Below are local pro-life events that you can promote or participate in. Please share the information with your family and friends! Have fun!
Iowans for Life Banquet – July 27th
The guest speaker will be Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo). Bobby Schindler is the Co-Executive Director of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network which works to protect the lives of the medically vulnerable and disabled from the threat of euthanasia.
Following the tragic death of his sister, Terri, via imposed dehydration and starvation, Bobby gave us his teaching job at Tampa Catholic High School and became a full-time pro-life and disability rights advocate. Today Bobby assists families in need of legal action to prevent their loved ones from health care rationing and food and water removal. Bobby and the Schindler family continue to advocate for persons with disabilities and he works tirelessly to put an end to the growing pro-death mentality that is plaguing our nation.
Upcoming Diocesan NFP Classes
Thank you for the part you play in helping engaged and married couples learn about the health and marriage-building benefits of natural family planning!
NFP Awareness Week is July 21st-27th
Celebrate and reverence God's vision of Human Sexuality. Discover Natural Family Planning - please take this opportunity to help promote this ministry in any way that you can!
Sympto-thermal NFP Classes
The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is scheduled to begin Sunday, August 4th, from 6-8:30 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, West Des Moines. Cost is a one-time fee of $140 for all course materials, classes, one year of consultation with certified instructors, plus a one-year subscription to Family Foundations magazine. On-line registration is required at www.ccli.org.
Other CCL classes will begin locally on Monday, October 7th, and Saturday, December 7th. Check out further details on register.ccli.org
For more information, call Kerry or Renee McGuire at (515) 278-1623 or send an email to email@example.com.
Kathy Troccoli Concert for SW Iowa Pregnancy Center – August 8th
Kathy Troccoli presents a Hope and Comfort Concert Series on Thursday, August 8, 7:00pm at The Wilson Performing Arts Center (300 Commerce Drive, Red Oak, Iowa).
This evening is sponsored by the SW Iowa Pregnancy Center. Tickets are $30, with a portion of that going toward the life-saving work of SW Iowa Pregnancy Center.
Tickets are moving fast! Do not delay - purchase your tickets online now or by calling 712.623.3183.
Iowa State Fair – August 9th-18th
The Iowa State Fair is coming soon and Iowans for Life needs your help! You can provide education to over 1 million people at the fair. This year Iowans for Life will have a whole new booth with new displays. All volunteers will get free tickets that day and be trained and given all the tools needed to volunteer. You can do it!
Open Iowa State Fair booth shifts:
Friday, August 9: 9 am-12 pm and 6-9 pm
Saturday, August 10: 12-3, 3-6, and 6-9 pm
Monday, August 12: 9 am-12 pm, 12-3, 3-6, and 6-9 pm
Thursday, August 15: 9 am-12 pm, 12-3, 3-6, and 6-9 pm
Sunday, August 18: 9 am-12 pm, 12-3, 3-6, and 6-9 pm
Volunteers are also needed for the Latino Heritage Festival in Des Moines this September. If you speak Spanish please consider volunteering and invite other Spanish-speaking supporters of life to take part in this very important work.
If you are able to volunteer for either of these opportunities, please contact Maggie DeWitte at 515-201-8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Post-Abortion Healing Support Group for Men – August 12th
This group will help men to grieve their abortion losses, restore faith and trust, heal broken relationships with God and others, and find peace, closure, and new purpose. The men’s sessions begin on Monday, August 12 from 7-8:30 pm. There are nine bi-weekly sessions.
There is no cost for this group, which is hosted by InnerVisions Healthcare and Rachel's Vineyard.
Register today! To register, contact Kris Gaspari at 515-306-7838 or Jenny Condon at 515-440-2273 or jenny@innervisionshealthcare.
Next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – September 3rd
The next diocesan Respect Life meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 3rd at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale.
Pro-Life Event at ISU – September 5th
On Thursday, September 5 at 8:00pm in the Great Hall of the ISU Memorial Union, the ISU Students for Life group is hosting Catelynn and Tyler from MTV "16 and Pregnant" and "Teen Mom."
