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Monday Update

January 11, 2010

Defending God’s Plan

In This Issue

·    Father Rocky Hoffman to speak at 2010 Rally for Life in Milwaukee

·    Luau for Life

·    STDs reach “epidemic level” in Wisconsin and the U.S.

·    South Korea confronts open secret of abortion

·    Montana Supreme Court approves doctor-assisted suicide

·    Forbes.com: Why private insurers like paying for abortion

·    Affiliate remembrances of Roe v. Wade

·    Courtesy announcements

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Father Rocky Hoffman to speak at 2010 Rally for Life in Milwaukee

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Milwaukee chapter of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society are presenting the 2010 Rally for Life, featuring Father Rocky Hoffman, senior director of mission, programming and development at Relevant Radio. The event will be held Saturday, Jan. 16, at Three Holy Women Parish (St. Rita’s Church campus) in Milwaukee

 

The rally will begin at 9:30 a.m. with Mass said by Father Rocky. The Mass will be followed by prayer witness at Affiliated Medical Services abortuary, 1428 N. Farwell, in Milwaukee

 

Mass and the prayer witness will be followed by a luncheon and keynote address by Father Rocky, back at Three Holy Women Parish (St. Rita’s Church campus).

Father Rocky Hoffman

 

Morning Mass and the prayer witness are free and open to the public, but reservations are required for the luncheon and keynote address. Cost of the luncheon is $15 per adult and $10 for those aged 12 and under. 

 

Last chance to register! Click here for the registration form: http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/pdf/2010RallyforLifeflier.pdf.

 

 

Luau for Life

 

 

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for a Hawaiian-themed reception and shake off the winter blues!

Host: Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force

Location: Palms Bistro, 221 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee.

When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meet other professional pro-life people, learn about Pro-Life Wisconsin and enjoy island-themed appetizers and drinks!

Appetizers and a drink are included for $30 ($35 if you pay at the door.)

 

Mail in the registration form (click here for registration form) to Pro-Life Wisconsin by Jan. 29 or call (262) 796-1111.

Proceeds support Pro-Life Wisconsin's educational work with pro-life TV ads, billboards, college newspaper inserts, raising awareness about Planned Parenthood and so much more.

*Street parking is free; public parking structure on Chicago St. between Broadway St. & Water St.

Questions? Contact Virginia Zignego at Pro-Life Wisconsin at virginia@prolifewisconsin.org or call (262) 796-1111.

 

 

STDs reach “epidemic level” in Wisconsin and the U.S.

Tell your state senator to vote NO on AB 458/SB 324!

 

A Jan. 6 Capitol Times article highlighted the rising levels of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among teens in Wisconsin and the United States. For years, the state of Wisconsin has provided taxpayer-funded birth control to teenage girls as young as 15, without their parents’ knowledge or consent (as of 2009, boys as young as 15 are covered as well.) Given the rising STD rate, it is evident the current combination of pushing birth control and sex ed is not working.

 

From the Capitol Times [emphasis added]:

Sexually transmitted diseases are reaching epidemic levels in Wisconsin and across the country. The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that there are 253,500 new cases of sexually transmitted infections in Wisconsin each year. A key reason: a surge in infections among teens, according to a Capital Times analysis of state health reports and interviews with local experts.

 

One in four teenage girls in the U.S. has an STD, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In Wisconsin, the rate of four of the most commonly reported STDs among teens jumped 53 percent between 1997 and 2007. Females and minorities, especially African-Americans, have been hit hard. And these are numbers that have been reported; actual cases may be much higher. But it remains a hidden epidemic, not just because many STDs have no symptoms, but because of the stigma and politics that complicate efforts to fight them.

 

Click here to read more: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/local/health_med_fit/article_96d0ee57-e3dc-59d7-a5ec-e5cbc5b71ffc.html.

 

Last November, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 458, which revolutionizes Wisconsin’s K-12 instruction in human growth and development. The State Senate is likely to pass AB 458 as early as this month.

 

AB 458 and its companion bill in the Senate, Senate Bill (SB) 324, would effectively prohibit local public school districts from adopting “abstinence-only” or “abstinence-centered” human growth and development programs – a freedom and flexibility they enjoy under current law. Under the bill, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program it would be forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the “health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods.”

