counselors: Few short words make the difference
If this story doesn’t leave you believing in the
goodness of mankind, nothing will!
From the Milwaukee Catholic Herald,
a profile of one of our sidewalk counselors and
a woman who chose life due to his efforts:
Joseph Landeros has gorgeous, dark
saucer-shaped eyes, a little button nose and a
smile that lights up his chubby face.
13 months ago, Dan Miller met Mareza for the
first time as she was entering the clinic
planning to have an abortion.
a stunning baby, but one of the most cherished
photos that his mom, 19-year-old Mareza
Landeros, keeps in a frame near her bed
doesn’t show his black hair or flawless olive
skin and toothless grin. Rather, it’s a fuzzy
image of Joseph taken some 13 months ago.
a bit blurry, but you can see his tiny head,
arms and body on the ultrasound as he grew
was actually the second image of Joseph that
Mareza had taken that February day in 2011,
and it’s the one that convinced her that
Joseph was a person, a life waiting to be
born, instead of a blob of tissue that she had
planned on aborting.
has the first image taken of Joseph, too, the
one from earlier in the day on Feb. 24, 2011,
the one taken during her initial consult in
preparation for the abortion at Affiliated
Medical Services on Farwell Avenue in
one is even fuzzier and is taken at a wider
angle. Here it’s more difficult to see Joseph
and he looks more like the mass of cells that
Mareza thought he was at this 10-week stage of
Read the rest of the article here.
View the YouTube video we did with Mareza
40 Days for Life wrapped up on Palm
Days for Life in Milwaukee closed out
the campaign with 31 saves — the 2nd highest
number of saves of all 258 40 DFL locations!
This is great news, but it is sobering, as well
— there is much work to be done with assisting
women in need. In addition, sidewalk counselors
are seeing higher numbers of clients come in
from out of state, especially Illinois, now that
the infamous Rockford abortion mill has closed
permanently. Please keep sidewalk counselors,
their work and their spiritual welfare in your
Wisconsin thanks Gov. Walker for signing pro-life
On Thursday, April 5, Governor Walker signed
three pro-life bills into law. Senate Bill
237 reverses the contraception
education/instruction sexual education mandate
of 2010, once again giving public school
districts the freedom to adopt abstinence-only
human growth and development curricula. Senate
Bill 92 prohibits any plan in Wisconsin’s
prospective health insurance “exchange” from
covering abortion. Senate Bill 306 effectively
prohibits RU-486 videoconference abortions by
requiring the prescribing physician to perform a
physical exam of the woman and to be physically
present in the room when the abortion-inducing
drug is given.
Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Peggy Hamill
offered the following comments:
“Pro-Life Wisconsin is very happy to see
Governor Walker sign three important pieces of
pro-life legislation. We applaud him for
approving these common sense bills that protect
children, women and pro-life taxpayers.
Restoring local control to our public schools in
the sensitive area of sexual development and
rejecting Planned Parenthood’s
‘one-size-fits-all’ contraception instruction
mandate is a key victory for parents and
children. Giving our kids the tools they need to
practice chastity is the only truly effective
way to protect their bodies and their hearts
from the pitfalls of premarital sex.
Furthermore, studies show that increased
contraception use leads to an increase in the
Concerning the Obamacare health 'exchanges,'
polls demonstrate that Americans overwhelmingly
oppose the inclusion of taxpayer-funded abortion
in health care reform. Government must not
force us to participate in the killing of our
preborn brothers and sisters with our federal
tax dollars. Finally, outlawing so-called
‘webcam’ abortions in our state is critical.
Planned Parenthood already has the
videoconference infrastructure in place to
remotely dispense RU-486, a toxic chemical
abortion drug dangerous to women’s health.
Wisconsin is proud to be part of the
coalitional effort that resulted in Thursday's
Click here to read a Wisconsin
State Journal article about the bill signing.
online now to see David Bereit speak!
David Bereit, the
founder of 40
Days for Life, will be speaking
at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events!
We are hosting
an "Evening with David Bereit" in Madison on
Thursday, April 26. Register online here.
will give the opening prayer, and we will be
presenting an award to Dr. Nancy Fredericks in
recognition of her courage for exposing the
Madison Surgery Center's late-term abortion
David will be
the keynote speaker at our Annual Spring Awards
Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 28 in Green
Bay. Register online here.
