you to everyone who turned out for the 2012 Rally
for Life with Bishop Hying
Thank you to the
100+ people who joined us for the 2012 Rally for
Life in Milwaukee on Saturday. There were many
people who couldn’t be with us at the Rally for
Life, but they showed up when they could down at
the mill – as early as 7am – and as late as
We would like to thank Bishop Hying and Father Tim
Kitzke, pastor of St. Rita's, for saying Mass and
the Rosary. Bishop Hying gave an excellent homily
about the value of the preborn child and the
necessity of pro-life activism, reaching out to
women in need on the sidewalks.
Sidewalk counselors also reported at least one
save on Saturday at Affiliated.
See below for the list of affiliate observances of
Roe v. Wade
around the state. Join us in praying for an end to
Rockford abortion facility to close permanently
Pro-Life Wisconsin's Rock County affiliate has
been instrumental in the closing of this
abortion mill, and we congratulate them on their
successful pro-life efforts. Proof that pro-life
activism works, PLW Rock County members
regularly sidewalk counseled and prayed outside
this abortion facility for more than twenty
We have already seen women traveling to
Milwaukee from northern Illinois for abortions,
and we anticipate the traffic to continue.
Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee is the
only remaining late-term abortion facility in
After years of protests and prayer vigils,
pro-life activists in Rockford, Illinois can
finally breathe a sigh of relief – the
notoriously bizarre Northern Illinois Women’s
Center (NIWC) has announced that it will close
“The staff is very saddened by the closing,”
said the owners of the facility in a statement released
Jan. 13 to the Rockford Register Star. “We
are not done grieving this loss and still are
struggling with surrendering to the idea that we
will not be able to do this work tomorrow or the
The statement comes on the heels of news that
the facility was prepared to reopen its doors
after it reached a settlement with state health
officials earlier this month, after being shut
down late last year for health violations.
However, the Register
Star reports that the director of NIWC
said that the decision to shut down permanently
was due to “a lack of support from the
community, the political climate surrounding the
abortion issue both locally and nationally and
the challenge the clinic would face in
rebuilding staff,” in the words of the Register Star
“We thank God that Rockford’s long nightmare is
over,” pro-lifer Kevin Rilott, who has led
pro-life vigils outside the NIWC for years, told
LifeSiteNews.com. “This abortion mill killed
tens of thousands of babies and wounded
countless women. Their closing is a gift from
to read more.
PLW at the March for Life -- spots still left!
pro-life Wisconsinites and 400,000 people from
around the nation to mark the anniversary of the
deadly Roe v.
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
Cost for the trip, including travel to and from
Washington as well as hotel accommodations, is
We will travel by bus and stay two nights at a
Capitol Hill hotel. Register NOW to guarantee a
Call PLW's office at (262) 796-1111 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
God's time, not man's
Pro-Life Wisconsin has been steadfast in opposing
euthanasia, whether masquerading as “death with
dignity” or the so-called “right to die.” Because
it permits euthanasia by omission, we are adamant
in opposing the Wisconsin Living Will (Directive
to Physicians). The Living Will has many internal
flaws, including its ambiguous and confusing
language which may be interpreted by physicians in
a way you did not intend. Furthermore, it is
impossible to make sound medical decisions based
on guesswork about the future.
It seems more prudent to appoint an individual
(agent) you have carefully chosen to make your
health care decisions if you can’t speak for
yourself. The Wisconsin Power of Attorney for
Health Care, while less flawed than the Living
Will, may also be used to permit euthanasia by
omission. We, therefore, are unable to endorse
this document. To meet this problem, we offer a
life-protective document, the “Protective Power of
Attorney for Health Care” (PPAHC). Download PLW’s
PPAHC here [PDF].
We received the below email about how one of our
PPAHCs was used. We are sharing it with the
sender’s permission and an exhortation to make
sure your health care decisions are protected:
I need to
thank Pro-Life Wisconsin for making the power of
attorney for health care available to me last
October. I moved an 83-year-old friend of mine
from Florida to be near me in Sturgeon Bay,
Wisc. (Door County). I had her sign a PPAHC
prior to going entering a nursing home so I
would be her power of attorney and have
Christian-based advanced directives, especially
related to food and fluids and comfort measures.
Thanks to Terri Schavio’s
case I understood the necessity
Through over-medication of a sedative
my friend became like a vegetable. She couldn’t
lift her arm, talk, or make any needs known. The
nursing home didn’t force her to eat or drink
(that’s against nursing home regulations).
She declined from starvation and
severe dehydration. The MD ordered comfort
measures on Christmas Day. The next day she
received fluids at the hospital for mental
status changes. She does have dementia but no
life threatening diseases. She woke up after 2
liters of fluids through an IV, but the hospital
stopped the fluids and ordered the same diet she
couldn’t eat in the nursing home.
