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November 29, 2010
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Thursday: Join us in silent protest of UW-Madison's newest 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. 

"Black Babies Are In Danger": Milwaukee billboards focus on racial disparity of Wisconsin's abortions

Update: Madison's The Capital Times newspaper already has an article up about the billboards! Click here to read.

Thirteen billboards placed throughout the city of Milwaukee, beginning today and running for a month, are highlighting the high numbers of black babies aborted every year.

Wisconsin is the eighth lowest state nationally in the number of abortions, but the racial disparity in its numbers far exceeds the national trends. In Wisconsin, 6.2% of the population is black, yet 24% of all state abortions are on African-Americans, which is four times their representation.

The billboards aim to raise awareness about abortion, Planned Parenthood’s history of racism and the continuing eugenics movement in Wisconsin. The campaign directs the public to and was created by Ryan Bomberger, an African-American who is the Chief Creative Officer of The Radiance Foundation.

“We are exposing the myth of the ‘unwanted’ child and the destruction of hope and possibility that abortion brings to the black community,” explained Bomberger. “There are better, life-affirming alternatives, especially adoption. In this day and age, with the most advanced technology, information access, and resources ever available in human history, abortion should never be the solution we resort to.”

This campaign is championed by national African-American civil rights leaders, including the niece of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Dr. Alveda King.

Two billboards are running. The first states “Black Children Are in Danger;” click here to view. The second states “Black and Beautiful;” click here to view. Both share the same message: Exponentially, black children are more endangered by death by abortion than any other demographic in America.

In 2010, Planned Parenthood celebrated 75 years of existence in Wisconsin. Those 75 years have been financed by taxpayer dollars and the brutal killing of innocent unborn children. Despite its massive failure to reduce pregnancy rates, unplanned pregnancies, and exponentially high STD rates, Planned Parenthood is rewarded with lavish amounts of government funding and unconditional support from a community most ravaged by its mission – to reduce ‘unwanted’ populations.

To see a map of the billboard locations, click here. The billboards are a collaborative effort between Pro-Life Wisconsin and the national organization The Radiance Foundation.

Help us keep this educational effort going! Click here to donate to Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force.

Paralyzed man: My life is not worth living

On Sunday, November 28, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel [MJS] profiled Dan Crews, a paralyzed man who, simply put, wants his ventilator removed so he can die.

"I feel like I'm the only person in the country who does not have a way or an option to kill myself," [Crews] said.

The MJS article is a sympathetic look at assisted suicide and euthanasia. It is a sad reflection of the world we live in – where our value is not determined by the fact that we have an everlasting soul, but by how enjoyable our life is in the short term.

Click here to read the MJS article.

Leukemia patient completely cured with cord blood stem cells

From LifeSiteNews:

Doctors associated with the German umbilical cord blood bank Vita 34 say that they have cured a child’s leukemia completely using an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood.

The procedure was reportedly performed in 2005 on a four-year-old girl whose chemotherapy treatment had failed and who had a prognosis of only three months to live.  The procedure was possible because the parents had decided to preserve their child’s umbilical cord blood at the time of birth.

After continuous monitoring of the child for five years now, with no sign of leukemia cells in her blood, doctors say that they have confirmed that the treatment worked.

“Seventy-five months have passed and we can speak of a cure with certainty,” said Eberhard Lampeter of Vita 34.

According to the Chilean newspaper La Tercera, this is the first case in the world of a child cured of leukemia by her own stem cells. In most cases the child’s umbilical cord blood is not available, and the stem cells of close family members must be used.

Click here to read more.

2,000 aborted babies found in Thailand temple

From The New York Times, Nov. 21:
For the past week, the Thai public has been grappling with the implications of an admission from one of the temple’s undertakers that he had been secretly storing the fetuses in the vaults of the crematorium after the temple’s furnace broke down. When he also began burying them in a pit, the overpowering stench drew complaints from neighbors and led to the discovery of the fetuses.

nder Thai law, only abortions of pregnancies that result from incest or rape or endanger the lives of the mothers are legal. The events have reopened a debate in Thailand over the legality and morality of abortion. On Saturday, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said, “Longstanding social values must be corrected.”

The undertaker and a woman who acknowledged that she had delivered the fetuses to the temple declared that they had done no wrong.

Two undertakers, Suchart Phonmee, 38, and Suthep Chabangbon, 56, have been charged with crimes related to the concealing of the fetuses. They said they had had no choice but to store them because they did not want to dispose of them like rubbish.

“Actually,” Mr. Suchart, “said this condemnation should go to both the parents of the aborted babies and the ones who performed the abortions.”

Click here to read more.

Pro-life news wrapup

On Saturday evening Pope Benedict XVI held an unprecedented “vigil for all nascent human life” at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The vigil was held in union with thousands of similar events in parishes and dioceses across the world. Read the full text of the Pope's homily here.

Planned Parenthood of the Greater Northwest filed a lawsuit against Alaska's parental notification law. Click here to read more.

Planned Parenthood of New York City posted advice for fellow pro-aborts, on how to deal with pro-life relatives on Thanksgiving. Click here.

An Iowa city council unanimously voted to not to sell city property to a late-term abortionist looking to set up shop. 300 pro-lifers turned out for the public hearing. 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

Monthly All Night Prayer Vigil:
Dec. 3-4 at St. Florian Catholic Church, 1233 S. 45th St., Milwaukee. Opening Mass at 8 p.m. All night exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, pro-life Satations of the Cross, pro-life holy hour from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. and Chaplet of Divine Mercy. Everyone welcome, stay as long as you can. For additional information call (414) 321-3900. Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Redemptus Short, OCD, who founded the All Night Prayer Vigil 46 years ago. Fr. Redemptus passed into eternal life on Nov. 13.

Pro-life picket in Milwaukee
: Missionaries to the Preborn will have a pro-life picket on Saturday,  December 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Milwaukee at the corner of W. Wisconsin Ave & N. 4th St. (near Grand Ave. Mall). Signs will be provided. Contact Jim Soderna at (414) 462-3399 with questions or for directions.

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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