Posted by: ajrawson | March 2, 2016

March Pro-Life Events

Local Events


Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – March 1st

The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, March 1st 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.


40 Days for Life – Now until March 20th

The Spring 40 Days for Life campaign will be from February 10th – March 20th. Organize family, friends, and fellow parishioners to quietly pray, witness, and be available to offer help in front of local Planned Parenthood abortion facilities. Since this is during Lent, it’s an especially great time to pray and fast for pro-life causes.



Save One Post-Abortive Healing Class – March 2nd

From Iowa Right to Life:  A SaveOne chapter is forming in the Des Moines area.  The group is for women or men who struggle “with regret over abortion in their past.” This confidential class will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd. For more information on Save One, see their website HERE. For more details on the class, you can e-mail



Little Sisters of the Poor Supreme Court Case – March 23rd

Continue to pray for the result of the Supreme Court case that includes the Little Sisters of the Poor and Priests for Life. The Little Sisters will plead their portion of the case on March 23rd. The case is on whether the government can force Christian organizations to violate their religious principles and provide artificial contraception, including abortion-inducing drugs, as expected by the HHS mandate.

Priests for Life also has a “prayer for the victory of life and freedom in Supreme Court cases.” Please pray it below.


Lord God,
You are the Author of Life and Freedom.
In your Spirit, we have the freedom of the children of God,
And in your Name, we promote the freedom of all
To seek, embrace, and live the truth of your Word.
In that freedom, Lord, we your people stand with Life and for Life.
We reject whatever destroys life,
And we refuse to cooperate in what is evil.
At this moment, therefore, when our government has decided
To force us to cooperate in evil,
We pray for the grace to be faithful to you and to oppose the unjust laws and mandates
That have been imposed upon us and our institutions.
We pray for the conversion of those in civil authority
Who fail to appreciate the demands of conscience.
We pray for the complete reversal of all policies
That permit the destruction of life
Or coerce the cooperation of your people
In practices that are wrong.
In particular we pray that the cases which challenge the HHS mandate
And are now before the Supreme Court may be decided rightly,
And thereby protect the religious freedom of all.
Father, may Your Kingdom come,
And let your people rejoice in the victory of life and freedom.
We pray through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life




Ruth Harbor Walk for Life – May 7th

Save the date for the annual Ruth Harbor Walk for Life. The walk will be on Saturday, May 7th at 9:30 am! Invite your friends and family to walk with you. Meet at the Downtown Embassy Suites Hotel and make one lap around the Des Moines Riverwalk together, ending with a special celebration to commemorate Ruth Harbor opening her doors 15 years ago! You can support moms and babies by being a sponsored walker, forming a team, or dropping off a donation when you get there.

There will also be special surprises this year in honor of the anniversary. More walk and registration details will be coming soon.




InnerVisions HealthCare 5th Annual Gala – June 16th

Save the date for the annual gala for InnerVisions HealthCare, an advanced crisis pregnancy center that offers free help to women facing unplanned pregnancies. The gala will be held on Thursday, June 16th.

The keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson. Abby Johnson is a “pro-life advocate and former clinic director of Planned Parenthood, who experienced a ‘change of heart’ while participating in an ultrasound guided abortion procedure.” She will share her inspirational story of transformation.

So save the date! More registration details will be coming soon…




Legislative Update

Death of Supreme Court Justice Scalia

From Life News: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died recently. Scalia is one of the minority of Supreme Court judges who was pro-life and supported overturning Roe v. Wade. Leading pro-life groups have called Justice Scalia a “pro-life hero.”

His death is a major issue because if a pro-choice justice replaces him, the Supreme Court would be very pro-abortion. Please sign the petitions below to Congress members to wait on the vote for a replacement until after the next president has been voted in.

Petitions to Wait for the Next President to Choose Replacement Supreme Court Justice:

– Sign the AFA petition HERE.

– Sign the Susan B. Anthony List petition HERE.

– Sign the Go Petition HERE.


