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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Closes Fond du Lac Birth Control Center




On Thursday Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) announced the closure of its Fond du Lac birth control center, citing lack of public funding as the impetus for the decision. Specifically, PPWI says the closure is the direct result of the Wisconsin Legislature eliminating $1 million in state funding for the group. The Fond du Lac closure follows the closure of PPWI birth control centers in Beaver Dam, Johnson Creek, Chippewa Falls and Shawano last year.
 
Wisconsin taxpayers who conscientiously oppose the use of public funds to directly or indirectly subsidize abortion applauded the 2011 state biennial budget bill partially defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider.  Last year they welcomed Planned Parenthood’s decision to close four of its state funded birth control centers as a direct result of the budget cuts, centers that refer for surgical abortion and dispense abortifacient contraceptives – often to minor children without parental notification. And today they welcome the closure of the Fond du Lac birth control center for the same reasons. 
 
Pro-Life Wisconsin will continue its hard work to totally defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin of all public funds. 

“We praise God for the faithful witness of our Fond du Lac County affiliate, under the leadership of Anne Fontecchio, who prayed and gave public witness week after week,” said Peggy Hamill, State Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin. “I was blessed to join them at their vigil on several occasions. We will continue to work to not only expose Planned Parenthood but to also defund and counter their deplorable agenda.”

Click here for more commentary on our blog and here for a press release on the closure from American Life League.
 

EWTN Denied Conscience Protections, Supreme Court to Rule on HHS Mandate this Week




On Tuesday, June 17, a federal district court judged ruled that EWTN, the nation's largest Catholic media company, must comply with the HHS contraceptive mandate. 

The controversial ruling comes after almost all other cases involving the HHS mandate have protected the conscience rights of business owners. Michael Warsaw, Chairman and CEO of EWTN, made the following comments. 
The opinion issued is clearly inconsistent with the decisions reached in nearly all of the cases decided to date. The fact that the court has dismissed the serious issues of conscience and religious freedom that EWTN has raised is very troubling.”

As an organization that was founded to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church, we do not believe that contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization should be defined as health care,” he added. “We simply cannot facilitate these immoral practices.
Read more about EWTN's case here

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of the HHS mandate this week. 

A Tribute to a Slain Priest
 



Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, made media headlines by being killed during a burglary gone wrong, but he is remembered by those who know him best as a faithful priest who was above all concerned for the salvation of souls and threats to the dignity of human life.

Judie Brown of American Life League has the following commentary on this wonderful priest. 
Both of these Catholic priests were well-known in their community for their stalwart defense of preborn children, their involvement with ministry and prayer—including 40 Days for Life events in their city—and for speaking eloquently and often about respect for the dignity of the human person.
Read the rest.

Pro-Life News

Affiliate Announcements
 

Affiliate Summer Activities

Cedarburg 4th of July Parade - Pro-Life Wisconsin will be participating in the July 4 Cedarburg/Ozaukee County Parade. The parade begins at 10:00 am in Fireman's Park. PLW t-shirt helpful but not required. The route is approximately 1 mile. For more information, call 262-796-1111 and ask for Charmaine Herbert.

Ozaukee County Fair - Pro-Life Wisconsin will have a booth at the Ozaukee County Fair from Wednesday, July 30 through Sunday, August 3. The fair is held at Fireman's Park in Cedarburg. For more information, call 262-796-1111 and ask for Charmaine Herbert.

Price County Events - PLW Price County will  participate in the following events:
March in the July 4th parade in Phillips.
Hosting an all day NFP/Marriage/Theology of the Body day called "For Two are One"
Will march in August Flambeau-rama parade in Park Falls
Will have a pro-life booth the Price County Fair
Will sell Pies at Phillips Fall Feat, Sept 27

For more information on Price County events, contact Patti McCormick at jandpmac6@gmail.com
 
More Affiliate Activites

Courtesy Announcements

Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Vigils:

1) Mondays at 4:30 p.m. in Wisconsin Rapids on 8th Street by the Shopko mall to pray for the closing of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com.

2) Tuesdays 3-4 p.m. in Winona, MN in front of Semcac, and abortifacient delegate of Planned Parenthood. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com.
 
3) Wednesdays 4-6 p.m. in La Crosse in front of Options(corner of Caledonia and St. Paul Streets. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or vitapretiosa@gmail.com.
More Courtesy Announcements

June 23, 2014

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