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January 10, 2011
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This Saturday: Rally for Life in Milwaukee 

Pro-Life Wisconsin will observe Roe v. Wade in Milwaukee THIS SATURDAY. Join us!

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.

Infanticide proponent (and former Senator) Russ Feingold to teach at Marquette University

Former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold will join the “Marquette University Law School faculty as visiting professor of law beginning the spring semester 2011,” according to a release from MU. In a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, Feingold states Marquette approached him first about the position.

In a 1996 Senate floor exchange, Feingold stated, in effect, he supported the killing of a baby if the abortion resulted in a live birth. The following exchange between Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) took place on the Senate floor on September 26, 1996.

Sen. Santorum: Will the Senator from Wisconsin yield for a question?
Sen. Feingold: I will.
Sen. Santorum: The Senator from Wisconsin says that this decision [abortion] should be left up to the mother and the doctor, as if there is absolutely no limit that could be placed on what decision that they make with respect to that. And the Senator from California [Sen. Barbara Boxer] is going up to advise you of what my question is going to be, and I will ask it anyway. And my question is this: that if that baby were delivered breech style and everything was delivered except for the head, and for some reason that that baby’s head would slip out — that the baby was completely delivered — would it then still be up to the doctor and the mother to decide whether to kill that baby?
Sen. Feingold: I would simply answer your question by saying under the Boxer amendment, the standard of saying it has to be a determination, by a doctor, of health of the mother, is a sufficient standard that would apply to that situation. And that would be an adequate standard.
Sen. Santorum: That doesn’t answer the question. Let’s assume that this procedure is being performed for the reason that you’ve stated, and the head is accidentally delivered.Would you allow the doctor to kill the baby?
Sen. Feingold: I am not the person to be answering that question. That is a question that should be answered by a doctor, and by the woman who receives advice from the doctor.   And neither I, nor is the Senator from Pennsylvania, truly competent to answer those questions.  That is why we should not be making those decisions here on the floor of the Senate.

Why all the fuss over a law school professor, you ask?

For starters, Marquette University identifies itself as a “Catholic and Jesuit” university.  The Catholic Church opposes abortion in all cases. An institution that identifies itself as Catholic but strays from Catholic principles only furthers pro-abortion attempts to create division where there is none.

Feingold is hardly Marquette’s first controversial professor, however. Two current Marquette professors are also on the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin board – Jacqueline Boynton and Daniel Maguire.

Jacqueline Boynton is an adjunct professor at Marquette University Law School and an ex-officio member of PPWI’s board.

Daniel Maguire is a tenured professor in the theology department at Marquette and an emeritus member of PPWI’s board. Maguire’s views on Catholicism and abortion resulted in Archbishop Dolan banning Maguire from all Archdiocesan churches.

Feingold’s appointment is hardly a surprise to anyone familiar with Marquette, but why do we content ourselves with sighing and shaking our heads at news such as this, rather than demanding more from “Catholic” universities?

In January 2010, the Marquette Law School included Planned Parenthood in its list of community organizations recommended to students. Read an article from Catholic Culture here. Planned Parenthood has since been removed from that listing.

As the Cardinal Newman Society blog notes, "Pope John Paul II’s apostolic constitution on Catholic universities, Ex corde Ecclesiae, stipulates, 'All teachers and administrators, at the time of their appointment, are to be informed about the Catholic identity of the institution and its implications, and about their responsibility to promote, or at least to respect, that identity'."

Kohl's: No support of Planned Parenthood will occur, from any level of the company

We have written in the past about Kohl’s and its ties to Planned Parenthood (read about the smoking gun here and the admission of the donation here). Life Decisions International, which compiles a boycott list of companies that support Planned Parenthood, confirmed January 3 that Kohl’s has been removed from the list.

Kohl’s is based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., and many people take pride in supporting a Wisconsin company. Kohl’s employs thousands across Wisconsin, and everyone knows someone who works there. So the news of Kohl’s support of Planned Parenthood struck especially close to home.

