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February 20, 2012
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Pro-Life Activist Training Camp: Last day to register!

Today, Monday February 20, is the last day to register. More than 120 people are already attending, but we have room for more!

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.

Archbishop Listecki to kick off 40 Days for Life in Milwaukee

40 Days for Life begins this Wednesday in cities around the world (258 locations, the most ever!)

40 Days for Life will be observed in Wisconsin in Eau Claire, Green Bay, Medford, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Wausau. La Crosse will participate as well in an unofficial capacity.

On Wednesday, February 22, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee will lead 40 Days for Life of Milwaukee's opening prayer vigil. 40 Days for Life is observed in Milwaukee at Affiliated Medical Services (the state's only late-term abortion facility), located at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. Archbishop Listecki will be there from approximately 10:30-11am. Join us!

There have been nine coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007, mobilizing people of faith and conscience in 422 cities across the United States and Canada, plus communities in Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Belize, Denmark, England, Georgia, Germany, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Puerto Rico and Spain.

During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:
  • 1,633 individual campaigns have taken place in 422 cities
  • More than 500,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion
  • More than 14,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Reports document 5,045 lives that have been spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about
  • 61 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry
  • 21 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns
  • Hundreds of women and men have been spared from the tragic effects of abortion, including a lifetime of regrets
  • More than 1,800 news stories have been featured in newspapers, magazines, radio shows and TV programs from coast to coast ... and overseas
  • Many people with past abortion experiences have stepped forward to begin post-abortion healing and recovery

Interview: What would you say if you found out a friend was going to have an abortion?

What would you say, or do, if you found out a friend was pregnant and scheduled for an abortion? Do you know how to articulate your pro-life views?

Below, one young woman reveals how she educated herself on abortion and reached out to a friend in need, with PLW’s assistance.

We are pro-life ambassadors in this world, and you never know when you are going to be called to speak up for the preborn.

As told to PLW’s Virginia Zignego. We are protecting the name of the mother.

When my friend found out she was pregnant, she immediately started looking into abortions. Her mother had been pressuring her constantly into getting an abortion, saying that having a baby would ruin her life. My friend went to the abortion facility; she told me afterwards that the visit made her a little uneasy. When she had the ultrasound screening, they wouldn’t let her see the screen while it was being done and the cost to have a copy of the ultrasound was a little pricey. She said the abortion would take about 2-3 days, the description of the abortion sounded horrible and disgusting, and the cost would be about $1,000.

When I first heard about my friend’s situation I felt helpless. All my life I have had discussions about abortion and am so passionate about being pro-life. However, I didn’t realize how hard it would be to talk about it with my friend who wanted to get an abortion. I was afraid to push my opinions on her without at least looking at the situation from her perspective. I wasn’t exactly sure how to talk to her without sounding judgmental.

What really helped me was praying about it constantly. I asked a few friends to pray the Rosary with me. After a few days I was able to talk more with her and say what I thought. She listened with an open mind and didn’t get mad at me at all. At first she didn’t fully believe that abortion was killing a human being, but when she went to the abortion facility she realized that I was telling the truth.

I was scared of losing a good friend by talking to her about her pregnancy and the scheduled abortion, but I had to look at the big picture and realize that it was more important to save an innocent life. No matter what challenges you are faced with, you should remember that God never gives us more than we can’t handle. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. All I thought I was doing was listening and being there for my friend. I never thought simple actions such as listening and being supportive would end up saving a life.

After a couple weeks of thinking and talking things over with her boyfriend, my friend began to lean more towards adoption but wanted to visit a crisis pregnancy center before making a final decision. She was a little scared to go so I said I would be happy to go with her so she wouldn’t have to be alone.

