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Couple to run Chicago Marathon to benefit Pro-Life Wisconsin


On October 10, Julie and Paul Frank of Mukwonago, Wis., will be running the Chicago Marathon to benefit Pro-Life Wisconsin. The below message, in the Franks' own words, explains why they feel so strongly about pro-life issues they are willing to run a 26.2 mile marathon.

My name is Julie Frank and my husband’s name is Paul. We live in Mukwonago, WI and have been blessed with three beautiful children. On Sunday October 10, we will be running the Chicago Marathon for the second year in a row. The photo to the left is of my husband Paul and I after the 2009 Chicago Marathon.

Why might you ask are we running for 26.2 miles?  To raise money for Pro-Life Wisconsin. Pro-Life Wisconsin believes all babies without exception have the right to life. They believe that all life is sacred from the moment of conception to the time of natural death. Since 1992 Pro-Life Wisconsin has headed the effort to return the legal recognition of personhood to our preborn brothers and sisters, and continues to carry out their life saving work at the State Capitol and in communities throughout Wisconsin.

Please consider sponsoring and/or praying for us as we run on October 10 in Chicago. Your tax deductible donation will help reach those individuals who most need to hear the message that ALL preborn life is a sacred gift. You may donate in one of two ways. 1) Click here for a form to fill out and mail to Pro-Life Wisconsin at 19270 North Hills Drive, Brookfield WI 53045. 2) Donations are welcome on Pro-Life Wisconsin's website ProLifeWisconsin.org.

If we don't continue to fight for the unborn, then who will? If we don't focus on this life saving work now, then when? May God Bless you abundantly for your support!

Sign up today for Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner!


On Saturday, October 16, Pro-Life Wisconsinites from across the state will gather for PLW’s Annual Auction Dinner. The event will be held at the Marriott West in Waukesha. There are still seats available!

Archbishop Jerome Listecki will give the opening invocation, and Matt Bowman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, will give the keynote speech. Bowman will be discussing what Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund have done together in the past 18 months – from the Madison Surgery Center victory, to the revelation that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had performed a terrorism assessment of Wisconsin pro-lifers, to the open records request revealing that abortionist Caryn Dutton was fleeing to Harvard from UW-Madison, and much more. Join us in celebrating 18 years of advocating for total protection and personhood in Wisconsin!

Seats are $50 per person, $475 per table of 10. Advance reservations are required.

To register online, click here. For a flier [PDF], click here.

Doyle administration pushes to make children's birth control program permanent


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is applying to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to make Wisconsin’s Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Program permanent. The program, applied for periodically, currently provides free, taxpayer-funded birth control to Wisconsin teen boys and girls as young as 15 years old without their parents’ knowledge or consent. Federal and state law prohibits parents from being notified that their minor sons and daughters are receiving free contraceptives under this program.

DHS also wants to provide birth control drugs and devices provided under this program to men and women who make as much as $32,940 (three times the federal poverty line), up from the current annual income limit of $21,660. Importantly, family income is disregarded as an eligibility factor for women under 19 who are not married and have no children. Therefore almost every teen girl in the state is financially eligible. 

Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW) has worked the last several legislative sessions to block minor girls and boys’ access to the program by raising the minimum eligibility age from 15 to 18.  These efforts were unsuccessful under the pro-abortion Doyle administration and Democrat-controlled legislature, but we hope that under a pro-life Scott Walker administration and  Republican legislature, we can achieve this critical goal. 

This morning’s cover story in the Wisconsin State Journal quotes PLW’s legislative director, Matt Sande, on our opposition to this immoral, dangerous and wasteful program. For the full story, click here.

NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin launches campaign against 40 Days for Life


40 Days for Life
officially began September 22 and runs through October 31.

In response to the joyful, hopeful message that 40 Days for Life brings, NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin has launched its own 40-day observance.

Taking a cue from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s efforts to raise money off Pro-Life Wisconsin, NARAL is asking supporters to donate money in response to 40 Days for Life.  Lisa Subeck, executive director of NARAL, sent this email on September 27.

Where will this money go? To crisis pregnancy centers that help women by providing free ultrasounds, prenatal care, baby clothes, counseling, parenting classes and a supportive shoulder to lean on?

Nope. The money goes right into NARAL’s pocketbook. So Lisa Subeck can continue to write pro-abortion editorials like this one advocating for genocide in the womb.

NARAL’s desperate attempt to fundraise includes the “Forty 4 Forty” logo, which states “Pledging to end harassment… one picketer at a time”. What does this mean? What, exactly, is “one picketer at a time”? This is not “choice,” nor is it pro-woman nor pro-health. It is threatening!

During 40 Days for Life, the window shades at the Madison Planned Parenthood are shut, so the women waiting to see the abortionist cannot look outside. If Planned Parenthood cared about women and was confident in its message and mission, why the fear? Why make the abortion facility a dark, hopeless place? This simple change – closing the window shades so patients and workers cannot see the people outside praying for them – demonstrates the effect our prayers are having, more than we know.

Please – join 40 Days for Life today as we celebrate the joy of life and offer women love and hope outside Wisconsin’s abortion mills. If you can’t join us, keep us in your prayers.

