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Hundreds attend Rallies for Religious Freedom across Wisconsin, joining thousands around the U.S.


Hundreds of Wisconsinites Rallies for Religious Freedom on Friday, strongly protesting the Obama administration's mandate of contraception coverage.

In Madison, 500 people attended. Bishop Morlino delivered the keynote speech (photo, right), which you can listen to online here. The Cap Times, a Madison newspaper, covered the rally in an article here (the reporter misspelled development director Steve Karlen's name and misquoted him; he also misspelled the name of another attendee). View photos here.

More than 400 people attended the Rally for Religious Freedom in Milwaukee. Despite the rain, spirits were joyful. Bishop Hying joined us at the last minute and spoke to the crowd (photo, left). View pictures from the Milwaukee rally here.

In Green Bay, hundreds attended a last-minute rally at the Brown County Courthouse. Fr. John Bergstadt, pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish in Howard, read a letter on behalf of Bishop David Ricken. Read an article from the Green Bay Compass on the rally here.

Across the country, approximately 55,000 turned out for the rallies, which were all held from noon-1pm on Friday. Thank you to everyone who attended and kept us in prayer!

Register online now to see David Bereit speak!


David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, will be speaking at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events!

We are hosting an "Evening with David Bereit" in Madison on Thursday, April 26. Register online here.

Bishop Morlino will give the opening prayer, and we will be presenting an award to Dr. Nancy Fredericks in recognition of her courage for exposing the Madison Surgery Center's late-term abortion plans.

David will be the keynote speaker at our Annual Spring Awards Dinner, to be held Saturday, April 28 in Green Bay. Register online here.

We will be presenting awards for the Legislator and the Activist of the Year at the Spring Awards Dinner. Father Mark Vander Steeg will give the opening prayer. Rep. Andre Jacque will be receiving the Legislator of the Year award. Jim Ball, leader of 40 Days for Life in Green Bay and pro-life activist extraordinaire, will be receiving the Activist of the Year award. Join us in honoring these great pro-life men!

Register today for these can't-miss events! David is a dynamic speaker with a very inspiring story to share about how 40 Days for Life has made a pro-life impact around the world.


Are you interested in promoting your business, organization or message to hundreds of pro-lifers all while supporting the defense of innocent human life? Consider a sponsorship of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Evening with David Bereit in Madison on Thursday, April 26 or Spring Awards Dinner in Green Bay on Saturday, April 28. Sponsorships start as low as $250 and go up to $1,000, making it possible for businesses and individuals of varying means to support the event. Each sponsor gets a text ad in the event program.

At a time when pro-lifers are frequently called upon to boycott businesses hostile to life, sponsorship of one of our upcoming events is a great way to connect with a like-minded and supportive audience. On top of that, each sponsorship is a tax-deductible contribution to support Pro-Life Wisconsin’s efforts to build a culture of life in our state. For more information, or to sponsor one or both of the upcoming events, contact PLW’s Director of Development Steve Karlen, at steve@prolifewisconsin.org or 262-796-1111 ext. 14.

Holy Week Stations of the Cross


Good Friday 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.

Milwaukee: On Good Friday, April 6, at 9am. Stations will be said at St. Rita's Parish, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, with procession to the Affiliated abortion mill.

Green Bay: Stations will be said on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 4pm at Ob-Gyn Association of Green Bay, Medical Arts Building/Bellin Hospital, 704 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay.

Appleton: Stations will be said on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 1pm at Planned Parenthood, 502 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton.

Madison: Stations will be said on Good Friday, April 6, at 10am at Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd., Madison.

For more information, please call (262) 796-1111.



40 Days for Life closing vigils


Believe it or not, 40 Days for Life will draw to a close on Palm Sunday. It was observed in 258 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Spain and Poland. Wisconsin
cities included Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Medford, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Wausau.

The national 40 Days for Life reports that as of today, 496 babies have been saved, through this campaign alone! 27 of those saved babies are from Milwaukee, including a set of twins.

Below are 40 Days for Life closing vigils. Please join us in celebrating life!
•    Milwaukee: Father Gregory Madlom, pastor of St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Chapel, West Bend, will be leading a moljeben (prayer service) for victims of abortion, their parents, clinic workers, and all involved in crisis at 3:00 pm, in front of Affiliated Medical Services, 1428 North Farwell Avenue. Please join us in prayer; you will be most welcome!
•    Wausau: Eucharistic Procession on Holy Thursday, April 5,  3 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Meet at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N 3rd St., Wausau.
•    Medford: Closing rally will be held on Sunday, April 1 at noon at Family Planning Health Services, 153 S 2nd St., Medford. PLW's Peggy Hamill will speak.
•    Stevens Point: A family-friendly closing rally will be held Sunday, April 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at
Iverson Park, 4201 Highway 66, Stevens Point. PLW's Virginia Zignego will be the keynote speaker. Day's events also include: food and fellowship, fun events for children, recognition of prayer participants, and more.
•   Green Bay:
Stations of the Cross will be said on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 4pm at Ob-Gyn Association of Green Bay, Medical Arts Building/Bellin Hospital, 704 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay.
•    La Crosse: We will meet outside Options Clinic, 1201 Caledonia St., La Crosse
on Sunday, April 1 at 3 pm for prayers and go to St. James the Less Church at 4 pm. Fr. Schaller will expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration and Benediction, followed by a soup supper. All are welcome - the Ladies for Life will provide soups, salads, and beverages and rolls, if would like to bring a dessert or quick bread to share feel, free, but not necessary. Please join us for any and all parts of our concluding events - even if you have not been able to be out on the sidewalk with us this campaign.


