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Monday Update

May 10, 2010

Defending God’s Plan


In This Issue

·         Madison Surgery Center will not be providing late-term abortions

·         University of Wisconsin-Madison to hold alumni reception at the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology annual meeting

·         Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan for Supreme Court

·         ‘The Pill’ turns 50 years old

·         Abortion-contraception talk

·         Affiliate announcements

·         Courtesy announcements


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Madison Surgery Center will not be providing late-term abortions


The Wisconsin Attorney General’s office confirmed last week that the Madison Surgery Center will not be providing late-term abortions. Thank God! For that reason, we are happy to announce that the boycott of the Madison Surgery Center has ended.


The University of Wisconsin, however, continues to insist it is committed to providing late-term abortions in the Madison area. There is no chosen location as yet to replace the Madison Surgery Center, and the UW is cloaking their search in secrecy. Click here to read an updated LifeSiteNews article on the UW.


Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Matt Sande told LifeSiteNews, “While UW Health may be committed to this procedure in general, somewhere, sometime, that's one thing but that doesn't say where you're doing it. It's a way for them to save face. They didn't want to say that, yes, we've abandoned plans at the Madison Surgery Center. They're loathe to say that."


Above: Pro-lifers in the pouring rain outside the Madison Surgery Center.

This is a victory for all those who participated in 40 Days for Life, standing at the corner every morning at 7 a.m. with a pro-life sign as the MSC employees came to work. This is a victory for the volunteers who spent hours on the corner of Park St. and Regent St., being threatened, yelled at and given obscene gestures. This is a victory for the thousands who signed our pro-life petition, boycotted the MSC and contributed to our pro-life TV commercials.


This is a victory for the thousands who attended our pro-life rally in February, standing in single digit temperatures to witness to life. State director Peggy Hamill led our closing vigil at the Madison Surgery Center on Friday, May 7 as daily vigilers gathered. To all of you: We salute you and may God bless you!


Pro-Life Wisconsin remains opposed to UW’s involvement in the destruction of innocent human life and our boycott of the UW continues. Stay tuned to!



University of Wisconsin-Madison to hold alumni reception at the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology annual meeting


The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) is avidly pro-abortion and favors restricting pro-life doctors’ conscience rights. ACOG is held up by the pro-abortion industry as a standard for all medical professionals.


The ACOG position statement on abortion is used as leverage against pro-life doctors. Specifically, the University of Wisconsin emailed the ACOG statement to the Madison Surgery Center staff as a “reminder” in February 2009 when pro-life physicians took a stand against late-term abortion.


ACOG and UW-Madison are apparently a good fit. UW-Madison will hold an alumni reception at ACOG’s annual meeting in San Francisco, which occurs May 15-19. Click here to see the ACOG convention schedule. Seminar titles include: Prevalence of mood symptoms in women who present for a therapeutic abortion; Contraception for adolescents and young women; How many embryos to implant?; and Talking with your children about sexuality.


Other universities hosting alumni receptions at the ACOG meeting include Bellevue University, Drexel University, Emory University, George Washington University, Indiana University, Penn State University, University of California-San Francisco, University of Illinois-Chicago, University of Iowa, University of Louisville, University of Michigan, University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina, University of Southern California, Virginia Tech and Wayne State University.


Alumni receptions at this ACOG meeting are a good marker for how pro-abortion the university leadership is.



Obama nominates Solicitor General Elena Kagan for Supreme Court


From LifeSiteNews:

President Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan today as the Supreme Court justice to replace retiring Justice John Paul Stevens.


Kagan is known for strongly favoring taxpayer funded abortion, and is a critic of the 1991 Supreme Court decision Rust v. Sullivan, which upheld federal regulations prohibiting Title X family planning fund recipients from counseling on or referring for abortion.


Americans United for Life also reports that Kagan once suggested that faith-based groups operating pregnancy care centers should not counsel pregnant youths, for fear that they would include their religious beliefs in the counseling process.


