Des Moines Stand Up Rally Attended by Over 200
Posted by Jenifer Bowen (June 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm)
Jenifer Bowen, Executive Director of Iowa Right To Life, kicked off the rally by reading a support statement from both Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds (attached), who could not attend the rally in person that day.
Msgr. Frank Bognanno from Christ the King Church in Des Moines, read a statement from Bishop Richard Pates of the Des Moines Diocese, who invited everyone to the Fortnight of Freedom event taking place on Sunday, July 1st about this same issue.
Monsignor Bognanno stated, “Some people say this is an issue that should be between a woman and her doctor. That’s not true. It’s between the woman and the doctor and the one who has to pay. If this mandate goes through, I think it will eventually include abortions. We need to make a stand right now.”
Rev. Mr. Rick Condon was our informative and, at times, humorous MC. Patti Branco, House District #34 candidate spoke about the importance of standing up at every opportunity.
Pastor Matt Floyd, lobbyist for Concerned Women for America in Iowa, as well as Pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Osceola, finished out the event with a history lesson from our founding fathers on religious freedom, and the vital importance to not be silenced. Pastor Floyd then led the crowd in a heart felt acapella singing of The Star Spangled Banner which ended in a huge applause.
The HHS Mandate Fact Sheet was distributed and the crowd lingered a long time talking with each other and the speakers. The Des Moines Register covered the rally, almost fairly.
The Catholic radio stations and Diocese newspaper, and WHO Radio announced the event. Two of our local conservative bloggers and news outlets carried the story after the fact with pictures. It ended up being a great event for Des Moines!