Posted by: Anita H | March 1, 2018

Spring…New Life, New Hope!

**Diocesan Pro Life meeting March 6, St Pius, @ 6pm.

Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act!

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You are invited to join us for the 4th Annual Beauty Amidst The Ashes Banquet Dinner & Dessert Auction on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Bethel Baptist Church in Newell, IA.

A pasta bar will be served at 5:30 PM followed by a Dessert Auction and Silent Auction. Tables will be bidding together on their favorite dessert. All proceeds from the evening will be going to the Beauty Amidst The Ashes Adoption Grant Program providing financial aid for adopting families.

March 10, 2018

5:30 PM  to 7:30 PM

Bethel Baptist Church

(313 W. Hwy. | Newell, IA 50568)

Please RSVP your table number to

If you are not able to make it to the banquet but would like to give a donation, please use the donate button below.


march.jpgDear Respect Life Supporters:

We’re back from the recent March for Life. Here’s a quick recap:

  • IFL has taken busses to the Washington DC March for over three decades! This year, we packed another three busses with students for one of the most memorable Marches ever.
  • This was the first March that the sitting President addressed us live and in person from the White House lawn. Thank-you, President Trump.
  • Crowds were mammoth, too large to even estimate, and dwarfed the pro-abortion ‘Women’s March’ which occurred the next day.

Please consider attending next year. The March for Life is truly a pilgrimage.

  • We are engaged in a spiritual battle. To that end, we attended the archdiocesan of Washington DC Youth Rally and Mass immediately preceding the the march, at which four young women accepted the call to a religious vocation! God is so present in the hearts of the young (and us all!) at the March for Life!

​​​​​​​Visit our WEBSITE for more photos from this year’s March

Help us increase our reach.

You can help in profound ways like these:

  1. FOLLOW us on Facebook.
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  3. FOLLOW us on YouTube.
  4. SUBSCRIBE to our Blog and SHARE our posts.

In other words, invite your friends and family to share our content, even if they are NOT totally on board with our mission. Our mission is to educate Iowans on critical life and death issues from conception to natural death.

Thank-you. We are all in this mission together.

Senate OKs abortion ban if heartbeat is detected

Measure faces uncertain future in Iowa House

March 1, 2018 Des Moines Register USA TODAY NETWORK

The Iowa Senate approved legislation Wednesday that would prevent physicians from performing abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

The measure was approved 30-20 and is headed to the House of Representatives, where it faces an uncertain future.

“Senate File 2281 gets at the very heart and soul of what it means to be an American, of what it means to be a person,” said the bill’s sponsor, Sen. Amy Sinclair, R-Allerton.

The legislation says that except in cases of medical emergency, a physician could not perform an abortion in Iowa unless a pregnant woman has been tested to determine if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. A fetal heartbeat can be detected as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

A doctor who performs an abortion after a fetal heartbeat has been detected and without a medical emergency could be charged with a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Democrats decried the legislation, which would almost certainly face legal challenges if passed into law, as “unconstitutional,” “extreme” and “dangerous.”

Senate Minority Leader Janet Petersen, D-Des Moines, called it “unfathomable” that the bill would not make exceptions in cases of rape or incest — only if the mother’s life is in danger.

“ There are no other provisions in Iowa code that say an Iowan cannot access medical care unless it is to prevent death,” she said. “… Under this Republican bill, you would force a child rape victim to have a baby, no matter how young she is. That is unfathomable.”

The bill is opposed by the Iowa Board of Regents, because leaders fear it could jeopardize the University of Iowa Health Care’s accreditation with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, or ACMGE.

“ The University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and Iowa Obstetrics and Gynecology Department is accredited by ACGME,” spokesman Josh Lehman previously told the Register. “In order to receive ACGME accreditation, UI’s obstetrics and gynecology program is required to provide family planning training, including all forms of contraception and training in the provision of abortion, if the student so chooses. If this law was passed, limitations on abortions in Iowa would eliminate the ability to meet training requirements.”

Petersen said Iowa already lacks enough trained OB-GYN physicians and worried the bill would mean fewer people would train at Iowa schools and stay to practice in rural parts of the state.

“When you lose doctors in rural Iowa, maternal health care outcomes suffer,”

she said.

Sinclair argued the legislation is about protecting life.

She recalled hearing her son’s heartbeat for the first time on an ultrasound and hearing her father’s heartbeat fade as he died.

