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.

We need you to RSVP if you’re able to participate:Presentation1

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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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

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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.

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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


 

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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.

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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


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

PS—> You’ll be hearing a lot more about the Social Justice Creed, the New Wave Movement of the 21st Century at our BANQUET in October.  In the meantime, we ask you to prayerfully consider donating to the cause of LIFE today.

www.IowansForLIFE.org

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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.

 

Posted by: Anita H | April 2, 2018

Easter Peace

URBI ET ORBI (to the city and to the world)

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS

“Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!

Jesus is risen from the dead!

This message resounds in the Church the world over, along with the singing of the Alleluia: Jesus is Lord; the Father has raised him and he lives forever in our midst.'”    Read the full text

 


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Diocesan Respect Life Quarterly Meeting on April 10th at 6 PM at the Pastoral Center, 6th and Grand.

 


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Ruth Harbor’s Walk for Life May 12 @9:30am

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Action Alert:  House to address fetal tissue trafficking/heartbeat abortion ban

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Posted by: Anita H | March 1, 2018

Spring…New Life, New Hope!

**Diocesan Pro Life meeting March 6, St Pius, @ 6pm.


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You are invited to join us for the 4th Annual Beauty Amidst The Ashes Banquet Dinner & Dessert Auction on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church in Newell, IA.

A pasta bar will be served at 5:30 PM followed by a Dessert Auction and Silent Auction. Tables will be bidding together on their favorite dessert. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Beauty Amidst The Ashes Adoption Grant Program providing financial aid for adopting families.

March 10, 2018

5:30 PM  to 7:30 PM

Bethel Baptist Church

(313 W. Hwy. | Newell, IA 50568)

Please RSVP your table number to info@beautyamidsttheashes.com

If you are not able to make it to the banquet but would like to give a donation, please use the donate button below.


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march.jpgDear Respect Life Supporters:

We’re back from the recent March for Life. Here’s a quick recap:

  • IFL has taken busses to the Washington DC March for over three decades! This year, we packed another three busses with students for one of the most memorable Marches ever.
  • This was the first March that the sitting President addressed us live and in person from the White House lawn. Thank-you, President Trump.
  • Crowds were mammoth, too large to even estimate, and dwarfed the pro-abortion ‘Women’s March’ which occurred the next day.

Please consider attending next year. The March for Life is truly a pilgrimage.

  • We are engaged in a spiritual battle. To that end, we attended the archdiocesan of Washington DC Youth Rally and Mass immediately preceding the the march, at which four young women accepted the call to a religious vocation! God is so present in the hearts of the young (and us all!) at the March for Life!

​​​​​​​Visit our WEBSITE for more photos from this year’s March

Help us increase our reach.

You can help in profound ways like these:

  1. FOLLOW us on Facebook.
  2. FOLLOW us on Twitter.
  3. FOLLOW us on YouTube.
  4. SUBSCRIBE to our Blog and SHARE our posts.

In other words, invite your friends and family to share our content, even if they are NOT totally on board with our mission. Our mission is to educate Iowans on critical life and death issues from conception to natural death.

Thank-you. We are all in this mission together.


Senate OKs abortion ban if heartbeat is detected

Measure faces uncertain future in Iowa House

March 1, 2018 Des Moines Register USA TODAY NETWORK

The Iowa Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would prevent physicians from performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The measure was approved 30-20 and is headed to the House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future.

“Senate File 2281 gets at the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, of what it means to be a person,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton.

The legislation says that except in cases of medical emergency, a physician could not perform an abortion in Iowa unless a pregnant woman has been tested to determine if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

A doctor who performs an abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected and without a medical emergency could be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Democrats decried the legislation, which would almost certainly face legal challenges if passed into law, as “unconstitutional,” “extreme” and “dangerous.”

Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, called it “unfathomable” that the bill would not make exceptions in cases of rape or incest — only if the mother’s life is in danger.

