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Wis. Attorney General recommends audit of University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority; training of abortionists may violate state law

The below Associated Press article appeared in the June 4 editions of the Chicago Tribune, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Minneapolis Star Tribune, countless smaller newspapers, and was broadcast nationwide through TV and radio coverage. We are so grateful for all of your support and for God's blessings shown to us.

Auditors should look into whether the University of Wisconsin health system may be improperly funding abortion training for medical residents, state Justice Department officials said in a letter released Thursday.

Wisconsin law prohibits state agencies from paying doctors or medical facilities for performing abortions. The University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority pays medical residents specializing in gynecology to train at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, where they can choose to undertake abortion training.

The Alliance Defense Fund, an Arizona-based group of Christian lawyers, sent a letter in April on behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin to Republican Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen alleging UWHCA has paid nearly $60,000 over the last three years to cover residents' training at Planned Parenthood. The group claims the payments violate the law and asked Van Hollen for a formal opinion.

To read Pro-Life Wisconsin's June 3 press release, click here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's annual golf outing

Saturday, June 26
8:30 a.m. registration
9 a.m. shotgun start
Reception and lunch to follow

Kettle Hills Golf Course
3375 Highway 167 West
Richfield, WI 53076

$50 per person
Includes 9 holes of golf (scramble format), shared cart, contests, lunch and prizes.

To register, call Pro-Life Wisconsin at (877) 463-7945 or register online.

Griswold v. Connecticut prayer vigils

June 7 marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which set a legal precedent by claiming the Constitution grants women the "right to privacy" in matters of sexual practice. This paved the way for Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand. As in years past, Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates will observe the day with prayer and a community presence outside abortion mills and birth control centers.

American Life League has taken our Griswold v. Connecticut observances to a national level. Visit for more information. Pro-Life Wisconsin is a proud co-sponsor of American Life League's Pill Kills nationwide events.

-Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County will gather at Family Planning Health Services, 522 Hwy. 82 E in Mauston, on June 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Winnebago/Outagamie will gather at Planned Parenthood in Appleton, 3800 N. Gillette St., on June 8 at 10 a.m.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee County will gather at Planned Parenthood on Hwy. 100 and Lincoln Ave. in West Allis, on June 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An ice cream social will follow.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Jefferson County will gather at Planned Parenthood in Johnson Creek on June 7 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An ice cream social will be held after.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County will hold a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood on Orin Rd. in Madison on June 7 at 10 a.m.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County will hold a prayer vigil on June 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Planned Parenthood in Delavan.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Portage County and the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe will hold a prayer vigil on June 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin Rapids. An additional vigil will be held June 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Stevens Point at the Family Planning Health Services on Division St.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Marathon County will gather on June 7 at 3 p.m. at the Family Planning Health Services on 719 N. 3rd Ave. in Wausau.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin La Crosse will gather at Options for Reproductive Care, 1201 Caledonia St., on June 7 at 10 a.m.

2010 Sharon Schumer Scholarship winners announced

Pro-Life Wisconsin is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2010 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship: Kate Mantyh of Milwaukee, who attended Seton Home Study School, and Jennifer Line of Wausau, who attended Newman Catholic High School.
The Sharon Schumer Scholarship rewards Wisconsin youth for pro-life service and encourages them to be soldiers for life on their college campuses. Both Kate and Jennifer demonstrated exemplary leadership by increasing peer involvement in public witness at their local chemical and surgical abortion centers.

Kate will be attending Loras College and Jennifer will be attending the University of Wisconsin Marathon County next year, where they will continue their already substantial pro-life efforts.

Kate and Jennifer have been recognized and honored at their respective senior award or graduation ceremony in their communities. In addition, the Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force has awarded them each $500 their first year of college. They will be awarded an additional $500 their second year, pending continued pro-life leadership on their college campuses. 

Pro-Life Wisconsin congratulates Kate and Jennifer and thanks all the worthy applicants for their dedication to the pro-life cause.

Top: Kate Mantyh of Milwaukee; Right: Jennifer Line of Wausau.

Rockford abortion mill continues vicious attacks on Catholic priests

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Rock County affiliate regularly prays and sidewalk counsels at the abortion facility in Rockford, Ill. The below article outlines the power of prayer and how evil surrounds abortion.

