National Pro-Life T-shirt Week - April 28th through May 4th
Have your family and friends join you in wearing pro-life t-shirts this week for National Pro-Life T-shirt Week. You can also enter a contest where you take pictures of people in pro-life t-shirts doing tasks listed on the National Pro-Life T-shirt Week website. Click HERE for more details.
Ruth Harbor Walk for Life – May 9th
Ruth Harbor is having its 10th annual Walk for Life on Saturday, May 9th at 9:30 am. The walk this year will be at a NEW LOCATION. Meet on the patio of the Embassy Suites Downtown for coffee and snacks. From there take a scenic walk by the river. Strollers and wheelchairs are welcome – there won’t be any steps or curbs. Make this a family activity!
This walk is to raise funds for Ruth Harbor’s services. Ruth Harbor is a Christ-centered home for young women who are alone and facing unplanned pregnancies. For their residents they provide transportation, counseling, life-skill training, support for education, employment, and more. For more about how they help young pregnant women and their babies, see their video HERE.
It is helpful for them if you become a sponsored walker. You register online and ask friends and family to support you. If you raise $250, you will receive a free 10th anniversary walk t-shirt. You can also show up that morning and write a check – my family and I did this last year, and the walk was really enjoyable. They had signs along the way where you learned more about Ruth Harbor’s work.
For more information and to register see their website HERE or e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline for Iowans for LIFE Image – May 10th
Iowans for LIFE is launching a new campaign to celebrate life and educate everyone on its value from conception to natural death, and they need your help!
From Iowans for LIFE:
“We want you to share what life means to you by sending us photos of the children, elderly, special needs people in your life. We’ll use these photos in ads and billboards around Des Moines to help show everyone that Every Life Matters! Share your photos!
Above is an example of what the ads will look like. Email your high-quality images (set your camera to the highest resolution possible) to email@example.com and let’s show the community what life is all about! The deadline for photo submission is Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10th, 2015.”
Where Hope Grows – May 15th
On May 15th, Where Hope Grows, will come out in theaters. It is a new movie portraying the positive impact that people with Down Syndrome have on everyone around them. It looks really good. Check out the trailer HERE.
InnerVisions HealthCare Banquet – June 1st
InnerVisions HealthCare will have their 4th annual fundraising banquet on June 1st at the Holiday Inn, Des Moines Airport location. Honorary co-chairs for the banquet are Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Senator Joni Ernst. The theme of the banquet is “Seeing is Believing” – that is “what happens everyday at InnerVisions HealthCare when a new mom sees her unplanned pregnancy as a gift for the first time. When she sees it – she believes it.”
You will also hear client testimonies and special guests, Julie and Derrick Tenant, sharing inspiration and hope. There will also be a live auction at the end of the night. To register, click HERE.
Next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – June 2nd
The next Diocesan Respect Life Meeting will be Tuesday, June 2 at 6 pm at St. Pius X Catholic Church (3663 66th St, Urbandale, IA 50322). Come to learn more about the pro-life initiatives in Des Moines and how you can be a part of them.
40 Days for Life – September 23rd through November 1st
40 Days for Life has just announced the dates for the Fall 40 Days for Life campaign: September 23 through November 1. Save the dates for this time of prayerful witness.
Iowans for Life Banquet – October 1st
Save the date for the annual Iowans for LIFE Banquet on Thursday, October 1st, at the Holiday Inn on Fleur Drive, Des Moines. The guest speaker will be Dr. Ray Guarendi! Dr. Ray Guarendi is the father of 10 and a Catholic clinical psychologist, author, public speaker, and nationally syndicated radio and television host. He is also one of the funniest people I have ever heard. This is definitely worth putting on your calendar.
Summer Pro-Life Internships
The organization Rock for Life has pro-life internships for the summer. Interns and volunteers travel to summer Christian music festivals where they will share the pro-life message with young people in a loving way. For more information on the summer internships click HERE.
Holy Heroes Spiritual Adoption Program
If you have children and are interested in working in ways to pray for vulnerable unborn children as a family, then you need to hear about the new Holy Heroes Spiritual Adoption program. Spiritual adoption is where you pray daily over nine months for a vulnerable unborn baby to be saved from abortion.
Holy Heroes is a business run by a Catholic family that has free programs, like Advent Adventure and Lenten Adventure, where they e-mail you short, informational YouTube videos, coloring pages, and other resources to help children grow in their faith. My family loves everything that Holy Heroes does, and we have signed up for the Spiritual Adoption program. Click HERE to see a short video that explains the program.
This FREE online program begins May 1, 2015 (the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker) and wraps up on Feb. 2, 2016 (the Feast of the Presentation). Find more information or sign up HERE.
NCHLA – Continued Help Needed to Stop Threat to Religious Liberty
Please take one minute to send a prepared message to help stop the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA) and the Human Rights Amendment Act (HRAA), which are threats to religious liberty. Click HERE to learn more on the update on the acts and to send the prepared message. Click on the first action alert: “Religious liberty under attack in the nation’s capital.”
Ruth Harbor – Seeking House Parents
Ruth Harbor, a home and safe place for women with unplanned pregnancies, is interested in hiring a house parent couple. For more information about the job description, click HERE. If you know someone who is interested, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and testimony to Info@RuthHarbor.org.
Iowa Right to Life – Prayer Requests
In April, Iowa Right to Life sent out a sheet asking for prayer for specific intentions. If you would like pray for specific, local pro-life prayer needs, their resource will get you started. Click HERE to see the prayer requests.
New Arizona Informed Consent Law About Chemical Abortion Reversals
According to Americans United for Life, “Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law a historic, first-in-the-nation informed consent bill, ensuring that women seeking chemical abortions are informed that the process can be reversed, and the life of the baby saved.
Reports show that 80 babies have been born following the abortion reversal process, with another 60 or so on the way (still in utero). That is 140 lives saved!”
It’s important that we know about this reversal process. I have heard that Dr. McKernan, from the Vitae Family Clinic in West Des Moines, is able to do this reversal process that can save a baby. You never know when you could help save a life.
Kansas and Oklahoma Pass Laws Against “Dismemberment Abortions”
According to Live Action: “Kansas Governor Sam Brownback has signed the nation’s first law banning D&E abortion procedures. These abortions are typically performed during the second trimester, and rip preborn babies apart limb by limb. This is why, across the nation, similar proposed laws are being referred to as 'dismemberment bans.'”
And according to Life News: “Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed into law a groundbreaking pro-life bill… that would ban dismemberment abortions that tear babies limb from limb. Abortion practitioners would face up to two years in prison under the legislation as well as a $10,000 fine. Both the Senate and State House supported the ‘Oklahoma Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.’ House members voted 84-2 for the bill.”
Pro-Life Event at Pope Francis Visit
When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families this September, Priests for Life will hold a special pro-life event. Anyone who is making a pilgrimage to Philadelphia should see if they can check the pro-life event out as well.
From Priests for Life: “Immediately prior to the 2015 Synod will be the World Meeting with Families in Philadelphia, from September 22-27, 2015. This event is held every three years, and this is the first time it will occur in the United States. Its theme is 'Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.'
Priests for Life has been active in all these phases of reflection, education, and pastoral initiatives, making it clear that nothing is more destructive of the family than abortion. At the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, we will host a special pro-life event on Wednesday night, September 23, from 6 to 8 pm, followed by a reception for national pro-life leaders from 8 to 9 pm. Prayer, testimony, and exhibits will mark the event, to be held in the Philadelphia Convention Center. Please mark your calendars and check for more details as we get closer!”
Thanks for all you do for love of life! God bless your work!
Rachel : )
Rachel : )