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May 16, 2011
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State budget committee to vote Wednesday on defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin


Contact your state senator and state representative NOW!


The budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) is scheduled to vote this Wednesday, May 18, on two pro-life provisions proposed by Governor Walker in his biennial budget bill. Governor Walker’s 2011-2013 biennial budget proposal eliminates state family planning funding under the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant Program and removes men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program.  (Note: Governor Walker’s budget provision to repeal the current law mandate forcing public and private health insurers to cover contraceptives was unfortunately removed by JFC as a “policy item,” and may be introduced as separate legislation.)

Pro-Life Wisconsin applauded Governor Walker for these common sense budget provisions that respect the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers. And we again urge you to contact your state representative and state senator and encourage him or her to support the following two provisions in the Governor’s biennial budget bill:

1)  Eliminating Title V state family planning funds
As it confronts an over $3 billion structural deficit, the state of Wisconsin can no longer afford the controversial business of “family planning.” All money is fungible. Family planning funds free up resources within receiving organizations, like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to engage in the surgical abortion business. Confidential family planning services also include the provision of chemically abortifacient birth control drugs, such as the morning-after pill and the patch, to adults and minor children. Governor Walker’s budget eliminates state family planning funding under the Title V Maternal & Child Health Block Grant Program ($1.9 million in annual general fund spending). Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider, annually receives over $900,000 in Title V state family planning funding. Polls consistently demonstrate that Americans are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions.

2)  Removing boys/men from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program
The Governor’s budget removes men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program (formerly known as the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program before the Obama Administration made the program permanent in Wisconsin last year). This state/federal program provides free, taxpayer-funded birth control to 15, 16 and 17-year-old boys and girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent. This undermines parental authority in the sensitive area of teen sexual health and increases underage pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases by encouraging sexual promiscuity. We thank the Governor for removing boys from this program, and we encourage the Wisconsin Legislature to also remove minor girls by requesting a federal waiver to raise the program’s minimum eligibility age from 15 to 18.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator NOW and urge him or her to support the following two pro-life items in the Governor’s biennial budget bill:

1)  Eliminating Title V state family planning funds. Defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and other organizations that perform or refer for abortion by eliminating Title V family planning funds.

2)  Removing boys/men from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program. Don’t force Wisconsin taxpayers to pay for birth control for 15, 16 and 17-year-old boys without their parents’ knowledge or consent.

To find out who your state legislators are, go to www.prolifewisconsin.org and scroll over the Legislative Affairs menu item at the top of the page. A drop down menu will appear. Click on the Speak Up icon and then scroll down the page and click on Who Are My Wisconsin Lawmakers? Type in your street address, city and zip code. The names and contact info of your state senator and state representative will appear.

Once you know who your state legislators are, go back to the Speak Up page and use the links listed under Email Your Government Officials to send your email to your state senator and state representative. That way PLW will receive a copy of your email which will enable us to monitor the activity of our grassroots advocacy campaign.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state legislator, call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472. Or call the legislator’s office directly. Thank you!

Pro-Life Wisconsin's 2011 Golf Outing


Saturday, June 11
8:30 a.m. registration
9 a.m. shotgun start
Reception and lunch to follow

Kettle Hills Golf Course
3375 Highway 167 West
Richfield, WI 53076

Last year's celebrity guests included Fr. James Kubicki, national director of the Apostleship of Prayer (photo, above). Don't miss out!

$50 per person
Includes 9 holes of golf (scramble format), shared cart, contests, lunch and prizes.

To register, call Pro-Life Wisconsin at (877) 463-7945 or register online.

Bishop Morlino to dedicate Miracle of Life Rosary Garden


The Miracle of Life Rosary Garden, constructed on the grounds of St. Mary of Pine Bluff (3673 County Road P, Cross Plains, WI), will be consecrated as a sacred place to bury babies lost before birth. The Rosary Garden will be dedicated on Tuesday, May 24, at 5 p.m. by Bishop Robert Morlino. Interior of St. Mary's in photo, left.

Bishop Morlino will dedicate the Rosary Garden followed by consecration prayers and a family potluck cookout (please bring a dish to pass).

Click here for the event site.

