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
· Affiliate announcements
· Courtesy announcements
UW documents reveal research on aborted baby parts, secrecy surrounding MSC plan
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 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.
Luau for Life this Thursday — don’t forget to register!
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
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
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
TAKE ACTION NOW!
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
New JAMA study demonstrates effectiveness of abstinence-only instruction
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
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: http://pubs.ama-assn.org/homepage/media/2010a/0201.dtl#7.
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.
the ideological and political agenda of Planned Parenthood continues to
dictate social public policy in
Lieutenant governor of
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.
referendum were to be successful,
recorded phone message from Bryant went out to some 12,000 central
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.
Milwaukee County gathers regularly on Saturday
mornings at the Affiliated
abortion center in
PLW Walworth County holds regular prayer
vigils at the Planned Parenthood
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.
Juneau County gathers for prayer witness every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5
p.m. at Family Planning Health
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
Please join Pro-Life Wisconsin
Racine for a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until noon
County Chapter of Pro-Life Wisconsin encourages people to come to the
A pro-life Mass will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. at the
Schoenstatt Shrine in
The Men of Christ conference will be held Feb. 20 in
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.
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 www.holyhill.com.
A&A Alexandrina Center is proud to announce Alan Keyes as the
guest speaker for their first-ever Spring Gala in
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
Days for Life
Days for Life
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.
The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe has a
prayer vigil every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in
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