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April 9, 2012
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Sidewalk 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:

Six-month-old Joseph Landeros has gorgeous, dark saucer-shaped eyes, a little button nose and a smile that lights up his chubby face.

About 13 months ago, Dan Miller met Mareza for the first time as she was entering the clinic planning to have an abortion.

He’s 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.

It’s a bit blurry, but you can see his tiny head, arms and body on the ultrasound as he grew inside Mareza.

That 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.

Mareza 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 Milwaukee.

That 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 her pregnancy.

Read the rest of the article here.

View the YouTube video we did with Mareza here.

40 Days for Life
wrapped up on Palm Sunday. 40 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 prayers.

Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Gov. Walker for signing pro-life bills


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 abortion rate.
 
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.
 
Pro-Life Wisconsin is proud to be part of the coalitional effort that resulted in Thursday's bill signings.”


Click here to read a Wisconsin State Journal article about the bill signing.

Register 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.

Bishop Morlino 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 plans.

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!

Register today 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.

Rep. Steve Nass blasts University of Wisconsin Madison for spring break condom giveaway


From LifeSiteNews:

 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 condoms.

Rep. Steve Nass has said the giveaway sends the wrong message and is a poor use of funds by the state-funded university.

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 dollars annually.

“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.”


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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 2012 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 Monday, April 16 – no exceptions! ­­­



National 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 Photo Contest
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.



Pro-life news wrap-up


- Confused 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 more here.

- ‘Heart-rending’: Young Slovakian sculptor captures post-abortion pain, mercy and forgiveness. Read more here.

Affiliate activities


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 https://www.facebook.com/bvmqp.

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 Community Room.


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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 info@prolifewisconsin.org 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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 608-364-2830.

Courtesy announcements


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) 532-4740.


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.

Missionaries 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 defendbabies@missionariestopreborn.com
 
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.

The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets to pray every Thursday evening from 6-6:30 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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

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.

Cenacles of Life 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.

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. State Director Peggy Hamill will join them in prayer this Wednesday, March 28. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779.


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