 

Government-funded birth control, whether provided directly or promoted educationally, encourages sexual promiscuity and with it a host of social pathologies including underage pregnancies, chemical and surgical abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal contraceptives are also dangerous in their own right, posing serious and sometimes fatal health risks to women and often causing pre-implantation chemical abortions.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes the sexualization of our children! As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence.

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

  • Please call or email your state senator and urge him/her to oppose AB 458/SB 324, legislation that assaults the health and violates the innocence of our children.

 

Click on the following link for contact information for your state senator (please request a response and be sure to leave your contact information: name, street address, and phone number): http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/.

 

 

South Korea confronts open secret of abortion

 

From the New York Times:

SEOUL — Displaying images of fetuses on her computer screen, Dr. Choi Anna described what happens to them during an abortion. For years, she said, she washed her hands in contrition after each one she performed.

 

Her colleague, Dr. Shim Sang-duk, said that, until it halted the practice in September, their Ion Women’s Clinic in Seoul did 30 abortions a month, twice the number of babies delivered there. Nearly all were illegal.

 

“We sold our soul for money,” said Dr. Choi. “Abortion was an easy way to make money.”

 

In a country where abortion is both widespread and, with few exceptions, against the law, Dr. Choi and Dr. Shim are hoping to force South Korea’s first serious public discussion of the ethics of the procedure. In November, they and dozens of other obstetricians held a news conference to ask “forgiveness” for having performed illegal abortions.

 

The group they formed, Gynob, has called on other doctors to declare whether they have performed illegal abortions. In December they set up another organization, Pro-Life Doctors, which tries to discourage women from having abortions and runs a hot line to report clinics that perform them illegally. This month, they plan to begin reporting practitioners of such abortions to the police.

 

While Gynob’s primary tactic has been to highlight the hypocrisy of having a law that is almost never enforced, the group’s goal is not to resolve this by liberalizing the law but to end abortions altogether.

 

“Abortion is murder,” said Dr. Park Sung-chul, an obstetrician and Gynob member.

 

Click here to read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/06/world/asia/06korea.html?hp.

 

 

Montana Supreme Court approves doctor-assisted suicide

 

From LifeSiteNews:

The Montana Supreme Court ruled Dec. 31, 2009, that state law does not prevent physicians from assisting patients in killing themselves, making it the third U.S. state after Oregon and Washington where doctor-assisted suicide is now legal.

 

The high court’s 4-3 ruling in Baxter v. Montana, however, did not give “right-to-die” advocates a constitutional right to assisted suicide, or “aid in dying” as it is euphemistically called.

 

Instead, the Supreme Court decided that Montana had no statutory prohibitions on assisted suicide and that doctors could be shielded from prosecution for prescribing lethal doses to patients wanting to die. The majority stated that terminally ill patients administering lethal doses to themselves bore the ultimate responsibility for their deaths, not the doctors who provided them the prescriptions.

 

The court cited a 1985 law addressing the withdrawal of treatment for the terminally ill, which they contended provided a “public policy” basis for allowing physician-assisted suicide.

 

Two dissenting judges said, however, that the majority had warped the intent of that law, which they said was not meant to support “physicians shifting from idle onlookers of natural death to active participants in their patients’ suicides.”

 

Click here to read more: http://www.lifesitenews.com/ldn/2010/jan/10010504.html.

 

 

Forbes.com: Why private insurers like paying for abortion

 

From Forbes.com, By David Wheelan

 

Abortion has emerged again as a key sticking point in negotiations over healthcare reform. The House wants to ban new government-funded plans from covering abortion at all [PLW Ed.: The House plan would actually cover abortion in cases of rape, incest and life of the mother], while the Senate will require patients pay separate premiums with their own money for abortion as a supplemental benefit.

 

The fuss has exposed what's been a fairly quiet practice: most health plans now pay for abortions, no questions asked. Why? It saves lots of money.

 

John Nugent, the CEO of Planned Parenthood of Maryland, in Baltimore, tells us that his gut feeling is that about 70% of people with insurance can use it at his nonprofit clinic. Private physicians who perform abortions advertise that they also take most insurance.

 

Insurance companies are loathe to comment on why they pay for the controversial procedure but if you're running the business by the numbers, it's fairly obvious. An unwanted pregnancy is much more inexpensive to terminate, compared to the cost of a delivery.

