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April 25, 2011
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"Baby Jesus ultrasound" billboards back by popular demand!

Due to the overwhelming popularity and appreciation of the “Baby Jesus ultrasound” billboard Pro-Life Wisconsin placed in three Wisconsin cities before Christmas, the image is back, this time celebrating Mother’s Day. Read the backstory here. View a full-sized version of the billboard here.

The above billboard can be found in Milwaukee at the intersection of 6th Street & Beecher Avenue. The billboards are also in two Kenosha locations — the intersection of Sheridan Rd & 83rd St  and the intersection of 30th Ave & 60th St. The Kenosha billboards are co-sponsored by Right to Life of Kenosha.

The billboards were posted Monday, April 18 and will be up for a month.

Support Pro-Life Wisconsin by donating online here. Your donation will allow us to continue life-affirming efforts such as these.

God's sense of humor on Good Friday

More than 100 people showed up for our Good Friday Stations of the Cross in Milwaukee. In the photo, left, you can see the procession from St. Rita’s to Affiliated and below, the crowd of pro-lifers lining the sidewalk outside the abortion facility. But the crowd of pro-lifers isn’t even the best part!

As part of our prayer vigil at Affiliated Medical Services, we were led in the Chaplet of the Holy Face. As we prayed, we gazed upon a large picture of the crucified face of Jesus. Within this beautiful oration was an exorcism prayer, "Arise, O Lord, and let Thy enemies be scattered, and them that hate Thee fly before Thy face!"

Suddenly we noticed that the police were in the area. They were not there for crowd control — they were directing traffic because the traffic signals were completely out. The neon sign in the window of Affiliated was out as well.

Clients started streaming OUT of the mill in a pretty steady flow. All the lights were out inside the abortion mill! Clients were not sticking around for an abortion by candlelight.

As the women streamed out, we said, “This is a sign from God that you should keep your baby! God has a plan for your baby! Go home! Love your baby! Have a wonderful Easter!” One young mom smiled and nodded in agreement with our statement! The ‘deathscorts’ were very busy doing damage control, scoffing at our divine implications.

The Doubting Thomases out there may still find it hard to see the hand of God at work here. Every building, street light, traffic signal on Farwell, as far as the eye could see, was without power, save one, whose lights were burning brightly amidst the darkness. That building was the pro-life crisis pregnancy center across the street from Affiliated, the Women’s Care Center. God’s way of smiling at pro-lifers on Good Friday, and a message for the vulgar, angry pro-aborts we encounter all too often?

Later Good Friday afternoon, more than 100 people attended the Good Friday Stations of the Cross in Madison, led by Fr. Rick Heilman in the pouring rain. Fr. Rick had prayed for inclement weather so as to increase the opportunity for all to sacrifice on behalf of the preborn. Again, God answered the prayers of faithful pro-lifers.

Thank you to everyone who attended.

Bishop Morlino to lead prayer at Planned Parenthood

Bishop Morlino of the Diocese of Madison will lead pro-lifers in prayer at the Portage Planned Parenthood tomorrow (Easter Tuesday) at 4:30 p.m. The address is 132 W. Cook St. in Portage.

Join the Bishop in praying for an end to abortion!

Young mother with cancer sacrifices life for unborn child

From LifeSiteNews:
In August of last year Jessica Council – a beautiful, 30-year-old mother of one – noticed that she had a sore throat. At around the same time, she also began to suspect that she was pregnant.

When after two weeks the sore throat had not gone away, Jessica decided to have it checked out. Her doctor told her that it was probably a thyroid goiter, and ultimately nothing to be too concerned about. Just to be sure, however, he had a test done, which he said confirmed his initial suspicions. Everything would be ok, he said.

But everything was not ok. The doctor had misread the test.

Around November 15, Jessica began having trouble breathing. On November 21 she landed in the emergency room. Then, on November 22, her throat closed up so tightly that she could not breathe, at which point doctors managed to insert a tube down her throat, and put her on a ventilator.

The following day, November 23, Jessica was informed that she had cancer. By then, she also knew for certain that she was with child.

Click here to read more.

Philippine president ready to risk excommunication for support of birth control

From Catholic News Service:
Philippine President Benigno Aquino said he is willing to risk excommunication from the Catholic Church rather than scrap the so-called Responsible Parenthood Bill, reported the Asian church news agency UCA News.

"I remain committed to pushing for the introduction of a law for responsible parenthood ... at risk of excommunication, it is my obligation as a leader," Aquino told graduates from the University of the Philippines.

"In the end I must listen to my conscience and do what is right," the president said. He said he cannot stand by and watch the cycle of poverty continue as unplanned births spiral.

The proposed legislation faces strong opposition from the Catholic Church because of provisions that allow the use of contraception.

Click here to read more.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- The Wall Street Journal has an op-ed on why the Roe effect sunk JoAnne Kloppenburg. Read more here.

- French bishops
are supporting pro-abortion groups in Latin America. Read more here.

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., once a week on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. We vary the day depending on weather conditions. Signs or pictures will be provided. For information call Phil at (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.

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. 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-Life Convocation April 30: The Diocese of La Crosse Respect Life Committee is hosting a diocese-wide Pro-Life Convocation at Immaculate Conception Parish, 341 W Main Street Hwy 95 in Alma Center (central location) on Saturday, April 30 from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. Listen to Lisa Sommers discuss the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat Site being established in Stevens Point for post-abortion healing. Hear from leaders what God is doing through the powerful 40 Days for Life vigils. Exchange ideas as key Parish Pro-Life Coordinators share “what works” in their parishes. To register, email or call (608) 791-2667. Deadline - April 25. There is no charge for this event.  

Fox Valley Conservative Forum Luncheon: Matt Trewhella  will speak on “Expose and Defund Planned Parenthood!” on Tuesday, April 26 from noon to 1:00 The Machine Shed Restaurant, Appleton.

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 5:30 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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