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July 12, 2010
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 Pro-Life Wisconsin to provide welcome to Cecile Richards, Gov. Jim Doyle and Mayor Tom Barrett

On Thursday, July 8, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin [PPWI] announced that Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, will be the keynote speaker for two fundraisers for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett. Click here to view event on PPWI's website.

Planned Parenthood and Cecile Richards can be assured of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s presence at these fundraisers. Planned Parenthood’s theme of ‘Moving Wisconsin Forward’ is disrespectful to the thousands of babies they kill every year, babies who will never see the light of day in Wisconsin.

We will prayerfully and peacefully protest the bloody collaboration of Cecile Richards, Governor Jim Doyle (a PPWI lifetime achievement award recipient) and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett (endorsed by PPWI for Wisconsin governor). The communities in which these events will be held – at the homes of Planned Parenthood supporters, in Milwaukee on July 28 and Madison on July 29 – will not be able to ignore Planned Parenthood’s destructive agenda.

To get involved with our peaceful protest of these events in Milwaukee (July 28) and Madison (July 29), email or call toll-free (877) 463-7945.

Why is Planned Parenthood worried about Wisconsin?

Why is Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, coming to Wisconsin?

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin [PPWI] receives a LOT of money from the state of Wisconsin, courtesy of the taxpayers –  $12 million per year in state and federal funding. PPWI's 2008 financial records list $10 million in assets and a $20 million yearly budget. $8.6 million of that budget is spent on employee salaries. In 2008, PPWI had enough money to pay off a $400,000 loan owed to abortionist Dennis Christensen.

PPWI has endorsed Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in the upcoming governor's race.

Pro-Life Wisconsin made our endorsements for governor official on June 22 (read the press release here) and on June 28, Planned Parenthood put out a press release about our endorsements (read it here).

Rasmussen poll results show both of Pro-Life Wisconsin's endorsed candidates lead Barrett by a significant margin. Read the Rasmussen poll results here.

An Associated Press article, which was in Sunday's Chicago Tribune, Minneapolis Star Tribune and others, discussed how the abortion debate will be one of the deciding factors in the governor's race. Pro-Life Wisconsin's Matt Sande is quoted in the article. Read the AP article here.

The conclusion here is – once again, for PPWI, it's all about the money. A pro-life governor will cut PPWI's lifeline of taxpayer funding. Vote pro-life!

PLW launches petition to stop taxpayer funding of abortions in Wisconsin

Pro-Life Wisconsin is calling upon the Wisconsin State Legislature to pass legislation opting the state of Wisconsin out of abortion coverage in its prospective state health insurance "exchange." United States House Resolution (H.R.) 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare) allows health insurance plans offering abortion coverage to participate in a state's exchange and to receive federal subsidies unless the state legislature proactively opts-out of offering such plans.

Although the state exchanges do not go into effect until 2014, several states have passed legislation to opt-out of abortion coverage including Arizona, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Florida, Missouri and Oklahoma. In poll after poll, Americans overwhelmingly say they oppose the inclusion of taxpayer-funded abortion in health care reform legislation. The state of Wisconsin should not force us to participate in the killing of our preborn brothers and sisters with our federal tax dollars.

Download the petition here or click here to sign the petition online. We ask you to sign the petition and encourage your family, friends and neighbors to sign it as well. Feel free to photocopy the petition and gather as many signatures as you can.

Please mail the petition(s) to the Pro-Life Wisconsin state office at:
Pro-Life Wisconsin
P.O. Box 221
Brookfield, WI 53008-0221

Milwaukee mom puts pro-life beliefs into action

From the Milwaukee Catholic Herald, July 8:
In the end, a tiny newborn T-shirt and receiving blanket broke down the wall of a woman’s heart. Her teenage daughter was pregnant and she was encouraging her to obtain an abortion. But the two walked into the Women’s Support Center of Milwaukee and into the arms of Mary Gilpin.

The executive director counseled the grandmother-to-be about the benefits of life, of opening up to God’s will, and of the long-term physical and emotional effects of abortion.

Before her daughter Lucia was born a year ago, Danielle Silva Heckenkamp, as a volunteer with the Women’s Support Center, witnessed similar difficult scenarios faced by unwed teen and young mothers, and of families experiencing financial hardship.

Last January, Heckenkamp developed Swaddle for Life, a company developed to aid families struggling with the commitment of a new baby.

For its first fundraiser, Swaddle for Life is hosting a trunk show, Saturday, July 17 in the auditorium at Heckenkamp’s parish, St. Stanislaus, on Historic Mitchell Street in Milwaukee.

“Local designers will be selling their products at the trunk show,” she said. “Such items will include handcrafted purses and jewelry, baby quilts, nursery décor and children’s clothing, which are a few items among many more. The event was organized to provide a fun shopping experience for a great cause, and we hope it can be a regular event in the Milwaukee area.”

Click here to read more.

Pro-life Stations of the Cross and picnic

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County will have pro-life stations of the cross, said by  Fr. Rick Heilman, on Sunday, July 18 at 5 p.m. at the Orin Rd. Planned Parenthood in Madison. The missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe will also be present. Pro-Life Wisconsin's state director Peggy Hamill will be in attendance. Pro-life family picnic to follow across the street at Our Lady of Victory property. Bring dish to pass if able, not required. Table settings and drinks will be provided. Bring your own lawn chairs. Call Jeanne at (608) 516-8632 any questions. Headcount helpful, not required, for picnic. View the event here on our website.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Newsweek predicts birth control will be sold over-the-counter within 5 years. Click here to read.

