Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hello everyone!

I hope that you had an amazing Christmas celebrating baby Jesus' birthday! Right before Christmas my husband and I had some exciting, pro-life news: our second baby is on the way! Since everyone is busy and I'm not feeling the best right now, this post will be short and sweet again. The big things coming up are the Life is Precious Workshop with the Annual Mass for Life and the pro-life caucus training this week. Blessings to you and your families this coming year!


Life is Precious Workshop & Mass for Life

Workshop: Saturday, January 21st, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, at Christ the King

Then stay for the Mass for Life at 5 pm


The “Life is Precious” Workshop is the result of hard work by Wendy Solawetz of Catholic Charities and a team of local pro-lifers. Come for a day of education, faith, and fun with your pro-life groups or family and friends regardless of their pro-life stance (this will be an opportunity to gently educate anyone and everyone about the pro-life reality). Come and hear testimonies from people whose lives have been touched by unplanned pregnancies. The workshop is FREE, but I think there will be a free will offering to help cover the costs of food and speakers for the day.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 21, from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm. It will be at Christ the King parish (5711 SW 9th Street, Des Moines). The Knights of Columbus will be providing lunch. Please RSVP to Wendy Solawetz at 237-5082 or wsolawetz@dmdiocese.org.

The workshop will be followed by the Annual Mass for Life, also at Christ the King, at 5 pm. We gather together to pray for an end to abortion. Mass will be said by Bishop Pates and several area priests and deacons.

Please help promote this event at your parish, make this priority for your pro-life group, and remember to RSVP to Wendy! Thanks!

P.S. They would love it if each group could bring some cookies to the event to help provide snacks (or would like to help with the event with funds instead).



Iowa Right to Life Caucus Training

Caucus Training Sessions in Des Moines-Iowa Right to Life Office
Wednesday, December 28, 2:00-3:00pm
Thursday, December 29, 7:00-8:00pm

Pro-lifers MUST engage in the upcoming January 3rd Iowa Caucus! To prepare you for participation, Iowa Right to Life will host Caucus Training Sessions next week. You are welcome to join us Wednesday, December 28 or Thursday, December 29. Training will be held in the Iowa Right to Life office, 1500 Illinois Street, Des Moines.

Also, look for our e-mail shortly before the January 3rd caucus with simple step-by-step instructions on the procedures of a caucus and a pro-life plank to be offered for the party platforms. These simple instructions will give you sufficient information to participate with or without caucus training.

With such an important election at hand, we encourage you to learn the process. Getting involved in the Iowa Caucus is easy, interesting and very rewarding! Take your children so that you can pass on to the next generation firsthand knowledge of how the process works.

If you are not in the Des Moines area, but would like to learn more about the caucus process, useful information can be obtained by viewing short videos. Learn more or find a training session in your area here: http://iowacaucustraining.com/

For More Information:
Jenifer Bowen
Iowa Right to Life
515.244.1012 Office
515.419.7246 Cell
www.iowaRTL.org


Iowans for LIFE

Please see their website for information on the March for Life and upcoming projects:



Keep up the great work and have a Happy New Year!

Always,
Rachel :)


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thank God for Life!

I have so many things to be thankful for! Just one of these things is how well the adoption event went that the St. Theresa’s Pro-Life group hosted on Sunday, November 13th! Thank you to all of you who helped promote the event in your parishes. Everyone was so impressed – over 100 people were at the event! So thank you to all of you who played a part in that. After the event, one of the speakers pulled me aside, and said, “I think some children will be adopted because of today – thank you for your work.” And that’s what all of our pro-life work is about… spreading the message of human dignity in practical ways.

In honor of Thanksgiving, and knowing how busy everyone will be getting ready for Jesus’ Birthday, this blog post (and the next one too) will be VERY short! Enjoy!


Des Moines Pro-Life Forum and Movie Premier

Iowa Right to Life is pleased to announce the premiere of Governor Mike Huckabee's new movie here in Iowa! "The Gift of Life" will debut at the Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines on December 14, at 7pm.

"The Gift Of Life," hosted by Governor Mike Huckabee and produced by Citizens United, is an inspirational documentary that explores the sanctity of life as a moral issue and looks at the lives of individuals on the front lines of the Pro-Life movement in America, including those who were nearly victims of abortion.

Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum have all been invited to attend the premiere and address the audience prior to the screening.

It is FREE to attend, but you must have tickets prior to the event. Please RSVP by December 9 by calling 800.362.4788 or on-line at www.TheGiftOfLifeMovie.com/RSVP

View the movie trailer here: http://www.thegiftoflifemovie.com/trailer.aspx

It sounds like this will be an awesome event - I hope that you can make it!



March for Life

Space is still available! It's not too late to reserve your spot for the 39th annual March for Life. Iowans for LIFE is once again sending busses to the nation's largest mobilization for life in Washington D.C. This is a can't-miss pro-life pilgrimage.

Departure is January 21, 2012, and the March for Life will take place on Monday, January 23. Tuesday, January 24 is a free day in Washington, with arrival back in Iowa on the 25th.

Register now for one of the remaining seats on the bus at iowansforlife.com or call 515-255-4113. Join us, so your voice can be heard.

NFP-Only Doctor Coming to Des Moines – Seeking Professional Staff

Dr. Gregory McKernan, DO, is a physician who practices medicine in accord with traditional Christian principles and therefore does not prescribe, perform, or refer for contraception, sterilization, abortion, or in vitro fertilization. Dr. McKernan is a Creighton Model FertilityCare System physician and instructor… otherwise known as a Natural Family Planning Only Doctor.

He will be setting up a Family Practice in the Des Moines area, and is looking to hire a Medical Billing and Coding Professional. If you know someone who has medical billing and coding experience and/or working in a medical office, please contact Jenny Condon by calling 515-779-9347 or e-mailing her at jenny@choicesclinic.com.



Parish Pro-Life Groups

Holy Trinity Respect Life Group

They are:
- Starting their Spiritual Adoption program
- Supporting a Rachel’s Vineyard retreat
- Doing a fundraiser for the people attending March for Life
- Helping promote the upcoming NFP class

Christ the King Respect Life Meeting

They are:
- Continuing their baby bottle campaign
- Preparing pro-life bulletin inserts for November – January
- Selling crafts at the parish bazaar
- Working on starting a spiritual adoption program
- Working on the Respect Life Retreat Day: Tentative January 21st

St. Theresa Pro-Life Group

They are:
- Recovering from the awesome Adoption Event – 110 people were there! Thank you for anyone who helped promote, bake, or volunteer at this event (especially the St. Augustin pro-life group)!
- Preparing for a baby bottle fundraiser in January


Defund Planned Parenthood Petition

If you don't want taxdollars going to a corporation whose actions violate basic human rights principles, speak up! Sign the Defund Planned Parenthood Petition! After 100,000 signatures have been added, the list will be presented to congress. http://www.defundpp.net/



Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

USCCB Bishops Update Website

The www.hopeafterabortion.org website has also been updated following a report to the bishops on the Project Rachel ministry. Project Rachel is the post-abortion healing ministry of the Church. Unfortunately, 30 percent of American women are expected to have an abortion over the course of their life.

