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 Before sending your children back to school, opt them out of Planned Parenthood's sex ed


Effective this school year, all Wisconsin public school districts are prohibited from adopting "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-centered" human growth and development programs (also known as sex ed). Under a new law signed by Gov. Doyle in 2010, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program, it would be forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the "health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods." This law does not apply to private schools.

Planned Parenthood lobbied heavily for this law to be passed.

If a school district retains or initiates a program, we urge parents to opt their children out of the program and either teach chastity/abstinence themselves or find a private program that does. Our children's lives depend on it, born and preborn.

For a sample form to file with your school to opt your child(ren) out of sex ed, click here.

Government-funded birth control, whether provided directly or promoted educationally, encourages sexual promiscuity and with it a host of social pathologies including underage pregnancies, chemical and surgical abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal contraceptives are also dangerous in their own right, posing serious and sometimes fatal health risks to women and often causing pre-implantation chemical abortions.

Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes the sexualization of our children! 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. Pro-Life Wisconsin urges public school districts across Wisconsin to drop their human growth and development programs.

Menomonee Falls, Wis.-based Kohl's on pro-life boycott list, due to Planned Parenthood support


Kohl’s – the Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin-based department store – has been placed on a pro-life boycott list due to its financial support of Planned Parenthood. Life Decisions International [LDI] researches companies that support  Planned Parenthood and regularly publishes a boycott list. Read more from LDI here.

You can read a news story from LifeSiteNews here.

If you think these boycotts don’t influence companies, consider this quote: “As a direct result of the commitment, action and prayers of pro-family people, at least 256 corporations have stopped funding Planned Parenthood,” said Kenneth C. Garvey, LDI’s Director of Communications. “This should serve as a testament to those who thought it impossible to change corporate philanthropic behavior.”

Contact Kohl’s today! Write to Kevin Mansell, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer; Kohl’s Corporate Offices, N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051; or call (262) 703-7000.

Judge vindicates California student punished for pro-life t-shirt


From LifeSiteNews:

In a victory for pro-life speech in public school, a federal court entered a judgment Thursday against a California elementary school and three school officials for violating the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights of a 6th grade student who wore a T-shirt opposing abortion.

Los Angeles attorney William J. Becker, Jr., of The Becker Law Firm, assisted by the Thomas More Law Center, filed suit after school officials barred Tiffany Amador from wearing her pro-life T-shirt at McSwain Union Elementary School, a kindergarten through 8th grade school located in Merced, north of Fresno.

“This judgment represents a victory for the right to speak out against abortion,” said Becker.  “Public school students are not forbidden from proclaiming the value of life under the First Amendment.  The school has done the right thing by avoiding a trial and allowing a judgment to be entered in favor of this student on all claims.

"All Americans, no matter their age, are free to exercise their constitutional right to speak out against the barbarism of on-demand abortion, and that includes public school students who do so in a non-disruptive manner.”

On April 29, 2008, Amador wore a shirt sponsored by the American Life League, which annually sponsors a National Pro-Life T-shirt Week.  The shirt, which was given to her by her church, prominently featured the word “ABORTION” over a series of panels, two of which depicted endoscopic pictures of a baby developing in the womb and the third filled in with black.  The caption read, “growing…growing…gone.”  Amador testified in the case that she wore the shirt to school because she wanted other students to known that “abortion is wrong.”

Click here to read more.

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and now we have a blog! We'll be posting updates on a regular basis on a variety of pro-life issues. Click here to read the blog.

Urban Outfitter drops Planned Parenthood condoms


From LifeSiteNews:

On August 13, merely days after parents were asked to contact Urban Outfitters and object to its sale of Planned Parenthood condoms, the youth-oriented retailer has ceased its online sale of condoms.

The product page explained that the web-exclusive condoms are "no longer available," a message the American Life League reports was confirmed by an Urban Outfitters representative.

Condoms have a typical-use failure rate as high as 36 percent among teens, and Planned Parenthood’s condoms scored at the very bottom in a 2005 Consumer Reports trial of condom effectiveness. The original Urban Outfitters Web page for the condoms, found in the "toys & novelties" section, billed them as a "safe bet" and noted that proceeds would "support advances in reproductive health."

Urban Outfitters' media relations department did not respond to a request for comment from LifeSiteNews as of press time. The company owns and operates several retail clothing brands, including Anthropologie, Free People, Leifsdottir, and Terrain.

Click here to read more.