We hope to see you there! Join Pro-Life Wisconsin in ordering a brick to go into the rosary garden.

Planned Parenthood of Indiana receives flood of donations after taxpayer funding cut off


From CatholicVote:

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels recently signed a bill that removed all state aid to Planned Parenthood. So what happened? The Huffington Post headline says it all: “Indiana Planned Parenthood Sees Flood Of Donations After Defunding.”

“It’s astonishing,” [President of Indiana Planned Parenthood Betty] Cockrum said. “I think it’s really clear that most people understand what Planned Parenthood is about, and they wish for it to continue.”

So doesn’t this prove our point that Planned Parenthood doesn’t need to rely on the taxpayer to carry on their mission?

Read more here.

"Brain dead" woman recovers after husband refuses to withdraw life support


From LifeSiteNews:

An Australian woman who was declared “brain dead” regained consciousness after weeks of fighting doctor recommendations that her ventilator be shut off, according to a report in the Northern Territory News yesterday.

Fifty-six-year-old Gloria Cruz was rushed to Royal Darwin Hospital in the Northern Territory of Australia on March 7, after having a stroke in her sleep.

When a CAT scan revealed that Cruz was most likely suffering from a brain tumor, she underwent surgery in what initially appeared to be an unsuccessful attempt to save her life.

Click here to read more.

Gerard Nadal PhD. has a great perspective on the myth of "brain death" on his blog, Coming Home. Read it here.

Pro-life news wrap-up


- Researchers: Contraception interferes with who/what you are naturally attracted to. Read more here.

- Crisis Magazine
makes the case for personhood. Read it here.

- In New Zealand,
school administrators are arranging secret abortions for underage girls. This happens all over the U.S. as well. Read more here.

- Contraception: The Last Frontier.
From the Center for Morality in Public Life. Read more here.

- 2 out of 3 abortions
in Richmond, Virginia, are minorities, grossly disproportionate to the population. Read more here.

Affiliate activities


La Crosse area 40 Days for Life "Ladies for Life" Tea:
The 2nd Annual "Ladies for Life" Tea will be held on Sunday, June 12 beginning at 2 pm at Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall (130 Losey Blvd., La Crosse). The enjoyable afternoon will include tasty tea sandwiches, scrumptious sweets, a silent auction, live local music, formal table setting competition, and an activity corner with crafts for the young ladies, and lots of door prizes!  Keynote speaker will be Lisa Sommers from Rachel's Vineyard. The tickets are $10 for adults (10 and older), $5 for children under 10, babes in arms are free. Tickets are available at La Crosse Catholic churches or by calling Elizabeth Garibaldi at (608) 769-4014. If you would like to participate in the "Set a Table" competition, contact Jennifer Fisk at pfisk@centurytel.net or (608) 783-0246 for details. Tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours soon!

Sawyer County Affilliate, Queen of Peace, Protector of Life, is sponsoring talks on "Protective Power of Attorney for Health Care" (PAHC) on Thursday, May 19, at the parish center of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Hayward. For convenience, there will be two sessions; 1 pm and again at 6:30 pm. Guest speaker will be Peggy Hamill, Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, and there will be time for questions and light refreshments. Admission is free. For more information call: Bob Ornberg at (715) 699-1287.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
will be praying at Planned Parenthood in Delavan on Monday, May 16 from 4 to 5 p.m. Signs are provided. Call Phil at (262) 742-3299 for info.

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 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. - 6 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 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.

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


Teens For Life
is hosting Lil' Mike and 5 Degrees at our kickoff event on Friday, May 27 at 7 p.m. The concert is free! Cheap Concessions! Awesome Free Stuff! Support Life! This is for any denomination, as long as you support life! If you are between 8th grade to seniors in college, come to this event and support life! Outer Edge Stage is at 303 N Oneida Street Appleton, WI 54911. See you there!

Missionaries to the Preborn are having a pro-life sidewalk counseling training on Tuesday, May 24 from 7-8:30pm at Calvary Bible Church, 1459 S. 81 St, West Allis, WI.

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening at 6 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.

Pro-life Catholics in Berlin, Wis. gather outside the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood the third Monday of every month at 5:30 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 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. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779.


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