Executive order a sham, says Pro-Life
Will do nothing to stop abortion funding in healthcare
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:
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courts will never recognize it as lawful and it can be repealed at any given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
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
in 1971, two years before Roe v. Wade.
In 1981, the Human
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,
Life League releases annual report on Planned Parenthood
Number of abortion
facilites, express clinics and affiliates decline as chemical abortion use
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
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,
The Shrine was
recently profiled in the March 18 edition of the Wall Street Journal. Click here to read the article. Pro-Life
is thrilled and honored to have the privilege of hosting a dinner at the
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
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
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
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.
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."
Dane County: Call Mark at (608) 335-9889 about prayer dates and
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.
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 email@example.com 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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 656-0301 for
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.
Chapter of Pro-Life Wisconsin encourages people to come to the
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
is also on Facebook – click here.
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
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
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 email@example.com or call
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
- 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
- Monday April 5: Wisconsin Rapids "Planned
Parenthood" vigil site 4:30-5:15pm.
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