Posted by: ajrawson | October 1, 2013

October Prolife Events


Local Events


Iowa Right to Life FINAL Book Sale – September 24th – 28th

Iowa Right to Life will be hosting their final book sale from Tuesday, September 24 – Saturday, September 28, 2013, where they will be liquidating everything!  There will be special deals, like 30% off purchases of $50 or more.

Jordan Park Camp Building (Old Nazarene Camp), 2251 Fuller Road, West Des Moines

Tuesday, September 24, 4:00pm-9:00pm ($5 entry for adults 18 and older)
Wednesday, September 25, 9:00am-9:00pm (FREE)
Thursday, September 26, 9:00am-9:00pm (FREE)
Friday, September 27, 9:00am-9:00pm (FREE)
Saturday, September 28, 8:00am-3:00pm (FREE)

40 Days for Life – September 25th-November 3rd

40 Days for life is a national prolife organization designed to save lives and eliminate abortion in our community. They do this by twice a year running campaigns, 40 days in length, with prayer, fasting and peaceful vigil, in cities across the globe. People are reached and lives are changed. To date 7,536 babies, that we know of, have been spared due to the presence of 40 Days for Life and over 40 abortion centers have closed following a local 40 days for life campaign.

Get involved in this Fall’s campaign, September 25th through November 3rd. You can commit to pray or fast or even sign up for a time to stand vigil outside of our local Planned Parenthood, or any combination of the three!

Sign-up now by going HERE and scrolling down to Iowa to find the location nearest you. There you can sign in to the vigil calendar and click on it to enter your sign-up information and then check the statement of peace.  It will take approximately 24 hours for you to be verified at which time you will be able to go to the calendar and enter the dates and times you will stand. Your information will not be shared with others and we will know who and when shifts are covered, this is important so we can fill empty slots for maximum coverage.

Ankeny Planned Parenthood
704 North Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny, Iowa
Contact: Geneveve Loraditch
40 Days for Life Kickoff Rally is here:
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm-7:30pm
Prayer, Songs and Rally on sidewalk at Ankeny Planned Parenthood abortion facility.

Des Moines Planned Parenthood
1000 East Army Post Road, Des Moines, Iowa
Contact: Randy or Sharon Horn

Urbandale Planned Parenthood
10534 New York Avenue, Urbandale, Iowa
Contact:  Paula Brown 515-244-1012

There are Iowa Planned Parenthood locations that still need a Fall 40 Days for Life prayer vigil and coordinator: Ames, Burlington, Creston, Des Moines – Drake University Facility, Des Moines – MyHealth Express, Fort Dodge, Iowa City Planned Parenthood, Keokuk, Mount Pleasant, and Washington.

Please pray about becoming a 40 Days for Life prayer team coordinator if you live in these areas or pass on this information to pro-life people who do.

Life Chain – October 6th

Please join us for the annual Life Chain event on Sunday, October 6th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. Pro-life people of all ages are welcome to join us as we line Merle Hay Road with a positive, prayerful witness. Several parish pro-life groups have specific locations where they go every year, but if you don’t know where you are supposed to go, you are welcome to join us at St. Theresa’s Parish (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, 50311). Come for all or part of the event and bring your family and friends!

Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity – October 15th

Since January 22, 1973, over 50,000,000 babies have had their voices silenced through surgical abortion in this nation alone. On October 15th, people from all over the country will give up their voices for a day in solidarity for these children.  For more information, go HERE.

In Life and Love Conference Series – October 18th-19th

Human Life International, Nebraska Bishops’ Pro-Life Office and the Archdiocese of Omaha Respect Life Apostolate are presenting a conference on “Life, Dignity, and Disability: A Faith that Welcomes” on October 18-19th this year.

This event will provide a theological foundation on the dignity of the human person; explore relevant issues related to life, dignity, and disabilities; and provide practical guidance and resources in pastoral care. The keynote address will be on fulfilling your prophetic mission in our secular world, given by the Most Rev. James D. Conley, Bishop of Lincoln.

For more information, including the conference schedule, or to register go to

Screening of Pro-Life Movie “Crescendo” – October 20th

On Sunday, October 20th, from 1:30-2:45 pm, Holy Trinity Parish in conjunction with Iowans for Life, will screen the 15 minute movie entitled “Crescendo.”  The movie is a true story about a mother from a previous century who was pressured to abort her now famous child.

A panel discussion will follow and light refreshments will be served. One goal of the afternoon is to provide an educational opportunity for those not certain about their stance on abortion.

Holy Trinity Catholic Church is located at 2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310.

See the trailer HERE.

InnerVisions Fundraiser Dinner and Dance – November 9th

Hosted by Members of Central Iowa Knights of Columbus

When: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 6:15 pm

Where: Saints John & Paul Parish Hall (1401 1st Ave S., Altoona, IA 50009)

Schedule of Events:

6:15 pm   Seating
6:50 pm   Opening Blessing
7:00 pm   Meal
7:45 pm   Words of Appreciation
8:00 pm   Live Auction and Raffle
8:15 pm   Dance

Cost: $50 donation per plate

Please RSVP by October 25th

o    To RSVP by mail (paying with a check), click HERE to print the form.

o    To RSVP by phone (paying with a credit card), please call InnerVisions at (515) 440-2273.


Informed Choices Clinic (Ames) Fundraising Banquet – November 14th

The Informed Choices Medical Clinic of Ames, Fort Dodge, and central Iowa will be hosting a fundraising banquet on with special guest speaker Governor Mike Huckabee.

