I still hope that this can be a valuable resource for learning about all the local pro-life events, ways to help, and important pro-life legislative updates and news. Moving to every other month updates, I will try to track down events further in advance to make sure you will know about them in time.
Thanks for all you do! Keep loving life!
Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting - September 6th
The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6th at 6 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). The meeting will be held in the Parish Center. Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.
InnerVisions Fundraiser Dinner Dance - September 17th
You are invited to the 5th annual dinner dance to benefit InnerVisions HealthCare Clinic. The dance will be held on Saturday, September 17th from 6:30 -10:30 pm at St. Boniface Parish (1200 Warrior Lane, Waukee, IA 50263). There will be a steak dinner, a silent/live auction, and dancing. This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. The cost is $50 per ticket or $320 per table of eight. Best of all, 100% of the proceeds go to support InnerVisions HealthCare.
Affirming Life Through Ethical Medical Research - September 17th
Dr. Alan Moy will be giving a special presentation on Saturday, September 17th from 6:30-8:30 pm. The topic will be “Offering Alternatives to Embryonic Stem Cells and Aborted Fetal Tissue.” The event will take place at St. Augustin Catholic Church (545 42nd Street, Des Moines). It is sponsored by Iowans for LIFE and the Catholic Medical Association.
According to Iowans for LIFE, after receiving advanced medical degrees, “in 2005 Dr. Moy left academia and co-founded Cellular Engineering Technology, Iowa’s only biopharmaceutical company devoted to industrial manufacturing of adult stem cells. In 2006 Dr. Moy founded the John Paul II Medical Research Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to develop adult stem cell therapies for treating diseases. Dr. Moy is an expert on industrial manufacturing of human adult stem cells and he has written and spoken on the topic of medical research ethics.”
Free Workshop to Plan Your Legacy to Support Pro-Life Causes - September 20th
On Tuesday, September 20th from 4:00 – 8:55 pm there will be a free workshop to help “provide you with basic information you can use in caring for loved ones and stewarding your charitable giving at church or to other ministries - today and in the future.”
The workshop will be held at the State Historical Building (600 E. Locust Street, Des Moines). Free parking is available in the parking ramp across the street on the north side of the building. This will be a great opportunity to learn about another way you can provide long-term support to pro-life causes.
This event is hosted by four Christian nonprofit organizations, two of them specifically focused on caring for women and unborn children: Ruth Harbor (a home for pregnant mothers), Agape Crisis Pregnancy Clinic, Hope Ministries, and Freedom for Youth. See short videos on each ministry at their website HERE. According to the website, this is not a fundraiser and there will be no soliciting.
Talks start at 4:45, with breakouts at 5:30, 6:45 and 8:00 p.m. Participants can choose to attend the entire event start to finish or come and go (check in and out) throughout the evening depending on their topics of interest or as their schedule permits.
4:00-4:45 Reception - Light hors d'oeuvres and collaborator displays
4:45-5:15 Opening Session - Large Group
5:30-6:30 Breakout Session #1
6:30-6:45 BREAK - Light refreshments and collaborator displays
6:45-7:45 Breakout Session #2
7:45-8:00 BREAK - Light refreshments and collaborator displays
8:00-8:55 Breakout Session #3
An RSVP is required, even though the event is free. You can register online HERE or email email@example.com or call 515-265-7272 Ext. 1003.
40 Days for Life - Starts September 28th
The 40 Days for Life Fall campaign will take place from September 28th to November 6th. 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and peaceful vigil outside of local abortion clinics.
So coordinate with your friends, family, or church to prayerfully witness for life. Click HERE to see the 40 Days for Life webpage for Des Moines.
Life Chain - October 2nd
The annual Life Chain will take place on Sunday, October 2nd, from 2:00 – 3:30 pm. The location that I know about is at St. Theresa Parish (1230 Merle Hay Road, Des Moines 50311). We quietly pray and stand along Merle Hay Road with pro-life signs. Please join us to witness for life! Also, this is a family activity, so bring everyone, and it happens rain or shine. There will also be cookies to enjoy at the end!
Iowans for LIFE Banquet - October 13th
The Iowans for LIFE annual banquet will take place on Thursday, October 13th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm. It will be held at the Airport Holiday Inn (6111 Fleur Drive, Des Moines). There will be social time at 6:00 pm, and seating at 6:30 pm.
The keynote speaker is Tim Staples, Director of Apologetics and Evangelization at Catholic Answers. His talk is titled: Black & White in a World of Grey. The cost is $50 per person, or you can purchase a table of 10 for $500.
You can register for the banquet HERE. If you have any questions, e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruth Harbor Banquet - November 17th
Join Ruth Harbor for their annual fundraising banquet on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 pm. Ruth Harbor is a home where a pregnant young woman can find safety and support for her and her child. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and dinner begins at 7 pm. The banquet will take place at Embassy Suites Downtown Des Moines (101 E. Locust Street, Des Moines).
