“Jesus, Mary and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of [baby’s name] the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion.” Bishop Sheen Pro life prayer
Join the pro life cyber warfare movement!
Cyber warfare is being waged on Twitter today, Friday, March 1st.
Iowans for Life needs you to do something about it right now.
Abortion groups are flooding Twitter with the hashtag: #SheDecides. The campaign responds to President Trump’s executive order which reinstated the “Mexico City Policy.”
The Mexico City Policy prevents US tax dollars from going to international groups that perform human abortion. Pro abortionists characterize this pro life policy as the ‘global gag rule.’
The Mexico City Policy prevents the US from exporting human abortion
It’s not. It is a sane, moral, and totally just policy that saves human life. Big Abortion wants to use your tax dollars to pay for abortions in third world countries.
To counter Big Abortion’s cyber warfare, pro life cyber tactician, Bryan Kemper of Priests for Life, has engaged pro life groups throughout the country to hijack the hashtag with messages like these:
#SheDecides to choose life for her unborn child.
When #SheDecides on #abortion a mom puts her own life at risk as well.
#SheDecides to honor her child by choosing adoption.
When #SheDecides to choose life, anything is possible. #abortion is a dead end.
#SheDecides to speak out about the pain caused by her abortion.
When #SheDecidees to get an #abortion, she takes away the decision of another human person. One person’s decision should never result in the death of another person. #prolife #prolifegeneration
Go to Twitter right now
Post your own #SheDecides hashtags or use one of the examples above. Or repost our graphic that introduces this blogpost. Does this tactic really work? YES! Writing on a website called Dame, here is what a devoted pro abortion writer, Robin Marty, had to say about Bryan Kemper’s cyber tactics:
“Abortion opponents use the social media platform like a weapon, and with absolute precision—and they’re winning as a result. What are pro-choicers doing wrong?”
The headline of the article laments:
“The anti-abortion movement is killing it on Twitter.”
You can help. Join the pro life bandwagon. Hijack the #SheDecides hashtag today.
[You can help even more in meaningful ways. SHARE this blog. FOLLOW us on Facebook and Twitter. SUBSCRIBE to our blog. Working together, we can hijack Big Abortion and save young women at risk.]
Let’s face it, you’re a sinner. All of us are. It’s easy for us to succumb to a terrible temptation, that the power of prayer is, well powerless.
It’s easy to think God is busy; that we’re insignificant; or more likely that we’re unworthy of answered prayers. The saints can help. They’ve been in our shoes.
Saint Padre Pio encourages you to pray:
“Prayer is the BEST weapon we possess. It is the key that OPENS the heart of God.”
St. Teresa of Avila encourages you to pray:
“Prayer is terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with Him who, we know, loves us.”
St. Mother Teresa encourages you to pray:
“Love to pray. Prayer enlarges the heart until is capable of containing God’s gift of Himself.”
Pray the First Heartbeat Prayer
What should you pray? Today, could you pray for someone you don’t know? A preborn baby whose life is on the line as I type. Her life is being debated in the Iowa Senate right now.
Legislators will determine if the law shall protect her life once a heartbeat is detectable, at around the 5th week.
We’ve posted the prayer above. Please, take a minute to pray it. You’ll change the world.
Jesse Jackson is a civil rights activist who certainly believes that black lives matter. He spoke eloquently on behalf of the cause of life, as he did in this this piece in the Right to Life News:
“The question of life is The Question of the 20th century.
Race and poverty are dimensions of the life question, but discussions about abortion have brought the issue into focus in a much sharper way. How we will respect and understand the nature of life itself is the over-riding moral issue, not of the Black race, but of the human race.
The question of abortion confronts me in several different ways. First, although I do not profess to be a biologist, I have studied biology and know something about life from the point of view of the natural sciences.
Second, I am a minister of the Gospel and therefore, feel that abortion has a religious and moral dimension that I must consider.
Third, I was born out of wedlock (and against the advice that my mother received from her doctor) and therefore abortion is a personal issue for me.
From my perspective, human life is the highest good, the summum bonum. Human life itself is the highest human good and God is the supreme good because He is the giver of life. That is my philosophy.
Everything I do proceeds from that religious and philosophical premise.”
“How we respect life is the over-riding moral issue,” By JESSE JACKSON; Right to Life News, January 1977
The tragic negation of his philosophy
In a few short years, Mr. Jackson flip-flopped. Why? He ran for president.
