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. Doors open at 5:30pm for complimentary appetizers. Dinner is at 6:30pm. 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.
Fortnight for Freedom – June 21st
USCCB reports: "’Freedom to Bear Witness’ is the theme of this year's Fortnight for Freedom in support of religious liberty, which will take place from June 21 to July 4. A variety of resources, also in Spanish, are available at www.Fortnight4Freedom.org.”
There are many feast days during this time of “great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power – St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, Ss. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome.” Please use this time to fast and pray for religious liberty in our country and around the world.
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. 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.
Iowa Right to Life Petition to Defund Planned Parenthood in Iowa
Please take a moment to sign Iowa Right to Life’s petition to stop tax-payer funding of abortion in Iowa. Click HERE to sign.
U.S. House Passes Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – Send Feedback to Your Representative
From Susan B. Anthony List: "As you know, this Wednesday the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36). This historic legislation seeks to save unborn children from brutally painful late-term abortions after 20 weeks, or 5 months of pregnancy.
Click HERE to see how your representative voted on the bill and send them a message of gratitude or disappointment based on their vote." (Click on the first action alert “See how your representative voted on H.R. 36” to quickly send a prepared message).
"Remember, the United States is one of only seven countries in the world that allows these gruesome late-term abortions now, and that list includes the oppressive regimes of North Korea and China."
According to the Iowa Catholic Conference: The U.S. House voted to disapprove of the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA). RHNDA would force religious institutions, faith-based organizations, and pro-life advocacy organizations to hire or retain employees who publicly act in defiance of the mission of their employer. (It was good that the House attempted to stop this threat to religious liberty).
Sadly, the U.S. Senate chose not to address the measure by the end of the congressional review period and so RHNDA has taken effect.
Inspirational Way to Support Homeless Pregnant Women
This LifeNews article shares the way that a photographer, Keri Vaca, volunteers to support homeless pregnant women by offering them beautiful maternity photos. See the brief article (and some of her pictures) HERE. I hope we can find creative, positive ways to help women in difficult situations like this.
Where Do Current Presidential Candidates Stand on Life?
This Live Action article summarizes the stance on pro-life issues by the current presidential candidates. Click HERE to read the article.
Pro-Life Mother Teresa
LifeNews.com: “News reports this week indicate Mother Teresa will be canonized in September 2016 by the Catholic Church. Regardless of one’s religious views, Mother Teresa was well-respected for her courageous and forthright views against abortion. Famously, the Catholic also known for her role in helping to feed the hungry and end poverty, said that abortion ‘is the greatest threat to peace.’”
Pro-Life Pope Francis
“All life has inestimable value even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
Pope Francis (Message at Day for Life in Britain and Ireland, July 28, 2013)
Thank you for your love of life! Keep up the great work! And have a great summer!
Rachel : )
Rachel : )