“ There are no other provisions in Iowa code that say an Iowan cannot access medical care unless it is to prevent death,” she said. “… Under this Republican bill, you would force a child rape victim to have a baby, no matter how young she is. That is unfathomable.”

The bill is opposed by the Iowa Board of Regents, because leaders fear it could jeopardize the University of Iowa Health Care’s accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACMGE.

“ The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Iowa Obstetrics and Gynecology Department is accredited by ACGME,” spokesman Josh Lehman previously told the Register. “In order to receive ACGME accreditation, UI’s obstetrics and gynecology program is required to provide family planning training, including all forms of contraception and training in the provision of abortion, if the student so chooses. If this law was passed, limitations on abortions in Iowa would eliminate the ability to meet training requirements.”

Petersen said Iowa already lacks enough trained OB-GYN physicians and worried the bill would mean fewer people would train at Iowa schools and stay to practice in rural parts of the state.

“When you lose doctors in rural Iowa, maternal health care outcomes suffer,”

she said.

Sinclair argued the legislation is about protecting life.

She recalled hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time on an ultrasound and hearing her father’s heartbeat fade as he died.

“In each of those cases I knew the heartbeat or the lack of one was the indication of another human being’s life,” she said. “Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, people in this chamber with a beating heart, please take a moment with me to reflect on what it means to be human, to be a person with rights, to aggressively defend your own right to life and to defend your reasonable expectation that your government should actively support you and all other individuals with a beating heart in that very same endeavor.”

The legislation now moves to the Republican- controlled House of Representatives.

Last year, House Republicans briefly tried to advance a fetal heartbeat abortion ban but reversed course after finding they did not have enough Republican support to pass such a bill.

When asked about the Senate’s fetal heartbeat legislation at a recent press conference, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, said House Republicans intend to focus on legislation banning parents from suing for “wrongful birth” if a doctor withholds information from them about fetal abnormalities.

That bill, passed on the House floor Tuesday, stems from a recent lawsuit in which an Iowa family said they were never informed of fetal abnormalities, which would have led them to terminate the pregnancy. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that families could sue for wrongful birth unless the Legislature acts.

“We want to make sure we’re protecting physicians in those circumstances,” she said.

Last year, then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill banning most abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.


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A Christ-centered home & programs for young moms who are facing unplanned pregnancies or are parenting young children.
WELCOME AIMEE!
Aimee Phillips joined Ruth Harbor as the Office Manager in January. In her role, Aimee oversees the front-office operations, supports the Executive Director and staff team, manages fundraising events and develops/oversees Ruth Harbor’s volunteer program. Aimee says God led her to this position, knowing she had a desire to return to a ministry-focused career. “I believe alleviating some of the workload from other staff members will be the most satisfying part of my job, and I very much enjoy the interactions I’ve already had with the residents.”
Aimee will be celebrating her 20-year wedding anniversary with husband, Derek, this summer. Their three children keep them busy with athletic, musical and academic pursuits, but in their spare time they enjoy playing games together, watching movies and hosting friends at their home.  Aimee said there isn’t a lot of time for hobbies during this busy season of life, but when possible, she enjoys baking, reading and crafting.
Please join us in welcoming Aimee to the team!  You’re welcome to drop her an email at aimee@ruthharbor.org.
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Ruth Harbor is accepting applications for the following positions:
  • Program Director (part-time)
  • House Parents for our future Mother-Child home (full-time)
  • House Parent Assistant (currently part-time with potential to move to full-time)
  • Back-up House Parents (as-needed & based on availability)
 
