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November 22, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving!

We have truly been blessed this year in many ways, and we couldn't have done it without you! Thanks to God and to all our pro-life supporters for the countless blessings of 2010:

- An open records request revealed the University of Wisconsin's plans to use aborted baby parts for research.

- Pro-Life Wisconsin's February 6 pro-life rally on UW-Madison's Library Mall, in opposition to the proposed late-term abortion plans at the Madison Surgery Center, was attended by 600-800 people.

- An open records request done by Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund revealed the Department of Homeland Security's investigation of Wisconsin pro-lifers.

- Our website,, received a makeover.

- More than 100 people attended our Good Friday prayer vigil at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee.

- Wisconsin's sex ed law received national attention. A recall effort of Juneau County DA Scott Southworth subsequently failed.

- Due to grassroots pro-life activism, the Madison Surgery Center admitted it will not be performing late-term abortions.

- 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.

- Wisconsin's Attorney General recommended an audit of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, due to their medical students' rotations at Planned Parenthood. State law prohibits taxpayer funding of elective abortions.

- University of Wisconsin abortionist Caryn Dutton fled the state for Harvard.

- Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin begged for donations in Pro-Life Wisconsin's name.

- Pro-Life Wisconsin welcomed Steve Karlen as our development director.

- We also welcomed three new affiliates, increasing our presence in the state.

- Countless lives have been spared around Wisconsin as a result of 40 Days for Life.

- Newly elected pro-life majorities in the state Senate and state Assembly and a pro-life governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general will help build a culture of life in Wisconsin.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless your families!

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!

All charges dropped against pro-life pastor

From LifeSiteNews:

The Appellate Division of the Alameda Superior Court has dismissed all criminal charges against Oakland pro-life witness Pastor Walter Hoye.

Hoye was arrested in May of 2008, charged, found guilty and imprisoned for peacefully counseling and picketing at a local abortion clinic.

He was charged under a 2008 City of Oakland bubble zone ordinance, which prohibits pro-life protesters outside abortion facilities from standing within 8 feet of women seeking abortions. His lawyers claimed the bubble zone ordinance was enacted for the sole purpose of keeping Hoye away from the Oakland abortuary and was an infringement on his constitutional right of free speech.

In January 2009, Hoye was found guilty of two counts of unlawfully approaching women entering an abortion facility, a misdemeanor enshrined in city law the previous spring.

At the sentencing hearing, Judge Stuart Hing of the Alameda Superior Court stated he would not impose any fine or jail time on Rev. Hoye if he would agree to stay away from the abortion facility. Rev. Hoye refused these terms.

Judge Hing then imposed a 30-day jail sentence, a $1130 fine, and also ordered him to stay one hundred yards away from the abortion facility for three years.

Click here to read more.

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 Wisconsin in the news

A Nov. 19 article in the Wisconsin State Journal focused on the newly-elected Republican majority's plans for the state. Pro-Life Wisconsin's Matt Sande is quoted: “Now candidates are much more comfortable with total protection, life-begins-at-conception views. I think people are worried about the economy, but I think people are concerned about the moral character of the country.” Click here to read the article.

Pro-life news wrapup

The Dane County Board approved the annual county budget on Nov. 15, complete with $47,000 of taxpayer money for Planned Parenthood. Read more from The Badger Herald here.

Mary's ultrasound ads draw fire. Click here to read from the National Catholic Register.

In an example of why people talk about the moral decay of Europe, a Dutch pro-life journalist has been threated with torture and death due to her pro-life views. Click here.

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin observed National Adoption Awareness Month last week, in an ironic twist on the mission. 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

St. Pius X Parish in Appleton
will celebrate a “Vigil of Life” on Saturday, November 27. The vigil begins with the rosary and prayers for life at 10 pm. Eucharistic Adoration will continue throughout the night with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 7 am on Sunday, November 28. Everyone is encouraged and invited to join in this beautiful vigil for life.

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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