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August 22, 2011
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After busy summer, PLW affiliates look to fall 40 Days for Life

Photo left: A snapshot of the PLW Ozaukee County contingent in the Cedarburg Fourth of July parade.

While school was out this summer, PLW affiliates were hard at work, spreading the pro-life message across the state.

Close to a dozen prayer vigils were held in June to commemorate Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court decision which decriminalized birth control and established the so-called "right to privacy," thus paving the way for Roe v. Wade.

Affiliates manned fair booths at Lifest in Oshkosh, the Waukesha County Fair, the Ozaukee County Fair, the Wisconsin Valley Fair in Wausau, the Fond du Lac County Fair (also known as the Fondy Fair), the Juneau County Fair and the St. Croix County Fair.

In addition, the pro-life message was taken to the streets with PLW contingents in the Ashland 4th of July parade, the Cedarburg 4th of July parade, the Sheboygan Brat Days parade and the Eastman (Crawford County) 4th of July Parade.

All of this activity is in addition to our regular prayer vigils outside Wisconsin’s chemical and surgical abortion facilities! Thank you to everyone who volunteered this summer in pro-life activities!

PLW and our affiliates will once again be organizing and participating in 40 Days for Life. 40 Days will be observed this fall in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau and just across the border in Rockford, Ill. Not all locations are finalized yet, so stay tuned for more.

This fall’s 40 Days for Life runs September 28 through November 6. It is the largest campaign yet, with close to 300 cities participating across the globe, all praying for an end to abortion. To get involved, call PLW toll-free (877) 463-7945 or email

Russ Feingold: Teaching at Catholic Marquette University a "joy"

From Catholic Vote:
They must think we Catholics are suckers.

When Russ Feingold represented Wisconsin in the Senate, he voted for taxpayer funding of abortion and opposed any ban on gruesome practice of partial-birth abortion.

Thankfully, last November, the voters in Wisconsin said they didn’t want him anymore.

Ah, but have no fear! Marquette Law gave Russ a call. As I mentioned earlier this year: Marquette Law hired a man as a teacher who voted to warp our laws against defending little children in the womb.

To the disappointment of liberal Democrats, Russ Feingold announced this morning that he won’t be challenging Scott Walker in a race for governor nor will he run for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Democrat Herb Kohl.

Well, good.

But guess what he cited as a reason not to run?

Teaching law during the spring semester at Marquette University Law School was a joy. The Marquette Law School is a thriving academic institution situated in a beautiful new building, Eckstein Hall. I found my time with the dean, staff, faculty, and especially the students at Marquette to be a terrific first experience in teaching law. I am pleased that I have been asked to return to teach full-time this fall and look forward to doing so.

I didn’t realize it was the responsibility of Catholic universities to be Full Employment Program for ousted pro-abortion Senators.

Is it better that he is hired by a law school in Milwaukee rather than voting in Washington in a way that harms us all? Perhaps. But this isn’t the solution either.

If Catholics are to evangelize to the world, we have to clean up our own house. We have to be true to the Gospel of Life. And to hire an abortion supporter completely undermines that. I mean, that’s so obvious.

Could we imagine Marquette hiring a racist? What if Marquette hired a man who believed that women shouldn’t be able to purchase property? Imagine the outcry.

So why is it okay for a Catholic university to hire someone who fought against any attempt to protect our youngest brothers and sisters from death by the hands of an abortionist?

It’s stunning that the same university that started Project Rachel is now hiring abortion supporters. Unreal.

Hey alumni, don’t send Marquette another dime.

Building a culture of life: Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner

PLW's Annual Auction Dinner is fast approaching! It will be held Saturday, October 22 at Olympia Hotel and Resort in Oconomowoc.

Walter Hoye (photo, left) will be the guest speaker. Hoye is the founder and president of the Issues4life Foundation and a core member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. Hoye, a strong personhood advocate, was jailed for defending his constitutional rights to sidewalk counsel outside abortion facilties. Hoye brought a constitutional challenge to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, widely regarded as the most liberal appeals court in the nation, which recently sided with him in ruling that the City of Oakland’s “bubble zone” ordinance “unconstitutionally suppresses speech based on the content of its message.”

