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April 4, 2011
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Only 5 days away: Joe Scheidler to speak at PLW's Spring Awards Dinner in Madison

Pro-Life Wisconsin's annual Spring Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, April 9 at the Crowne Plaza in Madison (cocktails at 6pm; dinner and program begin at 7pm).

Pro-Life activist Joe Scheidler will be the guest speaker. Scott Southworth will receive the Activistof the Year Award and Rep. Don Pridemore will receive the Legislator of the Year award. Southworth is a consistent propenent of personhood, and Rep. Pridemore is a PLW volunteer.

Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required. Register online here. Joe Scheidler is the national director of Pro-Life Action League. Read his bio

There's only about 10 seats left, and you have until tomorrow to register! Call today.

Joe received a hero's welcome in downtown Chicago Saturday afternoon as a group of pro-life youths gathered to show their support. Mr. Scheidler was in town for a tribute being held in his honor. Watch the You Tube here.

Special Assembly elections tomorrow -- Don't forget to vote!

Special primary elections will be held tomorrow April 5 for three vacant state Assembly seats left by Republicans joining the Walker Administration:  former Rep. Mike Huebsch of the 94th Assembly District left to serve as Secretary of the Department of Administration (DOA); former Rep. Mark Gottlieb of the 60th Assembly District left to serve as the Secretary of the Department of Transportation (DOT); and former Rep. Scott Gunderson of the 83rd Assembly District left to serve as Executive Assistant of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The special general election for these three vacant seats will be held May 3rd. The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) has proudly endorsed the following candidates in tomorrow’s special primary elections:

60th Assembly District (portions of Ozaukee and Washington counties):
•    Jake Curtis
•    Rik Kluessendorf
•    Paul Melotik
•    Tim Schwister
•    John Soper
•    Duey Stroebel
•    Gary Wickert

94th Assembly District (portions of Monroe and La Crosse counties):
•    John Lautz

The 83rd Assembly District (portions of Waukesha, Walworth, and Racine counties) does not have a Republican primary election. In the May 3 general election, lone Republican candidate Dave Craig will face the winner of tomorrow’s Democratic primary election. The PLW Victory Fund PAC has endorsed Dave Craig.

For those of you who live in the 60th and 94th Assembly Districts, tomorrow’s special primary elections are too important to miss. Plan to exercise your right to vote tomorrow, April 5, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Vote for life, and may God bless Wisconsin!

Wausau library backs down from decision to censor "Blood Money" showing

We are happy to report that the "Blood Money" showing on Sunday went off without a hitch. The showing was filled to capacity. Three pro-aborts were outside the library protesting. The attendance was mostly due to the national attention the "Blood Money" showing received, and many hearts and minds were opened and changed. We are very proud of 40 Days for Life of Wausau and our affiliate members for sticking to their pro-life convictions!

From LifeSiteNews:
The Wisconsin library that cancelled the showing of a pro-life movie earlier this week has now rescinded their decision after a lawsuit was filed against them.

The lawsuit was filed by 40 Days for Life of Wausau, which rented the facility.

The Wausau library had revoked permission at the last minute for the group to host a screening of the film Blood Money on library premises April 3. The library had pointed to a Facebook page indicating that pro-abortion activists were planning on protesting the screening as reason for cancelling the event.

Lawyers with the Thomas More Society (TMS), a pro-life public interest law firm representing the 40 Days for Life chapter, filed the suit earlier this week, which claimed that the library was censoring and suppressing the free speech rights of 40 Days for Life of Wausau.

40 hour perpetual prayer vigil in La Crosse

From Friday, March 25 (Feast of the Annunciation) through Sunday, March 27, pro-lifers observed 40 hours of prayer in La Crosse, in conjunction with 40 Days for Life efforts occurring all over the world. 40 Days for Life of La Crosse, a PLW affiliate, organized the prayer vigil.

On March 25, Fr. Scheckel led a Eucharistic Procession from St. James the Less Church in La Crosse, past Options Clinic and back to St. James. The staff and students of Providence Academy joined the procession.

