Posted by: ajrawson | December 20, 2013

December/January Prolife Events

Local Events


Pro-Life Dinner Theater Fundraiser – December 14th

On this 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.

The dinner is going to be pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. Dinner will be followed by a show of some excellent singers performing Broadway hits and a few Advent songs. The singers are all professionals and will put on a very entertaining show. They will be backed up by a professional combo.

This will be a family-friendly event, so kids are welcome and St. Nicholas will make an appearance and give kids a treat. It will begin at 6 pm (come after the 4:30 Mass). Children 10 and under are FREE, children over 10 years old are $5.00, and adults are $25.00. Seats are limited, so RSVP on their website today HERE or, better yet, go to Divine Treasures Catholic Bookstore, where I just heard that they are selling tickets for the show!


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.

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.

See the new, awesome trailer for this event HERE. If you went this past January, you can enjoy looking for yourself in the footage from last year!

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:  Registrations will be taken after November 1st until the buses are full. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone.

For more information, e-mail

Diocesan Mass for Life – January 19th

All are invited to attend the annual Diocesan Mass for Life on Sunday, January 19th, at the Basilica of St. John (1915 University Avenue, Des Moines). There will be a rosary for life at 5:30 pm and Mass will be at 6 pm, with Bishop Pates presiding. After Mass there will be a reception. I hope you can make it!

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 Spring Banquet – April 26th

Details to come, but on Saturday, April 26th, Fr. Frank Pavone, Director of Priests for Life and famous Catholic speaker, will be the keynote speaker at Iowa Right to Life’s Spring Banquet.

Learn More About Healthcare Law Abortion Coverage – Americans United for Life

AUL’s President , Dr. Charmaine Yoest, was one of just 16 national leaders featured in a recent TIME magazine piece on thankfulness, along with First Lady Michelle Obama, Pastor Rick Warren, House Majority Leader John Boehner, and World Series Champion David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. Dr. Yoest is a wonderful, intelligent, and gentle face of the pro-life movement and I am thankful for her work! Please consider supporting Americans United for Life in their important pro-life legislative work!

Here is a short article from AUL about how the new healthcare law expands abortion and can get around the Hyde Amendment. See it HERE.

Gabriel Project Needs Volunteers

The Gabriel Project is in need of volunteers.  It is a Catholic ministry that helps pregnant women of any faith. You can volunteer by answering the phone line from your home or cell phone, or by helping women one on one on your own time.  An informational meeting will take place in January.  If interested, please call Marilyn at 515-707-8642 to learn more. This is such a beautiful, practical ministry – please consider volunteering even a few hours a month!

Prayers about Webcam Abortion Issue

A judge ruled recently that Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will be allowed to continue abortions via webcam in Iowa. The next big decision related to this will happen on December 13th . PLEASE make a special effort to pray and offer up for this intention.

 47th Abortion Clinic Closed This Year

Operation Rescue reported that a Pennsylvania abortion clinic has been closed – the 47th abortion clinic closure in the country this year!

  InnerVisions Needs & News


149 babies have been saved!

Join the Prayer Team!

Consider this your personal invitation to join the InnerVisions prayer team! The prayer team volunteers offer up prayers for the intentions of the clinic staff, volunteers and clients.  The goal is to cover InnerVisions in prayer every day of the week. For more information, contact Tricia Pietig at

Volunteer Opportunities

InnerVisions HeathCare needs volunteers to ensure our clinic is running smoothly…if you are a plumber or handyman, we need your help with two small projects in the clinic. We also need volunteer RN’s and sonographers, as well as receptionists. This is a life changing opportunity to work together to empower women facing an unplanned pregnancy choose life for their babies!

Job Openings at InnerVisions – Share these with people who may be interested!


InnerVisions HealthCare, a prolife unplanned pregnancy and STD medical clinic in West Des Moines is seeking a part-time Bookkeeper/Admin.  This position is responsible for supporting the development program by maintaining donor databases, organizing donor stewardship and retention initiatives as well as other administrative duties required to meet organizational revenue goals.  In conjunction with the Treasurer of the Board of Directors, this position is responsible for all bookkeeping functions and maintaining the financial reporting system. Applicant must have a BA in accounting, a strong attention to detail and commitment to confidentiality.  Send a resume and cover letter to Jenny Condon, Executive Director at, or contact her for more information.