We will be
presenting awards for the Legislator and the
Activist of the Year at the Spring Awards
Dinner. Father Dan Schuster, the Vocations
Director of the Diocese of Madison, will give
the opening prayer. Rep. Andre Jacque will be
receiving the Legislator of the Year award. Jim
Ball, leader of 40 Days for Life in Green Bay and
pro-life activist extraordinaire, will be
receiving the Activist of the Year award. Join
us in honoring these great pro-life men!
for these can't-miss events! David is a dynamic
speaker with a very inspiring story to share
about how 40 Days for Life has made a pro-life
impact around the world.
Steve Nass blasts University of Wisconsin Madison
for spring break condom giveaway
A state representative is criticizing the
University of Wisconsin at Madison for giving
away free bags to students before spring break
containing lip balm, suntan lotion – and
Rep. Steve Nass has said the giveaway sends the
wrong message and is a poor use of funds by the
His spokesperson, Mike Mikalsen, said Nass
believes “it’s not the role of the university to
encourage sexual activity.” He added, “if you
can afford to go to the Caribbean, then you can
afford to buy your own condoms.”
“It’s bad on several levels,” said Julaine
Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, a
state pro-family organization. “It’s bad because
it uses taxpayer money for something of that
nature. But it’s also sending a message to our
young people that sex is just for recreation,
and there’s no procreative aspect to it. As our
president said, you wouldn’t want anybody
punished with a baby.”
U-W Madison’s University Health Services
Executive Director Sarah Van Orman said the
university provides “free” condoms to students
all year long at a cost of a few thousand
“Our U-W system has had this of mentality of
promoting promiscuity and encouraging
recreational sex among the student on taxpayer
money for years,” Appling said. She said the
problem goes well beyond Madison, one of the
nation’s most notoriously liberal universities,
and is system-wide. “We know that other campuses
have done this in the past, as well,” she said.
After a similar incident created widespread
backlash several years ago, she said the
university has gotten better at communicating
the message under the media’s radar.
Rep. Terese Berceau, the Democratic
representative of Madison, said the condom
giveaway is “sending a good message.”
to read more.
Deadline quickly approaching for Sharon Schumer
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 2012
Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship through April
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 Monday, April
16 – no exceptions!
Pro-Life T-Shirt Week
American Life League's pro-life t-shirt week begins
Tuesday, April 24.
NPLTW is organized
by American Life League with the intent to
increase awareness of the personhood of the child
in the womb and the tragedy of abortion.
Primarily, we are concerned with getting people to
think of the child as a person from the moment of
his or her biological inception. It is much harder
to murder a person than it is to "remove a lump of
tissues," and it is only when we finally get the
nation thinking in those terms that we will be
able to restore the right to life of our preborn
brothers and sisters.
Just by wearing the T-shirt and being out there in
public, you will help to accomplish that goal!
About the NPLTW
Three years ago, American Life League started a
photo contest and associated it with National
Pro-life T-shirt Day. The idea was to get as many
people wearing a pro-life shirt out into the
public arena to more effectively show how
prevalent pro-life sentiments are.
The contest had quickly evolved into a nationally
recognized event involving hundreds of youth for
over a month of solid pro-life activity. In 2010,
there were almost 4,000 photos submitted for the
contest. Last year we expanded the contest and had
two events which captured close to 10,000 photos.
This contest is perfect for someone who has not
done any type of pro-life activities as well as
for those who have competed in the last two years.
We are adding many new features to the contest
this year to keep it interesting and to open the
contest even more so that everyone has a chance.
about the Pepsi/fetal cell issue? Here
are the facts, from Jill Stanek. Read more here.
- Photo of baby
aborted in China at 9 months in forced
abortion circulates on Internet, sparks outrage.
Read more here.
- Good Friday:
Alabama abortion mill shutting down due
to numerous health code violations. Read more here.
- Good Friday:
3,200 pro-lifers pray at Planned
Parenthood mega-abortion mill in Minnesota. Read
Young Slovakian sculptor captures post-abortion
pain, mercy and forgiveness. Read more here.
Sawyer County Affiliate (Hayward) - Queen of
Peace, Protector of Life - will be again be
offering offering the 'Cemetery of the
Innocents' display of 400 crosses representing
the thousands of daily abortions in the USA. In
addition, we have a new display of fetal models
consisting of 13 models, 5-35 weeks gestation
and one newborn. These are professional grade,
soft-touch models that can be handled, and are
available all year, with or without the crosses.
They're suitable for all ages. For more
information call Bob Ornberg at 715-699-1287 or
check out our new Facebook page at
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co. prays at Planned
Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided.
Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.
