2nd Annual
Midwest March for Life

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Every January, for decades, there has been the March for Life in Washington D.C. The March commemorates the dreadful Roe v. Wade decision, which paved the way for abortion on demand. In recent years, the West Coast began their own January March for Life.

Now it's OUR turn! Stand with us - March with us - for the 2nd Annual Midwest March for Life. Send the message throughout Iowa and the Midwest: We have not been silent! We will not be silent! We are the voice for the voiceless---the unborn, the infirm and the elderly. We will not rest until every life, born and unborn, is safe from the pervasive culture of death.

Co-Leaders of the 2014 Midwest March for Life will be Bryan Kemper of Stand True Pro-life Outreach and Bishop Richard Pates!

We encourage you to post positive Facebook comments and tweets about attending the Midwest March for Life using the hashtag #midwestmarch.
Thank you and we look forward to marching with you!
Iowa Events Center
730 Third Street
Date TBD
No Longer Accepting RSVPs

Special Thank You To:


Bryan Kemper

Founder, Stand True Pro-life Outreach

Bryan Kemper is the founder of Rock for Life, Stand True and the Pro-life Day of Silent Solidarity. He is currently the Youth Outreach Director for Priests for Life. Bryan Kemper has spent years reaching out to youth and encouraging this generation to get involved, and now he has endeavored to continue that outreach with Stand True Ministries. Stand True is an organization that believes the only way to stop abortion is to call out to Jesus and share His love with the nation. It is an organization that asks of young people, “Will you stand?” Bryan has certainly chosen to, and he can only hope and pray that others will too. - See more at: standtrue.com

Bishop Richard Pates

Bishop, Diocese of Des Moines
On April 10, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Pates the ninth bishop of the diocese of Des Moines. On that day, Bishop Pates outlined his thoughts as the shepherd for the Catholic diocese of central and southwest Iowa. Bishop Pates’ priorities since being installed May 29, 2008 have been:

Building up a Vocation culture that invites everyone to play a role: Reaching out to newcomers, particularly Spanish-speaking people; Educating and experiencing Evangelization; and Engaging youth and young adults as vibrant and valued members of the faith community.

Sue Thayer

Former Planned Parenthood Director
Sue Thayer had worked for nearly 18 years as the Center Manager of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Storm Lake, Iowa. She was fired in December 2008 when webcam abortion was being introduced in every Planned Parenthood in Iowa. Sue has gone on to become a strong voice for life and has been instrumental in educating the public about the tragedy of abortion, specifically webcam abortion. Sue led Storm Lake’s first ever 40 Days for Life campaign at the very clinic she supervised for so many years. Shortly after completing the 40 day prayer vigil, the clinic closed its doors forever.

Jenifer Bowen

Executive Director, Iowa Right to Life
Jenifer began volunteering at Iowa Right to Life in 2001, joining the staff in 2007. In early 2010, she began her current tenure as Executive Director. She holds a B.A. in Biblical Counseling from Baptist Bible College in Pennsylvania and has counseled women in crisis in both religious and secular institutions. The impact of Roe vs. Wade on her generation is not lost on Bowen, who was born just four months before the landmark decision legalizing abortion in the U.S. "With parents who were mere teenagers at the time, I could have easily been an abortion statistic. There are a lot of people my age and younger saying, 'Maybe God spared us for a reason. Perhaps this is why we are supposed to be involved." It is her passion to share the truth and wonder of human LIFE in all stages of development.

Sue Martinek

President, Coalition for Life of Iowa
The Coalition for Life of Iowa promotes respect for human life from fertilization until natural death through prayer, education and raising awareness. The President, Sue, believes in the protection of all human beings from conception to natural death. Because every human is created in the image and likeness of God, every human life is sacred

Carl Christiansen

Beauty Amidst The Ashes
Carl Christiansen is the founder and president of Beauty Amidst The Ashes. With the heart of a father his desire and passion is to defend and love the fatherless and orphan. As a boy Carl developed an urgency to share the gospel message with those around him. Adopted as an infant, he grew up learning he was chosen and special. Carl sees the powerful connection between his own adoption and how God adopts us into His family. Carl speaks about adoption, the importance of pro-life and defends those who have no voice. Pioneering this ministry with his birth mom, Carl uses their stories to point others to the hope of the gospel. Its truth can change lives and restore relationships. His surrender to the path set before him brought the beauty of bringing painful experiences to the feet of Jesus and letting him take control.

