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Monday Update

February 22, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         University of Wisconsin documents reveal taxpayer funding of abortion, in potential violation of state law

·         Madison Surgery Center update

·         Genetic testing results in abortions, discrimination against disabled

·         Personhood Mississippi submits more than 130,000 signatures for ballot initiative

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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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.”


Pro-Life Wisconsin 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 the Milwaukee Catholic Herald.


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 article, click here.


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



Genetic testing results in abortions, discrimination against disabled  


From USA Today:

Births of 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.


Many of 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.


Now, more 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.


More 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 genes.


The cost 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.


Genetic testing pushes hot-button issues: abortion, embryo destruction and worries about eugenics — selective breeding to rid a population of unwanted traits.


Personhood Mississippi submits more than 130,000 signatures for ballot initiative


From LifeSiteNews:

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 history.


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 petitions.


"Despite the 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."


Once each district's signatures are verified, the amendment will be placed on the November 2011 ballot.


"The 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!"



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 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.  


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 $15 for students. Registration form here:


Citizens 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. in Milwaukee on Feb. 27. Please join us! For more information call Larry at (414) 774-2824.


40 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 and sign-up. Always dress appropriately, keeping in mine the wind swirls and it's COLD. Sign up online at:


Want to 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 $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.


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.


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.


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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