In April, the White House reacted with fury when Ben Domenech, writing in a blog post for CBS News, declared that Kagan would be the "first openly gay justice" on the U.S. Supreme Court. Under increasing pressure from the Obama administration, CBS eventually pulled the post and Domenech apologized for "a Harvard rumor" - but not before posting an addendum stating: "I have to correct my text here to say that Kagan is apparently still closeted - odd, because her female partner is rather well known in Harvard circles."


Click here to read more.



‘The Pill’ turns 50 years old


By Judie Brown, co-founder and president, American Life League

Isn’t it interesting that as the United States of America approaches the 50th anniversary of this nation’s most popular recreational drug, the birth control pill, special interest media is ginning up the presses — or in this case, the websites —with all sorts of ideas for the next 50 years. A sampling of what America’s birth control worshippers are saying may give one pause to rethink.

For example, on May 3, the Los Angeles Biomedical Research institute (LA BioMed) announced “that it has received $1.5 million in grant funding to study a contraceptive for men that uses a combination of two hormonal gels applied to the skin of the arm and abdomen.”

The report explains:
The Food and Drug Administration approved the birth control pill on May 9, 1960, giving women greater control over their reproductive choices and their lives. Drs. Christina Wang and Ronald Swerdloff are LA BioMed principal investigators and directors of one of only two of the National Institutes of Health centers dedicated to clinical research on male contraceptives. They have conducted several studies of male contraceptives, including the current one.

Dr. Swerdloff, the director of the LA BioMed at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center's Male Contraceptive Clinical Trials Center, says the development of a male contraceptive will change men's view of their health and their role in reproductive decisions.

"Just as women gained greater control over their reproductive choices and their health with the advent of the birth control pill, a male contraceptive would get men more involved in their personal health care and would give them greater reproductive choices," said Dr. Swerdloff.


In addition to the research devoted to men, there are other voices with different bones to pick about the pill’s 50th anniversary.

Susan Reimer’s opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun laments that the pill “didn't stabilize marriages that might be stressed by too many children or sexual tension. Divorce has only increased since 1960, impacting almost half of all marriages. The pill didn't stabilize populations in developing countries or control disease, famine and political unrest. The women in those countries couldn't get the pill.”

“And it didn't prevent unwed pregnancies, either. Those numbers have nearly tripled.” 


Click here to read more.



Abortion-contraception talk


Abortion-contraception connection talk: Dr. Michael Phillips, president of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s board, will give a PowerPoint presentation on the abortion-contraception link at Our Lady of Good Hope parish’s Respect Life meeting. The meeting will be Tuesday, May 11 at 7 p.m. in the school building, located at 7152 N. 41st St., Milwaukee. Contact Steve with questions at (414) 358-0145.



Affiliate announcements


Mark Kimble, a Dane County affiliate member, is doing an Appalachian Hike For Life this spring. Mark has testified on pro-life issues at the Capitol and has prayed in front of abortuaries in Madison for years. Pro-Life Wisconsin is among the groups whom Mark will be donating the proceeds from his Hike For Life to. Click here for more information.


Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at (608) 256-0585 about prayer dates and times. Schedule is as follows: May 10, UW Hospital, 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; May 12, Orin Road Planned Parenthood, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; May 13, Orin Road Planned Parenthood 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; and May 14, Orin Road Planned Parenthood, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe will join on Friday.

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 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 will have a Saturday prayer vigil at 11 a.m. 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


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,


Eyewitness For Life: You are invited to learn about the important lifesaving work of Eyewitness For Life. By attending a one-hour Seeing Is Believing Event you will get to tour our NEW facility and learn how Eyewitness For Life utilizes the miracle of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and the children they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion - thereby saving two lives at a time. The upcoming events will be held on May 15 and June 26. Our program begins at 10 a.m. Eyewitness For Life is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee. Call (414) 462-5483 or email with questions.


In Wausau, there will be a prayer vigil on Thursdays at 3 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services. For more information, contact Janet Nichols at (715) 848-2174. FPHS now closes on Friday at 1 p.m. Thank God!

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. 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.



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