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July 5, 2011
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Legislation banning the sale and use of aborted fetal body parts to be introduced

Pro-Life Wisconsin is strongly supporting legislation currently under circulation that would prohibit the sale and use of human fetal body parts. Fetal body part is defined to mean a cell, tissue, organ, or other part of an unborn child who is aborted by an induced abortion. Authored by Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) and Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), the legislation bans persons from knowingly and for valuable consideration acquiring, receiving, or transferring a fetal body part. It also bans persons from knowingly providing, receiving, or using for experimentation a fetal body part.

There is documented evidence of the University of Wisconsin (UW)-Madison conducting research on human fetal brain and pancreatic tissue. A 2000 fetal brain cell study conducted by Su-Chun Zhang of the UW-Madison Department of Medical Sciences used immature neural cells from fetal human brain tissue of 15-20 gestation weeks “after elective termination of intrauterine pregnancies” to study neurological disorders including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The study acknowledged Dr. Dennis Christenson, a former Madison abortionist, for his “assistance in this project.” Click here for PLW's legislative memo detailing the UW’s grisly research on human fetal body parts.

An article in Sunday’s Wisconsin State Journal highlights the fetal body parts legislation and quotes the UW Madison and UW Health, “Limiting or barring access to legally and ethically obtained research materials would compromise the ability of scientists to find new drugs and therapies to treat serious diseases.” Not only does the UW not deny their use of human fetal body parts for research, they provide justification for doing so! Click here for the full Wisconsin State Journal story.

Federal law prohibits the interstate trafficking of human fetal body parts.  Wisconsin’s intrastate commercial activity must have a similar prohibition so that we can guarantee the highest ethical standards of academic research and medical care in our state.

Planned Parenthood: "Jesus would not have written Walker's budget"

On Friday, July 1, the George Soros-funded liberal group Citizen Action of Wisconsin released its weekly “Battleground Wisconsin” podcast  and Tanya Atkinson, Executive Director of Planned Parenthood Wisconsin, was one of the guest hosts. The podcast discussed the state budget, recently signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker.

Discussing the budget, Atkinson said:
I have to ask myself, what would Jesus do? I’m pretty sure Jesus would not cut off funds for poor women and children…

The Sunday signing was pretty ironic to me, because if you’re Christian and you know what Jesus would have done, Jesus would not have written that kind of a budget.

Jesus would not be funding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion chain. Nor would He want PPWI to be a health care provider for children. And isn’t it ironic that this is the same organization that advocates for the separation of church and state and mocks those who have faith? And uses pro-abortion Catholics for political gain?

The budget bill signed by Walker: 1) redirects $1 million in state and federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider, 2) applies current law abortion funding restrictions to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) Authority, and 3) removes boys/men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program and requires parental notification for minor girls in the program. Click here for more detail on these budget provisions.

Pro-Life Wisconsin is grateful to Governor Walker for signing into a law a life-affirming budget bill. This budget respects the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers who oppose the use of public funds to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion. The provisions to cut state and federal grant money to Wisconsin’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood; stop state payments to UW medical residents for abortion training; block UW plans to establish a late-term abortion facility; and make common sense changes to the BadgerCare Family Planning program are all fiscally and morally responsible steps that further a culture of life in the great state of Wisconsin.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's legislative team worked tirelessly to guarantee that these life-saving provisions were included in the budget. Please help support this work with a generous contribution today. Click here to donate.

Baby girls' sex-change operations

The fate of girls around the world (some have called it a war on girls) has been making the news lately -- pro-life news, Catholic media, main stream, etc.

The Wall Street Journal review of the book "Unnatural Selection" is perhaps one of the best:
There have been so many sex-selective abortions in the past three decades that 163 million girls, who by biological averages should have been born, are missing from the world.

Ross Douthat had an op-ed in the June 27 New York Times on the same topic. Also worth a read.

A Daily Mail article from June 28 detailed how girls as young as one are having sex-change operations forced upon them by parents desperate for a son:
Wealthy parents from Delhi and Mumbai are reportedly flocking to Indore, a city in the centre of India, for the relatively low cost £2,000 treatment to surgically 'correct' their daughters.

Parents have allegedly pressed for the surgeries despite being told by doctors that the 'converted' male would be infertile.

Seven genitoplasty experts in Indore boasted each of them had turned 200 to 300 girls into 'boys' so far, with only one being older than 14, the legal age of consent to such an operation.

It is quite the twist of fate how modern pro-abortion feminism exported abortion to developing countries such as India, and now women are being exterminated.

Historic Polish bill to ban all abortion clears first vote 254-151

From LifeSiteNews:

 A massive grassroots campaign in Poland to implement a total ban on abortion witnessed an important victory Friday as the lower house of the Polish parliament fought off a first round of voting intended to scrap the historic bill.

Sejm lawmakers voted 254-151 against a motion by the pro-abortion communist Democratic Left Alliance to reject the measure. In a second vote, the legislation was sent back to committee for further consideration, forcing a slower legislative path. learned earlier this week that the ban was thrust forward by strong pro-life sentiment in the former Communist country, where sponsors, requiring 100,000 signatures within three months to bring the bill forward, obtained 600,000 in two weeks.

