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March 14, 2011
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Next week: Join us in Madison for a free pro-life event

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 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. Ryan was a featured speaker at the national Students for Life of America conference in Washington, D.C.

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.

Thank you to everyone who attended our Day at the Capitol

Thank you to everyone who attended our sold-out Day at the Capitol, held last Thursday at the Monona Terrace in Madison, to educate and mobilize citizens on issues affecting life and family.

Due to the volatile situation at the Capitol, several of the elected officials scheduled to speak were advised not to leave their homes or the Capitol building. Some were tied down preparing for the impending Assembly vote. Sen. Glenn Grothman did attend the Day at the Capitol and gave a rousing talk to the crowd on defunding Planned Parenthood. We are very grateful to Sen. Grothman and the other elected officials who very much wanted to be there, but could not out of fear for their own safety. And thanks to Rep. Andre Jacque for dropping by!

The truth about emergency contraception goes to UW-Madison

Students at Wisconsin’s largest college, opening their student newspapers this spring, are seeing a reminder from Pro-Life Wisconsin, advising them to make smart choices about their health. The ads were in UW-Madison’s Badger Herald and Daily Cardinal student newspapers on Wednesday, March 9 and in the Marquette University Tribune on Thursday, March 10.

Emergency contraception is a powerful, high dose of steroids that tricks a woman’s body into thinking it is pregnant. These steroids can cause pre-implantation chemical abortions and can harm women’s health.

In the past, some University of Wisconsin campuses have promoted EC to students, urging them to “prepare” by stocking up on it. In 2008, three colleges censored the ad — the Marquette University Tribune, the UW-La Crosse Racquet and the UW-Stout Stoutonia. Read a 2008 blog post from Jill Stanek here. And for those who are wondering, the Badger Herald
is not exactly a pro-life holdout (read a March 7, 2011 editorial board position defending taxpayer-funded birth control here; read PLW communication director Virginia Zignego's editorial response here).

In addition, UW- Madison is pushing condoms and sunscreen in the same breath to students, while acknowledging that most students spend spring break at home with their parents.

Joe Scheidler to speak at PLW's Spring Awards Dinner in Madison

Pro-Life Wisconsin's annual Spring Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, April 9 at the Crowne Plaza in Madison (cocktails at 6pm; 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

National Tribute to Joe Scheidler: Citizens for a Pro-Life Society is hosting a special evening of tribute to Joe Scheidler on the Saturday prior to PLW's event at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza Hotel in Chicago. Pro-Life Wisconsin is one of the event co-sponsors. Click here for more information.

Fr. Don Hying: Now is the time to give witness to our pro-life beliefs

Written by Father Don Hying, Rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, about a recent experience praying at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee.
Pray for our priests, sidewalk counselors and all those who join us outside abortion facilities.

Late last Saturday morning, a group of us went to pray at the abortuary on Farwell Avenue. Usually, I go earlier in the day when pregnant women are entering the building and the pro-abortion escorts are stationed in front to keep the clients from talking to us. At 11 a.m., the escorts were gone because all of the women were already inside. One by one, the women came out, walking slowly, looking dazed, holding a brown bag, gingerly entering their boyfriend’s car and driving away. It was heartbreaking, like watching a steady stream of casualties returning from some gruesome and hidden front, where the invisible violence could only be read on the bodies of the survivors.

After praying a Rosary and a Chaplet of Divine Mercy, we were thinking about leaving when suddenly a woman who has worked at the abortion mill for years in some form of management came driving up in her Jaguar, dashed inside and emerged moments later. As she passed me, I said quietly, almost to myself, “Stop killing people here!” She turned on me in a visceral and hysterical rage, shouting about priests abusing little boys, calling me “pathetic”, enraged by my promise to pray for her and finally giving me the finger as she drove away.

What struck me about such a brief and disturbing incident was the startling fact that the woman never denied that she was indeed helping to kill people or that what I had said was in any way false. Unable to articulate any cogent or logical response to my quiet demand, she responded with hysteria, obscenity and ad hominem assaults. The immediate reaction of rage and hate, shorn of any logic or sense, led me to see how weakened the abortionist position has become. With the crisis pregnancy center across the street, growing numbers of people who identify themselves as pro-life and new legislative momentum, the folks at Affiliated see the power of their pro-death stance weakening.

With 40 Days For Life starting Ash Wednesday, now is the time for us to give public witness to our belief in the sanctity of nascent life. The abortionists want their deeds to go unseen, unnoticed and unchallenged. By our public prayer and presence, we shine the light of God on a very dark place.

Pro-life news wrap-up

Catholic Vote: Busting the birth control myth, once and for all. Read more here.

- The National Institute for Reproductive Health is pushing "E-cards" that promote emergency contraception. Read 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

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. 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 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

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.

Campaign for Human Dignity: Lumen Christi Catholic Church is hosting five pro-life speakers at the parish throughout Lent. Speakers as follows: 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.

Abby Johnson will speak at Dubuque County Right to Life's annual L.I.F.E. DINNER
on Saturday, April 30 at the Grand River Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Contact DCRTL with questions at (563) 556-5690.

Dr. Alice von Hildebrand, world renowned lecturer, philosopher and theologian will speak at the Magnificat breakfast on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 9 am - noon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Milwaukee.Tickets: $15.00. Dr. von Hildebrand has been seen on EWTN more than 80 times and authored many books. For information call Terri at (262) 677-1192 or check out the website at For tickets: send a self-addressed stamped envelope with ticket order to: Marlene Nagel—W213 N16551 Glen Brooke Dr. Jackson, WI 53037

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,

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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