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January 30, 2012
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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin applauds religious discrimination 


Following the Obama Administration’s August 1, 2011, decision to require all health insurance plans to cover contraceptives and sterilizations as basic care, the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a final ruling on January 20 requiring most employers to cover contraception and sterilizations in their health plans with no employee cost-sharing such as co-pays or deductibles. Catholic and other religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service agencies will be forced to provide coverage for prescription birth control and sterilizations to their covered employees. In a “concession,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said these non-profit institutions will be given an additional year to comply with the requirement.

Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups, of course, applauded the decision. Catholic bishops across the country have condemned the Obama administration’s suppression of religious freedom.

Catholic Vote has the whole list. Archbishop Listecki of Milwaukee, Bishop Ricken of Green Bay and Bishop Morlino of Madison have spoken out.

Bishop Ricken read his letter to the faithful at Mass yesterday, receiving a standing ovation. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is on record as opposing any religious exemptions, as well as the one-year stay before the HHS rule goes into effect.

More from the NBC affiliate in Green Bay:
Green Bay, WI – A Green Bay Catholic Bishop took time Sunday to a read a letter during Mass, calling on Catholics in Northeast Wisconsin to take action against new healthcare regulations. The regulations Bishop David Ricken is opposing come from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, which announced this week most church-affiliated groups will be required to offer their workers coverage, that includes contraception plans.

Under the new law churches and other employers with a religious base have a year to comply with the changes so they have time to adapt, but the bishop said they can never adapt.

“It’s a direct disconnect against our principles, our philosophy, our background, our teaching,” said Ricken. “If we don’t protect the rights to religious liberty for all faiths we’re going to be in trouble as a nation.”

After he read the letter to the congregation Sunday, a standing ovation followed.

Planned Parenthood responded to the church’s opposition. In a statement to NBC26, they said, “Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin applauds the decision by the United States Department of Health and Human Services to ensure access to affordable birth control, and not further expand the refusal provision to the birth control coverage benefit under the Affordable Care Act.”

They add, “Planned Parenthood believes all women, regardless of their employer, should be able to access the birth control coverage benefit. That’s why Planned Parenthood opposes the current provision that allows religious employers like churches and church associations to deny this important and economically valuable benefit to their employees. Planned Parenthood also disagrees with adding the one year waiver provision to the final rule.”

In an interview with the FOX affiliate in Green Bay, Planned Parenthood stated that "Catholics are in the minority..."

Personhood bumper stickers now available


We now have Wisconsin personhood bumper stickers in the office! Call us toll-free at (877) 463-7945 or email info@prolifewisconsin.org for your free bumper sticker.

Visit PersonhoodWisconsin.com to sign the petition and learn more.

Personhood Wisconsin billboard effort expands


We’ve got the personhood bumper stickers and the personhood billboard in Green Bay… and now we have a personhood billboard in the Milwaukee area!

Look for it in Mequon, on Port Washington Road, at the Pioneer Road intersection. It went up Wednesday, January 25.

We are proud to partner with Youth Defence, Ireland’s largest and most active pro-life group, and Personhood USA on this effort. Visit PersonhoodWisconsin.com to sign the petition and learn more.



David Bereit, founder of 40 Days for Life, to speak at two PLW events


David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events!

We are hosting an "Evening with David Bereit" in Madison on Thursday, April 26. Register online here.

David will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Spring Awards Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 28 in Green Bay. Register online here.

Register today for these can't-miss events! David is a dynamic speaker with a very inspiring story to share about how 40 Days for Life has made a pro-life impact around the world.


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.

March for Life wrap-up


Thank you to everyone who joined us in DC, along with those who prayed for an end to abortion in their home towns. Every year, the March for Life gets bigger and bigger. And Wisconsin continues to be well-represented!

Close to 20 buses from around Wisconsin traveled to Washington, DC for the March. Many carloads of people drove separately, and dozens of individuals and groups of students from several Wisconsin colleges and high schools flew out. Bishop Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay attended the March with the Diocese’s group.

Read an article about the Vigil for Life Mass, held the night before the March, here.

After the rally, Rep. Sean Duffy held a pro-life reception for people from Wisconsin at his Capitol Hill office. Hundreds of people turned out to visit Duffy’s office. Other than Rep. Duffy, speakers at the reception included Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Sen. Ron Johnson, Rep. Reid Ribble, Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Paul Ryan, Raymond Arroyo of EWTN and National Review columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez.

To get an idea of just how big the March is, watch a minute-long time lapse video of last year’s March for Life here.

Affiliate activities


Central Wisconsin Chapter of PLW
is hosting a screening of the movie 180 on Thursday, February 9 at 7pm on the UW-Marathon County campus in room 180.
For more info email snich060@uwsp.edu or call Janet at (715) 848-2174. Feel free to bring your own popcorn, snacks and soda. Bring your friends and family!

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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 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 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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


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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

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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