Silent auction and hors d'eouvres begin at 5pm and dinner begins at 7pm. Join us!

Click here to register online or to print off a registration form.

We are also in need of volunteers to help out with the event. Contact Bonnie Zamorski at PLW at (262) 796-1111 ext. 10 or email

Progressives perplexed after book by fellow liberal highlights sex selection abortion

From LifeSiteNews:

A new book has raised hackles among abortion advocates about just how much the UN Population Fund is to blame for more than 160 million missing girls in Asia: aborted in the quest for sons.

Mara Hvistendahl’s Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men is “one of the most consequential books ever written in the campaign against abortion” according to a Wall Street Journal review. The book’s scholarly credentials were bolstered by a standing-room-only promotional event with demographer Nicholas Eberstadt at the American bert Institute in Washington.

While conservatives hail the book’s breakthrough research, Hvistendahl’s fellow progressives haggle over its findings. The liberal Guardian’s review elicited a terse letter from UNFPA condemning Hvistendahl’s conclusion that UNFPA and feminist organizations have done little to stop the practice. In the letter UNFPA claims credit for persuading the Chinese to outlaw sex selection in 1994.

That law has done little, however. Sex selective abortion persists despite a similar ban in India, resulting in extremely skewed sex ratios at birth. Normally there are around 105 males per 100 females born, but China now reports a ratio of 120 boys to 100 girls, and that has led to trafficking for prostitution and widespread bride buying.

In her response to the UNFPA letter, Hvistendahl dodges direct conflict with the agency and instead criticizes the Guardian’s review as “misleading” readers into thinking she had proven UNFPA’s direct complicity in the one-child policy that fuels sex selective abortion. “There is a difference between outright funding an injustice and ignoring injustice once it occurs,” she argues. Readers may not be so convinced.

Hvistendahl ably demonstrates that despite UNFPA’s touted mission to fight gender discrimination, the agency deliberately refrains from taking a position on sex selective abortion. UNFPA officials told her privately this is because they are “in a bind” since, as one demographer working with UNFPA put it, “the right to abort remains UNFPA’s ‘priority issue.’”

“How do you hold on to this discrimination tag and at the same time talk about safe abortion access to it?” a UNFPA officer told her: “It has been a huge challenge to us…We are walking a tightrope.”

Read the rest here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Chicago priest
leading group with ties to Planned Parenthood. Click here to read more.

- Story of family with 11 children under the age of 12 hits mainstream media. Read more here.

- The sex ed fallacy.
Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Sawyer County affiliate, Queen of Peace, Protector of Life,
will be displaying the "Cemetery of the Innocents" (400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA) at a vacant property on Hwy 12 & 63, Baldwin, WI., Sept. 1st - Sept. 8th (over Labor Day); St. John's Lutheran Church, Hwy 27, Ladysmith, WI., Oct. 3rd - Oct. 17th. Set-ups are planned throughout the summer. For more information, contact Bob Ornberg at (715) 699-1287.

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 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 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 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 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 Diocese of Green Bay
is holding a women's medical forum on Saturday, September 24 at St. Norbert College in DePere. The forum will focus on contraception. Speakers include Bishop Ricken, Dr. Angela Lafranchi and Mercedes Wilson. For more information please contact Diocese of Green Bay Respect Life Office at or (920) 272-8271.

St. Pius X Catholic Church
(500 W. Marquette St., Appleton) will have a Eucharistic Procession for Life on Saturday, September 10. A Mass for Life will be celebrated at 8 a.m.  with a 9 a.m. start for the 2 mile Eucharistic Procession to the Planned Parenthood abortuary. Bus transportation will be provided back to St. Pius where Xavier Rock for Life will serve lunch. Everyone is encouraged and welcomed to join in praying for an end to abortion! Call Nancy with any questions at (920) 810-3216.  

Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation
will be the guest speaker at the Women Support Center's annual fundraiser dinner, to be held Sunday, September 18 at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. For more information call the WSC at (414) 934-8888.

Eyewitness for Life:
Tour our facility and learn how EYEWITNESS utilizes the miracle of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and thechildren they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion Seeing Is Believing Programs will be held on September 17. They will begin promptly at 9am and end at 10am. No pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.

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.

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.

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 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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