Rockford, Ill. In September of 2008 a group of Catholic priests began praying every week at Rockford’s abortion mill special prayers of the Church that the abortion mill be cleansed from evil. Immediately, the pro-life women who sidewalk counsel at this abortion facility noticed a dramatic decline in the numbers of mothers coming for abortions and a tangible rise in the numbers of mothers who choose life at the abortion mill driveway. 

An unofficial count of mothers entering the mill within a month of these devout Priests praying showed the abortion totals to be cut at least in half. This is also when signs started appearing in the mill windows attacking Catholic priests. 

On Friday May 29, the abortion mill sank to a new low even for them.  As a priest was quietly praying the prayers of the Church accompanied by a seminarian, someone inside the building that houses the Northern Illinois Women’s Center put a sign that clearly stated, “F…. Your Perverted Priests.”

Catholic priests have also had to endure personal insults from the abortion mill landlord and security guard.  The car of one priest has been egged by an abortion supporter at this mill.  A priest has also had a hand-written sign taped to his car while he was quietly praying on the sidewalk in front of the mill.  The sign read, “I Rape Children.”

A Rockford man said of one of these priests, “Last winter on a day with the wind chill well below zero, Father was in prayer on the sidewalk with his coat open.  Everyone told him he needed to cover up better, but Father knew that people entering the mill needed to know a priest was there. One young Hispanic woman looked at Father, saw his collar, and saw him praying for her.  She immediately left the mill and never returned.”

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Mississippi becomes third state to opt out of abortion coverage in health care

Following the lead of Arizona and Tennessee, Mississippi became the third state to enact legislation opting out of abortion coverage in their prospective state insurance Exchange under the Obamacare bill. On May 24, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour signed the opt-out bill (SB 3214) into law. "Mississippi continues to be the safest place to be an unborn child in America today," Barbour said. "This bill ensures that taxpayers' money will not fund abortions if the health insurance exchanges are implemented under the federal health care law."  Click here for the full story.  

United States House Resolution (H.R.) 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, allows states to opt out of abortion coverage in their state health insurance exchanges.  The Exchange does not go into effect until 2014, but several states are moving now to opt out of abortion coverage. Florida, Missouri and Oklahoma have already passed bills similar to Mississippi that are awaiting their respective governors’ signatures. If we can elect pro-life majorities in the Wisconsin Legislature and a pro-life governor this fall, Wisconsin can and should follow suit. 

Courtesy announcements

Patriotic means pro-life for the Fourth! Join Pro-Life Wisconsin Ozaukee County in Cedarburg’s 4th of July Parade. All are invited to let patriotism shine by walking to celebrate life! If interested, please contact Charmaine Herbert, (262) 387-0587. The parade will be in downtown Cedarburg on Sunday, July 4 at 11 a.m. Families and strollers welcome!

Elizabeth Ministry Seminar: June 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Stephen Parish in Oak Creek. There is no cost to attend. To register, call (414) 758-2201 or email Questions? Email Elizabeth Ministry offers hope and healing to women and their families on issues related to sexuality, childbearing and relationships.

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,

SOUL Ride: Charity motorcycle ride for WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee will be held on Saturday, June 12. It will start at 10 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church on 107th St., wind through scenic Kettle Moraine/Holy Hill area, and end at Sam's Club on North 76th St. and Calumet. All paid registrants will receive a T-shirt and picnic lunch. Whether you own or ride a motorcycle or not you can join us for this event that supports the pregnancy care centers and the sanctity of human life by providing healthy choices. Register online at, call (414) 727-8176 or for a registration form or more information.

How do we help build a culture of life in America? Marisa Beffel will give a talk at St. John the Evangelist (8500 W. Coldspring Rd., Greenfield) on Tuesday, June 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Refreshments provided. Sponsored by the parish's Respect Life committee. Marisa's talk will cover how modern technology, medical practice and democratic laws would promote and protect the dignity, life and rights of everyone.

Milwaukee Birthright is now in its 40th year of service to women experiencing a crisis pregnancy. We offer free pregnancy tests, layettes, comfort and friendship. But, we need your help! Training is provided. Work at your convenience… in the office or your home, whichever works for you. Call Veronica Ceszynski, Director, at (414) 672-5433.

Eyewitness for Life: You are invited to learn about the important lifesaving work of Eyewitness for Life. By attending a one-hour Seeing is Believing event you will get to tour our new facility and learn how Eyewitness for Life utilizes the miracle of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and the children they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion - thereby saving two lives at a time. The upcoming event will be held on June 26. Our program begins at 10 a.m. Eyewitness for Life is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. Call (414) 462-5483 or email 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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