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April 23, 2012
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Last chance to register for David Bereit events!


David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events this week.

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 also 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 Green Bay, 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.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin suspends RU-486 abortions


PLW welcomes news, remains skeptical…

On Friday Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced their indefinite suspension of medication-induced abortions across the state, citing the effect of Wisconsin Act 217 – the Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act. Pro-Life Wisconsin welcomed the news, telling WGBA-TV in Green Bay, "Any day Planned Parenthood is not performing an RU-486 abortion is a good one." However, we remain suspicious of their plans. 

In the late 1990s following the enactment of the state partial birth abortion restriction law, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) “announced” the suspension of all surgical abortions in the state. That suspension lasted only a few days, later followed by an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the new law. Is this game being replayed by Planned Parenthood? Are they really going to give up one-fourth of their abortion business so easily? Hopefully, but we shall see in the days ahead.

In the meantime, we are pleased PPWI has suspended the reckless and dangerous practice of RU-486 (mifepristone) abortions. The average woman loses four times the amount of blood in a drug-induced medical abortion as compared to a standard surgical abortion. Several deaths have been attributed to mifepristone and therefore its prescription and use – from a medical standpoint – ought to be highly restricted, if not banned.

In 2010, Pro-Life Wisconsin warned of the likelihood of RU-486 web cam abortions in Wisconsin and the health dangers of mifepristone. We reported that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin dispenses birth control, which can act as an abortifacient, via teleconferencing. At the time, video phones, which are the size of a laptop computer, were at 10 Planned Parenthood locations, chosen because they are the organization’s Title X family planning clinics and receive funding from the federal government.

Act 217 effectively prohibits webcam 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. The bill also requires the woman to return to the abortion facility for a follow-up visit 12 to 18 days after the use of an abortion-inducing drug to confirm the termination of the pregnancy and evaluate her medical condition.


Tom Barrett stated he would seek to overturn Act 217, "This extreme law intrudes on the doctor-patient relationship, and is designed to throw up roadblocks to the freedom of choice."

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate, a Catholic, supports taxpayer-funded abortion


First, this from The Weekly Standard:

Top Wisconsin Democrats acknowledge that labor issues are not “moving” voters in the state, so a major part of the Democratic recall campaign against Scott Walker will involve an effort to portray him as a belligerent in the so-called "war on women." But it’s not at all clear that this is a battle the Democrats can win. The two leading Democratic candidates, Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett and Dane county executive Kathleen Falk, have staked out deeply unpopular positions on the issue of abortion that could prove toxic in the general election.

As a congressman from Milwaukee in 1993, Tom Barrett broke ranks with the other eight other members of the Wisconsin congressional delegation (three Democrats and five Republicans) when he voted against the Hyde amendment, a measure that prohibited federal funding of elective abortions for Medicaid recipients (the amendment made exceptions for the cases of rape, incest, and when the life of the mother is at stake).

At an event in Madison last week, Barrett reaffirmed his support for taxpayer-funding of elective abortions under Medicaid.

"In Congress you voted against the Hyde amendment on Medicaid abortion funding. Do you still oppose the Hyde amendment?" Barrett was asked by THE WEEKLY STANDARD following a candidates forum in Madison on Wednesday.

"Yes, I do," Barrett replied.

Read the rest here. In a nutshell, Barrett supports taxpayer-funded abortion.


Pro-life Gov. Scott Walker is facing a recall election, and Barrett is running against him. Walker recently signed three pro-life pieces of legislation, cut funding to Planned Parenthood in his 2011 budget and ended PPWI’s eligibility to participate in a state program that provided cancer screenings to low-income women.

Barrett’s pro-abortion view should come as no surprise — in July 2010, Cecile Richards headlined three Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin fundraisers for Barrett.

Barrett refers to himself as Catholic and was recently given a forum in the Milwaukee Catholic Herald.

Abortion: Not even to save the life of the mother?


One of the rationalizations we hear for abortion is in so-called cases where the mother’s life is threatened. Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes abortion in all instances — especially these "exceptions" cases, believing both mom AND baby can be cared for.

Pamela Goris, a Wisconsin mother of six, shares her story of being pregnant while she was treated for breast cancer, through a You Tube video she did with Pro-Life Wisconsin. Pamela is pictured above with her husband and their six children.

View the video here.


HHS hires former Planned Parenthood spokesman


From Politico:

If the Obama administration was already on bad terms with abortion opponents, it’s not going to improve relations by hiring Planned Parenthood’s former spokesman for a job at the Department of Health and Human Services.

Tait Sye, Planned Parenthood’s former media director, has joined HHS as deputy assistant secretary for public affairs, HHS made public Friday. He’ll have the public health portfolio — an area where you can be pretty sure abortion and contraception issues will come up.

Sye, who led [Planned Parenthood's] press shop for four and a half years, left the organization last week to move to HHS. He will have responsibility for communications involving the Food and Drug Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As Planned Parenthood’s spokesman, Sye was involved in the organization’s defense of HHS's rule requiring that contraception be covered by most employers’ insurance policies.

Read the rest here.



Pro-life news wrap-up


- After saying Obama on ‘similar path’ as Hitler/Stalin, Illinois bishop hit with IRS complaint. Read more here.

- Planned Parenthood illegally distributing abortion pill in New Hampshire, legal group says. Read more here.

- Brazilian doctors: disabled unborn babies will either be cut to pieces or torn apart with aspirator. 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


Witness for Life:
Each Thursday, St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha will offer 8am Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to the nearby Planned Parenthood. St. Mary's is located at 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Church Movie Night:
St. Matthias’ Respect Life Committee is having a free shower of the pro-life movie "Rebecca's Choice" on Sunday, April 29, at 6:30pm at St. Matthias Parish (in Steiger Hall), 9306 W. Beloit Rd., Milwaukee. Popcorn and soda will be provided.

The Wausua 40 Days for Life group will continue their prayer vigil by meeting the first Thursdays of the month, May through August. We will meet at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N 3rd Avenue in Wausau at 3 pm. Please join us in prayer to be a  public witness for the unborn and for mothers to make the right choice.

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.

Dubuque County Right to Life
welcomes Melissa Ohden to the Grand River Center as the keynote speaker for its 20th Annual LIFE Dinner on Friday May 4. Melissa is the survivor of a failed saline infusion abortion. Fulfilling the purpose that she believes God set out for her when He saved her from the certain death of the abortion attempt, Melissa is truly a voice for the voiceless. Social Hour is from 5:30-6:30pm, followed by a complimentary meal, and then Melissa's presentation. An annual appeal for funds will be presented as well to support Dubuque County Right to Life, Inc. To RSVP, please call (563) 556-5960 by April 27.


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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