Like Ted Kennedy who also flip flopped when he ran for president in 1980, Jackson reversed his philosophy on what is the “highest good” with this dismissive explanation that ‘it would not be proper for him as president to impose his religious views on the country.’ And yet he called for Medicaid-funded abortions, which imposed a grave evil on people of faith who would be asked to pick up the tab in violation of THEIR religious beliefs.
Mr. Jackson’s flip flop has sown bitter fruit within the Black community. As data from the Alan Guttmaucher Institute reveals:
‘For every two African American women that get pregnant, one will choose to abort. A Black baby is 5 times more likely to be killed in the womb than a White Baby.’
The Reverend Clenard H. Childress Jr. goes so far as to claim that…
“the most dangerous place for an African American to be is in the womb of their African American mother.”
The replacement birthrate has dropped below replacement level in the African American community. Some in the Black community characterize this development as nothing less than a Black Genocide.
Planned Parenthood’s role
Planned Parenthood’s role in this holocaust has been profound. They have located 78% of their clinics in predominantly Black neighborhoods. And although Blacks only comprise 12% of the population, they account for 35% of the abortions in the U.S.
What is so disturbing about these numbers is the philosophical premise of Planned Parenthood’s founder, Margaret Sanger, which animates the organization in spirit even today. Said Ms. Sanger:
“We don’t want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…”
“… these two words [birth control] sum up our whole philosophy… It means the release and cultivation of the better elements in our society, and the gradual suppression, elimination and eventual extinction, of defective stocks — those human weeds which threaten the blooming of the finest flowers of American civilization.”
To clarify: at one point, Margaret Sanger and Jesse Jackson held adversarial philosophical premises:
SANGER’S PHILOSOPHY: “Suppress human weeds.”
JACKSON’S PHILOSOPHY: “Human life is the highest good.”
Jackson sold out to the human abortion crowd. He could have made a difference had he honored the religious convictions he was so willing to share with anyone and everyone, that is, until the day he ran for president.
Black lives matter, even if Planned Parenthood doesn’t think so.
You’re pregnant. It’s unexpected. And you’re not so sure you want this child. What do you do? Know this: you have healthy options, because there are a wealth of unplanned pregnancy resources at your disposal.
Even more, know that you are not alone. You’ll see why in a minute.
Yesterday’s blogpost exposed a tragic statistic most at-risk women don’t know.
Even more, abortion leaves lifelong scars, both emotional and physical.
Iowans for Life has compiled a broad list of unplanned pregnancy resources. If you or someone you know is in crisis because of an unplanned pregnancy, these free resources can help you immediately, as well as after the birth of your child.
Free unplanned pregnancy resources
1355 50th Street, Suite 400, W. Des Moines, IA 50266.
InnerVisions is a great resource, with services like these:
•Early Detection Pregnancy Test (medical verification needed prior to abortion)
•Post Abortion Support
•STD Testing (medically recommended before an abortion)
•Sexual Health Education & Information
Everything is confidential and free.
5806 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50266.
•Love, hope, and encouragement
•Friendship and emotional support
•Non-judgmental, confidential help
•Maternity and baby clothes
•Referrals to: Medical supports, Financial and/or employment resources, Housing, Legal referrals, Education assistance, Social assistance, Professional counseling.
•Information on: Pregnancy and childbirth; Prenatal development and care; Parenting skills; child care and child safety; Career development and/or continuing education; Community programs and/or social assistance; Adoption.
2550 Martin Luther King Parkway, Des Moines, IA 50310.
• Pregnancy Testing
• STD Testing
3605 Southeast 14th Street, Des Moines, IA 50320.
Classes, videos, and DVDs
Friendship and Support
534-42nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50312.
Ruth Harbor provides a Christ-centered home, programs, and comprehensive services resulting in positive life change for young women who have experienced unplanned pregnancies, and their babies.
[The address is kept confidential.]
House of Mercy offers vital housing, human service, substance-related/addictive disorders treatment, and mental health programs to individuals and families that have experienced difficulty in accessing these critical services and supports. Specific services provided by the House of Mercy include:
- permanent housing;
- Behavioral Health Intervention Services (BHIS);
- outpatient mental health counseling (e.g., individual, group, relationship, trauma, and family therapy);
- addiction counseling services (e.g., substance abuse assessments, primary treatment,
- relapse prevention education, individual/group counseling, aftercare support, twelve-step meetings, etc.);
- homeless outreach addiction assessment, education, treatment, and case management services;
- student assistance assessment and treatment programming;
- education and employment assistance;
- and skill development training in such areas as communication, parenting, anger management, and nutrition.
130 East 3rd Street, Suite 101, Des Moines, IA 50309.
Post-abortive resources: Restored by Grace was birthed from hearts desiring to bring hope, healing and restoration to men, women and families as we journey with them from brokeness to wholeness by confronting the lies of guilt, shame and condemnation with God’s word and love.
