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       March 4, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI: The Pope of Personhood
 
On Thursday, February 28, Pope Benedict XVI abdicated the see of St. Peter. Since then, the world’s Catholics have been expressing their gratitude for this wonderful man of God. Indeed, Pope Benedict will be remembered for many things—his kindness and warmth, his intellectual brilliance, his reforms of the liturgy, and his commitment to Christian unity. But he should also be remembered for his pro-life efforts, and especially for his recognition of the personhood of the unborn. In 2010, Pope Benedict made it unequivocally clear that the unborn are human persons, and the personhood begins at conception. He said during a homily: “There is no reason not to consider [the human embryo] a person from conception.”
 


 
Georgia Introduces Personhood Amendment
 
Georgia State Senator Barry Loudermilk has introduced a bill that would put a personhood amendment on the ballot in 2014. This bill declares that "The state shall recognized the paramount right to life of all human beings as persons at any stage of development." Dan Becker, president of Georgia Right to Life, said of the legislation, "Personhood is the human rights issue of the 21st century." We agree! Read more at Christian News Wire.
 

 
Holy Week 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.
 
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.
 
La Crosse: March 22 at 5 p.m., Stations will be said at Options Clinic, Caledonia St., followed by a soup supper at St. James the Less Parish.
 
Green Bay: Closing 40 Days for Life ceremony will be held March 22, followed by a procession to Ob-Gyn Association Medical Arts Building/Bellin Hospital at 704 S. Weber Ave. More information can be found at 40daysforlife.com/greenbay
 
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.
 

 
Pro-Life Wisconsin Day at the Capitol This Week!
 
Pro-Life Wisconsin's 2013 Day at the Capitol, featuring Gualberto Gracia Jones of Personhood USA, is this Thursday, March 7, at the Monona Terrace in Madison. Pre-registration by 5pm today, March 4, is required. For more information, or to register, call 262-796-1111 or visit www.prolifewisconsin.org.
 

 
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Affiliate Activities
 
You’re invited to join other Christians in Stevens Point for 40 Days for Life – 40 days of prayer and fasting for an end to abortion –continues through March 24 outside Family Planning Health Services, 200 Division St, Stevens Point. If you’d like more information, please contact Jen Dunnett at 40daysforlifestevenspoint@gmail.com, 715-340-2779 or go to the website: www.40daysforlife.com/stevenspoint
 
PLW Wausau will hold a 40 Days for Life Vigil this Spring through March 23rd, we are asking for prayer volunteers. We are asking for peaceful prayers to volunteer for one hour a week during Lent. 40 Days for Life has saved over 6,700 babies, closed over 70 abortion mills, and converted 25 employees of pro choice agencies. For more information please contact Janet at 715 848-2174.
 
La Crosse 40 Days for Life meets outside of Options Clinic, Caledonia St., in La Crosse, Monday through Friday 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. until March 22nd. To get involved, contact Elizabeth Garibaldi at 608-769-4014. A closing event will be held on March 22 at 5PM and will include Stations of the Cross at the Vigil site, followed by Soup Supper at St. James the Less Church in LaCrosse.
 
40 Days for Life Milwaukee continues through March 24 at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee. To get involved, contact Dan Miller, Kerry Lawlor, or Pat McGartland at 262-424-8787, or visit  40daysforlife.com/milwaukee.
 
Sheboygan 40 Days for Life meets at Planned Parenthood, 2108 Kohler Memorial Drive, until March 24. To get involved, contact Sarah at  40dayssheboygan@gmail.com.
 
PLW Racine Area 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
 
The Pro-life Healthcare Alliance (PHA), a program of Human Life Alliance, was formed in June of 2012 to link together pro-life healthcare providers, organizations and individuals to create a network that assures everyone access to truly pro-life healthcare professionals, medical facilities and advocates around the world. 
 
Help build this network that recognizes the sanctity of every single human life and that protects and cares for the vulnerable among us. You are invited to join the Pro-life Healthcare Alliance. For more information, visit the PHA website at www.prolifehealthcare.org.
 
The Respect Life Committees of St. John the Evangelist, St. Mary’s Hales Corners and St. Matthias Parishes invite you to: “THE SPECTRUM of LIFE.” An evening of inspiration and information about current life issues featuring DAN MILLER of 40 Days for Life on Talking with Compassion to Post-abortive Women and/or Mothers in Crisis Pregnancies, FR. MATTHEW WIDDER associate pastor at St. Mary’s Hales Corners on The Culture of Life for Children and Teens, BISHOP DONALD HYING on End of Life Issues and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) statement on the Physician’s Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST). Thursday, March 7th, 7 PM at St. John the Evangelist Parish Hall 8500 W. Cold Spring Road, Greenfield. Refreshments will be provided.
 
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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