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April 18, 2011
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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).

Two botched abortion victims rushed to hospital from Milwaukee abortion facility on the same day

From LifeSiteNews:

Pro-lifers keeping watch outside a Milwaukee abortion facility witnessed two ambulances taking away apparently seriously injured victims of botched abortions within only two hours of each other on Friday, April 8.

Operation Rescue published on Tuesday footage provided by Dan Miller, the Milwaukee coordinator for 40 Days for Life, as captured by pro-lifers praying outside the Affiliated Medical Services abortion clinic as part of the 40-day campaign.  The abortionist reportedly on duty was Bernard Smith, a current member and former board member of the National Abortion Federation.

The videos show a red ambulance arriving at Smith’s clinic with sirens blaring and lights flashing, which witnesses say occurred at about 10:50 a.m. Emergency workers later emerged from the clinic with a woman on a gurney as clinic escorts held up a dark sheet to hide the victim from the witnesses. Operation Rescue says the victim was rushed to Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital.

At approximately 12:55 p.m., video captured a white ambulance at the clinic, this time without lights or sirens. Clinic escorts again held up a dark sheet to conceal Smith’s patient on a gurney that was loaded into the awaiting ambulance and taken to an unknown location.

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40 Days for Life wraps up with 483 saves nationwide; 28 saves in Milwaukee

From the national 40 Days for Life:
So far during this campaign, we are aware of 483 babies who have been saved from abortion. (And reports from local teams will still be coming in for the next week or so. So we hope and pray that number will continue to grow.)

Since 40 Days for Life started these coordinated campaigns in September of 2007, we now know of more than 4,000 babies saved from abortion! And yes, THAT is the milestone! The current total is 4,082!

4,082 people is a lot of folks! If you’ve ever heard of Centerville, Tennessee or Lathrop, Missouri — those are towns whose populations are around 4,082.

Through your prayers, God has spared enough human beings to fill a whole town.

From 40 Days for Life Milwaukee:
What we have accomplished in the 40DFL campaigns throughout the years is indescribable. The spring 2010 campaign had 10 saves. The fall 2010 campaign had 20 saves. This spring, we are at 28 saves. Combined, these precious souls would pack a school bus. The growth in saves can be directly attributed to your growth in faith and action. In the photo, above, Archbishop Listecki led pro-lifers in prayer this past Friday at Affiliated Medical Services.

More than 100 pro-lifers attended a 40 Days for Life Mauston closing celebration at St. Patrick Church in Mauston on April 17. Speakers included Will Goodman, Lisa Sommers (Rachel's Vineyard Stevens Point), Juneau County DA Scott Southworth and PLW's Steve Karlen.

40 Days for Life Wausau had its closing rally and celebration on April 17 at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Marathon. Featured speakers included 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.

Archbishop Chaput: Refusing to act on pro-abortion Catholic politicans hasn't worked

From LifeSiteNews:

Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered a keynote address at the University of Notre Dame student-organized Right to Life lecture series Friday, during which he focused on politics and especially the battle for pro-life and Catholic values in the political sphere.

During a question and answer period, CNS News reported, Chaput answered frankly when asked why there is so much disunity among Catholics on the question of Catholic politicians standing clearly with the Church on major moral issues, such as abortion.

“The reason ... is that there is no unity among the bishops about it,” said the archbishop.

“There is unity among the bishops about abortion always being wrong, and that you can’t be a Catholic and be in favor of abortion - the bishops all agree to that - but there’s just an inability among the bishops together to speak clearly on this matter and even to say that if you’re Catholic and you’re pro-choice, you can’t receive holy Communion,” Archbishop Chaput said.

Chaput acknowledged he is only in favor of refusing Communion provided private notice is given to the individual ahead of time.

But Catholics who support legal abortion, Chaput continued, must be told they cannot receive Communion and told they should never approach Holy Communion. Along with other bishops, Chaput said he has been attempting for some years to have the USCCB speak publicly on the matter.

Fear of removing Catholics from political life altogether has been widespread, Chaput said. However, refusing to act on pro-abortion politicians has not worked.

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State can't require pharmacists to dispense "emergency contraception": IL judge

From LifeSiteNews:

Illinois pharmacists who challenged a state rule that requires them to dispense “emergency” contraceptives have gained a victory for conscience rights.  The Seventh Judicial Circuit in Sangamon County, Illinois struck down the 6-year standing rule yesterday, holding that the rule violates conscience rights.

Originally instituted in 2005 by then-governor Rod Blagojevich, the administrative rule required pharmacists to distribute “emergency” contraception, known as “Plan B”, upon the request of a patient.  In 2010, the rule was expanded to include distribution of all drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with no exception for refusal on grounds of religious beliefs.

Pharmacists Luke Vander Bleek of Morrison and Glenn Kosirog of Wheaton challenged the ruling based on their moral convictions that life beings at conception and “emergency” contraception prevents implantation of a fertilized egg, thereby causing an early abortion.

Sangamon County Circuit Judge John Belz ruled on April 5 in favor of Vander Bleek and Kosirog’s conscience rights, maintaining that they are protected by the Illinois Healthcare Right of Conscience Act and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

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Pro-life news wrap-up

- Actor Martin Sheen
revealed his wife was conceived in rape and discussed his pro-life views. Read more here.

- First Things
has an excellent article on abortion and the negation of love. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

PLW St. Croix County
will join Pro-Life Action Ministries at the Planned Parenthood Abortuary on 1965 Ford Parkway, St. Paul, MN. Join with us to pray in front of Minnesota's highest volume abortuary on Good Friday. Fifteen area pastors will lead in scripture and prayer each half hour throughout the day. A life-sized cross will be our sign as we carry the cross of abortion. An area will be cordoned off for a family-safe day of prayer. More than 2,000 Christians joined in prayer throughout the day at each of the last two Good Friday Vigils. Please come for an hour or two, half the day or the whole day. For more information, contact Darla Meyers at, 715-386-1089 or, 651-771-1500.

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

The Intention for the May 1, 2011 Rosary March
is "In the month of Our Blessed Mother we will band together with Pro-Life forces in the world." The event is being held at Holy Redeemer Church  in Madison at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.  In order to build even more camaraderie and fellowship there will be a reception following the Rosary March -- at 3:30 p.m.

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.

LIFE-A-THON 2011: Join Lutherans for Life as we “Run for their Lives!” in the Life-A-Thon. This annual 5k walk/run is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 in West Allis at McCarty Park and supports 4 Milwaukee area pregnancy care centers operated by WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee. The registration fees are: $17/person; $50/family of 3 or more; $85 for an elementary school group. Every registrant will receive an event t-shirt and can raise additional funds via Facebook, other social media, and e-mail with their own personalized FundEasy webpage. Register and get more info at or call (414) 727-8176.

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-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.

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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