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

View the movie trailer here:

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 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

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.

Iowa Catholic Conference Legislative Network

USCCB Bishops Update Website

The 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 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

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!

Rachel Egan