Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Fair Time!

Below are the latest pro-life updates for this month.

It's almost time for the Iowa State Fair.  Consider volunteering at the Iowans for Life booth to witness your love of life!

Summer Blessings,

Iowans for LIFE Booth at the Iowa State Fair

Every year Iowans for LIFE has a booth in the varied industries building welcoming people of all ages to come and speak with our amazing volunteers about the joy of life. Thousands of little ones line up to get a tattoo and hold the life like babies models. 
This year will be filled with a "make you think question" and fun prizes! Who doesn't want prizes? 

Below are the times available to be at the fair booth. Each spot is three hours and you can volunteer with your friends and family. Grab a couple of friends, sign-up, have fun volunteering, then take the rest of the day to enjoy yourself. When you see a spot you want to take for volunteering, email Mary Sojka at msojka@iowanforlife.org right away so the spot doesn't fill up! 

Iowans for LIFE booth at the Iowa State Fair

3 Hour Shifts

2 Volunteers per shift (minimum) 

We will send you a ticket and booth instructions in the mail

Email Mary Sojka at msojka@iowansforlife.org

Thursday August 10
9am - 9pm 

Friday August 11
9am - 9pm 

Saturday August 12
9am - 9pm

Sunday August 13
9am - 9pm 

Monday August 14
9am - 9pm 

Tuesday August 15
9am - 9pm

Wednesday August 16
9am - 9pm

Thursday August 17
9am - 9pm 

Friday August 18 
9am - 9pm 

Saturday August 19
9am - 9pm

Sunday August 20
9am - 9pm

We will send out updated available times throughout the next couple weeks


Old Planned Parenthood pamphlet: Abortion is ‘dangerous’ to the ‘life and health’ of women

An undated pamphlet from Planned Parenthood Federation of America, formerly named the Birth Control Federation of America, reveals that abortion is not health care, as the abortion giant now unabashedly claims.

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Lila Rose discusses extreme abortion bill in Oregon on Martha MacCullum's show

Oregon will become the first state to offer free abortions - even sex-selective abortion and late-term abortion - at taxpayers' expense.


Oregon to become first state with free abortions on demand at taxpayer expense

Without a single vote from a Republican lawmaker, the Democrat-controlled Oregon legislature has passed a measure requiring abortions to be covered by insurance.

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Niece of Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks out against abortion: ‘Black lives matter in the womb’

“Black lives matter in the womb” is a topic abortion activists would like to avoid, the niece of civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr. said on The Jim Bakker Show.

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African pro-life activist destroys myth that poor countries need abortion: It’s ‘colonization’

An African woman and pro-life activist destroyed a BBC anchor’s claims that African women “need” abortion and contraception in order to get out of poverty.

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Two Ohio abortion facilities have abruptly closed for unknown reasons

The pro-life group Operation Rescue reports that according to Right to Life of Northeast Ohio, two abortion facilities have suddenly closed without announcing the reasons why.

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Judge Orrick holds attorneys for pro-life investigators in contempt

U.S. District Court Judge William Orrick ruled that attorneys Steve Cooley and Brentford Ferreira, who represent David Daleiden of The Center for Medical Progress, violated Orrick’s injunction against releasing any new videos.

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And we end this month's blog with a video reflection from Pope Francis on his July prayer petition to pray for lapsed Christians.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Summer--a time to grow!

July Greetings, fellow Pro-Lifers!
I always marvel at how much our plant life loves the heat and humidity.  The miracle and the story of creation is unfolding before our eyes during these hot summer months.  This time of summer is an opportunity to think about our own spiritual growth and affirm our deep faith in our God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Below are Pro-Life events and informational material from this past month.
Please feel free to send me anything you would like to see in this blog.
Peace and blessings,



Twitter suppresses pro-life speech and facts exposing Planned Parenthood

While Twitter is calling Live Action’s content “offensive” and “inflammatory,” Planned Parenthood is allowed to freely promote its message. Live Action President Lila Rose tells Tucker Carlson Tonight that while Congress is debating defunding, Twitter is protecting Planned Parenthood by suppressing facts about why the abortion giant doesn't deserve our tax dollars.

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Former abortionist who became pro-life: ‘I realized that the baby was the innocent victim in all of this’

“I was horrified by the realization that I had killed more people than most mass murderers.”

