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January 31, 2011
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Reclaiming Wisconsin for Life: A Day at the Capitol

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for our 2011 Day at the Capitol! Legislative leaders will address the group followed by a session on issues challenging the state and what individuals can do to advance the pro-life cause in Wisconsin. At noon we will walk to the Capitol and meet our representatives to discuss issues favorable to life and the family. Our legislative conference takes place at the beginning of every two-year state legislative session.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
8-9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. Breakfast
Noon Capitol visits

Keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Also featuring Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Glenn Grothman
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder

Click here to register online or download a flier.

More pro-life billboards in Milwaukee

As we continue to offer pro-life, healthy, family-oriented alternatives to abortion, we will once again be running pro-life billboards in the city of Milwaukee. The billboards (left) connect women to a 24-hour crisis pregnancy counseling hotline.

Starting today, January 31, the above billboard can be found at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue & 27th Street and the intersection of North Avenue & 17th Street. The billboards will be at these locations for a month and will be in different spots in Milwaukee every month. Both billboards are intentionally located near Planned Parenthood facilities.

Last year, more than 400 women in Milwaukee called the hotline for crisis pregnancy help. Imagine that — 400 babies saved through a billboard! We’re excited for what this year will bring.

Donate to Pro-Life Wisconsin's True to Life media campaign and keep this effort going!

Another Wisconsin-based business supporting the abortion industry

Pro-lifers, we need your help again! This summer, Kohl’s was put on a boycott list due to its support of Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties [PPOSBC]. After a massive outcry from pro-lifers, Kohl’s stated, in early January of this year, that no support of Planned Parenthood will occur from any level of the company.

Unfortunately, we have discovered another Wisconsin-based company financially supporting the abortion industry. And we need your help in contacting this company! As we saw with Kohl’s, companies do respond to their customers. And remember, pro-lifers are in the majority now.

Copps Food Stores is a sponsor of NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin’s annual Roe v. Wade “celebration.” Copps is owned by Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.; Roundy’s “owns and operates more than 155 retail grocery stores in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Illinois under the Pick ‘n Save®, Copps Food Center, Rainbow Foods, and Metro Market banners.”

NARAL’s website lists the names of Madison-area businesses who donated items for their Roe v. Wade event. Some of them aren’t a surprise, such as the Room of One’s Own bookstore and the Rainbow Bookstore, which market themselves to the gay/lesbian community. NARAL also lists the names of individuals who contributed financially to sponsor the event. And again, some of the names aren’t a surprise, such as Nicole Safar, who is a lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Also included are politicians who support NARAL’s agenda, such as current Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz and former Madison mayor Paul Soglin.

Other businesses on the NARAL list are a reminder of where not to shop, whether you live in Madison or visit a couple times a year for Badger games. Put Milwaukee-based Copp’s grocery stores, Espresso Royale Cafe, Cardinal Bar, the Great Dane and the Glass Nickel Pizza Co. on THAT list.

There are plenty of stores in Wisconsin for pro-lifers to shop at that do not support the killing of innocent children. NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin, for the record, supports clandestine abortions for teenagers, aborting disabled babies, and laughably states that abortion is “much safer than childbirth.”

If you decide to stop shopping at Copps or any of the Roundy’s stores, LET THEM KNOW. Boycotts work when customers withhold their money, but companies have to be told why their customers are displeased. You can contact Copps through their online comment form here or you can call Copps Customer Service at 1-800-353-4357.

Message to send to Copps [please be civil but firm]:

It has been brought to my attention that Copps is a sponsor for NARAL Wisconsin in their annual Roe v. Wade celebration. Just in case you weren’t aware, NARAL is an acronym for National Abortion Rights Action League, founded by Dr. Bernard Nathanson, a once staunch abortion advocate who now dedicates his life to the pro-life cause. I take pride in shopping at a Wisconsin-based company, and I am saddened and disappointed by Copps’ decision to fund NARAL. As long as Copps continues to bankroll abortion, I will not be shopping at Copps.

If you feel comfortable sharing how much money, on average, you spend at Copps, do so. Money talks, especially when it will be spent elsewhere!

Planned Parenthood presence, Stations of the Cross create powerful witness

From the Madison Catholic Herald:

As the snow falls around her, a young woman walks from her car to the abortion clinic. No one came with her, and no doubt she will leave the same way. But she’s not alone.

On the sidewalk several yards away, there are people praying for her, for the doctor who will perform the abortion, and for the unborn child.

For a period of two hours every weekday, as the Planned Parenthood on Madison’s east side offers its abortion services, there will be a guaranteed presence this year to remind everyone who comes that there is a choice to choose life.

