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       March 25, 2013

Personhood Passes in North Dakota!
On Friday, March 22, North Dakota became the first state in the nation to pass a personhood amendment. The North Dakota House of Representatives passed SCR 4009 by a vote of 57-35. The measure passed the State Senate earlier in February and will now be referred to the people of North Dakota for a popular vote in November 2014. The amendment states, “The inalienable right to life of every human being at any stage of development must be recognized and protected.” Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s legislative director, offered the following comments:
“Pro-Life Wisconsin commends the North Dakota Legislature for the courage of their convictions in passing the first personhood amendment in the history of the United States. By extending the equal protection of the law to all preborn children from conception, North Dakota is on its way to being the first state in our country to ban surgical abortion without exception. The broad coalitional force that backed the amendment – North Dakota Family Alliance, North Dakota Right to Life, Concerned Women for America North Dakota, North Dakota Life League, North Dakota Catholic Conference, and Personhood North Dakota – is something to be emulated in Wisconsin and in other states advancing personhood amendments. We encourage pro-life Wisconsinites to work and pray for a successful personhood vote in North Dakota next year. May God bless North Dakota and her preborn children.”

Good Friday Stations of the Cross
Holy Week holds special significance for pro-lifers who gather in front of abortion clinics to pray the Stations of the Cross. As in years past, Pro-Life Wisconsin and our affiliates will be holding pro-life Stations of the Cross in memory of all those lost to abortion and for all those grieving a loss.
May God, the giver of Life, grant you a blessed Holy Week and a joyful Easter!
An angel of the Lord came down from heaven and said to the women, "He whom you seek has risen as He said," alleluia! 
Milwaukee: On Good Friday, March 29 at 9 a.m. Stations will be said at St. Rita’s Parish, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, with procession to the Affiliated abortion mill.
Madison: Stations will be said by Fr. Rick Heilman, 10 a.m. on March 29 at Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd. in Madison. For more details, visit vigilforlife.org. 
Pro-Life Wisconsin affliates around the state will be saying stations of the cross at their respective parishes. For more information, call 262-796-1111.

Register now for our 2013 Spring Awards Dinner
Be sure to join us at our upcoming Spring Awards Dinner, Thursday, April 18, featuring keynote speaker, Walter Hoye II! Walter Hoye is the founder and President of the Issues4Life foundation, a key member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition, and a tireless advocate for personhood. We will also honor our Activist of the Year, Mary Gundrum, as well as our Legislator of the Year, Rep. David Craig.
For more information and to register, visit our website. Register now, space is limited!

News Wrap-Up

Affiliate Activities
The La Crosse area 40 Days for Life group, an affiliate of Pro-Life Wisconsin, has settled on a new name to encompass our larger pro-life mission.  Along with our new name, Life League of La Crosse, our mission: “Recognizing God as the creator and sovereign ruler of all life, we work to increase respect and protection of all human life, from conception to natural death, in all conditions, through prayer and peaceful action.”
While Life League of La Crosse will continue to oversee the La Crosse area 40 Days for Life campaigns, our other activities will include: a regular prayer presence outside Options in Reproductive Care, our annual “Ladies for Life” Tea, and overseeing the “Romelle Mauss Pro-Life Memorial Fund.” 
PLW Racine has a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood (832 Main St.) All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.
PLW Juneau County meets the second Tuesday of the month at the Hatch Public Library Community Room in Mauston at 7 p.m.

PLW Walworth County will again begin their Monday prayer vigils at Planned Parenthood in Delavan in April. Contact Phil Cullen at 262-742-3299 for more information.

PLW Marathon County prays the Rosary monthly on a Saturday at 10:45 a.m. Please call Ron Putzer at 715-842-5368 to confirm the date.

PLW 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 or Julie at 920-923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also said Saturdays at 8:30 a.m. before the 9:00 a.m. Mass 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. Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business, at least two people will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. Mon.-Wed. (9 a.m.-11 a.m.), Thurs. (1 p.m. - 6 p.m.), and Fri. (1 p.m.-3 p.m.) Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for one hour or more. Click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact Elizabeth Weisshaar at info@vigilforlife.org.

PLW Milwaukee County gathers Saturday mornings at the Affiliated abortion center (1428 N. Farwell, Milw.) from 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Sidewalk counselors are needed! If you can come pray or counsel women, contact Peggy Hamill at 262-796-1111 ext. 11 or email info@prolifewisconsin.org.

PLW Sheboygan County prays in front of Planned Parenthood (2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan) every Thursday from 4:00 to 4:45 p.m. For more information call Sarah at 920-452-2759 or Shannon at 920-457-8422.

PLW 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 (3800 N. Gillett St.)
PLW Kenosha has consecrated our fight against Planned Parenthood to Jesus through Mary. You are invited to pray Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. in front of the Planned Parenthood (Roosevelt & 36th Ave.) Please come pray the Rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and other prayers with us. For more information, contact Karie Kinzler at kakinzler7@yahoo.com or call her at 262-646-0301.

Courtesy Announcements
St. Gregory VII Chapter of CUF presents Michael Hichborn in a talk entitled "Robbing Peter to Pay Saul," Sunday, May 19, at the Clarion Hotel in Milwaukee. Director of "Defend the Faith," a project of American Life League, Michael Hichborn has researched and produced an annual report on organizations receiving grant money from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Payment and registration are required. To register, visit www.cufmilwaukee.org.
The Milwaukee April All-Night Vigil of Reparation will be at St. Anthony’s Church, Appleton Ave. Menomonee Falls, April 5th and 6th. Opening Mass Friday Mass at 8 pm., followed by a procession, adoration, talks, Holy Hour for Life and confessions, concluding with First Saturday Mass at 5 AM. Come for the opening Mass if you can; stay as long as you like. If you need a ride or more information, call 414-254-2790.

9th Annual Midwest Regional Bioethics Conference - The Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is co-hosting a bioethics conference with the Marquette Chapter of University Faculty for Life on Saturday, May 4th, 2013. The conference will be held at Marquette University (AMU) beginning at 10am and closing with the celebration of the Holy Mass at 4pm led by the Archbishop of Milwaukee, the Most Reverend Jerome Listecki. For more information contact Dr. Theresa Pardoe DOMilwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association  tmpardoe@gmail.com
Healing after Abortion Rachel's Vineyard Retreats offer Hope and Healing for anyone who is struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion. The next retreat is April 12 - 14, near Madison. For information call Mary at 608-221-9593 or email: HelpForYou@straphael.org or visit www.madisondiocese.org/rachel. Confidentiality is assured.
The third Monday of every month in Berlin at All Saints Catholic Church there is a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. Everyone is welcome.

Thursdays in Kenosha at St. Mary's Catholic Church (7307 40th Ave.) there is an 8:00 a.m. Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to nearby Planned Parenthood. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Thursdays from 6-6:30 p.m. in West Bend The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets at Planned Parenthood (532 Shepherd's Drive on the west end of town about 1 1/2 miles west of Hwy. 45 and W. Washington St.-a.k.a. Hwy. 33. It's in a mall on the north side of the street.
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