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July 19, 2010
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 Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin urges donations in Pro-Life Wisconsin's name

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin [PPWI] agrees with Pro-Life Wisconsin: PPWI is bad for Wisconsin! Click here to view the fundraiser email that PPWI sent out last week, encouraging donations to PPWI in Pro-Life Wisconsin's name. While there is much that could be said, PPWI, abortionists and all those who are pro-abortion remain in our prayers. We urge you to pray for them as well.

Join our protest of Cecile Richards' fundraiser for 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 the event on PPWI's website.

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 – will not be able to ignore Planned Parenthood’s destructive agenda.

Milwaukee: Wednesday, July 28
Protest 4pm - 7pm, as the event is from 5pm-7pm. We will witness to people as they arrive and leave, as well as the street traffic.
Event will be at the home of Chris & Miriam Abele, 3319 N. Lake Drive, Milwaukee. We will be across the street and on the sidewalk.

Madison: Thursday, July 29
Protest 4pm - 7pm, as the event is from 5pm-7pm. We will witness to people as they arrive and leave, as well as the street traffic.
At the home of Peggy Hedberg, 69 Cambridge Road, Madison. We will be across the street and on the sidewalk.

For more information, email virginia@prolifewisconsin.org or call toll-free (877) 463-7945.

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. An Associated Press article 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.

New York Times article reveals long-term plan to push abortion in medical schools

On July 12, the New York Times published a long article on abortion providers and pro-abortion strategies. The article discusses how abortion was introduced to ob/gyn medical students at universities, in order to train students in a grisly procedure. The article admits most medical students do not want to be abortionists; indeed, who would want to kill life rather than work to save life?

UW-Madison is a textbook example of what the New York Times describes. 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.

From the New York Times: "[Abortion activists] have built residency programs and fellowships at university hospitals, with the hope that, eventually, more and more doctors will use their training to bring abortion in their practices. The bold idea at the heart of this effort is to integrate abortion so... that it's a seamless part of health care for women - embraced rather than shunned."

Pro-Life Wisconsin submitted a request for an opinion to Attorney General JB Van Hollen on whether UW-Madison is violating state law by training abortionists. Van Hollen has recommended an audit of the program. Click here to view PLW's press release.

Pro-life sidewalk counselor training

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 everylifematters@comcast.net  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.

"Full service" assisted suicide clinic planned

By Julie Grimstad, Executive Director, Life Is Worth Living

Recently, I received a shocking letter from Rita Marker, JD, Executive Director of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. She asked those who received this letter to share the information with others, hoping that we would help our friends and families understand what is at stake.

Oregon was the first place in the U.S. to legalize physician-assisted suicide. That law became effective in 1997.  Marker has been in the forefront of the fight against such laws, repeatedly warning, “Once assisted suicide has been transformed into a medical treatment, it is inevitable that assisted-suicide clinics will eventually become a reality.”

The following is a brief summary of the information in her letter:
In late June, a Portland psychiatrist, Stuart Weisberg, MD, announced his plan to open “Dignity House.” It will be a “full-service” assisted suicide clinic where you can schedule the day of your death and have friends, family and pets present. For an extra fee, a catered last meal, fresh garden flowers and music can be arranged. You’ll also have the option of a makeup specialist so you’ll look your best if you choose to have an “end-of-life camera” videotape your death. Total cost of the “package deal” is $5000.

As unbelievable as it seems, it’s true. The details described above are from Dr. Weisberg’s website and news articles about his endeavors. Furthermore, he has made it clear that he would be following the requirements of the Oregon Death with Dignity law.

Damage control was swift. The Oregon Medical Board issued an emergency suspension of Weisberg’s medical license – not because his clinic would be unlawful, but because of prior drug prescribing irregularities. Weisberg has vowed to get the suspension lifted. The executive director of Compassion & Choices (C&C) – formerly the Hemlock Society – issued a press release in which she claimed that Oregon’s law would not permit Weisberg’s assisted suicide clinic. She claimed that a psychiatrist can’t prescribe lethal drugs or be an “attending physician” under Oregon’s law. She’s dead wrong on all counts.

An openly operating assisted-suicide clinic would hamper plans to gain approval of Oregon-style laws in other states. Marker wrote, “Until they have a few more states in their win column, assisted suicide activists don’t want people to know where their plans inevitably lead…They know that the concept of assisted suicide clinics horrifies people.”

Now that you are informed, get the word out to others. We must not allow assisted suicide to spread because people are uninformed. Silence is deadly.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- 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. 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.

- In Montana, parents are fighting proposed sex ed for kindergartners. Read it here.

- U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a self-professed devout Catholic, received an award from abortion giant Planned Parenthood at a reception July 15. The award will be given in recognition of her efforts in passing the federal health care legislation, and, in particular, for her help in ensuring that the Stupak abortion funding ban was not inserted in the bill. Read more on that here.

- Human Life International is asking for prayers for Kenya, as the nation will be voting on a referendum to the constitution. The revision to the constitution would legalize abortion on demand and lead other African nations to do the same. Read Fr. Euteneuer's weekly column here.

- In Spain, the Archbishop of Burgos, Francisco Gil Hellín, has issued a call to Spanish Catholics to resist the country's new abortion law, which he says is no law at all. "What society would continue if it declared that it is the right of citizens to kill innocent persons by majority [vote]?" the Archbishop stated. Spain's new law abolishes penalties for all abortions during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. It also allows minors to obtain abortions without parental permission. Read more here.

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Jill Stanek has an update on Elena Kagan's confirmation process. Americans United for Life revealed the part Kagan played in the Clinton Administration, in pressuring the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to change their policy statement on partial-birth abortion. Kagan may have perjured herself during testimony, according to AUL. Read it here.

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, Wisconsin Valley (Marathon County) and Juneau County. Email info@prolifewisconsin.org to get involved.

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin in the Sheboygan Brat Days parade on August 7! To volunteer call Pat Piper at (920) 286-1004.
 
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!

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.

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 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. 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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

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 rornberg71@gmail.com.

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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

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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