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Monday Update

January 25, 2010

Defending God’s Plan

In This Issue

·    350,000 attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.; 8,000 attend Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine

·    Luau for Life – 5 days left to register!

·    Senate Education Committee to vote on sex education bills

·    Feb. 6 rally will mark one-year anniversary of Madison Surgery Center decision to perform late-term abortions

·    City of Milwaukee and Planned Parenthood

·    Affiliate announcements

·    Courtesy announcements

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350,000 attend March for Life in Washington, D.C.; 8,000 attend Vigil for Life Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine

 

From LifeSiteNews:

A sea of youth dominated the massive crowd, one of the largest – if not the largest - in the history of the 37 years of the annual March for Life.

 

Organizer Nellie Gray told the press that the numbers of marchers this year far exceeded last year, which was estimated at well over 300,000. That sentiment was echoed by many long-time March for Life participants.

 

While pro-lifers marched by the hundreds of thousands, less than a dozen pro-abortion supporters stood before the Supreme Court with signs. Reading the CNN coverage, however, one would be led to believe the numbers were equal.

 

But far from missing, young women were in fact the dominant demographic at this 37th March for Life.

 

The Mass, which precedes the annual March for Life, is a joyous celebration of faith and commitment to life, and a stunning spectacle. Five Cardinals accompanying 40 other bishops and archbishops concelebrated the Mass with 350 priests. Also in the sanctuary were 65 deacons and a whopping 550 seminarians and 60 servers. Well over 8,000 faithful jammed every nook and cranny of the spacious Basilica both in the main church and the crypt below.

 

THANK YOU to everyone from Wisconsin who attended (at last count, there were more than 15 buses and hundreds more who traveled by car, plane and train from Wisconsin!). Thank you, also, to all those who attended pro-life rallies, Masses and Holy Hours for Life in their hometowns.

 

 

Luau for Life — 5 days left to register!

 

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for a Hawaiian-themed reception and shake off the winter blues!

Host: Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force

Location: Palms Bistro, 221 N. Broadway St., Milwaukee.

When: Thursday, Feb. 4, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Meet other professional pro-life people, learn about Pro-Life Wisconsin and enjoy island-themed appetizers and drinks!

Appetizers and a drink are included for $30 ($35 if you pay at the door.)

 

Mail in the registration form (click here for registration form) to Pro-Life Wisconsin by Jan. 29 or call (262) 796-1111.

Proceeds support Pro-Life Wisconsin's educational work with pro-life TV ads, billboards, college newspaper inserts, raising awareness about Planned Parenthood and so much more.

*Street parking is free; public parking ramp on Chicago St. between Broadway St. and Water St.

Questions? Contact Virginia Zignego at Pro-Life Wisconsin at virginia@prolifewisconsin.org or call (262) 796-1111.

 

 

Senate Education Committee to vote on sex education bills

 

This Wednesday, Jan. 27, the Senate Education Committee is scheduled to vote on Assembly Bill (AB) 458 and its companion bill in the Senate, Senate Bill (SB) 324, legislation which revolutionizes Wisconsin’s K-12 instruction in human growth and development. Last November, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed AB 458. The State Senate is likely to vote on AB 458, possibly this Thursday if it passes in committee. 

 

AB 458/SB 324 would effectively prohibit local public school districts from adopting “abstinence-only” or “abstinence-centered” human growth and development programs – a freedom and flexibility they enjoy under current law. This heavy-handed bill ties the hands of local human growth and development advisory committees – a violation of the principle of local control. These advisory committees work very hard to craft curricula that match the goals and values of their local communities. Forcing a one-size-fits-all state curriculum on them would effectively destroy them.

 

Under the bill, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program it would be forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the “health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods.”

 

Government-funded birth control, whether provided directly or promoted educationally, encourages sexual promiscuity and with it a host of social pathologies including underage pregnancies, chemical and surgical abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal contraceptives are also dangerous in their own right, posing serious and sometimes fatal health risks to women and often causing pre-implantation chemical abortions.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes the sexualization of our children! As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence.

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

  • Please CALL or EMAIL your state senator and urge him/her to oppose AB 458/SB 324, legislation that assaults the health and violates the innocence of our children.

 

Click on the following link for contact information for your state senator (please request a response and be sure to leave your contact information: name, street address, and phone number): http://waml.legis.state.wi.us/.

 

  • If your state senator sits on the Senate Education Committee, please CALL or EMAIL him NOW and urge him to vote NO on AB 458 and SB 324 at this Wednesday’s committee meeting.  The four Democrats on the committee especially need your calls and emails:  Senators John Lehman (D-Racine), Robert Jauch (D-Poplar), Jon Erpenbach (D-Waunakee), and David Hansen (D-Green Bay).

 

Click on the following link for contact information for the Senate Education Committee members: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/w3asp/commpages/IndividualCommittee.aspx?COMMITTEE=Education&HOUSE=Senate

 

Please pray for the defeat of this legislation.  Thank you for standing up for our children!

