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Monday Update

March 8, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

· has a new look!

·         Gov. Doyle signs sex education bill

·         The Economist: Gendercide, the war on baby girls

·         Spring Awards Dinner

·         On the passing of Linda Schmidt, president of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society of Wisconsin

·         High school seniors: Apply now for the Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Gov. Doyle signs sex education bill


On February 24, Governor Doyle signed Assembly Bill (AB) 458 into law as 2009 Wisconsin Act 134. Act 134 effectively prohibits local public school districts from adopting "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-centered" human growth and development programs – a freedom and flexibility they enjoyed under previous law. Under the new law, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program it will be forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the "health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods." Click here for a copy of Act 134:


Governor Doyle’s signing of AB 458 is yet another sad example of his bowing to the demands of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood’s agenda in initiating and ramming through this legislation is to: 1) sexualize our children at an early age; 2) get them on contraception as soon as possible; 3) refer them to Planned Parenthood abortion mills when the contraception inevitably fails; and 4) profit from surgical abortions. Never the mind the deaths of innocent preborn children and the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual damage to vulnerable young mothers and fathers – Planned Parenthood’s number one objective is to make money!


As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence. Pro-Life Wisconsin urges public school districts across Wisconsin to drop their human growth and development programs. If a school district retains or initiates a program, we urge parents to opt their children out of the program and either teach the subject matter themselves or find a private program that teaches chastity/abstinence. Our children’s lives depend on it, born and preborn.


On November 5, 2009, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed AB 458 by a vote of 48-43 (click here for the roll call vote). The Wisconsin State Senate passed AB 458 on January 28, 2010, by a vote of 18-15 (click here for the roll call vote). Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks all those who called, emailed or wrote their state legislators and the Governor in opposition to this harmful bill.



The Economist: Gendercide, the war on baby girls


From The Economist March 4 print edition [emphasis added]


Killed, aborted or neglected, at least 100m girls have disappeared — and the number is rising

IMAGINE you are one half of a young couple expecting your first child in a fast-growing, poor country. You are part of the new middle class; your income is rising; you want a small family. But traditional mores hold sway around you, most important in the preference for sons over daughters. Perhaps hard physical labor is still needed for the family to make its living. Perhaps only sons may inherit land. Perhaps a daughter is deemed to join another family on marriage and you want someone to care for you when you are old. Perhaps she needs a dowry.


Now imagine that you have had an ultrasound scan; it costs $12, but you can afford that. The scan says the unborn child is a girl. You yourself would prefer a boy; the rest of your family clamors for one. You would never dream of killing a baby daughter, as they do out in the villages. But an abortion seems different. What do you do?


For millions of couples, the answer is: abort the daughter, try for a son. In China and northern India more than 120 boys are being born for every 100 girls. Nature dictates that slightly more males are born than females to offset boys’ greater susceptibility to infant disease. But nothing on this scale.


To read more, click here.



Spring Awards Dinner



Above: Memorial to the Unborn at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Spring Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Visitor’s Center) in La Crosse, Wis.


Sister Christa Marie, FSGM, executive director of the Shrine, will give a keynote presentation on the Memorial to the Unborn located at the Shrine. Sister Christa Marie will discuss the vision behind, significance of and future plans for this magnificent structure.


Awards will be presented for the legislator of the year and activist of the year. Seats are $35 each. A limited number of seats are available, so register soon!


To register, go to



On the passing of Linda Schmidt, president of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society of Wisconsin


Linda Schmidt – president of Citizens for a Pro-Life Society of Wisconsin, a very dear friend to Pro-Life Wisconsin, one of the Notre Dame 88, a mother, wife and grandmother – passed into eternal rest on March 2, 2010. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society co-hosted two events annually with Pro-Life Wisconsin – the Rally for Life in Milwaukee held around the Roe v. Wade anniversary and a Good Friday Prayer Vigil.


Despite proof of terminal cancer, prosecutors of the Notre Dame 88 refused to drop charges against her. Click here to read the story. To read Linda’s obituary, click here.



