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March 12, 2012
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State Assembly to vote on three pro-life bills tomorrow

The Wisconsin State Assembly has scheduled three pro-life bills for floor votes on Tuesday, March 13.  Each of these bills has already passed the State Senate.  The bills are as follows:

1) Senate Bill 237 / Assembly Bill 337: repealing the contraception education/instruction sexual education mandate

SB 237 / AB 337, authored by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) respectively, would reverse the contraception education/instruction sexual education mandate of 2009, giving public school districts the freedom to adopt abstinence-only human growth and development curricula. Known as the Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act, the legislation also prohibits school-based volunteer health providers from providing instruction in human growth and development thus preventing Planned Parenthood nurses and physicians from teaching about abortion and contraception in our public schools.

2) Senate Bill 92 / Assembly Bill 154: opting out of abortion coverage in Wisconsin's state health insurance "exchange"

SB 92 / AB 154, authored by Senator Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Robin Vos (R-Burlington) respectively, would prohibit any plan in Wisconsin’s prospective health insurance exchange from covering abortion.  Obamacare allows health insurance plans offering abortion coverage to participate in a state's insurance “exchange” and to receive federal subsidies unless the state legislature proactively opts-out of offering such plans. Although the state exchanges do not go into effect until 2014, several states have already enacted laws opting-out of abortion coverage. In poll after poll, Americans overwhelmingly say they oppose the inclusion of taxpayer-funded abortion in health care reform legislation.

3) Senate bill 306 / Assembly Bill 371:  prohibiting the use of videoconferencing to prescribe and dispense abortion-causing drugs

SB 306 / AB 371, authored by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Representative Michelle Litjens (R-Oshkosh) respectively, would prohibit the use of videoconferencing to prescribe and automatically dispense abortion-causing drugs such as mifepristone, also known as RU-486. The legislation effectively prohibits so-called web cam abortions by requiring the prescribing physician to perform a physical exam of the woman and to be physically present in the room when the abortion-inducing drug is given to the woman. The bill also requires the woman to return to the abortion facility for a follow-up visit 12 to 18 days after the use of an abortion-inducing drug to confirm the termination of the pregnancy and evaluate the woman's medical condition.


Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative NOW and urge him or her to:

1) Vote for SB 237 / AB 337
Tell your representative that chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect our children's bodies and preserve their innocence, and local school districts should be given this option.

2) Vote for SB 92 / AB 154
Tell your representative that government must not force us to participate in the killing of our preborn brothers and sisters with our federal tax dollars.

3) Vote for SB 306 / AB 371
Tell your representative to protect women from the reckless use of mifepristone (RU-486), a highly toxic abortion drug hazardous to women’s health.

To find out who your state representative is, 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 name and contact information of your state representative will appear.

Once you know who your state representative is, go back to the Speak Up page and use the links listed under Email Your Government Officials to send your email to your 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 representative, call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472. Or call your representative’s office directly.  Thank you for making a difference!

Register online now to see David Bereit speak!

David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events!

We are hosting an "Evening with David Bereit" in Madison on Thursday, April 26. Register online here.

David will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Spring Awards Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 28 in Green Bay. Register online here.

We will be presenting awards for the Legislator and the Activist of the Year at the Spring Awards Dinner. Rep. Andre Jacque will be receiving the Legislator of the Year award. Jim Ball, leader of 40 Days for Life in Green Bay and pro-life activist extraordinaire, will be receiving the Activist of the Year award. Join us in honoring these great pro-life men!

Register today for these can't-miss events! David is a dynamic speaker with a very inspiring story to share about how 40 Days for Life has made a pro-life impact around the world.

Rallies for Religious Freedom to be held in Madison and Milwaukee

On Friday, March 23 at noon, Vigil for Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin will join more than 100 cities nationwide in protesting the recent Department of Health and Human Services decision mandating that all commercial insurance plans cover contraception -- including abortifacient birth control, and sterilizations.

We'll meet at noon on the sidewalk in Madison at the U.S. District Courthouse (120 N. Henry Street) and in Milwaukee at the Downtown Federal Building (310 West Wisconsin Ave.). The vigils last until 1 p.m. If you can't make it for the entire hour, come as long as you're available.

Some signs will be available, and prayer for our nation is encouraged!

Contact Steve at (608) 445-2063 or with questions on the Madison rally or call Peggy (262) 796-1111 ext.11 for information on the Milwaukee rally.

What is the HHS Mandate?

In January, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a mandate requiring all employer health plans to include free contraceptives, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs, regardless of any moral or religious objections. The HHS Mandate is an unprecedented assault on religious freedom and must be opposed!

Training conference saves lives

Pro-Life Wisconsin recently held a Pro-Life Activism Training Camp in Madison. At the training, we had a number of speakers touch on a variety of topics. One of the speakers conducted a sidewalk counseling training.

