Friday, December 1, 2017

Advent--Prepare for His coming

As we enter the holy season of Advent, we pray for strength, courage, and guidance to those parents who are expecting a baby to choose life for their child.

Below are the pro-life updates for December.  Remember The Diocesan Quarterly Respect Life Meeting will be December 5th, 6pm, at St Pius Catholic Church.

May you and your family know the peace and joy of the celebration of our Savior's birth.

Advent Prayer

God of Life, 
We rejoice in the promise of your coming.
You have sent your Son, born in Bethlehem. 
He is the Prince of Peace, and 
The one in whose name all oppression shall cease.
May we welcome his coming each day 
And prepare for his coming at the end of time. 
May we build a culture that welcomes him 
By welcoming every child, born and unborn.
We pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen

Action Alert
Call for Public Comments on the HHS Contraception / Abortifacient Mandate


FBI signals it may investigate Planned Parenthood for baby parts trafficking

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Join us for this 5th Annual Christmas celebration. All proceeds from this special event support Iowans for Life.

If you have never attended, you don't know what you are missing! Saturday night includes a dinner and musical feast. A cash bar will be available.  

Sunday's event includes a dessert bar and show. 

What a great way to kick off the Advent season! There are less than 20 tickets left for the Saturday show and Sunday ticket sales are going well so don't wait.

Free child care will be available on Saturday night. Buy tickets online today.
Questions? Call Tom or Karen Quiner: 515-276-9266.


March with us!

This January, Iowans for LIFE will once again travel to Washington D.C. to walk with hundreds of thousands of other pro-lifers in the March For Life. This faith enriching pilgrimage starts Wednesday evening January 17th as we head out to D.C. on charter buses and finishes back in Des Moines on Sunday, January, 21st. This year's March For Life is on Friday, January 19th, 2018. Iowans for LIFE and those who join us on this pilgrimage will get the chance to march to the Supreme Court Building, rally with thousands of other and support the life of the unborn child and mother. 

The pilgrimage includes the bus to D.C. and hotel. Along with these events you will have the chance to tour Washington D.C. on your free day.

-The pilgrimage costs $400. 
-Registration deadline is November 1st, 2017
- If you have questions, please contact IFL at 515-255-4113 or
-More details regarding the trip will be available upon registration


Living out Christmas in the New Year How do we live out the message of Christmas in the New Year, rather than pack it away with the ornaments? Each year the Octave Day of Christmas falls on the first day of the New Year, on which we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Her open heart and courageous “yes” to God show us how to live year-round—with hearts open to the Lord, following where He leads. We are called to place our trust in Him, to enter compassionately into the suffering of others, and to love one another as Christ loves us. Like Our Blessed Mother welcomed Jesus, we are called to cherish and protect the gift of human life, at every stage and in every circumstance. One way to live out the message of Christmas and follow Our Lady’s example is to join 9 Days for Life, a digital pilgrimage of prayer and charitable action. The U.S. Catholic bishops invite you to join thousands of Catholics nationwide from Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 26. Join today at!

Wednesday, 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!
In thanksgiving,


Annual Christmas Gala
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.

The last two years sold out quickly. This is a show worth seeing! 

  • 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.


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

*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. 

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 


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

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Jeremiah 1:5 


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


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.
8 weeks from 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.
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.
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


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.


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

Saturday, September 30, 2017

October-Respect Life Month

October 5th addendum:  I wanted to share the below updates with you as opposed to waiting for next month's blog.  
  • The 72 hour waiting period was upheld by Judge Farrell on Oct 3---a significant victory!  
  • Also, below are photos from Life Chain that was held on Oct 1 and additional Pro Life prayer opportunities.
Life Blessings,

Iowa Rules 72-hour Waiting Period Legal

    Iowa received a big win today with the ruling of Judge Farrell stating the 72-hour waiting period is legal. Earlier this year Planned Parenthood and the ACLU challenged a 72-hour waiting period which passed into law along with the 20-week abortion ban and a requirement to offer women a visual of her ultrasound. Planned Parenthood was able to postpone the 72-hour waiting period from going into effect by calling the law unconstitutional. They stated it caused an "undue burden" on the mother and was not medically necessary. 
Polk County Judge, however, has ruled the law constitutional. The Des Moines Register reported today Iowa Judge Jeffrey Farrell refused to block the law. “The undue burden standard has been criticized, but it fairly balances the two competing interests of a woman’s right to choose an abortion versus the public’s interest in potential life,” he wrote. “The evidence at trial focused on the hardships women face when dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, but the public’s interest in potential life is an interest that cannot be denied under the law. Both of these interests are important.”
The 20-week abortion ban which states an abortion cannot be performed on a child after 20-weeks, also includes a requirement for women to have two doctor visits before getting an abortion, an option for the mother to view her ultrasound and the 72-hour waiting period. There is an exception to this law if the mother's life is at risk. 
This law takes not only the mother into consideration, but also the life of the child who must also be considered. 

Life Chain 2017 Follow-Up:  
Life Chain was incredibly successful this year. Everything went smoothly with St Theresa being the sign pick up/drop off location again---we had over 230 people attend! We welcomed people from Walnut Creek Church, who bolstered our numbers so that we filled Merle Hay in front of St Theresa and stretched over to University along St Theresa west parking lot.  We are particularly thankful to see so many young people and families participate.  A group of young women sang beautiful hymns through much of the time that made this a very uplifting setting for all. 

St Theresa Pro Life committee members brought cookies to feed this large number after Life Chain was over. The larger the number of people, the more impact Life Chain has.  We pray that God had the right people drive by at the right time for encouragement, and we know that everyone's prayers were effective :) 

Life Chain 2017 on University at Merle Hay

Life Chain 2017 along Merle Hay (in front of St Theresa) 
Singing angels kept our spirits high!

We also heard from Charlotte Pettit, who attended Life Chain.  She shared with us that a group of Pro Life people meet every Saturday morning in front of Planned Parenthood, 1000 E Army Post Road, at 10am.  They pray all four mysterious of the rosary.  Also the 1st Saturday of the month is when the students in high school come to do their commitment. All are encouraged to come and pray for Pro Life intentions.  
― Dr. Seuss, Horton Hears a Who!

Another prayer opportunity for Respect Life month is the Pro Life Holy Hour at St Theresa, which will be Tuesday, October 31, from 7pm to 8pm.  Please consider attending one of these Pro Life Prayer opportunities to commemorate Respect Life Month!

Sen. Feinstein Grills Judicial Catholic Nominee with this statement: ‘The Dogma Lives Loudly Within You’
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) spoke about her concerns with appeals court nominee Amy Barrett during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Sept. 6.  Watch video update below that summarizes this controversial hearing.


October 1 Blog

Please join us for Life Chain, Sunday, October 1, 2-3:30 PM-Merle Hay and University
Annual Life Chain Please join St. Theresa parishioners Sunday, October 1, from 2:00 to 3:30 pm along Merle Hay Road in the peaceful and prayerful prolife witness that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception to natural death. We quietly stand to remember the more than 59 million lives lost to abortion, and we pray for our nation and for people in crisis situations. Life Chain will happen rain or shine. Hope to see you there! If you have any questions, please email Rachel at


Action Alerts

Click on below to email your representatives to show support for these two prolife bills.


New York Court of Appeals found that "aid-in-dying" is assisted suicide and there is no right to assisted suicide.


25th Annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting-October 1-9, 2017

Pray and Fast for the week's goals:
1)To pray and fast for the conversion of peoples and nations
2)To pray and fast for a culture of life
3)To pray and fast to defend the sanctity of marriage and family life
4)To pray and fast for peace and to implore God's mercy


Our theme at Informed Choice of Iowa this year is that every life has a unique story to tell and we get to be a part of the amazing journey of the many lives we save and touch. Thank you for being a part of our story, too!
As we look forward to our fall Banquets, I want to share the exciting news that our speakers this year are Al and Lisa Robertson, of Duck Dynasty fame. They pastored for over 22 years before returning to the family business, and they have their own story of brokenness, hope and forgiveness to share with us. We expect this year’s Banquets to be riveting and beautiful as we share in fellowship with Al and Lisa Robertson and fellow believers!


These items are priceless and every dollar raised goes to protecting lives!

This one-of-a-kind “Pilgrimage” gift basket is valued at more than $1,156…but truly is priceless with its blessed abundance.

It’s filled with more than 30 fabulous gifts from: Fatima, Lourdes, Mont St. Michel and various locations throughout France. It also includes signed books from Steve Ray and Fr. Andrew Apostoli and gift cards from: Boesen the Florist, Django, Splash as well as the North Side Diner.

Avoid the rush! IFL Board and Banquet Committee members are pre-selling these raffle tickets now.  You also can contact Maggie DeWitte to buy tickets at: Tickets also will be for sale at our banquet, Thursday, October 12th at The Meadows Bishop Ballroom in Altoona.

Tickets cost $20 each.

Raffle proceeds will help Iowans for LIFE further our education and outreach on the sanctity of life throughout Iowa, especially with students and our clergy. 

We are grateful to Dr. Mark & Mary Purtle
for donating our basket and these special gift items.

Iowans for LIFE Seventh Annual Fundraiser 

Super Bowl and Pro-Life Champ Matt Birk 
Standing Ground: NFL Pro Says YES to Life! 
Our 2017 Annual Fundraising Banquet promises to be a fun, football-themed evening with a profound pro-life message from a Catholic man who puts faith and family before fortune and fame. When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013, our Keynote Speaker Matt Birk, boldly declined to visit the White House based on his pro-life beliefs. Invite family and friends to hear this NFL champion as he encourages us to stand our ground as champions for life.

Register or host a table of 8 for you and guests 
and/or for students or priests, deacons and religious.


From September 27 to November 5, our community will take part in 40 Days for Life … 
groundbreaking, coordinated international  mobilization. We pray that, with God’s help, this 
will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our city — and beyond.

Click here to get more info & sign up for 40 Days for Life through November 5th