Closing Rally for 40 Days for Life – May 6th
Please join us for the 40 Days for Life Closing Rally on Tuesday, May 6th, from 6:30-8:30 pm. It will be at Woodland Hills Church of Christ (2484 SE 68th Street, Pleasant Hill, IA 50327).
The Closing Rally will be a celebration of the good reports that happened during the Spring 40 Days for Life prayer vigil with local and national testimonies. Over 545 babies were saved from abortion thanks to the peaceful, prayerful witness of people like you.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Gregory McKernan, DO. The topic will be the new Vitae Family Care Clinic in West Des Moines and the ability to reverse the abortion pill RU-486 if caught in time. For more information about the Vitae Family Clinic, see their website HERE. Vitae is a Latin word that means “for life,” and that value is the foundation of the practice. Dr. Gregory McKernan is a DO providing a pro-life, NFP-only family practice with OB. (From Iowa Right to Life).
Pray for Priests for Life HHS Mandate Case – May 8th
Priests for Life and the Archdiocese of Washington will be together in Court against the HHS Mandate on Thursday, May 8. Please pray during the rally for religious freedom in front of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on May 8, from 9-11am. Go HERE for more information and to see how you can help spread the word. (From Iowans for LIFE).
New Pro-Family Movie: Moms’ Night Out – May 9th
From the makers of pro-life hit “October Baby,” comes a pro-family movie that I have only heard good things about from so many sources. It has a star-studded cast of Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Trace Adkins, and Patricia Heaton and looks amazing! I laughed out loud even just watching the trailer. For anyone who is in the middle of family life with small children or remembers what that was like, I believe you will enjoy this movie. It comes out in theaters on Mother’s Day weekend – check it out!
See the trailer HERE.
Ruth Harbor Walk for Life – May 10th
Ruth Harbor is a home located in Des Moines that provides a safe place where young women who are facing unplanned pregnancies can stay and find the support they need. Ruth Harbor provides housing, education, counseling, health care, parenting training or adoption assistance, spiritual support and more for the duration of their pregnancies.
The Ruth Harbor Walk for Life is a walk where you can show support and fundraise for the home and for the young women and their babies who stay there. On Saturday, May 10th, at 9:30 am, people will meet at Ruth Harbor to walk 2 miles together (this is not a race though). Their address is 534 42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.
For more information about the event or to donate or register as a walker, see their website HERE.
To see an inspiring video about what Ruth Harbor does click HERE.
Pro-Life Giving In Honor of Mother’s Day
In honor of Mother’s Day, you may want to consider giving to a pro-life organization that helps mothers in crisis to have the support they need to choose life for their babies.
I have heard that InnerVisions Healthcare (a medical crisis pregnancy clinic) is doing a special activity for Mother’s Day. If you make a donation, they will send your special “Mom” a card with plantable seed paper, which will grow beautiful wildflowers when planted, along with a note indicating your gift in their honor. Simply make a donation on their website by clicking the link below - make sure to include in the "notes" section of their online form who you are honoring and their mailing address! Or you can email InnerVisions at Laura@InnerVisionsHealthCare.
You can donate to InnerVisions HealthCare HERE.
Friends of GiGi’s Playhouse Golf Outing – May 17th
GiGi’s Playhouse is a wonderful organization that “provides free programs that are educational and therapeutic in nature to individuals with Down syndrome from birth through adulthood, their families and the community.” I see this as a definite pro-life issue because we need to be supporting and valuing people who have Down’s Syndrome (they are such amazing people)!
The GiGi’s Playhouse in Urbandale will have a golf fundraiser on Saturday, May 17th, from 8 am – 3 pm at the Copper Creek Golf Course in Pleasant Hill. There will be an 8:00 am shotgun start, a raffle, prizes, a silent auction, and more. The proceeds will go to GiGi’s Playhouse in town.
For more information or to register click HERE.
Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – June 3rd
The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be on Tuesday, June 3rd at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish in Urbandale. Please attend and find out more about what pro-life activities are going on in Des Moines and how you can help!
InnerVisions HealthCare’s Annual Banquet – June 5th
You are invited to attend the Vision of Life: InnerVisions HealthCare’s Annual Banquet on Thursday, June 5th, from 5:30-8:30 pm, at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines).
The special guest speaker will be Typhanie Mahlstadt. Typhanie will share her story of hope in the midst of a crisis pregnancy. Typhanie’s family shares in her grace and joy and welcome you to hear their story.
Also hear from staff and clients about the positive impact InnerVisions HealthCare has had on the Des Moines community in the past three years as a medical clinic “dedicated to empowering women to choose life!” InnerVisions has helped more than 150 women choose life for their unborn babies.
To learn more about the banquet or to register now click HERE.
Natural Family Planning Classes – June 7th
The next three-part series of classes on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning is scheduled to begin Saturday, June 7th, from 2-4:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Urbandale. 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. Online registration is required at www.ccli.org. For more information, email Mark and Patty at email@example.com.
