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May 24, 2010
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Victory for life, but boycott of UW continues

The following editorial was in the Thursday, May 20 edition of the Madison Catholic Herald. It outlines the Madison Surgery Center victory, our continuing boycott of the University of Wisconsin (UW) and what we are doing.

Victory for life, but boycott of UW continues
By Virginia Zignego

The Wisconsin Attorney General's office confirmed last week that the Madison Surgery Center (MSC) 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.

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."

Victory for pro-lifers
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.

To all of you: We salute you and may God bless you!

More UW ties to Planned Parenthood
Earlier this year, Pro-Life Wisconsin revealed that medical residents at the University of Wisconsin have two four-week rotations at Planned Parenthood. An open records request confirmed that since 2007, more than $58,878 of funds of a state agency have gone to train abortionists at Planned Parenthood.

On behalf of Pro-Life Wisconsin, the Alliance Defense Fund filed a formal request on April 16 with the Wisconsin Attorney General's office. The request asks for an opinion on whether it is illegal for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority (UWHCA) to pay resident physicians while they are being trained to do abortions at Planned Parenthood in Madison.

How tied to Planned Parenthood is our taxpayer-funded University of Wisconsin-Madison, the "flagship" of the UW System?

To read more, click here.

Bishop Olmsted of Phoenix excommunicates nun involved in abortion

From LifeSiteNews:

The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix has come out in support of Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted, who expressed outrage that a nun administrator at a Catholic hospital in his diocese permitted a direct abortion. The bishop said those who were formally involved in the abortion were automatically excommunicated from the Catholic Church.

"The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix fully supports the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted with respect to matters of life of a mother pregnant with a child in her womb," stated William H. Brophy, M.D., president of the Guild, as published in the Arizona Republic Wednesday. "The Guild stands by the church's teaching that is guided by the Holy Spirit in ordering life toward truth and love."

Brophy continued: "An action which is in and of itself wrong, in that it lacks goodness as discerned by the light of human reason, is never justified by circumstances or intended end. Such is the case of abortion. A medical procedure, where the direct intention is the termination of pregnancy, is an abortion."

Echoing the sentiments of the Phoenix Bishop, Brophy reaffirmed that "medical treatments are appropriate for the direct purpose of curing a proportionately pathological condition of a pregnant woman, when they cannot be safely postponed until the unborn child is viable. When an unborn child attains viability, labor may be induced."

Olmsted had rebuked a religious sister and Catholic hospital administrator, who condoned a 2009 abortion on an 11-week pregnant woman suffering from pulmonary hypertension. According to the diocese, Sr. Margaret McBride of St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix told the bishop that she believed the abortion "was a morally good and allowable act according to Church teaching."

However, Olmsted, in a statement provided to the Republic, said , “An unborn child is not a disease." "While medical professionals should certainly try to save a pregnant mother's life, the means by which they do it can never be by directly killing her unborn child. The end does not justify the means," he said.

Dr. Paul A. Byrne, Director of Neonatology and Pediatrics at St. Charles Mercy Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, told LifeSiteNews he knew of no situations when an abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother, and "given just pulmonary hypertension, the answer is no” to abortion.

Sr. McBride has since been demoted from her position as vice president of mission integration.

Pro-life baby shower

Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life of Madison and the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe hosted a baby shower for a couple who, due to the efforts of sidewalk counselors, did not abort their baby. At least 75 people attended the baby shower, held Sunday May 23 at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Madison. More than 100 people sent gifts for the couple and their family. The baby shower was a wonderful, life-affirming event. Thanks to all who attended, contributed and prayed for the family!

Top: Laura Karlen (left, in blue) of Vigil for Life; Jen Dunnett (holding baby) of the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe; and the family with their baby.

Bottom: Pro-Life Wisconsin's Virginia Zignego with baby Zion. He is a very cute baby!

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Griswold v. Connecticut prayer vigils

June 7 marks the 45th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Griswold v. Connecticut, which set a legal precedent by claiming the Constitution grants women the "right to privacy" in matters of sexual practice. This paved the way for Roe v. Wade and abortion on demand. As in years past, Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates will observe the day with prayer and a community presence outside abortion mills and birth control centers.

American Life League has taken our Griswold v. Connecticut observances to a national level. Visit for more information. Pro-Life Wisconsin is a proud co-sponsor of American Life League's Pill Kills nationwide events.

-Pro-Life Wisconsin Juneau County will gather at Family Planning Health Services, 522 Hwy. 82 E in Mauston, on June 7 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Winnebago/Outagamie will gather at Planned Parenthood in Appleton, 3800 N. Gillette St., on June 8 at 10 a.m.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee County will gather at Planned Parenthood on Hwy. 100 and Lincoln Ave. in West Allis, on June 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An ice cream social will follow.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Jefferson County will gather at Planned Parenthood in Johnson Creek on June 7 from 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. An ice cream social will be held after.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County will hold a prayer vigil at Planned Parenthood on Orin Rd. in Madison on June 7 at 10 a.m.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth County will hold a prayer vigil on June 8 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Planned Parenthood in Delavan.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Kenosha will gather on June 5 at 11 a.m. at Planned Parenthood on Roosevelt Rd. and 36th Ave. in Kenosha.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County will hold a vigil on June 4 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the local abortion mill, 10th St. & Broadway, in Rockford, Ill.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Portage County and the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe will hold a prayer vigil on June 7 at 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin Rapids. An additional vigil will be held June 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Stevens Point at the Family Planning Health Services on Division St.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Marathon County will gather on June 7 at 3 p.m. at the Family Planning Health Services on 719 N. 3rd Ave. in Wausau.
- Pro-Life Wisconsin Fond du Lac will gather at Planned Parenthood, 333 N. Peters Ave, on June 5 at 10:30 a.m.

