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January 23, 2012
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Pro-Life Wisconsin marks 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade with prayer across Wisconsin and presence in Washington, D.C. 

While hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers descend on Washington, D.C. in protest of Roe v. Wade, Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates throughout Wisconsin had local events occurring to mark January 22.

In addition to the planned affiliate events, two buses with over one hundred representatives of Pro-Life Wisconsin left Friday, January 20 as part of Pro-Life Wisconsin's annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. There they will join an estimated crowd of 350,000 pro-life activists from across the country in what has become one of the nation's largest marches for social reform.

"The impact of Roe v. Wade in Wisconsin has resulted in more than 500,000 babies killed through elective abortion," said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. "Abortions, especially chemical abortions, are on the rise in our state; abortion is a tragedy, happening in communities every day in Wisconsin."

The same stones as Dachau

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Rock County affiliate has been instrumental in the closing of the Rockford 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.

Photo from a 2000 prayer vigil at the Rockford abortion mill. L-r: Sister Rosalia Bauer FSPA of PLW Rock-County, Joe Scheidler of Pro-Life Action League, Mary Matuska (longtime leader for Pro-Life Wisconsin) and Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. They were celebrating a save as a result of the prayer vigil.

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.

In an article titled "The Same Stones as Dachau," the Jan. 16 National Catholic Register profiled some of these prayer warriors, longtime PLW activists.

Sister Rosalia Bauer, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, prayed in front of what she called "the abortion mill" every Friday for 13 years. She said that as a nurse she could never call that building a clinic. She called it a mill. A mill that manufactured and profited from death. She remembers being joined to pray at the clinic by a woman from Poland. The woman took one look at Northern Illinois Women’s Center and told Sister Rosalia that "the stone on the outside of the building are the same kind of stone used in Dachau."

The building at 1400 Broadway in Rockford Illinois had ironically been built as a schoolhouse over a century ago but for the past few decades it's been home to the region's only abortion clinic. At its height, the NIWC destroyed 75 human beings a week. It may also have been one of the most infamous in the country.

Pro-life school teacher Kevin Rilott remembers the first time he came to pray at NIWC many years ago. A man came out and yelled at him, "Why do you come here. Only n%&&ers and prostitutes get abortions. Why are you here?"

"He thought that would drive me away," said Rilott. "But I thought if that’s the attitude, we’re definitely needed here."

Read the rest of the article here; it is a testament to twenty years of sidewalk counseling and the power of pro-life activism.

The Rockford Register Star also has a brief article with pictures about a prayer vigil held Jan. 17 outside the Rockford abortion mill.

Assembly Education Committee approves "Strong Communities... Healthy Kids Act," recommends passage by full Assembly

Last Wednesday the state Assembly Committee on Education approved legislation that would reverse the contraception education/instruction sexual education mandate of 2009, giving public school districts the freedom to adopt abstinence-only human growth and development curricula. Assembly Bill 337, authored by Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), also prohibits school-based volunteer health providers from providing instruction in human growth and development thus preventing Planned Parenthood nurses and physicians from teaching about abortion and contraception in our public schools.

On a 6-4 party-line vote, the Assembly Education Committee recommended AB 337 for full passage by the State Assembly. All Republican committee members voted in favor of the bill. The Senate companion bill, SB 237, passed the State Senate last November on a party-line 17-15 vote. All Senate Republicans voted in favor of the bill. Click here for a copy of PLW's legislative memo.

Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Committee Chairman Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) and the Republican committee members for recommending this important legislation.


Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative NOW and urge him or her to:

1)    support SB 237 / AB 337, the "Strong Communities... Healthy Kids Act" and;
2)    urge Assembly leadership to schedule SB 237 / AB 337 for a vote on the Assembly floor.

