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December 19, 2011
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Looking back on 2011, ahead to 2012

As we reflect on 2011 and prepare for 2012, here is a quick look at some of the most powerful moments of a history-making year:

- January: 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.

- February: 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!

- March: 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.

- April: 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.

- June: 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.

- July: 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.

- September: 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 counselors.

- October: 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

- November: 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 botched abortion.

- December: 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.

This Week: 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 (please note the La Crosse location has been added and the Appleton time is finalized):
- 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 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.

2012 Rally for Life

Pro-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 for Life.

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.

Schedule for the day as follows:
* 8:10 a.m. Rosary
* 8:30 a.m. Mass with Bishop Hying as the main celebrant
* 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 pass!)

Stay tuned to for Roe v. Wade affiliate observances around the state.

"Mary's 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

Pro-Life 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 birth. 

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.

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!

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