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January 3, 2012
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Join PLW at the March for Life -- spots still left!

Join pro-life Wisconsinites and 400,000 people from around the nation to mark the anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade decision.

The annual March for Life will be held Monday, January 23, in Washington, D.C.  Pro-Life Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Friday, January 20, and returning Tuesday, January 24. 

Cost for the trip, including travel to and from Washington as well as hotel accommodations, is $275.

We will travel by bus and stay two nights at a Capitol Hill hotel. Register NOW to guarantee a seat!

Call PLW's office at (262) 796-1111 or e-mail for more info.

Walker Administration cancels Planned Parenthood "Well Woman Program" contract

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has cancelled its Well Woman Program contract with Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. It was announced Friday that the program contract will shift to Winnebago County which will begin providing services in March at the end of a 60-day transition period. Click here for a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story on the issue.

Administered by DHS, the state and federally funded Well Woman Program provides uninsured low-income women ages 45 through 64 with preventative health care services.  Federal dollars pay for mammograms, Pap tests, cervical cancer screenings and multiple sclerosis tests while state dollars are used for educational outreach and case management services. The state has paid two Planned Parenthood case workers to facilitate the program in a four-county area (Outagamie, Winnebago, Fond du Lac, and Sheboygan counties) as part of a $130,000 annual contract. 

In November 2011, State Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) introduced legislation, Assembly Bill 386, that would have effectively ended the Planned Parenthood Well Woman Program contract by requiring that program funds be given to public entities and prohibiting public entities from giving the funds to entities that “provide abortions, make referrals for abortion services, or have an affiliate that provides abortions or makes referrals for abortion services.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin applauds Governor Walker for continuing to defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider. Ending Planned Parenthood’s Well Woman Program contract respects the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers who oppose the use of public funds to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion. We also thank Representative Jacque for pushing the issue to the forefront, and we congratulate him on its successful resolution. Pro-Life Wisconsin urges the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker to keep moving down the long road toward totally defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin of all taxpayer dollars.

2012 Rally for Life with Bishop Hying

Pro-Life Wisconsin will begin week-long observances of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in Milwaukee on Saturday, January 14, 2012.

The 2012 Rally for Life will feature Bishop Donald J. Hying, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Mass and breakfast will be at Three Holy Women - St. Rita’s; 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, with prayer and witness at Affiliated Medical Services, 1428 N. Farwell Ave., Milwaukee.

Schedule for the day as follows:
* 8:10 a.m. Rosary
* 8:30 a.m. Mass with Bishop Hying as the main celebrant
* Prayer and witness at Affiliated abortion center will follow Mass
* 10:30 a.m. Potluck continental breakfast at St. Rita’s (please bring a dish of treats to pass!)

Stay tuned to for Roe v. Wade affiliate observances around the state.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Empty Manger Christmas Caroling events!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Empty Manger Christmas Caroling events. Response was overwhelming! Hundreds of people turned out to share the Christmas message in front of Wisconsin’s abortion facilities, in Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, Green Bay and Appleton. Thank you to everyone who witnessed to the preborn.

Rep. Andre Ja
cque, author of the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment, joined us for the Green Bay Christmas caroling event. Photo, left.

On Friday, December 23, pro-lifers singing Christmas carols outside Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee had a free speech incident with the police. Account of what happened below, posted on our blog:

Today was difficult to say the least. Four Milwaukee Police Department squad cars showed up at about 9:30am to inform us that we were loitering and needed to keep moving – a blatant misuse of the ordinance. In the past couple years of side-walk counseling at Affiliated Medical Services either with a small or large group, we have only been told once that we were loitering – on October 30th, 2010, when an ambulance was called to take a botched abortion patient away at AMS. They simply didn’t want us around, so they used the police as their personal show of force to chill our free speech rights.