Prayer for Life Rally in Des Moines – March 5

The event will be held Monday, March 5 in Des Moines, and the keynote speaker will be Walter Hoye II, the founder and president of Issues4Life. More details will follow soon.

Iowa Caucuses Start January 3

The Iowa party caucuses have been scheduled for Jan. 3, 2012. Most of the focus is on the Republican side as they choose a candidate for president.

The Iowa Catholic Conference strongly supports your involvement in the political process. Please read the Faithful Citizenship document at www.faithfulcitizenship.org is a good source of information. Also, an updated webpage from the U.S. bishops has a wealth of information about how to get involved in the political process. Go to
www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/get-involved/get-more-information/.


Tom Chapman
Executive Director
Iowa Catholic Conference




I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving, and that you enjoy preparing for Jesus’ birthday! Keep up the great work!

Always,
Rachel Egan

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Respect Life Month!

On October 16, my brave mom and I ran/walked the Des Moines Half Marathon – a first for both of us! It was such a beautiful day, and the race itself was such a rush! Even though it was difficult to walk for a couple days after, I can’t wait until I can do another one!

In the days leading up to the race, I heard on the radio about a group of pro-lifers in Kansas City that were training for a series of races in Kansas City – a 5K, half marathon, and marathon. They run to raise funds for pro-life organizations in the KC area, and to raise awareness by running in cool t-shirts that have “Remember the Unborn” printed on the back. They also have friends, family, and fellow pro-lifers cheering them along the way. To learn more about their efforts, go to: http://run.lifegroup413.org/.

It just made me think… running for the pro-life cause is an awesome way of multitasking that I had never thought of. So what are you passionate about? Whatever your passion is, try to think of a way that you could use it to support or raise awareness of the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. People often learn best when they are taught in a new way – a new environment, a hands-on experiment, an adventure. If we can surprise people with our passion for life and bring the message to place where it is unexpected, maybe more people will take the message to heart!
On another important note: Check out the resource section in this blog, and make time to watch the 180 movie. Yes, it’s thirty minutes long, but it’s taking the internet by storm and you will NOT regret this use of your time. Do you want to learn how someone can be talked into becoming pro-life in under five minutes? Watch this video!


Events Coming Soon!

Pro-Life Workshop on End of Life Issues

Dying with Grace: Incorporating Catholic Faith Into an Advance Directive
Saturday, October 22, 9 am - 12 noon
Sacred Heart Church, Parish Center, West Des Moines

The St. Joseph Educational Center of Iowa and Sacred Heart Catholic Church are pleased to bring you two fabulous speakers coming soon in October: Mr. Paul Malley, president of Aging with Dignity, and Mr. Jim Towey, author of Five Wishes. Together, these two men will offer a practical workshop on creating an advance directive that serves your needs and the needs of your loved ones.

Mr. Malley was our keynote speaker in February 2011 for Dying with Grace: Reflecting on the Catholic Approach to the End of Life. If you attended the February session, this workshop will take you to the next level of practical application, walking you step-by-step through the Five Wishes document. If you did not attend the February session, the workshop format will make it easy for you to understand and incorporate the ideas presented.

Mr. Towey, friend and former legal counsel to the late Mother Teresa (shown together in the picture below), is founder of Aging with Dignity and author of Five Wishes, the nation's most popular advance directive. Mr. Towey will share "Lessons from Mother Teresa," his personal experience of how his work with Mother Teresa inspired him to found a nonprofit organization devoted to safeguarding the God-given human dignity of those who are most vulnerable.

Online registration at SJEC Iowa is appreciated to help with planning and a free will offering will be taken at the workshop. For more information, contact SJEC Iowa at 515-222-1092 or visit our website. Please feel free to share this opportunity with family and friends.

We hope to see you at Dying with Grace in October!

Dr. Tom Neal
Director of the St. Joseph Educational Center
www.sjeciowa.org


Informed Choices Clinic Gold for Babies Fundraising Event
Monday, October 24th, 5-7pm


Collect all your unwanted, mismatched, outdated, tangled and broken gold, silver and platinum jewelry, and bring it over to Informed Choices Medical Clinic (1355 50th Street #400, West Des Moines, IA, between Pleasant Street & the east-bound entrance ramp to the freeway).

Come Monday, October 24th, 2011, between 5:00pm - 7:00pm. All jewelry will be evaluated and top industry prices will be paid in cash on the spot!

Tell everyone you know to show up – it’s quick (it will only take about 10 minutes), and an easy way to help save babies! Informed Choices Medical Clinic receives a minimum of a 10% Donation on every dollar.

By the way - 9 babies saved from abortion at the new clinic since opening - NO KIDDING!

Mark your calendar! Make some $ for Christmas, and save babies in the process! If you have any questions, call us at 515-440-2273.


DCHS Students for Life Fundraiser

Support the Dowling Students for Life group during their driveway painting fundraiser. Have you seen the letters and paw prints painted on driveways around Des Moines? Now is your chance to join the ranks of home owners with stylish driveways, while supporting the Dowling Catholic Students for Life group so they can attend the March for Life.

The students will use a pattern to mark a large letter “D” with the word “Maroons” in smaller lettering above it. Cost is $25. If you are interested in supporting this, get a form where you can sketch out where you want the symbol on your driveway by e-mailing David Cordaro, President of the DCHS Students for life, at davidcordaro@hotmail.com.


FREE Adoption Information Event at St. Theresa Church

One of the big events coming up on November 13, is a totally FREE event at St. Theresa’s Parish. This will be a family-friendly event, with lots of free refreshments. Speakers will give presentations on how to be able to afford adoption, each of the three types of adoption (domestic, international, and foster-to-adopt), and a panel of parents who have already adopted will answer questions and share advice on how to thrive throughout the process and post-adoption.

This event will be helpful not only for those who are considering adoption, but for pro-lifers to have a better understanding of the process. No registration is necessary - so come on Sunday, November 13, 2-4 pm at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50311) and please share this information with your friends and family! Any questions? E-mail Rachel at rachel.e.egan@gmail.com. Thank you!


Thought of the Day

(Another thought-provoking Facebook status going around)

A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said, “Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even one year old, and I'm pregnant again. I don't want kids so close together.” So the doctor said, “Okay, and what do you want me to do?” She said, “I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.” The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady, “I think I have a better solution for your problem. It's less dangerous for you too.” She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.

Then he continued, “You see, in order for you not to have to take care of two babies at the same time, let's kill the one in your arms. This way, you could rest some before the other one is born. If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is. There would be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.” The lady was horrified and said, “No Doctor! How terrible! It's a crime to kill a child!” “I agree,” the doctor replied, “but you seemed to be okay with it, so I thought maybe that was the best solution.”

The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point. He convinced the mother that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's still in the womb. We all must learn that "Love says I sacrifice myself for the good of the other person. Abortion says I sacrifice the other person for the good of myself.”


Parish Activities

Life Chain – Life Chain was a success. I heard that over 410 people participated in the Life Chain this year. That’s great! I know that at St. Theresa’s Church we had over 110 people from various pro-life groups. Thank you for coming! What was most interesting to me was that there was so much support! There might have been one or two negative responses in the hour and a half, but there were countless honks with thumbs up. So many Americans are pro-life, we just need to reach out to them and give them courage to act. Keep up the great work!