 

"A first trimester abortion is $300 to $450," Nugent says. "But if the gestational age is higher you're paying for a surgical suite. That's why the insurance companies think they should be offering it. It's cheaper to terminate an unwanted pregnancy rather than taking it to term."

 

Health Care Blue Book confirms the price difference. An abortion performed in a physician's office typically costs $397. A vaginal delivery costs $5,992, while a c-section is $8,558. (These are estimates based on the site's database of in-network charges negotiated by insurers.)

 

Click here to read more: http://blogs.forbes.com/sciencebiz/2010/01/obamacare-why-private-insurers-like-paying-for-abortion/.

 

 

Affiliate remembrances of Roe v. Wade

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Outagamie/Winnebago County will gather for prayer at the Planned Parenthood in Appleton, located at 3800 N. Gillette St., from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 22.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County will gather for 37 minutes (one minute for each year of legalized abortion) on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. at the Juneau County Courthouse, located at 101 State St. in Mauston.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County will gather for a prayer vigil on Jan. 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Madison Surgery Center.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee/Waukesha County will gather for the 2010 Rally for Life on Jan. 16 in Milwaukee at St. Rita’s Catholic Church. A talk by Fr. Rocky Hoffman will follow Mass and prayer at Affiliated abortion facility.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County will be praying and witnessing at the abortion mill in Rockford, Ill., on Jan. 22 from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. A holy hour of prayer will follow at St. Peter’s Adoration Chapel in South Beloit, Ill. For more information call Charlene Tolme at (608) 362-3406.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha will have a prayer vigil on Saturday, Jan. 23 at 11 a.m., at Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. All are welcome to join us whenever possible. Contact Karie Kinzler kakinzler7@yahoo.com (262) 656-0301 for further details.

 

There will be a prayer vigil at Family Planning Health Services in Wausau, located at 719 N. 3rd Ave., on Jan. 21 at 2 p.m.

For additional events, please contact Pro-Life Wisconsin at (877) 463-7945 or visit ProLifeWisconsin.org.

 

 

Courtesy announcements

 

Pro-Life Rally at St. Mary’s Oratory: Sunday, Jan. 17. Outside Life Chain with signs begins at 11 a.m. Prayer services inside and outside. 12 p.m. is lunch. At 1 p.m. speaker Paul A. Byrne, MD, neonatologist and a recognized expert on "brain death," will deliver the pro-life message. St. Mary’s is located at 325 Grand Ave. in Wausau.

 

St. Stanislaus Catholic Church will hold a pro-life rally on Sunday, Jan. 17. A Rosary for life will be said after the 8 a.m. Mass, a Rosary for life will be said after the 10 a.m. Mass, and a pro-life talk and a third Rosary for life will follow. Breakfast will be provided after both the 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. Masses. St. Stanislaus is located at 524 W. Historic Mitchell St. in Milwaukee.

 

Milwaukee Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass will be held at St. John Vianney Parish (1755 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield) on Jan. 22. Rosary for Life at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7 p.m. Make sure you stop by the PLW information table!

 

Milwaukee Deacons for Life will be hosting the first annual Archdiocesan-wide Holy Hour for Life on the vigil of the national day of penance and prayer. On Jan. 21, in more than 115 parishes throughout the Archdiocese, Holy Hours for Life will be held simultaneously from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. View the list of participating churches at http://www.archmil.org/Archdiocese-Events/Day-Penance-Prayer-for-Life.htm.

 

Green Bay Respect Life Masses with Bishop Ricken: Tuesday, Jan. 19 at St. Pius X Parish in Appleton and Friday, Jan. 22 at Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Green Bay. Mass times are 7 p.m. at both parishes.

 

40 Days for Life Wausau starts Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 and goes through Palm Sunday. All are invited to participate. Go to 40daysforlife.com/Wausau, where you may sign up or receive further information. 40 Days for Life has been very successful with life-saving results.

 

40 Days for Life starts Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and goes through Palm Sunday. 40 Days for Life will be observed in Milwaukee from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. All are invited to go to www.40daysforlife.com/milwaukee and sign up for time slots. 40 Days for Life has been an outreach that has affected change... positive change with life-saving results. Join others in saving babies!

 

In Wausau, there will be a prayer vigil on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services. For more information, contact Janet Nichols at (715) 848-2174. FPHS now closes on Friday at 1 p.m. Thank God!


The St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society will pray the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Please call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.

 

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.

 

** Time change** 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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