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January 14, 2013
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Federal personhood legislation introduced

The 113th United States Congress has introduced legislation that establishes the legal personhood of the preborn child.  The bill applies 14th Amendment protections to all human beings from conception.

On January 3, 2013, U.S. Representative Paul Broun (R-GA) introduced House Resolution (H.R.) 23, the Sanctity of Human Life Act. It has so far been co-sponsored by 18 representatives, including Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.  The bill declares that:

1)    the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and

2) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.

Click here to view the full text of H.R. 23.

The Sanctity of Human Life Act is the most inclusive and consistent pro-life bill ever introduced by Congress. Through this legislation, Congress would be establishing personhood from the moment of conception in order to extend the equal protection and due process rights of our constitution to all human beings from the beginning of their lives.


Please call or email your U.S. Representative and encourage him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 23. If your representative is Paul Ryan, please call or email him and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 23.  Click here to find out who your U.S. Representative is.  Then click on your representative’s name for his/her contact information or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Alabama Supreme Court: ‘unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law’

From LifeSiteNews: MONTGOMERY, AL, January 11, 2013: Today the Alabama Supreme Court held that the word “child” in Alabama’s chemical endangerment statute applies to the born and unborn.The case reached the Supreme Court on an appeal by Amanda Kimbrough who admitted to smoking meth three days before the premature birth of her son Timmy. Born at 25 weeks, Timmy survived only 19 minutes after birth and was found to have died from “acute methamphetamine intoxication.”

The ruling states, “The decision of this Court today is in keeping with the widespread legal recognition that unborn children are persons with rights that should be protected by law.”
“Today,” the court added, “the only major area in which unborn children are denied legal protection is abortion, and that denial is only because of the dictates of Roe.”

Click here to read more.

Madison pro-life rally update

On Saturday, January 12, well over 100 Pro-Life Wisconsinites gathered in solemn prayer and reparation, marking this year's 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling. The event began with a

solemn prayer rally on the steps of the State Capitol, then continued with a luncheon featuring nationally renowned keynote speaker, Jerry Schmutte, an expert on the evils of Planned Parenthood.

Join us for our Day at the Capitol in Madison

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for our 2013 Day at the Capitol! Featuring Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood USA. Legislative leaders will address the group followed by a session on issues challenging the state and what individuals can do to advance the pro-life cause in Wisconsin. At noon we will walk to the Capitol and meet our representatives to discuss issues favorable to life and the family.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
8-9 a.m. Check-in
9 a.m. Sit-down breakfast & Speakers
Noon Capitol visits

Click here to register online or download a flier. You MUST pre-register in order to attend.

Pro-life news wrap-up

STOPP analysis of Planned Parenthood 2011 and 2012 finances (from the STOPP Report) - click here to read more.

Affiliate Activities

PLW Wausau area - Pro-Life Rally at St. Mary's Oratory, 325 Grand Ave, Wausau on Sunday, January 20.
11:30 a.m. Outdoor Life Chain with signs. Prayer service inside and outdoors.
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m.  Talk - The Wisconsin Personhood Amendment: Equal Protection for all by Matt Sande, Director of Legislation, PLW
Watertown Catholic Pro-Life Group:  Roe v. Wade Memorial on Tuesday, January 22 at St. Bernard's Catholic Church, 114 S. Church (Bus. Hwy. 26). Rosary before 5:15 p.m. Mass, Stations of the Cross after Mass, and light refreshments to follow.

PLW Juneau County is having a March for Life on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 7:00 p.m. at the Juneau County Courthouse, 101 State Street, Mauston, WI. Marchers will march around the courthouse, peacefully and prayerfully for 40 minutes holding signs or carrying candles. Reception following at St. Patrick's Church basement, 401 Mansion Street, Mauston, WI. Questions? Call Juneau County Life Chain Committee at 608-572-3176 or 608-547-3513.

PLW Racine Area has a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood (832 Main St.) All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.

