Posted by: ajrawson | April 2, 2015

April Pro-Life Events


Local Events



 March for Life Informational Meeting – April 14th

There will be a meeting to share information about the March for Life pilgrimage to Washington D.C. on April 14th at 6:30 pm at St. Francis of Assisi Church (7075 Ashworth Road West Des Moines, IA 50266) in the St. Clare room. Come eat pizza and listen to some of 150 students and adults who made the pilgrimage in January share their stories and give information about the next March for Life pilgrimage. Please invite friends! RSVP to Mary Granzow at!

Workshop on Human Trafficking – April 18th

Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Parish in Ankeny is hosting a workshop called “Facing Slavery Today” on Saturday, April 18th, from 10 am – 3 pm. Lunch will be provided, but an RSVP is required. It will be a day of reflection, prayer, and action on human trafficking. This event is for ages 14 and up. Parents and teens are encouraged to come together.

There will be guest presenters from the Isaiah Initiative, law enforcement, witnesses, and victims of human trafficking. They will share how we can help to bring an end to human trafficking.

Registration is required. To RSVP or for more information, e-mail

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass – April 27th

The annual Des Moines Diocesan Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass will be held on Monday, April 27th, at 7 pm at All Saints Catholic Church (650 NE 52nd Avenue, Des Moines, 50313). Bishop Pates will be celebrating. A reception follows Mass and there will be resources for outreach and education. If you have lost a baby, I hope that this can be part of your healing process.

Ruth Harbor Walk for Life – May 9th

Ruth Harbor is having it’s 10th annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 9th at 9:30 am. The walk this year will be at a NEW LOCATION. Meet on the patio of the Embassy Suites Downtown for coffee and snacks. From there take a scenic walk by the river. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome – there won’t be any steps or curbs. Make this a family activity!

This walk is to raise funds for Ruth Harbor’s services. Ruth Harbor is a Christ-centered home for young women who are alone and facing unplanned pregnancies. For their residents they provide transportation, counseling, life-skill training, support for education, employment, and more. For more about how they help young pregnant women and their babies, see their video HERE.

It is helpful for them if you become a sponsored walker. You register online and ask friends and family to support you. If you raise $250, you will receive a free 10th anniversary walk t-shirt. You can also show up that morning and write a check – my family and I did this last year and the walk was really enjoyable. They had signs along the way where you learned more about Ruth Harbor’s work.

For more information see their website HERE or e-mail them at To register as a walker, go HERE.

InnerVisions HealthCare Banquet – June 1st

Save the date for the InnerVisions HealthCare 4th annual fundraising banquet on June 1st at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport location. If you are interested in helping sponsor the banquet, please contact Heather Schmidt at More details coming soon.

Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – June 2nd

The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, June 2 at 6 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th St, Urbandale, IA 50322). Come to learn more about the pro-life initiatives in Des Moines and how you can be a part of them.

Iowans for Life Banquet – October 1st

Save the date for the annual Iowans for LIFE Banquet on Thursday, October 1st, at the Holiday Inn on Fleur Drive, Des Moines. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ray Guarendi! Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10 and a Catholic clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and nationally syndicated radio and television host. He is also one of the funniest people I have ever seen. This is definitely worth putting on your calendar.

Dorothy’s House – New to Des Moines

Dorothy’s House is coming to Des Moines and will be opening this Spring. Dorothy’s House will be a “home-like place of therapeutic restoration for young girls recovered from the sex-trafficking industry in Iowa.”

Individuals and parishes are needed to provide assistance in many ways: prayer, using your skills or talents to serve, or financial support. To find out more, please contact Kellie Markey at
Iowans for Life Action Alerts

Legislative Updates:

– The Ultrasound Bill (HF 573) has passed through the House and is now in the Senate. It would ‘require that a woman has an ultrasound to determine the age of the baby, has been given the opportunity to hear a description of her child based on the ultrasound, and the option to listen to her baby’s heartbeat.’ All women need more information to make a better informed choice.

Send a prepared e-mail to your Iowa Senator to support this bill HERE (click on the 3rd action alert “Support ultrasound before abortion bill”). [E-mail sent through Iowa Catholic Conference Action Alert website – they have the easiest way to contact your legislators]

– “HF 116 has passed through sub-committee. This bill provides that an employee’s absence due to an adoption will be treated in the same way as absence due to a child’s birth. This bill will give parents with adopted or foster children leave of absence just as a biological parent is given time with a newborn.”

– On March 11th, the Iowa Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether or not webcam abortions should be legal in Iowa. Please keep praying that the Supreme Court would uphold the judge’s decision to ban webcam abortions for the safety of women.

From Iowans for LIFE – excerpt from article by Barbara Hollingsworth (

“A 2014 study by the University of California-San Francisco found that “medication abortions” – which have been billed as a safer alternative to surgical abortion – actually had a higher complication rate than surgical first-trimester abortions.

Women who had a chemical abortion were four times more likely to require a subsequent trip back to the clinic or emergency room for complications, including infection, hemorrhaging or “incomplete abortions” requiring surgical intervention.”

NCHLA Action Alert

Please send a prepared message to help stop DC Council’s “Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA)” and “Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA).”

These pieces of legislation “violate the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom of association protected by the First Amendment of the US Constitution, as well as by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and other federal laws,” according to letters sent to House and Senate on March 20 by the Archbishop of Washington along with the chairmen of five committees of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Both laws pose an unprecedented threat to religious liberty and other First Amendment rights.  Please send a prepared e-mail to Congress to block these laws by clicking the link below.

Send your prepared message HERE (click on the top action alert “Religious Liberty Under Attack in the Nation’s Capital”).

Good News from U.S. Supreme Court – AUL

From Americans United for Life:

The U.S. Supreme Court recently released their decision in Young v. United Parcel Service in favor of Peggy Young. This victory will protect pregnant women from discrimination and penalties for being pregnant. The case is based on Peggy Young, a pregnant mother and driver for UPS. She was refused light duty options, even though other employees were given lighter duty accommodations for conditions like sprained ankles.

This is helpful, because when pregnant women don’t face discrimination for being pregnant, they will be better able to support themselves and to choose life.

Pro-Life Pope Francis

“Among the vulnerable for whom the church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenseless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. …Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the church cannot be expected to change her position on this question… It is not ‘progressive’ to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life…”

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

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