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Womb with a view: Fetuses can recognize faces

Doyle Rice-USA TODAY-Des Moines Register 6/9/17

We know babies love looking at the faces of their mom or dad. Researchers discovered that this preference develops in the womb several weeks before birth, according to a study published Thursday. By projecting light through the uterine wall of pregnant mothers, British scientists found that 34-week-old fetuses would turn their heads to look at face-like images.

“ We have shown the fetus can distinguish between different shapes, preferring to track facelike over non-face-like shapes,” said psychologist Vincent Reid of Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, a co-author of the study. “This preference has been recognized in babies for many decades, but until now, exploring fetal vision has not been attempted.”
The findings, which appeared in the journal Current Biology, were the first to show it’s possible to explore sight and cognition in babies before birth.

Researchers projected two patterns of three dots in the shape of a triangle through the uterine wall of 39 pregnant mothers: One was in the shape of eyes and a mouth and the other was upside down.

Scientists then measured how the fetus responded using highquality, 4-D ultrasound. The ultrasound showed developing babies turned their heads to look more often at upright, face-like stimuli than those presented to them upside down.

“It turned out that they responded in a way that was very similar to infants,” Reid said. Although fetuses’ eyes are likely to be closed most of the time, the ultrasound scans often showed them blinking.

A 4-D ultrasound of a fetus tracks a stimulus during research into fetal cognition. The ultrasound scans often show the fetuses blinking.



Closing Planned Parenthood clinics a victory for Iowa women

Below is the editorial written by IFL Director Maggie DeWitte.  This was published in the Des Moines Register on Sunday June 4, 2017.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland announced that they will be closing four clinics. The clinics set to close by June 30, 2017 are Sioux City, Keokuk, and Burlington. The Bettendorf center will provide limited telemed abortion services after June 30, but will also eventually close. They also have clinics in Urbandale, Ames, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Council Bluffs, Cedar Falls and two in Des Moines, all of which remain open for now.

Planned Parenthood stated that the reason for the closures was due to legislation passed last session that stopped family planning funds from going to clinics that provide abortion. Governor Branstad signed this bill a few weeks ago.

The Des Moines Register Editorial board believes this is a bad thing for Iowans. (Anti-Abortion agenda limits birth control, May 28).  Their angst is misguided.

The reality is that women will NOT lose health care because of these closures.

They WILL continue to get access to quality, comprehensive health care across the state of Iowa.

In fact, the Coalition of Pro-Life leaders developed a detailed map to help educate Iowans on the number and availability of community health centers throughout Iowa. It states, “There are only a handful of mostly urban clinics in Iowa that offer abortions. Shifting family planning dollars to community health centers instead will give more women more health care options in more areas of the state, particularly in rural communities.”

As support, the coalition surveyed 157 rural community health clinics to find out if they offer the same services as Planned Parenthood, including: STD testing, Cervical Cancer Testing, Breast Cancer Testing (Mammograms), and Contraception. The only PP service excluded from the survey was human abortion, which has nothing to do with women’s reproductive healthcare.

We discovered that these rural clinics provided most, if not all, of the above services, and usually on-site (in contrast to PP who typically refer services like mammograms to other locations). And women in need of these services can get them close to home without having to drive across the state to distant urban clinics.

The truth is in the numbers. One-hundred fifty-seven rural Iowa health clinics will benefit with this infusion of new funding. (A detailed map can be located at: http://iowaprolifeleaders.com/handout-senate-file-2/.)

Planned Parenthood’s motto is: Care. No Matter What.

Really? They claim that only a very small percent of the services they offer are abortion. If this was the case and if Planned Parenthood truly cared about women and families in Iowa, they would cease human abortion procedures so they could continue to be eligible for the family medical waiver planning dollars.

But they won’t. Abortion is big business. Whether it is selling baby body parts or deceiving women to dismember their baby in the womb, it’s all about the bottom dollar.

In contrast to the Register’s dour warning, the family medical wavier IS good news for families in the state of Iowa. We worked hard this last session to educate legislators and the public that there are many quality community health centers in Iowa that provide comprehensive healthcare to women and families across the state. They do so without taking the life of precious human beings. This is a victory for our state, and Iowans for LIFE is committed to continue working to see all abortion clinics closed in Iowa.


