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February 14, 2011
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Personhood: Rethinking pro-life strategy

Originally published in American Life League's Celebrate Life, the following column by Attorney Robert Muise of the Thomas More Law Center provides a powerful defense of the nationwide effort to establish legal personhood for the unborn child. Muise maintains that dual strategies to regulate abortion and end all abortion are complementary so long as principle is not compromised (i.e., exceptions are not permitted). He argues, however, that it would be a "tragic mistake" to pursue a pro-life strategy that makes ending all abortion secondary to a regulatory strategy or avoids it altogether. The introductory paragraphs provided below end with a web link to the full column:

Over the past year, debate and discussion over the direction of the pro-life movement has increased profoundly. National leaders of the movement, including Catholic leaders, have eschewed -- and in some cases directly opposed -- efforts to pass constitutional "human life amendments" at the state level. Instead of supporting such a strategy, they largely favor the current "incremental" approach, which offers no plan or promise of ending abortion in the foreseeable future. After 35 years of abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy, it is time to rethink pro-life strategy and the efficacy of the national pro-life movement.

While seeking to decrease the number of abortions performed in this country is a laudable endeavor and should continue, we must never forget that ending all abortions is the ultimate goal. Protecting innocent human life is not negotiable.  Accordingly, we should not corrupt our discourse by even suggesting that it is.  The fundamental human right is the right to life itself. This is true of life from its earliest stage of development until natural death. Abortion, consequently, cannot be a human right -- it is the very opposite.

Protecting innocent human life from its very beginning is a pro-life imperative -- there are no exceptions. Critics of this approach appear to argue that regulating abortion and seeking to end abortion are "either or" propositions -- this is a false dichotomy. There is no conflict between the two positions, so long as principle is not compromised in the process. Both strategies can and must coexist. However, it would be a tragic mistake to be content with a strategy that makes ending abortion secondary to other regulatory efforts, or worse yet, a strategy that avoids it altogether. Accordingly, passing a human life amendment should be the pro-life movements' main effort.

Click here for the full article.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's editorial in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

First there was the below editorial by
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Editorial Page Editor Ricardo Pimentel in the Wednesday, February 9 edition (read it in its entirety here):
I direct this appeal mostly to those who object to abortion - on whatever grounds - but who might realize this is not a zero-sum game. They know that restricting comprehensive sex ed and access to birth control is counterproductive to the goal of making abortion rare. These good people have much in common in this regard with those Rush Limbaugh vilifies as Feminazis.

Yes, I'm talking about you so-called cafeteria Catholics, others who value their faith but don't necessarily walk in lock step and then those troubled by abortion quite aside from faith. Your gift is that you realize that common sense, faith and objections to abortion need not be canceling propositions. Legislators set to launch assaults on reproductive rights will make a pretense of representing you.

Disabuse them of that notion. Let them know that you know that a key part of eliminating abortion is making sure those pregnancies don't occur at all. Let them know that ideology and common sense needn't be mutually exclusive propositions.

Pro-Life Wisconsin state director Peggy Hamill 's response was printed in the Friday, February 11 edition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here to read in its entirety):
Pro-Life Wisconsin's lonely battle against the abortion industry's birth control agenda is increasingly intense at the state Capitol. We are forced by Planned Parenthood to lobby against government-funded birth control, coerced insurance coverage of contraceptives and forced contraception education and instruction in our public schools. Accordingly, Pro-Life Wisconsin's 2011-12 legislative agenda includes, in part, the following items:

- Eliminating state "family planning" funding for organizations (including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin) that perform or refer for abortion.

- Enacting comprehensive conscience protections for all individual health care providers, including pharmacists.

- Repealing the new sexual education law that forces contraception education and instruction into public school human growth and development programs.

It all starts with the contraceptive mentality, which leads to the use of birth control, which leads to a dependence on abortion, especially chemical abortion, as backup contraception. The pro-life community instinctively knows this, but very few of us have the courage to say it and do something about it.

Regardless, Pro-Life Wisconsin will endeavor to turn back the rising chemical abortion tide and the entire contraceptive/abortion mentality.

