21st Century 

Free Pro-Life symposium on the afternoon of the banquet. 

October 24th, 2018, 2pm – 4:30pm 

Click here for more info

 


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.

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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SAVE THE DATE! Our annual fundraising banquet is scheduled for the evening of Thursday, November 15th.

Be sure to mark your calendar & start thinking about who you’ll invite. There are some good surprises for our table hosts this year Click here for more information!.


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Please keep up your Novena prayers and your emails to Congress. 

This week’s letter to Congress covers the painful subject of Post-Abortion Trauma. Abortion supporters in Congress are in a bind. If they admit women suffer post abortion trauma, they would have to admit promoting abortion in government programs is wrong, so they simply deny women’s pain.

Please contact your Member of Congress and two Senators using this link


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Five locations across Iowa

  • The banquet is free to attend
  • All attendees must register (so we have an accurate meal count)
  • Consider hosting a table!

Will you consider hosting a table? There is no cost to host. Table Hosts simply invite others and fill a table that seats eight people. Please try to invite people who have never been to a banquet as well as people who love coming every year! You may indicate that you would like to be a host when you RSVP. 

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Government cancels controversial FDA contract for aborted remains

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Court strikes down Hawaii law requiring pregnancy centers to advertise abortion

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You are encouraged to keep up your Novena prayers and emails to Congress.  The Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life concludes this Friday. For more information Click Here

Program on mercy and the justice system to be held Oct. 8

Iowans Against the Death Penalty is sponsoring “Mercy in the Criminal
Justice System,” on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Courtroom at the Drake Legal Clinic, 2400 University Ave. in Des Moines. The event is free and open to the public.


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the Iowa Supreme Court released a shocking, renegade ruling that seized the power to rewrite our state constitution however the Court sees fit.

And then the Court used that overreaching power to add a “fundamental right” to abortion to the Iowa Constitution.

Want to take action? Join our Instant Action Team and get text message updates anytime action is needed!

Now, Planned Parenthood and pals have cited that renegade ruling to ask the courts to overturn Iowa’s Heartbeat Law … without even going to trial.

Can they do that? They can when we don’t defend our constitution from judicial overreach. When we allow the courts to rule instead of We the People.

Our system of government is threatened today – from Des Moines to D.C. – from an overdependence on courts and judges. Our culture is threatened by a people rushing to judgment instead of justice. And babies’ lives in Iowa are threatened today by a court that could strike down Heartbeat with the stroke of a pen.

Keep updated on the status of the Heartbeat Law in Iowa and join our Instant Action Team!

So I’m asking you today to pray. To pray for our courts, to pray for our nation, to pray for unborn babies and their mothers right here in Iowa.

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

 

 

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

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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

 

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