I have some good news! A friend, Anita, has offered to help me with the blog, so hopefully we will be back to once a month updates in the near future. It has been an answered prayer, so look forward to positive changes soon!
And check out all of the exciting pro-life events coming this summer that are mentioned below - pro-life walks, banquets, and adoption seminars. Please share the information with family and friends and get a group together to have fun while supporting a good cause!
Thank you for all that you do! Keep loving life!
International Adoption Workshop – April 23rd
Come learn more about international adoption on Sunday, April 23rd from 6:00 – 8:00 pm! The FREE workshop is hosted by Beauty Amidst the Ashes and Bethany Christian Services. It will take place at Walnut Creek Church (900 64th Street, Windsor Heights, IA 50324).
Ruth Harbor Annual Walk for Life – May 13th
Ruth Harbor is a local Christian organization which provides safe housing and assistance to women who have experienced an unplanned pregnancy. The Walk for Life is a “family friendly, non-athletic, social event” that is an opportunity to support these new moms and their babies. It will take place on Saturday, May 13th at 9:30 am.
The walk will again be at the Downtown Riverwalk. Meet on the west side of the Embassy Suites Downtown (in the Riverview Lobby if raining). The address is: 101 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309. The walk will be about one mile.
You can be a sponsored walker or create a team, and invite others to support you with just a few clicks! Ruth Harbor does all the work - including collecting any pledges or money from those who sponsor you. All sponsored walkers will receive a t-shirt. You can also show up and make a donation there (but wouldn’t receive a t-shirt).
You can register HERE, and "make a difference... two lives at a time!"
“Let Life Shine” InnerVisions Healthcare Annual Gala - June 1st
The sixth annual gala for InnerVisions Healthcare, “an Unplanned Pregnancy and STD Medical Clinic,” will take place on Thursday, June 1st. It will be held at the Sheraton Hotel (1800 50th Street, West Des Moines). Doors open at 6:00 pm, and the dinner and program are from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
The keynote speaker will be Lauren Roman, a pro-life advocate, musician, and TV & film star who will join us to share her powerful testimony of how a post-abortion healing workshop led her to healing and forgiveness.
Cost is $50 per person. Please RSVP by May 15th. You can register for the gala HERE.
Informed Choice of Iowa Walk For LIFE – June 17th
Calling all lifesavers! Join us for a walk in the park. The Informed Choices Walk for Life will take place on Saturday, June 17th at 9:00 am. The walk will take place at Gray’s Lake (2101 Fleur Drive, Des Moines) – meet at the Terrace Building to start.
There will be a pancake breakfast served from 7:30-10:30 am. Starting at 8:30 am, you can check-in for the walk, and at 9:00 am there will be prayer and the walk will begin.
Informed Choices Medical Clinics are pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics and medical centers. They have clinics in Iowa City, Ames, Fort Dodge, Burlington, and a mobile clinic, which will work primarily in Des Moines.
You can register HERE.
National Right to Life Academy - June 29th
If you know of a young person who is passionately pro-life, there is an exciting summer opportunity they may be interested in. National Right to Life has “created an innovative, five-week program to equip young leaders with the skills and knowledge to carry the pro-life movement into the future.
The National Right to Life Academy will take place from June 29th – August 4th. It empowers young pro-life leaders through a five-week summer course held at National Right to Life headquarters in Washington DC. Topics covered include abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare, legislative strategy, history of the pro-life movement, medical ethics, unborn development and lobbying.”
The program will also allow students to earn three college credits, which can be transferred to their university. Interested students should submit their applications for the program soon.
For more information, click HERE or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diocesan Respect Life Meeting – September 5th
The next Diocesan Pro-Life Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5th at 6:00 pm at the InnerVisions HealthCare Office (1355 50th Street, Suite 400, West Des Moines). Come learn more about pro-life initiatives in the Des Moines area and how you can get involved.
(Future meetings will return to their usual location at St. Pius X Catholic Church).
