And there is reason to hope already, because important pro-life legislation and the all-important Supreme Court nominee vote are coming quickly! Please see below for ways that you can promote pro-life legislation in under a minute through petitions and easy, already-prepared e-mail messages sent directly to your legislators. Also, on February 27th, please come to the Iowa Capitol to support the Life at Conception Act (see details below)!
Right now the Iowa and national legislature are more pro-life than usual, it is time to keep praying and trying extra hard to make sure something is actually done during this time of opportunity. Thanks for helping for the sake of the unborn and all those wounded by abortion!
Adoption 101 Seminar – February 26th
Are you interested in adoption? There will be an Adoption 101 Seminar on Sunday, February 26th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. It will be held at the Walnut Creek Church (900 64th St, Windsor Heights). This is a great place to start if you’ve ever thought about adopting and would like to hear about the basics. I believe the seminar is free, and it is put on by Beauty Amidst the Ashes, a local group that educates about adoption.
Pro-Life Rally at Capitol – February 27th
Please come to the Iowa Capitol Building on Monday, February 27th at 11:00 am and try to stay until 1:00 pm.
According to the Family Leader:
“The Iowa Legislature is about to consider SF 253, a bill that would establish life begins at conception in the Iowa code. But if the Senate Judiciary Committee does not pass this bill in the next week … it will die this session, and we may never have an opportunity like this again.
Come make history with us on Monday, Feb. 27th! Wear black. Come to encourage our pro-life lawmakers at 11:00 a.m., and plan on staying until at least 1 p.m.
We will gather, space permitting, on the second floor of the south wing of the Capitol building, behind the Iowa Senate Chambers. Hope to see you there!”
40 Days for Life – March 1st
The latest 40 Days for Life campaign is starting soon! It will begin on March 1st (Ash Wednesday), and will continue until April 9th. 40 Days for Life is a time of prayer, fasting, and peaceful pro-life witness, which often includes quiet prayer outside clinics which perform abortions.
This year Geneveve Loraditch has stepped up to be the official local coordinator. Please consider helping cover the vigil hours outside the Planned Parenthood surgical abortion clinic (1000 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines). The hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. Have your church take a day to fill, or go once a week or even just once during Lent. Try to go in groups of at least two, and you can sign up online HERE. When you go, you can park at Hobby Lobby. Please pray about it and make the commitment to stand for life!
Also, Geneveve has organized a weekly adoration hour for 40 Days for Life on every Monday from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. All are invited.
Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – March 7th
The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:00 pm at St. Pius X Parish (3663 66th St, Urbandale). The meeting will be held in the Parish Center. It is the building next to the school. Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.
Des Moines 40 Days for Life Rally –
There will be a mid-point rally for 40 Days for Life on Sunday, March 19th at 5:00 pm. Please join with other pro-life people in peaceful witness in from the Planned Parenthood surgical abortion clinic (1000 E Army Post Rd, Des Moines). If you prefer to pray with others, this is a good time to come.
Adoption Group Annual Banquet – March 25th
Beauty Amidst the Ashes, a local group which promotes adoption, will have their annual banquet and dessert auction on Saturday, March 25th from 5:30-7:30 pm at Bethel Baptist Church (313 W. Hwy 7, Newell, 50568). The dinner will be a pasta bar, and afterwards tables can bid on their favorite desserts. There will also be a silent auction. During the dinner there will be a short talk about Beauty Amidst the Ashes and their work.
Please RSVP to attend. You can host a table of 8 for no cost. There was no specific cost indicated for the evening, but I’m sure there will be an opportunity to give during the evening as well as for auction choices. For more information or to RSVP, e-mail email@example.com (with “Banquet Dinner” in the subject line).
Des Moines “Birth Mother Connect” Support Group
To provide birth mothers a place to find support, Beauty Amidst the Ashes is beginning a Birth Mother Support Group for mothers who have given up a child for adoption. Birth mothers will connect and be empowered to share their stories. They would like to ask your assistance to let women know about this group. The group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of each month from 6:00 – 7:00 pm at the Smokey Row Coffee Shop Conference Room (1910 Cottage Grove Avenue, Des Moines).
In addition to these monthly group meetings, there will be a closed Facebook group to reach women that are not able to attend a local meeting. The online group will offer a place where women can view a monthly presentation by our facilitator, Brigett De Vos, and participate in discussions. Together these women can find strength, friendship and encouragement. For more information, contact Brigett at brigett@beautyamidsttheashes.
Ruth Harbor Annual Walk for Life – May 13th
Ruth Harbor is a local Christian organization which provides safe housing and assistance to pregnant young women. Please save the date for the annual Walk for Life, which supports their work.
The walk will be held on Saturday, May 13th. You can fundraise through their website, bring a donation the day of the walk, or just come to learn more about Ruth Harbor and opportunities to share in their work. More details will be coming soon.
Here are ways to help promote pro-life legislation in under a minute! Thanks for taking the time to make a difference! After you have written your legislators or signed the petitions, feel free to pass them on to family and friends by e-mail or social media.
Ask Your US Senators to Support Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch
Neil Gorsuch is a pro-life Supreme Court Justice nominee who will be voted on soon. Please e-mail your US Senators with an easy, prepared message & sign this LifeNews petition “urging the Senate to vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice.”
