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February 28, 2011
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Only 10 days left -- sign up today! 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.


UW-Madison to host euthanasia symposium


UW-Madison’s list of pro-life offenses is certainly not on the short side. UW-Madison receives
$5 million in taxpayer funds annually to engage in embryonic stem cell research, proposes using aborted baby parts for research, partners with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to train future 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.

Upon reviewing the list of speakers 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 Terminally Ill.”

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 them alive?

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).

Click here for Pro-Life Wisconsin's end-of-life resources.

Virginia bill could close 17 of the state's 21 abortion facilities


Associated Press, Feb. 24:

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 supporters said.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican and Catholic, supports the measure and when he signs it into law, Virginia will become the first state 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 medical procedures.

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.


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Federal personhood bills introduced


The 112th 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.

Click 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. U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (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:

•    include each and every 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 being.

Click 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.


TAKE ACTION NOW!

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 here for your U.S. Representative’s contact information. Or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Please 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: http://kohl.senate.gov/contact.cfm
•    Contact Senator Ron Johnson: PH: (202) 224-5323; WEB: http://ronjohnson.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact

Demographic winter in Catholic schools and parishes


From the blog of Gerard Nadal, PhD, Coming Home:

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 at all.

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 have today.

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 connection.

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Pro-life news wrap-up


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Caving 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 here.

- 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 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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 info@prolifewisconsin.org 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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.

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, Milwaukee.

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.

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 lovelifelibrary@sbcglobal.net.

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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

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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