For 40 straight hours, from 3 pm Friday, March 25, through 7 am Sunday, March 27, simultaneous indoor and outdoor vigils were held – Adoration in St. James while the prayer vigil was taking place outside of Options. Concluded with Mass on Sunday March 27 at St. James.

Thank you to our priests for leading. Thank you to the La Crosse 40 Days for Life group for organizing. Thank you to the men for taking the nighttime hours.

Photo credits: Jen Dunnett of the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Deadline quickly approaching for Sharon Schumer Scholarship Award

In our continued efforts to recognize and develop pro-life leadership and convictions among Wisconsin’s youth, the Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force is offering the Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship to two Wisconsin graduating high school seniors. Pro-Life Wisconsin is accepting applications for the 2011 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship through April 15.

These $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two young adults who meet the listed requirements, complete the application process, and are chosen by the selection committee. $500 will be paid the first year of college with an additional $500 paid the second year pending continued leadership in the pro-life movement.

Applications are available from the state office or by clicking here. Application deadline is April 15 – no exceptions! ­­­

Too many aborted

From the Madison Catholic Herald:
Many pro-choice advocates argue for abortion to be “safe, legal, and rare.”

But with the number of people killed by abortion in the United States topping 48 million since 1973, even the argument of “rare” is becoming less certain of an achievement. In 2008 alone, several hundred thousand more than the equivalent of the state of Rhode Island — the 43rd most populous state — was aborted.

Hidden within these numbers is the statistical fact that, proportionally, the hardest-hit populations in the U.S. are minorities, and in particular blacks. According to cumulated statistics, more African American children have been killed by abortions since 1973 than the total number of African American deaths from AIDS, violent crimes, accidents, cancer, and heart disease combined.

Ryan Bomberger, the co-founder of the Radiance Foundation, spoke in Madison on the need for greater awareness of this problem. His multimedia presentation at the Bishop O’Connor Center on March 23, “Human Dignity: The Power of Possibility,” was sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life of Madison, and the Diocese of Madison.

Click here to read more.

In the photo, above, you can see the Planned Parenthood "Pepto Bus" driving past our "Choice Kills" billboard in Madison.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- American Life League's pro-life t-shirt week begins Tuesday, April 12. Order the shirt today! More here.

- Pepsi, Kraft and Nestle have partnered with a biotech firm using aborted fetal cells in its research. Read more here.

- Pro-abortion Caroline Kennedy wil be featured at Catholic Dominican University of California. Read more here.

- Pro-life billboards in Chicago have been vandalized by pro-aborts. Read here.

Affiliate activities

Pro-Life Wisconsin Winnebago County prays at the Planned Parenthood on Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton from 12 - 1 pm on the first Monday of every month. If you cannot attend please take a moment to say a prayer for defunding Planned Parenthood permanently. Bring your own signs or make your own if you would like.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Marathon County
prays the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Fond du Lac County
prays in front of Planned Parenthood, 333 N. Peters Ave., Fond du Lac, on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For information, call Ann at (920) 921-6062. A pro-life Rosary is said at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. Mass each Saturday at St. Mary's Church, Marquette St. at E. Merrill Ave., Fond du Lac.

Vigil for Life-PLW Dane County have a perpetual presence on the sidewalks in front of Madison's Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road, Madison, WI 53704). Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business (every week day), 2 people (at least!) will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. The times and days are as follows: Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Thursday and Friday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for these 2-hour shifts, especially on a monthly basis. You may also "stop by." Those interested should click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact affiliate leader Laura Karlen at (608) 445-2064 or email

Pro-Life Wisconsin Chippewa Valley prays and gives public witness against abortion and contraception outside the Eau Claire Planned Parenthood (1231 Menomonie St.) every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee County gathers regularly on Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee, between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. SIDEWALK COUNSELORS ARE NEEDED! If you can come pray or counsel women entering the abortuary, please contact Peggy Hamill, (262) 796-1111, or e-mail for more information.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Outagamie County invites you to love your preborn neighbor as yourself, by going out to the places where abortions are sold and committed. Please plan to come and sidewalk counsel (beside the driveway), pray and witness with signs. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St., on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call Phil for more information, (262) 742-3299.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Waukesha County will join other pro-lifers for monthly prayer in front of the Planned Parenthood in Waukesha, 426 W. Main St. Prayer gatherings will be held the fourth Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County gathers for prayer witness every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services, 522 State Road 82 # F, in Mauston. Please call Richard Irwin, (608) 565-6706, for more information. They meet every second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library in Mauston at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary.  We pray every Saturday at 11 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood facility, located at Roosevelt Road and 6th Avenue in Kenosha. Please come and pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and other prayers with us. For more information contact Karie Kinzler at or at (262) 656-0301.

