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Reaction to "Black Children Are In Danger" billboards continues


Today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel included an article on the billboards. Click here to read.

The Shepherd Express newspaper named Pro-Life Wisconsin the "Jerks of the Week" on account of the billboards.Shepherd Express refuses to believe that Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a racist eugenicist who wanted to rid the world of those she saw "unfit" – minorities, Catholics, and the disabled, among others.

Statistics show the black community is succumbing to slow motion genocide:
• 20 million aborted black babies nationwide since 1973
• The number of aborted blacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control, outnumbers the next leading seven causes of death among blacks combined.
• Blacks are down to 12.3% of the U.S. population in 2010, from 14.8% in 2000.

La Crosse billboards emphasize the humanity of the preborn Baby Jesus


Two billboards placed in the city of La Crosse for the month of December display the humanity of the preborn Baby Jesus for all to see, in ultrasound form. The billboards feature an ultrasound image of Baby Jesus, with a halo and the words “He’s on His way… Christmas starts with Christ.”


Read a Madison Capital Times article about the billboards here. Ms. Magazine also linked to the billboards, with a photo.

Frances Kissling, former president of the pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice, declared Pro-Life Wisconsin the "grinches that stole Christmas" in an editorial today in the Washington Post. Kissling, writing she "loves the secular parts of Christmas," clearly needs prayers. Read the editorial here.

Christmas is the perfect opportunity to connect the Baby Jesus we know with the preborn baby Jesus. We hope this will lead people to see the preborn as babies deserving of the right to life.

The first billboard is located at the intersection of George St. and Clinton St. (near the Caledonia St. Planned Parenthood) and the second is located at the intersection of 4th St. and Cameron Ave.

“Even without the marvels of modern ultrasound technology, far before Christ was born in a manger, He was recognized as a unique and significant individual,” said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “It makes perfect sense to fast forward biblical accounts of the babe in Mary’s womb to what Jesus would look like in modern ultrasound.”

The image is compliments of ChurchAds, a Christian nonprofit in England, dedicated to the idea of keeping Christ in Christmas. Click here to read an article about the impact the image has made in England.

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.

We need your help to keep this educational effort going! Click here to donate to Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force.

Thank you to everyone who joined us in silent protest of UW-Madison's newest embryonic stem cell research facility


On Thursday, December 2, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery held a grand opening ceremony in Madison. The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a research "institute," a partnership between UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and John and Tashia Morgridge, who are private donors. Read more about the research facility
here.

Unfortunately, some of the research will involve embryonic stem cells. We are opposed to the killing of embryonic children, which fully taints this endeavor.

Pro-Life Wisconsin and Vigil for Life of Madison held a silent picket of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery's grand opening ceremony. In the photo, above, you can see some of the pro-lifers holding a sign that says, "A person is a person, no matter how small."

A union picket of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery occurred at the same time as our pro-life picket. Read a Capital Times article about the pickets here.


Salvation Army and their pro-abortion position


Before you drop your hard-earned change in the Salvation Army’s red kettles, make sure you know what you are funding.


The Salvation Army devotes a portion of their website to their positions on various social issues, such as human trafficking, euthanasia and abortion. You can find their position statement page here.

On the issue of abortion: “The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Such decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, with appropriate involvement of the woman’s family and pastoral, medical and other counsel. A woman in these circumstances needs acceptance, love and compassion.”

While that statement may sound understanding and accepting, it is a far cry from the simple position of, “Our organization opposes all abortions, because we believe each human life is sacred and valued before God.” The Salvation Army’s posted statement is, unfortunately, a fancy way of supporting, at the very least, abortions in the exceptions cases – rape, incest, life of the mother and fetal deformity.  Click here to read our position on why abortion is never the answer.

Research done by Life Decisions International [LDI] sheds more light on the subject. LDI has posted an interview from Der Bund, a Swiss newspaper, conducted with Salvation Army General Shaw Clifton (the General directs Salvation Army operations throughout the world).

Speaking on behalf of the Salvation Army, Clifton stated, “We are not as conservative as our catholic brothers and sisters. There are situations in which abortion is the lesser evil, for instance in cases of severe deformities of the fetus, [or] rape.” Discussing birth control and sterilization, “The Salvation Army encourages the use of birth control methods that are contraceptive… The Salvation Army does not oppose sterilization as a means of contraception. However, because it is generally irreversible in nature, such a procedure should be undertaken only after full consideration is given to spiritual, moral and practical ramifications.” The full text of LDI’s article on the Salvation Army can be read here (page 8).

In addition, Human Life International has an excellent article about the Salvation Army, United Way, UNICEF and other “good” causes that don’t always promote goodness. Click here to read.

The Salvation Army meets every three years to elect a new “General.” The next meeting is January 22, 2011. To that end, if you feel passionately about the Salvation Army and hope to influence the upcoming 2011 elections, we have made available coupons that you can download and put in the kettles.

Kohl's: We only donated to Planned Parenthood because... our employee volunteered there


We have written
in the past about Kohl’s donating to Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties.

Thank you to the many people who have taken the time to write to Menomonee Falls, Wis-based Kohl’s in opposition to their Planned Parenthood donations.

Below is a response from Kohl’s to Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Dear Ms. Hamill:

Thank you for taking the time to contact Kohl’s directly.

We can confirm that Kohl’s does not have a corporate or local partnership with Planned Parenthood. However, a $500 grant may have been processed as part of our Associates in Action volunteer program in Santa Ana California. For this program, Kohl’s provides grants to nonprofits where our associates volunteer. This grant is in recognition of their service, and not as a corporate endorsement of the specific organization.

We appreciate the time you have taken to share your perspective (and for allowing us an opportunity to address your members to clarify misinformation). We look forward to serving you and your members in the future.

Sincerely,
Vicki Shamion
Senior Vice President, Public & Community Relations
Kohl’s Department Stores

While Kohl’s employees are obviously free to volunteer where they wish, it is disconcerting to think of Kohl’s employees as Planned Parenthood volunteers. If Kohl’s employees volunteered for the KKK, would the KKK receive a “grant,” using that hands-off logic?

"Direct conversion" stem cell research bypasses embryonic stem cell controversy


Last week the Associated Press (AP) reported on a method of stem cell research that transforms already specialized cells directly into other specialized cells, therefore avoiding the need for embryonic (non-specialized) stem cells. The article reports that scientists have converted mouse skin cells directly into nerve cells and heart muscle cells and human skin cells into early stage blood cells. 

Such an efficient and fast approach to obtaining the specialized cells scientists want avoids both traditional embryonic stem cell research, whereby the human embryo is destroyed for its inner stem cell mass, and induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell research, whereby a somatic (body) cell is reprogrammed to its embryonic state. 

According to John Gearhart of the University of Pennsylvania, “I think everyone believes this is really the future of so-called stem-cell biology.” Gearhart provided a cautionary note to the direct conversion process, saying that “(w)e’re a long way from showing safety and efficacy for any of these things. This stuff is all so new that we have a lot of work to do.”

For the full AP story, click here

Pro-life news wrapup


The home of Joe and Anne Scheidler was vandalized by an abortion supporter in the middle of the night. Click here to read more.

The Boston Globe pushed sex ed in a recent article promoting Planned-Parenthood style sex ed, trumpeting the kids as modern-day heroines, with the subtle message that anyone who might disagree would be against "student safety." The article also highlights the upcoming showing of a pro-sex ed video supposedly created by the teenagers, promoting the Planned Parenthood sexual agenda, particularly free condom distribution, as the only alternative to ignorance, disease, and destruction.

Planned Parenthood promotes holiday abortion spirit through their "Choice on Earth" cards and gifts. Click here to read more from Jill Stanek.

31 abortion clinics have closed in the past 12 months, while 9 have opened, for a net loss of 22 abortion clinics nationwide. Click here.

New York City has adopted a European "project" whereby organ teams follow ambulances, looking to harvest organs after the patient's "death." Click here to read more. 


Affiliate announcements


Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee County
will gather for the 2011 Roe v Wade Rally for Life on January 15, 2011. Three Holy Women - St. Rita's campus, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI. 8:10 a.m. Rosary. 8:30 a.m. Mass with Fr. James Kubicki, SJ as the main celebrant. Prayer and witness at Affiliated Medical Services will follow Mass. 10:30 a.m. Potluck continental breakfast at St. Rita's (please bring a dish of treats to pass!) Questions? Call Pro-Life Wisconsin at (262) 796-1111.

Cemetery of the Innocents
: Would you like to make a strong pro-life statement without uttering a word? PLW affiliate 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.

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.

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 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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


Aquinas Club at UW-Milwaukee:
On Wednesday Dec. 8, Vicki Thorn will be giving her fantastic pro-life talk. On Thursday, Dec. 9, Leah Darrow, a former America's Next Top Model contestant, will be giving her conversion story. Both events are at 7 p.m. in Room 250 of the Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd. The event is free and open to the public. Contact Alex Fons with questions at (414) 964-6640.

National Night of Prayer for Life Vigil (Dec. 8)
will be held at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church in Marshfield beginning with Mass (to celebrate the Immaculate Conception) at 8 p.m., followed by Exposition, Adoration, the Rosary for life each hour, and ending with benediction at 1 a.m. Contact Marie Fleisner (mfleisner@charter.net) for more information.

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception,
Wednesday Dec. 8, at 7:30 am Christians will gather at Rockford's abortion mill, 1400 Broadway, to honor our Holy Mother and seek God's graces and protection for children facing death inside of Rockford's abortion mill. We will pray the Rosary, Divine Mercy Chaplet, Stations of the Cross, and Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Pro-life picket in Milwaukee
: Missionaries to the Preborn will have a pro-life picket on Saturday,  December 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milwaukee at the corner of W. Wisconsin Ave & N. 4th St. (near Grand Ave. Mall). Signs will be provided. Contact Jim Soderna at (414) 462-3399 with questions or for directions.

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.

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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