I hope that this summer you can be inspired and renewed and find that joy as you attend some of the pro-life fundraisers and presentations going on around Des Moines! And thanks for remembering to pass this information on to your friends and family!
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
June 7th is The Pill Kills National Day of Action. Cosponsored by 51 organizations in 20 states, "The Pill Kills" campaign encourages peaceful protests and prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood facilities and other venues that dispense contraceptives.
"The pill was the lifelong dream of Margaret Sanger, developed and deployed by Planned Parenthood through its benefactors as an integral tool in the war on women and babies," said Rita Diller, director of American Life League's The Pill Kills effort. "While Planned Parenthood is making millions annually selling contraceptives and abortions, it spins out propaganda at a dizzying rate to convince girls and women they cannot live happy, productive lives without putting the dangerous hormonal steroids classified as Group 1 carcinogens into their bodies day after day."
For more information about The Pill Kills campaign, visit www.thepillkills.org.
Join The Pill Kills National Day of Action across the nation on June 7th:
•SPREAD THE WORD- 'Like' the Pill Kills Facebook page and post "The Pill Kills" announcements on your Facebook page, Twitter and other social media and invite others.
•TWEET - Join the American Life League Twitterstorm on June 5th all day and Tweet and use the #ThePillKills hash tag on all of your social media posts and comments leading up to the June 7th event! Follow the campaign on Twitter.
•WRITE & POST "danger of contraception" articles on social media and submit them to other media outlets.
•PLAN AN ACTION- Visit your local Planned Parenthood or even a local pharmacy. Pray and hand out information to the public on the dangers of the Pill - ALL has 'The Pill Kills' signs, stickers available and downloadable handouts and talking points.
•PRAY - Organize a prayer chain or novena for the Pill Kills campaign.
For another article with more description of the harmful effects of the pill (from a different source), see HERE.
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 at 7 pm, 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.” In addition to the talk, there will also be an ice cream social. Donations are encouraged and the proceeds will benefit Iowans for LIFE.
The talk will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in West Des Moines (7075 Ashworth Road, West Des Moines). Childcare is available for the evening. Please RSVP to 515.255.4113 for childcare.
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.
Birdies for Charity Fundraiser to Benefit Iowa Right to Life – July 7-13
From Iowa Right to Life: The John Deere Classic and Birdies for Charity are raising money for local charities. You can help support the Iowa Right to Life Education Fund by making a pledge for the number of birdies that will be made at this year’s John Deere Classic PGA golf tournament on July 7-13th. Iowa Right to Life hopes to use the funds to support their information booth at Iowa State Fair to share the pro-life message with thousands.
Simply pledge one cent or more for every birdie you think will be made during the tournament. Last year, there were 2,142 birdies, so a one-cent donation would have amounted to $21.42 for the Iowa Right to Life Education Fund. In addition to pledging, you have the opportunity to guess the number of birdies made. If you guess the correct number you could win a 2014 Chevrolet Cruze.
To pledge, send your Birdies for Charity pledge form (get it HERE) to: Iowa Right to Life Education Fund, 1500 Illinois Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50314. Iowa Right to Life’s Bird number is 1761 and the donation deadline is June 30, 2014. See their website for more details HERE.
Sign Petition – Tell Google to Stop Banning Pro-Life Ads!
Please consider taking one minute to sign the petition and request that Google stop their ban of pro-life ads. According to Act Right: “Under pressure from pro-abortion rights group NARAL, Google has banned ads from crisis pregnancy groups who were bidding on abortion related keywords in order to offer an alternative. Let Google know that you oppose their banning of ads because of pro-abortion political pressure.”
Sign the petition HERE.
Webcam Abortions Stopped at Three Planned Parenthood Locations
Recently, Iowa Right to Life reported that the Urbandale Planned Parenthood location has stopped providing webcam abortions and this week they learned that "the Planned Parenthood of the Heartland webcam abortion facilities in Red Oak and Creston, Iowa, will close on June 18!" In the last couple years, "twelve Iowa Planned Parenthoods have closed for good, many of which sold webcam abortions."
Congratulations to all of the pro-life people who were part of the 40 Days for Life prayer vigil at these facilities!
Continue to Pray for an End of Webcam Abortions
On June 16th a judge will hear the oral arguments regarding webcam abortions in Iowa. Please pray and consider fasting for the judge to rule in favor of the Medical's Board's recommendation to stop webcam abortions.
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. 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.
Kansas Defunds Planned Parenthood
Kansas has recently become one of the first states to be able to defund Planned Parenthood! According to Operation Rescue, “Planned Parenthood recently dropped their legal challenge to the 2011 state law that reallocated Title X Family Planning funds to community groups that do not participate in abortion. This move allows the law to take effect, stripping Planned Parenthood of hundreds of thousands of tax dollars each year. Currently ten states have passed laws to defund Planned Parenthood, but some of those are tied up in court. Kansas is among the first states that have been freed to actually pull the funding.”
This is encouraging! Hopefully we can get to this point in Iowa someday!
Thanks for reading everyone! I hope that you have a great summer and thank you for all of the work you do for love of life!