Posted by: ajrawson | October 20, 2013

October/November prolife events

Help Iowa Right to Life Win an Office Makeover – Right NOW

Iowa Right to Life needs your help to win an office makeover! They are a finalist in the Make My Non-Profit Run Better contest. The top organization will receive an office technology makeover valued at up to $15,000!

The first round of voting will determine the finalists. They need your help! All you have to do is go to and vote. You can vote once each day from today through Wednesday, October 23, at 5:00pm. Please vote and share!

I just voted and it took less than a minute. Click HERE. Type “Iowa Right to Life” into the Search under non-profit name box, and vote. You don’t even have to put in an e-mail address. Very easy!

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.

Pro-Life Pumpkin Design

Here is a cute and creative design for pumpkin carving that was sent to me. I hope someone can use it! Even pumpkin carving can be an opportunity to make people think.

Get the design HERE.

40 Days for Life Closing Vigil – November 3rd

40 Days for Life continues from September 25th – November 3rd.  If you would like to get involved in this Fall’s campaign you can commit to pray or fast or sign up for a time to peacefully stand vigil outside of your local Planned Parenthood.

The 40 Days for Life closing candlelight vigil will be held on Sunday, November 3rd from 5:00 – 6:00 pm on the sidewalk of the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland surgical abortion center (1000 East Army Post Road, Des Moines). Please come to pray. It is a beautiful way to remember what a difference light can make in the darkness.

Gingerbread 5K Run/Walk for Adoption – November 3rd

Supporting adoption is an important part of being pro-life.  Come celebrate adoption by walking or running the Gingerbread Run for Adoption in Ames. For more details see above.

Mass for Infant Loss – November 4th

The annual Mass for infant loss will be held on November 4th at 7:00 pm at Holy Trinity Parish in Des Moines. This Mass is in memory of babies lost to miscarriage or infant loss.  Bishop Pates will say Mass and it will be a beautiful opportunity for those who would like to remember their child.  There is so much quiet hurting with miscarriage and infant loss.  Please share this with friends who it may help with the healing process.

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.

Ruth Harbor Fundraising Banquet – November 14th

Ruth Harbor is a beautiful home right by St. Augustin’s Parish that welcomes pregnant women in difficult situations to stay with them. They provide for the girls, helping with all the practical needs and the love they need. It is an incredible ministry!

They will be having a fundraising banquet on Thursday, November 14th, from 7:00-9:00 pm at the Des Moines Marriott Downtown in the Iowa Ballroom. Come hear stories from the women who have lived in the house and Anne Pierson, one of the founders of the maternity home movement that Ruth Harbor is part of. Please RSVP by Monday, November 11th. For more details, see above.

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.


Post-Abortion Healing Retreat for Men and Women – December 6th-8th

Rachel’s Vineyard is hosting a post-abortion healing retreat on December 6th-8th.  It is open to both men and women.  It will be held at the American Martyr Retreat House in Cedar Falls, Iowa.  For more information or to register, call Kris Gaspari @ 515-306-7838.

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.

More InnerVisions Needs & News


140 babies have been saved!


Easy Fundraising Ideas

Thanks to St. Anthony, St. Francis, St. Boniface, and All Saints churches who are sponsoring a Baby Bottle Fundraiser for InnerVisions HealthCare.

Consider involving your entire church by sponsoring a Baby Bottle Fundraiser on a given Sunday!  The clinic purchases the bottles and you distribute them to families in your church who will take them home, fill them with their pocket change or desired donation and return them to the church (or clinic).  We would be happy to be there that weekend to help promote the event and talk with your congregation about this life-saving ministry.  Promotional posters are available and if you want us to present a 2 minute message at the church services we are happy to do that too.

Contact, Laura Holms at 515-440-2273 or A 10-15 day lead time needed to order bottles.

BUCKS FOR BABIES is another way to support InnerVisions! To get a free long-sleeve “Empower Women – Save Babies” t-shirt all you have to do is pledge $10 or more per month.  For more information, call Alicia 515-440-2273 or

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 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 which would in effect prohibit “webcam” abortions. Yay! However, Planned Parenthood will try to get the vote against webcam abortions overthrown. They will not let this lessening of their revenue go easily. Please pray that the decision will not be overturned.

Cupcakes for Life – Best Idea Ever!

I love love love this!  What a fun, creative, and effective way to share the pro-life message! The Iowa State University Students for Life group does this each year. Watch this video to learn about the national movement of Cupcakes for Life HERE. Unfortunately I didn’t get this information in time for the actual day (October 9th), but I think this is something that should be done year round.

From Cupcakes for Life:

Cupcakes are such sweet and fun things to have at events, especially for birthdays! With this in mind, we want to help others realize not every child has the chance to have a birthday because of abortion, and that we care about them. We thought these children’s lives should be remembered, so we picked October 9th as a national day to recognize them and raise awareness about the issue of abortion and the impact it is having. By using cupcakes we are able to reach out to the general public in a warm, non-confrontational way and use it as a way to raise awareness, start conversation, and potentially educate individuals about issues that would ordinarily be suppressed to silence.