Where:  Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa

When:  Thursday, November 14th from 7-9:30 pm

Why:  To raise awareness and funding for the clinics of central Iowa

Clinics: Ames opened in 2012, Fort Dodge will open in the Spring of 2014, and a third clinic in central Iowa will be announced at the banquet.

Cost:  The banquet is free to attend for the first 1200 people to RSVP

RSVP:  You can RSVP online beginning September 16th at or be invited by a table host.

Table host:  Table hosts reserve and invite others to join them at the banquet. You can choose to be a table host when you RSVP online.

Pro-Life Dinner Theater Fundraiser – December 14th

On Saturday, December 14th, Holy Trinity will host an event designed to create pro-life awareness and raise funds for both Iowans for Life and Iowa Right to Life. Entitled, “Three Divas and a Guy,” it will consist of a Broadway Review and a Dinner Theater (the chef will be Fr. Michael Amadeo).

It will be a family friendly event beginning at 6 pm (after the 4:30 Mass). St. Nicholas will be the special guest. Children 10 and under are FREE; children over 10 are $5.00, and adults
are $25.00.


InnerVisions Purity Retreat – January 11th

Save the date for the next Girls at the Well “Be a Lily Among Thorns” Purity Retreat for Junior High Girls. The retreat will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, from 8 am – 4 pm. For more information or to register, contact Kelly at or call 515-440-2273.

InnerVisions Needs & News

InnerVisions is in need of volunteers. Please pray about volunteering with this ministry and sharing this information with your friends who may just be waiting for an invitation to volunteer. Thank you.

They need receptionist help: Monday-Thursday 1-5 pm each day.

They need nurses:  Tuesdays – 12pm-4pm  and   Wednesdays – 9am-1pm & 1pm-5pm

InnerVisions HealthCare is now an approved United Way charity. You can now designate InnerVisions HealthCare for your corporate donations through United Way. Give to an organization you know is in line with your beliefs.

Make sure when your company promotes United Way giving this Fall that you target InnerVisions HealthCare for your dollars. Thank you.

To donate to this ministry you will need the following information:
InnerVisions HealthCare, 1355 50th Street, Suite 400, West Des Moines, IA  50266 515-440-2273. Employer Identification Number (EIN): #45-3790483


Midwest March for Life 2014 – January 18th

Mark your calendars now for the 2nd annual Midwest March for Life at the Iowa State Capitol building.  It is certain to be even bigger than the one last year! More details will be coming soon, but for now, just save the date on your calendar.


March for Life in Washington DC – January 19th

This is a pilgrimage experience that renews participants in their love of life!  The trip will depart from Des Moines on January 19th.

Sunday, January 19th: Departure from several Iowa locations. Travel will continue overnight.

Monday, January 20th: Arrival in Washington D.C. in the afternoon. Free day to explore.

Tuesday, January 21st: Free day to explore Washington D.C. Worship opportunities in the evening.

Wednesday, January 22nd: Youth Rally and worship opportunities in the morning. March for Life at noon. Departure for Iowa in the evening. Travel overnight on the bus.

Thursday, January 23rd: Arrival in Iowa locations in the early evening.

Cost:  The cost of the trip is $375 per participant. The fee covers the bus transportation and hotel stay for two nights.

Registration:  Payments and registrations received before 11/01/13 are secured. Registrations will be taken after November 1st until the buses are full. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone.

You may register securely online HERE.

For more information, e-mail

Rally for Life – February 17th

Mark your calendars for the annual Rally for Life at the Capitol on February 17th.  One of the main points of focus this year will be on euthanasia.

Iowa Right to Life Speakers Bureau

Iowa Right to Life has pulled together a Pro-Life Speakers Bureau with some of the most dynamic local pro-life representatives. Go to their website HERE to see the speakers and what specific topics they can be asked to speak on authoritatively. All talks will lead others to appreciate the sanctity and dignity of all human life from conception to natural death.

To schedule a speaker in your community, contact Iowa Right to Life at 877.595.9406 or e-mail

Webcam abortion rule approved by Iowa Board of Medicine, 
But keep praying!


The Iowa Board of Medicine approved a rule this afternoon which would in effect prohibit “webcam” abortions. Adopted by an 8 to 2 vote, the rule would require a physician to be physically present with the woman while abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. The rule is set to become effective November 6th. Yay!

But Planned Parenthood will try to get the vote against webcam abortions overthrown. They will not let this lessening of their revenue and power go easily. Please pray that the decision will not be overturned.

USCCB YouTube Video – Protect Your Conscience Rights!

Check out the 3-minute video from the USCCB about the need to protect our conscience rights HERE.

 Parish Pro-Life Websites

I have heard of only two parishes who have websites for their parish pro-life group – Holy Trinity and St. Theresa Parish. If you would like ideas to make a parish website, please check out Holy Trinity’s HERE. They have many good videos along the side and information about some current events.

St. Theresa’s pro-life website is essentially a repeat of this blog (since I am part of the pro-life group there), but one of the best parts is that we have a large link “Help! I’m Pregnant!” that takes anyone interested to Iowa Right to Life’s webpage that is very helpful for anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy. I highly recommend putting this link into any webpage you may make. See the link HERE.

New Pro-Life Books

Americans United for Life is supporting a new book that has just come out Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. Check it out HERE.

40 Days for Life also has a new book – 40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done… Imagine What He Can Do. Check it out HERE.  The image above is when Pope Francis was given a copy of the book by the London 40 Days for Life Director.


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