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December 17, 2012
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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin sues state over telemed abortion ban

As expected, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) has filed a legal challenge to the telemed abortion ban listing State Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen and the Wisconsin State Medical Examining Board as co-defendants. The suit has been filed in federal court in Madison and claims the law is unconstitutionally vague and should be struck down.

Abortion-causing drugs such as mifepristone, also known as RU-486, are increasingly being prescribed and dispensed via videoconferencing.  In April 2012, Governor Walker signed into law Senate Bill 306, legislation effectively prohibiting webcam abortions by requiring the prescribing physician to perform a physical exam of the woman and to be physically present in the room when the abortion-inducing drug is given. The bill also requires the woman to return to the abortion facility for a follow-up visit 12 to 18 days after the use of an abortion-inducing drug to confirm the termination of the pregnancy and evaluate her medical condition.  PPWI indefinitely suspended medical abortions when the law took effect in April.

Non-surgical “medical” abortions include the ingestion of two different chemicals within the first nine weeks of pregnancy. The induced abortion usually takes place away from a clinical setting. The side effects are overwhelming and dangerous and have been well-documented by even those in favor of abortion, with most women experiencing at least one effect, and some experiencing death.  Click here to read more about side effects.

The Food and Drug Administration released public documents to Concerned Women of America listing over 600 adverse effects of women taking mifepristone. These included 220 cases of hemorrhage that were either life-threatening or extremely serious, 71 of which required blood transfusions. Women taking mifepristone typically bleed for one to two weeks, with 10% bleeding for more than one month. The average woman loses four times the amount of blood in a drug-induced medical abortion as compared to a standard surgical abortion.

It is interesting to note that PPWI’s argument against the constitutionality of Act 217 is similar to the argument for the constitutionality of the HHS Mandate and ObamaCare. Planned Parenthood says about the Wisconsin law “the requirements are unlawfully vague because the law does not clearly spell out what a doctor must do in order to satisfy all components of the bill.”  In the case of ObamaCare and the HHS Mandate the law is vague and unspecific, with “adjustments” to be made as the law is implemented.  Employers and employees have no idea what complete compliance means.  In contrast, the Wisconsin telemed abortion law is very clear about both the specifics of compliance and the punishment for those who do not comply.

PPWI says they presided over the deaths of 4,827 preborn children in 2010. They estimate that about 25 percent of their abortive-minded clients choose the non-surgical method of abortion. Read more.  Planned Parenthood is not going to court to “stand up for their patients,” as their advocacy letter states.  Click here to view. Rather, they are going to court to ensure continued killing of the preborn and continued dollars flowing into their organization.

'Emergency contraception' increases STD rates, does not reduce abortions, new study finds

CHAPEL HILL, NC, December 12, 2012, ( – A new study has found increased access to “emergency contraception” increases the rates of sexually transmitted diseases, while doing nothing to reduce the number of abortions.

Christine Piette Durrance, Ph. D., analyzed county-by-county data in Washington State and found that more widespread use of the morning-after pill led “led to a statistically significant increase in STD rates (gonorrhea rates), both overall and for females.”

Contraceptives such as Plan B, or Ella, do nothing to protect a woman from sexually transmitted diseases.

Meanwhile, the researcher said that she did not find “an impact of pharmacy access on abortion or birth rates,” according to the study’s abstract. Click here to read more.

PLW's winter newsletter, The Banner is now online

Pro-Life Wisconsin's quarterly newsletter, The Banner, is now available online. Click here to read it. Read the Capitol Update, a message from Peggy Hamill, Affiliate News, Upcoming Events and more. Keep up with news yourself and forward it to all your friends.

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

-Not one, single Irish abortion in UK to ‘save the life of the mother’

( 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

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.

-Madison -Join PLW's affiliate, Vigil for Life for the third annual Empty Manger Caroling on Wednesday, December 19 at 5:00 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood, 1306 Orin Road, Madison.

-Milwaukee - Pro-Life Wisconsin and 40 Days for Life of Milwaukee will be singing Christmas carols on Friday, Dec. 21 from 10:30 a.m. until noon, outside Affiliated Medical Services. Affiliated is located at 1428 N. Farwell Ave, Milwaukee.

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

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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