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November 15, 2010
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Medical science and truth on trial in New York City

Chris Slattery, a longtime pro-life activist and personhood supporter, is the director of 12 crisis pregnancy centers in New York City.

Slattery was the main speaker for a rally Pro-Life Wisconsin held on February 6, in opposition to the Madison Surgery Center's late-term abortion plan. Read a news article about the rally here. That plan was dropped in May of this year, due to pro-life grassroots activism.

We are asking pro-lifers who attended the rally in prayer or spirit to keep Slattery's work in your prayers. The New York City Council has proposed legislation that could severely cripple the ability of crisis pregnancy centers in New York City to operate. If this passes in New York City, it is not beyond the scope of possibilities for something similar to happen in Wisconsin. Read below for more.

From Gerard Nadal's blog, Coming Home:
The City Council is proposing legislation that will severely restrict the ability of Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs) and Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) in their outreach to women contemplating abortion. (Read the particulars here). Council members have swallowed the lies from Planned Parenthood and NARAL (National Abortion Rights Action League) about the safety and efficacy of contraceptives and abortions, as well as the assertion that CPCs and PRCs speak of these issues with no medical expertise and are driven by “medieval doctrines,” according to one Council member.

At the center of this storm is the president and founder of Expectant Mother Care Crisis Pregnancy Centers, Chris Slattery, who operates twelve centers in New York City. Surrounding Slattery are Planned Parenthood, NARAL, the entire registry of over 250 New York City abortionists, and New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Chris Slattery’s success has raised their ire. This past October, Expectant Mother Care turned twenty-five. Under Slattery, they have served over 100,000 women with over 32,000 documented saves of children from abortion. At a national average of $425 for abortions (many being much more expensive in New York), that means EMC has deprived the abortion industry of at least 13.6 million dollars. Therein lies the real issue.

New York City is the abortion capital of the United States. While we rejoice with Kansans, who last week announced that there are only three abortion centers left in their state, the absolute number of abortionists in just this city alone is nothing short of mind-boggling. Abortion is big money here in this city, and with big money comes big distortions of the truth.

Click here to read more.

Pope Benedict XVI calls for Nov. 27 Vigil for the Unborn

Pope Benedict XVI has made an “unprecedented request” to Catholics by asking that Catholic Bishops throughout the world, and all parishes and religious communities observe a “Vigil for All Nascent Human Life” on Saturday, November 27, the vigil of the first Sunday of Advent. Pope Benedict XVI will observe the vigil at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and has asked all Diocesan Bishops and the faithful to join him.

The following vigils will be held in the Wisconsin area. We urge everyone to attend if at all possible:
Archdiocese of Milwaukee: Archbishop Listecki will preside at Evening Prayer, Rosary and Benediction on Saturday, November 27, at 5 p.m. hosted by St. Anthony Church, Ninth & Mitchell, Milwaukee. Sacred music will be led by Lee Erickson, choir master St. Anthony Congregation and Director of the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus.  For more information and a flyer, click here.
Diocese of Madison: With joyful hope, Bishop Robert Morlino invites the faithful of the Diocese of Madison to observe this Vigil with him, in communion with the Holy Father, at St. Patrick’s Church of the Cathedral Parish on November 27, at 7 p.m., so we may together join our fasting and prayers with those around the world, "as a cry of all Humanity, rising up to God the Father, Giver of all good things, in order that every human life be respected, protected and loved."
– Diocese of Green Bay: In response to the Holy Father’s request, Bishop David Ricken will celebrate the Vigil for Life and First Vespers of Advent at the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay on November 27 at 6 p.m. The Vigil will consist of Evening Prayer and the Rosary and will conclude with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.
– Diocese of Superior: Bishop Peter Christensen will celebrate 5 p.m. Mass on November 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Superior. Mass will be followed by solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, recitation of the Joyful mysteries of the Rosary and Benediction. For more information, click here.
– Diocese of La Crosse: The Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman in La Crosse will observe this vigil after the 5:10 p.m. Mass on Saturday, November 27 with a Marian Procession, Rosary and Benediction. Individual parishes are also encouraged to hold their own observances; check with parishes for more information.