Iowans for LIFE Annual Banquet - October 12th
From Iowans for LIFE: Please save the date for the 7th annual Iowans for LIFE Banquet on Thursday, October 12th at 6:00 pm. It will be held in the Meadows Bishop Ballroom (1 Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona). Cost of the evening is $50 per person or you can purchase a table of 8 for $500.
The keynote speaker will be Matt Birk, an “NFL star and pro-life warrior. This Catholic boy from St. Paul was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the sixth round of the 1998 draft.
He was named the 2011 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year for his off-the-field service, as well as his playing excellence. After a 15 year career in the NFL and a Super Bowl XLVII win with the Baltimore Ravens, the six-time Pro Bowl Center retired from playing football and accepted a position with the National Football League as their Director of Football Development.
When the Ravens won the Super Bowl in 2013, he declined to meet President Barack Obama with his teammates due to a comment the President made in a speech in which he said, "God Bless Planned Parenthood." Birk stated, ‘It was because of my Catholic faith and my pro-life convictions, but ultimately, it was because of my kids.’ Matt and wife Adrianna are raising seven children, all under the age of 14.”
You can register HERE.
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 made an adoption plan for their child. 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.
Engaging Your Church in Adoption – Free Resource
Local nonprofit, Beauty Amidst the Ashes, is offering FREE copies of the booklet, “Engaging Your Church in Adoption.” The booklet gives information on how your church can get involved with and promote “adoption, foster care, and orphan care.”
If you would like to receive a FREE copy, click the link below and write “Request a Copy” in the subject line. Please include your name and address.
Request a FREE copy HERE.
Thank you for all of your help on action alerts lately! As legislative sessions come to an end, there has been a lot of progress made! States all over the country, including our own, are making pro-life breakthroughs.
Iowa Passes Law Banning Abortion at 20 Weeks!
From Iowa Right to Life: Recently, the 20-week abortion ban passed the Iowa Senate. Governor Branstad is expected to sign it into law very soon!
“This legislation bans abortions once a baby is at 20 weeks in the womb. It also establishes a three-day waiting period for women seeking an abortion. Thankfully, ‘exceptions’ for babies conceived in rape or incest or with fetal anomalies are not included in this legislation.
A three-day waiting period was included. This means that a woman seeking an abortion will need to return three days later to proceed with her irreversible decision. This will be among the strictest laws in the nation. Iowa would become the sixth state to require a three-day waiting period for women seeking abortions, joining Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah.
While the bill does not contain criminal penalties, it does allow a woman to pursue a civil case against providers who perform illegal abortions. Doctors can be disciplined by the Iowa Board of Medicine if they violate the law.”
According to Jenifer Bowen, “We are in the most Pro-Life legislative session in Iowa State Capitol history since long before Roe v. Wade in 1973!”
Gorsuch Becomes New Supreme Court Justice!
According to Lifenews, “Judge Neil Gorsuch became Justice Neil Gorsuch (recently) as he was sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice following a Senate confirmation vote.” After so much drama, it was a relief to hear. Thank you for all you did, writing your legislators and signing petitions to support now-Justice Gorsuch.
To read the full Lifenews article, click HERE.
President Trump Overturns Rule Forcing States to Fund Planned Parenthood
President Trump has done some valuable, pro-life work so far in his presidency. Recently, President Trump signed a bill that overturned a late-term rule created by President Obama that forced states to fund Planned Parenthood.
According to Marjorie Dannenfelser, SBA List President, the new bill “ensures that states are not forced to fund an abortion business with taxpayer dollars. Rather, states have the option to spend Title X money on comprehensive health care clinics that better serve women and girls.”
To see the full Lifenews article, click HERE.
Pro-Life Flash Mob Video : )
As a special treat, take a minute and watch the short video of a pro-life flash mob, where young pro-lifers sang and danced as part of the “Marcha por la Vida” in Lima, Peru, this Spring. My kids and I loved it!
See the video HERE.
Pro-Life Pope Francis“If we want to celebrate Christmas authentically, we need to contemplate this sign: the fragile simplicity of a small newborn, the meekness of where he lies, the tender affection of the swaddling clothes. God is there.
- Pope Francis, Christmas Homily, December 2016
Thank you for loving life!
Rachel : )