Pro-life activists in central and northwest Iowa will take their message the streets this weekend to show their opposition to abortion. With the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision looming next week, the pro-life movement in Iowa hopes to make a strong statement about the effects of that ruling.
“In that time, more than 55 million unborn lives violently ended before they drew their first breath,” said Jenifer Bowen, executive director of Iowa Right to life. “Who were they created to be? Tragically, we will never know. Little girls and boys who never got to take their first breath–to live their lives–to dream about who they wanted to grow up to be.”
Iowa Right to Life is organizing its first Midwest March for Life. Scheduled for 11am Saturday morning, abortion opponents are encouraged to join in the walk that will stretch around the State Capitol building and end at the Iowa Supreme Court building. Governor Terry Branstad and Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds will join the walkers.
“There’s nothing more precious than human life and I think this is a way to demonstrate my long-standing commitment to do all we can to protect life in all stages of development,” Branstad said.
Following the march, Branstad, Reynolds and a lineup other pro-life speakers will address a luncheon at the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center.
“I have always been pro-life and worked to pass pro-life legislation while working in the state Senate,” Lt. Governor Reynolds said. “I think it’s important for all Iowans to respect the sanctity of life and it is an honor to be able to help raise awareness by participating in the March for Life.”
Pro-lifers in northwest Iowa will also participate in a March for Life over the weekend. Teen Defenders hosts their second annual Siouxland March for Life, beginning Sunday at 1pm in Sioux City. Their march will includes passing by a Planned Parenthood clinic.
“Our primary objective is to demonstrate our opposition to Planned Parenthood’s presence in Sioux City,” said Jake Dagel, executive director of Teen Defenders. “However, life must be protected in all capacities.”
Family Leader CEO Bob Vander Plaats and State Senator Bill Anderson are among the participants in the Siouxland March for Life.
“This event is open to members of all faiths,” said Dagel. “Teen Defenders strives to promote the message of life in an encouraging and loving way.”
Teen Defenders is a pro-life network dedicated to the empowerment of junior/senior high school students, who are seeking to become active in defense of the preborn, the elderly, and the “least of these” in society.
The Iowa events scheduled for this weekend mirror the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which attracts hundreds of thousands of participants. That event takes place January 25 in our nation’s capital and is expected to be the largest ever.
Here are the details for this weekend’s March for Life events in Iowa:
Midwest March for Life
Saturday, January 19, at 11:00 am.
Meet on the west steps of the Iowa State Capitol
Following the Midwest March for Life, at 12:00pm, the “Roe v. Wade Effect” Luncheon Program will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center (formerly Veterans Auditorium), 730-3rd Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309. To reserve seats for lunch, please call 877.595.9406 or email outreach@iowaRTL.org. To defray the cost of the day’s events, a free-will offering will be taken.
Special Speakers at the Midwest March for Life and the “Roe v. Wade Effect” Program include:
Governor Terry Branstad
Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds
Bishop Richard Pates
Iowa State Senator David Johnson , Sue Thayer, Former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Clinic Manager , Rev. Keith Ratliff Sr., Maple Street Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Al Perez, Miracle Life Family Church , Tamara Scott, Concerned Women for America, Iowa Republican National Committeewoman , Troy Newman, Pro-Life Nation, Jenny Condon, Executive Director, InnerVisions HealthCare , Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life
Prayer and Healing Service: 4:00-5:30pm
As many are in need of healing from the wounds of abortion, pastors and prayer leaders will be present to assist those who are struggling with the aftermath of the decision they or a loved one have made. For confidentiality purposes of those needing prayer support, this will not be a publicly disclosed location. Contact 877.595.9406 or outreach@iowaRTL.org for more information.
Siouxland March for Life
Sunday, January 20th at 1:00 pm in Sioux City
Participants will begin at the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store at 4137 Gordon Drive and continue to Planned Parenthood on Stone Avenue and conclude with a rally at Bethel Baptist Church at 4212 Gordon Rd.
The event is being held to promote the protection of all stages of life in the Siouxland community. Most Reverend R. Walker Nickless, Bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City will lead the march and offer a prayer in front of the Planned Parenthood offices. Other speakers scheduled to address the crowd include Iowa State Senator Bill Anderson and Jake Dagel, founder and Executive Director of Teen Defenders. The keynote speaker will be Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of THE FAMiLY LEADER.
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