40 Days for Life is also going well! Keep up the great work! We are halfway through the 40 Days of prayer, fasting, and witness in front of Des Moines area Planned Parenthoods. Even after your church’s days are completed, please keep praying for the success of the campaign and that hearts would be changed!

IRTL Booksale – Thank you for supporting this great cause! Enjoy your new books, and the knowledge that your money is going to crisis pregnancy centers and supporting women and babies in difficult situations!


All Saints

- Diapers for Donuts event: Not as many diapers as they hoped for, but they raised $287 to go to Informed Medical Clinic. They possibly will change next year’s event to just be a free will offering. Great job guys!

- Prolife Book Drop: A resounding success! They had tons of boxes of books delivered to the IRTL Booksale!

- 40 Days for Life: They are praying each Friday.

- They have put bulletin articles about end of life issues in the bulletins this month.

Upcoming Events:

- Cake for a Cause: They are working on setting up Dessert and Prolife Conversation events where a speaker will give a presentation while people listen and have cake, a dessert wine, and possible nuts.

- Diocesan Prolife Retreat: Tentatively coming January 21st at Christ the King parish. Help out financially or volunteering if possible.

For more information, contact Geneveve Loraditch at grloraditch@gmail.com.



Christ the King

- They participated in Life Chain

- Pro-Life bulletin inserts for this month are a big hit. They included English and Spanish inserts.

- Spiritual Adoption: Soon they will begin their spiritual adoption program. To help parishioners visualize their adopted baby, they are purchasing adoption prayer cards and small baby models.

- 40 Days for Life: They will participate, and try to really involve the parish in the Lent campaign.

- Adoration Chapel near Army Post Planned Parenthood: There are plans among pro-lifers to open an adoration chapel in Southridge Mall in the near future. Once this chapel is open, they are planning on setting up a Eucharistic procession to Planned Parenthood and would like to make this procession a monthly event. More information will be coming regarding the chapel. Remember that around the country Planned Parenthood abortion facilities have closed again and again when they are surrounded by prayer power. Please pray for this project!

- Literature Rack and Parish Library: They will periodically rotate the brochures in the literature rack, and will be purchasing two copies of the DVD “Blood Money” for the parish library.

- Donut Sunday: Their committee will provide donuts for Mass soon, and pass out bookmarks and pro-life rings and bracelets for donations.

- Baby Bottle Fundraiser: They will distribute baby bottles to parishioners on the weekends of Oct 22-23 and 29-30. Participants will have until Christmas to return bottles.

- Altar and Rosary Bazaar: They will have a table at the bazaar on November 12th. They will sell craft items and Respect Life items.

- Ideas to involve more youth: A movie night for the youth group and their parents, doing a pro-life living rosary, or bringing in a representative from Dowling Students for Life group to talk to the teens were suggested.

For more information, contact Jo Chafen at JChafen@dmdiocese.org.



Holy Trinity

- Participated in Life Chain and are doing multiple prayer vigils at the Army Post Planned Parenthood for 40 Days for Life! They carpool starting at Holy Trinity.

- They are in the midst of a Diaper Drive, and are continuing their rosaries for life.

- Their group is working on promoting the pro-life message from different angles, by promoting Natural Family Planning and looking into promoting Theology of the Body at their parish.

For more information, contact Chris Lang at cedmlang@msn.com.


St. Joseph

- Congratulations to St. Joseph’s group on getting a couple new members! Keep it up! They also participated in Life Chain. Their meeting this month was cancelled because of a scheduling conflict.

For more information, contact Jill Snell at jillsnell@mchsi.com.


St. Theresa

- They participated in Life Chain and prayed for two days at the Urbandale Planned Parenthood.

- They are preparing to host the ‘For All His Children” Adoption event on Sunday, November 13, 2-4 pm, in the St. Theresa’s parish hall. Come if you can!

For more information, contact Rachel Egan at rachel.e.egan@gmail.com.


Great Ideas from the ISU Students for Life

In addition to Life Chain on campus and 40 Days for Life, the Iowa State Students for Life have many amazing projects they are pulling off. Consider doing one of their projects with your group!

- They watched the movie “Blood Money” as a group, and can show the DVD to others.

- They are creating pro-life t-shirts for the group

- Pro-Life Cupcake Day! Such a cool idea! “Cupcakes for Life is a movement designed to spark conversations specifically about the children who never get to have a birthday. In case you didn’t know, for every three children that get a birthday, one is never allowed. So we decided to do something to remember all these birthday-less children: celebrate their birthdays every year.” (http://www.cupcakesforlife.com/about-us/what-is-cupcakes-for-life/). The ISU Students for Life will pass out free cupcakes on Iowa State’s campus and and start discussions with students going to and from class.

- Flags will be placed around campus at intervals, showing lives lost to abortion.

- Tuesday, Oct. 18: They will be silent for the day and wear tape that says "LIFE" in a visible place for others to see. Hand out informational papers to curious people to explain the event. http://silentday.org/

- They are making baby baskets and handing them out to expecting Iowa State students.

- They are doing a field trip to Informed Choices Medical Clinic.

For more information, contact Kayla Wickman at kwickman@iastate.edu.



Resources for You

New ‘180’ Pro-Life Movie


Watch ‘180’ at http://www.180movie.com – An intense, but positive documentary! Watch as a Jewish man draws parallels between the Holocaust and the holocaust of the unborn today. Watch as he uses logic to persuade young people to see the inconsistencies in their anti-life positions. Warning: This video contains some strong content in regard to the Holocaust (watch first before showing it to any children or young people). This is a powerful video that could be a GREAT resource for your pro-life group to show to young people or adults to get them thinking logically about life issues.

Breast Cancer Month – Pro-Life Options to Support

From Jenifer Bowen at IRTL: Fund Safe, Life-Affirming Alternatives - The following breast cancer research organizations are safe alternatives for Pro-Life individuals to support rather than the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which supports Planned Parenthood.

Komen for the Cure says, “For our fiscal year ’09, Komen Affiliates contributed $731,000 to Planned Parenthood programs,” and “For the past five years, $3 million – went to Planned Parenthood programs from Komen Affiliates.” May 2010 - Source: ww5.komen.org

Instead Support These Organizations:

National Breast Cancer Foundation
2600 Network Blvd., Ste. 300
Frisco, TX 75034
www.NationalBreastCancer.org

Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer
PO Box 80201
Fort Wayne, IN 46898-0201
tel. 260-207-5186
www.VeraBradley.org

Breast Cancer Prevention Institute
30 Rehill Ave., Ste. 3400
Somerville, NJ 08876
tel. 1-86-NOCANCER
www.BCPInstitute.org

Free Pro-Life Images

I just found a blog called, Free Pro-Life Images, where the author regularly puts up pro-life images that you can use. Go to http://www.freeprolifeimages.net/ and subscribe to get e-mails when there is a new pro-life image. They're great ones - most of the images I've used in this month's blog have come from there! Check it out!



