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December 10, 2012
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PLW reacts to City of Milwaukee condom bid

Last Thursday WTMJ’s John Mercure revealed a City of Milwaukee bid for over 3 million male and female condoms and 650,000 packages of personal lubricant.  The taxpayer funded condoms would range from standard to rainbow colored to extra-sensitive. PLW state director Peggy Hamill joined Mercure on his daily afternoon radio program stating that while liberals tell us to “stay out their bedrooms” and “keep our rosaries off their ovaries,” we pro-lifers are telling them to “keep their perversions out of our pocketbooks.”  Please click here to download the audio of the program.

Interestingly, WTMJ published a story in October 2012 explaining that the rapidly declining Milwaukee teen pregnancy rate was due to programs encouraging parents and their teens to “break the silence” and discuss responsible sexual activity.  It did not mention publicly funded contraception as a factor.  Pro-Life Wisconsin knows that government funded contraception works only to fuel teen sexual activity and consequently underage pregnancy, sexually transmitted disease and chemical and surgical abortion.  Click here for an article demonstrating that while New York City is the abortion capitol of America, it is also the contraception capitol of America. The “more contraceptives, fewer abortions” theory just doesn’t hold up in the real world. For more information on contraception, click here.

New York archdiocesan lawsuit against HHS Mandate moves forward

While two lawsuits filed by Catholic dioceses in Pittsburgh and Nashville against the HHS Mandate were recently dismissed, a ruling by a federal judge in New York will see the lawsuit being contested there.

The same argument was used by the Obama Administration’s Kathleen Sebelius as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in the Pittsburgh and Nashville cases – that the dioceses’ lawsuits were “premature” because the mandate might be experiencing some “adjustments” in application as it is implemented, especially concerning the “safe harbor” policy that prevented the mandate from applying to certain religious employers until 2013.
Judge Brian Copland wasn’t buying the Administration’s arguments this time, however. In fact, his ruling offered a bit of a scolding and education on constitutional principles. Please read the article here.

The judge pointed out the rule was announced 10 months ago and that “the Departments have had ample opportunity to enact a meaningful change to the Coverage Mandate. The fact that they have not further suggests the likelihood of injuries to plaintiffs.” He destroyed the “safe harbor” argument, saying, “the First Amendment does not require citizens to accept assurances from the government that, if the government later determines it has made a misstep, it will take ameliorative action.” He added, “There is no, ‘Trust us, changes are coming’ clause in the Constitution. To the contrary, the Bill of Rights itself, and the First Amendment in particular, reflect a degree of skepticism towards governmental self-restraint and self-correction."

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is representing the Archdiocese. There are still currently over 40 lawsuits filed against the mandate.

San Francisco Archbishop calls for prayer, fasting, and abstinence for life, liberty and marriage

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced the particulars for a new pastoral campaign this past week. The Archbishop is calling on Catholics to pray the rosary daily, and to fast and abstain from meat on Fridays with an aim to preserving religious liberty (HHS Mandate), the right to life and the institution of marriage.

Archbishop Cordileone hopes that those who take a stand for life, marriage, and religious liberty will be encouraged in their solidarity through the new spiritual strategy:

"With the challenges this country is facing, it is hoped that this call to prayer and penance will help build awareness among the faithful as well as spiritual stamina and courage for effective witness.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, of which Cordileone is chairman of the subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, asks Catholics to participate in five spiritual exercises. These include:
•    Daily Rosary;
•    Attendance at a Holy Hour on the last Sunday of each month;
•    Participation in a Fortnight of Freedom in the summer of 2013;
•    Inclusion in every Mass special prayers of the faithful for the causes of life, marriage and liberty;
•    Fasting and abstaining from meat on Fridays.
Instructions and encouragement for the new spiritual battle plans can be found at the USCCB’s website.

As the battle for life, marriage and religious freedom is not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers, the only way to complete victory is through spiritual warfare.

Do it anyway

Kristin Van Spankeren is Pro-Life Wisconsin’s student intern on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

People around the world – Catholic or not – praise Blessed Mother Teresa for her work. She has received countless prestigious honors, including the Nobel Peace prize. When she received the prize, she was asked, “What needs to be done to promote world peace?” Her answer? “Go home and love your family.”

If you ask me, the smallest of the small are those vulnerable in the womb. So, if peace and love begin with loving your family and doing the small things, then peace and love surely must begin by protecting the unborn in our families. We need to foster societies in which we will give of ourselves and love “until it hurts.” I think most can agree that this little, most humble nun of the poor had some good things to say about world peace. Yes, giving until it hurts will be hard. Yes, it may be inconvenient for you. Yes, setting aside your life to love another will take everything you have. You won’t want to do it.
We should listen to her anyway. 

40th annual March for Life

March for LifeJoin pro-life Wisconsinites and 400,000 people from around the nation to mark the anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade decision.

The annual March for Life will be held Friday, January 25, in Washington, D.C. Pro-Life Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Wednesday, January 23, and returning Sunday,January 27.

