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January 24, 2011
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Pro-Life Wisconsin marks 38th 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 21 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.”

Wisconsin abortion facilities not subject to health inspections; Philadelphia abortionist charged with murder

An open records request conducted by Pro-Life Wisconsin has revealed the state’s abortion facilities are not inspected by the Department of Health Services and no records exist of any such past inspections. Furthermore, there is no state statute mandating health inspections of the state’s abortuaries.

January 22 marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and a death toll of 53.5 million babies aborted nationwide.  Abortion may be legal, but here in Wisconsin, it is neither safe nor rare. We have seen women rushed by ambulance to a hospital after botched abortions. We know women who have committed suicide after having an abortion. Abortion hurts women!

By contrast, all restaurants in Wisconsin receive a health inspection at least once per year.

Whether a facility heals or kills, there are standards of care that must be adhered to. It is unbelievable that abortion facilities do not receive even the scrutiny that a fast food restaurant does. At the end of the day, the state of Wisconsin and the health department are responsible for the health of the public.

On January 19, news services across the country [note: extrememly graphic] reported the horrifying circumstances surrounding a Philadelphia abortionist’s practice:

An abortion doctor who catered to minorities, immigrants and poor women was charged with eight counts of murder in the deaths of a patient and seven babies who were born alive and then killed with scissors, prosecutors said Wednesday… Patients were subjected to squalid and barbaric conditions at Gosnell’s Women’s Medical Society.

Makes you wonder what all Wisconsin’s abortion facilities have to hide. So much for safety.

And the rest of the country isn't necessarily doing health inspections of abortion facilties, either. From a 2006 WND article: "Recent investigations at abortion clinics in several states have shown that such businesses are not just a danger to unborn children, but also to the immediate health and welfare of the mothers that enter their doors. In the past two months, Alabama’s health department has shut down two of the state’s 10 abortion clinics for health code violations and Florida’s health department has shut down five."

In Arizona, “In 1999 a bill was passed to regulate abortion clinics. Before the law could take effect, a lawsuit was filed that “stayed” the regulation of abortion clinics until a settlement agreement could be finalized with the Department and the plaintiffs. Last year the settlement agreement was finalized and the Department was able to write rules for the regulation of abortion clinics. The new rules are complete and have been filed with the Secretary of State’s office; they went into effect on November 1, 2010.”

Bishop Ricken of Green Bay visits, blesses crisis pregnancy centers in Appleton

Photo: Bishop Ricken with an ultrasound and a nurse. Photo credit: MUBC.

On January 18, Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay visited the offices of Mother & Unborn Baby Care and WomanKind Medical Clinic in Appleton. Bishop Ricken blessed both offices, all of the rooms and visited with the staff.

The crisis pregnancy centers serve hundreds of women every year and are located directly across the street from Planned Parenthood.

As Jill Stanek noted in her weekly WND column, “Over 1.9 million American women take advantage of these services [offered by crisis pregnancy centers] each year.”

Bishop Ricken also attended the March for Life in Washington DC and celebrated the Vigil Mass on Sunday January 23, held at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception the evening before the March.

90 pregnant students at Memphis, TN high school

The below story is a sad reflection of our culture today. But the school's response is even worse. Rather than even attempting to impart some sort of morals to their students, the high school partnered with Girls, Inc., a nationwide organization that claims to combat teen pregnancy by promoting the use of contraception and teenage abortions. This does not address why or how students got pregnant in the first place.

From the Chicago Tribune:
About 90 students at a Memphis High School are either pregnant, or have been recently.

The startling news was confirmed by a high ranking city official and comes as the community plans to roll out a new initiative to help combat the problem.

However, one Frayser High School graduate says teen pregnancy is not a new problem for the school.

"When we would come back from summer break, there would be a thousand people pregnant. We were like, what's going on?" joked Alicia Williamson, who graduated from Frayser in 2004.

"There were a whole lot of bellies. You had to watch out so you didn't bump into them. Being 2011, I thought a lot of them would have thought this is not the right way to go, having babies during school time," she added.