Pro-Life Internships for College Students

Pro-Life internships are available through Stand True! If you know of a college student or young adult looking for a resume-building internship, send them to this website:
http://blog.secularprolife.org/2011/10/awesome-internship-opportunity-and-new.html



News & Politics

I’ll try to make this into a very summarized part (I had literally 20 pages of pro-life legislation e-mails to work through). There is so much going on! Try to keep up with what you can, and keep sending e-mails to representatives and senators. The Protect Life Act has passed the House… now we need to redouble our efforts to try to get it through the more difficult U.S. Senate. Also, please sign the petition below to support the investigation of Planned Parenthood’s use of tax payer money.




Iowa Catholic Network

Update: Iowa Catholic Network now has a “Mobile Capwiz” site that is accessible from your smartphone. Just go to www.capwiz.com/iowanasccd or click on “Action Center” on our web site. There are no state alerts there right now because the legislature is not in session, but you will be able to receive action alert messages more conveniently from your phone.

HHS Health Mandate Update

Thanks for the messages you sent to the federal Health and Human Services Department regarding the new regulation on preventive services. Many thousands were sent through the U.S. bishops’ website. The regulation will require contraceptive (including some drugs that can cause abortions) and sterilization coverage with no co-pays in almost all private health plans nationwide. We don’t consider being fertile to be a disease, nor should organizations have to violate their conscience by providing this coverage. We’ll keep you posted on whether HHS takes any action to change the regulation.

Last week there was encouraging news as 28 U.S. Senators added their voices to the debate, asking that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius address their concerns. The Senators wrote that they are concerned “with the lack of due consideration given by [Sebelius] and [her] Department to the adverse impact that IOM’s recommendations would have on our core constitutional value of religious liberty,” and asked that the coverage guidelines respect “human life, individual liberties, and personal conscience.” For the full list of Senators who voiced their concerns and to read the letter, click here.

USCCB New Faithful Citizenship Document

Earlier today the U.S. bishops released a brand-new introductory note to their document on faithful citizenship. The bishops are today re-affirming the document, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” as the “continuing teaching of our Bishops’ Conference and our guidance for Catholics in the exercise of their rights and duties as participants in our democracy.”

The new website for the document is www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship.

I believe the formation of our individual consciences is critical to our involvement in the political arena. Please take a look at the document and forward this email to anyone who may be interested. Thanks for your attention.

Tom Chapman
Executive Director
Iowa Catholic Conference




Updates on National Planned Parenthood Investigation

The hard work of pro-lifers is finally paying off! This year pro-lifers have sent hundreds of thousands of messages to their elected officials demanding the defunding of Planned Parenthood, and Americans United for Life’s report, The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, has prompted Congress to officially investigate their pattern of waste, fraud, and systemic abuse. Congressman Cliff Stearns (R-FL), who chairs the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, has launched an investigation of Planned Parenthood. The question is: Can Planned Parenthood justify $1 million a day?

We congratulate Congressman Cliff Stearns for spearheading this unprecedented initiative for life. Congressman Stearns himself said: "Although Planned Parenthood is barred from using federal funds to perform abortions, these funds are fungible and allow the group to use funds from other sources ostensibly for abortions. Since the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America receives about $1 million a day in taxpayer funds, I sent a letter to the group's president requesting documents and information as we look at the organization's use of federal dollars and its compliance with various laws."

This is a critical step in holding accountable an organization that has been exposed as a billion dollar business centered on abortion and an unapologetic partner of those who exploit young girls.

Pray especially because now Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and her pro-abortion allies are trying to get the investigation of Planned Parenthood called off. Led by extreme pro-abortion Congress members including Reps. Henry Waxman (D-California) and Diana DeGette (D-Colorado), they are trying to get Representative Cliff Stearns to drop the investigation.

Pro-abortion U.S. Senators sent a letter to Rep. Cliff Stearns last week to “express our strong disapproval of your Subcommittee’s investigation into Planned Parenthood and their affiliates.” They called Rep. Stearns’ investigation into Planned Parenthood “invasive and baseless.”

The letter was sent by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), and Patty Murray (D-WA) -- Senators Mark Begich (D-AK), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Jon Tester (D-MT) are cosignatories of the letter.

To sign a petition to support investigating and defunding Planned Parenthood, and to give Rep. Stearns evidence that the American people support this, click here.

It is clear that Planned Parenthood is desperately calling-in favors and redoubling its public relations offensive to shore up its demoralized political base. This is a desperate time for the pro-abortion lobby. We can’t let this opportunity pass us by!

Let’s not for a moment forget that Planned Parenthood is not “the trusted non-profit health care provider” they want everyone to believe... This is an organization that in 2009 performed 332,278 abortions and referred for 977 adoptions - a saddening one adoption referral for every 340 abortions!

This is a HUGE thing, and pro-choice lobbyists are mobilizing quickly. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius (who we were just e-mailing about the HHS mandate last month) told pro-abortion supporters at a Chicago fundraising lunch for NARAL Pro-Choice America recently, “We are in a war,” when she discussed the Obama Administration’s efforts to continue Planned Parenthood funding.

If you can help support national pro-life groups like Americans United for Life (http://aul.org/) and the Susan B. Anthony List (www.sba-list.org), please do! While we have the momentum, we need to push forward, because Planned Parenthood has powerful friends in politics and media. So sign the petition and pray pray pray!



Legislation Would Defund UN Program Linked to Forced Abortions in China

A bill that would prevent U.S. tax dollars from funding an organization that supports coercing women to abort their children passed out of the House Foreign Affairs Committee last week. Pro-life Congresswoman Renee Ellmers introduced H.R. 2059 to prohibit funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), a move that would save $400 million in taxpayer dollars over ten years. UNFPA is both a major proponent of abortion worldwide, and an unwavering supporter of China’s coercive one-child policy. Since President Obama reinstated funding to the UNFPA in 2009, Congress has allocated $145 million in taxpayer funds to this organization.

As you know, the One-Child policy has led to forced abortions, forced sterilizations and other human rights violations in China. In fact, a recent congressional hearing led by Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) exposed the evidence of the untold numbers of women that have been brutally forced to have abortions performed on them, ending the lives of precious unborn children they desperately want to keep.

Rep. Ellmers’ bill was the winning YOUCUT entry for the first week of the competition in May, an online event sponsored by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in which taxpayers like us were invited to say what Congressional budget items they would eliminate (which means we are not alone in thinking that this should be one of the easier decisions of where to cut funding).

The majority of Americans agree: our hard-earned taxpayer dollars should not go to fund abortions overseas and contribute to human rights abuses.

Please send a prepared message to your Representative right now and tell them to pledge to support H.R. 2059 to defund the UN Population Fund of American tax dollars. To e-mail your Representative, click here.

Thank you for standing with us to defend human rights.


The Passage of the Protect Life Act in the House of Representatives
Up Next: The Senate Vote


Members of the U.S. House voted 251 to 172 (including 15 supportive Democrats) to support the Protect Life Act - a bill that addresses anti-life and anti-conscience threats in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the health care law enacted in 2010. The measure is designed to deal with loopholes in the health care law that would allow some monies to subsidize abortions. Use the SBA List Action Center to thank your Representative or express disappointment based on how they voted.

The bill now heads to the Senate where passage is deemed less likely. Last week, White House advisors released a statement saying that they would recommend that the President veto the measure should the Senate pass the bill. This would mean that the President has gone back on his word from the beginning that the health care bill would not subsidize
abortions.

