Posted by: ajrawson | July 2, 2014

July Prolife Events

Local Events

Birdies for Charity Fundraiser to Benefit Iowa Right to Life – July 7-13

From Iowa Right to Life:  The John Deere Classic and Birdies for Charity are raising money for local charities. You can help support the Iowa Right to Life Education Fund by making a pledge for the number of birdies that will be made at this year’s John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament on July 7-13th. Iowa Right to Life hopes to use the funds to support their information booth at Iowa State Fair to share the pro-life message with thousands.

Simply pledge one cent or more for every birdie you think will be made during the tournament. Last year, there were 2,142 birdies, so a one-cent donation would have amounted to $21.42 for the Iowa Right to Life Education Fund. In addition to pledging, you have the opportunity to guess the number of birdies made. If you guess the correct number you could win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.

To pledge, send your Birdies for Charity pledge form (get it HERE) to: Iowa Right to Life Education Fund, 1500 Illinois Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314. Iowa Right to Life’s Bird number is 1761. See their website for more details HERE

Natural Family Planning Class – July 27th

The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is scheduled to begin Sunday, July 27th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Des Moines. The sympto-thermal method of natural family planning uses a cross-checking system based on three signs of fertility and is 99 percent effective in postponing pregnancy when used properly. It is also highly effective in helping couples of low fertility achieve pregnancy. 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

CCL also offers two supplementary classes designed to help couples with natural family planning during postpartum and pre-menopause. For more information, e-mail Kerry or Renee at

Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – September 2nd

The next diocesan pro-life meeting will be on Tuesday, September 2nd at 6 PM at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale. All are welcome to attend and find out more about Des Moines pro-life initiatives and how you can help!

Agape Pregnancy Center Fundraising Dinner – September 16th

The 3rd annual Agape Pregnancy Center Fundraising Banquet will be held on Tuesday, September 16th at the Holiday Inn Airport Conference Center on Fleur Drive in Des Moines. Agape is a local crisis pregnancy clinic. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the ministry of Agape. It is by invitation, so if you have not attended in the past and would like to be included in the guest list, please let them know by calling 515-255-0243. Last year over 400 people attended the banquet! Please help make the banquet a success!

40 Days for Life – September 24th

Save the date for the next 40 Days for Life campaign which will begin on September 24th and go through November 2nd. Start planning your peaceful, prayerful witness. For more details, see their website HERE.



Life is Precious Workshop – October 11th

Save the date for the third annual Life is Precious conference. It will be held at Christ the King Parish and is scheduled for October 11, 2014. The topic this year is end of life issues. More details to come…

Teresa Tomeo & Iowans for LIFE Banquet – October 16th

On October 16th, Teresa Tomeo will be coming as the keynote speaker for the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet. The banquet will take place at the Holiday Inn & Suites in Des Moines. Teresa Tomeo is an “author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio, and newspaper. Teresa is a columnist and special correspondent for the national Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor and appears frequently on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. She co-hosts the EWTN television series, The Catholic View for Women, and is the field reporter for their annual March for Life coverage in D.C.” So plan to attend the Iowans for LIFE annual banquet in October to meet Teresa Tomeo! For more information, see the Iowans for LIFE webpage HERE.


Breaking News! Supreme Court Gives Hobby Lobby Victory!

From Operation Rescue: The U.S. Supreme issued a 5-4 ruling today in support of Hobby Lobby’s objections to being forced to pay for abortion and contraception through Obamacare. The Court ruled that closely held corporations such as Hobby Lobby, are exempt from the Obamacare mandates that violate their religious freedoms. This is a huge win for religious freedom and people of conscience!

Iowa Webcam Abortion Situation

Here is an article by Operation Rescue on how “Polk County Judge Jeffery Farrell is currently considering a suit brought by Planned Parenthood of the Heartland against the Iowa Board of Medicine for new rules that ban the webcam abortion system of dispensing abortion pills that was developed in Iowa. A ruling is expected soon.” See the article HERE. Keep praying!

Continued Decrease in Webcam Abortions

From Iowa Right to Life:  Iowa Right to Life learned today that another Des Moines metro location has stopped selling webcam abortions!  The Susan Knapp Planned Parenthood of the Heartland (located by Drake University) no longer offers them at their clinic.  They are now an “abortion referral” location.  This marks the second metro Planned Parenthood in recent weeks to stop offering webcam abortions.  A dozen clinics throughout Iowa have closed in the past two years, including those in Red Oak and Creston, scheduled to close next week.

Project Rachel Update

Project Rachel is a post-abortion ministry that Bishop Pates would like to become active in our diocese. Currently there is one volunteer leader, but more are needed to start the ministry. If you would like additional information on Project Rachel and what the volunteer positions entail, please contact Ken Bresnan at You can also see Project Rachel’s website HERE.



Gabriel Project Update

Gabriel Project, which provides practical help for women who choose life for their babies, just celebrated its 10th anniversary in Des Moines. The Gabriel Project averages about one call for help per week… about 52 women helped each year. They do wonderful work, and they are busy. 

More “angel” volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with the moms to drop off cribs, car seats, diapers, etc. (this is scheduled according to the volunteer’s personal time available) and volunteers are also needed to answer the phone (this is done in the volunteer’s own home). If you would like more information about volunteering please contact Marilyn Sharp at

News – Priests for Life Training for Clergy

Priests for Life has a new project, which sounds great! They are starting the John Cardinal O’ Connor Institute for the Pro-Life Training of the Clergy. The idea is to “train priests and deacons on how to be dynamic preachers of the Gospel of Life… and help end the injustice of legalized abortion-on-demand in America.”

To accomplish this Priests for Life plans to send out priests and pastoral associates to dioceses across the country where they will stay for an extended time to help train priests and deacons and help carry out pro-life work in the diocese. They also plan to bring priests and deacons to their headquarters in Staten Island and train them how to preach on pro-life topics, energize Catholics, and get involved in pro-life work. The project begins this month in the Colorado Springs diocese where Priests for Life has been invited by Bishop, Most Reverend Michael Sheridan. If you would like to support this work, go HERE.

InnerVisions – Volunteers Needed

InnerVisions HealthCare is in need of volunteer nurses and receptionists. Even four hours a week can make a huge difference! Also, volunteers are needed to help with special events and projects! Almost 200 babies have been saved through the work of InnerVisions – your time and effort can truly make a difference! For more information on volunteering, please contact Laura at

Ruth Harbor Wish List

Ruth Harbor is a “6-8 resident home located in Des Moines. It provides young women who are alone and facing unplanned pregnancies a truly viable option, a safe harbor, by providing housing, education, counseling, health care, parenting training or adoption assistance, spiritual support and more for the duration of their pregnancies.” To see a wish list of the needs at Ruth Harbor, click HERE


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