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January 17, 2011
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Nine consecutive days of prayer at Madison Planned Parenthood

Photo, left: Fr. Heilman leading more than 150 pro-lifers in the Stations of the Cross outside Planned Parenthood this summer.

Starting Friday, January 14 at 6:30 a.m., and every morning until the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, Fr. Rick Heilman and the Knights of Divine Mercy will be leading the Stations of the Cross at the Madison Planned Parenthood, located at 3706 Orin Road.

This Planned Parenthood is one of Wisconsin’s four stand-alone abortion facilities. It is also the site of abortionist Dennis Christensen’s former abortuary, before he sold his “practice” to Planned Parenthood. Click here to read more about the effort on the Knights of Divine Mercy website. Join them if you can! If you can’t be there in body, join them in a novena of reparation leading up to Roe v. Wade. If you know Fr. Heilman or any of the Knights, please take the time to thank them personally. Priests have many demands on their time, and it’s cold out there!

Vigil for Life and PLW Dane County are organizing a perpetual presence on the sidewalks in front of Madison's Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road, Madison). Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business (every weekday), 2 people (at least!) will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk.

The times and days are as follows:
• Monday-Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
• Thursday and Friday: 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for these 2-hour shifts, especially on a monthly basis. You may also "stop by." Those interested should click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact affiliate leader Laura Karlen at (608) 445-2064 or email

Vigi for Life is calling on everyone in the Madison area to come to the sidewalks to see that every Planned Parenthood customer or worker encounters compassion, love and options for LIFE from courageous prayer warriors!

See our list of affiliate Roe v. Wade observances, below, and join us in praying to end abortion.

China's abortion numbers grow: Demographic shifts from one-child couples to young, single women

"The leaf-strewn median on Eternal Peace Road hides a grim secret: Numerous tiny fetuses lie in unmarked graves dug by women from the abortion clinic across the street."

That quote is from an Associated Press article in the Jan. 13 Washington Times. The article discussed the increasing abortion rate in China among young, single women.

Abortion has been legal in China since the 1950s. When China instituted its one-child policy, with that came forced abortions and mandatory sterilizations, “In 1983 alone, China sterilized 21 million people and fitted 17.8 million women with intrauterine devices.” As the UK Sunday Times reported in 2010, those sterilizations often occur en masse, at the hand of the Chinese government, regardless of whether couples/women want to sterilized.

The AP interviewed a Beijing sociologist, Li Yinhe, for the article.  Yinhe [it is entirely plausible Yinhe works for the Chinese government, which has a vested interest in protecting its one-child policy and defending its coercive activities] makes a number of insinuations that don’t line up from what pro-lifers know about the country. PLW's comments below, in bold.

“Luckily [really? for who?], in Chinese culture, people generally feel that before the actual birth, you don’t yet have an actual person, so we have cases of induced abortion at seven and eight months along,” Ms. Li said. “I think this is to China’s advantage from a population control point of view [that if people are desensitized long enough, eventually they will fall in line?]… China has absolutely no need for the so-called ‘right to life’ argument [The women who are dragged in for forced abortions would disagree with that], no need to introduce ideas about abortion as murder [so... what is it?], and so on.”

China’s few anti-abortion campaigners are usually Buddhists or Christians [is a Communist government seriously going to provide figures on pro-life activity?]. But their activities are low-key because the government keeps a tight rein on grass-roots organizations and religious groups [and the few who dare to protest wind up imprisoned or dead].

In January 2008, the London Telegraph reported on a Chinese woman who sued due to a forced abortion at nine months pregnant:
Mrs. Jin’s crime was to have become pregnant by her fiance five months before she married him at the age of 20, the legal minimum… Mrs. Jin is now infertile as a result of the abortion.

In October 2010, Al-Jazeera (yes, THAT Al-Jazeera) sent a reporter to China. They heard reports of a woman, eight months pregnant with her second child, forced to have an abortion by the Chinese government. Read the husband’s heart-wrenching account of the loss of their baby here.

Despite decades of Communist rule, the God-given human desire to procreate lives on with the Chinese people. The Chinese government’s effort to extinguish its own people — cultural genocide — is resulting in a graying population that will not be able to support itself. From TIME magazine in 2009,
“China has 32 million more boys than girls under the age of 20. The total number of young people is a problem as well; factories have reported youth-labor shortages in recent years, a problem that will only get worse. In 2007 there were six adults of working age for every retiree, but by 2040 that ratio is expected to drop to 2 to 1.”

When they are of no use to society, will the bodies of the elderly be discarded along the side of the road, next to their aborted grandchildren?

If the Chinese people do not respect the preborn right-to-life, as the sociologist Yinhe claims, why would the mothers save the bodies of their aborted children to bury?

Thank you to all those who joined us for the Rally for Life in Milwaukee

Nearly 100 people joined Pro-Life Wisconsin for our annual Rally for Life, held in Milwaukee the week before Roe v. Wade. Thank you to Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, who inspired us with his reflecion on the preborn Jesus, "our hope." Thank you to all those who braved the cold (see photo, left) and those who kept us in prayer.

Sidewalk counselors had two possible saves on Friday in Milwaukee, and we ask that you keep the mothers, their babies and our sidewalk counselors in your prayers.

