Sunday, December 30, 2012

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas blessings to you and your families! Here is the pro-life update for the month, with lots of fun and informative activities coming up in January. Get details below for the annual Respect for Life Mass, this year at St. Francis Parish, a Midwest March for Life at the State Capitol Building, and pro-life fundraisers… Who knew enjoying frozen yogurt could support pro-life work?

January will be here soon, and it is a special pro-life month. Please share the information about these events with your friends and family and choose to attend (at least) one of these opportunities.


Inspirational Video About Adoption

Adoption is something that is close to my heart, and should be to all pro-lifers. If you go to one blog link today, go to this one strictly for pleasure. It will lift you up, and you’ll be glad you did!





Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Fundraiser for Students for Life Clubs – Let your friends in Ames know!

On Wednesday, January 16, 2013, 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm, join Iowa State and Simpson College Students for Life Clubs at the Ames Orange Leaf! Enjoy your favorite frozen yogurt flavor while supporting these great clubs! 10% of the total profits go to the pro-life clubs!

Des Moines Annual Respect Life Mass

The annual Respect for Life Mass will be held on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:00 pm at St. Francis Parish in West Des Moines. Everyone is invited, and the March for Life participants will get a special blessing from Bishop Pates. There will also be a reception with refreshments after the Mass.



Midwest March for Life

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, there will be a Midwest March for Life here in Iowa! For decades there has been the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. commemorating the dreadful Roe v. Wade decision. In recent years, the West Coast began their own March for Life. Now it’s OUR turn!

Join us at the Iowa State Capitol building for the Midwest March for Life on Saturday, January 19th at 11:00 am.

Following the march, at 12:00 pm there will be a luncheon program, “The Roe v. Wade Effect.” This will be at the Grand Ballroom of the Iowa Events Center, located at 730 3rd Street in Des Moines.

Governor Branstad and Bishop Pates will serve as co-leaders of the Midwest March for Life! Special speakers will also include:

Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
Sue Thayer, Former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Clinic Manager
Rev. Keith Ratliff, Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church
Pastor Al Perez, Miracle Life Family Church
Tamara Scott, Concerned Women for America, Republican National Committeewoman of Iowa
Troy Newman, Pro-Life Nation
Jenny Condon, Clinic Manager, InnerVisions HealthCare
Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life

Prayer and Healing Service 4:00 - 5:30 pm

As so many women and men are in need of healing from the wounds of abortion, pastors and prayer leaders will be on hand to help those who are struggling with the aftermath of the decision they or a loved one have made. For confidentially purposes of those needing prayer support, this will not be held at a publicly disclosed location. Call
877.595.9406 or 515.244.1012 for more information on this service.

Reservations are requested for attendance at the Roe v. Wade Effect luncheon program. A free will offering opportunity will be presented to help defray costs of the Midwest March for Life and luncheon. Please make your reservations by January 15 to ensure enough food. To RSVP or with any questions, please contact Paula Brown at 877.595.9406 or outreach@iowaRTL.org.



Iowa Right to Life - Lunch and Learn Opportunity
Tuesday, January 15th, 11:30am-1:00pm

IRTL is excited to launch this bi-monthly opportunity!  Bring your lunch and enjoy hearing the latest Pro-Life news, speakers and movies. We will meet on the third Tuesday of every other month.

On January 15, we will watch and discuss the powerful, Pro-Life "180 Movie." Join us at the new Professional Educators of Iowa Conference Center, 974 73rd Street, Suite 13, Windsor Heights, Iowa. To sign up e-mail iowa@iowaRTL.org.



Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting Recap


Gabriel Project Report

Mrs. Sharp reported on how God is working through the Gabriel Project, and God has been showing His will that He wants this work to keep going strong. Gabriel Project has been very busy this year, and would love to have volunteers to answer the phone or to be “angels” who work one-on-one with a mother, supporting her through her pregnancy and beyond. If you are interested in finding out more about volunteer opportunities, you can call the Gabriel Project phone line at 515-284-5683. Please consider getting involved with this practical and life-giving ministry.

Pray for the March for Life Pilgrimage

Please keep the 11 buses of Iowans and high school youth who are attending the Washington D.C. March for Life in your prayers. The march will take place on Thursday, January 24 - Sunday, January 27, 2013, for the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision.


Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 5th at St. Pius X Parish at 6:00 pm.



Pro-Life Victory in Illinois

After seven years in court, the decision by the Illinois Attorney General not to file an appeal in Morr-Fitz v. Quinn means that Illinois pharmacists and pharmacies cannot be forced to dispense life-ending drugs against their constitutionally guaranteed freedom of conscience. This is a huge victory for freedom of conscience. Americans United for Life attorneys have been engaged in the case since 2005, defending the freedoms of pharmacists Luke Vander Bleek and Glenn Kosirog, along with several rural Illinois pharmacies owned by them.

“We are delighted with the decision,” said Rienzi. “The government should not have tried to force these pharmacists out of business for their religious objection to selling a small handful of drugs.” To read more on Morr-Fitz and AUL’s efforts, click here.

More Religious Freedom Issues

On Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit will hear arguments in two more cases determining whether Americans and their employers can be forced to pay for or provide insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices against their First Amendment Freedom of Conscience. The cases in question involve plaintiffs Belmont Abbey College and Wheaton College and will be the first of more than 40 HHS mandate cases to be argued before federal appellate courts.

AUL submitted an amicus curiae brief in the case, representing six national medical organizations including the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons and the Catholic Medical Association that are concerned that the HHS mandate mislabels life-ending drugs as “contraception” and forces individuals and businesses to pay for the drugs, often in violation of their First Amendment Freedom of Conscience.



Iowans for Life

I recommend that you sign up for the Iowans for Life e-mail list here.  They send out a number of insightful articles and links from pro-life sources.


Thank you everyone for all of your efforts. I hope that you had a lovely Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior with family and friends. May we keep Jesus close to us so He can give us the strength to persevere against adversity, especially for the sake of all people affected by abortion. Keep up the great work!

Always,
Rachel :)