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February 6, 2012
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Susan G. Komen and Planned Parenthood -- still partners?  


From LifeSiteNews:

After confusion spread Friday in the wake of further statements from the Susan G. Komen Foundation on its decision to defund Planned Parenthood, pro-life leaders are calling upon the pro-life community to respond with prayer and vigilance in the days and months ahead.

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) ignited a media firestorm against Komen and founder Nancy Brinker after news broke this week that the breast cancer organization would no longer be funding Planned Parenthood with grants. Brinker on Thursday said the decision was based mainly on the fact that Komen had decided to focus funding more efficiently, pointing out that Planned Parenthood clinics do not perform mammograms, but refer to other clinics for the cancer screenings.

On Friday, Komen apologized for “recent decisions that cast doubt upon our commitment to our mission of saving women’s lives,” and reiterated that “we will continue to fund existing grants, including those of Planned Parenthood, and preserve their eligibility to apply for future grants.”

Although several mainstream media outlets portrayed the Friday statement as a reversal, and even Planned Parenthood celebrated the news, a Komen board member emphasized that the statement does not guarantee Planned Parenthood any new grants in the future.


Instead the statement was simply a reiteration of what Brinker had already acknowledged this week: that five existing grants to Planned Parenthood would continue through next year, and that the group would not be barred from applying for grants. The latest statement didn’t revisit the issue of whether Planned Parenthood would be eligible to receive grants under the new guidelines.

Read the rest here.

Pro-life blogger Jill Stanek had the following to say at the end of last week:
So no one knows now whether Komen will succeed in extricating itself from Planned Parenthood. Until then, Komen should get no donations from pro-lifers. And if I were a pro-lifer who just gave to Komen under the impression it was no longer funding PP, I would ask for my donation back.

Pro-Life Activist Training Camp


Pro-life groups in Madison are teaming up to put on a pro-life activist training camp. This day-long conference will provide a comprehensive training session for pro-life activists. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Bishop O'Conner Center in Madison (702 S. High Point Road).

Co-sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life, the Diocese of Madison and the Wisconsin State Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Confirmed presentations include:
  • Men and Abortion: Bob Atwell, founding board member of Relevant Radio and co-executive producer of Bella
  • Sidewalk Counselor Training: JT Eschbach of Pro-Life Action League, Chicago, IL
  • Post-abortion counseling: Mary Mead of Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More
  • Medical Decision Making: Marisa Beffel of the Catholic Medical Association
  • Educating Your Legislators: Matt Sande of Pro-Life Wisconsin
  • Planned Parenthood Exposed: Jerry Schmutte of Pro-Life Wisconsin
  • Answering the Hard Questions: Patrick Delaney of the Diocese of Madison
Click here to sign up today! You can also register by calling 262-796-1111 ext 10.

The training will provide both conceptual information (learning how the abortion industry targets the poor, the marginalized, racial minorities and children, how to answer common objections to the pro-life message and more) and practical hands-on information (how to help heal post-abortive men and women, how to sidewalk counsel, how to protect yourself if you're ever rendered unable to make your own medical decisions and more).

Registration is only $8/individual or $20 for a family. Lunch included.

Action Alert: Support Respect for Rights of Conscience Act


Background

The 2010 federal health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly referred to as ObamaCare, undermines the conscience rights of health care purchasers, providers and payers. Under ObamaCare not only will our federal tax dollars subsidize private insurance plans that offer abortion coverage, they will now be used to cover contraceptives and sterilizations too. 

On August 1, 2011, the Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a preliminary rule requiring all health insurance plans to cover contraceptives and sterilizations as basic care under the new health care law. On January 20, 2012, HHS issued a final ruling requiring most employers to cover contraception and sterilizations in their health plans with no employee cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. Catholic and other religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service agencies will be forced to provide coverage for prescription birth control and sterilizations to their covered employees. In a “concession,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said these non-profit institutions will be given an additional year to comply with the requirement.

Hormonal contraceptives can cause early chemical abortions by blocking the implantation of the newly formed human embryo in the uterine wall. Abortifacient hormonal contraceptive drugs include the pill, the morning-after pill or Plan B, Ella, the patch, Depo-Provera, and the IUD. Ella, labeled as an "emergency contraceptive (EC)" by the FDA, has both pre- and post-implantation mechanisms of action. It can work by blocking implantation of the human embryo but also has the same chemical makeup and mode of action as RU-486, and thus can block progesterone and kill an already-implanted embryo. It is widely accepted that Ella is an abortion drug.  It will now be covered as basic health care as if it were no more controversial than a flu shot.

The Obama administration's decision to grant entitlement status to contraception is thoroughly ideological. It is not medical. Pregnancy is not a disease. Fertility is a natural state - it is not a health impairment to be treated medically with birth control. Birth control to prevent pregnancy is not health care - it's a lifestyle choice. As such, American citizens, many of whom are morally and medically opposed to contraception, should not be forced to pay for it with their tax dollars.

Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
To remedy these egregious violations of our federal and state constitutional conscience rights, United States (U.S.) Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) has introduced  the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act in the House (H.R. 1179)
and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate (S. 1467). The stated purpose of the act is to ensure that those participating in the health care system “retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions, without fear of being penalized or discriminated against….”

Take Action!
U.S. Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble are the only members of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to have co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act.  If your U.S. Representative is either Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy or Reid Ribble, please call or email him and thank  him for signing on to the bill.

