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Monday Update

April 12, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         Spring Awards Dinner this Saturday: Sign up today!

·         Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship applications due this Thursday, April 15

·         Wisconsin’s sex ed law under national spotlight

·         Undercover investigation of Milwaukee Planned Parenthood reveals medical lies and manipulative counseling

·         Please join us in praying at abortion facilities

·         Gardasil required for sixth-grade girls in some states but few know the risks

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Spring Awards Dinner this Saturday: 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. She 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. Senator Grothman has been a strong opponent of the late-term abortion plan at the Madison Surgery Center. 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 still available. For a registration form, click here.



Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship applications due this Thursday, 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 a resident of Wisconsin, 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! ­­­



Wisconsin’s sex ed law under national spotlight


Two weeks ago, Pro-Life Wisconsin broke the news that Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth sent a letter to the five public school districts in Juneau County warning that the new sexual education law recently passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by Governor Doyle could expose district school teachers to criminal liability and school districts to civil liability for promoting “the sexualization – and sexual assault – of our children.”


Since then, Southworth’s move to protect Wisconsin’s youth has been featured in numerous print articles (to read an Associated Press article, click here), on Fox News’ O’Reilly Factor (click here to watch) and Anderson Cooper 360.


Pro-Life Wisconsin commends District Attorney Southworth for his courage and frankness in exposing the consequences of this irresponsible new law.  


Above: Scott Southworth and Ala’a.

Southworth has strongly supported Pro-Life Wisconsin’s personhood effort and is unwavering in his defense of the disabled. Southworth was nominated for a CNN Heroes Award in 2007 after he adopted an Iraqi orphan boy. In 2003, while in Iraq, Maj. Scott Southworth volunteered at the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Baghdad. There, he befriended Ala'a, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. Two years later, Southworth arranged to bring Ala'a to the United States. In June 2007, he was granted legal adoption and the two officially became father and son.


We encourage you to read Southworth’s letter on PLW’s Web site and share it with your own county district attorney. Click here for a copy of the letter. As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence.



Undercover investigation of Milwaukee Planned Parenthood reveals medical lies and manipulative counseling


Today, Live Action Films revealed an undercover Planned Parenthood video taken at the 5380 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee, location. In this video, the counselor can be seen and heard telling a woman who is reportedly 6 to 8 weeks pregnant that her developing baby has “no arms, no legs, no heart, no head, no brain.” The counselor encourages abortion for economic reasons and downplays adoption.


“Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is our state’s number one abortion provider, both surgical and chemical. Planned Parenthood has proved they do not know, or they care to ignore, basic facts about human development,” said Virginia Zignego, communications director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “This is the third video showing Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin affiliates violating state law.”


Wisconsin law requires women to receive medically accurate information before obtaining an abortion.


To view the undercover video, go to Live Action’s Web site,


“As a sidewalk counselor at Milwaukee Planned Parenthoods, I have had post-abortion women fall apart in my arms, sobbing, immediately regretting their abortions. Nothing can prepare a woman for an abortion,” said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “This new footage reconfirms that Planned Parenthood is not providing women with complete, accurate medical information about their developing baby, much less the after effects of the abortion ‘procedure.’”


Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Milwaukee received $1,064,574.28 in 2007 under Wisconsin's Family Planning Waiver Program. Through this federal/state program, minors as young as 15 receive free birth control, without their parents' knowledge or consent. In total, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin received more than $12 million in federal and state taxpayer funding last year.



Please join us in praying at abortion facilities


Above, l-r: Canon Fragelli, Bob and Peggy Hamill and Abbe Kerscher at the Family Planning Health Services in Wausau, Wis. Canon Fragelli and Abbe Kerscher are with the Institute of Christ the King and are stationed at St. Mary’s Oratory in Wausau.

As the weather turns warmer and the sun shines, consider joining Pro-Life Wisconsin and our affiliates in praying at surgical and chemical abortion facilities around the state.


Dates, times and locations are listed under the “Affiliate announcements” section below.


Please join us in praying for the babies who have no voice. The love and prayers offered for them are often the last before they are killed by the abortionist.


We have seen the power of prayer with the success of 40 Days for Life. The lives of 10 babies were saved in Milwaukee during this spring’s 40 Days for Life effort. Due to the efforts of sidewalk counselors, a baby saved at the Madison Planned Parenthood during last fall’s 40 Days for Life was born on Good Friday. Imagine what a few more prayers could do!



Gardasil required for sixth-grade girls in some states but few know the risks


From the Washington Examiner:

Time for the truth about Gardasil

By Barbara Hollingsworth, Opinion Editor


Cervical cancer accounts for less than one percent of all cancer deaths, so it was somewhat surprising when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration fast-tracked approval of Gardasil, a Merck vaccine targeting the human papilloma virus that causes the disease, in 2006.


As of Jan. 31, 2010, 49 unexplained deaths following Gardasil injections have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System ( By contrast, 52 deaths are attributed to unintended acceleration in Toyotas, which triggered a $2 billion recall.


No recall for Gardasil, which is required for sixth-grade girls in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and many other states. Parents can opt out, but few know the true risks.


That was certainly the case for Mary Davison of Frederick, Md., whose three daughters had the second of a three-shot vaccination regimen in January 2008. Her two younger girls had no reactions, but 20-year-old Mary Katherine felt sick and dizzy.

Click here to read more.



Affiliate announcements


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


Dane County affiliate member Jeanne Breunig attended the March 31 Terri Schiavo Memorial Mass at Ave Maria University in Florida. Father Frank Pavone, director of Priests For Life, was main celebrant, and Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, director of Human Life International, was a concelebrant. Jeanne attended the reception following the Mass, and was blessed to talk to Mary Schindler, Terri's mother, and Brother Paul, from St. Paul, who was frequently on Relevant Radio defending Terri's life, as he stayed by the family's side during Terri's fight to live five years ago.

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 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 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


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!

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. Call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.


LIFE-A-THON! The annual walk-run supporting WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro- Milwaukee will be held Saturday, May 8 at McCarty Park in West Allis. All paid registrants will receive an event T-shirt and refreshments. Registration and check-in is from 9-10a.m. and the walk/run begins promptly at 10 a.m. Join in a family event that celebrates life and supports alternatives to abortion. To register go to, call (414) 727-8176, or email to request a registration form or for more information.


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 W 13604 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). Theme: Moral Limits of

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


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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