Posted by: Anita H | November 1, 2017

Give Thanks for Life!


As we leave Respect Life month, we are reminded in all ways and in all things, to keep our hearts open and thankful for the gift of life.

A reminder that a group of Pro Life people meet every Saturday morning in front of Planned Parenthood, 1000 E Army Post Rd, at 10am to pray the rosary.  All are welcome to come and pray for pro life intentions..

Below are events, news, and an action alert for the month of November.  May you be blest with the peace of Christ for all you do to defend life!


Annual Christmas Gala

The last two years sold out quickly. This is a show worth seeing!                                          We will sell out weeks in advance. DON’T MISS OUT!


Saturday night’s show on December 2nd includes a pork loin dinner with all the trimmings. Cash bar available. Price: $280 per table.
Sunday’s December 3rd matinee includes a delectable dessert bar. Seating is limited! Price: $144 per table.

Tables receive preferred seating and go on sale on Thursday, October 12th, at 9PM
Individual tickets go on sale October 25th. Don’t wait!

Orders for full tables go on sale Thursday after 9pm.
Questions? Call Karen or Tom Quiner at 515-689-9266.

Click here to get your tickets

Mark Your Calendars!

Fundraising Banquet… Your Opportunity!

Coming November 9, an opportunity to bless and be blessed!
Hear what’s happening at Ruth Harbor, be inspired by young women who have experienced life-change, learn about future plans, and how you can take part in accomplishing our mission!

Guest Speaker: Amy Ford

Amy Ford is the President and Co-Founder of Embrace Grace, a non-profit that inspires and equips the church to love on single and pregnant young women as well as the author of A Bump in Life:True Stories of Hope & Courage during an Unplanned Pregnancy. Embrace Grace works with hundreds of churches across the nation, providing curriculum to help moms with unintended pregnancies.

Thursday, November 9, 2017, Dinner & Program 7:00-9:00 P.M. Doors Open 6:30 P.M. Embassy Suites Downtown, Embassy Grand Ballroom, 101 E Locust St. Des Moines

*Valet, Ramp, and Street Parking All Available

RSVP by Monday, Nov. 6 2017

An Opportunity to give a financial gift will be extended. Generous donors have covered the cost of the banquet so all donations from this evening will benefit Ruth Harbor.

Table Hosts:  Being a Table Host means you care enough about the mission of helping women and children to invite others to hear, too. Simply and prayerfully invite others who might have a heart for this ministry. A table is 10 places, but you can invite more (or less).

When you register online at: check the “Table Host” box, or contact us
at: or 515-279-4661.

Des Moines diocesan Pregnancy and Infant Loss Mass

Honoring Our Children With the Lord


You are invited to the diocese’s annual Pregnancy and infant Loss Memorial Mass on Tuesday, November 28th at 7 PM at Christ the King Church, 5711 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315. His Excellency Bishop Pates will preside at the Mass, which is offered for all families and individuals who have suffered from the loss of a child. A reception will follow the Mass, where resources offering healing and education will be provided. For more information contact the Office of Marriage and Family Life 515.237.5056

Hearing on Heartbeat Protection Act of 2017 (HR 490) Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice

Click here to watch this short videoPresentation1

Draft of New HHS Strategic Plan Says Life Begins ‘at Conception’

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ proposed five-year strategic plan includes language stating that human life begins at the moment of conception.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a draft of its new strategic plan for 2018-2022, and with the addition of a few small words, it’s clear that there is a major change.
Formerly, the document stated the following in its introductory information:
HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving Americans at every stage of life.
The new edition now states this:
HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.

The change might be five little words, but its meaning is deep. It signifies that at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services knows and accepts the truth, that life begins at conception (fertilization). Pro-life activists have said it for decades, scientists have proved it, and abortion supporters have denied and flat-out ignored it, but it’s true: life begins the moment a new human life is created – at fertilization. HHS is committed to protecting those lives.
READ: Science confirms that human life begins at fertilization
In addition to this change, HHS’ first strategic goal is to “Reform, Strengthen, and Modernize the Nation’s Health Care.” In the introductory paragraph, it is made clear that there is a mission to improve health care in the United States for all Americans, including those still in the womb. It states:
HHS is dedicated to reforming, strengthening, and modernizing the Nation’s health care system. By promoting greater affordability and balancing spending, strengthening health care quality and patient safety, improving access and expanding choices, and investing in the health care workforce, HHS seeks to improve health care outcomes for people we serve. While we may refer to the people we serve as beneficiaries, enrollees, patients, or consumers, our ultimate goal is to improve healthcare outcomes for all people, including the unborn, across healthcare settings.

Another addition is noticeable in the third strategic goal, which states that the HHS works to “Strengthen the Economic and Social Well-Being of Americans across the Lifespan.” HHS clearly states that not only does life begin at conception, but it should end at “natural death”:
A core component of the HHS mission is our dedication to serve all Americans from conception to natural death, but especially those individuals and populations facing or at high risk for economic and social well-being challenges, through effective human services.
The changes are welcome moves for those who advocate for the protection of preborn humans in a country where preborn eagles currently have more rights. It’s a small step, but it is a step in the right direction, acknowledging that life exists inside the womb.
READ: Scientists say life begins at conception with a burst of fluorescence
While former HHS Secretary Tom Price recently resigned from his position, pro-life Teresa Manning serves as deputy assistant secretary for population affairs, overseeing the federal funding for family planning programs, and Charmaine Yoest, former president of Americans United for Life, serves as assistant secretary of public affairs.



Action Alert:  Urge Senators to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Click here to contact your Senator now!

Senate votes to confirm Amy Barrett to 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

Last month’s blog update, we shared with you the Senate Judiciary Committee’s questioning of Amy Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor nominated for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Senator Feinstein’s (“The dogma lives loudly within you and that’s a concern”) and Senator Durbin’s (“Do you consider yourself an Orthodox Catholic?”) questioning of Amy Barrett’s religious beliefs, specifically on pro-life issues, was called by many a religious litmus test and unconstitutional.

On 10/31/17, the Senate voted to confirm Amy Barrett’s appointment to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Click here to read more


Register now for March for Life 2018

Don’t be fooled by Planned Parenthood’s disinformation.

Click here to get the Truth

Spiritual Adoption MONTH 2 Developing Baby

“I’m dancing!” Your baby is making progress developing all of her external features and internal organs. Her brain is functioning at 40 days. Her mother can hear her heartbeat now on an ultrasonic stethoscope. Baby teeth buds are present at 6 ½ weeks. The central nervous system is functioning and 40 muscle sets begin their first exercises. From this moment, your spiritually adopted baby grows and refines her body. But everything she needs to survive after birth is already present by the end of the eighth week. She is now called a “fetus,” a Latin word meaning “little one.” Ultrasound reveals that this little one can now spring, flip and jump her first dance steps!


Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His mercy endures forever. Psalm 107:1


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