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Monday Update

February 1, 2010

Defending God’s Plan

In This Issue

·    UW documents reveal research on aborted baby parts, secrecy surrounding MSC plan

·    Luau for Life this Thursday – don’t forget to register!

·    State Senate passes sex education bill

·    New JAMA study demonstrates effectiveness of abstinence-only instruction

·    Lieutenant governor of Mississippi leading personhood fight

·    Affiliate announcements

·    Courtesy announcements

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UW documents reveal research on aborted baby parts, secrecy surrounding MSC plan


From LifeSiteNews:

The Alliance Defense Fund and Pro-Life Wisconsin say that documents they obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request illustrate the efforts of UW officials and abortionists over several years to add second-trimester abortions at MSC.

In addition, they say, certain communiqués raise fears that UW researchers could use the tissue of babies aborted at MSC for medical experimentation.


One such document reveals a UW-Madison study involving diabetic patients who received transplants of fetal pancreatic tissue "obtained from medical facilities where legal abortions are carried out." Pro-life advocates fear that medical researchers would be tempted to resort to "in-house" aborted fetal material that would be far cheaper than obtaining it from other areas.


The Madison Surgery Center is a joint venture between UW Hospital and Clinics (UWHC), Meriter Hospital and the UW Medical Foundation (UWMF). Officials in charge of the project planned to take up the second trimester abortion business in Madison at the same time a Planned Parenthood abortionist specializing in the practice was retiring.


The Associated Press reports it obtained a detailed PowerPoint presentation developed by two UW doctors promoting the plan. One slide is stamped with a UW logo and titled "Benefits," with "increased departmental revenue" at the top of the list.

FOIA e-mails indicate that supporters took pains to keep the project low key for as long as possible. One November 2008 email from MSC Administrative Director Cheryl Wilson to the UWMF's Peter Christman revealed that they changed the location for discussing their plans to expand abortion access "so MSC staff did not see us meeting and inquire about the reason for the meeting."


The documents are also alleged to show that Caryn Dutton and Laurel Rice, both employees of UW School of Medicine – Rice is Chairwoman of the Ob/Gyn Dept – and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, led the charge to transform the surgical center into an abortion clinic.


Virginia Zignego, Pro-Life Wisconsin communications director and a UW-Madison graduate, said that Pro-Life Wisconsin plans to continue "opposing the MSC’s late-term abortion plan, through peaceful prayer rallies, TV commercials, education and raising public awareness."


As part of that effort, a Saturday, Feb. 6 rally and march organized by Pro-Life Wisconsin and Vigil for Life of Madison will protest the Madison Surgery Center’s year-old decision to provide late-term abortions. The protest will begin at noon and be joined by New York pro-life leader Chris Slattery of Expectant Mother Care, and will meet at the UW-Madison campus, by the Library Mall, 700 block of State St.


More information on the March and Rally can be found on


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Luau for Life this Thursday — don’t forget to register!


Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for a Hawaiian-themed reception and shake off the winter blues!

Host: Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force

Location: Palms Bistro, 221 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee.

When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meet other professional pro-life people, learn about Pro-Life Wisconsin and enjoy island-themed appetizers and drinks!

Appetizers and a drink are included for $30 ($35 if you pay at the door.)


Mail in the registration form (click here for registration form) to Pro-Life Wisconsin or call (262) 796-1111.

Proceeds support Pro-Life Wisconsin's educational work with pro-life TV ads, billboards, college newspaper inserts, raising awareness about Planned Parenthood and so much more.

*Street parking is free; public parking ramp on Chicago St. between Broadway St. and Water St.

Questions? Contact Virginia Zignego at Pro-Life Wisconsin at or call (262) 796-1111.



State Senate passes sex education bill

Contact Governor Doyle now and urge veto of AB 458!


On an 18-15 party-line vote, Senate Democrats passed legislation last Thursday that revolutionizes Wisconsin’s K-12 instruction in human growth and development. 

Assembly Bill (AB) 458 would effectively prohibit local public school districts from adopting “abstinence-only” or “abstinence-centered” human growth and development programs – a freedom and flexibility they enjoy under current law. Under the bill, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program it would be forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the “health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods.” Having passed in the Assembly, the measure now moves to the Governor’s desk for his expected signature. 


Senate Republicans offered several amendments to the bill, but only one passed.  Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), a strong opponent of the bill, offered an amendment requiring school districts that choose to conduct human growth and development programs to teach children about the criminal penalties for engaging in underage sex and the fact that they could be labeled sex offenders for life. 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. The amendment was adopted unanimously.


Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), a strong proponent of local control, criticized the bill authors’ “Madison-knows-best” attitude. He offered an amendment to make the stipulations in the bill permissive rather than mandatory, a move that would have essentially gutted the bill. Olsen spoke forcefully of the need for local communities to have a big say in this very sensitive area of teen sexuality and to reject the bill’s “all-or-nothing” approach. According to Olsen, the bill says to parents, pastors, teachers, medical professionals and others who sit on local human growth and development advisory committees: “We don’t trust your judgment anymore.” His amendment was rejected.


Senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) offered a common sense amendment requiring parental “opt-in” to sexual education programs rather than placing the burden on parents to opt their children out. His amendment was rejected. Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) offered an amendment permitting abstinence-only curricula, citing the example of the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District that offers a dual-track program providing both a contraception program and an abstinence-only program. Her amendment was rejected. Finally, Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) offered an amendment requiring video instruction in human fetal development exhibiting ultrasound imaging technology. His amendment was rejected.


Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Senators Grothman and Olsen for leading the floor debate against this horrible bill, and we thank all Senate Republicans for standing together and voting “NO.” Click here for the Senate roll call vote:




Government-funded birth control, whether provided directly or promoted educationally, encourages sexual promiscuity and with it a host of social pathologies including underage pregnancies, chemical and surgical abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal contraceptives are also dangerous in their own right, posing serious and sometimes fatal health risks to women and often causing pre-implantation chemical abortions.


Please CALL or EMAIL Governor Doyle and urge him to VETO AB 458, legislation that assaults the health and violates the innocence of our children.



New JAMA study demonstrates effectiveness of abstinence-only instruction


According to a Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report in the February 2010 issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania linked theory-based, abstinence-only intervention with a lower rate of sexual activity among African-American sixth- and seventh-graders.


Click here for a copy of the JAMA press release describing the study and the authors’ conclusion that abstinence-only education can be a part of the solution in our national effort to reduce teen sexual promiscuity:


The Wisconsin Legislature’s arbitrary decision to prohibit abstinence-only programs in our public schools (see story above) not only contradicts sound science, it disrespects parents, pastors, and other local community leaders who may conclude that abstinence and chastity are the surest way to protect their children’s physical, emotional and moral health. 


Regrettably, the ideological and political agenda of Planned Parenthood continues to dictate social public policy in Wisconsin – and it is our kids who suffer the consequences.



Lieutenant governor of Mississippi leading personhood fight


From LifeSiteNews:

Mississippi Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant has lent his support to a state personhood amendment by asking voters to sign a petition to obtain the 90,000 signatures required to have the measure become eligible to be put on the 2010 ballot.


If the referendum were to be successful, Mississippi's constitution would be amended to say that life begins at "the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."


A recorded phone message from Bryant went out to some 12,000 central Mississippi residents last week encouraging them to sign the petition by Feb. 12, and reminding them that, just as they recently celebrated the birth of Christ this Christmas, "Let us remember that every unborn baby deserves a birthday."


Bryant said that a personhood vote would most likely face a legal challenge, but still said that he was confident of a successful outcome.


"It's another way of trying to stop abortion in Mississippi and simply allow once and for all the opportunity for the people to say we want to do that and we feel so strongly about it that we want to add it to our Constitution," he said.


Though he is considering running for state governor in the upcoming election, Bryant told The Clarion-Ledger that his decision to record the message endorsing the ballot initiative had nothing to do with politics, since he has always opposed abortion.



Affiliate announcements


Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and times.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Eau Claire 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, witness with signs or preach. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett StOn Feb. 1, at St. Patrick Church in Menasha, the Respect Life/Human Concerns group will meet. The Rosary will be said at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting at the parish center. All are welcome! On Feb. 25, at St. Margaret Church in Neenah, the Divine Mercy Chaplet will be recited at 2:30 p.m. for the conversion of those who work in the abortion industry and for the unborn.  


PLW Walworth County holds regular prayer vigils at the Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St.  Please call Phil for dates and times, (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 will observe 40 Days for Life by praying the Rosary every weekday, Monday through Friday, at 4:30 p.m., beginning on Ash Wednesday, in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. We will continue to have our usual Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. during Lent. Contact Karie Kinzler at or (262) 656-0301 for further details.


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. Called “NIWC,” 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 – click here:



Courtesy announcements


Pro-Life Mass: A pro-life Mass will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Milwaukee.


The Men of Christ conference will be held Feb. 20 in West Bend. For more information, go to Make sure you stop by the PLW information table!


St. Anthony the Hermit Pro-Life Heralds will host Mass, Rosary, and a showing of Demographic Winter on Saturday, Feb. 13. Mass at 8 a.m. followed by Rosary.
Demographic Winter, a social science documentary on world population, will follow at 9:30 a.m. in the dining room of the CFC. Part 2: Demographic Bomb will be shown after Mass and Rosary on March 13. Join us for all or part of these Saturday morning events. St. Anthony the Hermit is located at N74 W13604 Appleton Ave. in Menomonee Falls.


Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at Holy Hill: On Thursday, Feb. 25 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary (Holy Hill). Mass and Rosary for Life at 6 a.m., adoration all day, 10:30 a.m. Rosary for Life, 11 a.m. Mass & talk on life and 5 p.m. evening prayer with talk and benediction. For more information, go to  


A&A Alexandrina Center is proud to announce Alan Keyes as the guest speaker for their first-ever Spring Gala in Green Bay. It will be held at the KI Convention Center, on Saturday, April 17. For more information, go to


Stateline Pregnancy Center Annual Banquet: celebrating 25 years on the "Life Side." March 11 at People’s Church, 340 W Grand Avenue, Beloit. Dr. Cathy Coyle will speak. To register or for more information, call the clinic at (608) 365-5433.


The Eau Claire Council of Catholic Women deanery is hosting the 2010 Women’s Conference, an event for women of all ages that will revive in them the nobleness of their mission, the dignity of their vocation, and their call to holiness as women reflecting Christ.  Will be held at St. Mary’s Community Center in Altoona on Saturday, March 6. Questions? Please call Roberta Kostka at (715) 597-2268.


40 Days for Life Wausau starts Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 and goes through Palm Sunday. All are invited to participate. Go to, where you may sign up or receive further information. 40 Days for Life has been very successful with life-saving results.


40 Days for Life Milwaukee kicks off at noon on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and goes through Palm Sunday. 40 Days for Life will be observed in Milwaukee from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. All are invited to go to and sign up for time slots. 40 Days for Life has been an outreach that has affected change... positive change with life-saving results. Join others in saving babies! Get involved today!


In Wausau, there will be a prayer vigil on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services. For more information, contact Janet Nichols at (715) 848-2174. FPHS now closes on Friday at 1 p.m. Thank God!

The St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society will pray the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Please call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.


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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