HELP US IMPACT LIVES WELL INTO THE FUTURE
We have recently established a “Legacy For Life” endowment fund so individuals and organizations can contribute to the future sustainability of the Ruth Harbor mission. This Endowment Fund is separate from the normal operating funds used for the ministry. The principal in the Endowment Fund is not spent, but the interest earned from the principal will be used to fund ministry operations for generations.
Anyone can contribute to the Endowment Fund and you don’t have to be “wealthy” to do so — gifts of all sizes are welcomed and important to the future of our ministry.  You can contribute cash, stock, in-kind gifts and planned gifts through estate planning. For instance, asking your insurance agent to adjust the beneficiary of your life insurance policy to include 1% or 2% for Ruth Harbor will make an impact while still providing for family or the primary beneficiary.
For more information without any obligation, please contact our Executive Director, Mark McDougal, at 515-279-4661 or email ruthharbor@ruthharbor.org.
WILL YOU REVIEW US?
While it may seem strange for a ministry to request Google & Facebook Reviews, the age group we serve relies heavily on online referrals to make decisions. We want young women to know Ruth Harbor is a grace-based, Christ-centered ministry that is eager to serve them!
If you have a Gmail account and know our ministry well enough to give us a positive review, please visit our Google Review page and leave a few comments.  And, if you have just a few more minutes, we would appreciate your review on Facebook as well!
HOW YOU CAN BE PRAYING FOR US
  • Purchase of a second house. We have crossed many hurdles in the pursuit to purchase and open a second home for our mother-child ministry. Pray for God’s continued guidance and favor as we near the final stages. (Update:  Ruth Harbor buys McCauley septulet’s home:  Read DM Register article)
  • Our search for passionate, qualified staff members to fill multiple positions.
  • Wisdom, discernment & protection for our staff & board.
  • Our residents as they face many life-changing decisions.
For a full list of praises & prayer requests, please download our most recent Prayer & Praise List.
WE HAVE VAN-TASTICNEWS!
Last month we had to say goodbye to a minivan that had served us well, but required too much maintenance to keep it around.
After a thorough search and lots of legwork by house parent Shawn, we were able to secure a new-to-us vehicle to replace our previous van!
We are pleased to be blessed with something that can help us meet our needs so reliably. This van will be a great addition to the Ruth Harbor family. Thanks to everyone who provided us with tips, encouragement, prayers or all three!
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, May 12 @ 9:30 a.m.
Save the date!
Ruth Harbor Walk For Life!
 
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Posted by: Anita H | February 1, 2018

Pro Life Lent

 

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Lenten Pro-life Prayer
Father of all mercy, 
We thank you for this season of grace and light. 
We know that sin has blinded us. 
Draw us ever closer to you, in prayer and penance. 
 
Since you, O God, are light itself, 
Give all your people a clearer understanding 
Of what is sin, and what is virtue. 
 
Grant in particular that we may see, as never before, 
The profound dignity of every human life, 
Including the vulnerable unborn children. 
 
Give us grace to defend
Our brothers and sisters in the womb
By our prayers, our words,
And our self-sacrificing actions.
 
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen


 

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The next Diocesan Pro Life meeting will be at St. Pius X in Urbandale  at 6 Pm on March, 6th.

 


 

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Dear Respect Life Supporters:

We’re back from the recent March for Life. Here’s a quick recap:

  • IFL has taken busses to the Washington DC March for over three decades! This year, we packed another three busses with students for one of the most memorable Marches ever.

  • This was the first March that the sitting President addressed us live and in person from the White House lawn. Thank-you, President Trump.

  • Crowds were mammoth, too large to even estimate, and dwarfed the pro-abortion ‘Women’s March’ which occurred the next day.

Please consider attending next year.
The March for Life is truly a pilgrimage.

  • We are engaged in a spiritual battle. To that end, we attended the archdiocesan of Washington DC Youth Rally and Mass immediately preceding the the march, at which four young women accepted the call to a religious vocation! God is so present in the hearts of the young (and us all!) at the March for Life!

  • ​​​​​​​Visit our WEBSITE for more photos from this year’s March.

 


 

Recent Pew Institute Research Center shows that support for abortion varies widely by religious denominations.  Click here to read the article in the National Catholic Register.

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