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March 7, 2011
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Governor Walker's budget respects consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers


Governor Walker’s 2011-2013 biennial budget proposal eliminates family planning funding under the Title V Maternal and Child Health program, repeals a current law mandate forcing public and private health insurers to cover contraceptives and removes men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program. Pro-Life Wisconsin applauds Governor Walker for these common sense budget provisions that respect the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers. 

Photo, left: Two of the attendees at a Planned Parenthood/NARAL rally in Madison on Saturday.

Eliminating Title V family planning funds
As it confronts an over $3 billion structural deficit, the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford the controversial business of “family planning.” All money is fungible. Family planning funds free up resources within receiving organizations, like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to engage in the surgical abortion business. Confidential family planning services also include the provision of chemically abortifacient birth control drugs, such as the morning-after pill and the patch, to adults and minor children. Rather than throw money at organizations that perform or refer for abortion, family planning funds should be eliminated to help balance the state budget. Governor Walker’s budget proposal makes a good start toward this end by eliminating the Title V Maternal & Child Health family planning program ($1.9 million in annual general fund spending). Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider, annually receives over $2 million in Title V state and federal matching funds. Polls consistently demonstrate that Americans are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions.

Click here for a Wisconsin State Journal article quoting PLW’s director of Legislation Matt Sande. Click here to watch the CBS Madison affiliate story.

Repealing the contraception coverage mandate
The contraception coverage mandate forces public and private health plans to cover contraceptive drugs and devices. Under this mandate, contraceptives are defined as drugs or devices approved by the FDA to "prevent pregnancy." Fertility / pregnancy is not a disease. Birth control for pregnancy prevention is not health care -- it’s a lifestyle choice. And as such, Wisconsinites, many of whom are medically and morally opposed to birth control, should not be forced to pay for it through their insurance premium dollars. The Governor says in his budget summary: "This requirement is an unacceptable government mandate on employers with moral objections to these services, and increases the cost of health insurance for all payers."

Removing boys/men from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program
The Governor’s budget removes men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program (formerly known as the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program before the Obama Administration made the program permanent in Wisconsin last year). This state/federal program provides free, taxpayer-funded birth control to 15, 16 and 17-year-old boys and girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent. This undermines parental authority in the sensitive area of teen sexual health and increases underage pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases by encouraging sexual promiscuity. We thank the Governor for removing boys from this program, and we encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to also remove minor girls by requesting a federal waiver to raise the program’s minimum eligibility age from 15 to 18.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator now and urge him or her to support the following three pro-life items in the Governor’s biennial budget bill:

1)    Eliminating Title V state and federal family planning funds. Defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and other organizations that perform or refer for abortion by eliminating Title V family planning funds.

2)    Repealing the contraceptive coverage mandate. Don’t force Wisconsinites to pay for other people’s birth control through our health insurance premium dollars.

3)    Removing boys/men from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program. Don’t force Wisconsin taxpayers to pay for birth control for 15, 16 and 17-year-old boys without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

To find out who your state legislators are, click here for PLW's website and scroll over the Legislative Affairs menu item at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Click on the Speak Up icon and then scroll down the page and click on Who Are My Wisconsin Lawmakers? Type in your street address, city and zip code. The names and contact info of your state senator and state representative will appear.

Once you know who your state legislators are, go back to the Speak Up page and use the links listed under Email Your Government Officials to send your email to your state senator and state representative. That way PLW will receive a copy of your email which will enable us to monitor the activity of our grassroots advocacy campaigns.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state legislator, call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472. Or call the legislator’s office directly.


Only 6 spots left! Reclaiming Wisconsin for Life: A Day at the Capitol


Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for our 2011 Day at the Capitol! Legislative leaders will address the group followed by a keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and then a session on issues challenging the state and what individuals can do to advance the pro-life cause in Wisconsin. At noon we will walk to the Capitol and meet our representatives to discuss issues favorable to life and the family.

Thursday, March 10, 2011 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
8-9 a.m. Check-in
9 a.m. Breakfast
Noon Capitol visits

Keynote address by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch

Also featuring Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald
Senate Assistant Majority Leader Glenn Grothman
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder

Click here to register online or download a flier. You MUST pre-register in order to attend.

40 Days for Life begins Wednesday


40 Days for Life
begins this Wednesday. It will be observed in the Wisconsin area in Green Bay, Mauston, Wausau, Milwaukee, Sheboygan and Rockford, Ill.
In addition, a perpetual prayer presence is maintained at the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. To get involved, contact our office or go to 40daysforlife.com.

40 Days for Life consists of 40 straight days of on-site prayer and fasting at abortion mills, and it takes place each spring and fall. Tens of thousands of people in hundreds of cities across the world participate with powerful results. This spring’s campaign runs March 9 to April 17.

Our witness has led many women to choose life. At the same time, other participants tell of more difficult experiences like watching wounded women limp out of the abortion facility. Every vigil is a mix of both deep joy and deep sorrow.

Pro-Life Wisconsin is privileged to be working hand-in-hand with pro-lifers in Juneau County and Sheboygan County this spring to start two new 40 Days campaigns. These vigils will bring forth hundreds of new witnesses petitioning the Lord with a united voice to end the violence.

These two vigils will also inject youth into the movement. In fact, the Sheboygan campaign is being organized by a small group of pro-life teens. Other than some help getting started from Pro-Life Wisconsin and the oversight of a mother, the Sheboygan teens are taking ownership for every aspect of the vigil. That means scheduling participants for every hour of the vigil, conducting outreach and managing communications to participants.