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Golf for Life

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Golf Outing

Saturday, June 26

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

$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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin: Your first and last line of defense in Madison

Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW) is proud to be your 100% pro-life voice at the State Capitol during every legislative session. The 2009-2010 legislative session was the roughest in our organization’s nearly 20-year history. Pro-abortion Democrats rammed through their offensive abortion/family planning agenda. Despite our staunch defense, we were unsuccessful in killing their anti-life bills.  

How could this happen? Regrettably, what we warned about two summers ago in fact happened. On Election Day, November 4, 2008, pro-abortion Democrats took over the majority in the State Assembly and retained control of the State Senate. Together with Governor Jim Doyle, Democrats control all of Wisconsin government – for the first time in over two decades. These are pro-abortion/anti-life majorities, and as a non-partisan organization, that is why PLW opposes them. As you will see from the grim results, elections do matter.  

Let’s recap what your PLW legislative affairs team worked on during the 2009-2010 session. The measures detailed below have one thing in common: all are backed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (the state’s #1 abortion provider) and all forcefully push contraception on a populace that either didn’t ask for it or is morally opposed to it.  If one doubts the link between contraception and abortion, read on.

Forcing Contraception Education/ Instruction into Public Schools
Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Family Action led the fight against Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s so-called Healthy Youth Act. Assembly Bill (AB) 458 effectively prohibits local public school districts from adopting "abstinence-only" or "abstinence-centered" human growth and development programs - a freedom and flexibility they enjoy under current law.  Under the legislation, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program it is forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the "health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods." Governor Doyle signed AB 458 into law as 2009 Wisconsin Act 134 on February 24, 2010.   

Government-funded birth control, whether provided directly or promoted educationally, encourages sexual promiscuity and with it a host of social pathologies including underage pregnancies, chemical and surgical abortions, and sexually transmitted diseases. Hormonal contraceptives are also dangerous in their own right, posing serious and sometimes fatal health risks to women and often causing pre-implantation chemical abortions.

Pro-Life Wisconsin opposes the sexualization of our children! As parents and concerned citizens, we need to fight this assault on our youth. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence. Pro-Life Wisconsin urges public school districts across Wisconsin to drop their human growth and development programs. If a school district retains or initiates a program, we urge parents to opt their children out of the program and either teach the subject matter themselves or find a private program that teaches chastity/abstinence.  

Biennial Budget Bill
The state biennial budget bill (Assembly Bill 75) as passed by the Democrat-controlled Assembly and Senate and signed into law by Governor Doyle contains three Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin legislative agenda items. Together these items undermine parental authority, threaten the physical and moral health of our teen children as well as violate the lawful conscience rights of pro-life pharmacists, health insurers, and other businesses.  

Pro-Life Wisconsin was the only statewide pro-life organization to oppose these radical measures:
(1) Expanding the Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program to men aged 15-44. This state/federal program provides free, taxpayer-funded birth control to 15, 16 and 17-year-old girls without their parents’ knowledge or consent. This undermines parental authority and increases underage pregnancy, abortion, and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) by encouraging sexual promiscuity. Expanding the program to enroll 15-, 16-, and 17-year-old boys further undermines parental authority in the sensitive area of teen sexual health.

(2) Forcing pharmacies to dispense prescribed contraceptive drugs or devices “without delay.” Under this item, contraceptives are defined to include any drug or device approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that is used to “prevent pregnancy,” including those restricted to distribution by pharmacies such as the morning-after pill. Violators face up to $2,500 in forfeitures for each violation.This measure is a bold attack on the lawful conscience rights of pro-life pharmacy owners.

(3) Forcing commercial health insurance plans and self-insured governmental health plans (state, county, town, village, or school district) to cover contraceptive drugs and devices. Under this item, contraceptives are defined as drugs or devices approved by the FDA to “prevent pregnancy.” Pregnancy is not a disease. The government should not force private and public health insurers – and the policy holders (businesses and individuals) who will pay for this expansion through increased premiums – to cover drugs and devices that are purely elective and morally problematic.

These sweeping social policy items had no place in our state budget bill. The social implications of these measures are enormous and should have been debated in the light of day as separate legislation.

On a hopeful note, the above challenges afforded Pro-Life Wisconsin an incredible opportunity to spread the Gospel of Life in Madison and throughout Wisconsin. The television, radio and print media did a good job of covering our concerns. The pro-life legislative battles we engage in are not only to win votes on the Assembly and Senate floors. PLW uses the legislative arena as a platform to evangelize the state, changing hearts and minds toward a culture of life and love. As pro-lifers, we remain confident that our efforts have a positive, though often unseen, effect.

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,

SOUL Ride: Charity motorcycle ride for WELS Lutherans for Life, Metro-Milwaukee will be held on Saturday, June 12. It will start at 10 a.m. at Salem Lutheran Church on 107th St., wind through scenic Kettle Moraine/Holy Hill area, and end at Sam's Club on North 76th St. and Calumet. All paid registrants will receive a T-shirt and picnic lunch. Whether you own or ride a motorcycle or not you can join us for this event that supports the pregnancy care centers and the sanctity of human life by providing healthy choices. Register online at, call (414) 727-8176 or for a registration form or more information.

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 event will be held on 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.

St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society 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.

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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