We would like to thank the thousands of Wisconsinites who expressed their displeasure with Kohl’s! It is because of the actions of all of you that Kohl’s discontinued its relationship with Planned Parenthood, and further took a stance on ensuring that Kohl’s will not be tied to Planned Parenthood in the future. To those of you who wrote letters, emails, made phone calls, sold your stock, canceled credit cards, refused to shop there — thank you! Your efforts were not in vain. Pro-life activism works!

This is what Life Decisions International had to say about Kohl’s:
“It was made clear to us that ‘no support of Planned Parenthood will occur in the future; from any level of the company’. All store managers too, by now, should have received a memo stating that ‘Planned Parenthood is not to be included in any donation made by individual stores’. However, anyone who is pro-life understands that the Kohl’s form-letter response over the past 6 months avoided the Planned Parenthood topic, but proclaimed support of Susan G. Komen [a signifiant donor to Planned Parenthood]; and is just as bad. Our boycott list though is strictly of companies that directly support Planned Parenthood.”

Vigil for Life formally affiliates with Pro-Life Wisconsin

After years of close partnership, Vigil for Life of Madison has formally affiliated with Pro-Life Wisconsin — an arrangement that will lead to increased collaboration and foster new opportunities to build a Culture of Life in Dane County and beyond. From the moment Pro-Life Wisconsin invited Vigil for Life founders to start Madison’s first fall 40 Days for Life campaign, to side-by-side efforts to derail the proposed Madison Surgery Center abortion site, to the new 365 for Life Initiative, the VFL-PLW partnership has proven extremely beneficial to pre-born babies in Southern Wisconsin. We look forward to continuing to work together to save the lives of those threatened by the abortion industry.

Welcome, Vigil for Life!

Girl Scouts, a pro-abortion agenda and Planned Parenthood

Something to keep in mind for if/when you are approached about buying Girl Scouts cookies in the near future.

From Life Issues Institute:
They still sell cookies, but here are some new badges to earn: “domestic violence awareness, stress management, girl power and decisions for your life”3 (teen pregnancy, etc.). Let’s note a few examples of these changes:
- In Pennsylvania, Junior Girl Scouts (age-12) can attend a workshop on puberty designed by Planned Parenthood to earn their “becoming a teen” badge.
- In Connecticut, Girl Scouts honored a Planned Parenthood official for promoting “healthy practices” in local troops.
- In Amarillo, TX, Girl Scouts have sponsored Planned Parenthood sex-ed seminars for 4th through 8th graders.

The following quotes indicate the Girl Scouts are abandoning their original foundation on biblical principles consisting of definite moral rights and wrongs:
- “You can rarely state that something is definitely right or wrong.” (See Exploring Spirituality—WAGGGS 2000)
- “There is no right way to live, look, talk, dress, eat, or act.” (See Brownie/Girl Scout Handbook—1993)

In Amarillo, TX, Girl Scouts have sponsored Planned Parenthood sex-ed seminars for 4th through 8th graders.“Our movement is secular and founded on American democratic principles, one of which is freedom of religion.”

While the Girl Scouts claim neutrality on abortion, their website is clear. The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts promoted their participation in a march advocating “sexual and reproductive [abortion] rights.” The participants demanded the following rights:
- All young people must have access to comprehensive sexuality education and sexual and reproductive [abortion] health services, including contraption and emergency contraception, in order to avoid unintended pregnancies.
- Accessible, affordable and safe abortions should be made part of the minimum packages of sexual and reproductive health services.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- The New York Times covered the ongoing saga in New York City regarding an attempt to restrict the free speech rights of crisis pregnancy centers. One in six pregnancies in NYC ends in abortion. Read more

- An excellent op-ed in the Jan. 2 New York Times discussed the "Unborn Paradox".

- The Obama administration dropped the "death care panel" provision in Medicare, after a massive outcry. Read more here.

- The entire student body of Virginia-based Christendom College will attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C. Read more here.

- Two Nevada bishops celebrated an inaugural Mass for the incoming pro-abortion governor.

- In Spain, the contraception rate is up, but abortions doubled, and researchers can't figure out why. Read more from Jill Stanek 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 of 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.

Vigil for Life of Madison: Prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, Saturday Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd., Madison.

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.

Diocese of La Crosse: Holy Hours for Life will be held at parishes across the Diocese on Friday, January 21. Click here for locations and times

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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