Technically, abortions in Poland currently may only be obtained when the child is diagnosed with a serious condition, the mother diagnosed with a health problem, or where the pregnancy resulted from “illegal activity.” But local leaders say that the exceptions - whereby the procedure is still illegal but “not punishable” - are routinely abused by abortionists.

In a speech before Parliament on Thursday, Mariusz Dzierzawski of the Polish pro-life PRO Foundation described abortion as the country’s heritage from communist times, when “children were killed in their mothers’ wombs on a mass scale in public hospitals and private offices.”

“What differentiates good states from evil states? The way in which they treat the human person,” said Dzierzawski. “A good state is one where every person is respected, and institutions serve good ends.

“Totalitarian states ignore the dignity of the person. ... Every genocide begins with denying the humanity of the victims.”

The current effort would strike down all three exceptions to the legal penalty. It requires two more votes in the lower chamber before it moves to the Senate.

Click here to read more.

Live Action catches Planned Parenthood on tape, lying about Indiana healthcare

From Live Action:

Undercover phone calls released on June 29 show Planned Parenthood of Indiana clinics admitting that they are not the only source of women’s health care for women on Medicaid. Planned Parenthood and its supporters have recently argued in support of restoring their Medicaid funding in Indiana that poor women will lose access to vital health care services if they cannot go to Planned Parenthood. Live Action, the group that recorded the calls, says its footage shows the reality is quite the opposite.

“Indiana has become Ground Zero in the national battle to defund Planned Parenthood, the biggest abortion business in America,” states Live Action President Lila Rose. “As more and more states, most recently Wisconsin and Texas, continue to defund the abortion giant of millions of dollars, Planned Parenthood wants us to believe they are the only game in town when it comes to providing care for Medicaid patients. In reality, their own staff admit that they aren’t the only option for women in need.”

In an official press release, Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards claimed that Indiana’s defunding of Planned Parenthood would “take away health care from thousands of women in Indiana.” Last week, Live Action’s undercover investigators called 16 of the 28 Indiana Planned Parenthood clinics posing as women on Medicaid concerned about where they could receive services if Planned Parenthood’s funding was not restored.

Planned Parenthood staffers at all 16 locations admitted that Medicaid women would still have access to medical care after the defunding. Staffers suggested local health clinics or state-assigned primary care physicians for Medicaid patients: “Your primary care doctor should be able to do [a Well Woman exam,] I mean, that’s what they’re there for,” said a Planned Parenthood in Michigan City, while the Merrillville Planned Parenthood said of a local community health center, “They have the same services we have.”

Click here to read more and watch the video. Click here to sign our Defund Planned Parenthood petition.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- A proposed California bill would remove parental consent for STD vaccinations. Read more here.

- CBS Outdoor is refusing to pull pro-life ads in Oakland, Calif., which highlight the disproportionate rate of aborted black babies.
Read more here.

- Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, has again vetoed an attempt to fund Planned Parenthood. Read it here.

Affiliate activities

Our affiliates need your help this summer!
County Fairs: Waukesha (July 20-24), Ozaukee (August 3-7), Wausau (also known as the Wisconsin Valley Fair, August 2-7), Fond du Lac (also known as the Fondy Fair, July 20-24), Juneau (August 17-21) & St. Croix (July 20-24).

LiFest: Brown, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Co. affiliates will be doing an info table at LiFest in Oshkosh (July 7-10).

Parades: Sheboygan Brat Days (Saturday August 6).

All of these efforts are coordinated and staffed solely by volunteers! We need your help! Contact Pro-Life Wisconsin toll-free at (877) 463-7945 or email to find out how you can spread the pro-life message in Wisconsin this summer.

Sawyer County affiliate, Queen of Peace, Protector of Life, will be displaying the "Cemetery of the Innocents" (400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA). Set-ups are planned throughout the summer. For more information, contact Bob Ornberg at (715) 699-1287.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
will be praying at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI  on Monday, June 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. 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 Winnebago County prays at the Planned Parenthood on Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton from 12 - 1 pm on the first Monday of every month. If you cannot attend please take a moment to say a prayer for defunding Planned Parenthood permanently. Bring your own signs or make your own if you would like.

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 have 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 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 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

 Missionaries to the Preborn
will have a pro-life picket on Saturday, July 16, from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Milwaukee at the intersection of W. National  Av. (WI 59) & S. 27th St (S Layton Blvd). All are welcome. Signs provided. Contact Jim with questions at (414) 462-3399.

The Lumen Christi Respect Life Committee
invite you to Sidewalk Counseling 101
with Dan Miller, the 40 Days for Life Milwaukee Coordinator. Sessions held at Lumen Christi Catholic Church Library, 11300 North St. James Lane (and Mequon Road) Mequon, WI. At 7:00 pm on Wednesday, July 13, Tuesday July 19, and 9 am, Saturday, July 30. All are welcome to any or all sessions but participants must RSVP to Kerry by phone (414) 559-1032 or email:

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,

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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