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December 12, 2011
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A Christmas Message from Peggy Hamill

As we celebrate Christmas and move into 2012, we are at a truly historic point in the pro-life movement here in Wisconsin. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of our Pro-Life Wisconsin ministry. We were formed by a small group of seasoned pro-life advocates who realized that, to achieve total protection for all preborn children in Wisconsin, the pro-life movement needed to refocus on principle.

Photo, left: Mareza, a young mom from Milwaukee, with her baby Joseph. Mareza chose life due to sidewalk counselors. She tells her story to the world on PLW’s YouTube channel here.

They knew that they needed to secure constitutional protection for all preborn babies at all stages of development without exception. That principle they had refocused on is today known as personhood. In the early years of PLW, we were often marginalized for our aggressiveness and idealism. When we were called radical, we pointed out that “radical” means “from the root”; when we were called zealots, we used that as the theme for our 1997 state convention, “A Zeal for Life.”

Then and now, we are seen by many as an inconvenient disruption to politics as usual, the contraceptive mentality and pro-life pragmatism. Inconvenient or not, we will never shy away from using every tool available to evangelize the fullness of the truth of the culture of life. While our mission and conviction have not changed, the means by which we now communicate has drastically improved, dramatically expanding our audience and ranks. Our use of the internet and new social media has even propelled PLW into the international spotlight.

In the past couple of months alone, PLW’s social media efforts have educated tens of thousands. On October 26, PLW posted a video on You Tube of abortion mill staffers dancing in the streets and threatening 40 Days for Life prayer warriors, shortly after a botched abortion sent a woman to the hospital by ambulance. The video, posted and edited by PLW, went viral and has been viewed nearly 20,000 times. On November 3, PLW broke the news on Facebook that a young girl was physically prevented by Affiliated Medical Services personnel (also known as deathscorts) from leaving the abortuary.

That simple Facebook post was picked up by Canada-based LifeSiteNews, who interviewed Virginia Zignego and Dan Miller. LifeSiteNews sent out the story world-wide, and it caught the attention of thousands, including Mark Belling, who devoted a full hour of his popular radio show to exposing the complicity of the Milwaukee Police Department in the culture of death.

Comprehensive factual information posted on our website, resulted in an interview and a well-balanced, front-page November 23 article in the Wisconsin State Journal about our personhood amendment.

As we move into our 20th year, our cutting-edge communications are combined with good old-fashioned counseling, advocacy, public witness and of course, prayer. You can help us express our unchanging zeal for life through Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, our blog, our websites, and all of the tried-and-true traditional outlets.

May you enjoy a blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year as we together bring Christ, the light of the world, to others.

Click here to make a Christmas gift to Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Empty Manger Christmas Caroling

Last year's 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:
- Milwaukee: 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.
- Madison: PLW affiliate Vigil for Life will be singing Christmas carols on Dec. 22 at 5:30 pm at Planned Parenthood, 1306 Orin Road, Madison. 
- 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.
- Appleton: Pro-Life Wisconsin will be singing Christmas carols on Dec. 23 at 11am and at 5:30 pm at Planned Parenthood, 3800 North Gillette Street, Appleton.
- 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 Crosse.

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 kings.

Join PLW at the March for Life

Join 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 Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C.  Pro-Life Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Friday, January 20, and returning Tuesday, January 24. 

Cost for the trip, including travel to and from Washington as well as hotel accommodations, is $275.

We will travel by bus and stay two nights at a Capitol Hill hotel. Register NOW to guarantee a seat!

Call PLW's office at (262) 796-1111 or e-mail for more info.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin hiring 14-year-olds to push sex to peers

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is hiring 7 “Youth Health Educators” to promote sex to their peers.

Children as young as 14 are considered eligible for the job:

Must have strong written and verbal communication skills; influencing and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; availability to work flexible hours, including nights and weekends; willingness to travel; and comfort discussing sexuality issues in a confidential manner. Must be at least 14 years of age.

Must have successfully completed 8th Grade.  Ability to relate to and influence peers required. Public speaking and presentation experience is a plus. Previous leadership role(s) with other youth programs desired. Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills preferred.

PPWI lists one job opening, but the job is also posted at UW-Milwaukee’s LGBT online resource center, which notes that despite only 1 posted job opening, there are 7 available spots.

PPWI recently held "training" seminars on child sexuality.

In Wisconsin, early teen sexual activity, even if consensual, is against the law.  Wisconsin Statutes 948.02(2) states, “(w)hoever has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who has not attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class C felony.”  Violators, including teens, can be placed on Wisconsin’s Sex Offender Registry. It is clear that our contraception sex education programs aid and abet our children in the commission of this second degree sexual assault (statutory rape) crime.  And then we punish them as “sex offenders” when they get caught.

The 24-hour club: 3 pro-life warriors spend 24 hours straight praying at abortion facility

From LifeSiteNews:

What happens in 24 hours? The earth turns once on its axis. 34,560 hours of video is uploaded to Youtube. The first cellular division happens to a newly conceived baby.

But for three Texan pro-life warriors, 24 hours means a diehard midnight-to-midnight vigil, where they witness to the life of the unborn child at the new late-term abortion facility in Dallas that kills babies through 6 months of pregnancy, for any reason whatsoever.

Welcome to the 24-hour pro-life club, not for the faint-of-heart.

LifeSiteNews contacted each of the three pro-life warriors and asked what compelled them to commit to a vigil that some would call extreme. The vigils took place at the Southwestern late-term abortuary in Dallas, a major vigil site for the 40 Days for Life campaign that wrapped up last month.

Braving the cold, intermittent bouts of rain, 53 year-old Minh Tran from Plano, Texas made his 24-hour vigil on October 8th, starting at 12 am. He says he looked at the vigil as an opportunity to profess his faith, to pray for an end of abortion, and to join the thousands of pro-lifers countrywide who witness to life. To Tran, it “just seemed like the right thing to do.”

Read more here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Kathleen Sebelius overrules FDA; morning-after pill will NOT be made available to kids without a prescription. Read more here.

- Pelosi: Catholic bishops are ‘lobbyists’. Read more here.

- Contraception a ‘clear factor’ in decline of church numbers: Michigan bishop. Read more here.

- Sharing a smile can synchronize mom’s and baby’s heartbeart: study. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

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. 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. 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!

Courtesy announcements

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 email

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 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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