Jake DeVantier

Outreach Director, 2nd Vote

Our goal is to help you make better decisions when you cast your 2nd Vote every day by letting you know where your money really goes when you're buying a product, eating at a restaurant, or supporting an organization.

2nd Vote is a group of conservatives who are dedicated to helping you be informed about the everyday choices you make. We believe you can make a difference, and with 2nd Vote you will.

Rebecca Aske

Vice President,

Beauty Admist The Ashes

Rebecca Aske is a birth mother and the Vice President of Beauty Amidst The Ashes. This non-profit 501c3 organization exists to advocate and educate individuals and families about adoption. At fifteen years of age, Rebecca Aske made the difficult decision to place her newborn son Carl for adoption to Dale and Diana Christiansen. Rebecca holds degrees in Ministry Leadership, Biblical Studies and Child Development. Her career includes more than 20 years as church ministry staff. She educates people about adoption, sexual assault/rape and domestic violence. Through speaking and writing many identify with her personal life stories finding hope, humor and help in her narrative.

Pastor Mike Bourland

Pastor, Walnut Creek Community Church

Mike and his family moved to Des Moines in 1993. Mike works as a civil engineer and has served as a pastor with Walnut Creek Church since 2003. Mike and his wife, Dawn, are blessed with seven children. They met while attending the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where they committed to living their lives for Christ.

Schedule of Events

11:00AM                           Welcome! Please meet on the WEST STEPS of the Iowa State Capitol (1007 E Grand Ave, Des
                                           Moines, IA
). We will provide some signs to carry but feel free to bring your own signs/
                                           banners. Remember to dress for Iowa weather!
11:00AM - 12:00PM        Let the March, begin! We will open in prayer and remarks by Bishop Richard Pates and Bryan 
                                           Kemper. The marching will end at the Supreme Court with a closing prayer and instructions for 
                                           the Roe v. Wade Effect Luncheon at Iowa Events Center.

12:30PM - 2:30PM           The Roe v. Wade Effect Luncheon is held at the Iowa Events Center. This portion of the day will
                                            allow attendees to hear our keynote, Byran Kemper and others. Various pro-life organizations will
                                            have booths to visit. Reservations are requested for attendance at the Roe v. Wade Effect
                                            luncheon program. A free will offering opportunity will be presented to help defray costs of the
                                            Midwest March for Life and luncheon. Please make your reservations by Friday, January 10 to
                                            ensure enough food. To RSVP, click the "RSVP for luncheon" button on this page. With any
                                            questions, contact Paula Brown at 877.595.9406 or outreach@iowaRTL.org

2:30PM - 4:30PM              Calling all High School and College pro-life advocates! A Youth Rally will be held at this time in
                                            another Iowa Events Center room. There will be a live band (Walnut Creek Teen band), networking
                                            with other SFLA groups/members/student leaders, snacks, and of course, Bryan Kemper with a
                                            special speaking engagement for students!

2:30PM - 4:30PM              Interested in exposing the dirty laundry of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland? How
                                            about the IRS? Join us for FOUR Breakout Sessions! These sessions will run simultaneously with
                                            the Youth Rally but in a separate room.

The After Party

Leadership Institute would like to invite all High School and College students attending the Midwest March for Life and Youth Rally to an after party of training -- Leadership Institute style.

To attend the Leadership Institute training, please RSVP Here.

Building a solid, effective, and well-branded campus organization is no easy task. For pro-life students it can be even more difficult; jumping over the hurdles of hostile administrations, unhelpful Student Government Associations, and combative opposition activists, all takes a little bit of know how. Fortunately, jumping over these hurdles is a specialty of the Leadership Institute's Campus Leadership Program. Join our Regional Field Coordinator, Craig Holland Dixon, a veteran campus organizer, for a crash course on building up your campus organization.

In this school you will learn effective techniques for establishing and building your own campus organization. Topics covered include:

-The real nature of politics on your campus
-Recruitment and building your organization
-Building influence on campus and in your community
-Activism ideas and techniques
-Fundraising and finances
-Internal organization

Any questions can be directed to Regional Field Coordinator, Craig Dixon, at craighdixon@gmail.com

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