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Monday Update

April 5, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         Spring general election tomorrow – Don’t forget to vote!

·         Spring Awards Dinner: Sign up today!

·         Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship applications due April 15

·         San Diego schools no longer require parental consent for abortions

·         More than 100 people attended Good Friday prayer vigil in Milwaukee

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Spring general election tomorrow – Don’t forget to vote!


Don’t forget to vote in tomorrow’s spring general election (Tuesday, April 6) – let your pro-life voice be heard! 


The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) has proudly endorsed the Honorable Edward E. Leineweber for Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV, and Representative Mark Gundrum for Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge, Branch 2.


Judge Leineweber and Representative Gundrum’s broad judicial experience coupled with their commitment to the federal and state constitutions as written make them the only choice for pro-life voters in tomorrow’s spring election. To learn more about Judge Leineweber’s campaign for Wisconsin Court of Appeals, click here for his campaign Web site. To learn more about Mark Gundrum’s campaign for Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge, click here for his campaign Web site. 


Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC supports candidates for public office who demonstrate a commitment to protect each and every innocent human life in all circumstances and at all stages of development – from fertilization to natural death.


This spring election is too important to miss. Plan to exercise your right to vote tomorrow, April 7, and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Vote for life, and may God bless Wisconsin!



Spring Awards Dinner: Sign up today!


Above: Memorial to the Unborn at the      Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Spring Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Visitor’s Center) in La Crosse, Wis.


The Shrine was recently profiled in the March 18 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the article. Pro-Life Wisconsin is thrilled and honored to have the privilege of hosting a dinner at the Shrine!


Sister Christa Marie, FSGM, executive director of the Shrine, will give a keynote presentation on the Memorial to the Unborn located at the Shrine. Sister Christa Marie will discuss the vision behind, significance of and future plans for this magnificent structure.


Awards will be presented for the legislator of the year and activist of the year. Senator Glenn Grothman will receive the legislator of the year award, and Ron Putzer will receive the activist of the year award. Ron has been very active in our Marathon County affiliate for years. WSAW recently did a TV news story on 40 Days for Life in Wausau, which Ron is a huge part of. To watch the news clip, click here.


Seats are $35 each. A limited number of seats are available, so register soon! To register, click here.



Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship applications due April 15


Pro-Life Wisconsin is now accepting applications for the 2010 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship!


Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors (including homeschoolers). Must be accepted at and planning to attend any college, university or technical school – in-state or out-of-state.


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



San Diego schools no longer require parental consent for abortions


From LifeNews:

San Diego school officials have upset pro-life advocates by adopting a new policy making it so teenagers no longer need parental consent for a host of activities, including abortion. The new policy makes it so teens can go on their own for confidential medical appointments without parental involvement.


The San Diego Unified Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to revise the policy without any opposition or debate.


Both pro-life and pro-abortion advocates spoke out about the changes in interviews with 10 News.


Leslie Brunolli said she opposed the change because she had an abortion she now adamantly regrets and doesn’t want young women to make the same mistake.


“I wanted to finish college. I wanted out of the situation and I had no idea that I would have any ramifications at all, but I did,” she said of the abortion that took away 20 years of her life with regret and heartache until she sought help.


“To be able to have them taken out of school to have a medical procedure, I can’t believe it,” she said. “It makes me angry.”


But Vince Hall of Planned Parenthood told the television station he supports the change.


“Every day that the old policy was in effect, every day that the old policy guided people who work in the schools was a day that teens were really being put in danger,” he claimed.


Marge Kleinsmith, who oversees sex education for the school district, said the change was needed to conform with state law.


“Some school nurses and staff have been allowing students to be released for these kinds of appointments — could be for suicide counseling, could be for an STD test, could be for pregnancy, could be for a lot of things – - because they knew state law said they could,” Kleinsmith said. “Others have been strict about not letting students do this. This gives us much-needed clarity.”


Although San Diego is changing its policy, the Tribune newspaper said Vista Unified school board voted in 2009 to stand by its practice of requiring parental involvement beforehand.


Contact School Board members by clicking here.



