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

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


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.

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  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.

A Christ-centered home & programs for young moms who are facing unplanned pregnancies or are parenting young children.
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
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)
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
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!
  • 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.
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!
Saturday, May 12 @ 9:30 a.m.
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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



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




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.


Posted by: Anita H | January 1, 2018

Pro Life January

Iowa Prayer For Life: January 11, 2018




February 14 to March 25

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9 days of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage



Join the March for Life through Prayer!

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Click here to pledge to pray!



Women’s REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH Resource Book Scientific research on contraception and family planning

Click on above to see how much you know about contraception and family planning. You will be surprised by what you don’t know!

Posted by: Anita H | December 1, 2017

Advent-Prepare for His coming

Advent Prayer


God of Life,
We rejoice in the promise of your coming.

You have sent your Son, born in Bethlehem.
He is the Prince of Peace, and
The one in whose name all oppression shall cease.

May we welcome his coming each day
And prepare for his coming at the end of time.
May we build a culture that welcomes him
By welcoming every child, born and unborn.

We pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

Action Alert


Call for Public Comments on the HHS Contraception / Abortifacient Mandate

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FBI signals it may investigate Planned Parenthood for baby parts trafficking


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NewLogo_IFLMarch for Life 2018

This January, Iowans for LIFE will once again travel to Washington D.C. to walk with hundreds of thousands of other pro-lifers in the March For Life. This faith enriching pilgrimage starts Wednesday evening January 17th as we head out to D.C. on charter buses and finishes back in Des Moines on Sunday, January, 21st. This year’s March For Life is on Friday, January 19th, 2018. Iowans for LIFE and those who join us on this pilgrimage will get the chance to march to the Supreme Court Building, rally with thousands of other and support the life of the unborn child and mother.

The pilgrimage includes the bus to D.C. and hotel. Along with these events you will have the chance to tour Washington D.C. on your free day.

-The pilgrimage costs $400.
– If you have questions, please contact IFL at 515-255-4113 or
-More details regarding the trip will be available upon registration

Click here to see registration online info


new-years-reflection-9-daysLiving out Christmas in the New Year How do we live out the message of Christmas in the New Year, rather than pack it away with the ornaments? Each year the Octave Day of Christmas falls on the first day of the New Year, on which we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Her open heart and courageous “yes” to God show us how to live year-round—with hearts open to the Lord, following where He leads. We are called to place our trust in Him, to enter compassionately into the suffering of others, and to love one another as Christ loves us. Like Our Blessed Mother welcomed Jesus, we are called to cherish and protect the gift of human life, at every stage and in every circumstance. One way to live out the message of Christmas and follow Our Lady’s example is to join 9 Days for Life, a digital pilgrimage of prayer and charitable action. The U.S. Catholic bishops invite you to join thousands of Catholics nationwide from Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 26. Join today at

Posted by: Anita H | November 1, 2017

Give Thanks for Life!


As we leave Respect Life month, we are reminded in all ways and in all things, to keep our hearts open and thankful for the gift of life.

A reminder that a group of Pro Life people meet every Saturday morning in front of Planned Parenthood, 1000 E Army Post Rd, at 10am to pray the rosary.  All are welcome to come and pray for pro life intentions..

Below are events, news, and an action alert for the month of November.  May you be blest with the peace of Christ for all you do to defend life!


Annual Christmas Gala

The last two years sold out quickly. This is a show worth seeing!                                          We will sell out weeks in advance. DON’T MISS OUT!


Saturday night’s show on December 2nd includes a pork loin dinner with all the trimmings. Cash bar available. Price: $280 per table.
Sunday’s December 3rd matinee includes a delectable dessert bar. Seating is limited! Price: $144 per table.

Tables receive preferred seating and go on sale on Thursday, October 12th, at 9PM
Individual tickets go on sale October 25th. Don’t wait!

Orders for full tables go on sale Thursday after 9pm.
Questions? Call Karen or Tom Quiner at 515-689-9266.

Click here to get your tickets

Mark Your Calendars!

Fundraising Banquet… Your Opportunity!

Coming November 9, an opportunity to bless and be blessed!
Hear what’s happening at Ruth Harbor, be inspired by young women who have experienced life-change, learn about future plans, and how you can take part in accomplishing our mission!