Tell your representative that:
  • Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect our children's bodies and preserve their innocence, and local school districts should be given this option.
  • Sexual development is not properly under the purview of a school health room physician or nurse, especially one from Planned Parenthood.
To find out who your state representative is, click here for PLW's website and scroll over the Legislative Affairs menu item at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Click on the Speak Up icon and then scroll down the page and click on Who Are My Wisconsin Lawmakers? Type in your street address, city and zip code. The name and contact information of your state representative will appear.

Once you know who your state representative is, go back to the Speak Up page and use the links listed under Email Your Government Officials to send your email to your state representative. That way PLW will receive a copy of your email which will enable us to monitor the activity of our grassroots advocacy campaigns.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state representative, call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472. Or call your representative’s office directly.

Thank you for speaking up for our children! 

Wisconsin Personhood Amendment wins award from NARAL

You know you're doing something right when the pro-aborts come out screaming and kicking.

Personhood Wisconsin and Rep. Andre Jacque are the proud recipients of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin's "The Bad of 2011" Award:

The Bad – Andre Jacque and "Personhood"

Last month, Mississippi voters overwhelmingly voted against a "personhood" measure in their state. Wisconsin Rep. Andre Jacque clearly didn’t get the message that this kind of attack is out of touch with our priorities because he introduced a similar amendment right here in Wisconsin. His proposal to declare a fertilized egg to be a person with all of the rights outlined in our state constitution is so far overreaching that it would ban abortion with no exceptions and may ban many common forms of birth control.

Click here to sign the personhood petition. Join thousands of Pro-Life Wisconsinites in supporting legal personhood for all, born and preborn.

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.

"Choose Life" license plate legislation to be introduced

Pro-Life Wisconsin is strongly supporting legislation currently under circulation that would permit the creation of a "Choose Life" specialty license plate in Wisconsin. Proceeds from plate sales would fund the work of crisis pregnancy centers across the state, including adoption assistance. 

Authored by State Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) and State Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), LRB 3486 would require plate holders to pay a $15 issuance fee and a $25 annual fee that provides funds to Choose Life Wisconsin.  These fees would be in addition to basic plate registration fees. For more details, please click here for a copy of the bill.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Court-ordered abortion, sterilization of Catholic woman in Mass. overturned by higher court. Read more here.

- Say no to Girl Scout cookies. Read more here.

- Court dismisses FACE case, suspects DOJ of set-up. Read more here.

- Austin Ruse: Girl Scout Sex Guide. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided. Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County
gathers for prayer witness every Monday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services, 522 State Road 82 # F, in Mauston. Please call Richard Irwin, (608) 565-6706, for more information. They meet every second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library in Mauston at 7 p.m. in the Community Room.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Marathon County
prays the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.

Pro-Life Wisconsin 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. A pro-life Rosary is said at 8:30 a.m. before the 9 a.m. Mass each Saturday 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 front of Madison's Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road, Madison, WI 53704). Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business (every week day), 2 people (at least!) will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. The times and days are as follows: Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Thursday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm - 3pm. 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

Pro-Life Wisconsin Chippewa Valley prays and gives public witness against abortion and contraception outside the Eau Claire Planned Parenthood (1231 Menomonie St.) every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee County gathers regularly on Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee, between 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. SIDEWALK COUNSELORS ARE NEEDED! If you can come pray or counsel women entering the abortuary, please contact Peggy Hamill, (262) 796-1111, or e-mail for more information.

Pro-Life Wisconsin 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 on 3800 N. Gillett St.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Waukesha County will join other pro-lifers for monthly prayer in front of the Planned Parenthood in Waukesha, 426 W. Main St. Prayer gatherings will be held the fourth Saturday of every month at 10 a.m.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary.  We pray every Saturday at 11 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood facility, located at Roosevelt Road and 36th Avenue in Kenosha. Please come and pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, and other prayers with us. For more information contact Karie Kinzler at or at (262) 656-0301.

Please join Pro-Life Wisconsin Racine for a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11 a.m. until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood, 832 Main St. All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.

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.

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.

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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