The Madison Catholic Herald published an article about the event, excerpt, below.

MADISON – Perhaps the highlight of the day was the tearful introduction of Mareza and her baby, Joseph.

Virginia Zignego, communications/outreach director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, introduced the mother and her baby. Both Zignego and Mareza were crying, but they were tears of joy.

Considered an abortion
It was one year ago that the pregnant Mareza walked towards a Milwaukee abortion clinic. She saw Dan, a sidewalk counselor. “He handed me a pamphlet called Watch Me Grow,” recalled Mareza.

“He said, ‘God bless all three of you.’ I left,” said Mareza, who obviously did not have an abortion.

Two months later, she told Dan, “You saved my son.” The sidewalk counselor ended up being a godfather to Joseph.

Mareza told her story to over 170 persons attending the Crisis Pregnancy Outreach and Sidewalk Counselor Training Conference held at the Bishop O’Connor Center in Madison on February 25.

The conference was co-sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life, the Diocese of Madison, and the Wisconsin State Council of the Knights of Columbus.

Saving lives
Mareza and her son epitomized the purpose of the conference: to save lives.

Mareza told those attending the conference, “Thank you to each and every one of you. It means you care. I am in debt to Dan forever. Thank you for standing out there.”

For those considering joining the ranks of sidewalk counselors, JT Eschbach from Chicago led a workshop on sidewalk counselor training. He has done it himself for over eight years.

Read the rest of the article here.

Mary Uhler, editor of the Madison Catholic Herald, wrote an editorial about a talk given by Jerry Schmutte at the conference. Jerry talked about Planned Parenthood and society's decline. Read that here.

A huge thanks to all of our speakers, attendees and event co-sponsors! We couldn't have done it without any of you.

To book any of our speakers, call our office at (262) 796-1111. Click here to see the list of speakers and topics.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Abby Johnson claims millions in fraud in ‘whistleblower’ lawsuit against Planned Parenthood. Read more here.

- Pro-life youth arrested outside school and held in jail for 24 hours. Read more here.

- ‘You don’t go to a country and expect to be given a baby’: missionary returns from India a mom. Read more here.

- Jon Stewart loves Planned Parenthood and vice versa. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

PLW affiliates
are involved in 40 Days for Life this spring. Cities include Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Medford, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Wausau. Contact PLW at (262) 796-1111 or email to get involved!

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided. Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.

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 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. During 40 Days For Life which begins February 22,  we will be Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood Through Mary on Tuesdays 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For information, call Ann at (920) 921-6062 or Julie (920) 923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also 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 has 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 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm - 3pm. 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

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, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. 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 and witness with signs at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.

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 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 36th 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 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.

Courtesy announcements

Day of Prayer for the Unborn Child: Sunday March
25. St. Paul Parish in Genesee Depot. The Knights of Columbus have been leaders in the pro-life movement for over 30 years. Please join them Sunday, March 25, in acknowledgement of the Annunciation, right after the 8 am Mass in Church to say the rosary to pray for the unborn, and to end abortion. All are welcome to pray for unborn children and their parents.

2012 Feminine Genius Women’s Conference:
Speakers to include Mary Kettel, Prenatal Partners for Life Founder and Jeannie Hannemann, Elizabeth Ministry Founder. The conference will be Saturday, March 17 at St. Pius X, 500 West Marquette Street Appleton, WI 54911. Registration at 7am, conference begins at 8am and Mass with Bishop Ricken at 4pm. For more information or to register, go to or call 920-766-9380.

Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign
meets Wednesdays at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down the evil strongholds present there and be an encouragement for the pro-life legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.

Missionaries to the Preborn
will be having a pro-life picket in Germantown WI on Saturday, March 17, from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the intersection of Mequon Road & Squire Drive. Signs will be provided. Any questions call 414-462-3399 or email

Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreats
offer Hope and Healing to anyone hurting emotionally and spiritually from abortion. Our next retreat will be March 23 - 25. All contact is confidential. To register or to ask questions go to or call Mary (608) 221-9593 or (608) 821-3177; email

The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish in West Bend
meets to pray at the Planned Parenthood in West Bend on Monday evenings at 6 p.m.

The third Monday of every month
All Saints Catholic Church in Berlin says a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after a 5:15p.m. Mass. Everyone welcome.

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening
at 6 p.m. at the West Bend Planned Parenthood, 532 Shepherd’s Drive, West Bend, WI. Located on the West end of town, approximately 1-1/2 miles west of Hwy 45 on West Washington Street (aka: Highway 33) in West Bend. It is in a shopping mall on the north-side of the street. We are on the sidewalk.

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,

Cenacles of Life meets every Saturday morning at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for an end to the culture of death.

Cenacles of Life meets at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 108 McHenry St, Burlington, WI every Wednesday at 6 p.m., and recites the second oral Rosary in the main body of the church, finishing at 7:15 p.m.

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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