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June 20, 2011
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Wisconsin legislature passes budget that respects taxpayers' consciences

Last week the Wisconsin Legislature passed a biennial budget bill that respects the consciences of pro-life taxpayers who wholly oppose the use of public funds for abortion.  The budget bill redirects $1 million in state and federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state’s largest abortion provider, and applies current law abortion funding restrictions to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority. The bill also removes boys/men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program and requires parental notification for minor girls in the program. Click here for Pro-Life Wisconsin’s press release.

Pro-Life Wisconsin applauds the Wisconsin Legislature for passing these life affirming budget measures. We especially thank freshman Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) for his advocacy. In his first speech on the Assembly floor, Jacque powerfully rebutted an attempt by the minority Democrats to restore funding to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. The anti-life amendment was defeated with all Republicans, one Independent (Bob Ziegelbauer [Manitowoc]), and two Democrats (Tony Staskunas [West Allis] and Peggy Krusick [Milwaukee]) voting against it. Click here to see Rep. Jacque’s floor speech.

The budget now moves to Governor Walker for his expected signature. We thank all of you who called, emailed, and wrote to your state senators and state representatives. Your voices made a difference!

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel prints letter-to-the-editor from partial-birth abortionist

Partial-birth abortionist Fredrik Broekhuizen had the below letter-to-the-editor in the June 11 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Broekhuizen stated, in part:

I am appalled that my patients’ well-being doesn’t matter to our state Legislature, whose Joint Finance Committee has voted to stop the Planned Parenthood clinics in Wisconsin from receiving state and federal grants (“Budget to rein in aid for family planning,” June 4).

I spent a day recently at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Milwaukee screening patients for cervical cancer. This basic health care saves lives, and as the medical director of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, I am proud to provide it. Most of our patients are uninsured or underinsured and have nowhere else to go.

I am proud that some Planned Parenthood clinics offer abortions along with cancer screenings, contraception, prenatal care, testing for sexually transmitted infections and other vital services. Safe clinical settings are needed where patients can find physicians to have safe, legal abortions. Countless studies have demonstrated that access to comprehensive reproductive health care improves women’s health and saves their lives.

Broekhuizen is the “medical director” at Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. He is also a practicing physician at Froedtert/Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in their “fetal concerns program.” Broekhuizen performs abortions at Froedtert, which we already know for a fact.

Broekhuizen testified in U.S. District Court in 2004 about how he does abortions and admitted much of the same in Planned Parenthood v. Doyle in 1999.

Partial-birth abortion is STILL legal in Wisconsin, since the “exceptions” cases were written into the law [document here from the State of WI]:

The law does not prohibit a partial-birth abortion when required to save a woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, physical illness or physical injury and there is no other medical procedure to save her.  These life-endangering circumstances include those caused by the pregnancy.

In his letter-to-the-editor, Broekhuizen fails to note his career as an abortionist. Interesting, because as little as 7 years ago, while testifying in District Court in 2004, Broekhuizen went into graphic detail about how he performs abortions, what the best method is, and so on. Seems like the title of “abortionist” is no longer something to be proud of.

Illinois abortion records full of gaps

From the
Chicago Tribune:
Health care providers are failing to detail abortion complications to the state as required by law, one of many gaps in a surveillance system viewed as crucial to protecting patients, a Tribune review has found.

The state's system for tracking abortions is so broken that regulators also may be missing more than 7,000 of the procedures per year.

The Illinois Department of Public Health must collect details about every abortion performed in the state, including whether the patient is injured or dies.

The Tribune found:
- State regulators have documented between 7,000 and 17,000 fewer abortions a year than a national research group found in Illinois.

- This reporting is the only tool Illinois authorities have to monitor some abortion providers, yet regulators may be allowing doctors and clinics to operate off the books. Regulators collect reports from 26 providers, but the abortion rights research group has identified 37 providers doing business in the state.

- Also unknown to officials are the types of abortion-related problems experienced by women. Nearly 4,000 reports of abortion complications involving Illinois residents in 2009 were missing the required description.

- Health care providers who intentionally fail to submit accurate and complete reports are committing a criminal act, and a failure to report abortion complications is grounds for revoking their licenses, but the Department of Public Health has never sought disciplinary action against a provider.

Click here to read more.

More than half of New York's abortions are repeat abortions

More proof the "more contraceptives, less abortions" theory is flawed.

