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May 29, 2012
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Affiliated Medical Services halts RU-486 abortions

On Friday, April 20, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced their indefinite suspension of medication-induced abortions across the state, citing the effect of Wisconsin Act 217 – the Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act.

Now, we learned that Affiliated Medical Services — Wisconsin’s only late-term abortion facility, one of two surgical abortion facilities in Milwaukee and site of 40 Days for Life in Milwaukee – has discontinued RU-486 abortions as well. Press release from NARAL Wisconsin here.

From Affiliated’s website (also confirmed via sidewalk counselors’ interactions with AMS staff):

Effective 5-11-12

Due to pending legislation in Wisconsin, we are no longer able to offer the Abortion Pill.  We regret this inconvenience and encourage you to contact state legislators and the Governor to express your frustration!

In the late 1990s following the enactment of the state partial birth abortion restriction law, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) "announced" the suspension of all surgical abortions in the state. That suspension lasted only a few days, later followed by an injunction prohibiting enforcement of the new law. Is this game being replayed? Are they really going to give up one-fourth of their abortion business so easily? Hopefully, but we shall see in the days ahead.

In the meantime, we are pleased that PPWI and now AMS have suspended the reckless and dangerous practice of RU-486 (mifepristone) abortions. The average woman loses four times the amount of blood in a drug-induced medical abortion as compared to a standard surgical abortion. Several deaths have been attributed to mifepristone and therefore its prescription and use -- from a medical standpoint -- ought to be highly restricted, if not banned.

In 2010, Pro-Life Wisconsin warned of the likelihood of RU-486 web cam abortions in Wisconsin and the health dangers of mifepristone. We reported that Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin dispenses birth control, which can act as an abortifacient, via teleconferencing. At the time, video phones, which are the size of a laptop computer, were at 10 Planned Parenthood locations, chosen because they are the organization's Title X family planning clinics and receive funding from the federal government.

Act 217 effectively prohibits webcam abortions by requiring the prescribing physician to perform a physical exam of the woman and to be physically present in the room when the abortion-inducing drug is given. The bill also requires the woman to return to the abortion facility for a follow-up visit 12 to 18 days after the use of an abortion-inducing drug to confirm the termination of the pregnancy and evaluate her medical condition.

Setting the pro-life agenda in Madison: PLW is your voice!

Pro-Life Wisconsin is proud to be your 100% pro-life voice at the State Capitol during every legislative session. With pro-life majorities in the State Senate and State Assembly backed by a 100% pro-life governor, the 2011-2012 legislative session produced many victories for preborn children and laid the groundwork for greater pro-life progress in the future. In fact, this session was the most fruitful in our organization’s twenty-year history. Click here [PDF] to recap what your PLW legislative team achieved this session and where we need to go next year.

Vatican backs European personhood initiative

From LifeSiteNews:

The Vatican is backing a petition campaign in the European Union that seeks a debate about enshrining personhood for the unborn from the moment of conception.

The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity says the campaign, which must gather at least one million signatures from 7 EU states by May 11th, 2013, is a "significant opportunity to send a wake-up call to the people of Europe."

While the EU cannot change the laws of member states to protect unborn life, the petition aims to ensure the EU respects life in its areas of competence, particularly in terms of development aid and scientific research.

The petition's organizing committee includes representatives from 21 pro-life organizations in 21 EU states. The campaign involves a coordinated effort by Christian associations and movements across the continent with the support of educational and cultural activities in each of the 27 states, and organizers hope to secure far more than minimum of a million signatures.

According to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the organizers view the effort as "far more than a need," saying it "is in fact urgent."

Click to read the rest here.

In October 2011, the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment was introduced in the Wisconsin legislature, the first time personhood has been proposed as law in the state. Read more about the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment here.

LifeSiteNews did a brief article about a recent animated video PLW did about personhood, which you can read here.