Please join Pro-Life Wisconsin Racine for a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood, 832 Main St. All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.

Rock County Chapter of Pro-Life Wisconsin encourages people to come to the Rockford abortion mill to pray, witness and counsel. The Northern Illinois Women’s Center is located at 10th St and Broadway, Rockford, Ill. Mothers seeking abortion enter between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. For more information please call Mary Jane Stephan (815) 624-2270 or (815) 670-1166. PLW Rock County is also on Facebook!

Courtesy announcements

Pro-Life Mass and Rosary with the Blessed Sacrament: Saturday, April 9 at 8 am. Please consider offering an hour of your time to pray with us for the agonizing trauma and suffering that abortion causes for men, women and children and for conversion and redemption for those who promote and carry out abortions. St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us. St. Anthony N 74 W13604 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, 53031

The pro-life Mass will be held April 7 at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Milwaukee. Mass will be said by Fr. Dan Sherman.          

Missionaries to the Preborn invites you to speak up for our preborn neighbor in Milwaukee on Saturday, April 16 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in Bayside, WI at the intersection of W. Brown Deer Rd. & N. Port Washington Rd. Signs will be provided.  Call Jim Soderna at (414) 462-3399 for directions.

Crisis pregnancy counseling training: The Women's Support Center is hosting a crisis pregnancy training on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The WSC is located at 2051 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Training is free but RSVP required. Contact Mary Gilpin at (414) 934-8888.

Campaign for Human Dignity: Lumen Christi Catholic Church is hosting pro-life speakers at the parish throughout Lent. Speakers as follows: Vicki Thorn of Project Rachel, April 12. For more information, click here. Pro-Life Wisconsin is one of the co-sponsors of this project.

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening at 6 p.m. at the West Bend Planned Parenthood, 532 Shepherd’s Drive, West Bend, WI. Located on the West end of town, approximately 1-1/2 miles west of Hwy 45 on West Washington Street (aka: Highway 33) in West Bend. It is in a shopping mall on the north-side of the street. We are on the sidewalk.

Abby Johnson will speak at Dubuque County Right to Life's annual L.I.F.E. DINNER
on Saturday, April 30 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Register online at Contact DCRTL with questions at (563) 556-5690.

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, world renowned lecturer, philosopher and theologian will speak at the Magnificat breakfast on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9 am - noon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Milwaukee.Tickets: $15.00. Dr. von Hildebrand has been seen on EWTN more than 80 times and authored many books. For information call Terri at (262) 677-1192 or check out the website at For tickets: send a self-addressed stamped envelope with ticket order to: Marlene Nagel—W213 N16551 Glen Brooke Dr. Jackson, WI 53037.

Pro-life Catholics in Berlin, Wis. gather outside the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. for a Rosary. Join them in praying for an end to abortion.

Holy Hour for the Unborn
: St. John the Evangelist Parish, 8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield, Wis. We come together every fourth Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. to pray for the end of abortion. The church has 24 hours of Adoration seven days a week. Contact Kathy Knaack with questions,

Cenacles of Life meets every Saturday morning at 6:45 a.m. to pray two Rosaries for pro-life intentions before the 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, west of Madison.

The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a prayer vigil every Monday at 4:30 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids on 8th St. by the Shopko mall to pray for the closing of the Planned Parenthood. If you have any questions contact Will Goodman at (608) 698-7443.

The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a prayer vigil every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Stevens Point in front of the strip mall next to Family Video to pray for the closing of Family Planning Health Services. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779.

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