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March 21, 2011
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"Choice Kills Those Without One": Madison billboard placed in Planned Parenthood's parking lot

A pro-life billboard placed on S. Park Street in Madison will be there for the next 30 days, in the parking lot of a Planned Parenthood that targets minorities. To view the billboard, click here.

The billboards aim to raise awareness about abortion, Planned Parenthood’s history of racism and the continuing eugenics movement in Wisconsin. The campaign directs the public to and was created by Ryan Bomberger (who is biracial), the Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation.

“Our goal is to expose an industry that doesn’t trust women enough to tell them the truth, injects gender animosity by demonizing men, and targets minorities resulting in hugely disproportionate rates of abortion in the urban community,” explained Bomberger. 

The billboards are a collaborative effort between Pro-Life Wisconsin and the national organization The Radiance Foundation.

Wednesday, March 23, Ryan Bomberger, co-founder of The Radiance Foundation, will speak at 7pm at the Bishop O'Connor Center, 702 S. High Point Rd., Madison.

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.

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Building tomorrow's pro-life leaders... today!

In our continued efforts to recognize and develop pro-life leadership and convictions among Wisconsin’s youth, the Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force is offering the Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship to two Wisconsin graduating high school seniors.
Pro-Life Wisconsin is accepting applications for the 2011 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship through April 15.

These $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to two young adults who meet the listed requirements, complete the application process, and are chosen by the selection committee. $500 will be paid the first year of college with an additional $500 paid the second year pending continued leadership in the pro-life movement.

Applications are available from the state office or by clicking here. Application deadline is April 15 – no exceptions! ­­­

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.

PLW launches petition drive to defund Planned Parenthood

Let's tell the Wisconsin Legislature to...


Pro-Life Wisconsin is calling upon the Wisconsin State Legislature to include in the 2011-2013 biennial budget bill a provision to end all state and federal funding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) and other organizations that perform or refer for abortion.

Click here to download copies of the petition. Please circulate them among your family and friends and mail back to the PLW state office. Or click here to sign the petition online. The petitions will be presented to the Wisconsin Legislature in June.

As it confronts an over $3 billion structural deficit, the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford the controversial business of "family planning." Family planning funding is available on the federal level through Title X (Public Health Services Act), Title XIX (Medical Assistance) and Title V (Maternal & Child Health) programs. The state provides matching funds for Title XIX and Title V programs.

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 ($3.4 million in annual state and federal spending). Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider, annually receives close to $1 million in Title V state and federal matching funds. Polls consistently demonstrate that Americans are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions. PLW will work to ensure the Governor’s Title V family planning deletion is retained in the final budget. And signing and circulating our petition will help with this effort!

Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies deliver female prisoner to Milwaukee abortuary, in shackles and handcuffs

Affiliated Medical Services, located at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee, is one of the four surgical abortion facilities in the state of Wisconsin. It is the only facility in the state that performs late-term abortions.
40 Days for Life has been observed at Affiliated for a couple years, and vigilers have seen the sad, the joyful, the unexpected, the heart-breaking and the truly awful.

This past Thursday, March 17, two male Milwaukee County Sheriff deputies brought a female prisoner to Affiliated for an abortion. The deputies were in uniform, and the prisoner was in shackles and handcuffs.

A recent email from a post-abortive woman, published by Jill Stanek on her blog, illustrates all too well how abortion hurts women, how women feel they have no other choice, and how women are coerced into abortion.

Thursday was St. Patrick’s Day. We ask all of you to pray for this woman and the deputies who delivered her to the abortuary.

“If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.” – St. Patrick.

Please join us in prayer outside Wisconsin's chemical and surgical abortion facilties throughout the state. See list of affiliate observances below, or go to

Pro-life news wrap-up

Abortions in Catholic hospitals in Spain: A Barcelona priest has resigned his post as vice-president of the board of a local Catholic hospital after the institution refused to stop distributing the abortion-inducing drug RU-486 to patients. Read more here.

- New York City's Mayor Bloomberg signed into law a bill that will require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose whether or not they offer abortions. Read here.

- North Dakota bishops: Catholics should not endorse organizations with “morally objectionable” missions, citing Amnesty International, the March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen for the Cure because of their links to abortion or unethical research. Read here.

- Cardinal Burke: Fighting the contraceptive mentality is essential for the culture of life. Read here.

- Catholic Vote has the story of two Catholic fathers, one unemployed, who refused work on Planned Parenthood facilities. 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

Join the pro-life club from Trinity Academy
as they pray outside the Planned Parenthood on Hwy 100 & Lincoln in Milwaukee this Thursday from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

Pro-Life Spaghetti Dinner: Saturday, April 2 from 4-7 p.m. at Mercy Academy, 2160 Wauwatosa Avenue, in Wauwatosa. Proceeds to help in supporting, counseling and educating those in need with a pregnancy and to help Mercy Academy, established in 1995 to support families in the academic and moral formation of their children in the Catholic tradition. Diapers, baby blankets, new or gently used clothing needed for the Women’s Support Center. There will be a drop off site at the dinner for your donations. Dinner will be catered by Michael’s Italian Feast of Oconomowoc. Please email if you are attending.                 

Crisis pregnancy counseling training: The Women's Support Center is hosting a crisis pregnancy training on April 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The WSC is located at 2051 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Training is free but RSVP required. Contact Mary Gilpin at (414) 934-8888.

Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil: April 1-2 at St. Charles Borromeo Church in Milwaukee. Opening Mass at 8 p.m. All night exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, pro-life Satations of the Cross, pro-life holy hour from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Everyone welcome, stay as long as you can. For additional information call (414) 321-3900. Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion is now being printed and distributed by the all night vigil. To order copies call (414) 254-2790.

Campaign for Human Dignity: Lumen Christi Catholic Church is hosting 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.

Public Showings of Blood Money: Saturday, April 2, 10 am at the Cosmo Theatre in Merrill, Wis.; Sunday, April 3, 1:30 pm at the Marathon County Public Library, 3rd floor, in Wausau.

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. Register online at 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

LIFE-A-THON 2011: Join Lutherans for Life as we “Run for their Lives!” in the Life-A-Thon. This annual 5k walk/run is scheduled for Saturday, May 14 in West Allis at McCarty Park and supports 4 Milwaukee area pregnancy care centers operated by WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee. The registration fees are: $17/person; $50/family of 3 or more; $85 for an elementary school group. Every registrant will receive an event t-shirt and can raise additional funds via Facebook, other social media, and e-mail with their own personalized FundEasy webpage. Register and get more info at or call (414) 727-8176.

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: 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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