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October 3, 2011
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Bishop Hying to give invocation at Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner

Bishop Donald J. Hying, the auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, will give the opening invocation at Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner on Saturday, October 22. The dinner will be held at Olympia Hotel and Resort in Oconomowoc. Bishop Hying will be in attendance the whole evening.

Silent auction and hors d'eouvres begin at 5pm and dinner begins at 7pm. Join us!

Click here to register online or to print off a registration form.

Walter Hoye will be the guest speaker. Hoye is the founder and president of the Issues4life Foundation and a core member of the National Black Pro-Life Coalition. Hoye, a strong personhood advocate, was jailed for defending his constitutional rights to sidewalk counsel outside abortion facilties. Hoye brought a constitutional challenge to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, widely regarded as the most liberal appeals court in the nation, which recently sided with him in ruling that the City of Oakland’s “bubble zone” ordinance “unconstitutionally suppresses speech based on the content of its message.”

40 Days for Life news

Approximately 150 people turned out on Tuesday, September 27 for the 40 Days for Life kickoff in Madison. Dr. Nancy Fredericks -- the whistleblower who exposed the University of Wisconsin's secret plans to perform late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center -- shared the inside story behind the derailment of the late-term abortion plans, her personal trials, and the role 40 Days for Life played.
: Dr. Fredricks with PLW's Matt Sande, Steve Karlen and Virginia Zignego.

40 Days for Life in Milwaukee had a save on Day 2, Thursday, September 29. In just over a year's time, close to 100 babies have been spared from abortion in Milwaukee, due to the presence of sidewalk counselors and prayerful witness.

The Wausau 40 Days for Life made the local news on September 28. The news story is fair to pro-lifers, at least. If you watch the video, you will notice the interview with the Family Planning Health Services worker, where she alludes to how people praying make the workers uncomfortable. This is, interestingly, one of the points about 40 Days for Life that Abby Johnson made in her book Unplanned-- the reality of what abortion workers do is brought into focus by the thought and sight of people praying on the sidewalk for 40 days.

Walking for life in Wausau:
WAUSAU (WAOW)--The nationwide movement 40 Days for Life kicked off Wednesday. The group's Wausau-based chapter will be walking and praying outside the Family Planning and Health Services location on Third Avenue until November.

Cathy Stephan spent an hour on Wednesday afternoon walking along the sidewalk, praying the rosary. "It's more a prayer vigil, it's not a protest," she said.

According to the group's website, 40 Days for Life is committed to finding peaceful ways to end abortion. Stephan said the local group believes the same. "We're Catholic so we pray rosaries and we're asking God to help save the lives of unborn children who might be at risk today from abortion."

Read the rest of the news article and watch the news clip here.

Join us in prayer! 40 Days for Life needs people to sign up for hours across the state.

Action Alert: Support Respect for Rights of Conscience Act

The 2010 federal health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) commonly referred to as ObamaCare, undermines the conscience rights of health care purchasers, providers and payers. Under ObamaCare not only will our federal tax dollars subsidize private insurance plans that offer abortion coverage, they will now be used to cover contraceptives and sterilizations too. 

The Obama Administration on August 1, 2011, announced its decision to require all health insurance plans to cover contraceptives and sterilizations as basic care under the new health care law. As parts of an essential "preventive care" package, "contraceptive methods and contraceptive counseling" as well as sterilizations will be covered with no copayments.

Hormonal contraceptives can cause early chemical abortions by blocking the implantation of the newly formed human embryo in the uterine wall. Abortifacient hormonal contraceptive drugs include the pill, the morning-after pill or Plan B, Ella, the patch, Depo-Provera, and the IUD. Ella, labeled as an "emergency contraceptive (EC)" by the FDA, has both pre- and post-implantation mechanisms of action. It can work by blocking implantation of the human embryo but also has the same chemical makeup and mode of action as RU-486, and thus can block progesterone and kill an already-implanted embryo. It is widely accepted that Ella is an abortion drug. It will now be covered as basic health care as if it were no more controversial than a flu shot.

The Obama administration's decision to grant entitlement status to contraception is thoroughly ideological. It is not medical. Pregnancy is not a disease. Fertility is a natural state - it is not a health impairment to be treated medically with birth control.  Birth control to prevent pregnancy is not health care - it's a lifestyle choice. As such, American citizens, many of whom are morally and medically opposed to contraception, should not be forced to pay for it with their tax dollars.