Action Alert: Pray pray pray, and be ready to e-mail your Senator when the Senate is preparing to vote.


Heartbeat Informed Consent Act

The National Catholic Register, reporting on the Heartbeat Informed Consent Act sponsored by Rep. Michelle Bachmann, noted Dr. Yoest’s reaction: “This bill provides concrete, positive and effective steps for Congress to protect women’s health.” To read the entire article, click here.

Tennessee Defunds Planned Parenthood

Recently the County Commission in Shelby County, Tennessee, voted 9 to 4 to redirect $397,000 in Title X family planning funds to Christ Community Health Services instead of renewing a longtime contract with Planned Parenthood.

That means that, thanks to the hard work of the pro-life people of the state, Tennessee has completely defunded Planned Parenthood. It also means that our Scoreboard is now up to $61 million tax dollars stripped from Planned Parenthood so far this year by nine states.

Between the good news in Tennessee, the recent passage of the Protect Life Act in the House of Representatives, and the congressional investigation of Planned Parenthood, momentum in the fight for Life is clearly on our side.


UN Considers Euthanasia and New Treaty on Aging

NEW YORK, September 29 (C-FAM) The Holy See condemned attempts to inject euthanasia into the right to health, and Latin American and Caribbean delegations called for a new UN treaty at two recent UN meetings on the rights of the elderly.

At the Human Rights Council in Geneva the Holy See representative said his delegation took “strong exception” to a report at the meeting which referred to “issues of patient autonomy in respect of deciding to end life.” He urged doctors and scientists to resist “practices that shorten the life of the aged and sick, practices that would turn out to be, in fact, forms of euthanasia.”

Delegates to UN meetings grappled with the fact that the world will have 2 billion elderly people by 2050, up from 600 million in 2002. According to UN projections, the percentage of elderly in almost every country is rising faster than ever before.

Action Alert: Pray for and remember the elderly. Soon we may have to focus more of our efforts on end of life issues.


Priests for Life

There has been some controversy between Fr. Frank Pavone and the Bishop of his diocese. We pray for both them, for Priests for Life and all of its pro-life organizations, and that any issues may be resolved so that the work can progress. In the mean time, Fr. Frank has appealed to the Holy See and pro-life work continues. While Fr. Frank awaits the time when he will be back on the road and on the air, audio and videos of recent homilies and talks are available online at http://www.priestsforlife.org/fr-frank-on-the-road/index.aspx?cid=6.

Dr. Alveda King, Director of African American Pro-Life Outreach has produced a video regarding the current situation with the Bishop. The video is the featured video on their new homepage and at www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJYnctqcAo0.

Read Fr. Frank’s column on the pro-life aspects of the new USCCB document about faithful citizenship and living our faith in the political context at www.priestsforlife.org/columns/3796-a-renewed-call-to-faithful-citizenship-and-the-priority-of-life.

Priests for Life
Email: mail@priestsforlife.org
www.PriestsForLife.org

Iowans for Life

Life Chain 2011

Several hundred people participated in the annual Life Chain in Des Moines! Lining the streets of Merle Hay Road, we joined in solidarity in praying for an end to abortion in our country. Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, visited during the Life Chain to show his
support.

Iowans for LIFE Annual Dinner

Iowans for LIFE was blessed to have Melissa Ohden headline our annual dinner this past July. Melissa is a survivor of a failed saline abortion. Her story of love, forgiveness, renewal and advocacy was compelling, and left the audience with a sense of hope.

Prayer for Life 2012 - Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for the next annual Prayer for Life event. We will be having our annual event on Monday, March 5, 2012. More details will be coming out in the weeks ahead.

For more information or to donate to IFL, visit their website at www.iowansforlife.org. Thank you for your support!

Iowa Right to Life

Governor Branstad's Proclamation for LIFE!

The Proclamation signing happened on Friday, October 7, at 11:15am. This signing was held in the Governor's Formal Office at the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines.

Governor Terry Branstad has offered a Proclamation that in Iowa the first Sunday of each October will be "Respect for Life Sunday." The purpose of this proclamation is to educate all citizens of Iowa, young and old, that life is precious and should be respected.

This education will take place through the following statements:

Whereas: Life is to be respected in all stages of development beginning with fertilization and continuing to natural death.

Whereas: We shall show respect in our daily lives as we protect the unborn from the abuses of abortion. We will raise them in the traditional values that come with a traditional family

Whereas: Life will be respected in the latter years of life by having in place a continued support system which will offer them the dignity earned through years of service to family, church, community, friends and country.

Whereas: Life will be respected through the acceptance that Life is not ours to give nor is it ours to take. These are the functions of a higher being. That being is God.

Whereas: Respect for Life Sunday is a day of recognition that we were given the gift of choice not as a weapon against Life, but so that we can call upon our God and receive eternal life.


40 DAYS FOR LIFE

We are several days into the 40 Days For Life International Prayer Vigil. 52 babies have been saved! It is not too late to join us on the sidewalk. Lives are SAVED and women are spared from a lifetime of pain when we simply show up and pray. Many cities in Iowa are praying on the sidewalks outside their local Planned Parenthood. Learn more or sign up here: www.40daysforlife.com/iowa.

The October Iowa Right to Life News is now available on-line:

http://iowartl.org/files/media/PDFs/IRTL%20News_October%202011.pdf

Can't Miss Information! Please read and share with friends and family!

Read more about "Preparing for Bait and Switch with New Planned Parenthood Locations in Iowa" or why you need to "Run From Susan G. Komen." Discover "Lessons of Tolerance from the Des Moines Register's Rekha Basu." All this and more in this month's newsletter.

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For More Information:
Jenifer Bowen
Executive Director
Iowa Right to Life
515.244.1012 Office
515.419.7246 Cell
jenifer@iowaRTL.org



Hey everyone!

I hope you made it through all of the prolife legislation section. It's a blessing and a curse... There's a lot to keep track of, and a lot of messages to write (thank goodness for the prepared e-mails from AUL and SBA and Iowa Catholic Network!), but at least that means the issues are being talked about. And with Planned Parenthood being officially investigated, more people in the general population may see through their public relations front. Please pray hard, send your e-mails and petitions, and continue to also make a difference to individual moms and babies directly affected by abortion.

God bless you and your work!

Always,
Rachel : )

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ready for Respect Life Month?

Are you ready? Respect Life month is coming in October, and that means there are several very unified Pro-Life events coming up. I will be summarizing all of the parish pro-life groups activities this month by giving you details on the IRTL Book Sale, Life Chain, and the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil. It’s awesome that everyone is working together on these events to make a difference (and it makes my job pretty easy this month :)

However, you should definitely still read this blog because there are some interesting resources, some special events coming up, and, MOST IMPORTANTLY, some action is needed legislatively. The time for public comment on the HHS ruling requiring all insurance companies to cover abortifacient drugs and sterilization, ends on September 30th. If you haven't yet - tell Secretary Sebelius that the insignificant conscience clause provided is not enough! See more details below.

Please take action and pray pray pray – this is always a battle, but there is some light shining through. Now is the time to redouble our efforts, and win the fight!




SAVE THE DATE
Mark your calendars for big pro-life events later this Fall.