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Come Holy Spirit--Renew the Face of the Earth

Below are this month's pro-life updates.  If you have anything you would like included in this monthly pro-life blog, please email me at holubanita@gmail.com
Pentecost Peace,

Informed Choice of Iowa Walk For LIFE–June 17th 

Calling all lifesavers! Join us for a walk in the park. The Informed Choices Walk for Life will take place on Saturday, June 17th at 9:00 am. The walk will take place at Gray’s Lake (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines) – meet at the Terrace Building to start.

There will be a pancake breakfast served from 7:30-10:30 am. Starting at 8:30 am, you can check-in for the walk, and at 9:00 am there will be prayer and the walk will begin.

Informed Choices Medical Clinics are pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics and medical centers. They have clinics in Iowa City, Ames, Fort Dodge, Burlington, and a mobile clinic, which will work primarily in Des Moines.

You can register HERE


National Right to Life Academy - June 29th

If you know of a young person who is passionately pro-life, there is an exciting summer opportunity they may be interested in. National Right to Life has “created an innovative, five-week program to equip young leaders with the skills and knowledge to carry the pro-life movement into the future.

The National Right to Life Academy will take place from June 29th – August 4th. It empowers young pro-life leaders through a five-week summer course held at National Right to Life headquarters in Washington DC. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare, legislative strategy, history of the pro-life movement, medical ethics, unborn development and lobbying.” 

The program will also allow students to earn three college credits, which can be transferred to their university. Interested students should submit their applications for the program soon.

For more information, click HERE or email academy@nrlc.org


Watch the pro-life short film that is changing hearts and minds.


One Minute Radio Announcement by Jenifer Bowen                on Iowa budget victory!

Listen to the one minute Bott Radio announcement by Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life, about the Health & Human Services Appropriation bill signed by Governor Branstad that cuts more than $3 million dollars to Iowa’s abortion industry and redirects the money to real health care clinics across Iowa.

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YouTube sides with pro-choice extremists by removing investigative video that exposes Planned Parenthood.

Please take action now!  The Center for Medical Progress published another undercover investigative video exposing the horrors of the abortion industry in America. 

This video hit a nerve with the pro-abortion community because YouTube removed this video!

Please sign now and demand that YouTube stop blocking the truth about abortion and the profiteering abortion industry in America.  Every day, Planned Parenthood callously takes the lives of 300 unborn babies and they desperately don't want you to know the truth.The evidence convicts -- please demand that YouTube allow the truth about Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses to be heard!

Tell YouTube to stop censoring pro-life journalism!


The Catholic bishops of Iowa have released a statement reviewing the 2017 Iowa legislative session.

ICC staff was pleased to be present when Gov. Branstad signed Senate File 471 on May 5. The bill prohibits abortion after 20 weeks post-fertilization with exceptions to save the life of the mother or for a serious physical health emergency. The ICC has been working on similar legislation since 2011 and it is the first limitation on abortion passed in Iowa for many years. You can check out a photo of the bill-signing on our website. The ACLU and Planned Parenthood received a court order blocking the waiting period while a trial court will decide the matter. The 20-week ban itself is in place.  

During the past session, the ICC fought efforts to restore the death penalty in Iowa. We are continuing our long time collaboration with the Iowans Against the Death Penalty group.  

We also encourage you to read and sign the 


As we commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, we share this prophecy from Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the seers who lived much longer after the other two.  Sr Lucia once wrote a letter to Cardinal Carlo Caffarra in which she spoke about a final battle between God and Satan:  “The final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Don’t be afraid, because anyone who operates for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be contended and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue. However, Our Lady has already crushed its head.”

Those fighting for life, marriage, and the family must remember that on May 13, 2017 — the 100th anniversary of Our Lady appearing in Fatima — the ultimate fight is about saving souls from hell. This means saving those enslaved to sexual sins and those who profit from sexual sins: the abortionist, the pornographer, the pimp, the prostitute. Our Lady of Fatima invited the children to help save souls through prayer and sacrifice.
Our Lady’s message about the reality of hell and the children’s example of what to do to help people from going there is something anyone fighting for life and family must take seriously. The prayer taught to the children should be constantly on our lips: "O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy."