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July 23, 2012
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Woman chooses life due to sidewalk counselors; two ambulances at Affiliated Medical Services


Never underestimate the impact you will have on the young moms and dads in front of the abortion mill. Last Monday, a woman emailed us to say that due to the efforts by sidewalk counselors, she did not go through with her scheduled abortion.

In her email, she described the sidewalk counselors to a "T." She noticed Jim, with his big sign of an 8 week pre-born baby. That made an impact. She spoke to a second person who handed her a flyer – this was probably Mark. More impact. She was then approached verbally by a man who was behind her, probably Tony, who said to her, "Love your baby!" When she arrived inside, she noticed that all the clients looked very sad. Tony’s words kept ringing in her head – helping her to realize that this just wasn’t any baby – this is HER baby. Eventually she said to herself, "What am I doing here?" – and walked out. She mentioned that the escorts looked "shocked" that she was leaving so quickly. As she left, one of the sidewalk counselors said to her, "You saw the picture and couldn't do it. Loving babies is not crazy." At this point, she was angry and frustrated because her plans had been thwarted by these three men. As she walked away from Tony, she turned around and said, "Just shut up!" Tony had helped convict her heart with the truth – but she just didn’t want to hear it right then and there. After she got home, she turned from being angry to being so very thankful and wrote a wonderfully written account of what had happened, what she was thinking, how it affected her and ultimately prevented her from "making the biggest mistake of my life."

Please keep this woman and her unborn child in your prayers. Also pray for our sidewalk counselors, who do so much to bring a message of life and hope.

Sadly, not all women choose life. On Saturday, July 21, two ambulances transported women from Affiliated Medical Services to a nearby hospital after botched abortions. In the photo, left, you can see one ambulance parked out front, and the other ambulance in the alley. Please keep these women in your prayers as well.

Chicago woman dies after abortion at Planned Parenthood


From LifeSiteNews:

A 24-year-old Chicago woman died of hemorrhaging Friday night after obtaining a second trimester abortion at the Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood.

Tonya Reaves was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. after being transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

While the medical examiner has ruled it an accident, the family is demanding answers.

“It happened so fast. She was just fine one day and then the next day she was gone. We’re just trying to figure out what happened,” her twin sister Toni told CBS Chicago.

Planned Parenthood of Illinois said they were “shocked and saddened upon learning of a tragic development at a nearby hospital,” but said they do not discuss private patient matters.

An autopsy conducted Saturday determined that she died from hemorrhage following a Dilation and Evacuation abortion. The D&E abortion method is one employed in pregnancies that have advanced beyond the first trimester. In involves opening the cervix and removing the pre-born baby by dismembering him or her. The Loop Health Center Planned Parenthood advertizes abortions up to 18 weeks.


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"It’s good business": National food company boasts huge pro-life billboards on semi-trailers


From LifeSiteNews:

A huge national food manufacturing company in the U.S. does more than just deliver great-tasting prepackaged meals - it delivers them with a pro-life flair.

JTM Food Group, which boasted $100 million in sales just last year, delivers their meals to schools, restaurants, the military, and government organizations using 20 semitrailers, each displaying a prodigious image of a beautiful smiling baby on the rear panel with the words “Life, what a beautiful choice.” The bottom reads: “JTM: A Right to Life Company.”

“It’s our opportunity to witness,” said Tony Maas, CEO of the business, which has been family owned and operated for three generations, to LifeSiteNews in an interview. Maas owns and runs JTM along with his three brothers who all share the same pro-life convictions.

“Being confrontational is certainly not what we are seeking, but only to speak the truth with love,” he said.

Maas said that his pro-life convictions were passed on to him from his “extremely Catholic” parents and grandparents who believed that with the passage of Roe v. Wade, there would be a need for “much prayer, not just for the babies, but for the mothers who were going to have abortions and for the grief that they would be experiencing.”

“Being pro-life has been part of our family, and certainly our business”, said Maas who is married and the father of five children. “We feel that we should use every avenue we have to bring the message of life to the world.”


