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ACT NOW: State Legislature to Hold Public Hearing on Fetal Pain Bill

Legislation includes exception for the life-of-the-mother in medical emergencies

Tomorrow, Tuesday, the Senate and Assembly Health Committees will hold a joint public hearing in the State Capitol on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit direct abortion at or beyond 20 weeks based on the preborn child’s capacity to feel pain at that gestational age. Senate Bill (SB) 179 and Assembly Bill (AB) 237 were formally introduced by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Jesse Kremer (R- Kewaskum), respectively.

Pro-Life Wisconsin supports legislation shielding preborn children from the excruciating pain of late-term dilation and evacuation dismemberment abortions. But we cannot support SB 179/AB 237 in its current form because it includes an exception for a “medical emergency,” as defined in section 253.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Because the term medical emergency is defined to allow direct abortion, the medical emergency language in the bill constitutes an unacceptable life-of-the-mother exception. Pro-Life Wisconsin Legislative Director, Matt Sande, will offer testimony at tomorrow's public hearing, urging health committee members to amend the bill to exclude the medical emergency exception.

Pro-life legislation must never explicitly authorize the intentional destruction of certain categories of human beings based, for example, on the circumstances of their conception or the health status of their mothers. Although SB 179/AB 237 does not contain exceptions for rape or incest, the life-of-the-mother exception in the bill is a patent denial of equal protection under the law. We must never codify the importance of one innocent human life over and above another. Physicians must provide equal care for mother and child, and must never be given license to intentionally kill either one of them.

Not only is the medical emergency exception immoral, it is ineffective. It undermines the legal premise of the bill by removing the focus on the baby's pain and shifting it to the mother's health. Certainly the courts will see right through this and recognize the legislation as an attempt to ban late term abortion, rather than shielding the baby from pain. After all, the child whose mother’s life is endangered feels pain too. The argument is lost before it is made.

To be sure, there are no situations where abortion, defined as the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child, is medically necessary to save the life of the mother. Over 900 pro-life doctors and medical researchers have signed the Dublin Declaration, a document stating that abortion is never medically necessary to save a mother's life.

Pro-Life Wisconsin would support an amendment to SB 179/AB 237 that simply removes all reference to “medical emergency” throughout the legislation and retains the prohibition on direct abortion after twenty weeks gestation.


Please CALL or EMAIL your state senator and state representative NOW and urge him/her to REMOVE THE MEDICAL EMERGENCY EXCEPTION in SB 179 and AB 237.
Tell him/her that “late-term dismemberment abortions must not be permitted for any baby in any situation”, and that “the medical emergency exception is a gross denial of equal protection under the law.”

To find out who your state senator and state representative is, click here and type in your street address, city and zip code in the upper right hand corner. Click on the search icon to the right and the name and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear, along with their pictures.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state senator and state representative, please call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Thank you for making a difference!

5 Reasons You’ll LOVE the Awakening Hope Youth Retreat!!


1. Make new pro-life friends. This weekend is for YOU. A chance for you to get to know others that are passionate about the pro-life cause, and who want to make a difference. Roe v. Wade will come to an end because of the young generation today! Meet others who are a part of that generation and strengthen your efforts together!

2. Be more effective in pro-life work. Learn how to be a stronger leader and be more active in your school and community through workshops and speakers. Local activists and other experienced pro-lifers will share their knowledge and tips with you.

3. Great Location. Enjoy a weekend away at the beautiful St. Vincent Pallotti Center! Located in Elkhorn, WI, the retreat center is surrounded by peaceful nature trails and fresh air. Enjoy time outside, or inside of the cozy retreat center, complete with comfy couches and a calming atmosphere. 

4. FREE awesome pro-life tee! Get a free pro-life t-shirt of your choice to witness to life in your daily life. Check out your options here.

5. Explore your faith. Whether you come from an active faith life or not, this retreat will offer opportunities for prayer and a better understanding of God’s relationship with you, and His important role in our pro-life work.


Pro-Life Minute No. 19: Does Abortion Affect Christians?

Do you think Christians are "safe" from abortion? Think again. 

Pro-Life News

  1. Doctors who assist suicide abandon their patients
  2. Scotland defeats assisted suicide
  3. See which states allow assisted suicide
  4. Catholic Relief Services contradicts Catholic teaching with its actions
  5. Las Vegas high school latest to be accused of discriminating against pro-life student
  6. Surgical abortions banned at Florida abortion facility
  7. Federal judges shoot down Notre Dame's contraception mandate appeal
  8. D.C. court tells Catholic groups: Comply with HHS mandate or pay massive fines
  9. Good Morning America host presents pro-life argument for adoption
  10. Whether you need a hand or want to lend one, the pro-life movement has a place for you
  11. Proposed Ohio bill would prevent abortion if baby diagnosed with Down syndrome

Affiliate Announcements

Griswold vs. Connecticut Vigils 

Join our affiliates throughout the state as we commemorate the tragic anniversary of the Supreme Court's Griswold v. Connecticut decision that legalized contraception. 

Madison will have a Pill Kills event on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm outside of Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison. For more details, call Gwen at 608-393-8545.

Milwaukee will have a Pill Kills event on Friday, June 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm outside of Planned Parenthood, 2239 S. 108th Street, West Allis. Signs will be provided. For more details, call Emma at 262-796-1111 ext. 14. 

Mauston will host a Pill Kills event on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm outside of Family Planning Health Services, 522 Hwy. 82 East, Suite F in Mauston. For more details, call Pastor Paul Shirek at 608-847-4019.


Pro-Life Wisconsin is proudly sponsoring an event with the St. Gianna Molla Guild on July 16. The event begins with Mass at 5:15 pm at the Bridgewood Hotel in Neenah, WI. The featured speaker is Alex Shadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition​. Registration is $35 for guild members and $45 for non-members. Registration begins soon! More details available at
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Courtesy Announcements

NEW HOURS STANDING FOR LIFE - Starting on Monday, June 1, prayer and picketing at Mayo Clinic - Franciscan Healthcare in La Crosse will take place daily from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (except Sundays). For more information, contact Lisa at 715-204-9561 or visit

Men of Christ Holy Hill 5K Run/Rosary Walk - Be sure to sign up for the 4th Annual Men of Christ Holy Hill 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 20th. This amazing event just got better as in addition to the Rosary Walk and the "Rosary Tent", there will be the Sacrament of Reconciliation as well. Bring the whole family and join participants starting with Mass at 11 am at Holy Hill). Other event features include a Kid's Run, Confession, Food, Fellowship, and a special visit by Bishop Donald Hying, who will join runners for pre-race Benediction and serve as the official starter.

All net proceeds will be donated to Wisconsin's newest Pro-Life pregnancy resource center - Life's Connection in Waukesha!

Click here for more details and registration. 

More Courtesy Announcements

June 1, 2015



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