University of Wisconsin documents reveal taxpayer funding of abortion, in potential
violation of state law
An open records request by Pro-Life Wisconsin and
the Alliance Defense Fund reveals the University of Wisconsin Hospital and
Clinics (UWHC) has been funding medical students’ rotations at Planned
Parenthood, training medical students in abortion procedures. State law
prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions.
“The mountain of evidence continues to build
showing UW’s deceit,” said Peggy Hamill, state director. “I challenge UW and
UWHC officials to prove they have not violated state law.”
Statute 20.927 of Wisconsin law states, “No funds
of this state or of any county, city, village, town or long term care
district or of any subdivision or agency of this state or of any county,
city, village or town and no federal funds passing through the state treasury
shall be authorized for or paid to a physician or surgeon or a hospital,
clinic or other medical facility for the performance of an abortion.” Click here to view statute 20.927. Statute
20.9275 additionally prohibits spending state funds on programs that provide,
encourage, or refer for abortions. Click here to view statute 20.9275.
The medical students in the UW School of Medicine
Ob/Gyn Department have two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood, where
they view and participate in abortions. To view
the rotation schedule, click here. To view the signed contract
between UW and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, click here.
In a November 14, 2008 email, Carl Getto, M.D.,
stated, “UWHC has been paying for the [Planned Parenthood] rotation to date.
We will continue to do so. Please let Planned Parenthood know.” Click here to view Getto’s email.
Getto is the senior vice president of medical affairs at UWHC.
In a November-December 2008 email exchange, Gloria
Frane, an employee of the UW School of Medicine Ob/Gyn Department, stated UW
paid for abortionist Caryn Dutton and two companions to travel to the University of North Carolina to view how late-term
abortions are done there. Frane concludes the email with, “I hope the ladies’
trip re: the pregnancy [termination] was a success!” Click here to view the email.
“As a UW graduate, I am deeply ashamed my alma
mater is funding the destruction of innocent human life and training future
baby killers,” said Virginia Zignego, communications director. “UW’s blood
runs red, indeed.”
and the Alliance Defense Fund have filed an additional open records request
for any recent records regarding payments made between UW and Planned
Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Madison Surgery Center update
The Madison Catholic Herald, in the February 18 edition, featured our
February 6 rally in a front-page story. Read it here. The article was also in
In the article, Lisa Brunette, spokeswoman
for the University of Wisconsin, denies that body parts from babies aborted at the Madison Surgery Center
would be used for research. We know for a fact that the University of Wisconsin
has used aborted baby parts for research in the past.
A January 7, 2009
article in the Wisconsin State Journal
stated, “Tissue from the abortions could be used by UW-Madison researchers
but only after review by a faculty committee, Brunette said.” To read this
Vigil for Life is
observing 40 Days for Life at the Madison Surgery Center.
We urge everyone to get involved, by signing up for vigil hours and keeping
the peaceful effort in your prayers. For more information, go to vigilforlife.org.
testing results in abortions, discrimination against disabled
From USA Today:
babies with cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and other less familiar disorders seem
to have dropped since testing came into wider use, The Associated Press found
from interviews with numerous geneticists and other experts and a review of
the limited research available.
these diseases are little known and few statistics are kept. But their
effects — ranging from blood disorders to muscle decline — can be disabling
and often fatal during childhood.
women are being tested as part of routine prenatal care, and many end
pregnancies when diseases are found. One study in California found that prenatal screening
reduced by half the number of babies born with the severest form of cystic
fibrosis because many parents chose abortion.
couples with no family history of inherited diseases are getting tested before
starting families to see if they carry mutations that put a baby at risk. And
a growing number are screening embryos and using only those without problem
of testing is falling, and the number of companies offering it is rising. A
2008 federal law banning gene-based discrimination by insurers and employers
has eased fears.
testing pushes hot-button issues: abortion, embryo destruction and worries
about eugenics — selective breeding to rid a population of unwanted traits.
submits more than 130,000 signatures for ballot initiative
Personhood Mississippi, a
citizen-led grassroots organization, submitted more than 130,000 signatures
on February 16, becoming the fourth ballot initiative in the state since 1992
to fulfill the requirement of 89,285 voter signatures.
The signatures were
collected in order to put a Personhood amendment on the ballot, which, if
passed, would affirm the personhood rights of all humans. Volunteers have
been collecting signatures since February 12, 2009.
105,000 of the
submitted signatures were certified as valid by 82 different County Circuit
Clerks. The abundance of signatures broke the state record for signatures in
every other initiative in Mississippi
Comprised of all
volunteers, Personhood Mississippi laid claim to over 2,000 volunteers and
over 1,000 churches. Lieutenant Governor Phil Bryant was present at
yesterday's press conference, helping to turn in the boxes of completed
superfluous restrictions set before us, the people of Mississippi have spoken. With God's
blessing we have made history and exceeded the signature requirement by tens
of thousands," stated Les Riley, sponsor of the Mississippi Personhood
Amendment. "In the next few days, we fully expect Secretary of State Dilbert
Hosemann to approve our amendment, as we have exceeded all requirements by
the State of Mississippi."
district's signatures are verified, the amendment will be placed on the
November 2011 ballot.
overwhelming number of signatures proves that Mississippi citizens want to end baby
murder," commented Cal Zastrow, co-founder of Personhood USA. "God
raised up the volunteers to complete this task, and Personhood USA is
thrilled to be a part of that task force. Now we are looking forward to
victory at the ballot box!"
Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane
County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 St. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or (262) 656-0301 for
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)
is also on Facebook – click here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/pages/Pro-Life-Wisconsin-Rock-County-Chapter/132745954163.
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 $15 for students. Registration form here: http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/pdf/WISFLRegistration.pdf.
for a Pro-Life Society will be having a
picket and prayer and sidewalk counseling at the Planned Parenthood south
of S. 7th St.
and Mitchell St.
on Feb. 27. Please join us! For more information call Larry at (414) 774-2824.
Days for Life Milwaukee: Please
consider signing up for weekend time slots if you work during the week. Open
time slots still exist for some week day...review and sign-up. Always dress
appropriately, keeping in mine the wind swirls and it's COLD. Sign up online at: www.vigilcalender.com/milwaukee/logon.
Grow Deeper In Your Catholic Faith? The
Esto-Vir Annual Men’s Conference is coming March 6 to St. Pius X parish in Appleton, WI.
This year’s featured speakers include Matthew Kelly, Hector Molina, and our
own Bishop David L. Ricken. Mass with Bishop Ricken will follow at 4p.m. Registration
is online at estovir.com. $40 early registration
ends February 26. Registration at the door is $50.
Dubuque County Right to Life is offering a free screening of
the documentary “Maafa 21” on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
Mindframe Theaters, located at 555
JFK Road. “Maafa 21” is the stunning new
feature-length movie that exposes a hidden plan to eliminate the African
American population through eugenics, birth control, abortion, and
sterilization. It is 2 hours and 20 minutes in length and a free will
offering will be accepted to offset the rental of the theater. For more
information, please contact Dubuque County Right to Life at (563) 556-5960.
Annual Midwest Regional Bioethics Conference: Saturday, May 1 at the St. Francis Seminary (3257 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, WI). Theme: Moral Limits of
Keynote Speaker: George Weigel. For information, go to wisconsincma.org,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
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
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 www.holyhill.com.
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 aaalexandrinacenter.webs.com/springgala.htm.
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.
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 40daysforlife.com/Wausau,
where you may sign up or receive further information. 40 Days for Life
has been very successful with life-saving results.
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
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.
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
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