The list above provides resources in Des Moines. You can find more help around the state. Visit Iowans for Life’s Resource Center for more unplanned pregnancy resources.
Are you in crisis? Helping hands await you with access to free, healthy options.
You’re not alone.
Are you experiencing an unplanned pregnancy? You need to know two critical pieces of information right now:
- You can get help. You’re not alone. You have healthy options beyond abortion.
- Abortion affects you forever. But even if you’d had one, there’s help. Keep reading.
Let’s deal with #2 first.
Post abortive trauma
Scientists have conducted comprehensive research on what abortion does to you in the long run. The info that follows is based on a huge sample of 163,831 women who have abortions. Here is their experience:
• Women who have had an abortion have an 81% higher risk of subsequent mental health problems compared to women who have not had an abortion.
• Women who aborted have a 138% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women who have given birth.
• Women who aborted have a 55% higher risk of mental health problems compared to women with an “unplanned” pregnancy who gave birth.
• Women with a history of abortion have higher rates of anxiety (34% higher), depression (37%), alcohol use/misuse (110%), marijuana use (230%), and suicidal behavior (155%), compared to those who have not had an abortion.
Have you had an abortion?
Were you forced to have one? Sixty-four percent of women who have had abortions were forced into it.
Are you feeling its effects in any way? Laura Limmex can help you. She is Executive Director of Restored by Grace Ministries. She has been in your shoes.
Here is her experience in counseling post-abortive women:
“Many women look back years later, after choosing an abortion, and realize the excuses they relied on clouded their decision making process. The excuses make no sense:
They WOULD have had support.
They WOULD have financially made it.
They WOULD have been a great mom. They realize they bought into a lie about their situation and what it meant for their future.”
Laura is one of the people who bought into the lie:
“I share as a woman who has had an abortion and has counseled many others following their decision to have an abortion. What seems like a hopeless situation really has the potential to be one of great joy regardless if you parent or choose to bless through adoption. And I would encourage women to check into all the resources available through the various life affirming organizations in the state of Iowa.”
You can confidentially connect with Laura right now if you need someone to talk to about your abortion. Don’t wait. You’re putting yourself and future children at risk if you do.
Post-abortive trauma affects the way you raise your kids
According to researchers, women who have had abortions are 144% more likely to physically abuse their children than women who have not had abortions. If you’re concerned this applies to you, seek help. Healing awaits you.
Don’t believe it? Abby was in your shoes:
“Growing up in a Catholic family that attended Mass every Sunday, I never expected that I, of all people, would be in this situation. I convinced myself that I had committed an unforgivable act.
I felt utterly alone.
I desperately needed to connect with other women who were suffering as I was, and I longed to be the woman I used to be.
And then one fateful Sunday morning during Mass, my husband handed me a church bulletin, pointing out the words on the back: “Project Rachel — a program for post-abortion healing through the archdiocese.” I couldn’t believe my eyes…
…Thanks to Project Rachel, I am me again.
…Project Rachel literally lit the path for me. From the moment I arrived at the retreat house, the warmth of God’s love engulfed me. Furthermore, I was able to connect with other women who knew the despair that I knew, and we were able to experience the joy of receiving the gifts of hope and healing together. I actually feel lighter. The power of forgiveness is life altering. I am happy again, and the people whom I love sense that. I will always regret my decision, and I will continue to carry my quiet secret with me. It has become a part of who I am, but it no longer defines who I am.”
You can read her entire story here.
There IS help
As you can see, abortion does affect you forever, but there IS help for post abortive trauma.
There absolutely is help.
Here are resources that can and will make a difference in the lives of post-abortive women:
Project Rachel: Hope After Abortion
We’ve given you a lot to chew on today.
Check back tomorrow. We’ll talk about positive options other than abortion for women experiencing unplanned pregnancies.
Prince Ernest was hopelessly in love with the lovely widow, Harriet. Harriet felt the same and threw herself into the German prince’s bed for what she assumed would be an evening of passion.
There was a problem: the prince had syphilis.
To his credit, he was able to gather himself and deter the inflamed, young woman from making a mistake that could haunt her the rest of her life. You can watch the melodrama unfold in this scene from the PBS hit series, “Victoria.”
Now syphilis is treatable
In an era before antibiotics, syphilis was devastating. Today, it can be treated with antibiotics, with this warning from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):
“However, treatment might not undo any damage that the infection has already done.”