We cannot emphasize enough the significance of the Pope’s request. Life is under attack all around the world, and only through prayer will hearts be softened and lives spared. Please attend!

Pro-life baby shower

In collaboration with Swaddle for Life, a pro-life non-profit based in Milwaukee, Pro-Life Wisconsin will be collecting baby items to distribute to needy families and Wisconsin crisis pregnancy centers.

You can drop baby items off at the Pro-Life Wisconsin office in Brookfield during regular business hours. Swaddle for Life is hosting a pro-life event on Saturday, November 20 at the Little Red Store, 7720 Harwood Avenue, in Wauwatosa, where we will also be collecting items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Suggested items: Baby clothes, diapers, wipes, bottles, formula, blankets, pacifiers, and so on. Items will be distributed to crisis pregnancy centers throughout Wisconsin.

An increasing number of women are choosing life for their babies, due to the work of sidewalk counselors and a growing pro-life presence throughout Wisconsin. We thank God for the opportunity to support these women, their babies and the work of crisis pregnancy centers.

Contact Virginia Zignego at Pro-Life Wisconsin with questions, or call the office at (262) 796-1111.

University of Wisconsin to open another embryonic stem cell research facility

On Thursday, December 2, the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery will open in Madison. The Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery is a research "institute," a partnership between UW-Madison, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation and John and Tashia Morgridge, who are private donors. Read more about the research facility here.

Unfortunately, the website fails to mention that some of the research will involve embryonic stem cells. We are opposed to the killing of embryonic children, which fully taints an otherwise praise-worthy endeavor.

Pro-Life Wisconsin and Vigil for Life of Madison will hold a silent picket of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery's grand opening ceremony. Click here to view information about the grand opening ceremony.

Join us on Thursday, December 2 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 330 North Orchard Street (University Avenue and Campus Drive) in Madison in defense of the tiniest preborn.

Contact Virginia Zignego with questions by emailing or call the office at (262) 796-111. 

Pro-life news wrapup

A pro-abortion British legislator discusses the need for informed consent laws, pointing out the same thing that pro-life groups do. Click here to read from LifeSiteNews.

40 Days for Life: After 781 babies were saved during this fall's 40 Days for Life campaign, social indicators have many people believing that we really are witnessing the beginning of the end of abortion. Click here.

Bishop Boyea of Lansing, Michigan, will preside over a funeral Mass for 17 aborted babies whose remains were found in a Michigan dumpster. Read more here.

A Kansas late-term abortionist is expanding his reach to Indiana, Iowa and Maryland. Click here to read more. 

Affiliate announcements

Cemetery of the Innocents
: Would you like to make a strong pro-life statement without uttering a word? PLW affiliate Queen of Peace, Protector of Life is looking for appropriate sites. 400 crosses made from PVC pipe, 40" high and 2' wide spaced every 3 feet, representing the thousands of abortions daily in the U.S. The display is presently set up at the intersection of Hwy B and 27 in Hayward near the Fishing Hall of Fame. Have trailer, will travel. Call Bob Ornberg at (218) 321-4600 or (715) 699-2876 or email

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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Dane County maintains a regular prayer presence outside the Planned Parenthood abortuary in Madison. Call Peter at (608) 256-0585 about prayer dates and times.

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 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 Walworth County prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, 312 S. 7th St., on Mondays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.  Call Phil for more information, (262) 742-3299.

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 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 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 6th 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

Milwaukee Birthright
will have its annual dinner and auction on  Friday, November 19, at The Clarion Hotel & Conference Center,  5311 S. Howell Ave., Milwaukee. The evening begins with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person. Call Veronica Ceszynski at (414) 228-8621.

Pro-life Catholics in Berlin, Wis.
gather outside the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood the third Monday of every month at 6 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 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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