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Wisconsin abortions drop to lowest level since Roe v. Wade


The number of abortions performed in 2011 in Wisconsin was 7,249, a decrease of more than 500 from 2010 and the lowest number of abortions since Roe v Wade. Click here to read the state of Wisconsin's report on induced abortion in 2011.

Of the 7,019 reported induced abortions among Wisconsin residents in 2011, 76 percent were surgical, 24 percent were chemically induced, and 0.6 percent were surgical procedures following a failed or incomplete chemically induced abortion. In 2010, these proportions were 73 percent, 26 percent, and 0.7 percent, respectively.

Seventy-eight percent of reported induced abortions were obtained by women who had never been married.

Women aged 20-24 accounted for the largest proportion (34 percent) of reported induced abortions in 2011. In 2011, there were 321 induced abortions reported for Wisconsin residents who were minors (less than 18 years of age). 

Pro-Life Wisconsin's increased presence in front of Wisconsin’s abortion facilities, whether it’s sidewalk counseling or 40 Days for Life, means that more women are celebrating the births of their children and getting the help they need. Our True to Life media campaign has focused on crisis pregnancy outreach throughout Wisconsin, emphasizing the humanity of the preborn.


Image: Pro-Life Wisconsin's crisis pregnancy advertising, as seen on the back of a City of Milwaukee bus on I-94.

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Cap Times: Religious groups fighting mandatory contraception coverage in health care law


From the Cap Times:

As the political bickering over the historic high court ruling that upheld the federal health reform law continues, the next big component of the law, which takes effect in less than a month, is proving to be as controversial, especially for religious and pro-life groups.

Known as contraception equity, or the “preventive services mandate” among critics, this section of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act will eliminate the co-payment women now pay for birth control prescriptions. Depending on whether a woman uses a generic or a brand-name prescription or product, savings attached to the law range from $10 to $35 a month, or $100 to more than $400 a year, according to Sara Finger, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health.

... But many religious and pro-life leaders say lumping birth control into the same preventive-care category as, say, a flu shot is a stretch that not only prevents human life from forming but violates the religious rights provided by the Constitution.

It’s a fight groups like Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference began waging three years ago. That’s when former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle included a contraception equity provision into the 2009-2011 state budget.

Like the provision by the same name in the Affordable Care Act, Wisconsin’s provision also required insurance companies to cover birth control. It did not, however, waive the co-payment or provide for a religious exemption, although it did not apply self-insurance plans.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker tried to repeal the provision in the 2011-2013 budget, but he didn’t have enough support among legislators on the GOP-controlled, budget-approving Joint Finance Committee.

Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s director of legislation, says the group has been “vigorously” opposing these provisions ever since Doyle’s time in office. He says they amount to "pre-implantation chemical abortion" that hinders the creation of human life.

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Father of forced abortion victim details harrowing escape story, threatens to sue


From LifeSiteNews:

The Chinese woman photographed lying next to her forcibly aborted child may be in declining health, and her husband – who recently escaped imprisonment at a hospital – promises to make Beijing face justice over its murderous one-child policy.

Deng Jiyuan, 29, said he was beaten three times while he and his wife were held under guard in the Shaanxi Zhenping County hospital. He escaped the facility on his third attempt, after a village official left to use the telephone. He said he tried but was unsuccessful in bringing Feng with him.

Deng told the London Telegraph he removed the SIM card and battery from his cell phone and set out on foot. After losing a woman on a motorcycle, he laid low for two days at a friend’s house. “I did not sleep or get any new clothes,” he said. “I could not risk being arrested.”

That began a series of long car and train trips. “Every time we saw police, we stopped and I would get out and walk along the river until we had passed them,” he said. After driving as much as 10 hours at a time in a rented car, he took a train to Beijing to secure legal counsel.

His lawyer, Zhang Kai, said while he had been hired to pursue the case, “We just haven’t decided yet exactly [how] to pursue this lawsuit.”

The government has offered no compensation for the loss of their child, extending only vague “living expenses.” Deng’s sister, Deng Jicai, said government apparatchiks have canceled even these discussions until her brother returns home.

Feng’s sister-in-law said she was worried “that Feng’s situation is worsening again. She has low blood pressure, frequent headaches, and stomachaches.”

Last month the world became acquainted with the image of 23-year-old Feng Jianmei, when Chinese authorities forcibly aborted her seven-month-old unborn child by injection.

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Personhood founder's home attacked at night, children terrorized


From LifeSiteNews:

From the gunning down of a pro-life picketer in Michigan in 2009, to the filmed attack on pro-lifers in New Mexico in 2011, to another filmed attack in Washington last week, violent assault against pro-life Americans are on the rise.

Another pro-lifer was attacked last Tuesday, but this time at his home, with his wife and children terrorized in the middle of the night.

