Ultrasound" billboards are back!
“Mary’s Ultrasound” billboards (left) were a
huge success, in communities across Wisconsin.
Viewers in Milwaukee, Green Bay, La Crosse and
beyond were touched by a simple image of the
preborn Christ Child. The pro-life effort raised
the ire of the former president of Catholics for
Choice, Frances Kissling, who wrote about
the billboards in the Washington Post.
Kissling even referred to Pro-Life Wisconsin as
the “grinches that stole Christmas!”
And now, thanks to some awesome PLW supporters,
the billboards are back!
You can find the billboard in Milwaukee, Green Bay
and La Crosse. The billboards feature an
ultrasound image of Baby Jesus, with a halo and
the words “He’s on His way… Christmas
starts with Christ.”
The Milwaukee billboard is located at the
intersection of N. Humboldt Blvd. and E. North
The Green Bay billboard is located on Highway 41,
south of Green Bay, facing northbound traffic. To
see the billboard on a map, click here. We
would like to especially recognize 40 Days for Life
of Green Bay. Due to their invaluable assistance,
the Green Bay billboard was made possible.
The La Crosse billboard is located at the
intersection of George St. and Clinton St. (near
the Caledonia St. Options Clinic).
The image on the billboards placed by Pro-Life
Wisconsin is compliments of ChurchAds,
a Christian nonprofit in England, dedicated to the
idea of keeping Christ in Christmas.
We encourage people to download the image
and distribute it at schools, parishes and
anywhere else that would benefit from seeing the
joyful preborn Baby Jesus.
to donate in support our pro-life billboard
Manger Christmas Caroling
Empty Manger Christmas Caroling effort was so
popular, we're doing it again this year, and in
more cities to boot!
What better way to bring the joy of Christmas to
a place where hopelessness abounds?
Dates, times and locations as follows (please
note the La Crosse location has been added and
the Appleton time is finalized):
Pro-Life Wisconsin and 40 Days for Life of Milwaukee
will be singing Christmas carols on Dec. 23 and
Dec. 24 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. both days,
outside Affiliated Medical Services. Affiliated
is located at 1428 N. Farwell Ave, Milwaukee.
PLW affiliate Vigil for Life will be singing
Christmas carols on Dec. 22 at 5:30 pm at
Planned Parenthood, 1306 Orin Road,
- Green Bay:
Pro-Life Wisconsin and 40 Days for Life of Green Bay
will be singing Christmas carols on Dec. 23 at
3pm at Bellin Hospital, 744 South Webster
Avenue, Green Bay.
Pro-Life Wisconsin will be singing Christmas
carols on Dec. 23 at 5:30 pm at Planned
Parenthood, 3800 North Gillette Street,
- La Crosse:
PLW affiliate 40
Days for Life of La Crosse will be
singing Christmas carols on Dec. 22 at 3 pm at
Options Clinic, 1201 Caledonia Street, La
We will have copies of Christmas carols and the
empty manger. Please spread this message far and
wide. Most of all, prepare the way of the Lord
by joining us in song to glorify the King of
Report: Wisconsin Catholic hospitals reimbursed
under Family Planning Waiver program
From the Badger
figures from the state of Wisconsin show that
from 2007-2010, all of Wisconsin’s Catholic
hospitals received taxpayer funds for
participating in the so-called Family Planning
Waiver (FPW) program. Document, here,
details the Catholic hospitals by name and by
amount per year. It is entirely plausible the
figures are actually higher, due to how the
funding recipients are organized (as you can
see, pharmacies are separated from physicians
To be fair, the FPW program does cover "natural
family planning supplies". Many Catholic
hospitals employ NFP personnel.
The FPW program, per the state of Wisconsin website,
Catholic hospitals dispensing contraception
isn’t a surprise to some Wisconsin faithful.
- Contraceptive services and supplies
(such as birth control pills, condoms, the
morning-after pill, Ella, the IUD, etc.)
- Natural family planning supplies
- Family planning pharmacy visits
- Pap tests
- Tubal ligation
- Tests and treatment for Sexually
Transmitted Diseases (STD) including
chlamydia, gonorrhea, herpes and syphilis as
well as certain other lab tests
- Routine preventive primary services
only if related to family planning
- Mammograms and hysterectomies are
In 2007, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference was
neutral on a bill, now Wisconsin law, that
forced ALL hospitals in the state to dispense
emergency contraception to rape victims. During
testimony about the bill, Kim Wades of the WCC said many
Catholic hospitals are already dispensing the
abortifacient drug, so the proposed law wouldn’t
change much. Wisconsin Right to Life was neutral
on the bill as well. Bishops Morlino and
Listecki broke with
the WCC to oppose the emergency contraception
Catholic hospitals are expected to abide by the
Ethical and Religious Directives of the United
States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The ERD
includes prohibitions against abortion,
physician-assisted suicide, direct
sterilization, the withholding of food and water
from patients, and contraceptive procedures.
In the same time frame, 2007-2010, Planned
Parenthood received $26 million from taxpayers
for providing contraception, etc. More on that here.
The entire cost of the program to taxpayers? A
cool $81.5+ million. And that’s just in
The FPW program was initiated and signed into
law under Tommy Thompson, our Catholic former
Governor (now running for Herb Kohl’s open seat
in the U.S. Senate). The Family Planning Waiver
was originally sought by Wisconsin under the
Thompson administration as part of a plan to
reduce teen pregnancy. The Wisconsin State
Legislature passed the original bill supporting
the Waiver with strong bipartisan support. Then
Gov. Tommy Thompson signed the bill, and in 2002
he signed the Waiver approval as Secretary of
the Department of Health and Human Services.
Something else interesting in that list of
places reimbursed for FPW funds – Children’s
Hospital in Milwaukee. Where their patients are
just children. Either they’re putting kids on
birth control or giving them emergency
contraception or? There really isn’t an
alternative, since the program covers
You can search the entire document here.
PLW at the March for Life
pro-life Wisconsinites and 400,000 people from
around the nation to mark the anniversary of the
deadly Roe v.
The annual March for Life will be held Monday,
January 23, in Washington, D.C. Pro-Life
Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Friday,
January 20, and returning Tuesday, January
Cost for the trip, including travel to and from
Washington as well as hotel accommodations, is
We will travel by bus and stay two nights at a
Capitol Hill hotel. Register NOW to guarantee a
Call PLW's office at (262) 796-1111 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Christmas float in Watertown parade
Christmas Parade of Lights, held this past
Saturday November 26, had a pro-life float this
Catholic Pro-Life Group, a PLW affiliate, had
the pictured float (left) in the parade. What a
great way to spread the pro-life message, in a
joyful Christ-centered way.
Illinois abortion facility to remain
closed through 2012. Read more here.
-The drug Ambien
is having a positive effect on those in a
"vegetative state," leading many to wonder
whether people in such a state are really "brain
Gingrich: "Life begins at
implantation, not fertilization." Read more here.
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
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at
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
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.
Although the abortion facility has been closed
by the Illinois Health Department, pro-lifers
are encouraged to continue praying here. 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!
Missionaries to the Preborn is having
a pro-life picket on Saturday, December 17
from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the intersection of S
76th Street & W Layton Avenue in
Greenfield. Park on 74th Street. Signs will be
provided. Any questions call (414) 462-3399 or
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
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.
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.
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)
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.