Thursday, February 26, 2015

Magnificent March

I'm sending this monthly update out a few days early because I want to make sure that you know about the Skate for Life event coming on March 1st. This pro-life ice skating event and more awesome events to educate and inspire are coming up this Spring. Please pick one of two events to attend in the next few months and sign up for one of the pro-life fundraiser banquets that will be coming soon. Hope you and your families are well!



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Skate for Life – March 1st

The Dowling Students for Life group is hosting the annual Skate for Life on, Sunday, March 1st from 6-8 pm at Brenton Skating Plaza downtown (520 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines). Cost is $8 per person for ages 12 & up or $30 for a family of four or more. Skate rentals are included in the cost. The money received will go to support local pro-life pregnancy crisis centers. I hope you can make it!






The Drop Box Film – March 3rd – 5th

There is a new pro-life movie that will be in theaters for only three days. It looks really good, and I have read articles about it from Catholic Digest and from Focus on the Family. The movie is a true story about the value of life, following “South Korean pastor Lee Jong-rak and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect the most vulnerable members of society” (www.thedropboxfilm.com).

Pastor Lee set up a drop box in his house where mothers could leave babies for him to care for who would otherwise be abandoned on the streets of Seoul. This is a story of the value of life and how one person can see a problem and make a difference.   

See the documentary trailer HERE

In Des Moines the film will be showing at the Jordan Creek Theaters (101 Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines) on Tuesday, March 3rd – Thursday, March 5th. It will only be available on those days, so try to make it if you can.




Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – March 3rd

You are welcome to attend the next diocesan pro-life meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 6 pm at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale. Come to be encouraged and to learn more about positive and creative pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area.




40 Days for Life – Until March 29th

Mark your calendar for the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign which will take place from February 18th to March 29th. Bring together family, friends, and church members to be a peaceful and prayerful witness in front of abortion facilities and be there in case anyone needs help or hope. For more details, see the Des Moines 40 Days for Life webpage HERE



InnerVisions HealthCare Banquet – June 1st

Save the date for the InnerVisions HealthCare 4th annual fundraising banquet on June 1st at the Holiday Inn Des Moines Airport location. If you are interested in helping sponsor the banquet, please contact Heather Schmidt at heather@innervisionshealthcare.org. More details coming soon.




Iowa Catholic Conference Update

From the Iowa Catholic Conference:

Action Alert on Ultrasound Bill

"HF 58 would require that prior to performing an abortion, a physician must certify that the woman has undergone an ultrasound imaging of the baby and that the woman was given the opportunity to view the ultrasound image. We believe this bill could be part of a truly informed consent process for women and reduce the number of abortions." 

Take one-minute to support this bill and send a prepared e-mail to your state legislator HERE. Click on “Support Ultrasound Bill.”

Iowa Supreme Court & the Webcam Abortion Case

"The Iowa Supreme Court has set a date of March 11 to hear arguments on a lawsuit against the state Board of Medicine's rule essentially prohibiting "webcam" abortion.  In 2013 the board approved a rule that would require a physician to be physically present when abortion drugs are being provided, rather than pushing a button following a remote video consultation. A district court upheld the rule, but Planned Parenthood has appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court." 

Please pray for the Iowa Supreme Court to uphold the judge's decision to ban webcam abortions. 




Iowans for LIFE: Iowa Legislation to Support

I haven’t seen any action alerts with prepared e-mails on this topic, but Iowans for LIFE reports that there are new bills in the Iowa legislature that would provide employees a leave of absence from work due to adoption. “Most employers provide leave of absence in the case of child birth, but do not afford employees the same protection when adopting children.” If you have a chance, contact your legislators to support these bills: HF 116 and SF 225.




NCHLA Action Alert

From the National Committee for a Human Life Amendment:

The Health Care Conscience Rights Act (H.R. 940) has been re-introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Members should be urged to support and co-sponsor H.R. 940. Please click on the link below to contact your Representative today! 

Click HERE to log in, learn more, and send a prepared message.