Undercover video: Planned Parenthood coaches on sex-selection abortion of baby girl

From LifeSiteNews:

A Texas Planned Parenthood counselor speaking to an undercover investigator posing as a mother hoping to abort her baby if it's a girl has been caught on video giving advice on how to abuse Medicaid to obtain an ultrasound to determine the baby's sex, and then abort if it's a girl before the legal cutoff at five months' gestation.

"I see that you say that you want to terminate if it's a girl, so are you just wanting to continue the pregnancy in the meantime, or what?" Planned Parenthood counselor Rebecca casually asks the Live Action undercover investigator in the video released Tuesday morning.

The counselor is seen discussing the difficulty of obtaining an abortion after the baby is old enough to determine its gender by ultrasound, and confirms the investigator's stated fears of encountering bias against her sex-selective abortion.

"A lot of doctors will place judgment because the brain is already developed, a lot. Pretty much everything's already developed," she says.

"Just keep it quiet and then come here?" the woman asks.  "Yeah, I would," Rebecca replies.

Rebecca, who says she has had two abortions herself, describes how she successfully applied for Medicaid "as if I was gonna continue my pregnancy, went through the OB/GYN, and then me and my husband decided we were gonna go ahead and terminate. We terminated, and I still stayed on Medicaid and just got on birth control."

Live Action in a press release this morning said Planned Parenthood "betrays its own supposedly feminist ideology" by supporting the selected abortion of girls, a practice as many as 77 percent of Americans oppose.

Read the rest here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Former boy band member turned pro-life activist shares testimony. Read more here.

- Gallup: 82% of Catholics say contraception is "morally acceptable." Read more here.

- Teens having as many as 7 abortions: UK stats. Read more here.

- The Indian town where aborted females "are being fed to dogs to hide rampant gender genocide". Read more here.

- Briton arrested in Thailand after being found with six roasted human foetuses. Read more here.

PLW affiliates to observe Griswold v. Connecticut

Join communities across the state in marking the 47th anniversary of the Supreme Court Griswold v. Connecticut 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.

In addition to our local Griswold events, PLW is a co-sponsor of American Life League's "The Pill Kills 2012 National Symposium" on June 2. ALL will host a webcast panel of nationally renowned experts on the medical, cultural, and spiritual impact of the birth control pill. For more information, click here.

List of PLW Griswold observances:
PLW Kenosha will gather on June 2 at 11 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 3601 Roosevelt Rd, Kenosha.

Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates from Ozaukee and Washington counties will gather at the West Bend Planned Parenthood on Thursday, June 7 from 7-8pm. 

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

PLW Juneau County will gather at the Juneau County Courthouse in Mauston from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, June 10 for prayer and scripture reading.

PLW Marathon County will gather on June 7 at 3 p.m. at Family Planning Health Services, 719 North 3rd Avenue, Wausau.

Vigil for Life will gather for a prayer vigil on June 7 at 6 p.m. at  Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Road, Madison.

PLW Portage County & Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe will hold a prayer vigil on June 4 at 4:30 p.m. at the Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin Rapids. An additional vigil will be held June 6 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 at (262) 796-1111 for information.

Courtesy announcements

Practicing NFP or using contraception: "Same Difference"?
Dr. Michael Kloess, a family practice physician and the Executive Director of Our Lady of Hope Clinic (in Madison, WI), will give a presentation on NFP, with Question & Answer Session.
The talk will be June 14 at St. John the Evangelist Parish, 8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield, WI, in the Church Hall. For more information, please contact Kathy at 414‐329‐0991.

Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally: On June 8, tens of thousands of faithful citizens will be gathering in prayer and public witness in towns and cities across the United States to oppose the HHS Mandate and Stand Up for Religious Freedom. Join the Rally in La Crosse and say NO to the Health and Human Services Mandate that forces all employers  - including catholic charities and ministries - to provide contraception, abortion inducing drugs, and sterilization free to all employees through their healthcare plans or face crippling fines. The very existence and continuation of our religious institutions, hospitals, educators and ministries are at stake! Friday, June 8 from 12 noon - 1 PM at the corner of 4th and State Streets in La Crosse. For info and to help please contact Elizabeth Garibaldi at 608-769-4014 or

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,

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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