Candidate for Milwaukee County executive on Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin board

Since Scott Walker was elected governor of Wisconsin, he is no longer Milwaukee County Executive. A special election will be held to fill that open seat.

Chris Abele, one of the candidates for Scott Walker's former job, is an emeritus member of the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin board. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and PolitiFact Wisconsin did an article on Abele, whose "federal donations have helped Wisconsin congressional candidates Russ Feingold, Dave Obey, Steve Kagen and Tammy Baldwin, as well as Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of Colorado."

2008 abortions "level off" nationwide; Wisconsin's decreased in 2008 but rose in 2009

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (the research arm of Planned Parenthood, by the way) recently released nationwide statistics on abortions in 2008. From USA Today, “The 2008 rate of 19.6 abortions per 1,000 women ages 15-44 is also statistically virtually unchanged from the 2005 rate of 19.4 abortions. It is far below the peak in 1981 of 29.3 abortions.”

In 2008, Wisconsin abortions dropped, contrary to the slight increase that occurred nationwide. Wisconsin abortions declined every year from 2003-2008. In 2007, a total of 8,267 abortions were performed in the state; in 2008, a total of 8,229 abortions were performed in the state. This means that for every 100 live births in Wisconsin, 11 babies were aborted.

Unfortunately, the use of RU-486 has risen while the total number of abortions has declined. Both chemical and surgical abortions are reported to the state of Wisconsin and are covered by the statistics. The use of the drug regimen RU-486 results in a post-implantation chemical abortion. In 2007, there were 1,248 such chemical abortions; in 2008, there were 1,533 such chemical abortions. These statistics do not include pre-implantation chemical abortions caused by hormonal contraceptives, such as the pill or the IUD, which could number in the millions.

In 2009, abortions in Wisconsin rose, a statistic that will most likely be reflected nationwide. The total number of abortions in Wisconsin in 2009 was 8,542, up from 8,229 in 2008. That increase is the first since 2003. The number of chemically induced abortions rose as well, accounting for 27% of the total, or 2,251 abortions.

The nationwide Alan Guttmacher analysis reflects the trend toward RU-486 as well.

In the New York Times article on the Guttmacher report: "The Guttmacher report found an increase in harassment of abortion providers, with clinics in the Midwest and the South the most likely to experience harassment and those in the Northeast and the West the least."

Abortion facilities consider 40 Days for Life to be harassment. Read more about that in a blog post from September. Keep praying and keep sidewalk counseling! Our peaceful pro-life efforts are making a difference.
As Pro-Life Action League notes, abortions have decreased dramatically in the Midwest, where pro-life activism is strongest.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Close to 8,000 people have signed an online petition in protest of Russ Feingold's professorship at Marquette University. Add your name here.

- Catholic Vote has the story of a (now perfectly healthy!) baby girl born 15 weeks early at 25 weeks gestation, weighing just 12 ounces at birth. Read more

- The Iowa Board of Medicine will not penalize Planned Parenthood of the Heartland for dispensing RU-486 via "telemedicine," despite state law to the contrary.

- New York City Schools Chancellor Cathy Black is in hot water with some constituents, after saying the answer to school overcrowding is, “Can we just have some birth control for a while? It could really help us all out.” Read here.

- 70 billboards proclaiming "Black Children are an Unwanted Species" hit the streets of Los Angeles last week, in a similar effort to the billboards Pro-Life Wisconsin placed in Milwaukee in December. Read more from Jill Stanek here.

Affiliate observances of Roe v. Wade

PLW 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 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 and Outagamie 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 Bayfield County: On January 22, Pro-Life Wisconsin-Bayfield County will hold prayers for all nascent human life at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church after the 4 p.m. Mass.

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-Crawford County will also hold a prayer vigil from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Options in Prairie du Chien (103 N Wacouta Ave, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821) on Saturday, January 22.

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. 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. On Saturday Jan. 22, PLW Rock County will hold prayers in the South Beloit Adoration Chapel, 11 a.m. to noon. We will pray together as well have time for silent prayer.  If you are not able to come, please  spend time at home or in the Adoration Chapel at another time.

Vigil for Life of Madison: Prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood, Saturday Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd., Madison. Father William Vernon, from the Diocese of Madison, will lead prayers.

Courtesy announcements

Please make every effort to hear Matt Sande, Legislative Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, speak on, "Giving Legal Personhood to Preborn Children."
Matt will speak on the legal concept of Personhood and its central importance to the Pro-Life movement, as well as its application to state law. He will talk about the exciting advances toward legal personhood in other states and the opportunity to do the same in Wisconsin! Matt has a passion for the preborn, a committment to work for their legal protection in Madison, and the experience and wisdom to help equip us to do the same.  The detailsFox Valley Conservative Forum Luncheon, Tuesday, January 18, Noon - 1 p.m. at The Machine Shed Restaurant, Appleton.

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.

Holy Hour For Life in Fond du Lac - Friday, January 21 at 7 p.m., at Sacred Heart Churc,h 232 S. Peters Avenue, Fond du Lac. Praying in solidarity with thousands across the country for reparation for violations to the dignity of the human person
committed through acts of abortion and of prayer for the full restoration of the legal guarantee of the right to life.

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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