Wisconsin marks 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
with prayer across Wisconsin and presence in
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
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."
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
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
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
In an article titled "The Same Stones as Dachau," the
Jan. 16 National
Catholic Register profiled some of
these prayer warriors, longtime PLW activists.
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."
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
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?"
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.
Register Star also has a brief article with
pictures about a prayer vigil held Jan. 17
outside the Rockford abortion mill.
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
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
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"
2) urge Assembly leadership to
schedule SB 237 / AB 337 for a vote on the
Tell your representative that:
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
- 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
- Sexual development is not properly
under the purview of a school health room
physician or nurse, especially one from
Once you know who your state representative is,
go back to the Speak
Up page and use the links listed under
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
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
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"
The Bad – Andre Jacque and
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.
to sign the personhood petition. Join thousands of
Pro-Life Wisconsinites in supporting legal
personhood for all, born and preborn.
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
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
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.
abortion, sterilization of Catholic
woman in Mass. overturned by higher court.
Read more here.
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Girl Scout cookies. Read more here.
dismisses FACE case, suspects DOJ of
set-up. Read more here.
- Austin Ruse: Girl
Scout Sex Guide. Read more here.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or at
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.