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April 11, 2011
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Sharon Schumer Scholarship application deadline is this Friday

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! ­­­

Palm Sunday and Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Good Friday holds special significance for pro-lifers, who gather in front of abortion clinics to pray the Stations of the Cross. As in years past, Pro-Life Wisconsin and our affiliates will be holding pro-life Stations of the Cross in memory of all those lost to abortion and for all those grieving a loss.

** Note date if you're interested in attending, dates and times vary by location.

- Milwaukee: Good Friday April 22, 9 a.m., Stations of the Cross will begin at Three Holy Women/St. Rita’s (1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee) with procession to Affiliated Medical Services (1428 N. Farwell Ave.

- Vigil for Life of Madison: Good Friday April 22, 5 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison).

- Pro-Life Wisconsin Winnebago County and Outagamie County: Palm Sunday, April 17, 1 p.m. at Planned Parenthood, 508 W. Wisconsin Ave, Appleton.

- Green Bay: 40 Days for Life Green Bay and the pro-life student group at St. Norbert College will close the 40-day prayer vigil on Palm Sunday, April 17 with Stations of the Cross at 5 p.m. at OB-GYN Associates of Green Bay, Medical Arts Building & Bellin Hospital , 704 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay.

Federal budget deal dumps Pence Amendment, restores Dornan Amendment

Congressional leaders and President Obama narrowly averted a government shutdown Friday night, agreeing to a budget that cuts $38 billion in federal spending this year.  Regrettably, this spending cut leaves the Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) unscathed. 

The final budget deal drops the Pence Amendment passed earlier this year by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. The Pence Amendment strips PPFA and all its nationwide affiliates of all federal funding. Planned Parenthood Federation of America performs more than 324,000 abortions annually and receives more than $363 million annually in federal, state, and local taxpayer funds – one third of their annual budget.

Despite the defeat of the Pence Amendment in the budget, Republican leaders did force Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to agree to a separate floor vote on the Pence Amendment in the Democrat-controlled Senate, something Reid said he would never let happen. Although there are not enough votes for passage in the Senate, a vote will further expose Planned Parenthood’s money-making abortion machine and its exploitation of young women. It will also put all Senators on record in support of or opposition to PPFA.

The budget deal did include restoration of the Dornan Amendment which prohibits federal and local public funding of abortions in Washington D.C. The Dornan Amendment includes rape, incest, and “life of the mother” exceptions.

UW-Madison's fetal research background

Last week, pro-lifers grimaced at the news that three major companies – Pepsi, Kraft and Nestle – partnered with Senomyx, a San Diego-based firm that produces artificial flavor enhancers using aborted fetal cell lines to test their products. Two additional companies, Campbell Soup and Solae, cut ties with Senomyx after the news broke. OneNewsNow has more.

All of this brought to mind open records documents obtained by Pro-Life Wisconsin and Alliance Defense Fund from the University of Wisconsin Hospital.  The documents (from the 1990s!) detail research projects using aborted fetal tissue — brain tissue from aborted babies; mice reconstituted with fetal pancreas; and fetal pancreas transplanted into the bodies of diabetic humans. All markups on the documents are UW’s.

When the debate was raging about performing late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center, UW admitted the MSC would be a potential source for fetal body parts. UW insists no such research is currently ongoing, but really, who’s checking? Certainly not the Madison media.

150 Catholic colleges connected to Planned Parenthood

A Catholic university watchdog group has issued the results of an Internet investigation detailing a staggering number of connections between abortion giant Planned Parenthood and Catholic universities in America.

The Cardinal Newman Society stated in its report [PDF]:
The types of relationships between Catholic colleges and universities and Planned Parenthood that this report uncovers are scandalous in that they publicly undermine the Church and her fundamental teachings on the sanctity of life.

The Catholic faithful have a right to expect that those institutions recognized as being Catholic by the Church will uphold Church teachings.  

We pray that Catholic colleges and universities will once and for all end the 50 year move toward secularization and embrace their special missions as Catholic institutions, which Pope John Paul II reminded us comes from the heart of the Church—Ex corde Ecclesiae.

Wisconsin colleges on this list:
  • The Edgewood College Health Service offers a “sexual health” page that refers students to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for “confidential reproductive health and family planning services including pregnancy testing, contraceptive supplies.” The site also refers students to an “emergency contraception” hotline.
  • The Counseling Center at Marian University offers links to websites about “Sex” including the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and
  • The website of Marquette University Law School includes a “Milwaukee Survival Guide,” which recommends “services” including Planned Parenthood and the National Organization for Women.
  • Alverno College congratulated a graduate student for accepting the position of Director of Education at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
  • Cardinal Stritch University helped develop leaders of Latino-serving nonprofit organizations to promote “social change” and improve “the quality of life to the community at large.” The program served a Planned Parenthood employee in 2005 and then two employees of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in 2007.

National Pro-Life T-shirt Week begins tomorrow!

American Life League's pro-life t-shirt week
begins Tuesday, April 12.

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
Two 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 prevelant 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 and we hope that 2011 will be bringing in over 10,000 photos.

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

40 Days for Life Mauston will conclude with a 4 p.m. potluck event at St. Patrick Church in Mauston on Sunday April 17. Speakers will include Will Goodman, Lisa Sommers (Rachel's Vineyard Stevens Point), Juneau County DA Scott Southworth and PLW's Steve Karlen.

40 Days for Life Wausau will have its closing rally and celebration on Sunday April 17, 2pm at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Marathon. Enjoy music, prayer, inspiration and refreshments. Featured speakers include Very Rev. Joseph G. Diermeier, Rep. Jerry Petrowski (PLW's 2009 Legislator of The Year), PLW's Peggy Hamill and the powerful testimonies of vigilers. Any questions call Janet at (715) 848-2174.

Human embryonic stem cells and a consistent ethic of life: Dr.Shawnee Daniels-Sykes will speak on ESCR and Catholic teaching at St. John the Evangelist (8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield) at 7pm on April 19. Event is free, but please RSVP to Kathy at (414) 329-0991.

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.

The Constitution and the Right to Life: Marisa Beffel, PhD will speak at Aquinas Academy on Tuesday, April 12, 7:15pm. Talk appropriate for those ages 12 & over. Call the Aquinas Academy School Office at (262) 502-1540 or email for more information. Marisa is on PLW's Speakers Bureau.

Campaign for Human Dignity: Lumen Christi Catholic Church is hosting pro-life speakers at the parish throughout Lent. The final speaker is 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.

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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