Staff Registered Nurse:

InnerVisions HealthCare, a prolife unplanned pregnancy and STD medical clinic in West Des Moines is seeking a part-time Staff Nurse with a BSN degree. Under general direction, this position serves as a client advocate by serving clients compassionately and without judgment. This includes nursing care activities and care planning along with other disciplines. Applicants must be willing to train and obtain the skills to do limited obstetric ultrasounds. Training is provided.  Send a resume and cover letter to Jenny Condon, Executive Director at or contact her for more information.

NEW Iowa Right to Life State PAC Website

Iowa Right to Life has started a state political action committee to support pro-life legislation and pro-life candidates. See their new website HERE to learn more about how you can help support legislation and public policy that saves lives in Iowa and beyond.

Sign Petition to Bring the Parental Notification and Intervention Act to a Vote

Pro-Life Alliance’s Parental Notification and Intervention Act would make it illegal to perform an abortion on a minor anywhere in the country (instead of on a state by state basis) unless the physician has given four days notice to both parents or the legal guardian.

Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) introduced the bill recently, but we need to generate a surge of support and cosponsors if we are to ultimately get a vote.

So please click HERE to quickly and easily sign the petition to your Congressman and Senators urging their action.

Chinese Studies Conclude Abortion Increases Breast Cancer Risk by 44%

A recent Chinese meta-analysis of 36 studies showed that abortion increases the risk of breast cancer by 44%. See the article HERE – a good summary. The link to the original peer-reviewed study HERE.  

Plan B Pill Ineffective

Planned Parenthood recently admitted that the Plan B pill is ineffective with many young women because of their weight. See article HERE.

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



Advent Ideas

As you prepare your heart and home for Christmas, please consider giving a special birthday present to Jesus by supporting pregnant women and their unborn babies by donating to a pro-life charity during your year-end giving. You can even buy giftcards or provide for other needs at crisis pregnancy clinics. And if money is not an option right now, give of your time by volunteering at any of the below!

A Few Ideas For You:

InnerVisions Medical Clinic:  A medical crisis pregnancy clinic on the frontlines giving hope and information to women in difficult situations. See their website HERE.

Gabriel Project:  The Gabriel Project offers practical help for women and their babies, providing for baby needs and encouraging the mother so that she will be able to keep her baby.  The volunteer “angels” offer the encouraging message of the angel Gabriel to Mary at the announcement of her unexpected pregnancy: “Rejoice! Fear not!” See their website HERE.

Ruth Harbor:  Ruth Harbor is a home to support young women who are alone and facing unplanned pregnancies by providing housing, education, counseling, health care, parenting training or adoption assistance, spiritual support and more for the duration of their pregnancies. See their website HERE.

Iowans for Life: Iowans for L.I.F.E. (Life is for everyone) is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting innocent human life from conception until natural death by informing, influencing, and inspiring society. They are very active in educating others about pro-life issues and lead a pilgrimage to the March for Life each year. See their website HERE.

Iowa Right to Life:  Through grass roots lobbying, educational efforts and public-awareness programs, Iowa Right to Life is on the front lines, working with thousands of Pro-lifers across Iowa to promote the value of human life. See their website HERE.

This is not an exhaustive list at all – this is only a few of the local pro-life organizations (there are many more amazing local and national pro-life organizations which need support!  Please find one way this Advent to help and encourage those who work so tirelessly on pro-life issues (all of you know how beautiful, but exhausting the work can be). Thank you for supporting those who are changing and saving lives!


Christmas Shopping

Another thing to think about while Christmas shopping is to buy yourself or others a fashionable pro-life t-shirt or bumper sticker or ornament that will be practical and start people thinking in a positive way. Multitasking is a beautiful thing, so get a present that will keep on giving  🙂


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