Inspirational Video of the Month – Special Needs Prom

On February 13th, the Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored its first annual “Night to Shine” events – proms for people with special needs. They supported 44 events in three countries and over 7,000 guests attended.  

Guests were treated royally – having their make up done, receiving crowns, the red carpet, dancing, and a few lucky events received a surprise visit from Tim Tebow himself.

Here is a 3-minute video that shows a little about a “Night to Shine.” I highly recommend it. See it HERE.



Life is fragile and so special. Thanks for all you do to support life!


God bless,

Rachel  : )

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Fabulous February

I hope that your year is starting off well! It has been exciting for my family because we received some good news! We have another baby on the way! Every life is a gift, and my family and I would appreciate if you could pray for our baby (and for all unborn babies and their pregnant mamas).

There aren’t as many local pro-life events to report on this month since we just finished up several big ones in January, including an extremely successful Mass for Life and Midwest March for Life at the Capitol Building. Thank you to everyone who participated in those!

However, there are a few more pro-life events already planned for this Spring (and many more in the works), and there are new pro-life bills in the local and national legislature that will need support. Please consider signing up for the Iowa Catholic Conference action alerts below, so you will be able to send quick, prepared e-mails to your state legislators when necessary.   


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40 Days for Life – February 18th

Mark your calendar for the Spring 40 Days for Life campaign which will take place from February 18th to March 29th. Bring together family, friends, and church members to be a peaceful and prayerful witness in front of abortion facilities and be there in case anyone needs help or hope. For more details, see the Des Moines 40 Days for Life webpage HERE




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Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – March 3rd

You are welcome to attend the next diocesan pro-life meeting on Tuesday, March 3rd, at 6 pm at St. Pius X Church in Urbandale. Come to be encouraged and to learn more about positive and creative pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area.



 



Iowa Catholic Conference – Local and National Update

Iowa Legislature

According to the Iowa Catholic Conference: 

“Several bills we support have been introduced this past week, including:

·  House File 58, calling for an ultrasound to be performed before an abortion

·  Senate File 55, which would restrict funds in the Affordable Care Act from being used to pay for abortions or pay for health insurance that contains abortion coverage”

A bill that should not be supported also came up: 

“House File 65 was introduced last week in the Iowa House to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide (physician assisted suicide) for people who are diagnosed as being terminally ill. From the perspective of our religious faith, the Catholic Church supports the protection of human life from conception until a natural death. We believe vulnerable and sick people need assistance, not suicide.”

To get the Iowa Catholic Conference action alerts, so you can send quick, already prepared e-mails to your state legislators when votes are coming up, go HERE and put in your e-mail and ZIP code. 


National Legislature

Also, according to the Iowa Catholic Conference, recently the U.S. House of Representatives “approved the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion’ Act, which would codify a permanent, government-wide policy against taxpayer subsidies for abortion and abortion coverage. It also requires health plans offered under the Affordable Care Act to disclose the extent of their coverage for abortion and the amount of any surcharge for that coverage to consumers. The bill moves to the Senate for consideration.”






Gabriel Project Update

Gabriel Project Des Moines is in search of a new volunteer director. Gabriel Project is a pro-life organization that matches women in crisis pregnancy situations with “angel” volunteers who will help meet their practical needs with the organization’s resources.

Marilyn Sharp, an amazing woman, will continue to be the volunteer director until September 1, 2015, and then will transition to be an “angel” helper. The Board of Gabriel Project would like to identify someone to be the director soon so that person could be trained and ready before September. The Gabriel Project asks you to prayerfully consider this rewarding service to women in difficult situations and their babies. If you are interested or would like more information, e-mail Marilyn Sharp at dsharpie@mchsi.com.



 

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Pope Francis’s Pro-Life and Pro-Family Comments in the Philippines

Pope Francis’s recent visit to the Philippines was very special and he took time to really focus on being open to life and protecting families. To see his comments, go HERE.



Thanks for all that you do for the love of life!

God bless,
Rachel : )