More than 100 people attended Good Friday prayer vigil in Milwaukee


On April 2, more than 100 people joined Pro-Life Wisconsin and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society for Good Friday Stations of the Cross. Stations were said at St. Rita Catholic Church followed by a procession to the Affiliated abortion mill. Thank you to all those who attended and prayed for the unborn with us! The pro-life crowd outnumbered the death escorts – recruited by the abortion mill to prevent women going in from talking to pro-lifers – by ten to one.



Affiliate announcements


Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha: On April 11, for Divine Mercy Sunday, the Kenosha Affiliate will be sponsoring a distribution of the Divine Mercy Image at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 5804 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, after the 10:30 am mass. Our Merciful savior had asked St. Faustina to encourage all to display this image in their homes. We will also be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and reciting a prayer for all those victimized by the abuse of abortion. Our dearly beloved Venerable Pope John Paul ll has said, "Trust in the Lord, be Apostles of Divine Mercy."


Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and times.

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 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.


PLW Walworth County holds regular prayer vigils at the Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St.  Please call Phil for dates and times, (262) 742-3299.


Pro-Life Wisconsin Waukesha County will hold prayer gatherings every Saturday during Lent from 11 a.m. to noon at the Planned Parenthood in Waukesha.


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 will have a Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. Contact Karie Kinzler at or (262) 656-0301 for further details.


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. Called “NIWC,” 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 – click here.



Courtesy announcements


Pro-Life Mass: The monthly pro-life Mass will be held on Thursday, April 8 at 10 a.m. at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Milwaukee. Fr. Daniel Sherman will celebrate Mass.


In Wausau, there will be a prayer vigil on Thursdays at 3 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services. For more information, contact Janet Nichols at (715) 848-2174. FPHS now closes on Friday at 1 p.m. Thank God!

The St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society
will pray the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Please call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date. Ron will be honored as our 2010 Activist of the Year at our Spring Awards Dinner!


A Special Presentation for Teens and Parents: Discovering God's Plan for LOVE and LIFE! Come and invite friends to join us for lunch and this presentation on God's design for relationships. Sunday, April 25, after the 10:30 Mass at St Anthony Catholic Church, N74 W13604 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls. Teen presentation by Bill and Colleen Pedersen; Parent DVD by Ellen Marie and Jason Evert. Register by April 18 at  Please include full name, teen or adult and parish. Registration is required for lunch.


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats offer hope and healing for any person who has struggled with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. Next retreat is April 16-18 in Madison.  Call (608) 821-3177 or email Confidentiality is assured.


Vicki Thorn, founder of post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel, will speak in Fond du Lac at Holy Family Church (271 Fourth St. Way, the corner of Cty. K and T) on April 18 and April 19 at 7 p.m. Through scientific studies, Vicki shows how men and women are inherently different, yet built to compliment each other. Learn about the biochemistry of sex, the problems of the sexual revolution and the fascinating science of attraction. Gina Loehr, author of Real Women, Real Saints, will discuss NFP.                               


A&A Alexandrina Center is proud to announce Alan Keyes as the guest speaker for their first-ever Spring Gala in Green Bay. It will be held at the KI Convention Center, on Saturday, April 17. For more information, go to


The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse is having a solemn celebration in honor of St. Gianna Molla on Sunday, April 25. Mass is at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. prayer and reflection on St. Gianna and at 3 p.m., there will be veneration and installation of a First Class Relic of St. Gianna. More information on the News and Events page at


Sixth Annual Midwest Regional Bioethics Conference: Saturday, May 1 at the St. Francis Seminary (3257 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, WI). Theme: Moral Limits of

Autonomy. Keynote Speaker: George Weigel. For information, go to, email or call (414) 758-2214.


The St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society will pray the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Please call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.


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.


The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe: 2010 spring mission for life with the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The replica image was touch to the actual Tilma of St. Juan Diego. The stops on this tour will focus on the importance of being in solidarity with the most defenseless of our brothers and sisters, as well as standing with those generous individuals who are witnessing to the cause of life. Tour will conclude with the final stop:

- Monday April 5: Wisconsin Rapids "Planned Parenthood" vigil site 4:30-5:15pm.



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