- Thousands take part in a pro-life rally in Belfast, Ireland. The pro-life effort is truly a global movement! Click here to read.

- Our Sunday Visitor explores the case of Dr. Oscar Biscet, who has been locked in a Cuban prison cell as a prisoner of conscience, for his “dangerous” public stand against abortion, the death penalty and euthanasia. While working as an internal medicine specialist at the government-run Hospital Hijas de Galicia in Havana, Biscet conducted a clandestine study that revealed newborn babies being killed right after birth, a common practice throughout Cuba, which has the most abortions in the hemisphere. He confronted the government with the results, along with a letter addressed to Fidel Castro accusing the Cuban National Health System of genocide. Click here to read.

Government a no-show in Pat Mahoney's arrest case. Mahoney was arrested for trespassing on Planned Parenthood property in Washington, D.C., which is actually public property. Click here to read.

- Showing once again that overpopulation is a myth, Mexico's falling birth rate is threatening its future. Mexico's birth rate is barely above 2 children per family, which is below the replacement level needed to maintain current population numbers. Click here to read.

Affiliate announcements

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Volunteers are needed to help man pro-life booths at the following county fairs: St. Croix County, Fond du Lac County, Ozaukee County, Waukesha County, and Juneau County. Email to get involved.

Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Rockford Pro-Life Initiative
are co-sponsoring a sidewalk counselor training session. The event will be Saturday, July 31 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Bridget Parish, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, Ill. Sidewalk counseling is exactly what the name implies — standing on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic, counseling women and couples on their way inside. It is a last attempt to turn their hearts away from abortion and offer real help. Veteran sidewalk counselor JT Eschbach from the Pro-Life Action League will be conducting this free seminar that is open to people of all ages who are interested in knowing how to be an effective witness for Christ and life at an abortion clinic. This training is also very helpful for anyone interested in learning how to talk to people about abortion and help guide them to real help. To attend, email Kevin at  or call (815) 494-0333. You MUST pre-register in order to attend. The Rockford abortion mill was recently in the news, after the owner attacked sidewalk counselors with a chainsaw. Read it here.

Pro-life Wisconsin St. Croix County is manning a booth from July 22 through July 25 in Glenwood City, Wis., sponsored by the Knights of Columbus.  As this is the 100th anniversary of the St. Croix County Fair, we hope to promote the culture of life to many new souls!  If you would like to volunteer to be present at the booth for a two-hour time slot, please contact Darla Meyers at (715) 386-1089. This is an easy way to not only promote the culture of life but to leave spiritually rewarded!

Mark Kimble, a Dane County affiliate member, is doing an Appalachian Hike For Life this summer. Mark has testified on pro-life issues at the Capitol and has prayed in front of abortuaries in Madison for years. Pro-Life Wisconsin is among the groups whom Mark will be donating the proceeds from his Hike For Life to. Click here for more information.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at (608) 256-0585 about prayer dates and times.

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 will have a Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. Contact Karie Kinzler at or (262) 656-0301 for further details.

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

Swaddle for Life Trunk Show: Fundraiser for Milwaukee-area pregnancy centers. Local designers will be displaying handmade items for purchase. Items include baby quilts, baby clothes and handpainted nursery accessories. To be held Saturday, July 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Church, 524 W. Historic Mitchell St., Milwaukee. Bring a pack of diapers, which will be donated to a pregnancy center, to receive 10% discount.

The Rockford Pro-Life Initiative will have a pro-life baby shower for a mother who chose life outside the Rockford abortion facility. The baby shower for Brandi and her baby girl will be held at St. Bridget's Parish from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 17. St. Bridget's is located at 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, Ill. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this blessed, fun and joyful event. Questions? Email Kevin at

Third Annual Respect Life Retreat:
On Friday July 16 through Saturday July 17, the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Vigil for Life of Madison are hosting the third annual respect life retreat. The retreat will once again be held at Durwood's Glen in Baraboo, Wis. Cost: $55 per person. Contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779 or to register.

Cemetery of the Innocents: Would you like to make a strong pro-life statement without uttering a word? The group Queen of Peace, Protector of Life is looking for appropriate sites. 400 crosses made from PVC pipe, 40" high and 2' wide spaced every 3 feet, representing the thousands of abortions daily in the U.S. The display is presently set up at the intersection of Hwy B and 27 in Hayward near the Fishing Hall of Fame. Have trailer, will travel. Call Bob Ornberg at (218) 321-4600 or (715) 699-2876 or email

Missionaries to the Preborn
will have a pro-life picket on Saturday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Greenfield, Wis. at S. 76th St. & W. Layton Ave. Park on S. 74th St. Signs will be provided. Contact Jim Soderna with questions at (414) 462-3399.

40 Days for Life - Appleton
: The hours will be 7 a.m. til 5 p.m. every day at Planned Parenthood, 3800 Gillett St., Grand Chute, Wis. For questions or to schedule your time please call Jeanne at (920) 243-3665.

40 Days for Life - Milwaukee: Save the date for the fall 40 Days for Life! Will be held September 22 through October 31 at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee. For details call (414) 236-0688.

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,

St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society 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.

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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