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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
here.

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.

4 days, 3 pickets, 2 saves, countless prayers to end abortion and 1 failed Walk for Choice


Last week was one for the records as far as pro-life activity goes.


Wednesday, March 23: Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation spoke in Madison. Read a blog post here about his talk.

Thursday, March 24: Sidewalk counselors had a save in Milwaukee at Affiliated Medical Services, where 40 Days for Life is observed. This marks the eleventh baby saved in Milwaukee since 40 DFL began on Ash Wednesday – and we’re only half way through! Thanks, Lord. Also on Thursday, a woman and her two-year-old stopped by 40 DFL in Milwaukee. She wanted to show sidewalk counselors her little boy, alive today due to pro-lifers’ sidewalk counseling efforts. No one knew about this save until that very moment; like so much of the work that we do, the fruits are sometimes seen much (even years!) later.


Friday, March 25: Planned Parenthood’s pink bus (nicknamed the “Pepto Bus” by pro-lifers) rolls into Madison and Milwaukee. Planned Parenthood has been attempting to make over their public image by taking this bus to various PP facilities around the country. Led by Fr. Rick Heilman and the Knights of Divine Mercy (photo, left), 100 pro-lifers turned out to pray and witness in Madison. In an interesting twist, the PP bus drove past our “Choice Kills” billboard in the Planned Parenthood parking lot. The PP bus even stopped to observe and read the billboard. Wheels were turning, to be sure.

In Milwaukee, a group of pro-life teens from Appleton joined us, and the Pepto Bus, at the Planned Parenthood that was the site of a Live Action undercover sting in 2009. Rep. Gwen Moore spoke on Planned Parenthood’s behalf.

Saturday, March 26: A Walk for Choice in Milwaukee failed… in epic proportions. The Walk was supposed to occur from 2-4pm, beginning at Gordon Commons, proceed past Affiliated Medical Services and end up on the UW-Milwaukee campus. In response to the Walk for Choice call to wear orange, pro-lifers dug out their best orange clothing and waited… and waited… and waited for the Walk to go past.

What did we find? Two lonely pro-aborts sitting on a bench in the park, with their signs… and no orange. Guess it’s difficult to get excited about abortion when you’re not being paid to attend an event (as most of the attendees at Planned Parenthood’s Pepto Bus rallies were paid staff members). Sidewalk counselors had a save in Milwaukee on Saturday as well.

Friday, March 25 through Sunday, March 27: Pro-lifers in La Crosse hold a 40-hour perpetual prayer vigil.

Thank you to everyone who prayed or protested with us this week (in the picture, left, you can see most of the 2 dozen pro-lifers who wore orange in honor of the Walk for Choice on Saturday in Milwaukee). Thank you to everyone who couldn’t be there but kept us in your prayers. Thank you to everyone who attended Ryan Bomberger’s excellent presentation.

Wausau library censors showing of pro-life film


From LifeNews:

Attorneys from the pro-life Thomas More Society issued a letter on March 25 to Marathon County library officials demanding that the library rescind its decision to cancel a showing of a pro-life film.

The library is accused of censoring the Wausau 40 Days for Life group, which wants to show the pro-life documentary, “Blood Money.”

The director of the library, Ralph Illick, had canceled the showing of the movie in one of the library’s “public meeting rooms,” because he determined that the film’s topic – abortion – would “interfere with normal use of our library.”

“Having to demand that a library not engage in censorship is outrageous,” Peter Breen, executive director and legal counsel for the Thomas More Society, told LifeNews.com. “The library’s own policy declares that meeting rooms are to be allocated without regard to the beliefs of those using the rooms, but here, the sincerely held religious beliefs of Wausau 40 Days for Life that all life is sacred has barred this group from use of these purportedly ‘public’ rooms. We stand ready to take immediate legal action if the showing of the film is not allowed.”

Click here to read more.

Deadline quickly approaching for Sharon Schumer Scholarship Award


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! ­­­

Milwaukee sidewalk counselor vindicated, charges dropped


From LifeSiteNews:

On March 24 in a Milwaukee municipal court, charges were dropped against a pro-life counselor who was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct last August.

James Marcou, a veteran sidewalk counselor, was charged after two clinic escorts at the Affiliated Women’s Heath Center claimed he was disorderly and obstructed free access to the abortion facility by striking a “clinic escort.”

“James Marcou can now carry on his life-saving work without this criminal charge hanging over his head,” said Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, which represented Marcou.

The charges were dropped after the key witness in the case failed to appear this morning to testify at an initial hearing.

Brejcha said that he learned that the witness, who was a regular clinic “escort” and who was known to pro-lifers as Gwynn, “gave police a false name – Steve Smith – and was subpoenaed to appear by that name.

“No wonder he didn’t show up, as not only his name but also the rest of his story was falsified, and the whole truth would have come out clearly.”


Click here to read more.

Pro-life news wrap-up


- Ottawa Catholic university will host a pro-abortion activist. Read more here.

- Bishop of Fargo, North Dakota: "How long will pro-abortion politicians be able to receive Communion?"  Read here.


- President Obama's face is featured on a Chicago pro-life billboard. 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 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. 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 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.

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


Pro-Life Mass and Rosary with the Blessed Sacrament:
Saturday, April 9 at 8 am. Please consider offering an hour of your time to pray with us for the agonizing trauma and suffering that abortion causes for men, women and children and for conversion and redemption for those who promote and carry out abortions. St. Maria Goretti, Pray for Us. St. Anthony N 74 W13604 Appleton Ave., Menomonee Falls, 53031

The pro-life Mass will be held April 7 at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Milwaukee. Mass will be said by Fr. Dan Sherman.

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 Lindapete@tds.net 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: 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.

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 www.dcrtl.org. 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 www.magnificatwb.com. 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 www.life-a-thon.org 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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

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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