 

 

Feb. 6 rally will mark one-year anniversary of Madison Surgery Center decision to perform late-term abortions

 

The Madison Surgery Center has not yet started to perform abortions, and we thank God every day for the additional time we are being given to fight this horrible plan.

 

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 6… Pro-Life Wisconsin and Vigil for Life of Madison are hosting a pro-life rally and march. We encourage everyone to attend!

 

When: Saturday, Feb. 6, at 12 p.m.

 

Where: UW-Madison campus, Library Mall, 700 block of State St.

 

Join New York pro-life activist Chris Slattery and pro-lifers from all around Wisconsin in saying, “No abortions at the Madison Surgery Center!”

 

Signs: If you are able, we encourage you to bring pro-life signs, either pre-made or handmade. If you have extras, we invite you to share.

 

Parking: There is a public parking ramp located at 415 N. Lake St., about a block from Library Mall.

 

THIS MAY BE OUR FINAL CHANCE TO STOP THE MADISON SURGERY CENTER FROM KILLING PREBORN BABIES!

 

On Sunday, Jan. 17, the Wisconsin State Journal printed an article about Pro-Life Wisconsin’s fight against late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center. Click here to read the article. The Wisconsin State Journal also profiled people who pray outside the Madison Surgery Center. Among those profiled are PLW board member Greg Wagner and his wife Ann (click here.)   

 

 

City of Milwaukee and Planned Parenthood

 

The city of Milwaukee Health Department Web site directs people to Planned Parenthood for pregnancy testing, emergency contraception and birth control (click here). Milwaukee is consistently in the top ten in the nation for its teen pregnancy rate (click here) and the rate of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among Wisconsin teens is skyrocketing (click here). It is evident the combination of pushing sex and birth control to teens is not working.

 

For years, the state of Wisconsin has provided taxpayer-funded birth control to teenage girls as young as 15, without their parents’ knowledge or consent (as of 2009, boys as young as 15 are covered as well.)

 

In 2005, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors – led by Chairman Lee Holloway – announced $20,000 in grant allocations. Planned Parenthood was one of the recipients, receiving a grant for the purpose of a “Chicago museum trip” (click here for the press release). Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is the state’s leading provider of abortions, both chemical and surgical.

 

 

Affiliate announcements

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and times.


Pro-Life Wisconsin Eau Claire 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 info@prolifewisconsin.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, witness with signs or preach. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St. Abortions are reported to be on the rise in Appleton. Please pray for those who may be considering an abortion for economic reasons.

 

PLW Walworth County holds regular prayer vigils at the Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St.  Please call Phil for dates and times, (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 will observe 40 Days for Life by praying the Rosary every weekday, Monday through Friday, at 4:30 p.m., beginning on Ash Wednesday, in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. We will continue to have our usual Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. during Lent. Contact Karie Kinzler at kakinzler7@yahoo.com or (262) 656-0301 for further details.

 

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. Called “NIWC,” 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 – click here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=logo#/pages/Pro-Life-Wisconsin-Rock-County-Chapter/132745954163.

 

 

Courtesy announcements

 

Sidewalk counseling training session: Missionaries to the Preborn invites you to learn how to reach women and their companions. If the Lord has been tugging at your heart to come out and speak up for these little ones, this is an opportunity for you to get equipped so you can do the work of the ministry effectively. Saturday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, 1459 S. 81st St. in West Allis. Any questions call 414-462-3399.       

 

St. Anthony the Hermit Pro-Life Heralds will host Mass, Rosary, and a showing of Demographic Winter on Saturday, Feb. 13. Mass at 8 a.m. followed by Rosary.
Demographic Winter, a social science documentary on world population, will follow at 9:30 a.m. in the dining room of the CFC. Part 2: Demographic Bomb will be shown after Mass and Rosary on March 13. Join us for all or part of these Saturday morning events. St. Anthony the Hermit is located at N74 W13604 Appleton Ave. in Menomonee Falls.

 

40 Days for Life Wausau starts Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17 and goes through Palm Sunday. All are invited to participate. Go to 40daysforlife.com/Wausau, where you may sign up or receive further information. 40 Days for Life has been very successful with life-saving results.

 

40 Days for Life Milwaukee kicks off at noon on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, and goes through Palm Sunday. 40 Days for Life will be observed in Milwaukee from 7 a.m. till 7 p.m. All are invited to go to www.40daysforlife.com/milwaukee and sign up for time slots. 40 Days for Life has been an outreach that has affected change... positive change with life-saving results. Join others in saving babies! Get involved today!

 

In Wausau, there will be a prayer vigil on Thursdays at 2 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services. For more information, contact Janet Nichols at (715) 848-2174. FPHS now closes on Friday at 1 p.m. Thank God!


The St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society will pray the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Please call Ron Putzer at (715) 842-5368 to confirm date.

 

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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