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Monday Update

March 22, 2010

Defending God’s Plan

 

In This Issue

·         Executive order a sham, says Pro-Life Wisconsin

·         On the passing of Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, founder of Human Life International

·         American Life League releases annual report on Planned Parenthood

·         Easier access to morning after pill doesn’t reduce pregnancies

·         Spring Awards Dinner

·         Good Friday Prayer Vigil

·         40 Days for Life: Entering the final week, 368 babies saved

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements

 

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Executive order a sham, says Pro-Life Wisconsin

Will do nothing to stop abortion funding in healthcare legislation

 

On Sunday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Senate healthcare bill (H.R. 3590) on a vote of 219-212. President Obama secured the votes of Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) and other “pro-life” Democrats by promising the signing of an executive order that would purportedly nullify the abortion funding in the legislation.

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Director of Legislative Affairs Matt Sande made the following comments:

 

“The President’s executive order is a sham. It is not worth the piece of paper it is written on. It doesn’t work to stop taxpayer-funded abortions in the healthcare bill because it can’t, and because that’s not what it’s supposed to do. It can’t stop the abortion funding because it does not have the force of law, the courts will never recognize it as lawful and it can be repealed at any given moment. And it was never intended to work because its only purpose was to provide Congressman Stupak and his so-called pro-life Democrat colleagues political cover for their YES votes. 

 

“The sad fact remains that the Senate healthcare bill contains an abortion coverage mandate and would subsidize private health plans in the insurance Exchange that include coverage for elective abortion, a clear departure from current law. Moreover, the executive order does nothing to address the inevitable rationing of care. The legislation should have been scrapped and begun anew, but now what we’re left with is an immoral bill that will usher in an unprecedented surge in abortions across our land. May God have mercy on our country.”

 

 

On the passing of Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, founder of Human Life International

 

On March 20, Fr. Paul Marx, OSB, founder of Human Life International, passed from this world into the Life that never ends. Often referred to as "the father of the international pro-life movement", Fr. Marx visited all 50 states and 91 countries in his over 40 years of pro-life activism. Seeing the advance of anti-life forces before most did, he founded the Human Life Center in 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade. In 1981, the Human Life Center became Human Life International (HLI), the world's first and largest international pro-life organization. Fr. Marx was president of HLI until his retirement in 1999. Click here to read HLI’s statement.

 

Peggy Hamill, state director, commented: Pro-Life Wisconsin mourns this great loss and says, “Thanks be to God” for the life of Fr. Paul Marx. So many of us at Pro-Life Wisconsin were blessed to have been in the presence of and inspired by the wisdom of Fr. Marx. As we fight the contraceptive mentality, we reflect on his words of warning, “Abortion starts with contraception.” Fr. Marx, we pray for the repose of your dear soul.

 

The Wake service for Fr. Marx will take place Thursday, March 25, at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will take place, Friday, March 26, at 3:30 p.m. at the St. John's Abbey Chapel, 31802 County Road 159, Collegeville, Minnesota, 56321.

 

 

American Life League releases annual report on Planned Parenthood

Number of abortion facilites, express clinics and affiliates decline as chemical abortion use rises

 

Last week, American Life League released its annual report for 2009 on Planned Parenthood. To read the report, click here.

 

The report shows that Planned Parenthood continues to increase its facilities that perform medical abortions while the number of facilities, both express and non-express, decline. The total number of facilities continues to decline as well. From 2008-09, Wisconsin lost 4 Planned Parenthood facilities!

 

 

Easier access to morning after pill doesn’t reduce pregnancies

 

The morning after pill, also called emergency contraception, can cause chemical abortions and fatal blood clots. Read about the risks here. Now, a series of studies in the United States and United Kingdom [U.K.] show that easier access to the morning after pill doesn’t lower the rate of so-called “unwanted” pregnancies.

 

Easier access does, however, increase risky sexual behavior, as the following quote from the article illustrates, “Women aren't typically given at-home supplies of emergency contraceptives in the U.K. But if you feel you have a particular need for this type of contraception – perhaps if you live a long way from a pharmacy – you could ask your [doctor] if it's possible to have an advance supply.”

 

From the British Medical Journal:

Women given an advance supply of emergency contraceptives were no more likely to have unprotected sex, to get an STD or to change how they used other contraceptives, compared to women not given advance supplies. This suggests that they are not less vigilant about safe sex as a result.