From LifeSiteNews:
On June 13, 2011 the New York City Department of Health revealed that over half of the city’s abortions are repeat procedures.  Nationwide the Alan Guttmacher Institute tells us the rate is 47%.  Sadly, it is not uncommon for women to have 3, 4, 10 and, as we learned from Irene Vilar, as many as 15 abortions.

Former New York City Resident Irene Vilar might be considered an authority on this phenomenon.  In her book “Impossible Motherhood” Irene refers to her personal experience of abortion repetition as a type of addiction.

At this point you are fairly asking yourself, “what is the matter with these women?  Why would someone continue to engage in the same behavior, with the same predictable outcome?”  No one would claim that abortion is a pleasant experience … we know that for many women it is an emotionally and physically traumatic experience.  What is going on?  We need a solution.

More of the Same
What is the solution offered by the New York Health Department?  These women need more effective birth control counseling.

But in a June 15 article in the New York Metro Irene Vilar considers this question after her 15 abortions: “Would (birth control counseling) help or be something that breaks through the cycle of repeated abortion?”

She flatly states: “My take is no.”

Irene, as you will learn, has it exactly right.

Read more here.

Obama's Justice Department sues to save Planned Parenthood funding in Indiana

From LifeSiteNews:

President Obama’s Justice Department is joining Planned Parenthood in a federal lawsuit to stop a law that bars taxpayer dollars from funding health centers for low-income women that also perform abortions.

Indiana is the first U.S. State to cut off Medicaid dollars from Planned Parenthood. Although Planned Parenthood operates family planning clinics that do not provide abortions, state officials said Medicaid dollars end up subsidizing the organization’s abortion franchise, by propping up their bottom line.

The loss of Medicaid dollars, however, prompted Planned Parenthood to file a lawsuit against Indiana, claiming that the law is “an assault on women” that would deprive them of health care options.

Planned Parenthood stands to lose $3 million thanks to the law, which is already in effect.

The Associated Press reports that the Justice Department filed a brief on Thursday with U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt, arguing that she should side with Planned Parenthood and enjoin the law, because it prevents women on Medicaid from choosing their own provider of health services.

Ken Falk, an attorney representing Planned Parenthood, said he did not expect the federal government would actively intervene in the case on their side. “I had no idea this was coming,” he told the AP.

Click here to read more.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Catholic Vote covered Wisconsin's budget.
Read it here.

- "Black and Beautiful" billboards hit Oakland, CA and Atlanta, GA. Read more here.

- Indiana has denied Planned Parenthood tax credits for fundraising. Read it here.

- Former IVF top doctor: I was absolutely horrified when I realized what I was doing. Read more here.

- Biking for Babies: Five college kids are biking from Louisiana to Illinois to raise money for three pro-life charities. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Our affiliates need your help this summer!
County Fairs: Waukesha (July 20-24), Ozaukee (August 3-7), Wausau (also known as the Wisconsin Valley Fair, August 2-7), Fond du Lac (also known as the Fondy Fair, July 20-24), Juneau (August 17-21) & St. Croix (July 20-24).

LiFest: Brown, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Co. affiliates will be doing an info table at LiFest in Oshkosh (July 7-10).

Parades: Ashland 4th of July; Cedarburg 4th of July; Sheboygan Brat Days (Saturday August 6); and Eastman (Crawford County) 4th of July Parade.

All of these efforts are coordinated and staffed solely by volunteers! We need your help! Contact Pro-Life Wisconsin toll-free at (877) 463-7945 or email to find out how you can spread the pro-life message in Wisconsin this summer.

Sawyer County affiliate, Queen of Peace, Protector of Life, will be displaying the "Cemetery of the Innocents" (400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA), at Holy Family Parish along Hwy 51 in Woodruff, WI., June 9 - June 22. Further set-ups are planned throughout the summer. For more information, contact Bob Ornberg at (715) 699-1287.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
will be praying at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI  on Monday, June 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. 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 Winnebago County prays at the Planned Parenthood on Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton from 12 - 1 pm on the first Monday of every month. If you cannot attend please take a moment to say a prayer for defunding Planned Parenthood permanently. Bring your own signs or make your own if you would like.

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. 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.

Vigil for Life-PLW Dane County have 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

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 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 or at (262) 656-0301.

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

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening
at 6 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,

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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