Personhood USA Founder and President Keith Mason and his wife Jennifer have three young children from eight years old on down, and a fourth child due next month.  That didn’t stop pro-abortion vandals from throwing a heavy rock through his front door window at 1:30 am, or from spray painting his house with vulgarities and images of coat hangers.

The attack likely stemmed from an article featuring the couple in Newsweek magazine which hit the stands June 27. The article related the successes of the Personhood movement, noting that related measures have been introduced 22 times in the campaign’s four-year history, and quoted pro-abortion leaders who note that the movement presents a “formidable” problem.

“They’re saying out loud what many anti-choice activists believe but don’t say upfront—they want to ban abortion in all circumstances,” Donna Crane, a policy director at the advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America, told Newsweek. “In some ways, it’s the more honest conversation to have.”

Mason told LifeSiteNews in a phone interview this morning that just after the Newsweek piece went online, the comment board – which is now closed -  “went crazy.”

“One of the early comments,” recalled Mason, “was that my wife should be raped and forced to carry the baby.” Another he remembered, called for him to be neutered and killed.

The comments continued to get more and more bizarre. And then someone posted the couple’s home address in the comment section of the story.

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Pro-life news wrap-up


- Brad Pitt’s mom slams Obama on abortion. Read more here.

- Yet another Chinese woman lies motionless days after ‘voluntary’ abortion of 7-month-old. Read more here.

- New Homeland Security lumps anti-abortion groups in with terrorists. Read more here.

Affiliate announcements


Volunteers Needed!
Volunteers are needed to organize and volunteers at Pro-Life Wisconsin's booth at the
St. Croix County Fair in Glenwood City, Wis., from July 19-22. Contact Darla Meyers at (715) 386-1089 or email meyersdm1@baldwin-telecom.net.

Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Knights of Columbus will have a booth at the Fond du Lac County Fair, July 17-22. We are looking for  volunteers to staff the booth from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday.


PLW Ozaukee County
will have a booth at the Ozaukee County Fair from Aug. 1-5, 10 AM - 10 PM, Cedarburg. Firemen's Park on Washington Ave., between Hwy 60 and Bridge St., Cedarburg. Volunteers needed - email ozaukee@prolifewisconsin.org.

Sawyer County Affiliate (Hayward) - Queen of Peace, Protector of Life -
will be again be offering offering the 'Cemetery of the Innocents' display of 400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA. In addition, we have a new display of fetal models consisting of 13 models, 5-35 weeks gestation and one newborn. These are professional grade, soft-touch models that can be handled, and are available all year, with or without the crosses. They're suitable for all ages. For more information call Bob Ornberg at 715-699-1287 or check out our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bvmqp.

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. During 40 Days For Life which begins February 22,  we will be Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood Through Mary on Tuesdays 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For information, call Ann at (920) 921-6062 or Julie (920) 923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also 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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County members daily praise and thank God for the January 13, 2012 permanent closure of the Rockford, IL abortion mill.  Chapter members meet monthly (except June, July, August) in St. Jude's Hall, Beloit, WI.  The Spiritually Adopt-A-Baby initiative resumed March 24/25 at St. Jude/St. Thomas parishes, praying daily for nine months for pre-born babies. If you'd like information regarding this, contact Charlene Tolmie 608-362-3406 or Sister Rosalia Bauer 608-364-2830.



Courtesy announcements


Fr. Stephen Imbarrato from "Priests For Life" to be at St. Cecilia's parish in Wisconsin Dells:
Friday, July 20: coffee, donuts, questions and answers with Fr. Stephen after 8:00 AM Mass. He will speak Sat. July 21 at the 5:00 PM Mass and Sunday July 22 at 8:00 and 10:00 AM Masses. Fr. Stephen was ordained to the priesthood in 2005. He has been involved in multiple Pro-life activities and ministries. Thirty-five years ago he was involved in an abortion. His girlfriend became pregnant and he shares the guilt for her decision to abort. He was the first post-abortive man to give his witness as part of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign. He preaches the Gospel of Life "from the standpoint of mercy." He will give a talk with questions and answers Thursday July 19, 7:30-8:30 PM in St. Cecilia Parish Hall, 603 Oak St., Wis Dells, ground level entrance at the rear of the building.

Rosary Rallies at the State Capitol:
Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea and Fr. Rick Heilman invite you to kneel in prayer together every Thursday evening at 7pm, at the State Street steps of the Capitol in Madison. From June 16 - November 1.


Witness for Life: Each Thursday, St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha will offer 8am Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to the nearby Planned Parenthood. St. Mary's is located at 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

The Wausua 40 Days for Life group will continue their prayer vigil by meeting the first Thursdays of the month, May through August. We will meet at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N 3rd Avenue in Wausau at 3 pm. Please join us in prayer to be a public witness for the unborn and for mothers to make the right choice.

Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign
meets Wednesdays at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down the evil strongholds present there and be an encouragement for the pro-life legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.

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.

The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets to pray every Thursday evening from 6-6:30 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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