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Pro-Life Wisconsin

Monday Update

April 19, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         Pro-Life Wisconsin’s position on abortions in cases of “exceptions”

·         University of Wisconsin colleges’ ties to Planned Parenthood

·         Thanks to all who attended our Spring Awards Dinner

·         Little ways you can help Pro-Life Wisconsin

·         National Pro-Life T-shirt Week: April 27-May 3

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Pro-Life Wisconsin’s position on abortions in cases of “exceptions”


Totally banning abortion makes some people uncomfortable. We’ve been told time and again there are unique situations for which abortion is the best option. If a lie is repeated often enough, people begin to accept it as truth. Such is the case with the erroneous notion that abortion must be permitted in cases of rape, incest, fetal deformity, or a perceived threat to the mother’s life.


Not even in the case of rape or incest? Rape and incest are both criminal acts, and in our system of justice we punish the criminal. We do not punish the victim, nor do we punish the criminal’s children. We are told that if a pregnancy results from an act of rape or incest, the compassionate response is to offer the traumatized woman an abortion. No woman should be “forced to carry that monster’s child,” we are told. The trauma of sexual assault is very real. But why compound such severe trauma with the additional trauma of abortion? The compassionate response to rape and incest is to meet the real needs of the mother. Providing life-affirming medical, financial, and emotional care meets these needs, and pro-life groups across the state of Wisconsin – more than 100 crisis pregnancy centers, and groups like Life After Assault League – are doing this work. 


Not even in cases of fetal deformity? When abortion is used to solve the problem of a disability, it is discrimination of the most severe kind. These children are not merely discriminated against for their disability; they are killed because of it. Abortions in these cases raise frightening prospects, for if it is right to kill a disabled person in the womb, could it not someday be permissible to kill a disabled infant? A disabled adult? The answer is clearly “no” in those cases; why is there any question when the victim is a child in the womb? Preborn children diagnosed with disabilities deserve to be treated with the same respect as people born with or without a disability.


Not even in the case of a perceived threat to the mother’s life? Medical operations such as the removal of a cancerous uterus or the removal of an ectopic pregnancy are moral even under Catholic teaching and are not considered abortions. If a pregnant woman has a cancerous uterus that imminently threatens her life, then the uterus may be removed even though such removal results in the death of the unborn child. Similarly, when a fertilized ovum lodges in the fallopian tube and grows there, the damaged portion of the tube containing the baby may be removed where it is clearly necessary to save the mother’s life. Such operations are justified by the “principle of double effect,” because the death of the child is an unintended effect of an operation independently justified to save the mother’s life. They do not involve the intentional and willful destruction of an unborn child. Physicians must make their best effort to save both patients, giving equal care to mother and child. They should never be given a license to intentionally kill either of them. Finally, many abortionists believe the very condition of pregnancy itself is a life-threatening condition. Consequently, a “life of the mother” exception can become a massive statutory loophole through which to drive abortion on demand. If one wishes to address the mother’s life in pro-life legislation, there is a moral and effective way to do so. The excerpted language from 2006 South Dakota House Bill (HB) 1215 provides a good example of requiring equal protection for mother and child and granting the physician immunity if he or she follows the requirement. For a copy of the full bill, click here. The language reads:


No licensed physician who performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother is guilty of violating section 2 of this Act. However, the physician shall make reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice. Medical treatment provided to the mother by a licensed physician which results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child is not a violation of this statute. (Section 4, 2006 South Dakota HB 1215)


When those in the pro-life movement support abortion in exceptional cases, it is destructive to the whole movement. It is a denial of equal protection under the law. The point is to end ALL abortion. The child is ALWAYS an innocent victim.


The Madison Surgery Center’s planned late-term abortion practice is based on exceptions. Dr. Laurel Rice, chairwoman of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, told the UW Hospital and Clinics board on February 4 that abortions after 19 weeks should be available in Madison because fetal defects, women's health risks and socioeconomic factors can delay decisions for abortions (click here to view article.)


