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July 11, 2011
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Pro-Life Wisconsin's Victory Fund PAC announces endorsements in Senate recall elections

The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) has proudly endorsed the following candidates in this summer’s State Senate recall elections:

Kim Simac (R)           Senate District 12
Jonathan Steitz (R)   Senate District 22
Dan Kapanke (R)      Senate District 32

12th Senate District (northeast Wisconsin including Lincoln and Florence counties):
Republican Kim Simac is challenging Democrat incumbent Jim Holperin. She faces a Republican primary election on Tuesday, July 19. The general election will be held on Tuesday, August 16.

22nd Senate District (Kenosha County including cities of Burlington and Kenosha):
Republican Jonathan Steitz is challenging Democrat incumbent Robert Wirch. He faces a Republican primary election on Tuesday, July 19. The general election will be held on Tuesday, August 16.

32nd Senate District (southwest Wisconsin including La Crosse and Vernon counties):
Incumbent Republican Dan Kapanke will appear on the general election ballot on Tuesday, August 9. Two Democrats will face off in a primary election tomorrow July 12 and the winner will face Kapanke in the general election.

PLW requests Attorney General to enforce law against UW Hospital funding of abortion training

On behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal request on Tuesday, July 5, with the Wisconsin Attorney General’s office to confirm the illegality of and enforce the law against the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) Authority’s payment of physician-residents for abortion training at Planned Parenthood in Madison. The recently-signed state budget specifically applies current law restrictions on abortion funding to the UWHC Authority.

Madison's Capitol Times newspaper wrote an article about our request to the Attorney General, and you can read the article here.

Our University of Wisconsin public entities should not be ground zero for training abortionists. Residents need to be instructed how to save, preserve and respect life, not how to kill preborn children at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s number-one abortion provider.

To view the letter to the Attorney General, click here.

Medical residents in the UW School of Medicine Ob/Gyn Department have two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood, where they view and participate in abortions. To view the rotation schedule, click here. To view the signed contract between UW and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, click here.

Wisconsin law is crystal clear: No state agency can fund abortions. The UWHC Authority is a state agency, and it is not above the law. We look forward to Attorney General Van Hollen’s confirmation and enforcement of this critical law so that the UWHC does not stubbornly persist in their illegal and offensive abortion funding.

Laurel Rice, chair of the UWHC Authority’s ob/gyn department, performs abortions at Planned Parenthood in Madison.

Background regarding UW Hospital and its ties to Planned Parenthood:
- In March 2010, an open records request done by Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund revealed  that UW Hospital was sending ob/gyn medical school residents to PPWI for abortion training.
- In April 2010, PLW and ADF filed a request for a legal opinion with the state of Wisconsin Attorney General’s office on whether it was legal for state taxpayer funds to be used to train future abortionists.
- In June 2010, the Attorney General’s office stated that UWHC may be violating state law in a letter sent to the state auditor, encouraging her to perform a program audit on the UWHC.
- In June 2011, a provision was inserted into the biennial budget bill defining UW Hospital as a state agency in the statute restricting abortion funding. The recently-signed budget bill effectively ends UW Hospital’s ability to pay its residents for abortion training at PPWI.

National Pro-Life T-Shirt Weekend: August 5-7

From Jill Stanek:

American Life League’s annual National Pro-life T-Shirt Week has proven so successful it is expanding to host a National Pro-Life T-Shirt Weekend on August 5-7.

These walking billboard events provide a good opportunity for the pro-life community to coalesce on messaging. If you don’t own a pro-life t-shirt, ALL offers them for $8 here.

That said, ALL specializes in attracting pro-life youth to proudly proclaim their convictions by hosting a photo contest. 1st place winner gets an iPad 2, 2nd place an iPod Touch, and 3rd place at present – a 5# Gummy Bear! Contestants score points by taking photos of themselves in their pro-life t-shirts doing weird things and standing in weird places. Register to participate in the contest here.

Here’s video of this past spring’s NPLTW winner receiving her prize. It helps give a clue to what the photo contest is all about and how fun it is…

Genetic testing and abortion in Catholic hospitals

From a Catholic blog, Accepting Abundance, based in Boston, MA:

It wasn't that long ago that parents were barely pressured about genetic testing, and it was really only briefly mentioned as an option. Not so with my last pregnancy in a Catholic hospital in Boston that avails itself of the newest technology for non-invasive genetic testing.

I wrote this for our diocese paper last October after a disturbing visit for an ultrasound when we took four excited little girls to see the first images of their new baby brother or sister at 12 weeks.
My husband and I are expecting the birth of a child and being open to life we have declined the DNA testing in early pregnancy reasoning that if it won't change the outcome, we don't need the test, especially if the test adds risk. If the test will inform us of a treatable condition to improve the child's chance for survival, then we do need it. Noninvasive blood screenings are available now that do not add risk as an amniocentesis does, but still this last time we declined since we knew we were going to have multiple 3D ultrasounds and we loved our child already no matter what. We asked how the screening could help us help our child. "The test is just for information." What outcome could it affect? "Well..." We were given a pamphlet to take home and urged to reconsider. Sadly, the first line read, "Every woman has many choices to make when she is pregnant."

In the June 28 Wall Street Journal there is an article about how the non-invasive blood testing for genetic conditions are becoming more popular. The new blood tests can be done as early as nine weeks into a pregnancy and are predicted to be routine as soon as the end of this year. Further, with the cost of gene sequencing going down these blood tests will be able to routinely detect other diseases such as sickle-cell anemia or cystic fibrosis. They can also detect the gender. The first trimester blood test has enormous implications for abortion.

The gene sequencing research is reported by a pathologist at the Chinese University in Hong Kong (coincidence?) and has attracted the attention of researchers in Switzerland, one molecular biologist noting that very early in pregnancy parents and doctors would "In essence, ...have the entire genome of the fetus at your disposal." I don't think this is a good thing.

What I sense and what I fear is that parents are going to be under growing pressure to act in opposition to the teaching of the Catholic Church even in our own Catholic hospitals. I don't think it's far-fetched to say that probably most of them prescribe or dispense contraception already. I've been advised and pressured to have an abortion by a health care professional in a Catholic hospital, which my husband and I together have reported to our diocese.

Read more here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- A "brain dead" woman awoke after her family refused organ donation. Read more here.

- Linda Gibbons: The end of abortion is Armageddon.
Read more here.

- A Pennsylvania abortion facility, recently inspected by the state, had blood spattered on the walls and operating equipment encrusted with brown goo. 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).

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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Sauk County will host Fr. Denis Wilde from Priests For Life, Staten Island, N.Y. will speak of the Gospel of Life and how we can help oppose abortion Thurs., July 14, 7-8 p.m. with time for questions and answers. The speech will be in the cafeteria of St. Cecilia parish hall, 603 Oak St., across the street from the church. He will also speak at all the masses the weekend of July 16-17.

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) at Bethel Baptist Church, Hwy 27N, Hayward, July 11th - July25th; Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Hwy 35, Webster, WI., July 30th - August 15th; Vacant property at Hwy 12 & 63, Baldwin, WI., Sept. 1st - Sept. 8th (over Labor Day); St. John's Lutheran Church, Hwy 27, Ladysmith, WI., Oct. 3rd - Oct. 17th. 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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