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February 21, 2011
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Pence Amendment defunding Planned Parenthood easily passes House

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted 240 to 185 to pass an amendment sponsored by Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana that would totally defund Planned Parenthood’s national organization and its102 named affiliates. Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) performs more than 324,000 abortions annually and receives more than $363 million annually in federal, state, and local taxpayer funds – one third of their annual budget! To read more, click here.

“I believe that ending an innocent human life is morally wrong,” said Pence. “I also believe it is morally wrong to take the taxpayer dollars of millions of pro-life Americans and use them to fund organizations that provide and promote abortion-like Planned Parenthood of America.”

The Pence Amendment amends House Resolution (HR) 1, the continuing budget resolution. It is unique in that it does not alter the funding level of any federal “family planning” program, such as Title X, that feeds organizations that perform or refer for abortions. Rather, it specifically names PPFA and all its nationwide affiliates and strips them of all federal funding. To view the text of the amendment, click here.

The Wisconsin Congressional Delegation votes split along party lines with all five Republicans (Reps. Ryan, Sensenbrenner, Petri, Duffy and Ribble) voting YES and all three Democrats (Reps. Baldwin, Kind and Moore) voting NO. Congressman Gwen Moore of Milwaukee offered some especially offensive and elitist remarks in defense of her NO vote, implying that abortion is a better alternative for poor kids than feeding them “ramen noodles” or “mayonnaise sandwiches.” To view the roll call vote, click here.


The Pence Amendment now moves to the U.S. Senate and then a potential conference committee between the two legislative houses. 

Contact Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson and tell them to vote for the Pence Amendment. Urge them to "STOP TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTIONS:  DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD!"

•    Contact Senator Herb Kohl: PH: (202) 224-5653, WEB:

•    Contact Senator Ron Johnson: PH: (202) 224-5323; WEB:

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.

NARAL New York director misappropriated funds, reminiscent of NARAL Wisconsin in 2002

News reports in recent days have alleged financial wrongdoing by the former director of NARAL New York.

From LifeSiteNews:

A forensic audit conducted for NARAL Pro-Choice New York that shows Kelli Conlin appropriated hundreds of thousands of the organization’s dollars – since at least 2008 – for what appear to be personal purposes… The audit shows Conlin used NARAL’s credit cards to purchase over $5,000 in clothing from retailers like Giorgio Armani, a $17,000 summer rental in the Hamptons in 2009, and $22,000 in meals. The purchases on the company dime also included a $100,000 car service to drop off her children at school in Manhattan’s posh Upper West Side.

Sound familiar? It should, to those in Wisconsin. In 2002, the then-director of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin was convicted of felony theft in a remarkably similar situation:

Using her NARAL checkbook, Katherine Venskus siphoned off $12,939 from the organization over the next several months, according to the criminal complaint. She was charged with felony theft and forgery in April 2002 in Dane County Circuit Court and pleaded no contest to the theft charge in August of that year, with prosecutors dropping the forgery charge.

Read the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Venskus here.

How can you say… systematic problems of an identical nature?

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

UK court mulls sterilizing mentally disabled woman

From the New York Times, February 15:

A British judge ruled Feb. 15 that more evidence is needed before deciding whether to grant a mother's wish to have her mentally disabled daughter sterilized — a case that is troubling medical ethicists.

The 21-year-old woman, who has a significant learning disability and has been identified only as P, already has one child who is being cared for by her mother, Mrs. P. The woman is scheduled to give birth via cesarean section on Wednesday and her mother had proposed that doctors could sterilize her daughter at the same time.

Under Britain's Mental Capacity Act, passed in 2005, courts can decide on medical treatments for people deemed incompetent. Most cases, however, involve decisions about withdrawing intravenous food from patients in a permanent vegetative state.

British courts can also order abortions for women who lack the mental capacity to consent or compel lifesaving medical treatments that mentally disabled people might otherwise refuse.

[British ethicist] John Harris said people did not have an inherent right to have as many children as they like, especially if that imposed huge costs on society.

Read more here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

A British woman delayed leukemia treatment to save the life of her unborn child.  Read here.

- An Illinois baby born at 23 weeks, weighing 15.5 ounces, is being called a "miracle baby." Read it here.

- Washington Times op-ed: "Abortion providers losing battle to mislabel pregnancy centers." Read it here.

- The Capital Times makes a frantic plea for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Read it here.

- "Death panels": A One-year-old Canadian boy, who was to have his life support removed Monday at 10 am. against his parents’ wishes, will now not die on the day that Ontario residents celebrate as Family Day. 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.

Campaign for Human Dignity:
Lumen Christi Catholic Church is hosting five pro-life speakers at the parish throughout Lent. Speakers as follows: Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life, March 13; Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, March 22; Cindy Wagner, mother of 19, March 27; Fr. Javier Bustos of Sacred Heart School of Theology, April 3; Vicki Thorn of Project Rachel, April 12. For more information, click here. Pro-Life Wisconsin is one of the co-sponsors of this project.

40 Days for Life-Juneau County
will have an organizational meeting on Thursday, February 17 at 7 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Mauston.

Love Life Library invites you to our monthly discussions on life/love timely topics. We meet the 1st Tuesday of the month from 8-9:30 a.m. at 5424 W. Bluemound Rd., Milwaukee.To be on the agenda call 414-258-2864 or e-mail

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: 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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