Tell to Your Iowa Legislator to Stop the Sale of Aborted Fetal Tissue

From Iowa Catholic Conference Update on Iowa Legislature:

– Please e-mail your legislator asking them to support House File 2329. This bill “would stop the transfer or sale of fetal tissue in Iowa after an abortion.”

Send a prepared message to your Iowa legislator supporting this bill HERE.

– Good news! “Both ‘doctor-prescribed suicide’ bills that were introduced this session died in committee. The bills would have allowed assisted suicide by permitting people with “terminal” diagnoses of six months or less to receive drugs to kill themselves.


U.S. House of Representatives Fails to Override President’s Veto

From Live Action:  The U.S. House of Representatives attempted to override President Obama’s veto on the legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood, but, sadly, it was unsuccessful. They did what they could, but needed 50 more votes to meet the override threshold.



New Video on Planned Parenthood Illegal Accounting Practices

From Life News: A new video released this month by The Center for Medical Progress shows Planned Parenthood using illegal accounting practices to cover up profits from sales of aborted baby body parts. See the video HERE (at the bottom of the page).


Prayers Needed!

Pray for the presidential election coming up! Soon presidential nominees will be chosen, and, as always, a lot hangs in the balance.


Important Pro-Life Supreme Court Case 

From Susan B. Anthony List:

– On Wednesday, March 2nd, “the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in one of the most important cases on abortion in decades – Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

The issue is whether abortion facilities should have to adhere to the same health and safety standards as other outpatient facilities and whether or not abortionists must have admitting privileges to area hospitals.

This law has the potential to not only protect unborn children and women but also close unsafe abortion clinics, like that of Kermit Gosnell.”

For those of us here in Iowa (instead of Washington D.C.), they say we can help by:

1.    Using #protectthemboth on your social media accounts to show your support.

2.    Pray for wisdom on the Supreme Court. With Justice Scalia’s gone, your prayers are needed even more!

– Also on March 2nd, the newly formed House Select Panel on Infant Lives, chaired by pro-life leader Rep. Marsha Blackburn, will hold its first hearing.

The panel “will begin to uncover the truth about how unborn and newborn infants are treated in our nation. This is all a part of a larger investigation into the truth about the harvesting and sale of baby body parts. Chairman Blackburn has already used her subpoena power to request information from groups that sell infant organs and tissue for research.”

How to Help:

1.    Thank Chairman Blackburn for her leadership: Send a public message of support and thanks to @MarshaBlackburn on Twitter.

2.    Follow @MarshaBlackburn, @SBAList, and @marjorieSBA on Twitter for the latest updates on the events of the day.

3.    Pray for wisdom and discernment for our pro-life leaders in Congress, that they will find the truth.


USCCB Religious Freedom Video

From the USCCB:  See this four-minute video from the USCCB on why religious freedom is incredibly important, including for institutions who perform works of mercy. See the video HERE.



Free Pro-Life Lesson for Students

American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program has a free lesson available for school-age students on pro-life leader Dr. Mildred Jefferson. She was an African American doctor who was able to persuade the U.S. President at the time to change his opinion on abortion. I had never heard of her before, but she sounds fascinating. See the lesson HERE. It includes information about her, questions, and activity ideas.

I also recommend getting on American Life League’s e-mail list to receive the free lessons they send out periodically to help parents and teachers build a culture of life.


Super Bowl Ad Upsets Pro-Abortion NARAL

According to Life News, pro-abortion group NARAL expressed their frustration about the Dorito advertisement during the Super Bowl for “humanizing fetuses.” The advertisement featured the ultrasound of an unborn baby who is interacting with the dad eating Dorito chips. See the Dorito advertisement HERE.

See the full article HERE.



Pro-Life Pope Francis

According to a recent Life News article, “Pope Francis said abortion is not a solution to the Zika virus.

‘Abortion is not a lesser evil — it’s a crime,’ Pope Francis said. He added that it is the deliberate taking of an innocent human life, calling abortion ‘an absolute evil.’ ”

See the full article HERE.


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