1st Respect Life Retreat Day

The diocese’s first Respect Life Retreat Day will take place on November 12th, 2011, at Christ the King Church. Reserve the date and time of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, although it will probably be shorter (details are still being finalized). Then Monsignor will talk and conduct Mass at 5:00 pm.

This day will be for you and your pro-life group to get new ideas and be renewed, and invite others to learn more about pro-life topics. I hope you can attend. More details to come in future blogs…


FREE Adoption Event

One of the big events coming up on Sunday, November 13, is a totally FREE event at St. Theresa’s Parish. This will be a family-friendly event, open to anyone and everyone, with lots of free refreshments. Speakers will give presentations on how to be able to afford adoption, the three types of adoption (domestic, international, and foster-to-adopt), and parents who have already adopted will answer questions and share advice in a parent panel.

This event will be helpful not only for those who are considering adoption, but for pro-lifers to know more about the process. So come on Sunday, November 13th from 2-4 pm at St. Theresa’s Parish Hall (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, IA 50311) and invite your friends! Please help spread the word!


Now…The Big Three for Respect Life Month!
Align Center

Going on NOW! The IRTL Pro-Life Book Sale

This pro-life book sale offers its proceeds to assist crisis pregnancy centers in Iowa. Remember to go to the NEW location! There are thousands of used books, home school material, DVDs, CDs, videos, and much more – all at recession friendly prices! [I highly recommend this – each Fall and Spring you can find my family and I at the book sale adding to our collection of children’s books at 50 cents a book!]

The Fall IRTL Book Sale – NEW LOCATION!
September 27-October 1, 2011
Jordan Park Camp Building (Just west of the Historical Jordan House)
2251 Fuller Road, West Des Moines, IA 50265

Hours:
Opening Night, Tuesday, September 27, 4:00 pm -9:00 pm
Admission: Adults $5.00 (To use a book scanner $10.00) Children 17 and under FREE

Free Admission All These Days:
Wednesday, September 28: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday, September 29: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday, September 30: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
Saturday, October 1: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm



Life Chain: Sunday, October 2, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Join pro-lifers from Central Iowa for the twenty-second annual Life Chain on Sunday, October 2nd from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. We will take a peaceful, prayerful stand for the life of preborn children. We will line Merle Hay Road, as we spend the time in prayer and a silent, but visible, witness for life. Parking and signs will be available at First Assembly of God Church - 2725 Merle Hay Road. We pray for sunny skies, however Life Chain will take place regardless of the weather conditions. Stand with us as we give glory to our Creator and thank Him for the lives of the born and the preborn!

[The Life Chain extends all the way down Merle Hay Road to St. Theresa’s Parish at 1230 Merle Hay Rd. Des Moines, IA 50311 – at the intersection of Merle Hay Road and University. The St. Theresa’s Pro-Life group meets there for Life Chain, and there are plenty of parking spots and signs there also. Last year we were joined by the Basilica’s Pro-Life group, and the Dowling Catholic Students for Life group. Feel free to join us!]


40 Days for Life

The fall campaign for 40 Days for Life begins this week, and it's going to shatter all records! From Wednesday, September 28 through November 6, 40-day campaigns of prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach will be held in ...... 301 cities ... all across the United States plus Canada, England, Spain, Australia, Argentina and Germany. Four dozen of these locations are launching their first ever 40 Days for Life campaigns! Amazing!

And, as we all prepare to pray and fast, stand vigil and conduct grassroots outreach together, there is BREAKING NEWS that shows -- with God's abundant grace and blessings -- what could happen in your community. Since the last 40 Days for Life campaign ended, two more abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have been conducted are closed! This makes SIXTEEN abortion centers where 40 Days for Life vigils have occurred that have shut down. To God be the glory!

Take a Stand for Life

While all aspects of 40 Days for Life are crucial in our effort to end abortion, the most visible component is the peaceful prayer vigil outside the local abortion or Planned Parenthood facility. Make a life-saving impact by joining the vigil at one of the four local Planned Parenthood’s who participate in chemical and/or surgical abortions:

Planned Parenthood Rosenfield Health Center 1000 E. Army Post Road Des Moines

Planned Parenthood Ankeny Health Center 704 N. Ankeny Blvd. Ankeny

Planned Parenthood Susan Knapp Health Center 2304 University Avenue Des Moines

Planned Parenthood 10534 New York Avenue Urbandale

Sign up to participate in our local 40 Days for Life vigil by clicking the "Vigil Schedule" link at the top of this page. www.40daysforlife.com/iowa/

Action Alert: As you prepare to help with 40 Days for Life, think about how your group can be most effective and most visible. When you are filling up your prayer schedule, try to prioritize day hours when Planned Parenthood is open and people are driving by.


News & Resources

Thought of the Day

Chaunie Brusie, from Feminists for Life, posted this on Facebook: "Being a young mom means we met a little early, but I get to love you longer. Some people said life ended when I had a baby, but my life had just begun. You didn’t take away from my future you gave me a new one."



Permanent Prayer at Planned Parenthood

Some people in Des Moines commit to regular prayer hours outside Planned Parenthood even in between 40 Days for Life campaigns. Please let me know if you know the times and locations these people meet, so that I can record the information so others can join them.

I was told recently, that on Mondays there are always people who pray in front of the Urbandale Planned Parenthood from 12-1 pm. Consider joining them. Any info about other prayer warriors? Let me know!



The Gabriel Project

Several of the Des Moines parishes are “Gabriel Project” churches who work with pregnant women to give them practical help so they can keep their baby and thrive as a new family.

Gabriel Project always needs volunteers to:

- Help with the phone calls as a telephone responder
- Be a helping mom/"angel" to the pregnant soon-to-be mother
- Be a helping father/"Michael" to these women
- Join our fundraising team — we always need baby items and funds
- Join our Board or Committee

If you would like to volunteer or if you would like to donate to the Gabriel Project (baby items and/or cash), please contact them by calling 515-284-LOVE (5683) or by visiting their Facebook page.


New York City Abortion Rate 41%

This is a website made in reference to the shocking 41% of pregnancies that end in abortion in that city. After thorough research, they created a map of all the neighborhoods and their abortion percentage. The highest is Manhattan's Chelsea, with 67%. So incredibly sad... http://nyc41percent.com/



Action Needed Now

Legislative Action Needed Now – We have until September 30 to comment on this flawed legislation and make a change! Send the prepared e-mail at the link below.

Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

As we enter the last couple weeks of summer, we are engaging the federal issue of conscience protection. Here’s the latest ...

You may recall that a new mandate from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will require contraceptive and sterilization coverage with no co-pays in almost all private health plans nationwide.

This is problematic from a couple of perspectives: first, the mandate covers drugs which can cause abortions -- in other words, it’s not just about birth control – and second, the exemption for religious employers is so narrow it would not include Catholic hospitals or
Catholic Charities. This poses a serious challenge to religious liberty.

Just to be clear, with this mandate the average person will still have co-pays for cancer treatments, while the wealthy can receive "free" sterilizations. Measures that actually prevent and treat disease, such as Pap smears, are getting caught up in this controversy.

HHS is taking comments from the public on the mandate until Sept. 30. We hope you will ask HHS to reconsider. The best way to do this is to go to http://actions.nchla.org/link/target/nchla/QQJ32Jbg.aspx and send their prepared e-mail.

