Posted by: ajrawson | October 20, 2016

Fall Pro-Life Events



Advent/Christmas Ideas

Pro-Life Service:

– Go to the wish list for Ruth Harbor or one of the local crisis pregnancy clinics. Drop off some little things for them to support them in their mission and encourage them!

– Do you know a mom who has chosen life for her baby or a single parent with young kids? Send her a Christmas card and giftcard, offer to babysit for her, or have her and her kids over for a meal. Tell her she is doing a great job and become part of her support network!

– Donate gently used kids clothing to InnerVisions HealthCare – they now have a partnership with Once Upon a Child where they can turn in clothes and get giftcards for the value of the clothes. These giftcards can then be given to the pregnant moms and they can pick out all kinds of baby things they need.

– Give donations to or volunteer at crisis pregnancy clinics or pro-life organizations like Iowans for LIFE and Iowa Right to Life.

– Pray and offer up your hard things for vulnerable pregnant women and their unborn babies. Ask God to help you find hurting people to support. Pray for an end to abortion.

Pro-Life Gifts:

– Buy tickets for yourself and family or friends to attend the Dinner & Broadway Revue in December at Holy Trinity. It’s the gift that gives twice – your guests have a fun time with you, and all proceeds go to support the work of Iowans for LIFE.

– Buy all of your normal Christmas gifts on Amazon Smile and choose a pro-life nonprofit organization that will be supported with part of the cost of your purchases. Local pro-life organizations like Iowans for LIFE, Iowa Right to Life, and InnerVisions HealthCare are options you can choose. It’s a win-win!

Pro-life movies – Movies are a powerful way to express the pro-life message. There are many that have excellent gift potential for people of all ages.

Click HERE to see a Huffington Post list of family-friendly movies that positively portray adoption. I am excited to share many of these with my children.

Click HERE to see a list provided by Students for Life of America of recent movies with pro-life themes. Many of these are for more mature audiences.

Giving a pro-life movie at Christmas (or watching it during the holiday family time) is an easy way to make people think about pro-life issues in a new way.

Pro-life books – There are several lists online of pro-life books that every pro-life advocate should read. HERE is a link to one of the lists of top pro-life books. Check them out – the authors have made some of them available online for free. This can be a gift to yourself or others.

Pro-Life T-shirts – Giving positive, pro-life t-shirts to other pro-life people is a great way to give a practical gift that will plant seeds in the hearts of the culture. HERE is a link to the Rock for Life online store, which has several good t-shirts. My favorite is the “I Love Babies” shirt. There is also a myriad of other pro-life jewelry, pictures, etc. that you can find online. So as you start to make your Christmas shopping list, remember that pro-life options are available too!



I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season, and that you and your family can experience and share the joy of baby Jesus’ birthday!

Local Events



HOPE Adoption Conference – October 22nd

November is Adoption Month! I know it’s short notice, but please consider attending the HOPE Adoption Conference that will take place in Des Moines on Saturday, October 22nd from 8:15 am – 5:30 pm.  It will be held at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights). Adoption is near and dear to my heart because one of my cousins was adopted. The schedule looks AWESOME! See the schedule with speakers and breakout sessionsHERE.

The event is FREE, but they ask you to register before you come if possible. You can register HERE.

If you have never heard of the Dennehy family, you will want to come to this. Mike Dennehy, adoptive father to many children with extreme special needs, will be there with his son, George Dennehy who was born with no arms, but is incredible example of overcoming all difficulties with God’s help. You can see a short, super-inspirational video about the Dennehy Family HERE.


Pickerman’s Supports Iowans for LIFE – October 24th-26th

Warm up with some soup and sandwiches and support a good cause! If you eat at Pickerman’s Soup & Sandwich restaurant they will donate a percentage of the proceeds to Iowans for LIFE. Here are the days and times to go:

Monday, October 24 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 25 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, October 26 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pickerman’s is located at 6750 Westown Parkway, West Des Moines. You can see their menu HERE.