The Affordable Care Act, along with its embedded abortion coverage, is going into effect. 50 leaders from national pro-life groups across America issued a joint statement of defiance, declaring that they will not comply with Obamacare, which causes men and women of faith to violate their consciences by forcing them to purchase health insurance that pays for abortions.

You are invited to sign on to the “Pledge for the Preservation of Life and Liberty” and send a strong message to Washington that we will not tolerate the dismantling of our religious freedoms. Sign the pledge HERE.

Today, Students for Life in America released a helpful new flyer explaining how the complex Obamacare system funds abortions. That helpful flyer can be downloaded HERE.

Pope Francis NOT Diluting the Importance of Being Pro-Life!

Here is a note from Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life which was very reassuring. It’s a little long, but I hope that it helps you as it did me:

As the Director of Priests for Life, known worldwide as a ministry within the Catholic Church that urges more preaching, teaching, and action against abortion, I was asked by many alarmed and confused people these past few days about the reported comments of the Pope that the Church should not be “obsessed” with this issue, and that there should be “balance” and “context.”

Is the pope saying we should talk less about abortion? Is he saying that the emphasis the Church has placed on this issue has been a mistaken emphasis?

When I first received these inquiries via emails and text messages, I was actually in the presence of Pope Francis, in the dining room of his residence. I had spoken just hours earlier, at the invitation of the Vatican, about the Church’s defense of the unborn child, and about the clear and strong position of the Church, expressed in many documents, that the right to life is our first right and the foundation and condition for all the others.

So the news came to me with more than a little irony, and I immediately began to tell worried pro-life warriors that they had no reason to think that the Pope no longer wanted the Church to focus on abortion.

Pope Francis preaches on pro-life in a very integral way. He gives strong and clear messages that derive from the very substance of the Faith and a very broad vision of the demands that Faith places upon us. The conclusions and applications for the pro-life movement are undeniable, even if he does not use the specific words “pro-life movement” and “unborn.”

In his recent interview, he made it clear that the Church should put opposition to abortion “in context.” This is neither new nor unwelcome. The Pope wants to see the renunciation of abortion put in the context of mercy toward the mother, and this is consistent with the pro-life movement’s emphasis on “loving them both.” In fact, in my personal conversations with the Pope, he particularly urged me to go forward with the work of Rachel’s Vineyard, the largest ministry in the world for healing after abortion. He called it an “excellent work.”

The Pope wants the teaching against abortion not to stand alone, as if it were a negotiable moral prohibition, but rather to stand in the context of our teaching about who God is. He made this clear in his June 16 homily at the worldwide “Day of the Gospel of Life” when he declared,

“The Scriptures everywhere tell us that God is the Living one, the one who bestows life and points the way to the fullness of life…The commandments are not a litany of prohibitions — you must not do this, you must not do that, you must not do the other; on the contrary, they are a great “Yes!”: a yes to God, to Love, to life.”

“All too often, as we know from experience, people do not choose life, they do not accept the “Gospel of Life” but let themselves be led by ideologies and ways of thinking that block life, that do not respect life, because they are dictated by selfishness, self-interest, profit, power, and pleasure, and not by love…As a result, the Living God is replaced by fleeting human idols which offer the intoxication of a flash of freedom, but in the end bring new forms of slavery and death.”

This approach radically strengthens the Church’s opposition to abortion, because the Pope is saying not simply that it breaks the Fifth Commandment (“You shall not kill”), but that more fundamentally it breaks the First Commandment (“You shall not have other gods besides me”) and that to disrespect life is to abandon God himself.

Nobody should worry or think that the Pope is in any way diluting the Church’s strong and unchangeable stance against abortion, or contradicting all that has already been said and written, in documents like The Gospel of Life, about the urgent priority that this issue deserves. Some 50 million children are killed by abortion around the world each year. If we want to know how much we should focus on it, we only have to use human reason and ask what our response would be if 50 million adults throughout the world were killed each year by terrorism.

Long live the pro-life movement, and long live the Pope!

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director of Priests for Life

Pope Francis’s Recent Pro-Life Comments

Last month the Holy Father, Pope Francis, addressed the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations and Catholic Gynecologists during a conference in Rome. Here is what he said:

“Each one of us is invited to recognize in the fragile human being the face of the Lord, who, in his human flesh, experienced the indifference and loneliness to which we often condemn the poorest, either in the developing nations, or in the developed societies. Each child who is unborn, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, bears the face of Jesus Christ, bears the face of the Lord, who, even before he was born, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And also each old person—I spoke of the child, let us also speak of the elderly, another point!—each old person, even if infirm or at the end of his days, bears the face of Christ. They cannot be discarded, as the “culture of waste” proposes! They cannot be discarded!

Do not ever neglect to pray to the Lord and the Virgin Mary for having the strength to do your job well and bear witness with courage—with courage! Today it takes courage—the courageous witness of the Gospel of life!”


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