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January 9, 2012
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This Saturday: 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.

Wisconsin Legislative Council debunks Wisconsin Right to Life's main argument against personhood amendment

The Wisconsin Legislative Council (WLC), a non-partisan service agency that provides legal services to the Wisconsin Legislature, drafted a memo for State Representative Andre Jacque addressing the implications of the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment (Assembly Joint Resolution [AJR] 77) on Wisconsin’s pre-Roe v. Wade criminal abortion ban (Wis. Stats. 940.04). Representative Jacque, author of the personhood amendment, released the WLC memo to his fellow legislators this morning along with his own memo summarizing their conclusions. 

Wisconsin Right to Life’s central argument against introduction and passage of a personhood constitutional amendment is that it would overturn by “implied repeal” Wisconsin’s pre-Roe criminal abortion statute. The WLC concludes the opposite. 

Citing United States and Wisconsin Supreme Court case law, the WLC memo states that it is unlikely that 940.04 would be vacated in its entirety by implied repeal. If anything were to be impliedly repealed (and that’s a big if), it would be only those sections of 940.04 that may conflict with the equality provision in the amendment – for example, the life-of-the-mother exception and the differing penalties for killing a quick versus non-quick child. And removing these inequitable sections would only strengthen 940.04!

Rep. Jacque states in his memo that, “I therefore agree with the WLC when it states in its memo that ‘the statute appears to complement rather than conflict with the proposed constitutional amendment, insofar as the amendment expands the inherent right to life recognized in the Wisconsin Constitution to unborn persons and the statute provides a basis for criminal liability for harm to such persons.’” 

Given the WLC’s conclusion, Pro-Life Wisconsin hopes that Wisconsin Right to Life will promptly remove its opposition to the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment. It is clear that AJR 77 would not harm Wisconsin Statutes 940.04 by “implied repeal” or otherwise. Accordingly, concerns over 940.04 should not stand in the way of supporting PLW’s personhood amendment.

Please click here to view AJR 77, and please go to for more information on the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment campaign.

Manger Danger: Affiliated Medical Services called 911 to report manger, Christmas carolers

We have written about what unfolded at our Empty Manger Christmas Caroling event at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee on Friday, December 23.

An open records request made to the Milwaukee Police Department turned up the 911 call made by Affiliated staff on that day. You read that right — Affiliated called 911 to report Christmas carolers and a manger in front.

Watch a video with the 911 call here.

Why are the pro-aborts so scared of the baby Jesus?

In Wisconsin, officers may issue a citation to a person for calling 911 for a non-emergency/frivolous situation, as this clearly was (and still doesn’t explain how the call warranted the police response.)

Affiliated is the same abortion facility where staff were seen laughing and dancing after an ambulance took a woman to a nearby hospital after a botched abortion.

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.

Vigil for Life marks one-year anniversary of daily witness outside Madison Planned Parenthood

On January 3, Vigil for Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Dane County affiliate, celebrated the one-year anniversary of its 365 for Life initiative, which has brought prayer warriors and sidewalk counselors to Madison’s Planned Parenthood abortion facility on a daily basis.

“Five 40 Days for Life vigils showed us the power of prayer and peaceful witness at Planned Parenthood and convinced us that 40 or 80 days a year aren’t enough,” said Vigil for Life President Laura Karlen. “We realized we need to be there every day abortions take place.”

In 2009 and 2010, Vigil for Life helped lead the successful statewide campaign to end late-term abortion plans at the Madison Surgery Center. But after victory was secured, Karlen set her sights on a new goal.

“We wanted to make sure that any woman who comes to Planned Parenthood has a chance of benefiting from the prayers and counseling of our vigil participants,” Karlen said. “With 365 for Life, we’ve accomplished that goal, talking with and praying for countless abortion and contraception-vulnerable women.”

Organizers weren’t initially sure how a year-round vigil would go, but they placed their trust in the Lord and forged ahead, even launching the campaign in the midst of winter. Since then, the fruits of Vigil for Life’s efforts have been abundant. Consider a story from this past November: Will Goodman and Elise Rose — two seasoned sidewalk counselors — struggled to communicate with an abortion-minded woman who didn’t speak English. They got Karlen, who is fluent in Spanish, on the phone. After talking with Karlen, the young woman made the decision to leave Planned Parenthood.

“It’s a challenging apostolate, and the winter months make the hours difficult to fill at times,” Karlen said. “But with the Lord’s grace, we’ll be out here until abortion is ended!”

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Rep. Gwen Moore's claim that Gov. Walker ended cancer screenings for low-income women has been proved false by PolitiFact Wisconsin. Read more here.

- Unborn child just a ‘parasite’? Cutting edge science shows fetal cells heal mother for life. Read more here.

- Bizarre Rockford abortuary reportedly set to reopen after secret settlement. Read more here.

- Shock: 40% of New York pregnancies aborted. 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 has 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

Planned Parenthood Unmasked
: St. John the Evangelist Parish welcomes
Jerry Schmutte, a speakers bureau member of Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Catholics United for the Faith, to give his multimedia presentation on “Planned Parenthood Unmasked,” and to lead a Question & Answer session. He will share his insights into the origin, history, philosophy, and aims of this global movement. St. John the Evangelist Parish, 8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield, WI, in the Church Hall. Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 7pm. Free-will offering.For more information or to RSVP (the head count is for seating and refreshments) please contact Kathy at (414) 329-0991.

Building a Culture of Life in Today’s Society:
Marisa Beffel, PhD, will share the truth of how our society and our Nation has been impacted by Roe v. Wade. Marisa is a speakers bureau member of Pro-Life Wisconsin. Talk will be Aquinas Academy, N72 W15935 Good Hope Road, Menomonee Falls, WI on Friday, January 27, 2012, at 7 p.m. For Information: Call the Aquinas Academy Office at (262) 502-1540 or email: Talk is free and light refreshments will be served.

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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