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Dubuque County Right To Life (DCRTL) is a group of pro-life citizens dedicated to preserving and fostering respect for innocent human life from conception until natural death. Whether you’re looking to get involved with our mission or are in need of guidance, our doors are open and our resources are available to help you in any way possible.

Respect Life Month - October

Pro-Life Awareness Week

This year, our PLA week speaker is Emily Albrecht.  Emily is Director of Education & Outreach at Equal Rights Institute (ERI). At ERI, she is using her educational background to write, develop curriculum, and teach pro-life advocates how to change minds, save lives, and promote a culture of life in their communities. A sought-after speaker, Emily frequently presents lectures on college campuses, in high schools, and for churches and conferences, and she regularly appears in interviews and radio/TV/podcasts, including appearances on MSNBC, BBC Newsday, EWTN, Focus on the Family, Relevant Radio, Christianity Today, and Real Presence LIVE.

There will be two different speeches hosted this week:

Considering Abortion in a Post Roe America

Emily Albrecht will be presenting a speech titled, “Considering Abortion in a Post Roe America” for our luncheon on Tuesday, October 17th, from 11:30AM-1:00PM.  This Luncheon will be held at Dubuque Golf and Country Club. Doors open at 11:30AM and lunch will begin at noon. Registration is $20 per person, but you are welcome to pay at the door.

Please register before October 11th by calling our office at 563-556-5960 or email

A Woman’s View on Bodily Autonomy

There will also be three evening talks titled, “A Woman’s View on Bodily Autonomy” which will be free and open to the public:

Monday, October 16th at UW-Platteville at 6PM in the Platteville room - Markee Center, 1 University plaza, Platteville, WI 53818

Tuesday, October 17th at The Airliner in Iowa City at 6:30PM - 22 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Thursday, October 19th at Church of the Resurrection at 6:30PM in the social space - 4300 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002

Movie Night - Unplanned

In conjunction with the 40 Days for Life vigils, DCRTL Ambassadors for Life is hosting a community showing of the movie Unplanned on Saturday October 7th at 6:30PM in the St. Columbkille’s parish presentation hall. (1240 Rush St, Dubuque, IA 52003) Unplanned is the inspiring true story of one woman’s journey of transformation from Director at Planned Parenthood to an outspoken advocate for life with 40 Days for Life.  This is a free showing, with popcorn and refreshments provided. This is an R rated movie due to the disturbing/bloody images of the abortion pill process.

5th Grade Poster Contest

October is Respect Life Month! Dubuque County Right to life, Inc. is giving an opportunity for our 5th grade students to show their care for life issues through our annual poster contest! Each poster must be original and treat this year’s theme, Every Life Matters in a positive way. There will be an overall tri-state area first, second, and third place winner who will receive a monetary prize ($100, $75, and $50 respectively), and the top posters will be displayed at our annual Life Dinner.  Additional rules are:

  • A poster must be 11” x 17”  or  12” x 18”
  • A poster must be presented in complete and final form. It may include wording, line drawings, and/or artwork. May use multiple colors or pencil only. Be creative! It may NOT include paste-on pictures or wording or photographs.
  • In the entry, do not identify by name a person or organization which may seem to be for or against the theme.
  • Posters will be judged locally.
  • No identifying information should be on the front of the poster. On the back of the poster please print the student’s name, shirt size, Teacher’s name, and school’s name

Posters are due Monday, October 23rd

Upcoming Events

We have a vibrant and active community dedicated to showing others just how much we care. There are always a variety of events and activities – and you should join us! Check out our calendar page for more events this month.

Holy Hour For Respect of Life

Join us in praying for the most vulnerable at St. John the Baptist Church, Peosta on Thursday, Jan 26th @ 7:00 p.m. (Held on the 4th Thursday of the month)

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Dubuque County Right To Life, Inc.

2205 Carter Road
Dubuque, Iowa 52001

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