The cost for the trip, including travel to and from Washington as well as hotel accommodations (four to a room) is $275. Call Pro-Life Wisconsin at 262-796-1111 to register. Register NOW to guarantee a seat! Download form here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- The poisionous candy: emergency contraception for kids (American Life League) A running controversy centers on the question of whether or not it is a good idea to provide pre-prescriptions of morning after pills to young people who have not yet reached the age of 17. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Empty Manger Caroling Wednesday, Dec. 19
Join PLW's affiliate, Vigil for Life for the third annual Empty Manger Caroling on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, 1306 Orin Road, Madison. The purpose of this event is two-fold: to bring joy to a place of great sadness through the carols we sing and to point to the "empty mangers" in our day and age due to the destruction of abortion.

40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade on Saturday, January 12, 2013

Join us for 15 Decades of the Rosary from 11 a.m. - Noon  on the State Street steps of the State Capitol in Madison followed by Pro-Life Potluck and Program 12:15 - 3 p.m., St. Patrick Catholic Church basement (404 E. Main St., Madison, WI) featuring, Jerry Schmutte, "Planned Parenthood's Agenda." Sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil For Life Madison, and Diocese of Madison.
For those who can NOT pray outdoors at the Capitol that day:
Please pray 15 Decades of Rosary INDOORS at St. Patrick Church from 11-noon In case of inclement weather, we will ALL pray INDOORS at St. Patrick Church. Questions? Contact Bette - 608-358-5963 or

PLW Racine Area has a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood (832 Main St.) All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.

PLW Juneau County meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library Community Room in Mauston at 7 p.m.

PLW Walworth County will again begin their Monday prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood in Delavan in April. Contact Phil Cullen at 262-742-3299 for more information.

PLW Marathon County prays the Rosary monthly on a Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Please call Ron Putzer at 715-842-5368 to confirm the date.

PLW 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 at 920-923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also said Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. before the 9:00 a.m. Mass 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 from of Madison's Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road.) Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business, at least two people will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. Mon.-Wed. (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Thurs. (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.), and Fri. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for these two hour shifts, especially on a monthly basis. Click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact Elizabeth Weisshaar at

PLW Milwaukee County gathers Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center (1428 N. Farwell, Milw.) from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sidewalk counselors are needed! If you can come pray or counsel women, contact Peggy Hamill at 262-796-1111 ext. 11 or email

PLW 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 (3800 N. Gillett St.)

PLW Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary. You are invited to pray Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood (Roosevelt & 36th Ave.) Please come pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other prayers with us. For more information, contact Karie Kinzler at or call her at 262-646-0301.

PLW Rock County daily praise and thank God for the Jan. 13, 2012 permanent closure of the Rockford, Il. abortion mill. They meet monthly (except June-August) at St. Jude's Hall, Beloit. Contact Charlene Tolmie at 608-362-3406 or Sister Rosalia Bauer at 608-364-2830.

Courtesy announcements

Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe are hosting a pro-Life pilgrimage and prayer vigil, December 12, 2012 at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse. 8:30 a.m. - prayer at Pilgrim Center, 10:30 a.m. - prayer vigil at Memorial to the Unborn, 12:15 p.m - Mass, lunch on your own, and 3:30 p.m. - holy hour. Join the servants for their regular prayer vigil at 5 p.m. at the Options Clinic. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or

Bus trip to D.C. for the March for Life
from Phillips, WI:  A bus from St. Therese Church in Phillips to Washington, D.C. to attend the March for Life will be leaving Phillips on Thursday, January 24 and returning Saturday, January 26.  The cost is $165.00 for the bus only.  Meals will be extra.  A tour of the National Holocaust Museum before returning home will be included. To reserve a spot on the bus call Florence Runnheim, 715-474-6708. Call soon to reserve your seat. Scholarships may still be available. Youth are welcome and encouraged to come.

Love Life Library invites life advocates  to participate in brainstorming evangelizing toward respect of human life in 2013. Those who were in the forefront, 2,3,4 decades ago in the fight for life meet to share and support each other in this ministry. Meeting the first Tuesday of the month from 8:15-10:30 a.m. 5424 W. Bluemound Rd., southeast corner of bldg.

Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Vigils
  • Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids on 8th Street by the Shopko mall to pray for the closing of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at

  • Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. in Winona, MN in front of Semcac, and abortifacient delegate of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at

  • Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. in La Crosse in front of Options(corner of Caledonia and St. Paul Streets. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or

  • Wednesdays 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. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or via email

  • Fridays in Madison -12:10 p.m. mass at St. Patrick followed by prayer and counseling at Planned Parenthood on Orin Road (around 12:50 p.m.)Around 4 p.m., driving to Holy Redeemer for holy hour and optional dinner. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at

The third Monday of every month in Berlin at All Saints Catholic Church there is a Rosary for life ar the church's monument for the unborn after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome.

Sheboygan County Pro-Life Outreach prays in front of Planned Parenthood (2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan) every Thursday from  4:00 to 4:45 p.m. For more information call Sarah at 920-452-2759 or Shannon at 920-457-8422.

Thursdays in Kenosha at St. Mary's Catholic Church (7307 40th Ave.) there is an 8:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to nearby Planned Parenthood. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Thursdays from 6-6:30 West Bend The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets at Planned Parenthood (532 Shepherd's Drive on the west end of town about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 45 and W. Washington St.-a.k.a. Hwy. 33. It's in a mall on the north side of the street.

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