If we support laws allowing exceptions for abortion, how can we oppose the Madison Surgery Center for performing abortions in those exceptional cases? Once pro-lifers say there can be a “good reason” to kill a preborn baby, the foundation of the pro-life movement crumbles. The argument is lost. Either the preborn child is a person, or the child is not a person. Since the preborn child is a person, there can be no exceptions for abortion.



University of Wisconsin colleges’ ties to Planned Parenthood


Earlier this year, Pro-Life Wisconsin revealed that medical residents at the University of Wisconsin have two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood. On behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal request on Friday, April 16, with the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office. The request asks for an opinion on whether it is illegal for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority [UWHCA] to pay resident physicians while they are being trained to do abortions at Planned Parenthood in Madison. Click here to read the request for an opinion.


But just how tied together are our taxpayer-funded University of Wisconsin System and Planned Parenthood?


The following University of Wisconsin colleges offer Planned Parenthood internships:

- UW-Green Bay (Human Development)

- UW-Madison (Communication Arts)

- UW-Madison (Latin American, Caribbean & Iberian Studies Program)

- UW-Madison (Medical School)

- UW-Whitewater (Women’s Studies)

- UW-Milwaukee (Letters & Science)


The University of Wisconsin System – made up of 13 four-year universities and 13 freshman-sophomore UW Colleges campuses – receives $1.18 billion in state taxpayer funding per year. Of that $1.18 billion, UW-Madison receives $467.5 million, which accounts for 18.7% of its budget.



Thanks to all who attended our Spring Awards Dinner


Above: Activist of the Year Ron Putzer and Communications Director Virginia Zignego.

Above: Legislator of the Year Glenn Grothman and Legislative Director Matt Sande.


Pro-Life Wisconsin extends its gratitude to all those who attended this past Saturday’s Spring Awards Dinner at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The legislator of the year award was presented to Senator Glenn Grothman, and the activist of the year award was presented to Ron Putzer of Wausau.


The event was sold out and we are so grateful to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for hosting the event. This was Sister Christa Marie’s last public speaking engagement at the Shrine, as she is being transferred to Lenexa, Kansas, in June.



Little ways you can help Pro-Life Wisconsin


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National Pro-Life T-shirt Week: April 27-May 3



Every abortion kills a living human being—that is a fact. From the moment of fertilization, when that human being is but a single cell, all the way to the moment of birth, there is a child undergoing a period of remarkable growth and development. Abortion stops that miraculous growth cold and robs the world of all that child would have accomplished. That child is just gone.


National Pro-Life T-shirt Week is organized by American Life League with the intent to increase awareness of abortion and the reality of how many innocent babies are murdered every day. We are concerned with getting people to think of the child as a person from the moment of fertilization.


It is much harder to murder a person than it is to “remove a lump of tissue,” and it is only when we finally get the nation thinking in those terms that we will be able to make abortion a crime, as it should be.

Just by wearing the T-shirt and being out there in public, you will help to accomplish that goal.


To learn more, click here.



Affiliate announcements


Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Madison Surgery Center and the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at 608-256-0585 about prayer dates and times.

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 will gather for the National Day of Prayer on Thursday May 6 at Planned Parenthood, 3800 Gillett St., Appleton from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.


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


Michael Phillips, MD, president of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s board, will give a talk on the abortion-contraception connection Tuesday, April 20 at 7:15 p.m. at Holy Hill, Shrine Chapel, 3rd level. Holy Hill is located at 1525 Carmel Road in Hubertus. Talk is free.


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.


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.


Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, noted author and dynamic Catholic speaker, will be speaking at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Boscobel on Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m. Special music, a youth-oriented style show, and light refreshments will complete the late afternoon/early evening offering which will conclude at 7 p.m. and is appropriate for all individuals from Jr. High through adults. A $5 suggested donation will cover all costs. 


Eyewitness For Life: You are invited to learn about the important lifesaving work of Eyewitness For Life. By attending a one-hour Seeing Is Believing Event you will get to tour our NEW facility and learn how Eyewitness for Life utilizes the miracle of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and the children they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion - thereby saving two lives at a time. The upcoming events will be held on May 15 and June 26. Our program begins at 10 a.m. Eyewitness For Life is located at 9008 West Burleigh Street, Milwaukee. Call (414) 462-5483 or email with questions.


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.


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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