Reclaiming Wisconsin for Life: A Day at the Capitol

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for our 2011 Day at the Capitol! Legislative leaders will address the group followed by a keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and then a session on issues challenging the state and what individuals can do to advance the pro-life cause in Wisconsin. At noon we will walk to the Capitol and meet our representatives to discuss issues favorable to life and the family.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
8-9 a.m. Check-in
9 a.m. Breakfast
Noon Capitol visits

Keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Also featuring Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Glenn Grothman
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder

Click here to register online or download a flier. You MUST pre-register in order to attend.

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events

In addition to the upcoming Day at the Capitol on March 10, we have two more exciting events to announce:

1. Human Dignity: The Power of Possibility
Wednesday, March 23, 7pm. Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison.

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, will speak. Ryan developed the powerful web/billboard campaign. Ryan is an adoptee and adoptive father. Ryan's powerful multimedia live presentation illuminates the truth about pressing social issues, especially abortion and adoption. Event is free. A reception will follow Ryan's presentation.

Event sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life of Madison and the Diocese of Madison.

2. Spring Awards Dinner: Saturday, April 9
6pm at the Crowne Plaza in Madison (dinner and program begin at 7pm)

Pro-Life activist Joe Scheidler will be the guest speaker. Awards will be given for the Activist of the Year and Legislator of the Year.

Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required. Register online here. Joe Scheidler is the national director of Pro-Life Action League. Read his bio

Rachel's Vineyard ministry now in Stevens Point

Wisconsin has a NEW Rachel's Vineyard site, located in Stevens Point.

Rachel's Vineyard seeks to facilitate healing for those suffering from the loss of abortion.  The primary outreach is through weekend retreats, 1-2 times per year.  The process is designed to help the individual to find, and accept, the forgiveness of Christ -- to reconcile with Him and receive healing.

Rachel's Vineyard of Stevens Point needs:
- Volunteers
- Donations
- Most of all, PRAYER

For more information, or to get involved, please contact Lisa at (715) 204-9561, or Or, find us on Facebook. Click here for the national Rachel's Vineyard site, where you can find retreats around the country and other resources.

Pro-life news wrap-up

Live Action released video footage of a New York City Planned Parenthood aiding sex traffickers. Read here.

- "Boy without cerebellum baffles doctors." Read it here.

- 40 Days for Life is preparing for the largest campaign ever, with 243 cities nationwide participating. Read it here.

- A Colorado woman is afraid for her baby's life after a pharmacy mistakenly gave her an abortion pill. Read it here.

- A New York Times op-ed takes issue with the Radiance Foundation's billboard campaign, stating there is no evidence of Planned Parenthood's racial genocide. Read it here.

Affiliate activities

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 are organizing 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 and Friday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 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 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. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St., on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call Phil for more information, (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 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 6th 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.

Rock County Chapter of Pro-Life Wisconsin encourages people to come to the Rockford abortion mill to pray, witness and counsel. 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!

Courtesy announcements

Tribute to Joe Scheidler:
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is hosting a special evening of tribute to Joe Scheidler on Saturday, April 2 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Hotel in Chicago. Pro-Life Wisconsin is one of the event co-sponsors. Register online here.

What They Didn’t Tell You in Sex Ed:
The Biology of the Theology of the Body. An Engaging Evening with Vicki Thorn. On Wednesday, February 16 at 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney Parish, all are welcome to spend an evening with Mrs. Victoria Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel and an international presenter on post-abortion affects and the healing process. This talk is most appropriate for all those over 14 years of age. Saint John Vianney Parish is located at 1755 North Calhoun Road, Brookfield, WI (262-796-3940).

The documentary film Bloodmoney
will be shown at the Fox Cinema Theater in Menasha on Sunday, February 20  at 4 and 7 pm. Bloodmoney: The business of abortion will examine the history of abortion in America since the inception of Planned Parenthood, to the denial of when life begins, and the devastating effects abortion has had on women. Admission is free, however a free will donation will be taken up. Fox Cinema is located at 400 3rd Street in Menasha. This event is sponsored by St. Pius X and the Neenah/Menash Respect Life Committees. Please contact Nancy at (920) 810-3216 with questions. 

Eyewitness for Life: Tour our facility and learn how EYEWITNESS utilizes the miracle
of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and thechildren they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion Seeing Is Believing Programs will be held on the following Saturday mornings: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18. They will begin promptly at 10am and end promptly at 11am. No pre-registration is required.
Refreshments will be served. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.

Pro-life Catholics in Berlin, Wis. gather outside the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. for a Rosary. Join them in praying for an end to abortion.

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 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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