Mercy Summit – October 29th

The Diocese of Des Moines is hosting a Mercy Summit on Saturday, October 29th from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. It will be held at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th Street, Urbandale). It will focus on the millions of acts of mercy that occur in the Diocese of Des Moines and how we can continue these acts of mercy with even more love.

Here is the schedule:

8:00 am – Check in and breakfast

8:30 am – Prayer

9:00 am – Welcome by Bishop Pates

9:30 am – Keynote Cindy Shaw

10:15 am – Breakout Sessions on:

– Mercy to the sick or imprisoned

– Mercy to the hungry and homeless

– Mercy on behalf of the most vulnerable

– Mercy to the refugee and immigrant

11:45 am – Prayer

This event is FREE, but they would like you to register. You can register for the Mercy Summit HERE.There is also childcare available for free for children 2 years old and above.

This seems like this would be a great opportunity to learn more about how we can be pro-life and share our faith in action in Des Moines.


Washington D.C. March for Life Sign Up – November 1st

The March for Life is an annual pro-life rally protesting abortion held in Washington, D.C. around the anniversary of the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalizing abortion in the case Roe v. Wade. The overall goal of the march is to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision. The March for Life typically draws well over 500,000 attendees each year. Iowans for LIFE organizes several busloads of Iowans to go to the event each year.

Trip Schedule:

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 – Departure from several Iowa locations in the mid/late afternoon. Travel will continue overnight on the bus.

Thursday, January 26, 2017 – Arrival in Washington D.C. in the afternoon; free time and worship opportunities in Washington D.C.

Friday, January 27, 2017 – Youth Rally, worship opportunities and March for Life events in the morning. March for Life midday; free time in Washington D.C.

Saturday, January 28, 2017 – Free day to explore Washington D.C.; departure for Iowa in the evening; travel continues overnight on the bus. Worship opportunity available.

Sunday, January 29, 2017 – Arrival in Iowa locations in the late afternoon/early evening.

The cost of the trip is $375 per participant. Participants under age 18 must travel with a chaperone. The $375 fee covers the bus transportation and a hotel stay (4 to a room) for two nights. For additional fees, private and semi-private rooms can possibly be reserved.

Payments and registrations received before 11/01/16 will be secured. Registrations will be taken after 11/01/16 until the buses are full. Registrations are not accepted without full payment. You can register and pay HERE.

For more information, contact


40 Days for Life – Until November 6th

The 40 Days for Life Fall campaign will continue to take place until November 6th. 40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigil outside of local abortion clinics. So coordinate with your friends, family, or church to prayerfully witness for life. Click HERE to see the 40 Days for Life webpage for Des Moines.

If you would just like to go and not have to organize anything, consider going to the prayer vigil that happens every Saturday from 10:00-11:00 am at the Planned Parenthood at 1000 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines.
Election – November 8th

Please pray for the U.S. election that will happen on Tuesday, November 8th! With the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, as well as the lives of many unborn babies, the effects of this election will be huge. To be honest, while the choices aren’t exciting, the choice is very clear-cut from a pro-life perspective. Please pray and fast for the result of this election!

The Iowa Bishops have put out resources to help Catholics discern which candidates to vote for as part of Faithful Citizenship. One resource is a flyer which has questions to ask each candidate about their priorities. I was pleased to see that the first question was: “Do you support protecting human life from conception until natural death as a foundational principle?” That’s always a good start. To see the flyer, click HERE.




Ruth Harbor Banquet – November 17th

Join Ruth Harbor for their annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm. Ruth Harbor is a home where a pregnant young woman can find safety and support for her and her child. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and dinner begins at 7:00 pm. The banquet will take place at Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines (101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines).

They will be celebrating 15 years of a labor of love at Ruth Harbor. Join them to hear about the redemptive journeys of alumni directly from them and the positive impact Ruth Harbor has had over the years!

Click HERE to register or to get more information.