They were originally clients for adoption through Bethany Christian Services, and once they went onto MTV, they became famous. They will be speaking about adoption, and
why they chose it for their daughter, as well as the process. This event is FREE and open to the public! Please come and bring friends and family!
The ISU Students for Life will be having pro-life organizations present with tables available to set up information for students and all guests. If you are interested in having a table for your group or organization, please contact David Cordaro at email@example.com.
They are also looking for donors! If anyone is able to make a donation to help with the costs, you can also contact David Cordaro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*As a former student at Iowa State who was part of the ISU Students for Life, I invite you to find a way to be part of this. College campuses are such a battle ground to get accurate information out to students. This event will be great for getting students there who may need to hear about how adoption can be an option for themselves or friends. It’s especially great that it is free, because that is how you get students there. Please consider taking part in this!
Opening of Christ the King Parish’s Holy Innocent Garden – Tentative October
Christ the King Parish will soon have an area to pray and reflect on babies lost to abortion or miscarriage. There will be a statue of Mary holding baby Jesus and a bench for reflection.
Screening of Pro-Life Movie “Crescendo” – October 20th
On Sunday afternoon, October 20th (time TBA), Holy Trinity Parish in conjunction with Iowans for Life, will screen the 15 minute movie entitled “Crescendo.” The movie is a true story about a mother from a previous century who was pressured to abort her now famous child.
A panel discussion will follow and light refreshments will be served. One goal of the afternoon is to provide an educational opportunity for those not certain about their stance on abortion.
Pro-Life Dinner Theater Fundraiser – December 14th
On Saturday, December 14th, Holy Trinity will host an event designed to create pro-life awareness and raise funds for both Iowans for Life and Iowa Right to Life. Entitled, "Three Divas and a Guy," it will consist of a Broadway Review and a Dinner Theater (the chef will be
Fr. Michael Amadeo).
It will be a family friendly event beginning at 6 PM (after the 4:30 Mass). St. Nicholas will be the special guest. Children 10 and under are FREE; children over 10 are $5.00, and adults
Midwest March for Life 2014 – January 18, 2014
Mark your calendars now for the 2nd annual Midwest March for Life at the Iowa State Capitol building. It is certain to be even bigger than the one last year! More details will be coming soon, but for now, just saved the date on your calendar.
Annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass – January 19th, 2014
Mark your calendar for the annual Respect Life Mass. It will take place on Sunday evening, January 19th with Bishop Pates presiding (time TBA). The Mass will include a blessing for those attending the March for Life in DC. More details coming soon!
March for Life in Washington DC – January 20th, 2014
This is a pilgrimage experience that renews participants in their fight for the right to life! The trip will depart from Des Moines on January 20th. Register with Iowans for Life by Nov. 1st, 2013. More details to come.
Rally for Life – February 17th, 2014
Mark your calendars for the annual Rally for Life at the Capitol on February 17th. One of the main points of focus this year will be on euthanasia.
Wanted: Development Director to help advance the nonprofit’s mission by securing the financial resources necessary to sustain and expand the organization’s ongoing mission to empower and educate. Candidate must be an experienced fundraiser, be well connected to the Greater Des Moines Christian community and have a passion for the sanctity of life from conception to natural death. Contact Jenny to learn more at 515-440-2273 or jenny@innervisionshealthcare.
Purity Retreat: The InnerVisions purity retreat for junior high girls was a huge success! They are considering putting on another retreat for this coming Fall. The Fall retreat would NOT be an overnight retreat, but a one day Saturday retreat instead. To let them know your daughter would be interested in being there, please contact Kelly@innervisionshealthcare.
Practical help needed: Her name is Ali and she has a 2-year-old son and is 8 weeks pregnant. This woman has come so far, from being extremely abortion minded to choosing life, but she will need help.
Ali is a high school graduate and 21 years old. She has worked since she was 16 years old, most recently in security for Citigroup but now finds herself pregnant and jobless. She is very computer literate, proficient in Microsoft Office, and happy doing date entry. She is looking for a receptionist or office support position, however, she would entertain any options.
InnerVisions is helping her in many areas, but the bottom line is she needs a full-time job. If you have any ideas, please call Jenny Condon at 515-440-2273.
