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January 3, 2011
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Milwaukee sidewalk counselor gets legal help

The below article from LifeNews illustrates the treatment pro-lifers receive from the Milwaukee Police Department. In addition to this court case, the Milwaukee Police Department and the City of Milwaukee are facing a lawsuit from several pro-lifers, who claim the Milwaukee Police systematically violated the protesters' civil rights through harassment, intimidation and improper enforcement of ordinances.

In one instance, according to the suit, plaintiffs Alex and Ana Marie Doak were pushing their baby in a carriage and handing out pamphlets when seven police officers surrounded them and threatened to charge them with abuse and neglect of their child.

Read more about the pending lawsuit here.

From LifeNews:
On Dec. 28 in Milwaukee municipal court, the Thomas More Society entered a not guilty plea on behalf of a pro-life sidewalk counselor.

James Marcou was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct as he stood and took video outside a local abortion business. He was charged in August after two abortion center escorts at the Affiliated Women’s Heath Center claimed he was acting disorderly and getting in their way outside the facility.

“James Marcou has been doing life-saving work for years in Milwaukee without incident, and the only crime here has been committed by those who would outlaw and penalize his peaceable saving of so many human lives,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society.

The police were called and interviewed the escorts inside the abortion center but did not ask any of the pro-lifers for their side of the story, according to Marcou.

“The citizens of Milwaukee deserve better from their police department and city prosecutors,” said Brejcha.

Marcou has pled not guilty and the case will be transferred to the circuit court from the municipal court.

Click here to read more from LifeNews.

2011 Rally for Life

Pro-Life Wisconsin will observe Roe v. Wade in Milwaukee on Saturday, January 15, 2011, since a number of us will be in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life.

The Rally for Life will be held at Three Holy Women - St. Rita's campus, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI.

Schedule for the day as follows:
* 8:10 a.m. Rosary
* 8:30 a.m. Mass with Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, as the main celebrant
* Prayer and witness at Affiliated Medical Services will follow Mass
* 10:30 a.m. Continental potluck breakfast at St. Rita's (please bring a dish of breakfast treats to pass)

Questions? Call Pro-Life Wisconsin at (262) 796-1111.

Catholic Hospitals vs. the Bishops

Wall Street Journal
, Dec. 31:

The severing of ties last week between the Catholic Church and St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz., is the latest example of the fraying relationship between the bishops and Catholic hospital administrators. In recent years, some Catholic hospitals have taken greater liberties, authorizing abortions and sterilization procedures that the church strictly prohibits. Earlier this year, for instance, Rev. Robert Vasa, bishop of the Diocese of Baker, Ore., ended the church's sponsorship of St. Charles Medical Center in Bend over the hospital's performance of tubal ligations.

But the Phoenix case breaks new ground. In explaining his decision, Rev. Thomas Olmsted, bishop of the Phoenix Diocese, was the first to explicitly point to the role played by Catholic theologians in providing theological cover for "a litany of practices in direct conflict with Catholic teachings."

The break began more than a year ago, when a Catholic nun and longtime administrator of St. Joseph's Hospital gave permission for doctors to perform an abortion. She claimed the pregnancy was terminated to save the life of the mother. Sister Margaret McBride's decision drew sharp criticism from Bishop Olmsted. After excommunicating Sister McBride, the head of the diocese then turned his attention to the role of the hospital itself.

Click here to read more.

Catholic Charities of Portland declines money from United Way, due to Planned Parenthood ties

From the Register Guard of Eugene, Oregon, Dec. 28:

The Catholic Community Services Board has decided to immediately forswear the use of United Way dollars for its charity work because United Way of Lane County gives money to Planned Parenthood.

The discussion began in March after Archbishop John Vlazny of the Portland Archdiocese visited Eugene to sprinkle holy water around the 58-year-old charity’s new Sixth Avenue service center for homeless and low-income clients.

The visit came just before Planned Parenthood of Southwest Oregon began its first-time offering of the abortion pill, RU-486, which some church leaders regard as the moral equivalent of surgical abortion.

The archbishop advised Catholic Community Services to contact United Way and explain its objections to Planned Parenthood, said Bud Bunce, archdiocese spokesman.

“If there was going to be no changes made, his recommendation was they (Catholic Community Services) would need to withdraw from United Way,” Bunce said. “Planned Parenthood is now offering abortion services in Lane County. Abortions are contrary to Catholic moral teachings.”

Click here to read more from the Register Guard.

How is United Way of Wisconsin tied to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin?
-    United Way of Greater Milwaukee lists PPWI as a “community health partner”.
-    Brown County United Way directs people to PPWI for emergency contraception, birth control, etc.
-    United Way of Greater Milwaukee lists PPWI on their 2009 pledge form.
-    United Way of Walworth County approved PPWI for a grant in 2004-05.
-    United Way of Dane County refers volunteers to PPWI and has a glowing write-up of PPWI on their Web site.
-    United Way of Wisconsin is promoted as an organizational member on PPWI’s Web site.
-    Fox Cities United Way refers people to Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Wisconsin's first Latina legislator is a Planned Parenthood community organizer, among other activities. Read more from the
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel here.

- A very bizarre article from the New York Times admits that abortion and birth control have caused the dramatic drop in babies available for adoption. Read more here.

- The Racine Journal Times profiled Judy Hortag-Osanka for receiving the Margaret Miller award from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Hortag-Osanka's mother served as president of what is now Planned Parenthood of Washington, D.C. Read more here.

