This blog will be for both June and July, as my family continues to transition to life with a new baby. Thanks for understanding! Have a great summer!
Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting – June 7th
The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7th at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.
Also, starting at this meeting, there will be a new room location. For the rest of the year, they will be meeting in the Parish Center. The Parish Center is the St. Pius X gym and cafeteria area, and they will meet in one of the small meeting rooms to the left as you enter the main door. Go in the door that faces the school building.
InnerVisions HealthCare 5th Annual Gala – June 16th
The annual gala for InnerVisions HealthCare will take place on Thursday, June 16th from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Sheraton Hotel (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines). InnerVisions is an advanced crisis pregnancy center that offers free help to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
The keynote speaker will be Abby Johnson. Abby Johnson is a “pro-life advocate and former Planned Parenthood clinic director.” She will share her inspirational story of transformation.
For more details and to register, go HERE.
FREE Showing of Mary’s Meal “Generation Hope” Movie – June 18th
I don’t usually have room to include all of the pro-life events in the poverty area, but this is one I know about and this month there is room :) Mary’s Meals is an amazing organization, and I hope you and your family are able to come!
On Saturday, June 18th, at 10 am there will be a FREE showing of the new Mary's Meals documentary "Generation Hope." The free showing will be held in the St. Theresa Church Parish Hall (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines, 50311). Come have some snacks and watch this 30-minute, inspirational movie.
Mary's Meals is a global nonprofit that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world's poorest communities. Generation Hope is the new documentary movie which shows the extraordinary difference receiving a daily meal in school can make in the lives of children. This uplifting film introduces us to the group of young people who, having received Mary's Meals, have broken the cycle of poverty and gone on to further education or paid employment.
There will be an opportunity to support the work of Mary's Meals or give a freewill donation for the snacks. Feel free to invite others. Hope to see you there!
Pro-Life Action Alerts
Contact Congress Members about Conscience Protection Act
From Human Life Alliance:
Please contact your Congress Members and ask them to support the Conscience Protection Act of 2016. This legislation is to allow the right of conscientious objection to abortion. The bill has been introduced in both the U.S. House and Senate.
To contact your Congress Members, click HERE. Click on the orange “Take Action” box.
Support the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act
From FRC Action:
Senator Ben Sasse’s Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act (S. 2066) is designed to strengthen the 2002 Born-Alive Infants Protection Act and provide the accountability needed to actually protect and provide medical care to any baby born alive after a failed abortion.
Please send a quick, prepared message to your Senator to support the bill HERE. Click on the blue “Take Action” oval.
National & Local News
Iowa Court Rules Unborn Children Should Have the Same Rights as Born Children
“The Iowa Supreme Court hesitantly admitted last week that unborn children should have the same rights as born children in cases involving a parent’s wrongful death, World Magazine reports.
The high court handed down the decision on May 6, ruling that a little girl who was still in the womb when her father died can be awarded damages for wrongful loss of parental companionship, according to the report.”
To read the full article click HERE.
New Iowa Law Protects Women & Children
From Iowans for LIFE:
“Iowans for LIFE proudly participated in Governor Branstad's signing of HF 2386. This law allows victims of rape who become pregnant and choose life for their child to terminate their rapists' parental rights. This helps to eliminate situations in which a rapist will use their parental rights as leverage to threaten for custody or visitation rights for the child. At Iowans for LIFE, we strive to protect both mother and child.”
Also, according to Iowans for LIFE, Governor Brandstad once again proclaimed that April is Abortion Recovery month. Thank you to all of the groups who assist women who need hope and healing.
Speaking of groups who help post-abortive women, Project Rachel is a post-abortive healing resource for both women and men affected by abortion.
Catholic Charities now offers support through Project Rachel for men and women who are struggling with the effects of past abortions. Trained staff are available to provide compassionate counseling and confidential referrals to licensed therapists, support groups, and local priests trained in post-abortion counseling and sacramental Reconciliation if needed.
As pro-life people who really care about women and their babies, I recommend putting this phone number and/or e-mail in your phone, so you have it available in case you run into anyone who it could help. The Project Rachel phone will be checked daily. I believe it is a land-line phone, so make sure anyone who needs it knows that texting will not work.
If you or someone you know needs to contact Project Rachel, you can call 515-393-5230 OR e-mail email@example.com
Iowa Right to Life Update
From Iowa Right to Life:
“A few months ago, through our friends in SW Iowa, we became aware of a $5 million federal grant Planned Parenthood of the Heartland has secured. This is for the so-called 'The President's Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative.' This grant targets children from Kindergarten-12th grade in the following counties: Woodbury, Pottawattamie, Mills and Page Counties in Iowa and Dakota and Douglas Counties in Nebraska… We will continue to support in every way possible the targeted cities, Shenandoah, Clarinda, Stanton and beyond.”
Please pray for the people in the targeted areas as well as Iowa Right to Life's efforts to help.
Iowa Right to Life Final Iowa Legislative Report
“This year the Iowa House of Representatives passed a Health and Human Services budget bill with language that would have effectively defunded Planned Parenthood.” However, the Democrat-controlled Senate took this language out of the bill. The bill went to a conference committee, but the final bill “did not include defunding the abortion industry.”
Iowa Right to Life is “disappointed that the Senate refused to end the taxpayer funding of abortion providers in the State of Iowa.” They say it makes more sense to send family planning dollars to Federally Qualified Health Centers “since they have exponentially more locations and provide actual medical care without a history of fraud and abuse.”
However there is some progress since the Iowa House and Senate have agreed to double the adoption tax credit from $2,500 to $5,000. This is a great way to support and encourage adoptions!
Supreme Court Supports Little Sisters of the Poor!
“In a surprise move Monday, the Supreme Court punted on the case and, in a unanimous ruling, essentially told the lower courts to find a way to accommodate the Little Sisters so their conscience rights would not be violated. The Supreme Court sent the case back to lower courts to examine an alternative accommodation to the mandate.
The justices instructed the lower court to find tweaks in the HHS mandate to eliminate any faith-based concerns ‘while still ensuring that the affected women receive contraceptive coverage seamlessly.’”
Thanks for the prayers for them, but it’s not over yet. Keep them up!
To read the full article click HERE.
Petition to Stop the Global UN Tax
At the UN there is currently talk of a Global UN Tax. “The reason a UN Global Tax on all international financial transactions would be a bad idea is that it would create a totally independent revenue stream for the UN.” They mention this money would be used to continue to try to spread abortion on demand and undermine the traditional family.
“The UN is now funded by voluntary contributions from governments. They [governments] can always pull their funding, like the US did when the US pulled out of UNESCO for several years. A UN Global Tax would have no government oversight. The Global UN Tax must be stopped.”
If you haven’t already, please sign the petition against a global UN tax. Click HERE to sign the petition.
Prayers for Election
Pro-Life Pope Francis
“Pope Francis once again proves himself to be a powerful pro-life voice with his latest apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Latin for the ‘Joy of Love.’
The Holy Father states,
‘Euthanasia and assisted suicide are serious threats to families worldwide…The Church, while firmly opposing these practices, feels the need to assist families who take care of their elderly and infirm members.’”
To read the full article click HERE.
Thanks for all that you do to love life! God bless your work!
Rachel : )