Ocean Spray, Tropicana, Gatorade also on list of products using aborted fetal cell lines


From LifeSiteNews:

Children of God for Life has provided a one-page full list of products which have used aborted fetal cell lines. The pro-life group recently exposed Pepsi Company and other organizations as having contracted with Semonyx, which uses aborted fetal cell lines to test its food and beverage flavour enhancers.

Beyond Pepsi soft drinks, the company is responsible for such popular offerings as Mountain Dew, Ocean Spray, Seattle’s Best coffee, Aquafina water, Lipton tea, Gatorade, and Tropicana.

Kraft and Cadbury products also fall into the same category. Chiclets, Clorets, Dentyne and Trident are some of the products listed on the Children of God for Life one page product list.



Pro-life news wrap-up


- Post-abortion baby parts now a booming business. Read more here.

- ‘Your God’s wrong’: Judge erupts in angry tirade, sends pro-life activist back to jail. Read more here.

- Couple wins $3 million in ‘wrongful birth’ suit: would have aborted daughter with Down syndrome. Read more here.

- Wisconsin Medical Society asking Gov. Walker to veto webcam abortion bill. Read more here.

- Wall Street Journal: Has the Sexual Revolution Been Good for Women? No. Read more here.

Affiliate activities


Sawyer County Affiliate (Hayward) - Queen of Peace, Protector of Life -
will be again be offering offering the 'Cemetery of the Innocents' display of 400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA. In addition, we have a new display of fetal models consisting of 13 models, 5-35 weeks gestation and one newborn. These are professional grade, soft-touch models that can be handled, and are available all year, with or without the crosses. They're suitable for all ages. For more information call Bob Ornberg at 715-699-1287 or check out our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bvmqp.

PLW affiliates are involved in 40 Days for Life this spring. Cities include Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Medford, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Wausau. Contact PLW at (262) 796-1111 or email info@prolifewisconsin.org to get involved!

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided. Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.

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 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. During 40 Days For Life which begins February 22,  we will be Bringing Jesus to Planned Parenthood Through Mary on Tuesdays 7:00 am to 3:00 pm and Thursdays 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. For information, call Ann at (920) 921-6062 or Julie (920) 923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also 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 has 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 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm - 3pm. 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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 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 at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.

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 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 36th 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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.

Courtesy announcements


Michael Voris S.T.B.,
a Catholic layman with a passion for saving souls, presents “Social Injustice” How a Corrupt Social “Gospel” Promotes Evil Disguised as Justice on Saturday May 12. For more information, visit www.cufmilwaukee.org or call 414-321-9377. Sponsored by Catholics United for the Faith St. Gregory VII Chapter.

Life-A-Thon!
Join us and start a family tradition with this annual, family-friendly walk/run for the unborn! This year we’re having two locations at the same time. Get friends together, recruit sponsors, and compete for one of the famous silver sneaker awards! Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012. Time: 9-10 am - Check-in/registration; 10 am –Walk/run begin approx. 5K  Walk/run at McCarty Park Pavilion, 2567 S. 79th St., West Allis, WI OR NEW: Walk/run/bike at Calvary Lutheran School, 110 Division St. Thiensville, WI. Register: www.Life-A-Thon.org or 414-727-8176. Cost: $17–Individual; $50–Family of 3 or more (immediate family); $85-School group (2 adult leaders and any # of students) $5 late fee after May 5, 2012

Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign
meets Wednesdays at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down the evil strongholds present there and be an encouragement for the pro-life legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.

The third Monday of every month
All Saints Catholic Church in Berlin says a Rosary for life at the church's monument for the unborn after a 5:15p.m. Mass. Everyone welcome.

The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets to pray every Thursday evening from 6-6:30 p.m. at the West Bend Planned Parenthood, 532 Shepherd’s Drive, West Bend, WI. Located on the West end of town, approximately 1-1/2 miles west of Hwy 45 on West Washington Street (aka: Highway 33) in West Bend. It is in a shopping mall on the north-side of the street. We are on the sidewalk.

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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

Cenacles of Life meets every Saturday morning at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for an end to the culture of death.

Cenacles of Life meets at St Mary’s Good Shepherd Chapel, 108 McHenry St, Burlington, WI every Wednesday at 6 p.m., and recites the second oral Rosary in the main body of the church, finishing at 7:15 p.m.

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. State Director Peggy Hamill will join them in prayer this Wednesday, March 28. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779.


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