Posted by: ajrawson | February 5, 2014

February Pro-Life Events

January was a great month. Hundreds of thousands of people participated in the March for Life in Washington D.C. and the Walk for Life West Coast. Pope Francis even tweeted his support for the marchers (see HERE for more details). At home, the 2nd annual Midwest March for Life also went well. Hopefully it will grow every year! Thank you to those who braved the cold to participate!

Below are more pro-life events coming up in February and March. Please come to and promote the Rally for Life on February 17th at St. Anthony’s and the Capitol Building. Come for part or all. Please also send a super quick prepared e-mail to your U.S. Senators about the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act (see the highlighted yellow section below)! There is a lot going on!

Thank you for making a difference! I am always inspired by the dedication of local pro-lifers. Thanks for all you do and God bless you!

Local Events


National Pro-Life Chalk Day – February 6th

Make a difference using sidewalk chalk to share positive, pro-life messages (and if our sidewalk is covered with snow on the 6th, put it on your calendar to try again in March). Keep it short and positive to make an impact. For more information, go HEREHere are some possible phrases they recommend:

Smile! Your Mom Chose Life

Human Rights for All: Born & Preborn

Heartbeat Begins Beating at 21 Days

Social Justice Begins in the Womb

Peace Begins in the Womb

Adoption Not Abortion

Women Need Love, Not Abortion

Women Regret Abortion

Equal Rights for Preborn People

NFP Class – February 9th

The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is scheduled to begin Sunday, February 9th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Des Moines. Cost is a one-time fee of $140 for all course materials, classes, one year of consultation with certified instructors, plus a one-year subscription to Family Foundations magazine. Online registration is required at

For more information, e-mail Kerry or Renee at

For more information on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, visit the Couple to Couple League website at


Rally for Life – February 17th

The annual Rally for Life will take place on February 17th. The rally will begin at St. Anthony Church (15 Indianola Road, Des Moines, IA 50315) with registration at 9:30 am, followed by prayer and an educational session at 10 am with Wesley J. Smith and then a Q&A panel. A major focus this year will be on euthanasia.

There will be lunch from 12-1pm, with lobbying training during lunch. Please register for the education seminar by February 10th so they know the amount of lunch to provide. RSVP to Greg Baker at or 515-263-3495 ext. 18. You can offer a freewill donation for lunch if you desire.

After lunch, people will move to the Capitol building.  Interested participants can lobby legislators from 1-3 until the rally at the Capitol at 3-4 pm. An RSVP is not required to attend the rally or lobby at the Capitol – come and go as you wish.

40 Days for Life Spring Campaign – March 5th

Save the date for the next 40 Days for Life campaign from March 5 – April 13! For more information see

40 Days for Life Local Miracle 

God is good and works miracles everyday. Here is the 9-minute video that tells the story of a miracle in Storm Lake, Iowa. “Ex Planned Parenthood manager — fired after speaking out against a dangerous abortion procedure — conducts 40 Days for Life campaign outside her former workplace, leading to its permanent closure.”

See the video HERE.

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.

Vision of Life:  InnerVision Healthcare’s Annual Banquet – June 5th

InnerVisions HealthCare is excited to announce their “Vision of Life: Innervisions HealthCare’s Annual Banquet” on June 5, 2014. The special guest speaker will be Typhanie Mahlstadt.

Typhanie walked into the clinic last summer, simply to pick up a Bucks for Baby t-shirt. She saw a scared young woman waiting for her appointment… and immediately, she was taken back 13 years ago to when she herself was a young woman facing an unplanned pregnancy. Typhanie knew immediately that God brought her to InnerVisions HealthCare for a reason.
Her story of hope in the midst of crisis, fear and uncertainty is like the story of the phoenix rising out of the ashes of despair to soar on the wings of hope! Typhanie’s family shares in her grace and joy and welcome you to hear their story.

Register now HERE or click on the link to learn more about the banquet and about sponsorship opportunities!

Great Reviews for Pro-Life Movie “Gimme Shelter”

“Gimme Shelter” just came out and it looks powerful! It’s based on a true story about a young girl in a very difficult situation who finds herself pregnant. Through the intervention of several kind people she is able to find help and healing for her and her unborn baby.

With big name stars like Vanessa Hudgens, Brendan Fraser, and James Earl Jones this should be really interesting. See the trailer HERE.

Read the Lifesite News positive review HERE.