CCL also offers two supplementary classes designed to help couples with natural family planning during post-partum and pre-menopause. The sympto-thermal method of natural family planning uses a cross-checking system based on three signs of fertility and is 99 percent effective in postponing pregnancy when used properly. It is also highly effective in helping couples of low fertility achieve pregnancy.
For more information on the sympto-thermal method of natural family planning, visit the Couple to Couple League website HERE.
The Pill Kills National Day of Action – June 7th
This is my first time hearing about this, but June 7th is The Pill Kills National Day of Action. They would like people to peacefully and prayerfully share information about the negative health effects associated with the pill outside a local Planned Parenthood or similar abortion/contraception business or pharmacy that distributes the pill.
For information about the effects of the pill, see their flyer HERE.
To participate via social media:
- “Like” The Pill Kills Facebook Page HERE to keep up to date with all the latest news.
- Tweet and use the #ThePillKills hash tag on your social media posts and comments leading up to and especially on June 7th.
- Write, post, and blog: As many articles appear praising the pill as June 7th approaches, write articles and letters to the editor telling the truth about artificial contraception and submit it for publication. Their organization will have press releases that can be sent to local media as June 7th approaches and there are many articles on their Facebook page to give you ideas. There are also links to recent headlines and studies exposing problems with the pill and other contraceptives.
Sponsors: Pro-Life Wisconsin, STOPP of Dallas, California Right to Life Education Fund, Frontline Pregnancy Centers/Expectant Mother Care, Save the 1, Operation Rescue, Pro-life Waco, Human Life Alliance, AMEN – Abortion Must End Now, Movement for a Better America, Children of God for Life, Pro-Life Champions, Defenders of the Defenseless, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Pharmacists for Life International, and Servants of Christ for Life.
Informed Choice Walk in Ames - June 14th
On Saturday, June 14th, at 9:00 am in Ames there will be a fundraiser walk for Informed Choice Medical Clinic. Informed Choice of Iowa provides superior medical care to women experiencing crisis pregnancies. This medical crisis pregnancy clinic offers free pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD testing, counseling, support and referral for OB care and social services or for adoption services. This model is much more effective at supporting women in crisis and giving them the information and support they need so they can choose life.
The walk will take place at Ada Hayden Park (5205 Grand, Ames, IA 50010). Registration begins at 8:20 am and the walk begins at 9:00 am.
For more information, including a short video about the event and Informed Choice, see their website HERE.
Pope Francis’s Approach to Defending Life and Family Talk – June 18th
On Wednesday, June 18th, John-Henry Westen, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of LifeSiteNews.com (a pro-life news source), will be coming to speak about “Pope Francis’s love and mercy approach to defending life and family.” The talk will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines. More information will be available as the date nears.
This event is sponsored by Iowans for LIFE, the Des Moines Diocesan Office of Marriage and Family Life, and the St. Francis Respect Life Committee.
Good News – Adoption Tax Credit Passes!
“The Iowa Senate just passed the Adoption Tax Credit Bill 48-0! It now goes to Governor Branstad for his signature.
This bill, spearheaded by Rep. Megan Hess, will go a long way in helping parents with adoption expenses as it provides a $2,500 state tax credit.
A special thank you to each of you that contacted your legislators throughout the session to ensure this passage!” (From Iowa Right to Life).
Rock for Life Internship Opportunity
Rock for Life is an organization that “promotes human rights for all people, born and preborn, by engaging the culture through music and education. Rock for Life’s message is the personhood message that each and every human being is a person from his or her biological beginning.”
Rock for Life is seeking interns who would travel to many Christian Music Festivals in the Midwest and on the East Coast throughout the summer. The interns would have the opportunity to “see a lot of great bands, meet a lot of great people, camp, see the countryside, see young people convert to the pro-life truth and even see babies lives saved from abortion!” Internships could be for the full summer, one week, or anything in between.
This would be a great opportunity for pro-life students who would like to share their passion for life as well as gain valuable experience in “pro-life educating, recruitment, merchandising, management, social media, blogging, photography, video and many other skills.”
For more details about the internship and how to apply, please see their website HERE or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
They also have a great webstore with many positive, pro-life messages on shirts or merchandise (see HERE). My favorite is the “I love babies” shirt.
April now Abortion Recovery Month in Iowa
Last month, Governor Terry Branstad proclaimed April as Abortion Recovery Month in Iowa! Women deserve better than abortion. Special thanks to Governor Branstad!
Pope Francis on Our “Throwaway Culture”
“Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil right is based on the recognition of the first, fundamental right, the right to life, which is not subject to any condition, of a qualitative, economic, and certainly not of an ideological nature.
Just as the commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ places a clear limit guaranteeing the value of human life, today we must also say ‘No to an economy of exclusion and inequality.’
This economy kills… Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded.
We have created a ‘throwaway’ culture which is now spreading. In this way, life too is discarded.”
- Pope Francis speaking to the Italian Movement for Life recently.
I hope that this has been helpful! God bless you and all your work for love of life!