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February 13, 2012
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Pro-Life Activist Training Camp: Last week to register! 

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.

Obama "accommodation" a trample in the wrong direction

Pro-Life Wisconsin state director Peggy Hamill responded to President Obama's Feb. 10 so-called conscience "accommodation" in the birth control insurance mandate:

Mr. Obama's accommodation is being hailed by the media as a compromise. Even some clergy initially saw it as step in the right direction. Make no mistake -- the current attack on our conscience rights is yet another calculated trample in precisely the wrong direction. How naive does the Obama administration think we are? If an individual, a business or an organization is required to purchase health insurance and every insurance provider is forced to cover birth control (including abortifacients) and sterilization with no deductible or co-pay, you accommodate no one but the abortion birth control lobby.

Thank you to Rep. Paul Ryan for correctly describing this move as "doubling down." We also commend the Wall Street Journal who pegged it as an "adventure in damage control and bureaucratic improvisation" that "makes the compliance problem much worse."

In a bizarre move, despite the outcry by church leaders, the birth control lobby continues to defend its position. Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore attacked the Catholic Church for its stance on contraception and went on to lecture about pregnancy being a danger to women's health and the safety of their families.

Pro-Life Wisconsin continues to work to counter the entire contraceptive mentality that so permeates our society.

Interview: What drives a retired firefighter, diagnosed with Stage Four brain cancer, to sidewalk counsel

On Saturday, February 4, sidewalk counselors in Milwaukee had a save. This is only one of many saves of 2012, but each of these saves has its own story.

One of the sidewalk counselors, Joe, who was responsible for the save, has Stage Four brain c
ancer, but that doesn’t slow him down.

Here is what Joe has to say, in his own words:

I was diagnosed with brain cancer in November 2011, after having retired from the Milwaukee Fire Department in September after 31.5 years of service. Since then, I’ve been going through radiation and chemotherapy, and soon to come, a clinical trial at Rush Medical Center in Chicago. I’ve sidewalk counseled/prayed in front of the abortion mill on Farwell perhaps a few times a year for the past 4-5 years, but have grown to a more committed presence during the 40 Days for Life campaigns.

I’ve always been pro-life, and saving mothers and babies is vital work. The sidewalk is the place for that work.

It is the last front line to try to turn a woman around.

Photo, Mareza with baby Joseph, one of the saves of 2011.

I’ve been extraordinarily blessed in my illness. I had surgery in November for tumor removal, and they were able to get all of it. These particular tumors recur however, but that is what the radiation and chemo is for, as well as the clinical trail in Chicago. I had no neurological deficits from the surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, or any other negative effects, by the Grace of God.

It was always my intention that in retirement, I’d be able to give more time to volunteer opportunities, especially the sidewalk. God wants me there, and I’ll be there as often as I can. And I’d like to encourage all to come down to the mill, witness the evil, and act/pray to end it. We speak to women with dignity and respect, we encourage, offer support, alternatives, and prayer. Each time there, it is an emotional, spiritual experience. I highly recommend it.

To learn more about sidewalk counseling, sign up for our Pro-Life Activist Training Camp, above.

40 Days for Life
begins Wednesday, February 22. It will be observed in Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Medford, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Wausau. La Crosse will be participating as well in an unofficial capacity. Sign up to pray for an end to abortion!

Contact Pro-Life Wisconsin for more information about
40 Days for Life -- email or call (262) 796-1111.
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PETA loses case for personhood of whales

A U.S. federal judge in San Diego has thrown out a lawsuit by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) accusing Sea World of violating the 13th Amendment rights of a group of captive performing orcas at the theme park. Adopted in 1865, the 13th Amendment abolished slavery. District Judge Jeffrey Miller ruled that killer whales have no standing to claim the same constitutional rights as people, arguing “(t)he only reasonable interpretation of the 13th amendment's plain language is that it applies to persons and not to non-persons such as orcas.”

It is alarming that anyone in America would support personhood rights for animals and oppose them for preborn human beings. The U.S. Supreme Court, in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, declared pre-born babies non-persons, opening them up to surgical, chemical and experimental slaughter. Thirty-nine years later, the surgical abortion death toll has reached over $50 million and steadily climbs year after year after year. Who knows the vast numbers of embryonic children killed through abortifacient birth control and embryo destructive research?