Iowa Catholic Conference Update
House Passes ‘Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act’
The U.S. House recently passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act by a vote of 228-196. The bill would prohibit abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
The Obama Administration has indicated he would veto the bill if it passes both chambers and its prospects are uncertain in the Senate. We’ll keep you posted as national action alerts are issued.
Proposed Rule Would Eliminate 'Webcam' Abortions
The Iowa Board of Medicine has voted 8-2 to approve a “Notice of Intended Action” to establish a standard of practice for physicians who perform chemical/medical abortions. The proposed rule would require a physician to be physically present while abortion drugs are being provided. In other words, chemical abortions initiated over a videoconference fail to meet a minimum standard of care. The rule would not interfere with other practices of telemedicine.
A public hearing on the proposal is set to take place August 28th.
Final 'HHS Mandate' Rule Released
The federal Health and Human Services Department on June 28 released the final rule on the “HHS Mandate.”
The mandate requires almost all health insurance plans to cover female sterilization and all FDA-approved contraceptives – including drugs and devices that can prevent implantation, and at least one drug (Ella) that can cause abortion after implantation. The Church objects to providing these services to its employees because it violates our moral and religious convictions. In my view the mandate prohibits the free exercise of religion as promised by the First Amendment.
The final ruling does not appear to have changed significantly, so we must continue to defend religious liberty.
ICC encourages you to contact your legislators in support of legislation that would address the problem: H.R. 940 and S. 1204, the Health Care Conscience Rights Act. Go to www.capwiz.com/catholicbishops for an action alert.
Texas Senate Passes Bill to Ban Late-Term Abortions
Even with all of the craziness, Texas was able to pass a bill that bans abortions after 20 weeks gestational age. The bill should also hold abortion clinics accountable for meeting basic health and safety standards as surgical centers, requires a doctor providing abortions to secure admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, and lastly, requires a doctor to personally administer the abortion-inducing drugs to the patient. It should dramatically improve the safety and health considerations for women in those situations.
US Bishops’ Officials Author Booklet for Blessing of Unborn Children
The new booklet, “The Gift of Joy,” has a beautiful blessing for unborn children, and it can be used in parishes. Let your parish priest know about it!
Information about the blessing is available online HERE.
Choose Life License Plates Ready!
Choose Life license plates are now ready! For those still wanting to order Choose Life plates, they are now available at all country offices across Iowa! You may also order them online HERE.
IRTL Creative Ways to Stand for Life
[Can also apply to Iowans for Life, but I saw an Iowa Right to Life flyer with these suggestions].
- Order your Choose Life License plates!
- Participate in the bi-annual 40 Days for Life prayer vigils outside of Iowa abortion clinics.
- Sidewalk counseling outside of abortion clinics year-round.
- Join the event planning team: Help plan and facilitate activities through the year such as our upcoming Midwest March for Life on Saturday, January 18, 2014.
- Volunteer at an Iowa Right to Life booth at various venues around Iowa: state fair, county fairs, church events, rallies, conventions, parades, etc.
- Actively participate in our growing social media presence – currently on Facebook and Twitter.
- Volunteer to help with the bi-annual book sale (can volunteer year-round).
- Lobbying our elected officials.
- Distribute our newsletters – online, to friends and family, co-workers, and churches.
- Serve as our church liason to your local congregation.
- Participate in college campus outreach.
- Promote and attend Iowa Right to Life’s events.
- Baby Crosses – We have hundreds of baby crosses available for churches, schools, and individuals. We recommend a large piece of land to display the crosses on as we ask you to place them like you were marking graves.
- Baby Shoe Displays – Much like our baby crosses, these shoes serve as a silent reminder to the more than 180 babies who lose their lives every hour.
Thanks for all the ways you are supporting life! Please e-mail the Iowa Right to Life office to get involved. E-mail: iowa@iowaRTL.org 515-244-1012 or 877-595-9406. Website: www.iowaRTL.org
I hope this was helpful! Thank you for all that you do, and have a great rest of your summer! Keep loving women and babies (born and unborn)!
Rachel : )