Pro-life news wrap-up


- Tele-med abortion has arrived in the state of Iowa – and may be on the way to ours. This is a new type of abortion procedure in which the abortionist “counsels” the patient via video or webcam, and then dispenses RU-486 by pushing a remote button causing a drawer in front of the patient to pop open and grant access to the pills. Dubuque County Right to Life has posted an online petition opposing “tele-med” abortions and is asking pro-lifers to sign before Friday, August 20. They are also asking that you spread the word! Visit www.dcrtl.org or www.protestplannedparenthood.org to sign the petition today!

- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] has approved a new form of "emergency contraception," named Ella. Pro-life leaders, however, were upset with the federal regulatory agency’s decision to approve the drug, pointing out that ella chemically works the same as RU-486. "Morning after" pills such as Ella and Plan B have the potential to cause an abortion and also pose a risk to a woman's health and life, and may even have an adverse effect on future pregnancies. Click here to read more.

- The City of Chicago has yet again dropped charges of “disorderly conduct” against another pro-life advocate accused by Planned Parenthood staffers of violating the city’s controversial “Bubble Zone” ordinance. Click here to read more.

- Washington, D.C. city officials have admitted that the sidewalk outside of a Planned Parenthood abortuary is in fact public property, not private property as Planned Parenthood had claimed. The city has therefore retreated from its threat to arrest as a trespasser anyone who prays on the sidewalk. Click here to read more.

Affiliate announcements


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County will have a pro-life booth at the Juneau County Fair, which runs August 18-22. Volunteers are needed to help man the booth. Email info@prolifewisconsin.org to get involved.

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.

Mark Kimble, a Dane County affiliate member, is doing an Appalachian Hike For Life this summer. Mark has testified on pro-life issues at the Capitol and has prayed in front of abortuaries in Madison for years. Pro-Life Wisconsin is among the groups whom Mark will be donating the proceeds from his Hike For Life to. Click here for more information.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside 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 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. 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 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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. 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


St. John Vianney Respect Life group
will be saying a Rosary at the Waukesha Planned Parenthood on Saturday, August 21 at 9:45 a.m. Join them!
 
Women's Support Center of Milwaukee:
Inaugural Banquet for Women in Crisis on Sunday, September 19 at the Brookfield Sheraton. Social Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner at 7p.m. Archbishop Listecki will be the guest speaker. To register or for more information, call (414) 934-8888.

Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is hosting Dr. Paul Byrne, MD, on September 22 at Polonez Restaurant in St. Francis, Wis. Dr. Byrne's talk will focus on "What is needed to consent for organ donation." Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $50. Make checks payable to “Milwaukee Guild of the CMA” and mail to: Milwaukee Guild of the CMA, c/o Dr. Zainer, 737 N. Robertson St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Email czainermd@wi.rr.com with questions.

Creating a Culture of Life Amidst the Darkness
: Fr. Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International, will speak at St. Monica's Parish in Whitefish Bay on Saturday, September 18 at 7 p.m. The topic will be “Creating a Culture of Life Amidst the Darkness.” Human Life International is the world’s largest pro-life organization with affiliate offices and associates in eighty countries around the world. Fr. Tom Euteneuer has traveled more than one million miles as a pro-life missionary and has visited fifty-seven countries. His talk is free of charge and registration is not required. This event is sponsored by the Nazareth Project of the John Paul II Center. For questions, please call (414) 758-2201. For a promotional flyer, please go to www.johnpaul2center.org.

Destiny's Point Women's Home:
Annual auction banquet on Friday, September 17 at Hotel Mead in Wisconsin Rapids. Silent auction at 4:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. Contact (715) 344-2391 or jworzella@destinypoint.org to register or for more information.
 
Cemetery of the Innocents
: Would you like to make a strong pro-life statement without uttering a word? The group Queen of Peace, Protector of Life is looking for appropriate sites. 400 crosses made from PVC pipe, 40" high and 2' wide spaced every 3 feet, representing the thousands of abortions daily in the U.S. The display is presently set up at the intersection of Hwy B and 27 in Hayward near the Fishing Hall of Fame. Have trailer, will travel. Call Bob Ornberg at (218) 321-4600 or (715) 699-2876 or email rornberg71@gmail.com.

40 Days for Life - Wausau
: Will be held September 22 through October 31 at Family Planning Health Services and the Court House in Wausau. For details call (715) 848-2174.

40 Days for Life - Appleton
: The hours will be 8 a.m. til 6 p.m. every day at Planned Parenthood, 3800 Gillett St., Grand Chute, Wis. For questions or to schedule your time please call Jeanne at (920) 243-3665.

40 Days for Life - Milwaukee: Save the date for the fall 40 Days for Life! Will be held September 22 through October 31 at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee. For details call (414) 236-0688.

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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society 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.

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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