600-800 attendees at our Madison rally on
Above: The pro-life crowd assembling in
Above: The honor guard of the State
of Wisconsin Knights of Columbus
led the march to the Madison
Above: Pro-abortion counter
protestors chanting against the line of pro-lifers praying. Pray for an end
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.
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.
concluded with a march to the Madison
THANK YOU to everyone who attended and/or
prayed for our success and safety.
Department of Homeland Security
prepared threat assessment on Wisconsin
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
“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: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/17/us/17disclose.html?_r=1,
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.”
for Life begins February 17 — get involved today in this life-saving
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 40daysforlife.com.
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
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
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
Click here to read more: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/feb/10020316.html.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 St. On 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
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.
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
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 email@example.com or (262) 656-0301 for
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.
County Chapter of Pro-Life Wisconsin encourages people to come to the
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
is also on Facebook – click here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/pages/Pro-Life-Wisconsin-Rock-County-Chapter/132745954163.
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 www.wisconsincma.org,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
The Men of Christ conference will be held Feb. 20 in Milwaukee. For more information, go to http://www.menofchrist.net/. 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 www.holyhill.com.
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 aaalexandrinacenter.webs.com/springgala.htm.
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)
Days for Life Wausau starts Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 and goes through
Palm Sunday. All are invited to participate. Go to 40daysforlife.com/Wausau,
where you may sign up or receive further information. 40 Days for Life
has been very successful with life-saving results.
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 www.40daysforlife.com/milwaukee
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
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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