Respect for Rights of Conscience Act
To remedy these egregious violations of our federal and state constitutional conscience rights, United States (U.S.) Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Dan Boren (D-OK) have introduced  the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act in the House (H.R. 1179) and U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate (S. 1467). The stated purpose of the act is to ensure that those participating in the health care system “retain the right to provide, purchase, or enroll in health coverage that is consistent with their religious beliefs and moral convictions, without fear of being penalized or discriminated against….”

Take Action!
U.S. Representative Jim Sensenbrenner is the only member of the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation to have co-sponsored the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act. Please call or email your U.S. Representative and encourage him/her to co-sponsor H.R. 1179. Click here to find out who your U.S. Representative is (go to “Get Involved” and type in your zip code). Then click here for your U.S. Representative’s contact information. Or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Please call or email Wisconsin Senators Herb Kohl and Ron Johnson and encourage them to co-sponsor S. 1467.

• Contact Senator Herb Kohl: PH: (202) 224-5653, WEB:
• Contact Senator Ron Johnson: PH: (202) 224-5323; WEB:

Thank you for standing up for your conscience rights!

Editorial: Defund failed policy of family planning

Jim Schmidt, PLW's Juneau County affiliate leader, had the below editorial in the Wausau Daily Herald on September 21. The letter is co-signed by Pro-Life Wisconsin,  Wisconsin Family Action, 40 Days For Life Wausau, Morality In Media and Concerned Parents and Citizens.

Defund failed policy of family planning
Facing a massive budget deficit, Wisconsin's lawmakers spent much of this year debating how to fund education, BadgerCare, and other worthy programs. With limited dollars to go around, it's time to cut off public funding for Family Planning Health Services. It's not in the state's best interests to prop up an organization that peddles birth control to teens.

Desperately clinging to generous funding, FPHS executive director Lon Newman has misled the public by claiming his services save Wisconsin money by reducing the prevalence of teen pregnancy and STDs. But 50 years of history conclusively demonstrate family planning programs have failed to reduce these devastating epidemics.

In fact, some studies have even found that programs like those promoted by FPHS correspond with drastic increases in teen pregnancy, abortion and sexually transmitted disease. How can this be? Harvard University AIDS expert Edward Green describes a phenomenon called "risk compensation," where access to condoms actually fosters a sense of invincibility, which lowers inhibitions, leading to an increase in risky behavior.

This explosion in risky behavior explains why widespread condom distribution has failed to slow the AIDS epidemic in developing nations and why easy access to contraception has led to an epidemic of teen promiscuity and the social problems that accompany it.

Read the rest here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Notorious Rockford abortion mill
license suspended indefinitely by the state of Illinois. Read more here.

- Cardinal: Not even Jesus
would qualify for HHS contraceptive mandate religious exemption. Read more here.

- Congress investigating Planned Parenthood
over sex abuse cover-up allegations. Read more here.

- Baby Joseph dies at home, surrounded by family. Read more here.

- Leaked report details chilling stories of China one-child policy. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee/Waukesha
will observe National Memorial Day for Life on Oct. 3 with a prayer vigil at Affiliated Medical Services on Farwell from 4-6pm.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Fond du Lac County
will have a prayer and public witness outside presence outside the local Planned Parenthood on the days they are open during the fall 40 Days for Life campaign. For more information call Ann at (920) 921-6062 or email

Darla Meyers, Pro-Life Wisconsin St. Croix County affiliate,
will speak before the Superior Diocese Council of Catholic Women on October 15 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls. The topic of her talk will be: "Our Gravest Moral Responsibility:  To Convert the Contraception Mentality" whose title is taken from Fr. John Hardon's talk of the same title.

Sawyer County affiliate, Queen of Peace, Protector of Life,
will be displaying the "Cemetery of the Innocents" (400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA) at St. John's Lutheran Church, Hwy 27, Ladysmith, WI., Oct. 3rd - Oct. 17th. For more information, contact Bob Ornberg at (715) 699-1287.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Walworth Co.
prays at Planned Parenthood in Delavan, WI. Signs are provided. Contact Phil Cullen for info - 262-742-3299.

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 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.