In Juneau County, we’ve found great inspiration in an even younger Pro-Life Wisconsinite. At just ten years old, Alex recently suffered an unexplained stroke. While he’s bouncing back, Alex’s future remains uncertain. But in spite of everything, Alex’s mother called the Pro-Life Wisconsin office to tell us Alex promised to dedicate his recovery to prayer for 40 Days for Life.

As a testimony to how international 40 Days for Life is, vigils will be held in 10 cities in Spain, two cities in England, Armenia, and so on. Prayer can and will change the world!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events


In addition to the upcoming Day at the Capitol on March 10, we have two more exciting events to announce:


1. Human Dignity: The Power of Possibility
Wednesday, March 23, 7pm. Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison.

Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, will speak. Ryan developed the powerful TooManyAborted.com web/billboard campaign. Ryan is an adoptee and adoptive father. Ryan's powerful multimedia live presentation illuminates the truth about pressing social issues, especially abortion and adoption. Event is free. A reception will follow Ryan's presentation.

Event sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life of Madison and the Diocese of Madison.

2. Spring Awards Dinner: Saturday, April 9
6pm at the Crowne Plaza in Madison (dinner and program begin at 7pm)

Pro-Life activist Joe Scheidler will be the guest speaker. Awards will be given for the Activist of the Year and Legislator of the Year.

Cost: $35 per person. Pre-registration required. Register online here. Joe Scheidler is the national director of Pro-Life Action League. Read his bio
here.

New pro-life billboard in Milwaukee


As we continue to offer pro-life, healthy, family-oriented alternatives to abortion, we are once again running pro-life billboards in the city of Milwaukee. The billboards (left) connect women to a 24-hour crisis pregnancy counseling hotline.

In March, the billboard will be located at the intersection of North Avenue & 8th Street in Milwaukee, facing west.

All billboards are intentionally placed near Planned Parenthood facilities. There are SIX Planned Parenthood facilities in a four-mile radius of this billboard (click here to view map).

An online review on Google Maps of the West Wisconsin Avenue Planned Parenthood (click here to view):
I was treated here with the Mirena IUD without any anesthesia. They didn't do a truly comprehensive H&P, barely listened to what my actual concerns were and never followed up with me after implantation. I don't really trust PPH much anymore.

How’s THAT for pro-woman, pro-health?

During the month of February, the billboards were located at the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue & 27th Street and the intersection of North Avenue & 17th Street. The billboards are at a different spot every month.

Pro-life news wrap-up


An American Life League ad features a cute bunny being plopped into a blender with the provocative tagline: "Imagine the government giving hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars every year to a company that does this…" Read more here.

- Nationwide Walks for Choice limped along from Jill Stanek's blog (PLW is mentioned!) Read here. A pro-life flash mob upstaged the Walk for Choice held in Chicago. Read here.

- A bill designed to gag pro-life pregnancy resource centers passed the New York City Council March 2. Read here.

- Seattle University, a Jesuit Catholic college in Seattle, Washington, is offering its students the opportunity to intern at Planned Parenthood in order to fulfill the degree requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs. Read it here.

- The murdered girlfriend of a former Chicago Bears player aborted two of his children and was pregnant with the third. Read it here.

- The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial board makes ( yet another) frantic plea for taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Read it here.

- A You Tube video of a baby laughing has pro-lifers smiling. View it here.

Affiliate activities


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 and Friday: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. 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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 Mondays 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 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 6th 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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


40 Days for Life
Green Bay
will gather at Baird Park at 5pm on Tuesday, March 8 to say a few prayers and to prepare for our 40 Days of Vigil Prayer and Fasting.

Tribute to Joe Scheidler:
Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is hosting a special evening of tribute to Joe Scheidler on Saturday, April 2 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Hotel in Chicago. Pro-Life Wisconsin is one of the event co-sponsors. Register online here.

Bloodmoney: The business of abortion documentary showing:
Friday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., Xavier High School, 1600 W. Prospect Ave., Appleton. Sponsored by Xavier Rock 4 Life Club, St. Pius X and Neenah/Menasha Respect Life Committees. Additional showings of Bloodmoney: Sunday, April 3 at 5 & 7 p.m. Fox Cinema Cafe, 400 Third St., Menasha.

Mass and Rosary for Life: March 12, 8 a.m. at St. Anthony Church in  Menomonee Falls. Immediately following Rosary we are invited to visit Eyewitness for Life, Ltd., a Milwaukee non-profit organization that offers free ultra sound examinations to educate pregnant women regarding their baby's development in the womb. All interested in the field trip please RSVP to Rose Von Rueden (414) 358-1633. High school and college Students for Life are encouraged to attend. All are welcome. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh, Milwaukee.

Campaign for Human Dignity: Lumen Christi Catholic Church is hosting five pro-life speakers at the parish throughout Lent. Speakers as follows: Fr. Peter West of Priests for Life, March 13; Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation, March 22; Cindy Wagner, mother of 19, March 27; Fr. Javier Bustos of Sacred Heart School of Theology, April 3; Vicki Thorn of Project Rachel, April 12. For more information, click here. Pro-Life Wisconsin is one of the co-sponsors of this project.

Eyewitness for Life: Tour our facility and learn how EYEWITNESS utilizes the miracle
of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and thechildren they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion Seeing Is Believing Programs will be held on the following Saturday mornings: March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18. They will begin promptly at 10am and end promptly at 11am. No pre-registration is required.
Refreshments will be served. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.

Pro-life Catholics in Berlin, Wis. gather outside the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood the third Monday of every month at 6 p.m. for a Rosary. Join them in praying for an end to abortion.

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.

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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