Special Needs Conference – November 18th & 19th
The Inclusive Ministry Conference will take place on Friday, November 18th from 6:00-8:30 pm, and on Saturday, November 19th, from 7:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Lutheran Church of Hope (925 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines). The conference will “support, inform, and equip families and ministries impacted by individuals with special needs.” There are two tracks, and five breakout sessions on different topics. The conference is sponsored by the Special Needs Ministry Network of Des Moines, a partnership of St. Francis of Assisi, Lutheran Church of Hope, and Valley Church.

Also, during the conference lunchbreak on Saturday, there is a special luncheon hosted by St. Francis of Assisi Special Needs Ministry about how Loyola Press can “support you in meeting the faith needs of those with special needs in your parish.” Registration is required for both the conference and extra luncheon.

To learn more about and to register for the conference, go to To register for the luncheon, you can e-mail Jess Streit at

It’s a Wonderful Life Fundraiser – December 10th 

You are invited to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dinner and Broadway Musical Revue on Saturday, December 10th. Doors open at 5:30 pm, dinner will be at 6:00 pm, and the show will be at 7:00 pm. This event is organized by the Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee, and proceeds go to support Iowans for LIFE. The benefit will be held in the Holy Trinity Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines).

This is a great Christmas season event for a great cause, and is a fun date idea! Bring your family and friends for an evening of good food and music from some of Des Moines’ top musicians and singers.

Tickets are now available HERE, and it’s good to get them fast because they sell out every year. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students, and children under 10 are FREE. You can also organize a table of eight for $280.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail Tom Quiner at

Midwest March for Life – January 14th

Save the date for the 5th Annual Midwest March for Life! The Midwest March for Life will be held at the Capitol Building in Des Moines on Saturday, January 14th. This is the opportunity for those of us who can’t attend the March for Life in Washington D.C. or the West Coast March for Life to be a voice for the voiceless and show our support.

The march is usually in the late morning and involves prayer and a short walk around the Capitol Building. There is also a Mass for Life and indoor educational opportunities for the rest of the day. You can see the short promotional video HERE.

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


 Adoption Opportunity
During college I met a wonderful young lady who worked at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Ames. Her name is Misty and she is very sweet! After I left college, she got married and she and her husband were able to adopt a son. They are hoping to adopt again, and if you have one minute it would be great of you to like their Facebook page where they put up information about their family for birth mothers considering adoption to see.
Because God uses these little things at the perfect time, I hope that someone may see this and know of someone considering adoption. Please like their Facebook page HERE or send their information on to any prospective birth mothers you have met. Thank you!

Action Alert: Petition to Stop American Medical Association Support of Assisted Suicide

According to CitizenGo:

“The American Medical Association (AMA) has long held that assisted suicide is incompatible with the role of the doctor. However, the AMA is reconsidering that position. In several weeks, on November 13 and 14 in Orlando during an interim meeting, a special session will be devoted to discussing assisted suicide. As the largest association of doctors in the country, the AMA has a huge influence.

Please join us in asking the American Medical Association to stay true to the Hippocratic oath and continue to oppose assisted suicide.”

Take less than a minute to sign the petition HERE.

Legislative News


Iowa Right to Life Preferred Candidates

Iowa Right to Life always evaluates candidates for state and federal offices before elections and send out a list of the candidates who have shown themselves to be the most pro-life in legislative action.

Here the list of their preferred candidates:
President & Vice President – Donald Trump and Governor Mike Pence

U.S. Senate – Senator Charles Grassley

U.S. Representative District 1 – Congressman Rod Blum

U.S. Representative District 3 – Congressman David Young

U.S. Representative District 4 – Congressman Steve King

Vote NO on Judges
Iowa Right to Life also recommends voting NO to retaining Supreme Court Justices Appel, Cady, and Hecht. The reason they give is that “when given the chance to protect women and unborn children in 2015, the Iowa Supreme Court ignored the medical expertise of the Iowa Board of Medicine. These men enabled Planned Parenthood to continue to unleash dangerous webcam abortions across Iowa. Further, they willfully established precedent for other states to do the same.”

Pro-Life Pope Francis
It’s tough to say it better than that : ) Thanks for all that you do! God bless you and your families!

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