I had her transferred to a larger
hospital in another town where she received
antibiotics and a feeding tube at my request and
as her directives dictated. She is now alert,
feeding herself, talking and smiling so
She is weak and we are building her up
now. What a fight to get the feeding tube and
get the medical staff to listen to me. I am an
RN and know how to stand up for my patients. Prayers and
persistence paid off. Thank you for all of
your pro-life efforts.
Again, you can download PLW’s PPAHC here [PDF].
Activist Training Camp
Pro-life groups in
Madison are teaming up to put on a pro-life
activist training camp. This
day-long conference will provide a comprehensive
training session for pro-life activists.
conference will be held on Saturday,
February 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the
Bishop O'Conner Center in Madison (702 S. High
Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life, the Diocese
of Madison and the Wisconsin State Council of
the Knights of Columbus.
to sign up today! You can also register by calling
262-796-1111 ext 10.
- Men and Abortion: Bob Atwell,
founding board member of Relevant Radio and
co-executive producer of Bella
- Sidewalk Counselor Training:
JT Eschbach of Pro-Life Action League,
- Post-abortion counseling: Mary
Mead of Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More
- Medical Decision Making:
Marisa Beffel of the Catholic Medical
- Educating Your Legislators:
Matt Sande of Pro-Life Wisconsin
- Planned Parenthood Exposed:
Jerry Schmutte of Pro-Life Wisconsin
- Answering the Hard Questions:
Patrick Delaney of the Diocese of Madison
training will provide both conceptual information
(learning how the abortion industry targets the
poor, the marginalized, racial minorities and
children, how to answer common objections to the
pro-life message and more) and practical hands-on
information (how to help heal post-abortive men
and women, how to sidewalk counsel, how to protect
yourself if you're ever rendered unable to make
your own medical decisions and more).
is only $8/individual or $20 for a family. Lunch
number of teen pregnancies in abortionist
Mexico City alarming public health
officials. Read more here.
- The ‘1%’:
Planned Parenthood execs making more
than $250K per year. Read more here.
screenings done by Planned Parenthood
actually declined in 2009-10. Read
- Romney used polls
to determine his 1994 abortion position.
Read more here.
PLW-Crawford County will pray the Rosary and
Divine Mercy Chaplet at Options Contraception
Clinic, 103 Wacouta, Prarie du Chien, WI at on
January 22 at 10 a.m.
PLW-Bayfield Co. will have a Mass for
the Unborn on Sunday, January 22 at 8:30 a.m. at
St. Louis Catholic Church, 217 W Seventh St.,
PLW- Fond du Lac will hold a prayer
vigil on Sat. Jan 21 at 11:00 a.m. in front of
the Planned Parenthood Office at 333 N. Peters
PLW Kenosha will be having a prayer vigil on Sat.
Jan. 21st from 11am to 11:45 am at Planned
Parenthood in Kenosha. Planned Parenthood is
located on Roosevelt Rd and 36th Ave. We pray
the Rosary and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy for
the end of Abortion.
Madison: Vigil for Life will host a vigil to
mark the 39th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade
decision at Planned Parenthood (3706 Orin Road)
in Madison on Sunday Jan. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Fr.
John Sasse from St. Patrick Catholic Church in
Cottage Grove will lead the prayer vigil for the
conversion of hearts to respect the dignity of
all human life. Feel free to bring a baby item
to the prayer vigil to benefit the Women's Care
Center of Madison.
The Watertown Pro-Life Group/PLW-Jefferson
pray the rosary following all Sunday Masses on
will have a 39-minute prayer march at the
Juneau County Courthouse on January 22 at, 2:45
p.m. It starts at the Juneau County Courthouse.
There will not be a reception this year. St.
Patrick’s church is holding a Holy Hour from
4:00-5:00pm. It is located at 401 Mansion St. in
Mauston. (1 Block from the March)
Queen of Peace,
Protector of Life/PLW-Sawyer County is
sponsoring a "God's Gift of Life" presentation
on January 18 for the CCD students (parents
invited also). It will consist of a talk
by Dr. Cliff Tenner of New Richmond to the 8th
grade and above on the sanctity of life
including issues pertinent to today's teens. In
addition, we will have a display in the parish
center featuring 13 fetal models plus several
panel displays of notable individuals who relate
to life issues such as adoption, abortion, etc.
There will be additional displays, handouts,
prolife gift packets for students to take home
County will meet at the Minnesota State
Capitol to join the Minnesota Rally for Life at
County: Pro-Life Rally at St. Mary’s
Oratory, 325 Grand Av, Wausau, Sunday, January
22. Outside Rally begins after Mass about
11:30am. Lunch is at 12pm. Program begins at
1pm. Main speaker is Steve Karlen, Pro-Life
Wisconsin's Program Director. Topic of speech:
Ending Abortion: What it will take and where we
go from here.
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)
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: email@example.com. Talk is free
and light refreshments will be served.
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 (www.archmil.org)
and the John Paul II Center website (www.johnpaul2center.org).
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.
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
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.
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.
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)
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.