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Monday Update

February 15, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         Update on Department of Homeland Security investigation of Wisconsin pro-lifers

·         Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC endorses Judge Ed Leineweber for Wisconsin Court of Appeals

·         Judie Brown: Orwell captures America’s deadly culture perfectly

·         40 Days for Life begins this Wednesday

·         Colorado does it again - Personhood Colorado announces successful signature campaign

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Update on Department of Homeland Security investigation of Wisconsin pro-lifers


Last Monday, Feb. 8, Pro-Life Wisconsin put out a press release on the Department of Homeland Security’s “threat assessment” of pro-life activity in Wisconsin.


The news was picked up by the Associated Press, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Washington Post, Vicki McKenna’s radio program and countless others. Gary Bauer, president of American Values, wrote a column about it here:


The Associated Press article (read it here) was on the front page of the Wisconsin State Journal on Tuesday, Feb. 9. The Associated Press article revealed two important things: the Middleton Police Department had asked the Department of Homeland Security for the threat assessment; and background checks were done on individuals.


We thank God for the opportunity to get the message out to the public. We are also grateful for the opportunity to further inform the public of the University of Wisconsin’s involvement in offering late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.



Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC endorses Judge Ed Leineweber for Wisconsin Court of Appeals


The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) has proudly endorsed the Honorable Edward E. Leineweber for Wisconsin Court of Appeals, District IV. District IV covers twenty-four counties in central and southwestern Wisconsin. Judge Leineweber is competing in a three-way primary election tomorrow Tuesday, Feb. 16. The top two vote getters will then square off in the spring general election on Tuesday, April 6.


Elected in 1997 from Richland County, Ed Leineweber serves as a Wisconsin Circuit Court Judge. Before being elected judge, Ed practiced law for 21 years serving three terms as Richland County District Attorney and three years as City Attorney for Richland Center.


Judge Leineweber’s broad judicial experience coupled with his commitment to the federal and state constitutions as written make him the best choice for pro-life voters in the upcoming spring election. To learn more about Judge Leineweber’s campaign for Wisconsin Court of Appeals, click here for his campaign website:


Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC supports candidates for public office who demonstrate a commitment to protect each and every innocent human life in all circumstances and at all stages of development – from fertilization to natural death.



Judie Brown: Orwell captures America’s deadly culture perfectly


Judie Brown, president of American Life League, wrote a great editorial about Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Madison Surgery Center and late-term abortions. The editorial follows below.


George Orwell once said, “During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.” 
It would appear, as recent events corroborate, that Orwell was on to something and that, in fact, the obvious becomes the obscene to those who want to carry on with the status quo regardless of the consequences. An examination of recent headlines makes the point far better than I.
“Abortion Rights Advocates, Foes Clash over Clinic” is a recent headline in Madison, Wisconsin. At the center of the “clash” is the planned opening of a late-term abortion clinic under the auspices of the Madison Surgery Center, a joint venture between University of Wisconsin Medical Foundation (managing partner), University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, and Meriter Hospital.
As Pro-Life Wisconsin, the statewide organization leading the protests against this gruesome turn of events, is quick to point out on their dedicated Web site,, the rally which took place two days ago could be their last chance at stopping this facility from going into operation. But that’s not quite what the public is being told—though it must be pointed out that press coverage has been, for the most part, fair. 


Having said that, it’s the language that creates the problem, not the reporting per se.
For example, in sharing the ongoing struggle that surrounds the opening of this late term abortion mill, the Wisconsin State Journal reports, Center officials have said most of the abortions — probably 100 to 125 a year — would be for women in their later second trimester of pregnancy, a relatively rare procedure covering patients 19 to 22 weeks along.


To read more, click here:



40 Days for Life begins this Wednesday


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.


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


Vigil for Life of Madison will have a kick-off vigil for 40 Days for Life on Tuesday, February 16. There will be Mass at St. Paul's University Catholic Center (723 State Street in Madison) at 5 p.m. Fr. Eric Nielsen will then give a brief reflection and word of encouragement afterwards around 5:45 p.m. All are welcome.



Colorado does it again - Personhood Colorado announces successful signature campaign


From LifeSiteNews:

Personhood Colorado submitted signatures to the Secretary of State's office Dec. 12 for the Colorado Personhood Amendment. The signatures submitted totaled 79,817, although only 76,047 were required. All signatures are pending validation by the Colorado Secretary of State's office.


"We are thrilled with these results. These signatures represent thousands of hours of hard work," remarked Gualberto Garcia-Jones, co-sponsor of the amendment. "All of our volunteers are 100% committed to seeing that the dignity and personhood of preborn babies is recognized in Colorado, and it shows."


The proposed amendment states, in part, that "the term 'person' shall apply to every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."

The signature campaign included hundreds of churches, as well as over 1,000 petition circulators, and other volunteers. All signatures submitted were gathered by volunteers, and the campaign was 100% volunteer-run, with no paid petitioners or staff.


"Colorado is paving the way for personhood," commented Keith Mason, co-founder of Personhood USA. "Hundreds of thousands of Americans are catching the vision of personhood, and we expect that several other states will soon follow Colorado in putting personhood on the ballot."


Once the signatures are verified by the Colorado Secretary of State, the amendment will be placed on the 2010 ballot and put to a vote.



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


Students for Life of Wisconsin: Second annual conference! Saturday, March 6 at Cardinal Stritch University. Speakers include Vicki Thorn, the founder of Project Rachel; Linda May Couri, an ex-Planned Parenthood worker; and Erik Whittington of Rock for Life. Cost is $20 for adults and $10 for students.


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 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 a showing of Demographic Bomb 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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