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June 28, 2010
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 Join Pro-Life Wisconsin in your community this summer

This summer, Pro-Life Wisconsin and our affiliates throughout the state will be making the pro-life message visible. We will be marching in parades, connecting with young and old alike at county fairs, and continuing our regular prayer efforts outside Wisconsin's abortion mills.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Ozaukee County invites all to join the parade! Join us in Cedarburg on Sunday, July 4 for an 11 a.m. start! Proudly carry our banner, casually toss a few pounds of candy or just walk along with us and support PLW! Cheering "fans" all along the mile-long route help to make this an event worthwhile! Contact Charmaine at plwozaukeecounty@hotmail.com or (262) 387-0587.


Pro-Life Wisconsin Bayfield County (Moqua Pro-Life) invites all to join them in the Fourth of July Parade in Ashland. Meet at noon at Main St. and 9th Ave. Banners and handouts will be provided. For info, call Kathy Huybrecht at (715) 746-2577.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Sheboygan County will be marching in the Sheboygan Brat Days parade on August 7 at 9 a.m. Call Pat Piper at (920) 786-1004 for more information.

We need volunteers to help staff our booths at county fairs! Contact Pro-Life Wisconsin at (262) 796-1111 or email info@prolifewisconsin.org for more information. We will have booths at the following fairs, among others:
- Waukesha County
- Fond du Lac County
- Ozaukee County
- St. Croix County
- Wisconsin Valley Fair (Marathon County fair)
- Juneau County

Pro-Life Wisconsin in the news

- Pro-Life Wisconsin's response to NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin's letter to the editor, which advocated the use of eugenics, was printed in the June 22 edition of the Wisconsin State Journal. Read our letter to the editor here. Read NARAL's letter here.

- Jill Stanek's weekly column for World Net Daily focused on the use of telemedicine in Planned Parenthoods nationwide and included the research Pro-Life Wisconsin did on telemedicine in Wisconsin. Read Jill's column here.

- Pro-Life Wisconsin state director Peggy Hamill and board member Greg Wagner were interviewed for a LifeSiteNews article about Bishop Morlino of Madison. Read it here.

- Father Frank Pavone discussed, on National Pro-Life Radio, our request for an opinion from the Wisconsin Attorney General regarding the University of Wisconsin training abortionists at Planned Parenthood. Read about it here.

Planned Parenthood missing $1 billion in federal taxpayer funds

Rita Diller, executive director of American Life League's STOPP project, in a June 21 Washington Times op-ed:
A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) on federal tax money funneled into Planned Parenthood and similar organizations raises more questions than it answers about the nation's largest abortion chain.

Planned Parenthood Federation of America's (PPFA) audits show the organization spent just $657.1 million between 2002 and 2008 from federal government grants and programs, but the abortion behemoth's own annual reports show that it took in $2.3 billion from government grants and programs during the same time period.

That's not pocket change. Why the discrepancy?

The report (the first of its kind since 2002) was released in response to a request from 31 U.S. senators and representatives and in an atmosphere increasingly hostile to abortion. Not surprisingly. then, its findings are fueling an escalating outcry to defund Planned Parenthood.

Since 2009, at least five nationwide polls have confirmed that a majority of Americans consider themselves pro-life.

Someone, then, needs to explain to all those people why $2.3 billion in tax dollars have been doled out to an organization that admits to systematically having killed more than 1.8 million pre-born babies between 2002 and 2008 and then reports it only spent $657.1 million in federal dollars.

Click here to read more of Diller's op-ed. To read American Life League's report on Planned Parenthood's funding and the $1 billion question, click here.

Milwaukee's Alverno College website links to pro-abortion groups

From LifeSiteNews:
A conservative student group has launched a protest against Alverno College, a Catholic educational institution for women, whose research division directs online visitors to several pro-abortion and homosexualist groups.

TFP (Tradition, Family, Property) Student Action launched the peaceful protest after discovering links to extreme pro-abortion groups including the National Organization for Women, the Center for Reproductive Rights, EMILY's List, and the Feminist Majority Foundation, on the resource page of the Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls.

In its mission statement, Alverno College states that its curriculum, which "includes both a philosophy and a program of education," is "rooted in Catholic tradition." Alverno College president Mary Meehan has not responded to LifeSiteNews's request for comment as of press time.

TFP Student Action has launched a protest petition asking Alverno to remove the abortion advocacy links.

