Posted by: ajrawson | April 30, 2014

April/May Prolife Events


Local Events
Iowa Right to Life Spring Banquet – April 26th

On Saturday, April 26th,at 6:30 pm, 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. To learn more about Fr. Frank, check out his seriously impressive bio HERE. 

The banquet will be held at the West Des Moines Sheraton Hotel (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines). It is $50/person, $75/couple, or $500 to host a table of 10. For information or to RSVP, call Iowa Right to Life at 515.244.1012 or email them at

Closing Rally for 40 Days for Life – May 6th

Please join us for the 40 Days for Life Closing Rally on Tuesday, May 6th, from 6:30-8:30 pm. It will be at Woodland Hills Church of Christ (2484 SE 68th Street, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327).

The Closing Rally will be a celebration of the good reports that happened during the Spring 40 Days for Life prayer vigil with local and national testimonies. Over 545 babies were saved from abortion thanks to the peaceful, prayerful witness of people like you.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Gregory McKernan, DO. The topic will be the new Vitae Family Care Clinic in West Des Moines and the ability to reverse the abortion pill RU-486 if caught in time.  For more information about the Vitae Family Clinic, see their website HERE. Vitae is a Latin word that means “for life,” and that value is the foundation of the practice. Dr. Gregory McKernan is a DO providing a pro-life, NFP-only family practice with OB. 

New Pro-Family Movie: Moms’ Night Out – May 9th

From the makers of pro-life hit “October Baby,” comes a pro-family movie that I have only heard good things about from so many sources. It has a star-studded cast of Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Trace Adkins, and Patricia Heaton and looks amazing! I laughed out loud even just watching the trailer. For anyone who is in the middle of family life with small children or remembers was that was like, I believe you will enjoy this movie. It comes out in theaters on Mother’s Day weekend – check it out!

See the trailer HERE. 

Ruth Harbor Walk for Life – May 10th

Ruth Harbor is a home located in Des Moines that provides a safe place where young women who are facing unplanned pregnancies can stay and find the support they need. Ruth Harbor provides housing, education, counseling, health care, parenting training or adoption assistance, spiritual support and more for the duration of their pregnancies. 

The Ruth Harbor Walk for Life is a walk where you can show support and fundraise for the home and for the young women and their babies who stay there. On Saturday, May 10th, at 9:30 am, people will meet at Ruth Harbor to walk 2 miles together (this is not a race though). Their address is 534 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.

For more information about the event or to donate or register as a walker, see their website HERE.

To see a video about what Ruth Harbor does click HERE.

Friends of GiGi’s Playhouse Golf Outing – May 17th

GiGi’s Playhouse (I believe it’s pronounced jee-jee’s playhouse) is a wonderful organization that “provides free programs that are educational and therapeutic in nature to individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood, their families and the community.” I see this as a definite pro-life issue because we need to be supporting and valuing people who have Down’s Syndrome (they are such amazing people)!

The GiGi’s Playhouse in Urbandale will have a golf fundraiser on Saturday, May 17th, from 8 am – 3 pm at the Copper Creek Golf Course in Pleasant Hill. There will be a 8:00 am shotgun start, a raffle, prizes, a silent auction, and more. The proceeds will go to GiGi’s Playhouse in town.

For more information or to register click HERE.

Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – June 3rd

The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale. Please attend and find out more about what pro-life activities are going on in Des Moines and how you can help!

InnerVisions HealthCare’s Annual Banquet – June 5th

You are invited to attend the Vision of Life: InnerVisions HealthCare’s Annual Banquet on Thursday, June 5th, from 5:30-8:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines).

The special guest speaker will be Typhanie Mahlstadt. Typhanie will share her story of hope in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. Typhanie’s family shares in her grace and joy and welcome you to hear their story. 

Also hear from staff and clients about the positive impact InnerVisions HealthCare has had on the Des Moines community in the past three years as a medical clinic “dedicated to empowering women to choose life!” InnerVisions has helped more than 150 women choose life for their unborn babies.

To learn more about the banquet or to register now click HERE.

Pope Francis’s Approach to Defending Life and Family Talk – June 18th

On Wednesday, June 18th, John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of (a pro-life news source), will be coming to speak about “Pope Francis’s love and mercy approach to defending life and family.” The talk will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines. More information will be available as the date nears.

This event is sponsored by Iowans for LIFE, the Des Moines Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, and the St. Francis Respect Life Committee.

Project Rachel in Des Moines – Coordinator Needed

Bishop Pates is hoping to kick-off this program in the Des Moines Diocese soon. Project Rachel is on-going post-abortion support and healing that involves specially trained counselors, priests, and deacons (this differs from Rachel’s Vineyard, which operates in a retreat setting). Three people have volunteered to help, but a main coordinator is still needed. A training opportunity for this position will take place in Davenport in July. For more information or to help, please contact Ken Bresnan at

Americans United for Life – Short Video

AUL would like you to watch and share this 2-minute video with your family and friends so that they understand why we are against the mandated coverage of abortion-causing drugs in the Healthcare Act. The video is helpful.

See the video and sign their petition HERE.

Pro-Life Quotes


“All life has inestimable value 


even the weakest and most vulnerable –  
 the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor –
are masterpieces of God’s creation,
made in His own image,
destined to live forever,
and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”




– Pope Francis




 “The greatest destroyer of love and peace is abortion, which is war against the child. The mother doesn’t learn to love, but kills to solve her own problems. Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.”


– Mother Teresa

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