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August 20, 2012
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Pro-Life Wisconsin to host free sidewalk counselor training workshop

As part of our continuing efforts to reach out to abortion-bound women, Pro-Life Wisconsin will host a free Sidewalk Counselor Training Workshop on Wednesday, August 22 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at Lux Mundi Studio, 1405 16th Street, Racine, Wis. and is open to all.

Whether you're interested in actively sidewalk counseling or just learning what it's all about, these workshops are an effective way to learn how to talk with abortion-vulnerable men and women.

Serving on the panel will be:
•    Steve Karlen (moderator)--Steve is the Director of Development at Pro-Life Wisconsin. He spearheaded the successful statewide effort to end late-term abortion plans on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus in 2009-2010.
•    Dan Miller--Dan is the director of 40 Days for Life-Milwaukee. His extraordinary efforts as a full-time volunteer counselor have helped save more than 200 lives over the last two years.
•    Laura Karlen--Laura Karlen is the Past President of Vigil for Life of Madison, where she helped lead Madison's 40 Days for Life campaign since 2008.
•    Lisa Sommers--Lisa is the director and founder of Rachels Vineyard-Stevens Point, an apostolate dedicated to helping post-abortive men and women find peace and healing.

Participants will receive Pro-Life Wisconsin's Sidewalk Counselor's Handbook. Please call Steve Karlen at 262-796-1111 ext. 14 with questions or for additional information.

PLW Victory Fund PAC congratulates primary election winners

The primary elections are over! With the votes and participation of Pro-Life Wisconsinites across the state, the following Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC endorsed candidates won primary elections:

Wisconsin State Senate
•    Scott Noble (Marshfield)
•    John Macco (De Pere)

Wisconsin State Assembly
•    Rob Hutton (Brookfield)
•    Don Pridemore (Hartford)
•    Paul Tittl (Manitowoc)
•    Mike Endsley (Sheboygan)
•    Mark Born (Beaver Dam)
•    Michael Schraa (Oshkosh)
•    Dave Murphy (Greenville)
•    John Spiros (Marshfield)
•    Bruce Evers (Holmen)

We congratulate these principled candidates who ran on a 100% pro-life platform.  The Victory Fund PAC is now endorsing a total of 36 candidates for state office in the November 6th general election. Please click here for the full list of Victory Fund PAC state candidate endorsements for the fall general election. 
Thank you for voting pro-life!

Paid for by the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC, George Kriegl Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s agent or committee.

Paul Ryan supports personhood

From LifeSiteNews:

While Republican candidate Mitt Romney was the only leading mainstream candidate to miss all three presidential debates hosted by Personhood USA earlier this year, his decision to keep the personhood movement at arm’s length is not shared by his running mate.

Romney’s choice for VP, Paul Ryan, is currently one of the 64 co-sponsors of the pro-personhood H.R. 212, known as the Sanctity of Human Life Act. He also co-sponsored the 2009 Sanctity of Human Life Act, H.R. 227.

The Sanctity of Human Life Act states that under “Congress’ power under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United State ... the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person” and that “the life of each human being begins with fertilization.”

“In supporting Personhood, Congressman Ryan has taken a consistent pro-life position, one that is called for by the Republican party’s own platform” remarked Gualberto Garcia Jones, J.D., Legal Analyst for Personhood USA.

The Republican party’s platform states that “we support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”

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Pro-Life Wisconsin mourns the loss of March for Life founder and leader Nellie Gray

From LifeSiteNews:

One of the leading lights of the pro-life movement in the United States has gone out. Nellie Gray, the charismatic octogenarian founder of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., the largest annual pro-life event in the country, passed away over the weekend, and was discovered in her apartment August 13.

Gray, who was once described by Cardinal Sean O’Malley as the “Joan of Arc” of the pro-life movement, was an ubiquitous figure at the pro-life march every year, her slight frame standing at the podium at stage centre, introducing the many luminaries who addressed the crowd of several hundred thousand during the rally before the march.

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PLW's Peggy Hamill offered the following reflection:
Every year as I began arrangements for our PLW pilgrimage to the March for Life, I would call their office for basic details on the march, rallies and hotel. Nellie Gray would inevitably answer the phone herself. She would always remember me and consistently praise Pro-Life Wisconsin for our 17 hour bus ride, large numbers and high percentage of youth. We’d talk for nearly an hour. I felt honored when Nellie (a brilliant national pro-life leader) would run preliminary plans past me and ask my advice. A few months ago we had another such visit. Nellie was supportive of  our Wisconsin Personhood efforts and always called for “no exceptions, no compromise.” We at Pro-Life Wisconsin will truly miss Nellie and will always cherish her encouragement. May she rest in peace.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Oregon: Obamacare begins child sterilization, without parental consent. Read more here.

- Twenty weeks pregnant with twins, but last week she had an abortion: . Read more here.

- Jill Stanek: Akin’s opposition to rape exception vs. Obama’s support of infanticide. Read more here.

Affiliate announcements

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

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. 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

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 at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.

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 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

Join the 2nd Annual “Rosary Cruise”
benefiting Rachel’s Vineyard of Stevens Point.  Rachel’s Vineyard is a nationwide ministry providing weekend retreats where women and men can experience spiritual and emotional healing from the traumatic, and often painfully secret, wound of abortion. The next retreat is scheduled for September. The Rosary cruise will take place from 4:30 - 6:30 pm on Aug. 26 at Clearwater Harbor in Waupaca. There is no charge for attendance, but a donation will be greatly appreciated. Space is limited; registration required: call 715-204-9561 or email

Rosary Rallies at the State Capitol:
Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea and Fr. Rick Heilman invite you to kneel in prayer together every Thursday evening at 7pm, at the State Street steps of the Capitol in Madison. From June 16 - November 1.

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.

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.

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,

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. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779.

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