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
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. During 40 Days For Life
which begins February 22, we will be
Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood Through
Mary on Tuesdays 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and
Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For information,
call Ann at (920) 921-6062 or Julie (920)
923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also 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 has 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 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm
- 3pm. 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
email@example.com 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 at Planned Parenthood Appleton North
on 3800 N. Gillett St.
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 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 36th 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (262) 656-0301.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County members daily
praise and thank God for the January 13, 2012
permanent closure of the Rockford, IL abortion
mill. Chapter members meet monthly (except
June, July, August) in St. Jude's Hall, Beloit,
WI. The Spiritually Adopt-A-Baby
initiative resumed March 24/25 at St. Jude/St.
Thomas parishes, praying daily for nine months
for pre-born babies. If you'd like
information regarding this, contact Charlene
Tolmie 608-362-3406 or Sister Rosalia Bauer
Knights of Columbus breakfast to benefit
Pregnancy Helpline of Madison: The Knights of
Columbus will be serving
breakfast from 8 am– 12:30 pm on Sunday, April
22 at the Round Table in Sun Prairie (1611 N.
Bristol St., Sun Prairie, WI, 53590-1262). All of the
proceeds of the breakfast will benefit the
Pregnancy Help Line. It will feature
an All-You-Can-Eat breakfast buffet including
Pancakes, Waffles, Strawberries, Whip Cream,
Scrambled Eggs, Sliced Ham, Hash browns,
Sausage, Bacon, Biscuits & Gravy, Toppings
for poor man’s omelets, Apple Sauce, Coffee,
Milk & Orange Juice. Adults are $9,
children ages 4-10 are $3, and children ages 3
and under are free.
A & A Alexandrina Center will have their
annual auction dinner on Friday, May 11,
2012 at the Swan Club, at Legends, 875
Heritage Rd., De Pere, WI
Doors Open at 5; Dinner at 6:30. Michael Voris
will be the keynote speaker. Tickets available
through Marypauly48@yahoo.com or call (920)
Missionaries to the Preborn will have a
sidewalk counseling training session on
Saturday, April 21, from 9:30a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
with hands-on experience from 11:15 til noon
for those able to go to the abortuary. It will
be held at the Milwaukee Central Library, 814
W. Wisconsin Ave. 2nd floor Krikelas
Conference room, Milwaukee. Call Jim at
414-462-3399 with questions.
to the Preborn will have a pro-life picket
on Saturday, April 21, from 11:30am to 1:00pm
at the intersection of W Capital Dr.
& N Fond du Lac Ave in Milwaukee.
Signs will be provided. Any questions call
414-462-3399 or email
Michael Voris S.T.B., a Catholic layman
with a passion for saving souls, presents
“Social Injustice” How a Corrupt Social
“Gospel” Promotes Evil Disguised as Justice on
Saturday May 12. For more information, visit
www.cufmilwaukee.org or call 414-321-9377.
Sponsored by Catholics United for the Faith
St. Gregory VII Chapter.
Life-A-Thon! Join us and start a family tradition
with this annual, family-friendly walk/run for
the unborn! This year we’re having two
locations at the same time. Get friends
together, recruit sponsors, and compete for
one of the famous silver sneaker awards! Date:
Saturday, May 12, 2012. Time: 9-10 am -
Check-in/registration; 10 am –Walk/run begin
approx. 5K Walk/run at McCarty Park
Pavilion, 2567 S. 79th St., West Allis, WI OR
NEW: Walk/run/bike at Calvary Lutheran School,
110 Division St. Thiensville, WI. Register:
www.Life-A-Thon.org or 414-727-8176. Cost:
$17–Individual; $50–Family of 3 or more
(immediate family); $85-School group (2 adult
leaders and any # of students) $5 late fee
after May 5, 2012
Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign meets Wednesdays
at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede
with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we
walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a
peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down
the evil strongholds present there and be an
encouragement for the pro-life
legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet
of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in
twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.
The third Monday of every month All Saints
Catholic Church in Berlin says a Rosary for
life at the church's monument for the unborn
after a 5:15p.m. Mass. Everyone welcome.
pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish
to pray every Thursday evening from
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.
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 St. Pius X Catholic Church
in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for
an end to the culture of death.
meets at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 108
McHenry St, Burlington, WI every Wednesday at 6
p.m., and recites the second oral Rosary in the
main body of the church, finishing at 7:15 p.m.
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)
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. State Director Peggy Hamill will join
them in prayer this Wednesday, March 28. If you
have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715)