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Pro-Life This Week: July 7, 2023

The pope has announced a plenary indulgence for Catholics on Grandparents’ Day, July 23, 2023.

Catholic News Agency reports the indulgence can be received by grandparents, the elderly, and all Catholics who, “motivated by the true spirit of penance and charity,” participate in Pope Francis’ July 23 Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica or another Grandparents’ Day celebration, or who visit the elderly.

An indulgence is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven.”

The conditions for a plenary indulgence require the individual to be in a state of grace, have complete detachment from sin, and pray for the pope’s intentions. The person must also sacramentally confess their sins and receive Communion up to about 20 days before or after the prayers for the indulgence.

For more information, read the full article from Catholic News Agency.

Week in Review – Planned Parenthood Announces Closure of Three Iowa Abortion Facilities, Characterized as Abortion Expansion Plan

In late June, STOPP International learned of the closure of three Planned Parenthood facilities in Iowa. This news first appeared in last week’s Wednesday STOPP Report

In the wake of the first anniversary of the US Supreme Court Dobbs decision that negated the supposed constitutional right to abortion and has caused many challenges and great upheaval in Planned Parenthood’s business, Planned Parenthood North Central States announced its decision to permanently shutter three of its nine facilities in Iowa. 

The facilities closing are Council Bluffs, the Rosenfield location in Des Moines, and the Cedar Falls facility, which had been temporarily closed for some time. In an attempt to expand the abortion business of Planned Parenthood in the wake of the failure of these centers, staff and resources from the newly closed facilities will be shuffled to some of the facilities that will remain open. 

According to news reports, the closures were due to lack of staff and money and “the fluid nature of abortion laws in Iowa.” SW Iowa News reports that Planned Parenthood revealed in a news conference that Iowa abortions have decreased by 13% in the past year. At the same time, PP claims that they are seeing double the number of people from other states to their locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and North Dakota—the areas covered by PPNCS. 

Planned Parenthood’s abortion expansion plan will add surgical abortions in Cedar Rapids and Ames and the abortion pill at the Cedar Rapids facility and the Des Moines Knapp Health Center, which Planned Parenthood points out is near Drake University. University-aged women are a prime target for Planned Parenthood. Over half of all abortions in the US are now the result of abortion pills.


Following Fox News coverage of ALL’s STOPP International report on Planned Parenthood CEO compensation, the story has since made major media impact. Last week, ALL spokeswoman Katie Brown was a guest on OANN’s show Tipping Point discussing the report’s findings. The growing list of features for the STOPP report includes several Life News articles, The BlazeThe Epoch TimesRed StateZero HedgeLifeSiteNewsLive ActionThe StreamAmerican FaithAmerican Family NewsChristian Broadcasting Network, and Pro-America ReportRead the report here.  Last week’s coverage included Hugh Brown’s video interview with CBN was published along with an article on Faith Wire. Katie Brown’s interview with AFN was published last week as well.  

Susan Ciancio, Celebrate Life Magazine editor and head of CLSP, writes a weekly commentary on timely pro-life topics. Last week she wrote an article on the STOPP’s PP CEO report. The article was published by The Catholic World Report

Twice a week, Judie’s commentaries are distributed to an expansive media list. The list contains over 100 media outlets, such as Fox News, The Federalist, Breitbart, and The Daily Caller, among others. Judie’s commentaries are each featured on the front page of Each commentary is also featured as a part of Judie’s recurring column on Renew America

Last year in PLTW, we noted this tweet by Amy Hyde:

A year later, we check in: