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Hundreds attend Griswold prayer vigils and Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rallies across state


Thank you to the hundreds of people who turned out this past week, joining Pro-Life Wisconsin in observing the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court Griswold v. Connecticut decision, which decriminalized birth control, led to the pseudoscientific redefinition of pregnancy from conception to implantation and paved the way for Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand.


In addition to our Griswold prayer vigils, Stand Up for Religious Freedom rallies were held across the state -- in Milwaukee, Madison, La Crosse, Stevens Point, Eau Claire and Green Bay.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had a photographer present at the Milwaukee rally. View the Journal Sentinel's photos here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Peggy Hamill spoke at the Stevens Point rally. Read an article about that rally in the Marshfield News-Herald here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Steve Karlen spoke at the La Crosse rally. Watch TV coverage from WEAU, the La Crosse NBC affiliate, on the prayer vigil here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Matt Sande spoke at the Madison rally. To view pictures, click here.

Nationwide, tens of thousands of people attended more than 160 events, all held on Friday. A record 3,600 attended in Chicago. Read a LifeSiteNews article about the rallies here.

"Walking through fire": A mother's desperate fight against breast cancer, and for her unborn baby


LifeSiteNews, an internationally recognized pro-life news site, picked up our You Tube video about Pamela Goris, a Wisconsin mother of six, as she talked about her journey through medicine, faith and hope as she struggled with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment while pregnant. Watch the video here. Below is an in-depth article about Pamela and her family.

MEQUON, Wisconsin -- "Pam, I have some bad news..." the breast-care coordinator from the hospital said hesitatingly over the phone. "It turns out that your tumor is... well it's malignant... I'm sorry."

Pamela Goris, 28, felt a wave of devastation wash over her as she put down the phone. The mother of two young children quietly cried and prayed, closely cradling her nine-month-old Joseph in her arms, as haunting thoughts of her children growing up motherless paraded grimly before her.

"I'm not going to be here to see this little baby go to Kindergarten," she thought as tears streamed down her face. How would her impetuous eight-year-old son Adam survive without her guidance, she wondered. How would her husband Tom take the news?

What made these thoughts seem even darker for the young mother was the dismal realization that the newest member of the Goris family, whose existence had just been confirmed by a pregnancy test the day before, was probably never going to see the light of day. Pam and her husband Tom had eagerly welcomed the tidings of a new member coming into their blossoming family. But now yesterday's perfect joy seemed to Pam to be suddenly eclipsed by the dreadful prognosis.

"If you want to save your life... have an abortion"
It was October 1996 when the happily married mom first became concerned about her health after discovering a lump in one of her breasts. A mammogram indicated nothing amiss, but the results of a biopsy revealed that a virulent cancer was attacking her body.

A few days after the call, a surgeon at the hospital told Pam and her husband that if they wanted to keep their two-week-old pregnancy, then lumpectomy -- which would remove the tumor -- was not an option since the procedure would be followed by the necessary radiation treatment, which could cause serious damage to the developing baby. In the best interests of the baby, mastectomy was the only viable option, the doctor said.

Pam agreed to the full removal of her breast because she wanted to do all she could to keep her unborn baby safe. After waking weak and dazed from the operation, Pam was immediately told by her oncologist that the cancer had spread further than expected, infecting her lymph nodes. She was told that she must be prepared to make decisions that would be in her best interest.

"I have to tell you that as your oncologist, you are my patient and my goal is to save your life," Pam remembers her oncologist saying. "If we want to save your life, the best thing for you to do would be to have an abortion."

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Pro-Life Wisconsin celebrates recall victories


Pro-Life Wisconsinites are celebrating the recall election day victories of Governor Scott Walker, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Senator-elect Jerry Petrowski.
 
"We congratulate Governor Walker, Lieutenant Governor Kleefisch, Senator Fitzgerald and Senator-elect Petrowski on their outstanding victories, victories for Wisconsin's preborn children and the vulnerable elderly and disabled," said Matt Sande, director of the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC).
 
"Their convincing wins prove that Wisconsinites will keep electing to high office men and women of principle who proclaim that abortion is never the answer to an unplanned pregnancy. Their wins prove that the 'war on women' is as phony as it sounds," said Sande.
 
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.
 
"We commend the dedication and hard work of grassroots pro-life campaign volunteers around the state, and we look forward to the fall elections and the opportunity to build strong pro-life majorities in the state legislature," said Sande.

VIDEO: Two Arizona abortion clinics welcome felony sex-selection abortions of baby girls


From LifeSiteNews:

The third undercover video in a series on sex-selection abortions in America shows two more abortion clinics willing to perform the procedure in Arizona - where abortions targeting baby girls are a class 3 felony.

The footage shows two National Abortion Federation (NAF) clinic members, Camelback Family Planning in Phoenix and the Tucson Women's Center in Tucson, promising to perform a sex-selective abortion and coaching a woman to lie on official paperwork to conceal the reason for the procedure.

"Don't tell us that, because we don't want to know," says a counselor named Barb when told the baby would be aborted for being the wrong gender. She goes on to describe at length how the potential patient should simply falsify the information on the required form.

"Oh, I initialed everything without reading!" says the woman. "No, that's fine, that's better," Barb replies.

Referring to the clinic's abortion doctor, Gabrielle Goodrick, Barb says, "You can tell her, she's gonna tell you the same thing, just: Don't let it be known! She's really good about that. You'll like that about her."

At the Tucson clinic, the surgical assistant Francisco initially refuses and tells the woman, "We could lose our license." After some hesitation, he agrees to cover up her sex-selective abortion. "I'll just forget about it," he says. "But just be sure not to mention it [to the abortionist]. Don't even mention it to him."


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The single-mom catastrophe


Below is an opinion piece in the
Los Angeles Times, written by Kay Hymowitz, on the demise of two-parent families in the U.S.:

The single-mother revolution shouldn't need much introduction. It started in the 1960s when the nation began to sever the historical connection between marriage and childbearing and to turn single motherhood and the fatherless family into a viable, even welcome, arrangement for children and for society. The reasons for the shift were many, including the sexual revolution, a powerful strain of anti-marriage feminism and a "super bug" of American individualism that hit the country in the 1960s and '70s.

In its broad outlines, the story is familiar by now. In 1965, 93% of all American births were to women with marriage licenses. Over the next few decades, the percentage of babies with no father around rose steadily. As of 1970, 11% of births were to unmarried mothers; by 1990, that number had risen to 28%. Today, 41% of all births are to unmarried women. And for mothers under 30, the rate is 53%.

Though other Western countries also concluded that it was OK for the unmarried to have kids, what they had in mind as the substitute for marriage was something similar to it: a stable arrangement in which two partners, cohabiting over the long term, would raise their children together. The embrace of "lone motherhood" -- women bringing up kids with no dad around -- has been an American specialty.

"By age 30, one-third of American women had spent time as lone mothers," observed family scholar Andrew Cherlin in his 2009 book, "The Marriage-Go-Round." "In European countries such as France, Sweden and the western part of Germany, the comparable percentages were half as large or even less."

The single-mother revolution has been an economic catastrophe for women. Poverty remains relatively rare among married couples with children; the U.S. census puts only 8.8% of them in that category, up from 6.7% since the start of the Great Recession. But more than 40% of single-mother families are poor, up from 37% before the downturn. In the bottom quintile of earnings, most households are single people, many of them elderly. But of the two-fifths of bottom-quintile households that are families, 83% are headed by single mothers. The Brookings Institution's Isabel Sawhill calculates that virtually all the increase in child poverty in the United States since the 1970s would vanish if parents still married at 1970 rates.


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Pro-life news wrap-up


- The Capital Times' charitable foundation gave $100,000 to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in general support of the organization’s work. Read more here.

- Genetic scanning for 3,500 more disorders raises fears of spike in abortions. Read more here.

- Indian 'gendercide' continues: Two doctors arrested for late-term abortions of baby girls. Read more here.

- Video: Ted Turner, Reduce population by five billion people. Read more here.

- Catholic actress: Planned Parenthood's goal is 'saving women's lives.' Read more here.

Affiliate announcements


Come celebrate life with Pro-Life Wisconsin Ozaukee County in our Cedarburg July 4 parade unit!
Meet at Fireman's Park prior to the 10 am start for decorating and fun! Families are welcome to use bikes, wagons, strollers, etc. on this one-mile route through historic downtown Cedarburg. Help carry a banner or distribute candy... and don't forget to wear your red PLW t-shirt or borrow one at the park. Please join us as we walk in gratitude for God's precious gift of life all around us, as we look toward the day when living in this "land of the free and home of the brave" can by enjoyed by all! For additional information, contact Charmaine Herbert at 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


Practicing NFP or using contraception: "Same Difference"?
Dr. Michael Kloess, a family practice physician and the Executive Director of Our Lady of Hope Clinic (in Madison, WI), will give a presentation on NFP, with Question & Answer Session.
The talk will be June 14 at 7pm at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield, WI, in the Church Hall. For more information, please contact Kathy at 414‐329‐0991.

"October Baby" movie showing: Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the historic Al Ringling Theater on the Square in downtown Baraboo. Sponsored by St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish in Baraboo. No admission charge, though free will offerings will graciously be accepted. All profits will be donated to the Women’s Care Center in Madison.

Men of Christ 5k Run: Join us for the first annual Men of Christ 5K Holy Hill run on June 16! You can download the race flyer here. Proceeds will benefit 40 Days for Life of Milwaukee.

Missionaries to the Preborn will have a pro-life picket on Saturday, June 16 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in West Allis, WI at the intersection of W. Greenfield Av. (Hwy 59) & S 108th St. (Hwy 100). Any questions call (414) 462-3399 or email defendbabies@missionariestopreborn.com.

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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