155 Babies Saved!
Join the InnerVisions 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

Iowa Catholic Conference

Pro-Life Issues ICC Will Work On In Iowa Legislature

  • Regulation of abortion clinics. Iowa has no licensing or inspection of abortion clinics.
  • Reviving a bill that would restrict the shackling of pregnant inmates. The ICC has supported this bill in the past to help protect the health of the mother and child. The bill was passed unanimously out of the Senate Judiciary Committee last year and then referred back to the committee at the end of the session.
  • Iowa is one of about 10 states where the mother cannot sue a negligent person for the death of her unborn baby, and we are working to change that.
  • Developing a state tax credit for adoption.
HHS Mandate Update

ICC was pleased that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor temporarily blocked the HHS contraceptive mandate from going into effect on Jan. 1 for the Little Sisters of the Poor religious order. The Obama Administration responded that the mandate is essential to women’s health and that the mandate did not impose a substantial burden. Stay tuned.

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act Is Passed By U.S. House – Now to the Senate!

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, first introduced in 2010, would place in permanent law a consistent policy that the federal government should not use tax dollars to support or promote elective abortion.

Please send a quick, prepared e-mail to your U.S. Senators HERE asking them to support this bill!

Finally, please feel free to share our newsletters and ask others to join our legislative network. You can find the entire list of our legislative concerns at We have a Facebook page and you can find us on Twitter at @iacatholicconf.

Tom Chapman
Executive Director

Project Rachel Post-Abortive Healing

Bishop Pates wishes to energize this post-abortion ministry in Des Moines. It will involve 3 main areas: (1) Volunteers to respond to phone calls about where to go for help, (2) Therapists trained in post-abortion counseling, and (3) Priests trained in post-abortion Reconciliation and counseling.

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats

Rachel’s Vineyard post-abortion retreats provide help and healing for individuals who have experienced the pain of abortion.  If you would like to donate to help with these retreats or to sponsor a participant, please contact Kris Gaspari at Checks should be addressed to InnerVisions HealthCare and in the memo, add “Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat”. Rachel’s Vineyard is a non-profit 501c3 organization operating under InnerVisions HealthCare, Des Moines, Iowa.

New HLI Documentary Exposes Threats to Life, Faith, and Family 
in Central America and Mexico

This new documentary by Human Life International premiers on EWTN next week! Not only does it expose the threats to faith and families, but it shows how Hispanics are standing up to these threats. Catch the one-hour film on January 25 at 8 p.m. EST. Set your DVR!

See the trailer HERE.

American Family Organization – 
How Your Girl Scout Cookies Support Planned Parenthood

Tim Wildmon, President of American Family Association writes:

“As Girl Scouts USA begins its annual cookie sale, I am asking you to consider what the organization supports with all that dough.

Christy Volanski is the mother of two former Girl Scouts who created the website Speak Now Girl Scouts to expose the link between the group and the Planned Parenthood abortion business.

Recently, Christy wrote a very telling article for LifeSiteNews, What Every Pro-Lifer Needs to Know About The Girl Scouts’ Link to Planned Parenthood. See it HERE.

As Christy clearly outlines in her article, “GSUSA will try to assure you that all the proceeds from cookie sales stay local to benefit girls in their community.” What they fail to mention is that GSUSA makes millions of dollars each year through licensing fees paid by the baker. It’s money like this that goes to promote the Girl Scout’s partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Just this month, the Girl Scouts came under fire for tweeting a link to a news story and video that praises pro-abortion Texas state senator Wendy Davis (D-Texas.)

It’s hard to say no to those little girls in the green and brown sashes, but buying Girl Scout cookies serves only to further facilitate a very pro-abortion agenda.

When they knock on your door, just say, “No, thank you.” No explanation is needed.”

Interesting Response to the New Healthcare Law

Samaritan Ministries is providing an option for Christian families to provide for their families healthcare needs without supporting the anti-life parts of the new healthcare law. This is a very interesting response and as of this December, 28,000 families are involved.

See their website for a short introductory video HERE, and for more information about what it is and how it works click HERE.

More Pope Francis Pro-Life Quotes
Courtesy of Karen Quiner

“Human life must always be defended from its beginning in the womb and must be recognized as a gift of God that guarantees the future of humanity.”

-Pope Francis, Letter to Brazilian families for National Family Week, August 6, 2013

“The moral problem of abortion is of a pre-religious nature because the genetic code is written in a person at the moment of conception. A human being is there. I separate the topic of abortion from any specifically religious notions. It is a scientific problem. Not to allow the further development of a being which already has all the genetic code of a human being is not ethical. The right to life is the first among human rights. To abort a child is to kill someone who cannot defend himself.”

-Pope Francis (Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio)

“Every child that isn’t born, but is unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of Jesus Christ, has the face of the Lord.”

-Pope Francis, addressing members of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, September 20, 2013

Bonus quote, also courtesy of Karen:

“It seems to me clear as daylight that abortion would be a crime.”

– Gandhi



  1. Thanks for the plug. We’re very blessed that God is using Samaritan Ministries and the other health care sharing ministries as pro-life options for health care.

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