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Monday Update

February 8, 2010

Defending God’s Plan

In This Issue

·    600-800 attendees at our Madison rally on Saturday!

·    Department of Homeland Security prepared threat assessment on Wisconsin pro-life activity

·    40 Days for Life begins February 17 – get involved today in this life-saving effort!

·    Planned Parenthood president lands spot on Ford Foundation board

·    Affiliate announcements

·    Courtesy announcements

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600-800 attendees at our Madison rally on Saturday!


Above: The pro-life crowd assembling in Library Mall.

Above: The honor guard of the State of Wisconsin Knights of Columbus led the march to the Madison Surgery Center.


Above: Pro-abortion counter protestors chanting against the line of pro-lifers praying. Pray for an end to abortion!

On February 6, Madison hosted Wisconsin's Second Annual Defend Life Rally on UW-Madison's Library Mall. The event was organized by Vigil for Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin.


Among the participating organizations were the Wisconsin Family Council, the Diocese of Madison, the State of Wisconsin Knights of Columbus, Silent No More Wisconsin and Students for Life of Madison. Pro-life activist extraordinaire Chris Slattery of New York City headlined the event.


The rally concluded with a march to the Madison Surgery Center. THANK YOU to everyone who attended and/or prayed for our success and safety.



Department of Homeland Security prepared threat assessment on Wisconsin pro-life activity


In response to an open records request by the Alliance Defense Fund and Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Middleton Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ), along with the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) all refused on February 4 to release a homeland security “threat assessment” that had been prepared against pure free speech activities.


In February 2009, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Middleton Police Department inappropriately shared a homeland security “threat assessment,” prepared by DHS and targeted at local free speech activities “by pro- and anti-abortion groups.” The threat assessment concerned free speech at a University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics meeting, at which a vote was taken to approve late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center


“The majority of Americans identify themselves as pro-life, and the Middleton Police Department has shown they are out of touch with this peaceful majority,” said Peggy Hamill, state director. “Pro-lifers are not a minority of the population, nor are they second-class citizens. We refuse to let our First Amendment rights be silenced.”


A few months later in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office for Civil Rights concluded (click here to view the conclusion) the investigation was an improper use of department resources inappropriately directed against activities protected by the First Amendment, in which law enforcement inappropriately engaged in “the collection, retention and dissemination of U.S. person information regarding protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security and… violated [DHS] Guidelines.”  The New York Times mentioned this reprimand here:, but the nature and location of the event was not known until now, nor was it known that a copy of the report still exists.


DHS destroyed its copies of the report, but the Middleton Police Department retained its copy. In January 2010 the Alliance Defense Fund, on behalf of Wisconsin pro-life advocates, asked (click here to view the letter) the Middleton Police Department for a copy of the report pursuant to Wisconsin’s open records laws. The Middleton Police Department refused to disclose the report (click here to view the refusal), and further said that the DOJ similarly refused to authorize disclosure of the report, despite the fact that DHS had already determined that the report was an improper investigation of freedom of speech activities. 


“This move by DHS illustrates the Obama administration’s goal of silencing pro-lifers. It is disturbing that a local police department has apparently tapped into the security apparatus of the federal government to potentially obstruct free speech,” Hamill concluded. “Last year, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano unjustly included pro-lifers in a report on domestic terrorism, and here we see her words in action.”



40 Days for Life begins February 17 — get involved today in this life-saving effort!


Since the fall of 2007, nationally coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns have mobilized people of faith and conscience in 282 cities across all 50 states.

During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:

- More than 200,000 have joined together in a display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion.

- Reports from around the country document more than 2,168 lives spared from abortion (and those are just the ones we know about!)

- Twenty-six abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry.

- Five abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns.

40 Days for Life will be observed in the Wisconsin area in Milwaukee, Wausau, Green Bay, Madison and Rockford, Ill. To get involved in this spring’s 40 Days for Life, visit


This past fall, 589 babies were saved nationwide as a result of 40 Days for Life. Eight of those 589 saved babies are from the Milwaukee area. At least one baby was saved at the Madison Planned Parenthood vigil site.


Marianne Pittman, who led 40 Days for Life in La Crosse, said her group has been looking forward to this upcoming vigil since the fall vigil ended. Jim Ball, who led 40 Days for Life in Green Bay, said the effort energized pro-lifers there to pray outside Planned Parenthood consistently.


Steve Karlen, who led 40 Days for Life in Madison, said, “Perhaps the most poignant moment came late one Saturday night when a car full of teenage girls stopped by the vigil site. One of the girls said, ‘I'm against abortion, too, but my mom forced me to have one.’ Three times during her conversation with our prayers warriors, she pointed at them and said, ‘I wish you were here when I had my abortion.’”



Planned Parenthood president lands spot on Ford Foundation board


From LifeSiteNews:

The Ford Foundation has announced that Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will join its board of trustees when they reconvene in May.

Richards, who has led PPFA since 2006, will have the capacity as a member of the foundation’s 15-member board to influence broad policy decisions related to the Ford Foundation’s issue areas, geographic focus, budget, investments, and professional standards.


A press release from the Ford Foundation announced that the trustees had voted to include Richards into their membership at a meeting last week. The PPFA president will serve a six-year term, and can be nominated again to serve a second term.

The Ford Foundation was established in 1936 by motor giant Henry Ford as a philanthropic institution serving “the public welfare" — yet its goals and the goals of Planned Parenthood have never been far apart. 


From the beginning, the Ford Foundation has promoted population control internationally among its charitable goals, and every year contributes tens of millions of dollars to the International Planned Parenthood Federation.  Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a well-known promoter of birth control as a means of reducing unwanted populations.


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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


Sixth Annual Midwest Regional Bioethics Conference: Saturday, May 1 at the St. Francis Seminary (3257 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, WI). Theme: Moral Limits of

Autonomy. Keynote Speaker: George Weigel. For more information, go to, email or call (414) 758-2214.


The Men of Christ conference will be held Feb. 20 in Milwaukee. 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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