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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
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
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Glenn Grothman
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Assembly Majority Leader Scott
here to register online or download a flier. You MUST pre-register
in order to attend.
UW-Madison to host euthanasia symposium
offenses is certainly not on the short side.
UW-Madison receives $5
to engage in embryonic stem cell research, proposes using aborted
with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to train
abortionists, and as an
upcoming event indicates, is now pushing physician-assisted suicide on
the state of Wisconsin. All of this on the taxpayer’s dime, mind you.
and topics (click
here to view the event on UW’s
website), you will notice the discussion is no longer, “Is euthanasia
morally wrong?” but is instead, “Helping Patients Die Who Are Not
The Hippocratic Oath flew
the coop a long time ago, when the reference to abortion was removed,
but how can doctors who euthanize patients first take a vow to keep
Wisconsin has a law which
specifically prohibits assisted suicide — Wis. Stat. §940.12. In
addition, euthanasia is prohibited in Wisconsin under the general
homicide laws. In 2001, a woman caregiver was found guilty under
Wisconsin’s law prohibiting assisted suicide for smothering her
patient. The ruling was upheld by a state court of appeals. State v. Trautman, 2003 WI 100 (click
here for court files).
here for Pro-Life Wisconsin's end-of-life resources.
Virginia bill could close 17 of the state's 21
Virginia took a big step
Thursday toward eliminating most of the state's 21 abortion clinics,
approving a bill that would likely make rules so strict the medical
centers would be forced to close, Democrats and abortion rights
Gov. Bob McDonnell, a
Republican and Catholic, supports the measure and when he signs it into
to require clinics that provide
first-trimester abortions to meet the same standards as hospitals. The requirements could include anything
from expensive structural changes like widening hallways to increased
training and mandatory equipment the clinics currently don't have.
While abortion providers
must be licensed in Virginia, the clinics resemble dentists' offices
and are considered physicians offices, similar to those that provide
plastic and corrective eye surgeries, colonoscopies and a host of other
Democrats and abortion
rights supporters said the change would put an estimated 17 of the
state's 21 clinics out of business. Most of the clinics also provide birth
control, cancer screenings and other women's health services.
here to read more.
Federal personhood bills introduced
United States Congress has introduced two pieces of
legislation that establish the legal personhood of the preborn
child. The bills apply 14th Amendment protections to all human
beings from conception.
On January 7, 2011, U.S. Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced H.R. 212, the Sanctity of Human Life
Act. Co-sponsored by 62 representatives, including Paul Ryan of
Wisconsin, the bill declares that:
• the right to life guaranteed by the
Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and
most fundamental right of a person; and
• the life of each human
being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent,
irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of
biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every
human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and
privileges of personhood.
here to view the full text of H.R. 212.
On January 20, 2011, U.S. Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA)
introduced H.R. 374, the Life at Conception Act.
(R-MS) introduced an identical companion
bill, S. 91, in the Senate on January 25. Using slightly different
language from H.R. 212, these bills also apply 14th Amendment
protections to all human beings from conception. Co-sponsored by 61
representatives and 14 senators, respectively, the bills implement:
• equal protection for the right to
life of each born and preborn human person, and pursuant to the duty
and authority of the Congress, including Congress' power under article
I, section 8, to make necessary and proper laws, and Congress' power
under section 5 of the 14th article of amendment to the Constitution of
the United States, the Congress hereby declares that the right to life
guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being. However,
nothing in this Act shall be construed to require the prosecution of
any woman for the death of her unborn child.
The bills define the terms “human person” / “human being” to:
member of the species homo sapiens at all stages
of life, including the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other
moment at which an individual member of the human species comes into
here to view the full text of H.R. 374.
The Sanctity of Human Life Act and the Life at Conception Act are the most
inclusive and consistent pro-life bills ever introduced by Congress.
Through this legislation, Congress would be establishing personhood
from the moment of conception in order to extend the equal protection
and due process rights of our constitution to all human beings from the
beginning of their lives.
Please call or email your
U.S. Representative and encourage him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 212 and/or
H.R. 374. Click here to
find out who your U.S. Representative is
(go to “Get Involved” and type in your zip code). Then click
for your U.S. Representative’s contact information. Or call the U.S.
Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.
call or email Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson and
encourage them to co-sponsor S. 91.
Contact Senator Herb Kohl: PH: (202) 224-5653, WEB:
Contact Senator Ron Johnson: PH: (202) 224-5323; WEB:
Demographic winter in Catholic schools and parishes
the blog of Gerard Nadal, PhD, Coming
The Internet is abuzz with reports from
the U.S. Census Bureau that one-fourth of all U.S. counties are dying.
The reasons given are an aging population, an increase of only 9.7% in
the U.S. population over the past ten years (the lowest decennial
increase since the great depression), and migration to more affluent
counties in the midst of a protracted economic slump. Demographers call
this “natural decrease.” The etiology, in fact, may not be so natural
In the same decade that “natural decrease” has taken place, Catholic
bishops have been closing Catholic schools all over the nation, much to
the consternation of the laity. So what’s behind the trend?
The Church is not immune from the chaos of what many in the pro-life
movement call an impending demographic winter. Parishes and schools are
closing at a steady and alarming rate, and it makes perfect sense.
I recall my very large parish, St. Michael’s, in 1960s Brooklyn when I
was a child. Every Mass was packed on Sundays. Three priests were on
hand to distribute communion. By the early 1970s, the church was
half-filled. Today when I visit, it’s one-third filled, and with not so
many Masses as we had when I was a child.
The schools and churches were built to accommodate the sizeable
immigrant Catholic Church, with their sizeable families, including the
Baby Boom generation. In my community, families of four and five
children were the norm, and families of seven or more children were not
at all uncommon. Logic then dictates that if many families no longer go
to church or are active in their faith, and if those who do are only
having two children, then we simply do not need the infrastructure
built to accommodate an active Catholic populace 50-60% larger than we
Sealing the fate of the Catholic schools and parishes has been the
precipitous decline in vocations to the priesthood and religious life.
Churches cannot function without priests, and a lay staff of teachers
has a higher cost of living than the previous communities of religious.
Underlying all of this has been the overwhelming rejection of the
Magisterial teaching articulated in Humanae
Vitae. Eighty percent of Catholics simply disregard the Church’s
teaching about the use of birth control and the obligation to accept
children willingly and lovingly from God. Many who decry the parish and
school closings are those who also decry Humanae Vitae, and do not see the
here to read more.
Pro-life news wrap-up
to pro-abortion pressure, a
NYC billboard highlighting the disproportionate rate of black aborted
babies was taken down (after being up for three days). Read here.
- Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a former
abortionist, one of the founders of NARAL and later a pro-life
advocate, passed away on Feb. 21.
Read it here.
- Anyone remember Obama's health
worker conscience protection promise as 10,000 duped Notre Dame
Catholics cheered? Surprise! Read it here.
- Francis Kissling, former president of
Catholics for Choice, declared "We're losing" the abortion war. Read it
- Planned Parenthood does NOT provide
mammograms: A must-read from Jill Stanek on services Planned
Parenthood claims it offers, but in actuality, only refers for. Read it
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at (262) 656-0301.
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.
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!
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
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.
Mass and Rosary for Life: March 12, 8 a.m. at St. Anthony
Church in Menomonee Falls. Immediately following Rosary we are
invited to visit Eyewitness for Life, Ltd., a Milwaukee non-profit
organization that offers free ultra sound examinations to educate
pregnant women regarding their baby's development in the womb. All
interested in the field trip please RSVP to Rose Von Rueden (414)
358-1633. High school and college Students for Life are encouraged to
attend. All are welcome. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh,
Monthly All Night
Prayer Vigil: March 4-5
at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee. Opening Mass at 8 p.m.
All night exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, pro-life
Satations of the Cross, pro-life holy hour from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30
a.m. and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Everyone welcome, stay as long as you
can. For additional information call (414) 321-3900. Please pray for
the repose of the soul of Fr. Redemptus Short, OCD, who founded the All
Night Prayer Vigil 46 years ago. Fr. Redemptus passed into eternal life
on Nov. 13.
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:
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
Pro-life Catholics in
Berlin, Wis. gather outside
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:
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,
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.
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.