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Pro-Life Wisconsin Affiliates Observe Griswold v. Connecticut

 
For most Americans, June 7 is just another day. But for those involved in the pro-life fight, it is a tragic day that marks a devastating Supreme Court decision that laid the groundwork for Roe v. Wade.

Join PLW affiliates across the state in marking the 48th anniversary of this landmark decision, which decriminalized birth control, led to the redefinition of pregnancy from conception to implantation, and fabricated the so-called "right to privacy" which paved the way for Roe v. Wade and which is now being established as an entitlement through the oppressive HHS birth control mandate. 

PLW Milwaukee County will gather on Friday, June 7, from 5-6p.m. at Planned Parenthood on Hwy 100 and Lincoln Ave in West Allis. An ice cream social will follow.

PLW Marathon County will gather at Family Planning Health Services (719 N 3rd Ave.) in Wausau from 7 am to 4:00 pm. There will be at least one person praying at all times. For more information, please call Ron at 715-298-1506.

PLW Portage County and the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be holding a Eucharistic Procession for the protection of life with Deacon Jerome Ruesch on Monday, June 3, 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood,1355 8th St S, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. The procession will start under the Copps sign by Element Mobile. Another Eucharistic procession will be held with Father Greg Michaud on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Planning Health Services, 200 Division Street, Stevens Point. For more information, contact Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com or 715-340-2779. 

PLW Sheboygan County will be marking Griswold during their regular Thursday vigil in front of Planned Parenthood (2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan) from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. For more information call Sarah at 920-452-2759 or Shannon at 920-457-8422.

PLW Outagamie County will hold a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood in Appleton (508 W. Wisconsin Ave.) on Saturday, June 8, at 1 p.m. The vigil will last about an hour. To get involved, contact Larry Putzstuck at 920-707-6464.

PLW Kenosha County will gather on Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Planned Parenthood on Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. in Kenosha.

Vigil for Life (PLW Dane County) will gather outside Planned Parenthood (3706 Orin Road, Madison) on Thursday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Bette Weisshaar at 608-358-5963 or visit http://vigilforlife.org

PLW Juneau County will gather for prayer and scripture reading outside Family Planning Health Services (522 Hwy. 82 East, Suite F - Midtown Mall in Mauston) on Friday, June 7th at 7:00-8:00 p.m.

PLW Walworth County will gather at 4 p.m. on Monday, June 10th, outside the Planned Parenthood in Delavan (312 S 7th St.). 

PLW Fond du Lac County will gather on Saturday, June 8, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 333 n. Peters Ave. in Fond du Lac.

A Philosophical Defense of Personhood


Pro-aborts love to caricature personhood advocates as crazy and out of touch. They act like defending the equal rights of an embryo is an absurd thing to do. Why would you bother to protect a human being that is as small as a period at the end of a sentence?  That's just crazy, they claim.

But whose side is the logic really on? If you move beyond the name calling and rhetoric, the philosophical case for personhood from the moment of conception is extremely strong. At On the Willows, a blog for women, Sarah Maizland spells out this philosophical case, providing a compelling summary of the reasons for personhood from the moment of conception.  

This argument for personhood will center on the idea that the only differences between me as a 29 year old person and the unborn are four things, none of which are relevant to the issue of personhood.  They are as follows: 1. Size, 2. Level of development, 3. Environment and 4. Degree of dependency; (the acronym SLED; borrowed from Fetal Tissue and Embryo Stem Cell Research, Scott Klusendorf). When most people defend the idea that the unborn is not a person, they will give one or all of these criteria but they all fall under a functional view of personhood. My goal is to demonstrate that the commonly adopted view regarding personhood as being functional is a faulty one.
 

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Health Care Conscience Rights Act Undoes HHS Mandate


On August 1, 2013, the Obama Administration’s contraceptive, sterilization, abortifacient mandate on religious schools, charities and health care providers will be enforced. The so-called “accommodation” or delay period will be over and the above-named institutions will bear the full brunt of this onerous and unconstitutional mandate. Only a very narrow exemption for religious employers, or “houses of worship,” will be permitted. There is no exemption for individuals or businesses owned by individuals who conscientiously oppose the mandate for moral or religious reasons.
 
We agree with Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life when he said, “We see only one acceptable change regarding the mandate: rescind it completely.” That is why Pro-Life Wisconsin supports the numerous lawsuits against the mandate as well as federal legislation that would undo it. The federal Health Care Conscience Rights Act (House Resolution [H.R.] 940), sponsored by Representative Diane Black of Tennessee, would amend the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) so that it could not mandate coverage of  “an abortion or other item or service” to which an individual, employer or insurer has a moral or religious objection. Importantly, the bill creates a private right of action so victims of discrimination can sue in federal court.
 
Click here to view the full text of H.R. 940.
 
H.R. 940 has a total of 169 co-sponsors, including four members of Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation: Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan, Reid Ribble and Sean Duffy. It has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health. The goal is to attach the Health Care Conscience Rights Act to “must-pass” legislation, such as the next fiscal bill to keep the federal government operating. 
 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

 
Please call or email your U.S. Representative and urge him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 940. If your representative is Jim Sensenbrenner, Paul Ryan, Reid Ribble or Sean Duffy, please call or email him and thank him for co-sponsoring H.R. 940. Click here to find out who your U.S. Representative is. Type in your zip code and then click on your representative’s name for his/her contact information or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121. Thank you for standing up for preborn babies, women’s health and religious freedom!
 