Vigil for Life-PLW Dane County have a perpetual presence on the sidewalks in front of Madison's Planned Parenthood abortion facility (3706 Orin Road, Madison, WI 53704). Each day that Planned Parenthood is open for business (every week day), 2 people (at least!) will be scheduled to be present on the sidewalk. The times and days are as follows: Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; Thursday 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.; and Friday, 1pm - 3pm. Individuals or groups are needed to sign up for these 2-hour shifts, especially on a monthly basis. You may also "stop by." Those interested should click here to view the online scheduling calendar or contact affiliate leader Laura Karlen at (608) 445-2064 or email

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, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. 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 at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.

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 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 36th 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

La Crosse Diocesan Pro-Life Convocation
: Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 am -3 pm at St. Bronislava Parish in Plover (3200 Plover Rd). Speakers include Matt Sande, Legislative Director for Pro-Life Wisconsin, on “Being an Effective Voice for Life”; Dr. Louise Smyth of the Fertility Care Center, on advances in ethical fertility treatment; and Patti Maski, coordinator of "Gifts of Love," a ministry for miscarriage. This gathering is for parish pro-life coordinators and volunteers, as well as anyone with a passion for life. Come exchange ideas and enthusiasm and enjoy lunch served by the parish PCCW (free-will offering). There is no charge for the day. RSVP by Monday, October 3 to Christopher Ruff at (608-791-2667) or Jennifer Fisk at (608-783-0246). 

Healing Vision: Understanding the Aftermath of Abortion.
An international conference that brings together experts from diverse fields to share information on the aftermath of abortion as it impacts women, men and others and to explore questions of healing. The conference is open to everyone. Twelve conferences have preceded this one. At the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West, 2303 North Mayfair Road, Milwaukee. The conference begins the morning of Wednesday, October 26 and concludes at noon on Saturday, October 29. Archbishop Neumann will give the keynote on Friday morning. Day rates available. Call the Project Rachel office at (414) 483-4141 or email Conference website here.

The St. Thomas More Respect Life committee is
sponsoring a series of speakers on life issues. St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 1810 N Mcdonald St # B, Appleton, WI; in the Father Faulk gathering area from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. 
- October 10: Dr. John Puchner; he will speak on bioethics, embryonic stem cell research, human cloning, in vitro fertilization, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.  This talk is geared to 9th grade to adults.
- October 17: Dr. Marisa Beffel will speak on quality of life, tube-feedings, end of life issues (hospice care, terminal sedation, durable power of attorney), euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, withholding treatment vs. withdrawing treatment, and the nature of the medical profession with an emphasis on the Hippocratic Oath and the role of the physician.

The La Crosse area 40 Days for Life
campaign will run from September 28-November 5.  We will be praying outside of Gundersen-Lutheran Hospital on the corner of South St. and 7th Ave. S.  To sign up for vigil times or for more information, please visit our website at or contact Elizabeth
Garibaldi at (608) 769-4014 or or Marie Allen at (608) 784-5189 or

Love Life Library
invites you to our monthly discussions on life/love timely topics. We meet the firstTuesday of the month (next meeting will be Oct. 4) from 8-9:30 am at our location, 5424 W. Bluemound Rd. (southeast corner entry), Milwaukee.

Run For The Unborn:
The Knights of Columbus and St. Peters Catholic Church in Slinger announce the second annual Run For The Unborn on Sunday, October 9. This event will be a family friendly 5k run/walk through the rolling hills of Slinger. The event will also include a life fair and brat fry. All proceeds will support local crisis pregnancy centers. For more information please visit the race website.

Annual White Mass
for Physicians and Health Care workers, patients and their families. Sponsored by the Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association. Basilica of St. Josaphat, South 6th Street and Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee, WI. Celebrant: The Most Rev. Jerome E. Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee. October 18, 2011, Feast of St. Luke, Patron Saint of Physicians. Mass at 6:30 p.m. Light Refreshments and Speaker to follow in Undercroft of the Basilica No reservations, open to public. Donations gratefully accepted. 

Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat -- offers hope and healing for anyone struggling with the emotional and/or spiritual pain after abortion.  A retreat will be held outside of Madison, Nov. 4 - 6. Confidentiality assured. Call Mary at (608) 221-9593 or (608) 821-3177. Email Websites: or

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.

Pro-lifers pray the Rosary every Thursday evening
at 6 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 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. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at (715) 340-2779.

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