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May 23, 2011
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Joint Finance Committee cuts off public funding to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, removes boys/men from BadgerCare Family Planning Program

Last Wednesday the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) adopted an omnibus budget motion that would redirect a portion of state and federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, the state’s largest abortion provider. Passed on a 12-4 party-line vote, the Republican-sponsored motion requires state and federal Title V Maternal and Child Health funds to go to public entities (county public health departments) and then prohibits those public entities from allocating any of the funds to organizations or their affiliates that perform or refer for abortions. The motion also deletes “pregnancy termination” from the list of nondirective information that family planning clinics may provide, a change to current law for which PLW has long worked. Pro-Life Wisconsin legislative director Matt Sande offered the following comments in this PLW press statement, which were quoted in part in this Wisconsin State Journal article.

The omnibus motion also makes important changes to 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 pregnancies, chemical and surgical abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases by encouraging sexual promiscuity. 

The motion directs the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to apply to the federal government for a Medicaid waiver to 1) remove boys/men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program; 2) lower the family income limit for girls/women in the program from 300% to 200% of the federal poverty level; 3) require parental notification for family planning services provided to minor girls in the program; and 4) require a minor girl’s family income to be counted for program eligibility, not the girl’s individual income. These changes to the BadgerCare Family Planning Program, if approved by the Obama Administration, would be most welcome to PLW.

We commend the Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee for starting down the long road toward the total public defunding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and for protecting parental rights in the area of teen sexual development. We expect the full legislature to include these pro-life / pro-family provisions in the final budget bill to be voted on in June. 

Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks all of you who called or emailed your legislators in the past few months. Your voice made a difference!

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 leads prayer at Portage Planned Parenthood

From the Madison Catholic Herald:

Several dozen people, many from the Portage area and others who had come more of a distance to be present, gathered on the sidewalk in front of the local Planned Parenthood clinic on a main street here recently.

The April 26 prayer gathering, which featured a Rosary led by Bishop Robert C. Morlino, was one of the many pro-life efforts engaged in by members of the local parish. In fact, the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Parish’s Peace and Justice Committee invites people of all faiths and denominations to gather outside the Planned Parenthood every second Tuesday of the month from 5 to 6 p.m. for prayer to end abortion.

This focus on the protection of the unborn is only a part of the parish’s broader acknowledgement of the importance of social justice in Catholic teaching.

“Social justice begins in the womb, and we start from there,” said Eileen Knecht, a member of the Peace and Justice Committee.

Click here to read more.

Two ex-Girl Scouts challenge organization's ties to Planned Parenthood

From LifeSiteNews:

Two teen girls who dedicated years to the Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) have gone public with their decision to leave the popular girls’ organization out of alarm over its ties to Planned Parenthood.

Tess Volanski, 14, and Sydney Volanski, 15, say they decided to leave their Girl Scout Troop after eight years, and they describe their process of disillusionment in their blog Speak Now: girl scouts.

“Leaving Girl Scouts was not a casual, easy, or convenient decision,” say the girls. “Girl Scouts was a huge part of our lives that included a bond with our best friends.”

The girls write on the blog that “the first eye-opening, and quite honestly, jaw-dropping, example” of GSUSA’s acceptance of Planned Parenthood’s (PP) ideology was the organization’s involvement in a United Nations workshop that distributed the PP sex education pamphlet “Happy, Healthy, and Hot.”

Click here to read more.

PLW affiliates to observe Griswold v. Connecticut, gear up for busy summer

Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates have dramatically increased their peaceful presence in front of abortion and birth control centers throughout Wisconsin. On Palm Sunday, more than 150 PLW participants braved blustery conditions in Appleton and Green Bay to pray the Stations of the Cross. Meanwhile, PLW families in both Juneau and Mauston Counties launched their communities’ first ever
40 Days for Life vigils this spring.

We’ll see that increase in affiliate activity this June when pro-lifers from across the state mark the 46th anniversary of the Griswold v. Connecticut Supreme Court decision, which decriminalized birth control, led to the pseudoscientific redefinition of pregnancy from conception to implantation and paved the way for Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand.

Here’s how communities across the state will mark this solemn occasion:
Pro-Life Wisconsin-Juneau County will gather at Family Planning health Services at 522 Hwy. 82 E in Mauston on June 7 from 7-8 p.m.

Pro-Life Wisconsin-Milwaukee County will gather at Planned Parenthood on Hwy. 100 and Lincoln Ave. in West Allis on June 7 from 5-6 p.m. An ice cream social will follow.

Pro-Life Wisconsin-La Crosse will gather at the Options at 1201 Caledonia Street in La Crosse on Wednesday, June 8 from 3-5 p.m.

Vigil for Life/Pro-Life Wisconsin-Dane County will gather at Planned Parenthood at 3706 Orin Road on Tuesday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Pro-Life Wisconsin-Kenosha County will gather on June 4 at 11 a.m. at the Planned Parenthood on Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. in Kenosha.

Pro-Life Wisconsin-Rock County will hold a vigil on June 3 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the Rockford, IL abortion facility at 10th St. and Broadway.

Pro-Life Wisconsin-Marathon County will gather on June 7 at 3 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services at 719 North 3rd Ave in Wausau.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Portage County and the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe will hold a prayer vigil on June 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin Rapids. An additional vigil will be held June 8 at 5:30 p.m. in Stevens Point at the Family Planning Health Services on Division St.

Griswold v. Connecticut plans are being finalized in additional locations. Call the Pro-Life Wisconsin office toll-free at 877-463-7945 for information.

As in years past, affiliates will be participating in  staffing pro-life booths at county fairs across the state and spreading the pro-life message through community events, such as parades. Stay tuned to our website for details on county fairs and parades. Volunteers are needed for this summer!

Pro-life news wrap-up

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Peggy Hamill had a guest editorial in this week's Madison Catholic Herald on the rising tide of chemical abortion. Read it here.

- The Milwaukee Catholic Herald printed an editorial against violence by pro-abortion Catholic Tom Barrett, who was endorsed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin in this past gubernatorial race. Read more here.

- A Virginia Beach, VA. Planned Parenthood's request to add two operating rooms to its facility has been denied by the state of Virginia. Read more here.

- A Notre Dame trustee has donated more than $27,000 to the pro-abortion group Emily's List.. Read more here.

- Malta bishop:
No communion for those who reject Church teachings. Read it here.

- A Portuegese girl
has died of septic shock following a RU-486 abortion. Read more here.

- The resurrection of Hungary.
Click here to read more.

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 or (608) 783-0246 for details. Tickets are expected to sell out, so get yours soon!

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
will pray at Planned Parenthood in Delavan on Monday, May 23 from 4 to 5 p.m. Signs are provided. For info call Phil at (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 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

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 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 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

The local Daughters of Isabella (sister part of the Knights of Columbus), Queenship of Mary, circle no. 55 are having an open meeting in which everyone is welcome to attend. Monday, May 23, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus hall in Burlington (587 East State Street, Burlington). Virginia Zignego, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s communications director, will discuss the pro-life movement in Wisconsin, the positive changes we are seeing and the importance of pro-life education for our youth. Contact Judy Donnelly with questions at Judy is a regular prayer warrior with 40 Days for Life in Milwaukee.

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. 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.

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,

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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