This prayerful witness is the work that can change hearts.

Those who pray ensure that those children do not die unloved.

Read more here.

Mississippi personhood amendment on November 2011 ballot

The state of Mississippi is set to amend its constitution this fall to protect all preborn children as “persons.” Last April, Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann notified Personhood Mississippi that they had collected the requisite number of voter signatures to ensure a spot on the November 2011 ballot. 

The Mississippi Personhood Amendment (Initiative Measure Number 26) reads, "The term 'person' or 'persons' shall include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof."

According to Les Riley, sponsor of the personhood amendment, "The Legislature of the State of Mississippi has passed just about every restriction on abortion that can be passed.  Still, about 3,000 preborn persons are murdered annually here. The churches and pro-life people of Mississippi are rising up to stop this slaughter, to recognize children as innocent persons, and to protect them by love and by law.” 

As reported by, the certification of signatures then prompted a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU which argued that the personhood amendment, which seeks to define the term "human being", modifies the Mississippi Bill of Rights, which is expressly prohibited by Section 273(5). But attorney Steve Crampton of the Liberty Counsel countered that Section 273(5) does not prohibit the definition of an otherwise undefined term, such as "person". He explained that the personhood amendment complies with section 273(5)(a) because it does not establish any new right and does not modify or repeal any existing right guaranteed under the Mississippi Bill of Rights. Rather, the amendment simply defines the term "person" and does not, in any way, modify the Bill of Rights.

A Mississippi circuit court settled the matter last October in favor of Personhood Mississippi. The court decision read; "Initiative Measure No. 26 has received more than the required amount of signatures to be placed on the ballot and the Constitution recognizes the right of citizens to amend their Constitution."

Pro-Life Wisconsin strongly supports the Mississippi personhood initiative. To learn more about this amazing effort, click here for Personhood Mississippi.

400,000 turn out for March for Life; Wisconsin well-represented

Every year, the March for Life gets bigger and bigger. And Wisconsin continues to be well-represented! Pro-Life Wisconsin also held affiliate observances of Roe v. Wade around the state on January 22.

Approximately 16 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. Fr. Mark Carr led a group of Milwaukee students from Marquette University High School and Divine Saviour Holy Angels schools. Read an article about that here.

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

Rep. Sean Duffy and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner both spoke to a packed crowd in the National Mall before the March kicked off. Read an article about the March here.

After the rally, Rep. Duffy held a pro-life reception for people from Wisconsin at his office. Hundreds of people turned out to visit Duffy’s office.

Photo, left, l-r: Peggy Hamill, Virginia Zignego, Rep. Duffy and Bobby Hamill, Peggy’s son and a staffer in Duffy’s office.

Watch a minute-long time lapse video of the March for Life here.The National Review posted a collage of photos of pro-life groups from around the country at the March here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- The New York Times profiles the pro-euthanasia HBO film "How to Die in Oregon," which chronicles the experiences of families and assisted suicide. Read here.

- Jill Stanek writes on the West Coast Walk for Life, held on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade in San Francisco, and attended by 50,000. Read here.

Bishop Vasa of Oregon: Groups with affiliates that advocate abortion shouldn’t receive Catholic funding. Read more here.

- Gerard Nadal, PhD. wrote an excellent reflection on why the tide is turning and the abortion industry is seeing the beginning of the end. Read it here.

Affiliate activities

Vigil for Life is hosting two identical sidewalk counseling training sessions:
Friday, February 11, 6:30 p.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Madison and Saturday, February 12, 10 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Madison. The counseling sessions will be given by the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe and some others. Sessions are free.

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 are organizing 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 and Friday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 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 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!

The documentary film Bloodmoney
will be shown at the Fox Cinema Theater in Menasha on Sunday, February 20  at 4 and 7 pm. Bloodmoney: The business of abortion will examine the history of abortion in America since the inception of Planned Parenthood, to the denial of when life begins, and the devastating effects abortion has had on women. Admission is free, however a free will donation will be taken up. Fox Cinema is located at 400 3rd Street in Menasha. This event is sponsored by St. Pius X and the Neenah/Menash Respect Life Committees. Please contact Nancy at (920) 810-3216 with questions. 

Missionaries to the Preborn
is holding a sidewalk counseling training session on  February 8 from 7 pm - 8:30pm at Calvary Bible Church, 1459 S. 81st St., West Allis. Learn how to approach women (and men) coming to the killing-center, and what to say to them. No cost; light refreshments; child care provided. Contact Jim Soderna with questions at (414) 462-3399.

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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