They will be celebrating 15 years of a labor of love at Ruth Harbor. Join them to hear about the redemptive journeys of alumni directly from them and the positive impact Ruth Harbor has had over the years!
There isn't registration information on their website today, but check soon HERE and it should be easy to find.
It's a Wonderful Life Fundraiser - December 10th
You are invited to the “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dinner and Broadway Musical Revue on Saturday, December 10th. Dinner will be at 6:00 pm, and the show will be at 7:00 pm. This event is organized by the Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee, and proceeds go to support Iowans for LIFE. The benefit will be held in the Holy Trinity Social Room (2926 Beaver Avenue, Des Moines).
This is a great Christmas season event for a great cause, and is a fun date idea! Bring your family and friends for an evening of good food and music from some of Des Moines' top musicians and singers.
Tickets go on sale October 13th, and it’s good to get them fast because they sell out every year. Tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for students, and children under 10 are FREE. You can also organize a table of eight for $280.
So save the date in December and also mark your calendar for October 13th, when you will be able to buy tickets HERE. If you have any questions, you can e-mail Tom Quiner at email@example.com
Free Pro-Life E-Book on “How to Keep the Fire Burning”
Priests for Life is offering a FREE e-book called “How to Keep the Fire Burning.” It is written by Fr. Pavone. The book is designed as a helpful tool that people waging the battle for life can use to be energized and encouraged. Get the FREE e-book HERE.
Urgent Action Alert on Chimera Research - Must Act Before September 6th!
According to Human Life Action, "The National Institutes of Health, has recently announced its intention to lift its moratorium on funding research that involves injecting human embryonic stem cells into animal embryos thus creating part-human and part-animal organisms known as chimeras.
This means that, for the first time, the Federal government will begin spending taxpayer dollars on the creation and manipulation of new beings whose very existence blurs the line between humans and non-human animals. Public comments in opposition to this unethical research are currently being accepted. However, the window to act is tight; comments close on September 6 at midnight."
Please go HERE to make a public comment protecting the dignity of human life. They have a prepared message that you can copy, then go to the NIH public comment link, and paste. Done - less than one minute! Thank you!
Election – November 8th
Please pray for the U.S. election that will happen on Tuesday, November 8th! With the Supreme Court hanging in the balance, as well as the lives of many unborn babies, the effects of this election will be huge.
The Iowa Bishops have put out resources to help Catholics discern which candidates to vote for as part of Faithful Citizenship. One resource is a flyer which has questions to ask each candidate about their priorities. I was pleased to see that the first question was: “Do you support protecting human life from conception until natural death as a foundational principle?” That’s always a good start. To see the flyer, click HERE.
To see their other resources on Faithful Citizenship, click HERE.
Charges Dropped Against David Daleiden
All charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt were dropped. These were the two people who directly exposed Planned Parenthood’s sale of body parts through video footage. They had been charged for using fake IDs to protect their identities while they investigated. Thankfully they are now vindicated of all charges. See the Lifenews.com article HERE.
Real Estate For Life – Awesome Idea!
Looking to buy or sell a home? Choose a certified, pro-life realtor from Real Estate for Life, and when the sale is completed, your agent will donate a portion of their commission to Students for Life. After you purchase a home, pro-life organizations get a commission check!
Check out their website and video explaining the nonprofit HERE OR contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to a pro-life realtor.
New Pro-Life Curriculum for Middle School Students
Students for Life has created a pro-life curriculum, “Protecting Value,” for middle school students. They are doing this to combat Planned Parenthood’s propaganda, which is often already in schools. They are looking for support as they test this new curriculum with several groups and hope to expand it in the future. If you would like to learn more or help Students for Life with this project, click HERE.
Inspirational Pro-Life Stories from the Olympics
I LOVE the Olympics! Here are a couple articles about Olympians being inspiring in pro-life ways, in addition to athletically.
Olympian Saves Baby From Abortion
Olympian boxer Claressa Shields adopted her cousin’s baby and saved her from abortion. To read the Lifenews.com article, click HERE.
Athlete Sarah Brown Gave Up the Olympics to Keep Her Baby
Sarah Brown, one of the top female 1500 meter runners in the world, was getting ready for the Olympics in Rio when she found out that she was unexpectedly pregnant. She chose to give up the Olympics to keep her daughter. Take 30 seconds to sign a thank you to Sarah for setting such a good example HERE.
Olympic Champion Gymnast Simone Biles Was Adopted
Simone Biles, superstar gymnast who we all came to know and love during the Olympics, has an amazing back story, including that she was adopted. See the Lifenews.com story HERE.
Pro-Life Pope Francis
“The victims of this [throwaway] culture are precisely the weakest and most fragile human beings — the unborn, the poorest, the sick and elderly, the seriously handicapped, etc. — who are in danger of being ‘thrown away,’ expelled from a system that must be efficient at all costs."
- Pope Francis, in a 2013 address to a delegation from the Dignitatis Humanae Institute
God bless you and your work! Thanks for all you do!
Rachel : )