“In each of those cases I knew the heartbeat or the lack of one was the indication of another human being’s life,” she said. “Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues, people in this chamber with a beating heart, please take a moment with me to reflect on what it means to be human, to be a person with rights, to aggressively defend your own right to life and to defend your reasonable expectation that your government should actively support you and all other individuals with a beating heart in that very same endeavor.”

The legislation now moves to the Republican- controlled House of Representatives.

Last year, House Republicans briefly tried to advance a fetal heartbeat abortion ban but reversed course after finding they did not have enough Republican support to pass such a bill.

When asked about the Senate’s fetal heartbeat legislation at a recent press conference, House Speaker Linda Upmeyer, R-Clear Lake, said House Republicans intend to focus on legislation banning parents from suing for “wrongful birth” if a doctor withholds information from them about fetal abnormalities.

That bill, passed on the House floor Tuesday, stems from a recent lawsuit in which an Iowa family said they were never informed of fetal abnormalities, which would have led them to terminate the pregnancy. The Iowa Supreme Court ruled that families could sue for wrongful birth unless the Legislature acts.

“We want to make sure we’re protecting physicians in those circumstances,” she said.

Last year, then-Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill banning most abortions performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

A Christ-centered home & programs for young moms who are facing unplanned pregnancies or are parenting young children.
Aimee Phillips joined Ruth Harbor as the Office Manager in January. In her role, Aimee oversees the front-office operations, supports the Executive Director and staff team, manages fundraising events and develops/oversees Ruth Harbor’s volunteer program. Aimee says God led her to this position, knowing she had a desire to return to a ministry-focused career. “I believe alleviating some of the workload from other staff members will be the most satisfying part of my job, and I very much enjoy the interactions I’ve already had with the residents.”
Aimee will be celebrating her 20-year wedding anniversary with husband, Derek, this summer. Their three children keep them busy with athletic, musical and academic pursuits, but in their spare time they enjoy playing games together, watching movies and hosting friends at their home.  Aimee said there isn’t a lot of time for hobbies during this busy season of life, but when possible, she enjoys baking, reading and crafting.
Please join us in welcoming Aimee to the team!  You’re welcome to drop her an email at
Ruth Harbor is accepting applications for the following positions:
  • Program Director (part-time)
  • House Parents for our future Mother-Child home (full-time)
  • House Parent Assistant (currently part-time with potential to move to full-time)
  • Back-up House Parents (as-needed & based on availability)
We have recently established a “Legacy For Life” endowment fund so individuals and organizations can contribute to the future sustainability of the Ruth Harbor mission. This Endowment Fund is separate from the normal operating funds used for the ministry. The principal in the Endowment Fund is not spent, but the interest earned from the principal will be used to fund ministry operations for generations.
Anyone can contribute to the Endowment Fund and you don’t have to be “wealthy” to do so — gifts of all sizes are welcomed and important to the future of our ministry.  You can contribute cash, stock, in-kind gifts and planned gifts through estate planning. For instance, asking your insurance agent to adjust the beneficiary of your life insurance policy to include 1% or 2% for Ruth Harbor will make an impact while still providing for family or the primary beneficiary.
For more information without any obligation, please contact our Executive Director, Mark McDougal, at 515-279-4661 or email
While it may seem strange for a ministry to request Google & Facebook Reviews, the age group we serve relies heavily on online referrals to make decisions. We want young women to know Ruth Harbor is a grace-based, Christ-centered ministry that is eager to serve them!
If you have a Gmail account and know our ministry well enough to give us a positive review, please visit our Google Review page and leave a few comments.  And, if you have just a few more minutes, we would appreciate your review on Facebook as well!
  • Purchase of a second house. We have crossed many hurdles in the pursuit to purchase and open a second home for our mother-child ministry. Pray for God’s continued guidance and favor as we near the final stages. (Update:  Ruth Harbor buys McCauley septulet’s home:  Read DM Register article)
  • Our search for passionate, qualified staff members to fill multiple positions.
  • Wisdom, discernment & protection for our staff & board.
  • Our residents as they face many life-changing decisions.
For a full list of praises & prayer requests, please download our most recent Prayer & Praise List.
Last month we had to say goodbye to a minivan that had served us well, but required too much maintenance to keep it around.
After a thorough search and lots of legwork by house parent Shawn, we were able to secure a new-to-us vehicle to replace our previous van!
We are pleased to be blessed with something that can help us meet our needs so reliably. This van will be a great addition to the Ruth Harbor family. Thanks to everyone who provided us with tips, encouragement, prayers or all three!
Saturday, May 12 @ 9:30 a.m.
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Ruth Harbor Walk For Life!
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