Guest Speaker: Amy Ford

Amy Ford is the President and Co-Founder of Embrace Grace, a non-profit that inspires and equips the church to love on single and pregnant young women as well as the author of A Bump in Life:True Stories of Hope & Courage during an Unplanned Pregnancy. Embrace Grace works with hundreds of churches across the nation, providing curriculum to help moms with unintended pregnancies.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, Dinner & Program 7:00-9:00 P.M. Doors Open 6:30 P.M. Embassy Suites Downtown, Embassy Grand Ballroom, 101 E Locust St. Des Moines

*Valet, Ramp, and Street Parking All Available

RSVP by Monday, Nov. 6 2017

An Opportunity to give a financial gift will be extended. Generous donors have covered the cost of the banquet so all donations from this evening will benefit Ruth Harbor.

Table Hosts:  Being a Table Host means you care enough about the mission of helping women and children to invite others to hear, too. Simply and prayerfully invite others who might have a heart for this ministry. A table is 10 places, but you can invite more (or less).

When you register online at: check the “Table Host” box, or contact us
at: or 515-279-4661.

Des Moines diocesan Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass

Honoring Our Children With the Lord


You are invited to the diocese’s annual Pregnancy and infant Loss Memorial Mass on Tuesday, November 28th at 7 PM at Christ the King Church, 5711 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315. His Excellency Bishop Pates will preside at the Mass, which is offered for all families and individuals who have suffered from the loss of a child. A reception will follow the Mass, where resources offering healing and education will be provided. For more information contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life 515.237.5056

Hearing on Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 (HR 490) Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

Click here to watch this short videoPresentation1

Draft of New HHS Strategic Plan Says Life Begins ‘at Conception’

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed five-year strategic plan includes language stating that human life begins at the moment of conception.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of its new strategic plan for 2018-2022, and with the addition of a few small words, it’s clear that there is a major change.
Formerly, the document stated the following in its introductory information:
HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.
The new edition now states this:
HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.

The change might be five little words, but its meaning is deep. It signifies that at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services knows and accepts the truth, that life begins at conception (fertilization). Pro-life activists have said it for decades, scientists have proved it, and abortion supporters have denied and flat-out ignored it, but it’s true: life begins the moment a new human life is created – at fertilization. HHS is committed to protecting those lives.
READ: Science confirms that human life begins at fertilization
In addition to this change, HHS’ first strategic goal is to “Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care.” In the introductory paragraph, it is made clear that there is a mission to improve health care in the United States for all Americans, including those still in the womb. It states:
HHS is dedicated to reforming, strengthening, and modernizing the Nation’s health care system. By promoting greater affordability and balancing spending, strengthening health care quality and patient safety, improving access and expanding choices, and investing in the health care workforce, HHS seeks to improve health care outcomes for people we serve. While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients, or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.

Another addition is noticeable in the third strategic goal, which states that the HHS works to “Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan.” HHS clearly states that not only does life begin at conception, but it should end at “natural death”:
A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death, but especially those individuals and populations facing or at high risk for economic and social well-being challenges, through effective human services.
The changes are welcome moves for those who advocate for the protection of preborn humans in a country where preborn eagles currently have more rights. It’s a small step, but it is a step in the right direction, acknowledging that life exists inside the womb.
READ: Scientists say life begins at conception with a burst of fluorescence
While former HHS Secretary Tom Price recently resigned from his position, pro-life Teresa Manning serves as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, overseeing the federal funding for family planning programs, and Charmaine Yoest, former president of Americans United for Life, serves as assistant secretary of public affairs.



Action Alert:  Urge Senators to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Click here to contact your Senator now!

Senate votes to confirm Amy Barrett to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Last month’s blog update, we shared with you the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning of Amy Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor nominated for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senator Feinstein’s (“The dogma lives loudly within you and that’s a concern”) and Senator Durbin’s (“Do you consider yourself an Orthodox Catholic?”) questioning of Amy Barrett’s religious beliefs, specifically on pro-life issues, was called by many a religious litmus test and unconstitutional.

On 10/31/17, the Senate voted to confirm Amy Barrett’s appointment to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Register now for March for Life 2018

Don’t be fooled by Planned Parenthood’s disinformation.

Click here to get the Truth

Spiritual Adoption MONTH 2 Developing Baby

“I’m dancing!” Your baby is making progress developing all of her external features and internal organs. Her brain is functioning at 40 days. Her mother can hear her heartbeat now on an ultrasonic stethoscope. Baby teeth buds are present at 6 ½ weeks. The central nervous system is functioning and 40 muscle sets begin their first exercises. From this moment, your spiritually adopted baby grows and refines her body. But everything she needs to survive after birth is already present by the end of the eighth week. She is now called a “fetus,” a Latin word meaning “little one.” Ultrasound reveals that this little one can now spring, flip and jump her first dance steps!


Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His mercy endures forever. Psalm 107:1

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