Please call or email your U.S. Representative and encourage him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 1179. Click here to find out who your U.S. Representative is (go to “Get Involved” and type in your zip code). Then click here for your U.S. Representative’s contact information. Or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. 

Please call or email Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson and encourage them to co-sponsor S. 1467.

Contact Senator Herb Kohl: PH: (202) 224-5653, WEB: http://kohl.senate.gov/contact.cfm

Contact Senator Ron Johnson: PH: (202) 224-5323; WEB: http://ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Thank you for standing up for your conscience rights!



Green Bay food pantry declines Planned Parenthood donation, pro-abort bullying ensues


Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been collecting food items at their PP locations; the food donations are theoretically being given to nearby food pantries. Have an abortion, donate a can of soup. Sounds like a deal.

One Green Bay food pantry — Paul’s  Pantry — declined the Planned Parenthood donation because PPWI is an abortion provider. (And maybe they didn’t want IUD cookies or aborted fetus cookies? Just a thought.)

And because pro-aborts are always so shocked when a person exercises their free choice and disagrees with their world view, name calling and Jesus comparisons ensued.

The Daily Kos picked up the “news” and took it one step further, encouraging harrassment and intimidation and referring to the food pantry as a "POS" (a far cry from pro-lifers’ attempts to be courteous when boycotting, hmmm).

In response to a thank-you email from PLW, the executive director of Paul's Pantry said the following:
All I told the young lady from Planned Parenthood was that I couldn’t send a truck to pick-up, and gave her a list of other food pantries that might want to pick-up, I gave her no reason at all and she didn’t ask why.

Soon after I started receiving the hate email and phone calls. I politely explained to callers that although we are non-denominational in regards to those we serve, we are a Catholic organization who shares a board of directors with our sister organization, St. Vincent de Paul.

We adhere to the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and to the Rule of St. Vincent de Paul. I also explained our Gift Acceptance Policy and how acceptance of the donation would compromise our core values and possibly damage the reputation of Paul’s Pantry.

Please pass the word, our volunteers and staff could use lots of prayers and messages of support.

If you would like to contact Paul's Pantry,
or if you live in Green Bay and would like to support them, call (920) 433-0343; email
info@paulspantry.org; or write to Paul's Pantry, 1529 Leo Frigo Way, Green Bay, WI 54302-1163.


Madison Area Technical College (MATC) becomes first two-year technical college to offer embryonic stem cell research program


Madison Area Technical College — aka MATC — has become the first two-year college in the nation to offer embryonic stem cell research study. Press release here [PDF]. News story here.

Somewhat surprising, given that embryonic stem cell research giant Geron Corp. got out of the embryonic stem cell research business in November:

To understand how big a blow to the embryonic stem cell industry this was, you first must know it was Geron that funded the University of Wisconsin Madison’s original research back in 1995, which resulted in the first cultures of embryonic stem cells. It was Geron that started this whole mess.

Geron went on to comprise one-third of the triune that controlled which company or university got access to embryonic stem cell lines, along with the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

In all, Geron invested 15 years and a whopping $150 million into embryonic stem cell research.

Interesting that a taxpayer-funded university picked up where a for-profit company left off… There is always work to be done with taxpayer funding, apparently.

Sacrificing people in the name of science has been and always will be gravely immoral. Whether it occurs at UW-Madison or MATC, directly or indirectly participating in embryo-destructive research is unethical and must be prohibited. As the state of Wisconsin nurtures the ever advancing bioscience industry, it must ensure that our publicly funded academic institutions adhere to the highest ethical standards.

The pro-life community is pro-stem cell research. We want to see research progress toward the treatment of debilitating diseases, but not by killing human beings in order to potentially save them. Ethical and effective adult stem cell research is a life-saving alternative that has experienced documented clinical success over a wide range of health conditions including breast cancer, stroke, and spinal cord injury. It is this life-affirming scientific technique that should be celebrated and funded.

Pro-life news wrap-up


- “Polar Express” author donates art to Planned Parenthood fundraiser. Read more here.


- Another FACE blow: Judge denies DOJ request to muzzle pro-life activist. Read more here.

- ‘Dead babies in jars’ found in basement of old illegal abortion facility. Read more here.

Affiliate activities


Central Wisconsin Affiliates of PLW
are hosting a screening of the movie 180 on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm on the UW-Marathon County campus in room 180. For more info email snich060@uwsp.edu or call Janet at (715) 848-2174. Feel free to bring your own popcorn, snacks and soda. Bring your friends and family!


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 has 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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 info@prolifewisconsin.org 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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.

Courtesy announcements


The third Monday of every month
All Saints Catholic Church in Berlin says a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after a 5:15p.m. Mass. Everyone welcome.

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening
at 6 p.m. at the West Bend Planned Parenthood, 532 Shepherd’s Drive, West Bend, WI. Located on the West end of town, approximately 1-1/2 miles west of Hwy 45 on West Washington Street (aka: Highway 33) in West Bend. It is in a shopping mall on the north-side of the street. We are on the sidewalk.


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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

Cenacles of Life meets every Saturday morning at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for an end to the culture of death.

Cenacles of Life meets at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 108 McHenry St, Burlington, WI every Wednesday at 6 p.m., and recites the second oral Rosary in the main body of the church, finishing at 7:15 p.m.

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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