Wisconsin receives C- from NARAL on ability to abort children

From Jill Stanek:
Here’s one time when we hope for a bad grade, an “F” in NARAL’s annual state report cards and ranking.

NARAL has just released its 20th annual report, Who Decides? The Status of Women’s Reproductive Rights in the United States, and I’m happy to announce 19 states got Fs this year. Taking reverse first place would be North Dakota, ranked 50th!

On the other end – bummer – NARAL gave As to 16 states, A+ even to California and Washington, ranked 1 and 2 respectively.

Reporting on Who Decides?, quoted NARAL policy director Donna Crane as predicting “2011 will be a banner year for anti-choice legislation in the states,” anticipating a “deluge” of pro-life legislation due to the shifting state legislatures. PLW's billboards on the disproportionate rate of aborted black babies are featured in the article.

From BadgerCatholic:
The Good:
Abortion Bans: Wisconsin has unconstitutional and unenforceable criminal bans on abortion.

Biased Counseling & Mandatory Delay: Wisconsin law subjects women seeking abortion services to biased-counseling requirements and mandatory delays.

Counseling Ban/Gag Rule:  Wisconsin prohibits certain state employees and organizations receiving state funds from counseling or referring women for abortion services.

Insurance Prohibition for Abortion: Wisconsin restricts insurance coverage of abortion for some individuals.

Refusal to Provide Medical Services: Wisconsin allows certain individuals or entities to refuse to provide women specific reproductive-health services, information, or referrals.

Restrictions on Low-Income Women’s Access to Abortion: Wisconsin restricts low-income women’s access to abortion.

Restrictions on Young Women’s Access to Abortion: Wisconsin law restricts young women’s access to abortion services by mandating parental consent.

Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers (TRAP): Wisconsin subjects abortion providers to burdensome restrictions not applied to other medical professionals.

The Bad:
Contraceptive Equity: Wisconsin law requires health-insurance plans that cover prescription medication and employers that provide insurance coverage for prescription medication to provide the same coverage for contraception.Details »

Emergency Contraception: Wisconsin law improves women’s access to emergency contraception (EC).

Guaranteed Access to Prescriptions: Wisconsin guarantees that women’s birth-control prescriptions will be filled.

Low-Income Women’s Access to Family Planning: Wisconsin provides certain low-income women increased coverage for Medicaid-funded family-planning services.

Protection Against Clinic Violence:  Wisconsin law protects women seeking reproductive-health care and medical personnel from blockades and violence.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- A leading breast cancer researcher says abortion has caused at least 300,000 cases of breast cancer causing a woman’s death since Roe v Wade. Read here.

- Hope for Infertility: Many of the millions of infertile couples are sped along to IVF doctors; robbed of the joys of natural procreation, they are often slated to endure years of heartache as they strive unsuccessfully for a child. Pierre and Heidi Desrochers of Ottawa were one of those couples. 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.

Affiliate activities

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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at (608) 256-0585 about prayer dates and times.

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 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. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St., on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call Phil for more information, (262) 742-3299.

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 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 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 6th 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.

Rock County Chapter of Pro-Life Wisconsin encourages people to come to the Rockford abortion mill to pray, witness and counsel. The Northern Illinois Women’s Center is located at 10th St and Broadway, Rockford, Ill. Mothers seeking abortion enter between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays. The Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Divine Mercy Chaplet. For more information please call Mary Jane Stephan (815) 624-2270 or (815) 670-1166. PLW Rock County is also on Facebook!

Courtesy announcements

Esto Vir Catholic Women's Conference:
St. Pius X on February 11-12 in Appleton. Register for the Conference on-line at Speakers include Vicki Thorn, Mercedes Wilson, Jeannie Hannemann, and more!

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.

Eyewitness for Life: Tour our facility and learn how EYEWITNESS utilizes the miracle
of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and thechildren they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion Seeing Is Believing Programs will be held on the following Saturday mornings: February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18. They will begin promptly at 10am and end promptly at 11am. No pre-registration is required.
Refreshments will be served. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.

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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