legislature passes budget that respects taxpayers'
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
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
Partial-birth abortionist Fredrik Broekhuizen
had the below letter-to-the-editor in the June
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,”
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
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.
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
Illinois abortion records
full of gaps
From the Chicago Tribune:
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
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
- Also unknown to officials are the types of
abortion-related problems experienced by
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.
here to read more.
than half of New York's abortions are repeat
More proof the "more contraceptives, less
abortions" theory is flawed.
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.
Justice Department sues to save Planned Parenthood
funding in Indiana
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
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
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
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.
to read more.
- Catholic Vote covered
Read it here.
- "Black and
Oakland, CA and Atlanta, GA. Read more here.
has denied Planned Parenthood tax credits for fundraising.
Read it here.
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.
Our affiliates need your help this summer!
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).
Brown, Outagamie, Calumet and Winnebago Co.
affiliates will be doing an info table at LiFest
in Oshkosh (July 7-10).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
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
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
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
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
email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or at
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
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!
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
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)
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.