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Animated video breaks down the Supreme Court and personhood


How is personhood connected to slavery, Native Americans, the disabled and the preborn?


A brand-new, ground-breaking animated video from Pro-Life Wisconsin makes the connection in a visually entertaining way.
 
"We aimed to engage viewers through the use of animation, and this video really is the first animated video to discuss personhood," said Peggy Hamill, state director of Pro-Life Wisconsin.

"This video is especially important given the high rate of abortions in Wisconsin and the United States. We must work toward the day when all babies, at all stages of development and in all circumstances, are protected in law. And that legal protection will occur through personhood," Hamill concluded.
 
The video is available on Pro-Life Wisconsin's YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WnmSKVGIulQ.
 
Please watch and share this powerful tool with your friends, church groups, and anyone else who believes in the sanctity of human life for ALL!
 
Find out more about Personhood Wisconsin here: www.PersonhoodWisconsin.com.

Since its release last Tuesday, the video has been picked up by internationally recognized bloggers
such as Jill Stanek, Badger Catholic, Fr. Z, Walter Hoye, and others.

Please watch the video and share!

Audio of David Bereit's speech at the Spring Awards Dinner


David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, spoke at two Pro-Life Wisconsin events the end of April, along with leading prayer at two vigils.

On Saturday, April 28, David gave the keynote address at our Annual Spring Awards Dinner, held in Green Bay. Listen to the audio of David's talk here.

At the Spring Awards Dinner, Rep. Andre Jacque was presented with the "Legislator of the Year" award and Jim Ball, leader of 40 Days for Life in Green Bay, was presented with the "Activist of the Year" award.

Thank you to all our supporters, steadfast prayer warriors, attendees, volunteers and all those who join us in advocating for the right to life for all.

Pro-lifers concerned about Romney fundraiser with Plan B contraceptive maker


From the Daily Caller:

Some pro-lifers tell The Daily Caller they are concerned about a Romney campaign fundraiser scheduled to be held with the chairman of the manufacturer of the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step, known as the "morning-after pill."

Mitt Romney's campaign spokeswoman, Andrea Saul, declined to comment to TheDC about the $50,000 per-plate event set to be held at the Star Island residence of Philip and Pat Frost on May 16.

Since 2010, Philip Frost has served as the chairman of the Board of Teva Pharmaceuticals, which manufactures a wide range of contraceptive pills, including the emergency contraceptive Plan B One-Step.

Left-wing outlet ThinkProgress first made the connection between the Frost fundraiser and the emergency contraceptive pill, calling Romney hypocritical for denouncing the Obama administration's contraception mandate by referring to oral contraceptives such as Plan B as "abortion pills."

"This same administration said that the churches and the institutions they run, such as schools and, let's say adoption agencies, hospitals, that they have to provide for their employees free of charge, contraceptives, morning after pills, in other words abortive pills, and the like at no cost. Think what that does to people in faiths that do not share those views," ThinkProgress quoted Romney. "This is a violation of conscience."

Romney's event is curious given the candidate's need to appeal to social conservatives, many of whom initially backed his primary opponent, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Read more here.

All assisted reproductive technologies have higher risk of birth defects: study


From LifeSiteNews:

In a comprehensive study of the relative risk of birth defects among all forms of assisted reproductive technology (ART), researchers found the overall risk of any birth defect when using such technologies was 8.3 percent, compared to the significantly lower 5.8 percent in naturally conceived children.

The most common birth defects linked to ART included cleft palate, spina bifida, cerebral palsy and cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and gastrointestinal conditions.

"While [fertility] treatments appear quite safe, we cannot ignore that there are significant risks that require urgent investigation with additional ongoing studies," said lead researcher Michael Davies, Associate Professor at the Robinson Institute of the University of Adelaide.

"The excess risk for IVF could be explained by patient characteristics, such as age or weight," Davies pointed out. "In contrast, the risk for ICSI (Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) could not be explained by available factors."

Comparing the birth defect rates among the various forms of assisted reproductive technology, the researchers reported ICSI resulted in the highest rate at 9.9 percent, followed by in vitro fertilization (IVF) at 7.2 percent.

ICSI involves the direct fertilization of one egg by the injection of only one sperm. IVF creates many human embryos by mixing ova and sperm in a petri dish.

In both forms of assisted reproductive technology the newly created human is then inserted into the womb of the mother.

Click here to read more.


Pro-abortion White House requires registration of unborn children for tours


From the Washington Free Beacon:

The White House Visitors Office requires that an unborn child -- still residing in utero -- must be counted as a full human being when its parents register for a White House tour, according to documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

White House Visitors Office director Ellie Schafer sent an email to a Capitol Hill staffer Tuesday, May 8 explaining the process for registering an unborn fetus for a White House tour:

We have received a number of calls regarding how to enter security information for a baby that has not yet been born.

Crazy as it may sound, you MUST include the baby in the overall count of guests in the tour. It's an easy process.

LAST NAME: The family's last name

FIRST NAME: "Baby" as a first name
MIDDLE NAME: NMN as in No Middle Name
DOB: Use the date you are submitting the request to us as their birthday
GENDER: if the parents know put that gender down if not, you can enter either M or F as we’ll ask you to update it at the time of birth
SOCIAL: As they will not have a SSN and are under 18, you will not need to enter this field. Again if the spreadsheet asked for a social enter 9 zero's (not the word nine zeros but 000000000 and yes it happens!)
CITIZEN/CITY/STATE: The citizen, city and state should be entered the same as the parents

Read the rest here.



Pro-life news wrap-up


- The Asian Tiger ― Japan ― is in danger of extinction. Read more here.

- Supermodel: Ignore your kids on ‘No Mother’s Day’ to support global abortion access. Read more here.

- Nuns issue statement defending billionaire contraceptive campaigner Melinda Gates. 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.

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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County members daily praise and thank God for the January 13, 2012 permanent closure of the Rockford, IL abortion mill.  Chapter members meet monthly (except June, July, August) in St. Jude's Hall, Beloit, WI.  The Spiritually Adopt-A-Baby initiative resumed March 24/25 at St. Jude/St. Thomas parishes, praying daily for nine months for pre-born babies.  If you'd like information regarding this, contact Charlene Tolmie 608-362-3406 or Sister Rosalia Bauer 608-364-2830.

Courtesy announcements


Witness for Life:
Each Thursday, St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha will offer 8am Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to the nearby Planned Parenthood. St. Mary's is located at 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

The Wausua 40 Days for Life group will continue their prayer vigil by meeting the first Thursdays of the month, May through August. We will meet at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N 3rd Avenue in Wausau at 3 pm. Please join us in prayer to be a public witness for the unborn and for mothers to make the right choice.

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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