PLW Juneau County meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library Community Room in Mauston at 7 p.m.

PLW Walworth County will again begin their Monday prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood in Delavan in April. Contact Phil Cullen at 262-742-3299 for more information.

PLW Marathon County prays the Rosary monthly on a Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Please call Ron Putzer at 715-842-5368 to confirm the date.

PLW 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 or Julie at 920-923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also said Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. before the 9:00 a.m. Mass 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 from of Madison's Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road.) Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business, at least two people will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. Mon.-Wed. (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Thurs. (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.), and Fri. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for these two hour shifts, especially on a monthly basis. Click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact Elizabeth Weisshaar at

PLW Milwaukee County gathers Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center (1428 N. Farwell, Milw.) from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sidewalk counselors are needed! If you can come pray or counsel women, contact Peggy Hamill at 262-796-1111 ext. 11 or email

Sheboygan County Pro-Life Outreach prays in front of Planned Parenthood (2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan) every Thursday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. For more information call Sarah at 920-452-2759 or Shannon at 920-457-8422.

PLW 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 (3800 N. Gillett St.)

PLW Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary. You are invited to pray Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood (Roosevelt & 36th Ave.) Please come pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other prayers with us. For more information, contact Karie Kinzler at or call her at 262-646-0301.

Courtesy announcements

Wednesday, January 16, 7:30 p.m. in Chippewa Falls. Mark the 40th Anniversary of the infamous Roe v Wade decision, by hearing the testimony of someone who has lived the nightmare of legalized  abortion. Katie Stelter will be telling her story at the Heyde Center, 3 S High Street, Chippewa Falls. This event will be filmed and eventually be included in a pro-life DVD. Please help us fill the auditorium! The story begins promptly at 7:30 p.m. and is about 25 minutes long. Due to the emotional nature of her talk, it may not be appropriate for children under 16 years old. Refreshments will be available afterwards. Questions? Contact: Matt Elstran 715-720-1136 or

Monday, January 21 Holy Hour for LIFE at parishes across the Milwaukee Archdiocese, from 7 - 8 p.m. Prayer and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament led by deacons of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Visit for the nearest participating parish.

Milwaukee Archdiocesan Respect Life Mass

On Tuesday, January 22nd, 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. Monica’s Catholic Church in Whitefish Bay. Seminarians from St. Francis de Sales Seminary will lead the Rosary for Life at 6:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 7:00 p.m. 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. Please click here for an informational flyer.

Tuesday, January 22 at parishes across the Milwaukee archdiocese from
7 - 8 p.m. Prayer and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament led by deacons
of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. Visit for the nearest participating parish.

All-Night Vigil of Reparation will be at Gesu Church, 12th and Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Friday and Saturday, February 1st and 2nd. It opens Friday night with Mass at 8, followed by a procession with the Blessed Sacrament and a holy hour for life at 11 pm. Adoration, talks, community prayers and confessions throughout the night, concluding with First Saturday Mass at 5 a.m. Come for the opening Mass if you can; stay as long as you like. If you need a ride or more information, call 414-254-2790.

Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Vigils
  • Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids on 8th Street by the Shopko mall to pray for the closing of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at

  • Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. in Winona, MN in front of Semcac, and abortifacient delegate of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at

  • Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. in La Crosse in front of Options(corner of Caledonia and St. Paul Streets. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or

  • Wednesdays 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. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or via email

  • Fridays in Madison -12:10 p.m. mass at St. Patrick followed by prayer and counseling at Planned Parenthood on Orin Road (around 12:50 p.m.)Around 4 p.m., driving to Holy Redeemer for holy hour and optional dinner. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at

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

Thursdays in Kenosha at St. Mary's Catholic Church (7307 40th Ave.) there is an 8:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to nearby Planned Parenthood. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Thursdays from 6-6:30 West Bend The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets at Planned Parenthood (532 Shepherd's Drive on the west end of town about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 45 and W. Washington St.-a.k.a. Hwy. 33. It's in a mall on the north side of the street.

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