back on 2011, ahead to 2012
reflect on 2011 and prepare for 2012, here is a
quick look at some of the most powerful moments of
a history-making year:
Hundreds of students and adults from across
Wisconsin join Pro-Life Wisconsin for the annual
pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington,
D.C. Back in Wisconsin, PLW affiliates across the
state held vigils to mark the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade.
The number of cities conducting 40 Days for Life
vigils in Wisconsin jumped from six to eight as
Pro-Life Wisconsin’s affiliate program
launched new campaigns in both Sheboygan and
Mauston. With support from PLW, the Sheboygan
campaign was organized entirely by teenagers!
In partnership with the Radiance Foundation,
Pro-Life Wisconsin expanded its “Black and
Unwanted” billboard campaign from Milwaukee to
Madison with a new billboard in the parking lot of
Madison’s downtown Planned Parenthood. PLW then
sponsored educational multimedia presentations
from Radiance Foundation founder Ryan Bomberger in
both Milwaukee and Madison.
For the first time since 2007, Pro-Life
Wisconsin’s Annual Spring Awards Dinner was held
in Madison. The event sold out as pro-lifers
turned out in droves to honor this year’s award
winners. After years of serving as a total
protection pro-life representative, Rep. Don
Pridemore was named PLW Legislator of the Year.
The Activist of the Year award went to Juneau
County District Attorney Scott Southworth.
Pro-Life Action League founder Joe Scheidler, the
“Godfather of the Pro-Life Movement,” provided the
evening’s keynote address. In an inspiring and
humorous talk that brought the room to its feet,
Scheidler recounted nearly four decades of
activism on behalf of pre-born children.
- May: As
efforts to defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
heated up, the abortion giant took on a massive
public relations campaign to mislead voters into
believing that its primary mission is providing
legitimate health services to Wisconsin women.
Pro-Life Wisconsin shattered that myth with a May
3 advertisement in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
In communities across Wisconsin, Pro-Life
Wisconsin affiliates held their annual Griswold vs.
Connecticut vigils. These vigils mark the
anniversary of the 1965 Supreme Court decision
that decriminalized birth control.
Pro-Life Wisconsin expanded its youth outreach
with an education booth at the LiFest Christian
music festival in Oshkosh. The event, which drew
an estimated 85,000 people, proved to be a perfect
forum to bring the total protection message to
Christian music fans.
- August: Pro-Life Wisconsin’s
OptionLine billboards have led to hundreds of
calls a year to the nationwide hotline directing
mothers facing crisis pregnancies to resources
that empower them to choose life.
Prior to the fall 40 Days for Life kickoff,
Pro-Life Wisconsin’s sidewalk counselor training
team embarked on a whirlwind tour conducting five
training sessions in Cedarburg, Appleton and
Madison. The sessions trained more than 80 new
In anticipation of the introduction of the
Wisconsin Personhood Amendment, Pro-Life Wisconsin
partnered with 40 Days for Life of Green Bay,
Youth Defense, and Personhood USA to post a
billboard with the message that all people began
as embryos and directing viewers to PersonhoodWisconsin.com.
As 40 Days for
Life vigils concluded across the state,
Milwaukee concluded the campaign with 25 saved
babies and massive media coverage of our You Tube
videos showing abortion facility staffers dancing
after an ambulance took away a woman injured by a
Our Empty Manger Christmas Caroling effort
expanded to five cities, bringing a message of the
Christ Child’s love to abortion facilities.
On behalf of the
staff and board of Pro-Life Wisconsin, we wish
you a very merry Christmas and a blessed New
Year! We will be back with a Monday Update in
the new year.
Week: Empty 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
Join 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.
Rally for Life
Wisconsin will observe Roe v. Wade in Milwaukee on
Saturday, January 14, 2012, since a number of us
will be in Washington, DC, for the annual March
The 2012 Rally for
Life will feature Bishop Donald J. Hying,
Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Mass and breakfast will be at Three Holy Women -
St. Rita’s; 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, with
prayer and witness at Affiliated Medical
Services, 1428 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee.
the day as follows:
* 8:10 a.m. Rosary
* 8:30 a.m. Mass with Bishop Hying as the main
* Prayer and witness at Affiliated abortion
center will follow Mass
* 10:30 a.m. Potluck continental breakfast at
St. Rita’s (please bring a dish of treats to
Stay tuned to for Roe v. Wade affiliate
observances around the state.
Ultrasound" billboards are a hit once again
“…Blessed art thou
among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy
womb….For behold as soon as the voice of thy
salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in
my womb leaped for joy.” –Elizabeth
to Mary in Luke 1:42-44
Wisconsin’s “Mary’s Ultrasound” billboards have
been a hit once again this year, promoting
greater respect for life in cities across
Wisconsin. Together, we’ve shared one of the
critical lessons found in Elizabeth’s greeting
to Mary: that Christ became man not at His
birth, but at His conception.
At a time when so many of God’s children are
dehumanized through abortion, embryo-destructive
research and abortifacient contraception, this
lesson is more important than ever. The “Mary’s
Ultrasound” billboards don’t just herald
Christ’s Incarnation. These billboards remind
those who see them that ALL human beings become
man at the moment of conception—not some
arbitrarily designated moment like implantation,
the end of the first trimester, “viability” or
While polling data has shown that more Americans
consider themselves pro-life than ever before,
many people still don’t think of pre-born
babies—particularly the youngest and most
vulnerable—as people created in the image and
likeness of God. Through your support, you’re
helping to change that misunderstanding.
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!