Posted by: ajrawson | April 29, 2013

May Prolife Events

Here is the current list of local events for the next couple months. I hope that you and your friends and family are able to participate in and enjoy several of them. Consider hearing inspirational talks at the fundraising dinners and watch the video of our new Pope blessing a beautiful boy with cerebral palsy.

And PLEASE send a message to the House of Representatives to pass the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (see the link below). The HHS mandate goes into effect this August, so time is running out. The e-mail message is already prepared for you, it only takes one minute. Thank you for doing your part!

Local Pro-Life Events


Pro-Life Student Leadership Summit


40 Days for Life FREE Teleconference – April 29th

On Monday, April 29th at 8 pm, there will be a free teleconference you can attend by either internet or phone. During this inspiring one-time-only phone and web event, you will join with thousands of others to learn the stunning results you helped to accomplish during this spring’s 40 Days for Life – the largest and most successful spring campaign ever! REGISTER NOW by entering your information at

40 Days for Life Local Strategy Meeting – May 7th

On Tuesday, May 7th from 6:30-8:00 pm, there will be a meeting to debrief from the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign and work on strategy for the campaign in the Fall.

All are welcome to come to Caribou Coffee that evening, especially liasons for churches or groups that participate in 40 Days for Life. The address of the Caribou Coffee is 3220 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312.

This is a great opportunity for those who have a passion and a tug on their heart to help improve 40 Days for Life prayer vigils and plan strategy to improve the prayer coverage in the Des Moines area.

Iowans for Life Contest – Entries accepted until June 2013

Iowans for LIFE is sponsoring a “Making a Statement for Life” Contest. This contest is open to anyone and everyone, and I think it is a great opportunity for the whole family. Please let people in your parish know about this contest!


1.       Be original! Stretch out your imagination and make a pro-life statement that needs to be made.

2.       Make an honest statement.

3.       Pick the media that best broadcasts your statement (bumper sticker, t-shirt, bill board, etc.)

4.       Submit your statement online or via mail. Pictures can be submitted if it helps the presentation.

5.       Entries will be accepted until June 2013 and posted on the Iowans for LIFE website.

6.       Voting and winner will be determined at the Iowans for LIFE annual meeting and dinner in July.

7.       Grand-prize winner receives a trip to the March for Life in Washington DC, and the runner-up wins free   passes to the Iowa State Fair!

InnerVisions HealthCare Fundraiser Dinner – June 4th

Register now for the InnerVisions Banquet! As of today, 100 women have chosen life for their baby rather than abortion at InnerVisions HealthCare. Their annual fundraising banquet is June 4th, and this year’s theme is “Life is Beautiful!”

The guest speaker is post-abortive actress, Shari Rigby, from the hit pro-life movie October Baby. If you are interested in reserving your seats or becoming a table host, contact Jenny Condon at 515-440-2273 or  or register online at

Development Director Needed at InnerVisions

InnerVisions is seeking an experienced Development Director to help advance the clinic’s mission by securing the financial resources necessary to sustain and expand our ongoing mission to empower and educate. The appropriate candidate must be an experienced fundraiser, be well connected to the Greater Des Moines Christian community and have a passion for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death.

Submit a resume and cover letter to InnerVisions HealthCare, 1355 50th Street, Ste 400, West Des Moines, IA  50266 by May 31st.

Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – June 11th

The next Diocesan Pro-Life meeting will take place on Tuesday, June 11th, at 6 pm at St. Pius Parish. Usually it is the first Tuesday of the month, but has been moved to accommodate the InnerVisions Banquet.

Iowans for Life Banquet – July 27th 

Join us for the Iowans for Life Banquet on Saturday, July 27, at 6:00 pm at Holiday Inn Airport, 6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines.  The dinner will be $25/person.

The guest speaker will be Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo). Bobby Schindler is the Co-Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia.

Following the tragic death of his sister, Terri, via imposed dehydration and starvation, Bobby gave us his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School and became a full-time pro-life and disability rights advocate. Today Bobby assists families in need of legal action to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal. Bobby and the Schindler family continue to advocate for persons with disabilities and he works tirelessly to put an end to the growing pro-death mentality that is plaguing our nation.

Please RSVP by July 22 to 515-255-4113 or

Iowans for Life Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed for our many of Iowans for Life’s outreach and education activities. For more information, please contact them at

Latest News on Gosnell

See the latest news on the Gosnell case HERE.

The only good thing I can say is that I have been impressed by how pro-lifers (and normal, concerned people) have been able to bring attention to the case using Facebook and Twitter and work to overcome the complete lack of coverage by most major media. We do have a voice!

It gives me hope that we can use technology to play our part in the new evangelization. We can’t determine the result of the case, but we can apply positive pressure by letting people know that there are a lot of people who care about protecting women and babies! Keep sharing!


NCHLA – Send a message! Time is running out before the HHS Mandate goes into effect!

Thanks to all those who sent in comments opposing the Obama Administration’s latest proposed regulations on the contraceptive/abortifacient/

sterilization mandate. More than 56,000 messages were sent by persons responding to the NCHLA alert!

Now it is vital that we re-dedicate our efforts to pass the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940). The U.S. House of Representatives again should be urged to include H.R. 940 in upcoming “must-pass” legislation.

Please click on the link below to send a message to your Representative today! You will also be asked to send a message to Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

Click the link below to send your message:

Even if you have already contacted your Representative in support of H.R. 940, it is important that Members again hear of the need to pass this legislation.

On August 1st the HHS mandate will begin to be enforced against nonprofit religious schools, charities and health care providers. In the days to come, Congress must decide whether to address this problem through must-pass legislation before that deadline. Please act today to protect conscience rights and religious liberty!

Legislative Update

In March, North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple, passed a law, based on Americans United for Life model legislation, making that state the first in the nation to ban sex-selection abortions AND abortions for genetic abnormalities. Even in the face of mounting cultural adversity, AUL stays hard at work!

AUL Ranks Iowa 37/50 in Terms of Protecting Life

Each year Americans United for Life ranks each state and give recommendations for how the state (and we citizens) can better protect life. The report for Iowa this year is HERE. See other states rankings and other information in remembrance of the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade HERE.

Pro-Life Education Via Cupcakes

Pro-Life education can really be much easier than we make it! The Iowa State Students for Life group is having a cupcake day where they will make and share cupcakes with positive pro-life messages on them and start conversation. This will reach many college students with a quiet witness about the importance of loving life. Great idea ISU Students for Life!

Creative Pro-Life Fundraiser Idea

A new option for pro-life fundraising was recently brought to my attention.  A product called “Humble Angel Honey” was specifically designed to help with pro-life fundraising efforts.  It’s a fun idea and something different if your group has gotten into a fundraising rut – the Omaha-based organization offers angel-shaped containers filled with pure honey.

For more information, click here or go to

Beautiful Story about Boy with Cerebral Palsy Blessed by Pope Francis

This is a wonderful video about Pope Francis picking a young boy with cerebral palsy to hug during the papal audience. As pro-lifers we strive to protect and value life at every age and in every situation. This is a beautiful reminder of that!

The Pope hugging the boy is right at the beginning of the video (so you only need to watch the first 30 seconds), but it is also impressive to hear the media talking about it so positively if you want to continue watching! See video HERE.

All the Popes in my lifetime have been amazing and I’m so excited about Pope Francis too!

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