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December 27, 2010
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Income limits raised for taxpayer-funded birth control

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
, Dec. 23 [emphasis added]:

A state program that provides free birth control to those from the ages of 15 to 44 will be available to more people after the federal government on Thursday approved raising income limits in the program.

Wisconsin is the first state to raise the income levels for the program.

The federal approval makes the program more widely available, but its future remains unclear because of skepticism from Republicans who will take over state government in January.

The family planning program, which also provides screening for sexually transmitted diseases, had been available to those making 200% above the federal poverty level. The changes approved Thursday raise eligibility to 300% of the federal poverty level, making it available to individuals who earn up to $32,490 a year.

The program is controversial because girls as young as 15 can get access to birth control without parental consent. Virtually anyone age 15 to 17 is eligible for the program because parental income is not taken into account when determining if children qualify for the program.

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There’s no better time than this season of perpetual hope to give the gift of life. And to sweeten the deal, your donation to Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force on or before December 31can be written off as a charitable contribution for your 2010 taxes.

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Thank you to everyone who joined us for empty manger Christmas caroling!

On Christmas Eve day, Pro-Life Wisconsin and 40 Days for Life-Milwaukee sang Christmas carols from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee. Affiliated is located at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. Affiliated is one of Wisconsin's four stand-alone abortion facilities and the only late-term abortion facility in the state.

Empty manger carolers also gathered at the Orin Rd., Madison Planned Parenthood abortuary on Dec. 23.

2011 Rally for Life

Pro-Life Wisconsin will observe Roe v. Wade in Milwaukee on Saturday, January 15, 2011, since a number of us will be in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life.

The Rally for Life will be held at Three Holy Women - St. Rita's campus, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI.

Schedule for the day as follows:
* 8:10 a.m. Rosary
* 8:30 a.m. Mass with Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, as the main celebrant
* Prayer and witness at Affiliated Medical Services will follow Mass
* 10:30 a.m. Continental potluck breakfast at St. Rita's (please bring a dish of breakfast treats to pass)

Questions? Call Pro-Life Wisconsin at (262) 796-1111.

San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West betrays Catholic name, principles

From American Life League:

San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West is a system of 41 hospitals and medical centers located in California, Arizona and Nevada. CHW is the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit provider in California.

CHW member St. Joseph’s Hospital of Phoenix, Arizona, became steeped in scandal earlier this year when the head of the ethics committee, Sr. Margaret McBride, approved the abortion of an 11-week preborn baby whose mother suffered from pulmonary hypertension. Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, investigated the case and, after interviewing Sr. McBride, informed her that she had excommunicated herself by approving the abortion. Since then, CHW has defended Sr. McBride’s decision and, after months of debate, Bishop Olmsted issued a letter to CHW declaring his intent to revoke his endorsement of St. Joseph’s Hospital as a Catholic hospital unless CHW met three specific conditions.

Prompted by Bishop Olmsted’s stern warning, American Life League conducted its own investigation into CHW’s activities and discovered that its scandals are not limited to one member hospital aborting a preborn baby – as if that by itself were not scandalous and tragic enough. In just two days, ALL found the following:

– CHW has granted money to at least six organizations that promote abortion, birth control and/or homosexual lifestyles.

– CHW helped create the “Healthy San Francisco” health plan, which covers elective abortion.

– At least one CHW member hospital promotes the nation's largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, on its website, and another lists the provision of contraceptives as a service.

– 12 CHW members (as of 2001) performed tubal ligations.

– 20 members currently refer for vasectomies by staff physicians on their web sites.

– CHW Arizona’s health care plan covers oral contraceptives and diaphragms.

– CHW's CEO made donations to the Obama campaign and strongly endorsed the USCCB-condemned Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Obama administration includes death panels in Medicare

New York Times
, Dec. 25:

When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

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To download Pro-Life Wisconsin's Protective Power of Attorney for Healthcare, click here.

Affiliate announcements

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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at (608) 256-0585 about prayer dates and times.

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 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. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St., on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call Phil for more information, (262) 742-3299.

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 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 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 6th 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. Mothers seeking abortion enter between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. 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

Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil:
Dec. 31-Jan. 1 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wauwatosa. Opening Mass at 8 p.m. All night exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, pro-life Satations of the Cross, pro-life holy hour from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Everyone welcome, stay as long as you can. For additional information call (414) 321-3900. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Redemptus Short, OCD, who founded the All Night Prayer Vigil 46 years ago. Fr. Redemptus passed into eternal life on Nov. 13.

National March For Life Bus Trip: Sponsored by Camp Angelus at Round Hill on the lower Chippewa River Jan. 22 - 25, 2011. The bus trip will leave from Durand, Wis. on Jan. 22 at 6 a.m. and return Jan. 25. The cost is $275.00 per person & includes 2 nights Quad Occupancy (Jan. 22 & 23). The trip includes Mass at the National Shrine Church of the Immaculate Conception evening Jan. 23 and the National March for Life the next day, Jan. 24. The group will depart immediately after the march for Wisconsin. Limit 30 persons. Interested persons can make checks payable to:  Round Hill Corporation & send to: Brenda Bauer, Security National Bank, 212 West Prospect, PO Box 210, Durand, Wisconsin 54736. For more information call:  Brenda Bauer at 715-495-8503 or e-mail:

Lamers Bus Lines is operating a March for Life tour package departing Jan. 22 from Wausau, Wis. Tour members can join Lamers in central Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee.
1/22/11 >Depart Wisconsin and overnight in Ohio.
1/23/11 >Boxed Breakfast on the Motor coach arriving in Washington DC in time for the White House Rally at 3 p.m. Catholic Mass at our hotel and overnight.
1/24/11 >Full American Breakfast Buffet at our hotel. Attend March for Life Rally & March. Depart Washington DC overnight in Ohio.
1/25/11 > Deluxe Cont. Breakfast and return home.
A Lamers Tour Director is included to handle all the details. 3 nights hotel accommodations, 3-breakfasts as listed. Fully insured. Double: $319.00, Triple: $262.00, Quad: $236.00 & Single: $482.00 Call Jim Derse at (800) 236-8687 ext 10417 to book your reservation and select departure point.

Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass – January 22, 2011
: On Saturday, January 22, Archbishop Listecki will preside at the Archdiocese’s observance of the National Day of Penance and Prayer. The Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend (1025 South 7th Avenue). Seminarians from St. Francis de Sales Seminary will lead the Rosary for Life at 10 a.m., followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow. join in fellowship with Catholics from around the Archdiocese as we pray in penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

Pro-life Catholics in Berlin, Wis.
gather outside the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. for a Rosary. Join them in praying for an end to abortion.

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 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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