Syphillis is widespread, with 88,000 reported cases in 2016. However, the CDC reveals the problem of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) goes far beyond syphillis, as the graphic below reveals. Our country is awash in a STD epidemic.
Multiple sex partners fuel the STD epidemic
You are at risk if you are sexually active, and if either you or your partner have had multiple partners.
The consequence of contracting an STD can last your entire life, because some STDs cannot be cured. With each new partner, your odds of contracting an STD increase exponentially.
The CDC tells us that STDs infect 20 million NEW people every year. Worse, many people don’t know for a long time, because they aren’t tested. As a result, STDs infect 110 million Americans today.
The CDC says that you are most likely to be infected with one of the following STDs (in this order):
Even though syphilis is only sixth on this list, this timeless destroyer of lives still infects 117,000 Americans.
Women and men ask these common questions about STDs:
If I use a condom, will that prevent me from contracting an STD?
No, not necessarily. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) says,
“The most effective way to avoid getting an STI is to not have sex. Another way is to limit sex to one partner who also limits his or her sex in the same way. Condoms are not 100% safe, but if used properly, will reduce the risk of getting a STI.”
Which STDs are incurable?
The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) tells us:
“More than 30 different bacteria, viruses and parasites are known to be transmitted through sexual contact. Eight of these pathogens are linked to the greatest incidence of sexually transmitted disease. Of these 8 infections, 4 are currently curable: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and trichomoniasis. The other 4 are viral infections and are incurable: hepatitis B, herpes simplex virus (HSV or herpes), HIV, and human papillomavirus (HPV). Symptoms or disease due to the incurable viral infections can be reduced or modified through treatment.”
How often should I test for STDs?
That depends on whether are sexually active with multiple partners, in which case the CDC recommends at least once a year. In the case of gay and bisexual men, it should happen as often as every 3 months.
What are complications from STDs?
According to the Mayo Clinic:
- Pelvic pain
- Pregnancy complications
- Eye inflammation
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- Heart disease
- Certain cancers, such as HPV-associated cervical and rectal cancers
Can STDs kill me?
Yes, especially AIDs. Some are curable or treatable, but some impact your immune systems in ways that can shorten your lifespan.
Back to Prince Ernest. Ultimately, he was an honorable man who denied himself pleasure to protect the woman he loved.
The STD epidemic impacts our entire culture. Protect yourself. Protect your partner. Live a healthy life and avoid the anguish and remorse wrought by STDs.
[LEARN more. Get our Women’s Reproductive Health Resource Book online without obligation.]
The replacement birthrate in developed nations is 2.1 births per woman, but here in Iowa, the rate had dropped to 1.99 by 2016.
Our population growth is stagnant. Small towns are drying up, and what little growth we’ve experienced in recent decades has been through immigration.
The Heartbeat Bill will help
A bill before the Iowa legislature (SSB 3143) would ban human abortion once a heartbeat is detectable in an Iowan Fetus. As you can guess, support falls pretty much along party lines, with Republicans largely supporting the bill and Democrats vigorously opposing any legal protections for the Iowa Fetus.
The Iowa Code DOES protect some life
By contrast, sections 481A and B in the Iowa Administrative Code do sanction you for killing life in Iowa to the tune of $1000 per life. Here is a partial list of some life forms protected by law here in Iowa:
√ Indiana Bat
√ Plains Pocket Mouse
√ Spotted Skunk
√ Common Barn Owl
√ Piping Plover
√ Iowa Pleistocene Land Snail
Iowa law even protects an expansive list of plant life, such as the sumpweed.
Here’s the question …
Here’s the obvious question: isn’t a human being worth more than a skunk? Or a snail? Or a rodent?
The list of protected species above enjoys bi-partisan support. Why not the Iowa Fetus, which has become endangered in recent years?
The Iowa Fetus is in the early stages of the arc of its life, but it will become the people who build our roads, cure our sick, and take care of the elderly tomorrow.
These are the people who will not only feed Iowans, but the entire world.
We need them.
Opponents of the bill insist that the Heartbeat Bill infringes on a woman’s “right to privacy” as defined by Roe V Wade. And yet the Iowa Administrative Code will fine you even if you kill a spotted skunk in your own backyard, privacy be damned.
Opponents of the Heartbeat Bill correctly observe that a woman’s body isn’t the same as your private property. And yet if someone kills the Iowa Fetus against the mother’s will, the state will treat the fetus as a person and the crime as a homicide.
How can the same fetus be considered a person in one breath and a disposable clump of cells inferior to a spotted skunk in the next?
The Heartbeat Bill recognizes the intrinsic dignity of human life. The bill was passed in a Senate sub-committee by an 8 to 5 vote this week. It will most likely be debated on the Senate floor next week.