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Affiliate Activities


PLW affiliates across the state will observe the landmark Griswold v. Connecticut case this week. Please see the above announcement for more information.

The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Pro-life Wisconsin Portage County will be holding a Eucharistic Procession for the protection of life with Deacon Jerome Ruesch on Monday, June 3 at 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood,1355 8th St S, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494. Another Eucharistic procession will be held with Father Greg Michaud on Wednesday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the Family Planning Health Services, 200 Division Street, Stevens Point.

These prayerful acts of reparation are being held as part of large national event to commemorate the tragic Griswald v. Connecticut Supreme Court decision which decriminalized abortifacients and contraceptives. If you have questions, contact Jen Dunnett, vitapretiosa@gmail.com or call715-340-2779

Join pro-life young adults to pray the rosary for the end of abortion the 3rd Saturday of each month. Rosary begins at 9:30 a.m. at the abortion clinic at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee. For more information, contact Sam Guzman at 262-719-8026. 

Madison Area: Indoor weekly Rosary Rallies For Life, Family, and Religious Freedom, lead by Fr. Rick Heilman, will continue at St. Marys Pine Bluff through Tuesday, June 11. These rallies include confessions, a 5:30 p.m. Mass, adoration, devotions and 15 decades of the Rosary. 

On Thursday, June 20, outdoor Rosary Rallies will resume on Thursdays at 7 p.m. on the State Street steps of the State Capitol and will continue throughout the summer. Bishop Morlino will lead the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary for Religious Freedom, Life, Family, and Conversion of the World on Thursday, June 20, on the State Street steps of the Capitol.  

Life League of La Crosse will host its 4th Annual “Ladies for Life Tea” on Sunday, June 9, from 2:00-4:00 p.m., at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall, 130 Losey Blvd. La Crosse.  Mary Ann Kuharski, director of PROLIFE Across AMERICA (“the billboard people”), will be this year’s speaker.  For information or ticket reservations call Mari Erickson at 608-783-6407.  If you are interested in our “Set a Table”competition contact Jennifer Fisk at 608-783-0246 or pfisk@centurytel.net

Price County Respect Life, an affiliate of Pro-Life Wisconsin, meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at First National Bank in Phillips. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Patti McCormick at jandpmac6@gmail.com
 
PLW Outagamie County holds a prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood in Appleton (508 W. Wisconsin Ave.) every Saturday at 1 p.m. The vigil lasts about an hour. To get involved, contact Larry Putzstuck at 920-707-6464.
 
PLW Racine has a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood (832 Main St.) All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.
 
PLW Juneau County meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library Community Room in Mauston at 7 p.m.
 
PLW Walworth County will have their Monday prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood in Delavan. Contact Phil Cullen at 262-742-3299 for more information.
 
PLW Marathon County prays the Rosary monthly on a Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Please call Ron Putzer at 715-842-5368 to confirm the date.
 
PLW 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 or Julie at 920-923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also said Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. before the 9:00 a.m. Mass 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. Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business, at least two people will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. Mon. (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Thurs. (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.), and Fri. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.). Tuesdays and Wednesdays are abortion days at the clinic, and a presence will be maintained during all business hours---9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on  Wednesdays. Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for one hour or more. Click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact Elizabeth Weisshaar at info@vigilforlife.org.
 
PLW Milwaukee County gathers Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center (1428 N. Farwell, Milw.) from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sidewalk counselors are needed! If you can come pray or counsel women, contact Peggy Hamill at 262-796-1111 ext. 11 or email info@prolifewisconsin.org.

PLW Sheboygan County prays in front of Planned Parenthood (2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan) every Thursday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. For more information call Sarah at 920-452-2759 or Shannon at 920-457-8422.
 
PLW 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 (3800 N. Gillett St.).
 
PLW Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary. You are invited to pray Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood (Roosevelt & 36th Ave.) Please come pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other prayers with us. For more information, contact Karie Kinzler at kakinzler7@yahoo.com or call her at 262-646-0301.

Courtesy Announcements


Healing after Abortion - Rachel's Vineyard Retreats offer Hope and Healing for anyone who is struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  The next retreat is June 21 - 23, near Appleton.  For information call Lisa Sommers at 715-204-9561 or email rvstevenspoint@gmail.com. Confidentiality is assured.  
 
The third Monday of every month in Berlin at All Saints Catholic Church there is a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome.

Thursdays in Kenosha at St. Mary's Catholic Church (7307 40th Ave.) there is an 8:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to nearby Planned Parenthood. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Thursdays from 6-6:30 p.m. in West Bend The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets at Planned Parenthood (532 Shepherd's Drive on the west end of town about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 45 and W. Washington St.-a.k.a. Hwy. 33. It's in a mall on the north side of the street.
 
Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe Prayer Vigils: 
  • 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.

  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Wednesdays 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. Questions? Contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or via email vitapretiosa@gmail.com.
     
  • Fridays in Madison -12:10 p.m. mass at St. Patrick followed by prayer and counseling at Planned Parenthood on Orin Road (around 12:50 p.m.) Around 4 p.m., driving to Holy Redeemer for holy hour and optional dinner. Questions? Contact Will Goodman at 608-698-7443 or Jen Dunnett at vitapretiosa@gmail.com

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