The most moving part of the visit was the ultrasound screening. She was surprised and happy that she would be allowed to see the image on the screen this time. The moment she saw the baby and heard the heartbeat, her face lit up. She said she couldn’t believe it was actually a baby; the baby had its own heartbeat and could move around. Seeing the baby on the screen confirmed my friend’s decision not to have an abortion. The ultrasound tech asked what she planned to do and she said she hopes to put the baby up for adoption. She was so excited to get a copy of the ultrasound picture and she wouldn’t stop pointing and smiling at the baby.

As far as advice for people who find themselves in a similar situation with someone they know — One thing that helped me was getting pro-life information. I made sure to be prepared to answer any questions so it doesn’t look like I’m just saying anything and not really knowing what I’m talking about. I’ve had many discussions with various people over the years so I’ve had much information already such as what abortion actually is, costs, the techniques abortion clinics use to persuade women to have abortions, etc.

In the case with my friend, I made sure not to get mad at her and be aware that she may just not know all the information out there. In the past I never fully understood what abortion actually was and I used to be one of those people who believed abortion was wrong unless it was in a case of rape or incest. However, after learning more about abortion through research and other people I began to realize that the ugly truths of abortion. It never fully clicked that abortion is the killing of a human being. So another thing that helped in talking with my friend was to not pass judgment and try to understand where she was coming from because she may not have fully understood what abortion was just as I didn’t in the past.

I’ve seen various YouTube videos about different women’s experiences. The most moving videos I saw were ones about women who regret abortion after they realize it was a human being that was killed. Over the past few years I’ve seen various videos about undercover operations at Planned Parenthood, women who regret abortion, and ones about the physical and emotional effects abortion has on women. When I have discussions about abortion with people, it has helped to show them pamphlets, articles, videos, or just tell them about what I already know. I would explain what abortion actually is, the physical and emotional effects abortion has on women, other options available such as adoption, the high cost, the reasons why abortion clinics don’t want to show you ultrasound pictures, etc.

VCY America TV: Pastor Matt Trewhella interviews PLW's Matt Sande on the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment 

On Friday, February 10 Pastor Matt Trewhella interviewed Pro-Life Wisconsin Legislative Director Matt Sande on the introduction of the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment. Sande and Trewhella discussed all facets of the personhood amendment, including why it was introduced, what it hopes to accomplish and the legal basis for it. Click here to watch the interview.

Last October State Representative Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay) introduced 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.

Oklahoma Senate passes personhood amendment

On February 15 the Oklahoma State Senate easily passed the Oklahoma Personhood Act on a 34-8 vote. Authored by Tulsa Senator Brian Crain, Senate Bill 1433 asserts that life begins at conception and grants all preborn children “at every stage of development all the rights, privileges, and immunities available to other persons, citizens, and residents of this state.” The bill defines “unborn child” and “unborn children” to “include all unborn children or the offspring of human beings from the moment of conception until birth at every stage of biological development.” 

“Oklahoma is a conservative pro-life state-we are proud to stand up for what we know is right," said Senate Pro Tempore President Brian Bingman. Senate Bill 1433 is expected to pass the State House of Representatives. Click here for a Reuters news story on the bill’s passage.

David Bereit, founder of 40 Days for Life, to speak at two PLW events

David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events!

We are hosting an "Evening with David Bereit" in Madison on Thursday, April 26. Register online here.

David will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Spring Awards Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 28 in Green Bay. Register online here.

Register today for these can't-miss events! David is a dynamic speaker with a very inspiring story to share about how 40 Days for Life has made a pro-life impact around the world.

Pro-life news wrap-up 

- The message on contraception, without apology. The New York Times profiles a Massachusetts priest. Read more here.

- The ‘Safe, Legal, Rare’ Illusion. Ross Douthat writes in the New York Times about abortion, contraception and "common ground." Read more here.

- Facebook censors pro-life image, but allows do-it-yourself abortion instructions. Read more here.

- Catholic priest, pro-life activists arrested outside White House protesting Obama mandate. Read more here.

- For women under 30, most births occur outside marriage. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

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

Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign meets Wednesdays at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down the evil strongholds present there and be an encouragement for the pro-life legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.

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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