Affiliate observances of Roe v. Wade

Jefferson County: Watertown Pro-Life Group is holding a Roe v. Wade Memorial Event on Saturday, Jan. 22 at St. Henry's Catholic Church, 412 N. Fourth Street, Watertown. Fr. Brian Wilk will celebrate Mass at 8:30 am, followed by 1 hour Eucharistic Adoration & Benediction. Pro-Life Wisconsin's Steve Karlen will close the event around 10 am. For additional information, call Tracy at (920) 988-6288 or Ann at (920) 342-7858.

PLW Winnebago County: Prayer Vigil on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10 am. at Planned Parenthood, located at 3800 Gillett St., Grand Chute.

PLW Marathon County: Pro-Life Rally at St. Mary’s Oratory, 325 Grand Ave, Wausau, Sunday, January 23. Outside Rally begins after Mass at 11 a.m. with prayer services inside and outside. 12 p.m. is lunch. Program begins at 1 p.m. Main speaker is Mercedes Arzu Wilson, Founder/President: Family of the Americas Foundation (FAF), appointed by His Holiness John Paul II – Member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Topic of speech: Why are we ignoring the root of the problems that lead to abortion?

PLW Juneau County: The Juneau County March For Life will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. It starts at the Juneau County Courthouse. The 38 minute Prayer-March will be followed by Prayer, Speakers and Reception at the First Baptist Church, 148 Grayside Ave., Mauston.

PLW Milwaukee/Waukesha County: See Rally for Life information, above.

PLW Bayfield County: Information coming soon.

PLW Crawford County: Cenacles of Life will observe Roe v. Wade with the Divine Mercy Chaplet, three Rosaries and Fasting on Friday, Jan. 21 at 3 p.m. at St. John's in Prairie du Chien, 710 S Wacouta Ave.

PLW St. Croix County: Prayer Service for Life, January 22, Saturday, Cathedral of St. Paul, St. Paul, MN, 10:30-11:30. Immediately after the Prayer Service for Life, we will promote the culture of life by walking to the St. Paul State Capitol to listen to speakers and participate in other public events. Please call Darla Meyers at (715) 386-1089 for carpooling information. We will depart from the St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Hudson, parking lot at 9:30 a.m. January 22.

PLW Rock County will join the Rockford Pro-Life Group on Jan. 21 at 7:30 a.m. at Rockford's Abortion Mill, 1400 Broadway, Rockford, Ill. Christians will gather to pray and remember the 50 million children who have been killed nationally by abortion and the more than 50,000 children who have been killed inside Rockford's own abortion mill. Our prayers will include: The Rosary, Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Stations of the Cross, and the Litany for Life in Rockford. At 9 a.m. an ecumenical prayer service and Scripture reading will also be held at the Rockford abortion mill. For more information please contact Kevin at  or (815) 494-0333.

Courtesy announcements

The Most Reverend David L. Ricken
will celebrate the Green Bay Diocesan Respect Life Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Bernadette's Parish in Appleton on Tuesday, January 18 or at St. Peter and Paul Parish, Green Bay on Friday, January 21. Join with others to pray for the sanctity of all human life.

Holy Hours for Life will be held across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee on January 21, the Vigil of the National Day of Penance and Prayer, praying in solidarity with thousands across the country. For more information, contact the Respect Life Office of the Nazareth Project at (414) 758-2214 or go to their website.

Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass – January 22, 2011: On Saturday, January 22, Archbishop Listecki will preside at the Archdiocese’s observance of the National Day of Penance and Prayer. The Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass will be held at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend (1025 South 7th Avenue). Seminarians from St. Francis de Sales Seminary will lead the Rosary for Life at 10 a.m., followed by Mass at 10:30 a.m. A reception will follow. join in fellowship with Catholics from around the Archdiocese as we pray in penance for violations to the dignity of the human person committed through acts of abortion and for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

National March For Life Bus Trip: Sponsored by Camp Angelus at Round Hill on the lower Chippewa River Jan. 22 - 25, 2011. The bus trip will leave from Durand, Wis. on Jan. 22 at 6 a.m. and return Jan. 25. The cost is $275.00 per person & includes 2 nights Quad Occupancy (Jan. 22 & 23). The trip includes Mass at the National Shrine Church of the Immaculate Conception evening Jan. 23 and the National March for Life the next day, Jan. 24. The group will depart immediately after the march for Wisconsin. Limit 30 persons. Interested persons can make checks payable to:  Round Hill Corporation & send to: Brenda Bauer, Security National Bank, 212 West Prospect, PO Box 210, Durand, Wisconsin 54736. For more information call:  Brenda Bauer at 715-495-8503 or e-mail:

Lamers Bus Lines is operating a March for Life tour package departing Jan. 22 from Wausau, Wis. Tour members can join Lamers in central Wisconsin, Madison and Milwaukee.
1/22/11 >Depart Wisconsin and overnight in Ohio.
1/23/11 >Boxed Breakfast on the Motor coach arriving in Washington DC in time for the White House Rally at 3 p.m. Catholic Mass at our hotel and overnight.
1/24/11 >Full American Breakfast Buffet at our hotel. Attend March for Life Rally & March. Depart Washington DC overnight in Ohio.
1/25/11 > Deluxe Cont. Breakfast and return home.
A Lamers Tour Director is included to handle all the details. 3 nights hotel accommodations, 3-breakfasts as listed. Fully insured. Double: $319.00, Triple: $262.00, Quad: $236.00 & Single: $482.00 Call Jim Derse at (800) 236-8687 ext 10417 to book your reservation and select departure point.

Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil: Feb. 4-5 at Gesu Catholic 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.

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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