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January 16, 2012
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Thank 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 12:30pm!

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 abortion.

Bizarre 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 years.

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 Wisconsin.

From LifeSiteNews:
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 permanently.

“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 day after.”

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 reporter.

“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 “This abortion mill killed tens of thousands of babies and wounded countless women. Their closing is a gift from God.”

Click here to read more.

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.

On 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 of this.

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 beautifully!

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].

Pro-Life 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. The 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 Point Road).

Co-sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life, the Diocese of Madison and the Wisconsin State Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Confirmed presentations include:
  • 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, Chicago, IL
  • Post-abortion counseling: Mary Mead of Rachel's Vineyard and Silent No More
  • Medical Decision Making: Marisa Beffel of the Catholic Medical Association
  • 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
Click here to sign up today! You can also register by calling 262-796-1111 ext 10.

The 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).

Registration is only $8/individual or $20 for a family. Lunch included.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Increasing 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.

- Cancer screenings done by Planned Parenthood actually declined in 2009-10. Read more here.

- Romney used polls to determine his 1994 abortion position. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

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., Washburn, WI.

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 Ave.

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 County
will pray the rosary following all Sunday Masses on January 22. 

County 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 and refreshments. 

PLW-St. Croix County will meet at the Minnesota State Capitol to join the Minnesota Rally for Life at 2 p.m.

PLW-Marathon 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.

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.

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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