As members of the Respect Life Committee at Christ the King parish, we affirm that human life is a gift from God and, therefore, must be respected and protected at
every stage and in every condition
. We support the statement of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops that, “the right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights” (www.usccb.org).
Our model and patron saint is Saint Gianna Beretta Molla (October 4, 1922 – April 28, 1962), an Italian pediatrician, wife, and mother who is best known for refusing both an abortion and a hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child, despite knowing that continuing with the pregnancy could result in her death.
Her heroism is an inspiration for our activities that include: hosting educational talks on Pro-Life and End-of-Life issues, providing resources and information, the Baby Bottle and diaper drives, the Spiritual Adoption program, participation in the 40 Days for Life prayer campaign and the Midwest March for Life, and Memorial Masses for the Unborn. With great joy, the Memorial Garden for the Unborn was completed in 2014. All are welcome here to pray and to reflect on the dignity and value of all human life.
Agape Pregnancy Center
2550 Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
(515) 255-0243 or (800) 712-4357
Alpha Women’s Center – Des Moines
3605 SE 14th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
Alpha Women’s Center – Ankeny
114 SW State Street
Ankeny, Iowa 50023
Bethany Christian Services of South Central Iowa
316 East 6th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
Birthright of Des Moines*
5806 Hickman Road
Des Moines, Iowa 50322
Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines
601 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
InnerVisions Health Care
1355 50th Street, Suite 400
West Des Moines, Iowa 50266
Lutheran Family Service
6200 Aurora Avenue, Suite 410W
Urbandale, Iowa 50322
515-251-4900 or 1-877-510-BABY for pregnancy counseling
534 42nd Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50312
Mark McDougal, Executive Director
Ruth Harbor is a home and program for young women with unplanned pregnancies.
For pregnancy clinics & resources outside of the Des Moines area, visit
Iowa Right to Life
*Adoption information is also provided.
Great Bible Verse... Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
1 Corinthians 11:2