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July 26, 2010
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 THIS WEEK: Join our protest of Cecile Richards' fundraiser for Tom Barrett

This Wednesday and Thursday, 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 "Move Forward" 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 Victory Fund PAC releases candidate endorsement list

Candidate endorsements by the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) are now available to be viewed on the web at ProLifeWisconsin.org. Click here  to view the list. The Victory Fund PAC has endorsed a total of 96 candidates for state office in the upcoming fall primary and general elections. Included on the endorsement page is a message on what it means to be “100% pro-life.”

“These candidates hold the ‘no exceptions’ pro-life philosophy and we are proud to endorse them,” said Mary Matuska, president of the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC. “Only when we have lawmakers who will not discriminate against those preborn children who are politically unpopular – those conceived in rape or incest, for example – will we see an end to the scandal of abortion. Pro-Life Wisconsin holds high the banner of total protection for all preborn children, and thankfully, more and more candidates for elected office meet this standard.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund supports candidates for public office who demonstrate a commitment to protect each and every innocent human life – in all circumstances and at all stages of development. To be “100% pro-life” is to know that a human life begins at fertilization and to therefore understand that there may never be a legal exception to an innocent child’s inalienable right to life. Accordingly, it requires defending the child conceived in rape, the child whose mother’s life is perceived to be in danger, the disabled preborn baby, the tiny embryo vulnerable to experimental research, or the “terminally ill” patient who is viewed as a “burden” on society.

“We stand behind the candidates who are willing to stand behind 100% of the babies,” said Matuska. “With an incredible opportunity to reclaim pro-life majorities in the State Assembly and State Senate, 2010 is a critical election year. We are galvanizing our members to actively support these pro-life candidates and push them on to victory.”

Saturday: 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 this 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.

Recall effort against Scott Southworth fails

In March, Juneau County District Attorney Scott Southworth sent a letter to the five public school districts in Juneau County warning that the new sexual education law recently passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by Governor Doyle could expose district school teachers to criminal liability and school districts to civil liability for promoting “the sexualization – and sexual assault – of our children.”

On account of Southworth's pro-life, pro-family efforts, a recall was started against Southworth. The deadline to file the required number of signatures was July 19, and no signatures were filed. It is clear the people of Juneau County support Southworth's efforts to protect Wisconsin's youth. To read a Juneau County Star-Times article on the failed recall, click here. To read Southworth's press release on the failed recall, click here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin commends District Attorney Southworth for his courage and frankness in exposing the consequences of this irresponsible law.  We encourage you to read Southworth’s letter on PLW’s website and share it with your own county district attorney. Click here for a copy of the letter. As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence.

Southworth has strongly supported Pro-Life Wisconsin’s personhood effort and is unwavering in his defense of the disabled. Southworth was nominated for a CNN Heroes Award in 2007 after he adopted an Iraqi orphan boy. In 2003, while in Iraq, Maj. Scott Southworth volunteered at the Mother Teresa Orphanage in Baghdad. There, he befriended Ala'a, a 9-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. Two years later, Southworth arranged to bring Ala'a to the United States. In June 2007, he was granted legal adoption and the two officially became father and son.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin hiring community organizers

Taking a page from ACORN and Saul Alinsky, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin [PPWI] is hiring "community campaigners to help run our 2010 canvassing operations." These employees of PPWI will be going "door-to-door [to] talk about issues affecting women's health and rights." Click here to view the job description on PPWI's website.

Parents need to be aware that PPWI is an organization which covers up purported statutory rape, lies or is ignorant about fetal development, provides birth control to teenagers without their parents' knowledge, lies to women about the physical and emotional after effects of abortion, and many other offenses will be going door-to-door IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Make sure you know what to say if Planned Parenthood employees show up at your door. You have the right to refuse to talk to PPWI employees. Educate yourself and your neighbors! Planned Parenthood is not a child or community-friendly organization.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- On Thursday, July 22, Pro-Life Wisconsin revealed more financial ties between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Planned Parenthood. Click here to read an article from LifeNews on these new ties.

- A Milwaukee physician and his Alzheimer's-stricken wife, who were both involved in the "right to die" movement and had been planning their deaths for years, committed suicide by placing helium bags over their heads at their home in River Hills, Wis. Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes suicide and we find their daughter's comments in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - calling her parents' deaths "bold" - deplorable. Click here to read the couple's obituary and click here to read the MJS article.

- An Austin, Texas, bus driver has filed a lawsuit against a rural transportation system after being fired for declining to drive a woman to an abortion clinic, citing a violation against his Christian beliefs. Click here to read more.

- Live Action has released another undercover video showing Planned Parenthood breaking the law. This time, a Planned Parenthood in Indianapolis was the subject. Click here to watch.

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LifeNews features a story about basketball star LeBron James, who was almost a victim of abortion. Click here to read.

Affiliate announcements

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Volunteers are needed to help man pro-life booths at the following county fairs: Fond du Lac County, Ozaukee 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 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 - Wausau
: Will be held September 22 through October 31 at Family Planning Health Services and the Court House in Wausau. For details call (715) 848-2174.

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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