Establishing legal personhood for preborn children is the only way out of this horror. Last October, State Representative Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay) introduced the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (Assembly Joint Resolution [AJR] 77), legislation that would amend the Wisconsin Constitution to apply personhood rights to preborn children at all stages of development. Click here to read the amendment language and educate yourself, your family and your friends about this critical effort.

From a pro-life perspective, the Wisconsin Constitution contains a glaring error at its outset. In specifying the beneficiaries of its human rights, our state constitution leaves out the preborn. It applies rights to only those people who are “born.” Representative Jacque is proposing a minimal but absolutely essential correction, a personhood amendment, to make the Wisconsin Constitution cover all people, every person, at any stage of development. The amendment seeks to extend the inalienable right to life found in the Wisconsin Constitution to all preborn children from the beginning of their lives. 

The introduction of the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment is a watershed moment in the history of the pro-life movement in our state. It seeks to end abortion in Wisconsin, not to regulate or restrict it. It seeks to end all violence toward preborn children in Wisconsin – surgical, chemical, experimental, etc. – at all stages of development. We have been working toward the introduction of such an amendment for the last five years, and we thank Representative Jacque for demonstrating the courage of his convictions in finally making it a reality.

Take Action!
Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator NOW and urge him or her to support AJR 77, the “Wisconsin Personhood Amendment.” 

Tell your legislators to extend the inalienable right to life found in the Wisconsin Constitution to all preborn children at all stages of development.

To find out who your state legislators are, click here for PLW's website and scroll over the Legislative Affairs menu item at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Click on the Speak Up icon and then scroll down the page and click on Who Are My Wisconsin Lawmakers? Type in your street address, city and zip code. The names and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear.

Once you know who your state legislators are, go back to the Speak Up page and use the links listed under Email Your Government Officials to send your email to your state senator and state representative. That way PLW will receive a copy of your email which will enable us to monitor the activity of our grassroots advocacy campaigns.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state legislator, call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472. Or call the legislator’s office directly.

Thank you!

Same woman chaired the board for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Columbia St. Mary's Hospital, United Way of Milwaukee and the Medical College of Wisconsin

On Sunday, February 12 the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel profiled a woman named Linda Mellowes, who is known in the Milwaukee area for her fundraising/non-profit abilities.

Mellowes helps to make area's nonprofits profitable
Mellowes, 71, is one of the more important leaders in Milwaukee's nonprofit community, a person who brings together organizations, causes and people.

"I like to connect the dots," she says.

During her career, she has chaired seven nonprofit boards, including the United Way, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Columbia St. Mary's and the Medical College of Wisconsin...

When the Mellowes moved to Milwaukee in 1970, she continued to seek out volunteer opportunities. To learn her way around a new area, she became a docent at the Milwaukee County Historical Society.

She also got involved in volunteering at the University School of Milwaukee (eventually, she became chair of the board). She began an association with United Way, going door to door in Shorewood to solicit donations.

And she also volunteered at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (yet another board she would chair).

Speaking of connecting the dots:
- United Way of Greater Milwaukee partners with and solicits donations for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin;
- The Medical College of Wisconsin is now training ob/gyn medical students in abortion procedures and uses aborted fetal body parts for research;
- Columbia St. Mary's, along with other Catholic hospitals in the state, has been receiving state and federal taxpayer funds for dispensing abortifacient contraception and performing tubal ligations since at least 2007.

What's in common here? Big Abortion = Big Business = Big Profits for Nonprofits.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Planned Parenthood, Girl Scout cookie monster. Girls’ group may regret sex-ed partnership as snack sales suffer. Read more here.

- Planned Parenthood's Hostages: The abortion provider uses a vast media and political network to maintain its subsidies from government and private charities.. Read more here.

- Two Texas abortion facilities fined for improperly disposing of aborted babies. 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 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

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 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 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

Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreats
offer Hope and Healing to anyone hurting emotionally and spiritually from abortion. Our next retreat will be March 23 - 25. All contact is confidential. To register or to ask questions go to or call Mary (608) 221-9593 or (608) 821-3177; email

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,

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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