“It’s scandalous for a Catholic college to have any links with abortion advocacy groups or to present them as legitimate resources for students,” said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie.  “Groups that deliberately favor the sin of abortion are not resources, but death sources.”

Click here to read more.

U.S. bishops back Phoenix bishop in nun excommunication abortion case

From LifeSiteNews:
The Doctrinal Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published a document last week to clarify misunderstandings about the case of an abortion that took place in a Catholic hospital in Phoenix.

A media frenzy erupted in May after Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted announced the automatic excommunication of a nun who contributed to the decision to go ahead with the procedure. The nun in question, Sister Margaret McBride, had claimed that the abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother, who was suffering from pulmonary hypertension.

However, while various media gave the impression that pulmonary hypertension is a condition where abortion would be curative, Catholic medical experts pointed out that this is not the case.

In fact, neonatologist Dr. Paul Byrne explained to LifeSiteNews that with pulmonary hypertension, an abortion, although it may relieve some of the stress on the heart, may also make the situation worse due to the stress of the abortion procedure. Dr. Byrne also explained that the literature on the condition indicates that there have been successful interventions for pregnant women with pulmonary hypertension that have enabled both mother and child to survive.

In its statement, the USCCB Committee presents two scenarios that distinguish “between medical procedures that cause direct abortions,” which it says are “never morally permissible,” and those “that may indirectly result in the death of an unborn child,” which in certain extreme situations can be permissible.

Click here to read more.

Affiliate announcements

Pro-Life Sidewalk Counselor Training: Saturday July 31, 9 a.m. to noon; St. Bridget Parish, 600 Clifford Ave., Loves Park, Ill. Sidewalk counseling is exactly what the name implies — standing on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic, counseling women and couples on their way inside. It is a last attempt to turn their hearts away from abortion and offer real help. Veteran sidewalk counselor JT Eschbach from the Pro-Life Action League will be conducting this free seminar that is open to people of all ages who are interested in knowing how to be an effective witness for Christ and life at an abortion clinic. This training is also very helpful for anyone interested in learning how to talk to people about abortion and help guide them to real help. To attend, email Kevin at everylifematters@comcast.net  or call (815) 494-0333. Sponsored by The Rockford Pro-Life Initiative and Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County will have pro-life stations of the cross and a picnic with Fr. Rick Heilman and the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe: Sunday, July 18 at 5 p.m. at the Orin Rd. Planned Parenthood in Madison. Pro-Life Wisconin's state director Peggy Hamill will be attendance. Pro-life family picnic to follow across the street at Our Lady of Victory property. Bring dish to pass if able, not required. Table settings and drinks will be provided. Bring your own lawn chairs. Call Jeanne at (608) 516-8632 any questions. Headcount helpful, not required, for picnic.

Mark Kimble, a Dane County affiliate member, is doing an Appalachian Hike For Life this summer. Mark has testified on pro-life issues at the Capitol and has prayed in front of abortuaries in Madison for years. Pro-Life Wisconsin is among the groups whom Mark will be donating the proceeds from his Hike For Life to. Click here for more information.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at (608) 256-0585 about prayer dates and times.

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 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. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.
 
Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St., on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call Phil for more information, (262) 742-3299.

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 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 Kenosha will have a Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. Contact Karie Kinzler at kakinzler7@yahoo.com or (262) 656-0301 for further details.

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. Called “NIWC,” 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

40 Days for Life Wausau: In honor of St. Maria Goretti's feast day on July 6, we will pray the Holy Rosary and Divine Mercy at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N. 3rd Avenue in Wausau, on Tuesday, July 6 at 10 a.m. Be a witness for the unborn and to promote the virtue of chastity in honor of Saint Maria Goretti. Saint  Maria Goretti died at the age of twelve.  She was obedient to God and gave mercy to her attacker. Pray for us,  Saint Maria Goretti, to be silent no more. Any questions, please call Janet, (715) 848-2174.

40 Days for Life - Milwaukee
: Save the date for the fall 40 Days for Life! Will be held September 22 through October 31 at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee. For details call (414) 236-0688.

Missionaries to the Preborn
will have a pro-life picket on Saturday, July 17, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Greenfield, WI at S. 76th St. & W. Layton Ave. Park on S. 74th St. Signs will be provided. Contact Jim Soderna with questions at (414) 462-3399.

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.

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 eyewitness@milwpc.com 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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