There is also a link where you can easily send a message in support of the “Respect for Rights of Conscience Act,” which would address this problem through an act of Congress. Ask your representatives to co-sponsor this bill that would more thoroughly protect the rights of providers to act according to their conscience. Tell your representatives to safeguard the ideal which Thomas Jefferson described as the most “dear” provision of the Constitution, “protect[ing] the rights of conscience against the enterprises of civil authority.”

Thanks for everything you do in support of life!

Iowa Institute for Social Action - Very Pro-Life Theme

The 18th Annual Iowa Institute for Social Action will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Patrick Church, Iowa City. The theme is: “Respect for Life and Dignity of the Human Person: Basis of All Social Concerns.”

The keynote speaker will be Helene E. Paharik, MA, Director of the Department of Human Dignity of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. The purpose of this year’s presentation is to bridge the gap that sometimes exists between our “social justice” and “pro-life” efforts. Rather than
having a keynote and then a variety of breakout sessions, the entire day will be focused on this topic.

Helene describes the purpose of her presentation being “to share with colleagues a vision and a hope of the Church promoting the dignity of the human person as one body united in love … the respect for life and the God-given dignity of the human person is a fundamental belief and basis for all of the social doctrine of the Catholic Church.”

The event is sponsored by the Catholic dioceses of Iowa and the Iowa Catholic Conference. You can go to www.iowasocialaction.org for a downloadable brochure and to register. The registration fee for the day is $25 ($10 for college and high school students). You can also see the Iowa Institute for Social Action’s page on Facebook.

Faithful Citizenship

Going into the presidential election cycle, the U.S. bishops are preparing an update of their statement on responsible citizenship and politics, called “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” During the summer and fall I often present workshops on “faithful citizenship” in parish settings or for other Catholic meetings. If you’re interested in such a presentation let me know.

Tom Chapman
Executive Director
Iowa Catholic Conference


Good News

We so often hear about bad things going on in politics that we have to do something about right now...but there are good things happening too! So take heart at some recent political victories!

Congress Passes and Obama Signs Historic Protections for Human Embryos

Americans United for Life celebrated late Friday the quiet passage of the “Weldon Patent Ban” that was quickly signed into law by President Obama. It marked one of the first times in U.S. history that a major pro-life rider has been codified. The ban makes permanent the protections of the Weldon amendment, an existing pro-life policy rider that ensures the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) does not issue patents that are “directed to or encompassing a human organism.”

“Human kind should not be for sale at any state of development,” said Dr. Yoest. “Making permanent this important pro-life policy to ensure human organisms are never patented is a notable victory for Americans who believe that human beings -- regardless of their stage of development -- are not considered property to be licensed for financial gain.

Washington Post Bemoans “Virginia’s Abortion End Run”

“Safe, Legal and Rare” has been the mantra of the abortion lobby for years in their effort to normalize abortion throughout American culture. Ironically, the choice to highlight “safe” when in comes to abortion clinics has produced growing bipartisan agreement across the country, as legislators have turned their attention to horrific conditions inside of some abortion clinics.

Consider recent events in Virginia where Gov. Robert McDonnell (R-VA) and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II have worked to ensure that if Virginia abortion clinics don’t meet the highest medical standards, the doors will be shut.

New regulations “are likely to result in the closure of many or most of Virginia’s 23 abortion clinics,” bemoaned editorial writers at the Washington Post. The regulations would require clinics to meet construction and design standards intended for medical facilities such as hospitals. Rather than celebrating the fact that Virginia legislators want women to get good medical care, the Washington Post editorial writers complained that “poor African Americans and Hispanics” might have fewer abortions.

“Everyone should be able to agree that American women should not be forced to endure care in substandard medical facilities,” said Dr. Yoest. “Virginia is leading the way in protecting the lives of women.” AUL has long championed model legislation to better regulate the facilities in which women receive the outpatient medical surgery of abortion.

Alabama Supreme Court Gives Legal Recognition to the Unborn Child

In a unanimous decision last week, the Alabama Supreme Court expanded legal protections for the unborn child when it ruled that Alabama’s wrongful death statute applied to the unborn child at any stage of development. For expectant parents, this means that a person can be tried civilly for the death of an unborn child even when that child cannot yet live outside the womb.

This decision makes Alabama the tenth state to specifically permit wrongful-death actions pre-viability. This is a huge victory for the legal recognition of the unborn child, as the Alabama Supreme Court has recognized the personhood of the unborn child under the State’s civil law.


Be Aware of This

After victories around the country where individual states decided to defund Planned Parenthood, several have been politically threatened or their decisions overturned by pressure from President Obama's Administration. Since politicians pledge to be representatives of the people, we should pay attention to this and let them know we are not pleased.

Recently President Obama addressed Congress and the American people to lay out his latest plan for job creation. But actions speak louder than words, and President Obama seems to care most about a few jobs: those at Planned Parenthood.

Just last night, the Obama Administration granted a $1 million non-competitive contract to Planned Parenthood, superceding the New Hampshire Executive Council's decision to avoid funding Planned Parenthood with taxpayer dollars. As Senator Kelly Ayotte commented, “New Hampshire’s Executive Council has spoken on this matter, and the (Obama) administration should respect the state’s right to make this decision.” Once again, President Obama has shown he will support Planned Parenthood, a significant political ally - even if it means thwarting the will of the people.

During the federal budget battle, President Obama and select Senators nearly shut down the federal government to protect Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer-funded handout.

After the Indiana legislature courageously defunded Planned Parenthood, the Obama Administration told the state that their law was illegal, and they are now threatening to cut off billions of dollars in Medicaid funding to the state if the decision is not reversed.

Planned Parenthood is taking their lawsuits in Indiana, Kansas, and North Carolina to Obama-appointed judges in an effort to get their taxpayer funding restored.

Please consider doing three things: educate yourself and your friends and family, be active in politics by e-mailing or calling local and national politicians, and pray for the pro-life fights going on in these states.

With you in this fight for Life,
Marjorie Dannenfelser
President, Susan B. Anthony List
www.sba-list.org


Iowa Right To Life

(IRTL's most recent news - a passionate response to Joy Corning's
letter to the editor in The Des Moines Register).

Des Moines, Iowa-September 23, 2011-It would be remiss of us to allow Joy Corning's letter to the editor in The Des Moines Register yesterday which she said is to "quell misconceptions about Planned Parenthood" to go unchallenged.

Pro-lifers can agree with one thing Corning says: "Sometimes we humans avoid facing facts that should shed light on topics we have opposed because of tradition and orientation." How else could one explain how Planned Parenthood apologists turn a blind eye to overwhelming facts that Planned Parenthood hurts women more than it helps?

Corning stated Planned Parenthood's abortion services are "less than 2 percent of services provided."

This begs the question: Is Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's current Medical Director Dr. Jill Meadows a specialist in HIV or other STD testing? Is she a specialist in cancer screenings? No. Dr. Jill Meadows specializes in late-term abortions, as does LeRoy Carhart.
Her grisly methods of dismembering babies without anesthesia are well documented. (Please see Iowa Right to Life News, September 2011, which can be found at:
http://iowartl.org/irlc/what-s-new/irtl-newsletter).