 

But surprisingly, the women were just as likely to get pregnant. This was true in all the studies.

 

The researchers aren't sure why having an advance supply didn't lower pregnancy rates, especially since women who had these pills were more likely to use them.

 

Click here to read more.

 

 

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.

 

The Shrine was recently profiled in the March 18 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the article. Pro-Life Wisconsin is thrilled and honored to have the privilege of hosting a dinner at the Shrine!

 

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 http://www.prolifewisconsin.org/files/2010AwardsDinner.pdf.

 

 

Good Friday Prayer Vigil

 

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society for Good Friday Stations of the Cross with procession to the Affiliated abortion mill.

 

At Three Holy Women Parish - St. Rita's

1601 N. Cass St. Milwaukee
Good Friday - April 2, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  

 

Stations will begin at St. Rita's and proceed to the Affiliated abortion mill. For more information, please call (877) GOD'S-WILL.

 

 

40 Days for Life: Entering the final week, 368 babies saved

 

This is the last week of 40 Days for Life, which wraps up this Sunday. If you haven’t made it out to a vigil site yet, we urge you to do so. We thank all those who have faithfully prayed and fasted for the success of the spring 40 Days for Life, which was observed in the Wisconsin area in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau and Rockford, Ill. For more information, go to 40daysforlife.com.

 

40 Days for Life Milwaukee will hold a closing prayer ceremony from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday.

 

Vigil for Life of Madison will hold a closing vigil at 5 p.m. on Sunday, led by minister and youth pastor Jeremiah Johnson of Apostolic Church of Sun Prairie. The closing will feature praise and worship music, a reflection and prayer.

 

368 babies have been saved nationwide, according to 40 Days for Life. Six of those saves happened in Milwaukee.

 

 

Affiliate announcements

 

Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha: On April 11, for Divine Mercy Sunday, the Kenosha Affiliate will be sponsoring a distribution of the Divine Mercy Image at St. James the Apostle Catholic Church, 5804 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, after the 10:30 am mass. Our Merciful savior had asked St. Faustina to encourage all to display this image in their homes. We will also be praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet and reciting a prayer for all those victimized by the abuse of abortion. Our dearly beloved Venerable Pope John Paul ll has said, "Trust in the Lord, be Apostles of Divine Mercy."

 

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


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.

 

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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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

 

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 HelpForYou@straphael.org. Confidentiality is assured.

 

Vicki Thorn, founder of post-abortion healing ministry Project Rachel, will speak in Fond du Lac at Holy Family Church (271 Fourth St. Way, the corner of Cty. K and T) 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.                               

 

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 aaalexandrinacenter.webs.com/springgala.htm.

 

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse is having a solemn celebration in honor of St. Gianna Molla on Sunday, April 25. Mass is at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. prayer and reflection on St. Gianna and at 3 p.m., there will be veneration and installation of a First Class Relic of St. Gianna. More information on the News and Events page at www.guadalupeshrine.org.

 

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 wisconsincma.org, email milwaukee@wisconsincma.org 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: www.vigilcalender.com/milwaukee/logon.

 

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 vigilforlife.org to get involved!

 

40 Days for Life Wausau: All are invited to participate. Go to 40daysforlife.com/Wausau, 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.

 

The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe: 2010 spring mission for life with the missionary image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The replica image was touch to the actual Tilma of St. Juan Diego. The stops on this tour will focus on the importance of being in solidarity with the most defenseless of our brothers and sisters, as well as standing with those generous individuals who are witnessing to the cause of life through the 40 Days for Life campaigns in our state. Schedule:

- Tuesday March 23: Appleton 40 Days for Life site 3-4pm; St. Mary's Church in Greenville 5-7pm;

- Wednesday March 24: Stevens Point vigil site at "Family Planning Health Services" 5:30-6pm;

- Friday March 26: Green Bay 40 Days for Life site at 3-4pm; Relevant Radio Chapel 4:30-5pm;

- Saturday March 27: Marshfield; Our Lady of Peace Church 4:30-6:30pm;

- Monday April 5: Wisconsin Rapids "Planned Parenthood" vigil site 4:30-5:15pm.

 

 

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