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Joseph Moore’s moving tribute to his son Andrew who died during Crossroads walk


From LifeSiteNews:

Millions of fathers have had to come to grips with the tragic, untimely deaths of a beloved child. I am no different, and no different in wanting my son remembered for the unique and good man that he was. Here are a few pieces of his story.

Andrew, our beloved son, was hit by a car while walking along an Indiana highway with Crossroads, a pro-life group that sponsors college students on walks across America each summer. He died instantly. In this modern world, we’d reflexively add that he died doing what he loved – a somewhat true but strangely self-focused way to see it.

What Andrew loved was not, exactly, the pro-life movement. In fact, I can safely say he pretty much hated praying in front of the local abortion mill, and had a very hard time making himself say anything to the people as they walked by.

He hated the occasional mockery and confrontations. He hated being there alone most mornings. There was none of that peculiar self-righteousness that is the hallmark of the secular protests us residents of the San Francisco Bay Area see, the patting of oneself on the back for sticking it to the man while hooting it up for the cameras. Andrew’s mostly solitary protests were not a party, and were hardly even a protest. There was no man to stick it to – only women faced with a terrible ‘choice’.

What Andrew did love was the Truth. Decades of deconstruction, of Orwellian ‘critical thinking’, have succeeded in painting the love of Truth as some sort of disorder, as naïve and simplistic – Andrew, by some mysterious grace, was immune to this poison.

While he might have been naïve and simplistic about many things, his intellect, by another mysterious grace, was profound and mature far beyond his years. His love of Truth lead him to a love of God, to a love of neighbor, to Thomas Aquinas College – and to untold lonely hours spent in front of Planned Parenthood. And to the walk that resulted in his being taken from us.

Once Andrew understood the truth, he saw no way he could escape spending hours praying on the sidewalk. Nor – and this is critically important – helping out at all the crisis pregnancy support groups in the area.

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Pro-life news wrap-up


- U.S. bishops’ relief agency gives $5.3 million to major contraception-providing charity. Read more here.

- Obama administration’s harassment of pro-lifers gets personal. Read more here.

Affiliate announcements


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


Join Father Bill Hoffman of St. Therese Parish
in Appleton as he leads a Marian pro-life pilgrimage with daily Mass to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe near La Crosse, the Villa Maria Retreat Center, the Basilica of St. Mary and the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Departs Monday September 24 at 7:00 a.m., returning the next day by 9:00 p.m. to St. Therese in Appleton. Everything except two meals is included for $199. Sign up by July 31. For more information call St. Therese Parish at (920) 733-8568 or download the flyer here.

Join the 2nd Annual “Rosary Cruise”
benefiting Rachel’s Vineyard of Stevens Point.  Rachel’s Vineyard is a nationwide ministry providing weekend retreats where women and men can experience spiritual and emotional healing from the traumatic, and often painfully secret, wound of abortion. The next retreat is scheduled for September. The Rosary cruise will take place from 4:30 - 6:30 pm on Aug. 26 at Clearwater Harbor in Waupaca. There is no charge for attendance, but a donation will be greatly appreciated. Space is limited; registration required: call 715-204-9561 or email rvstevenspoint@gmail.com.

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.


Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil: August 3-4 at St. Joseph's Parish in Wauwatosa. Bishop Hying will celebrate the opening Mass at 8 p.m. All night exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, pro-life Satations of the Cross, pro-life holy hour from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Everyone welcome, stay as long as you can. For additional information call (414) 321-3900.

Catholics4Life:
Milwaukee daylong Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadeloupe in La Crosse. Saturday July 28,  6 am departure from Watertown Plank Rd. Park and Ride followed by pick up in Germantown. Bishop Donald Hying will concelebrate the 12:15 Shrine Mass with Cardinal Raymond Burke. $38 Advance reservations are required ASAP (while available). Call John Schultz with Catholics 4 Life at 262-623-2310.

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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