Planned Parenthood counts every condom as a "service" in order to downplay its abortion business. That's why it claims "less than 2 percent."

Corning stated, "More than 97 percent of the services Planned Parenthood provides are prevention services that help women, men and families stay healthy."

It's time to end the misconception that Planned Parenthood is about "prevention." The truth is, Planned Parenthood's Education and Contraception feed its profitable abortion business. The numbers don't lie. Planned Parenthood's abortions are increasing exponentially in Iowa.

Planned Parenthood's Contraception Programs fuel their abortion business.

One would think contraception prevents unwanted pregnancy. Right? Yet 54%of women having abortions used contraception that month, according to Planned Parenthood's research arm, The Guttmacher Institute.

Planned Parenthood gains financially by giving women a false sense of security. The more condoms Planned Parenthood gives out, the more birth control pills it provides, the more inter-uterine devices Planned Parenthood implants in women (and we should add, teens, without the knowledge of their parents), the more its abortion business will increase. Planned Parenthood can never claim its "prevention services" reduce abortions in Iowa, because Planned Parenthood's abortion business has been growing steadily.

As stated above, Planned Parenthood counts every condom as a "service" in order to downplay its abortion business. That's why it claims "less than 2 percent."

Corning stated Planned Parenthood placed nine babies in adoptive homes in one year.

It's stunning that Corning would see that as a bragging factor, when Planned Parenthood kills more than nine children in a few hours at a single location. Planned Parenthood in Des Moines on Army Post Road, kills as many as 30 children in one day.

Corning stated, "Planned Parenthood prevents those untold, undocumented, unsafe and often disastrous self-inflicted or unprofessional abortion attempts."

Just a few years ago, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's former Medical Director Dr. Meryl Severson almost killed a woman at a Planned Parenthood in Lincoln, NE, because he punctured her uterus and she lost 80 percent of the blood in her body. When the woman later sued, Planned Parenthood attorneys said in court. "The woman was well aware
of the risks associated with the procedure before it was performed on her at the Lincoln clinic this summer."

Planned Parenthood has a history of botched abortions and cover-ups from sea to shining sea. Planned Parenthood is the new back alley.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland's current abortions by webcam, where a doctor is not there to examine the woman in person, show even greater disregard for women's safety. With the webcam abortions, women take the first drugs to kill the baby at Planned Parenthood and then they take a second set of drugs at home that expels the baby - so women are forced to deal with the blood and the dead baby at home - alone. In addition, Planned Parenthood goes against FDA protocol and offers women a cheaper set of drugs that allows Planned Parenthood to make more money.

Corning stated Planned Parenthood's founder, Margaret Sanger "held some viewpoints that did not survive our ongoing tests of justice and liberty."

Talk about jumping the shark. This shows Planned Parenthood's incredible ability to push euphemism to new lows. Margaret Sanger was a proponent of the Eugenics movement. She wanted to purify the human race through birth control, sterilization and abortion. In writings and lectures, Sanger dehumanized the poor and disabled as "human weeds," "parasites," "defectives," "mistakes" and "a dead weight of human waste."

Sanger thought parents should be required to submit an application to the government in order to have a child. How can Corning possibly classify Sanger as for a woman's right to "control her body and the ability to decide when, or whether to have a child?"

It's time to stop the lies. Planned Parenthood is not about prevention. All of Planned Parenthood's services fuel its profitable abortion business. Planned Parenthood hurts women, hurts families, hurts communities and kills our unborn children.

For More Information:
Jenifer Bowen
Executive Director IRTL
515.419.7246 Cell
jenifer@iowartl.org



Priests for Life

Below you’ll find some updates about some of our recent Priests for Life activity. Thank you for being involved.

We are working out all the misunderstandings with my bishop here in Amarillo. As we do so, I’m amazed at how many people think they know more about the situation than I do, and pontificate on blogs and websites all over the place. Get accurate information at
www.priestsforlife.org/update.

I also encourage you to: Keep focused on the work and the projects. Forward we go, to victory for the unborn!


Silent No More Spokespersons Gather

Key women from the Silent No More initiative met at the Priests for Life headquarters to plan for the Fall. This included Dr. Alveda King, actress and author Jennifer O’Neill, recording artist Kelly Clinger, and Julia Holcomb. These women gathered this week with Campaign founders, including Janet Morana (Executive Director of Priests for Life), and the team to make plans for the March for Life and West Coast Walk for Life. Get more information and share stories at www.SilentNoMoreAwareness.org

Missionaries of the Gospel of Life

On October 22, 2011 in the Dioceses of Harrisburg, PA, several people will profess their promises as “Missionaries of the Gospel of Life.” This program, developed by Fr. Frank Pavone and the Priests for Life Pastoral Team, teaches people the spirituality of pro-life activity, based on the teachings and example of Blessed John Paul II, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, and Cardinal John O’Connor. Those making promises pledge to live this spirituality for their whole life, in a manner consistent with their own vocation and in conjunction with the local pro-life activities in which they engage. There are Missionaries of the Gospel of Life in over 1000 cities worldwide. For more information, visit
www.MissionariesoftheGospelofLife.org



Rachel's Vineyard - Post-Abortive Healing

Learn more about this activity that corresponds to Pope Benedict’s pastoral concern for those wounded by abortion. Help us spread Rachel’s Vineyard’s post-abortion ministry to countries throughout the world. The program's spiritually healing techniques, which Theresa Burke and her husband Kevin have developed, are so effective that almost half of all Rachel’s Vineyard retreats are run by a diocese here in the United States as the official post-abortion outreach.

Dr. Theresa Burke, the founder of Rachel’s Vineyard, has been expanding Rachel’s Vineyard ministries around the United States, and internationally into Italy, France, Belgium, and Austria where abortion has done so much damage.

At a retreat in Vienna, many students were grieving siblings who were aborted. A number of them said that their mothers had aborted every baby except them, and they recognized the survivor syndrome inside themselves. A priest called upon his six aborted brothers and sisters to spiritually join with him as partners in his ministry and to pray together for their mother.

A student from China talked about how he was hidden after birth because of that country’s diabolical “one child policy.” For eight years he “did not exist” according to the state. He could not attend school or be seen until they moved to a new town and he finally entered school at the age of nine.

The devastating perfectionism of the “wanted child” was also readily apparent as a number of students learned how the world only accepts “perfect” babies. Those with any “defects” are killed the minute they are born.

As you can tell, the ripple effects of the abortion culture run deep.

People are also trying to bring Rachel’s Vineyard to eastern Europe and China. There is a lot of work for us to do. For in spite of the fact that we are now active in 35 countries, it’s not enough.

Thanks to you, while the People of Life continue to fight to end abortion, we are also making sure that we do not leave the wounded and lame behind. Thank you again for your loving support. And may God bless you.

Sincerely yours in the Lord of Life,

Fr. Frank Pavone
National Director, Priests for Life and Gospel of Life Ministries
Pastoral Director and Chairman, Rachel’s Vineyard


Hope you enjoyed this month's post, and can get fired up for October's pro-life activities. May God bless your work! Ok, so now you can stop reading, and go head straight to the Pro-Life book sale! I'll see you there!


Always,

Rachel Egan :)