High school seniors: Apply now for the Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship


Pro-Life Wisconsin is now accepting applications for the 2009 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship!


Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors (including homeschoolers). Must be accepted at and planning to attend any college, university or technical school – in-state or out-of-state.


Applications are available from the state office or by clicking here for the link on PLW’s Web site. Application deadline is April 15 – no exceptions! ­­­



Affiliate announcements


Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and times.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Eau Claire 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 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, witness with signs or preach. Abortions are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.


PLW Walworth County holds regular prayer vigils at the Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St.  Please call Phil for dates and times, (262) 742-3299.


Pro-Life Wisconsin Waukesha County will join other pro-lifers for weekly 40 Days for Life prayer in front of the Planned Parenthood in Waukesha, 426 W. Main St. Prayer gatherings will be held the every Saturday during Lent from 11 a.m. to noon.


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 observe 40 Days for Life by praying the Rosary every weekday, Monday through Friday, at 4:30 p.m., beginning on Ash Wednesday, in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. We will continue to have our usual Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. during Lent. Contact Karie Kinzler at 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 – click here.



Courtesy announcements


Bishop Ricken of Green Bay will join 40 Days for Life in Green Bay on March 11 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Join him in prayer for the unborn! For more information, go to


Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats offer hope and healing for any person who has struggled with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. Next retreat is April 16-18 in Madison.  Call (608) 821-3177 or email Confidentiality is assured.


St. Anthony the Hermit Pro-Life Heralds will host a showing of Demographic Bomb after 8 a.m. Mass and Rosary on March 13. Join us for all or part of these Saturday morning events. St. Anthony the Hermit is located at N74 W13604 Appleton Ave. in Menomonee Falls.


Vicki Thorn, founder of post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel, will speak in Fond du Lac at Holy Family Church on April 18 and April 19 at 7 p.m. Through scientific studies, Vicki shows how men and women are inherently different, yet built to compliment each other. Learn about the biochemistry of sex, the problems of the sexual revolution and the fascinating science of attraction. Gina Loehr, author of Real Women, Real Saints, will discuss NFP.                               


Eagle Forum of Wisconsin meeting: Tuesday, March 9, 1 PM in the Community Room of the Brookfield Library, 1900 N Calhoun Rd.

Our special guest will be Pastor David King ( Milwaukee God Squad), speaking on the role of Christians in civil government. In addition to this dynamic speaker, we will

also discuss  issues on which we can take action.

For more information call Joan at 414-466-5431


A&A Alexandrina Center is proud to announce Alan Keyes as the guest speaker for their first-ever Spring Gala in Green Bay. It will be held at the KI Convention Center, on Saturday, April 17. For more information, go to


Sixth Annual Midwest Regional Bioethics Conference: Saturday, May 1 at the St. Francis Seminary (3257 S. Lake Dr., St. Francis, WI). Theme: Moral Limits of

Autonomy. Keynote Speaker: George Weigel. For information, go to, email or call (414) 758-2214.


40 Days for Life Milwaukee: Please consider signing up for weekend time slots if you work during the week. Open time slots still exist for weekdays... review and sign-up. Always dress appropriately, keeping in mine the wind swirls and it's COLD. Sign up online at:


40 Days for Life Madison is observing 40 Days for Life outside the Madison Surgery Center, 1 S. Park St., site of an approved late-term abortion facility. Go to to get involved!


Stateline Pregnancy Center Annual Banquet: celebrating 25 years on the "Life Side." March 11 at People’s Church, 340 W Grand Avenue, Beloit. Dr. Cathy Coyle will speak. To register or for more information, call the clinic at (608) 365-5433.


40 Days for Life Wausau: All are invited to participate. Go to, where you may sign up or receive further information. 40 Days for Life has been very successful with life-saving results.

The St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society will pray the Rosary once a month on Saturday at 10:45 a.m. at Family Planning Health Services. Please 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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