Send a quick, prepared message to your Senators through Focus on the Family’s action alert HERE.
Please sign the LifeNews petition immediately urging the Senate to vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as our next Supreme Court Justice.
Sign the LifeNews petition HERE.
Petition to US Congress to Defund Planned Parenthood
According to CitizenGo: “To keep funding, Planned Parenthood claims that they do far more than just abortion—they are supposedly committed to providing women the full range of reproductive health services, including prenatal care.
Live Action, a pro-life organization, decided to investigate this claim that Planned Parenthood provides parental services and called 97 clinics across the country asking for prenatal care. Only 5 provided any prenatal services! Watch this three-minute video HERE to hear the responses Live Action received.”
Please help keep the pressure on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood, which obviously focuses on abortions. We should “redirect those funds to community health centers that actually provide women with holistic care, including desperately needed prenatal care.”
Sign the petition HERE.
Iowa Pro-Life Bill Passes Senate and Goes On to House – Action Needed!
Senate File 2 is a bill which, according to Iowa Right to Life, would take away funding from clinics who do abortions and send those funds to qualified medical clinics. Senate File 2 recently passed the Iowa Senate in a vote of 30-20! Now it is moving on to the Iowa House.
To help, please do three things:
1. E-mail Key Iowa Representatives Encouraging Them to Defend Life
According to The Family Leader, Iowa legislators who support pro-life legislation are being attacked verbally and even threatened. Please easily send an encouraging e-mail to the Iowa House Human Resources Committee, which is handling the SF 2 bill which would take away funding from clinics who do abortions. Please take less than a minute to e-mail the whole committee through The Family Leader’s one-step, easy form HERE!
2. E-mail your Iowa Representative and ask them to support SF 2 HERE. This is important for after the bill passes through committee and moves on to discussion in the Iowa House.
3. Sign Petition to Thank Iowa Senate for Passing SF 2 HERE. This is important to encourage our pro-life Iowa Senators. My family and I went to the Capitol recently and talked with a couple pro-life legislators. They are being harrassed and threatened over this issue. They need to know that they are not alone!
Urge President Trump to Support Religious Liberty
According to Human Life Action:
Please use this quick, prepared message to e-mail President Trump and Vice President Pence to encourage President Trump to “issue an Executive Order that establishes a government-wide initiative to respect religious freedom. The Executive Order should make clear that religious freedom entails more than the freedom to worship but also includes the ability to act on one's beliefs.”
Click HERE to e-mail them.
Urge Congress to Enact the Conscience Protection Act of 2017
According to Human Life Action:
“The Conscience Protection Act of 2017 (H.R. 644) has been introduced in the House of Representatives… This much-needed, common-sense legislation will clarify federal law and ensure that those who provide health care and health coverage can continue to do so without being forced by government to help destroy innocent unborn children. Please take a moment to let your representatives in Congress know that we expect them to protect our most cherished liberties.”
This legislation is supported by Cardinal Dolan and Archbishop Lori, who wrote Congress a letter supporting the conscience protection legislation.
Contact your US Representatives with a quick, prepared message HERE. It is the first USCCB Action Alert listed.
Free Pro-Life Movie Guides & Lesson Ideas
American Life League offers help for educating young people of all ages on pro-life topics. One free resource they have is free movie discussion guides on pro-life topics for a variety of movies. This is a great resource for families, churches, or schools.
See their library of FREE movie discussion guides HERE.
Free Pro-Life K-12 Lesson Ideas
Another free resource from American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program is a FREE lesson packet with ideas of how to “begin building a culture of life in your home and classroom.”
Download your free Pro-Life Education Starter Pack HERE.
Lastly, American Life League also offers a FREE curriculum plan, with ideas of how to work pro-life lessons into different subjects at various grade levels. You can get the curriculum plan HERE.
New Iowa Pro-Life Coalition
From Iowans for LIFE:
“Iowans for LIFE was a part of a historical moment on January 11, 2017 when Director, Maggie DeWitte and other pro-life leaders from Iowa Right to Life, Lutherans for Life, Personhood Iowa, and 4 other pro-life organizations signed a pledge to unite together.”
They are hoping to work effectively together to promote pro-life goals, especially pro-life legislation.
Good Idea to Show Reality of Unborn Babies
According to an article at churchpop.com, pro-life women in Chile “broadcast the heart-beat of their unborn child live during the event. They accomplished this by strapping fetal monitors to their pregnant bellies and amplifying the real-time heartbeat of their children through loudspeakers.” It’s a cool idea that would leave no doubts as the early heartbeat of young babies.
To read the full article, click HERE.
Pro-Life Pope Francis
“It’s terrible, it hurts the soul what I heard one time years ago in another diocese. A woman, a good woman, very, very beautiful and who bragged about her beauty, commented as if it were natural: ‘Yeah, I had to have an abortion because my figure is so important’…
Rather than promoting life, [idols] drive us toward death. When values such as physical beauty, health become idols to which everything must be sacrificed, they create confusion in our spirit and in our hearts.”
- Pope Francis, at a Wednesday audience this January
You can see more details in a LifeNews article HERE.
Thanks for all you do to love life!
Rachel : )