If you think the Iowa Fetus deserves the same legal protection as a Spotted Skunk, contact your State Legislators immediately.
Hi, I’m Laura Limmex. I am the Executive Director of Restored by Grace and I’m a founding member of The Coalition.
I too had an abortion at the age of 16, and for many years I denied the fact of what happened that day and the memories of what happened that day. Today I work with women across the state of Iowa and this Midwest region who are struggling following the decision to have an abortion.
Abortion takes the life of a baby
Human abortion doesn’t resolve problems
It left them to navigate grief, guilt, remorse, anger, depression, anxiety. Things that they thought were being resolved with the abortion were only escalated. They were affected mentally, emotionally, many times physically and spiritually.
I’m going to be brief and just end with a couple questions.
As a community, Nation, State what do we value? Should not our legislators as representatives protect and stand up for people who are young both before birth and after?
[The above is a transcript of Laura Limmex’s testimony before the Iowa Senate’s subcommittee on the Heartbeat Bill, SSB 3143, on February 8th. The full committee debates the bill today in room 116. Please attend beginning at 4PM to show your support.]
[Here is a transcript of Kim Laube’s testimony before the Iowa Senate’s subcommittee on the Heartbeat Bill, SSB 3143, on February 8th.]
I am Kimberly Laube, Director of Life Ministries for Lutheran Family Service. I direct the adoption agency and pregnancy counseling program that began in 1901 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
I would like to address the question:
Does Iowa have the infrastructure to handle the number of children born to women who would have otherwise sought an abortion if were not for a law prohibiting them from an abortion after a heart beat is detected?
Currently Iowa reports abortion statistics in terms of those prior to 13 weeks gestation and those after 13-week gestation. In 2014, according to The State of Iowa’s Vital Statistic Report, 283 children were aborted either surgically or medically that were over the age of 13 weeks. All other abortions, which totaled 3732, were performed at gestational age 0-13 weeks.
We do not know the exact number, because but we can use national statistics to help us reach a good estimated number.
According to Guttmacher Institute, two thirds of women have an abortion prior to 8 weeks gestation. Using that statistic 1232 of the 3732 women who were reported to have abortions before 13 weeks would have had their abortion after a heart beat could be detected and would have been prevented from doing so.
The adoption option
Using those assumptions, In the state of Iowa there may be 1,515 children being born to mothers who otherwise would have had an abortion.
The National Council for Adoption has complied quite a bit of data surrounding adoption and abortion. There is a national adoption rate of 7 babies to every 1000 babies aborted or born to unwed mothers in the United States. This is called the Adoption Option Index.
The National Council for Adoption broke out their numbers further and reported on the Adoption Option Index state by state.
Iowa is an adoption friendly state
There were some very important findings… important enough that I would like to quote The National Council for Adoption about their findings. Here is what they had to say.
In 2014, four states had Adoption Option Indexes three or more times higher than the national average—Utah (36.3), Arkansas (26.8), Montana (23.1), and Iowa (21.4). There were two to four adoptions for every 100 abortions plus births to unmarried women in these states. This suggests that in these states women may have more extensive counseling, services, and facilities to orient pregnant women towards adoption—among other factors.
That’s good news!
Iowa’s Adoption Option Index appears to show that we currently have an infrastructure that helps us succeed at least three or four times the national average!
According to various sites, including the Federalists, American Adoptions and other websites, it is common to use the statistic of 2 Million American Couples are waiting to adopt.
That is approximately 36 couples waiting for every one infant adoption.
It is not realistic to believe that all 1,515 extra births in Iowa annually would be placed for adoption. Our Adoption Index would indicate it is somewhere around an additional 30 children who would be placed for adoption. There are multiple adoption agencies throughout Iowa besides Lutheran Family Service who could easily absorb an additional 30 placements.
Some of course will be parented and may rely on welfare or other state aid. But, Vital Statistics indicate that about 60% of the women seeking abortions in Iowa have some college education which will make them less likely to need welfare assistance throughout their life time.
It will remain to be seen the impact this bill will have on our infrastructures, welfare, Medicaid and adoption, but there are some indicators here that lead me to believe we have a good foundation for support.
I rise in favor of SSB 3143 and rejoice in the 1515 lives it will save annually.
[The Heartbeat Bill needs YOUR help this Monday. Can you attend a crucial hearing Senate subcommittee hearing Monday, February 12th, 5PM, in room 116? Planned Parenthood will be out in force. Pro life proponents need to show their support. Be sure to read/watch Maggie Dewitte’s testimony.]