Today, some got in the line and others were disinclined to acquiesce to the officer’s request – displaying their civil disobedience by standing still. Tactically, moving around in a circle gave us full permission from the police to block the clinic entrance with our solid line of carolers – so – great! Officer Hyczewski (#2543) tried to give one of our vigilers a parenting lesson by offering that it was a bad example to disobey the police in front of your children. Our vigiler vehemently disagreed with her – so he stated his case to her and then stood with his son to continue singing. I couldn’t help but think of the Jews in Nazi Germany, as they slowly gave up the fight for their basic human rights – one by one – ultimately being herded up like cattle to the death camps. Officers Matecki (#2133), Kaine (#2320), Murphy and Sargent Wagner were busy going back and forth into the abortion mill to get their marching orders from the interim clinic director, Wendy, while we sang God’s praises in Christmas fashion. No citations were issued. Could you imagine the immense public relations nightmare they would’ve had on their hands if they had?!

Sidewalk counselors in Milwaukee, despite all the craziness, had a save this morning, the FOURTH save this week! We also found out the medical director of AMS has quit. It has to be wearing, as Abby Johnson noted, to have people praying outside your place of employment every single day.

Tis the season for miracles! Thank you for everyone who turned out to witness to the preborn and share the joy of the Christ Child.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Cancer-stricken teen mother dies to give her baby life. Read more here.

- Notorious abortionists charged with murder, jailed. Read more here.

- Salvation Army at war with itself over abortion position. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided. Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.

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 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 have 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 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm - 3pm. 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

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, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. 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 and witness with signs at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.

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 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 36th 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 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. Although the abortion facility has been closed by the Illinois Health Department, pro-lifers are encouraged to continue praying here. 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

Diocese of Green Bay Respect Life Mass:
Join The Most Reverend David L. Ricken for the Annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass. Wednesday, January 18 at St. Pius X Catholic Church, Appleton or Friday, January 20 at Saints Peter and Paul Church, Green Bay.  Masses begin at 7:00 p.m.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Respect Life Mass:
On Monday, January 23, 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. Jerome Parish in Oconomowoc (995 S Silver Lake St). Seminarians from St. Francis de Sales Seminary will lead the Rosary for Life at 6:00pm, followed by Mass at 7:00pm. A reception will follow. Come 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.

Holy Hour For Life – January 22, 2012: An Hour of Prayer with Exposition of the Holy Eucharist
: On January 22, the vigil of the National Day of Penance and Prayer, a Holy Hour for Life will be held simultaneously in approximately 100 parishes across the Archdiocese from 7-8pm. These Holy Hours will be lead by Deacons of the Milwaukee Archdiocese, and co-sponsored by Deacon Services and the Nazareth Project for Marriage and Family Formation. A PDF with a list of locations is available on both the Archdiocesan website ( and the John Paul II Center website ( Please consider coming to spend an hour in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament praying for a consistent life ethic for all stages of life – from conception to natural death.

Missionaries to the Preborn
is having a sidewalk counseling training session on
Saturday, January 14, from 9am-11am at Calvary Bible Church (1459 S. 81st. St., West Allis). If the Lord has been tugging at your heart to come out and speak up for these little ones, this is an opportunity for you to get equipped so you can do the work of the ministry effectively. No cost; light refreshments; childcare provided. Any questions call 414-462-3399 or email

The third Monday of every month All Saints Catholic Church in Berlin says a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after a 5:15p.m. Mass. Everyone welcome.

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening
at 6 p.m. at the West Bend Planned Parenthood, 532 Shepherd’s Drive, West Bend, WI. Located on the West end of town, approximately 1-1/2 miles west of Hwy 45 on West Washington Street (aka: Highway 33) in West Bend. It is in a shopping mall on the north-side of the street. We are on the sidewalk.

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 St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for an end to the culture of death.

Cenacles of Life meets at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 108 McHenry St, Burlington, WI every Wednesday at 6 p.m., and recites the second oral Rosary in the main body of the church, finishing at 7:15 p.m.

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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