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Monday Update

March 29, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         Join us for the Good Friday Prayer Vigil

·         Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the University of Wisconsin training abortionists

·         Juneau County District Attorney warns school districts about new sex education mandates

·         Pro-Life Wisconsin’s college outreach continues

·         Spring Awards Dinner

·         Good Friday Prayer Vigil

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Join us for the 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 be at St. Rita's, before we proceed to the Affiliated abortion mill. For more information, call (877) GOD'S-WILL.



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on the University of Wisconsin training abortionists


From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 28 edition:


Think you’re smarter than UW docs?

By columnist Patrick McIlheran


The pro-lifers thought they had the University of Wisconsin dead to rights, breaking the laws that keep your government out of the abortion business. The pro-lifers had e-mails, contracts, the diagram of entanglements between the university's medical school and Planned Parenthood's Madison abortuary.


Fools. Who precisely did these pro-lifers think they were dealing with? The university knows its way around the law. And over, under and behind it, too.


The matter does look pretty straightforward. Wisconsin has two related laws, one saying that the state, its subdivisions and agencies shall spend "no funds" for "the performance of an abortion." The other says no state support can go to any group that "promotes, encourages or counsels in favor of abortion services."


At the UW med school, students training to be gynecologists learn abortions at Planned Parenthood. Nor is it just students: Medical residents, who are paid for their work, wield the forceps, too. UW faculty supervise this.


"They're basically training future abortionists by sending them to Planned Parenthood," said Virginia Zignego, Pro-Life Wisconsin spokeswoman. The group knew about the rotation for years, said Zignego, but learned the monetary details via an open records request.


"UWHC has been paying for the rotation to date. We will continue to do so. Please let Planned Parenthood know," reads one of the obtained e-mails, by Carl J. Getto, for instance. He's the medical school's associate dean of hospital affairs.


Click here to read the rest of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.


As a recent story out of Vietnam illustrates, doctors suffer psychological damage from performing abortions.


Pro-Life Wisconsin is not finished with this obvious flouting of Wisconsin law. We encourage people to submit an editorial to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel about UW’s attempt at semantics. A state-created public entity is still taxpayer funded. We are concerned with the use of the state’s money but also our great University’s name. E-mail the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel with your letter to the editor at



Juneau County District Attorney warns school districts about new sex education mandates


In a March 24 letter sent to the five public school districts in Juneau County, District Attorney Scott Southworth warns that the new sexual education law recently passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by Governor Doyle could expose district school teachers to criminal liability and school districts to civil liability for promoting “the sexualization – and sexual assault – of our children.”


Early teen sexual activity, even if consensual, is against the law. Wisconsin Statutes 948.02(2) states, “(w)hoever has sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person who has not attained the age of 16 years is guilty of a Class C felony.” Southworth points out that the new law, 2009 Wisconsin Act 134, requires public schools that choose to have human growth and development programs to provide instruction on the proper use of contraceptives. The letter states “(f)orcing our schools to instruct children on how to utilize contraceptives encourages our children to engage in sexual behavior, whether as a victim or an offender…, our schools districts should never promote illegal activity.” 


Wisconsin Statutes 948.40 criminalizes “Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child.”  Southworth explains in the letter that a teacher who instructs any student aged 16 or younger how to use contraceptives could be charged under this statute. The letter states, “(d)epending on the specific facts of a case referred to my office upon a complaint by a parent, another teacher or a child, this encouragement and advocacy could lead to criminal charges. Our teachers should never be put in this position.”


Southworth concludes his letter by urging the Juneau County school districts to “temporarily withdraw from human growth and development instruction, effective with the 2010-2011 school year, until the Wisconsin Legislature amends or repeals these new mandates.”


These are not scare tactics by District Attorney Southworth. Rather, his is a simple reading of current criminal law and how Act 134 bumps up against it with potential serious consequences for our teachers, school board members and district administrators. 


Pro-Life Wisconsin commends District Attorney Southworth for his courage and frankness in exposing the consequences of this irresponsible new law, and we encourage you to download his letter on PLW’s website and share it with your own county district attorney. Click here for a copy of the letter. As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence.



Pro-Life Wisconsin’s college outreach continues



The above ad appeared in many college newspapers this spring, urging students to make smart choices. The ad was in the UW-Madison Badger Herald, the UW-Milwaukee Post, the UW-Green Bay Fourth Estate and the Marquette University Tribune.


In addition, Pro-Life Wisconsin, in partnership with Human Life Alliance, sponsored pro-life inserts this spring in a number of Wisconsin college newspapers. The 12-page insert, called …iCare, is a compelling pro-life resource designed to educate people about chemical and surgical abortion. To view …iCare, click here.


The morning after pill, also called emergency contraception, can cause chemical abortions and fatal blood clots. Read about the risks here.


As we reported in the Monday Update last week, easier access to the morning after pill doesn’t reduce “unwanted” pregnancies but it does increase risky sexual behavior.



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, click here.



Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship applications due April 15


Pro-Life Wisconsin is now accepting applications for the 2010 Sharon Schumer Memorial Scholarship!


Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating high school seniors (including homeschoolers). Must be accepted at and planning to attend any college, university or technical school – in-state or out-of-state.


Applications are available from the state office or by clicking here. Application deadline is April 15 – no exceptions! ­­­



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 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 hold prayer gatherings every Saturday during Lent from 11 a.m. to noon at the Planned Parenthood in Waukesha.


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 continue to have our usual Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. during Lent in front of Planned Parenthood in Kenosha, located at Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. Contact Karie Kinzler at 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


Pro-Life Mass: The monthly pro-life Mass will be held on Thursday, April 8 at 9 a.m. at the Schoenstatt Shrine in Milwaukee. Fr. Daniel Sherman will celebrate Mass.


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 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


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


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, email or call (414) 758-2214.


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. Tour will conclude with the final stop:

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



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