40 Days for Life is observed in the Wisconsin area in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Wausau and Rockford, Ill. For more information on locations and who to contact, go to the 40 Days for Life website.

Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Pro-life citizens who are interested in fighting this deadly disease should be aware that Susan G. Komen for the Cure has a policy of explicitly allowing its state affiliates to give monetary grants to abortion-providing facilities. Click here to read a letter from Komen for the Cure, defending this practice.

If you think Susan G. Komen of Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin aren't linked hand in hand, consider this:
• The Madison affiliate of Susan G. Komen refers women to Planned Parenthood. Click here to see the brochure.
• Susan G. Komen of Milwaukee is listed as a major of sponsor of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Click here to view on PPWI's website.

Not all state affiliates give grants to Planned Parenthood. However, each state affiliate must forward at least 25 percent of funds raised in their state to the Komen National office. These funds are under the discretion of a board that refuses to disassociate itself from Planned Parenthood as shown by the facts below:
• At least 13 Susan G. Komen for the Cure affiliates have awarded at least 55 grants to Planned Parenthood affiliates during the years 2000 through 2005. These grants are reported on the Susan G. Komen website by entering "Planned Parenthood" on Komen's searchable grant page.
• Komen claims that money raised by affiliates who give money grants to Planned Parenthood is for breast services only. However, Planned Parenthood documents in its 2005-2006 annual report that 9,900 more abortions were performed and 81,500 fewer breast exams were provided in 2005 than in 2004.

Pro-life news wrapup


The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded this year to Robert G. Edwards, an English biologist who, with a physician colleague, Patrick Steptoe, developed the in vitro fertilization procedure. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood of Oregon has received a $4 million federal grant for the purpose of "fighting teen pregnancy." This move will only increase the abortion rate among Oregon teens. Read more here.

The Obama administration and the FBI paired with Planned Parenthood for a training seminar on pro-life activity. Read it here.

A midwife who saved hundreds of babies from death in a Nazi concentration camp will be honored in Rome. Read it here.

Affiliate announcements


Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee/Waukesha County
will observe Pro-Life Memorial Day with a prayer vigil in front of Affiliated Medical Services, 1428 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee, from 3 pm to 7 pm on Monday, Oct. 4.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Fond du Lac County
will observe Pro-Life Memorial Day with a prayer vigil in front of Planned Parenthood, 333 N. Peters Ave. Fond du Lac from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm on Monday, Oct. 4.

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 rornberg71@gmail.com.

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.

Mark Kimble, a Dane County affiliate member, is doing an Appalachian Hike For Life this summer. Mark has testified on pro-life issues at the Capitol and has prayed in front of abortuaries in Madison for years. Pro-Life Wisconsin is among the groups whom Mark will be donating the proceeds from his Hike For Life to. Click here for more information.

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 info@prolifewisconsin.org 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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


On October 10
from 1 pm to 4 pm at Immaculate Conception Church of Saint Mary, 1610 Monroe Street, West Bend, the Respect Life Committee will host Dr Michael Phillips. Dr. Michael J. Phillips is the former chairman of the Pathology Department at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital. He currently serves on the board of the Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, and serves as president of Pro-Life Wisconsin. Dr. Phillips has testified numerous times before the Wisconsin Legislature on issues regarding the sanctity of human life. The topic will be: “The Abortion Contraception Connection”. Admission is free and coffee and donuts will be served. Please join us for these interesting and enlightening presentations.

Missionaries to the Preborn
is having a pro-life picket on Saturday,  October 16 from 11:30 am to 1 pm in Milwaukee at N. Appleton Ave. & W. Capitol Drive. Signs will be provided. Contact Jim Soderna at (414) 462-3399 for directions.

40 Days for Life Wausau
is observed until Oct. 31 from Monday - Saturday 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N. 3rd Av, Wausau. To schedule a time, email 40daysprayevigil@gmail.com or call Jean at (715) 842-5359 or Janet at (715) 848-2174.

Bowl for Life
: Join the family fun and support Mother and Unborn Baby Care on Sun. Oct. 10 at 12 p.m. at the Super Bowl on Northland Ave in Appleton. Enjoy bowling, silent auction, raffles, Packer game, food & refreshment and additional family entertainment. Register soon, lanes filling fast. Call (920) 731-5021 or visit www.fvmubc.org/bowlforlife for more information.

Run For The Unborn
: The Knights of Columbus and St. Peters Catholic Church in Slinger announce the first annual Run For The Unborn on October 10. This event will be a family friendly 5k run/walk through the rolling hills of Slinger. The event will also include a life fair during registration, and brat fry. For more information please visit the race website.

The Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe
will be bringing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe that was touched to the actual tilma in Mexico to some of the 40 Days for Life sites around the state and other places where life is in danger. If you have any questions contact Jen Dunnett at 715-340-2779 or email at vitapretiosa@gmail.com Please join us if you are able:
- Tuesday, October 5, 3:00pm. Planned Parenthood, 3800 N Gillet St, Grand Chute (Appleton).
- Thursday, October 7 (Feast of Our Lady of Victory) 3pm. Family Planning Health Services, 719 3rd Ave, Wausau.
- Friday, October 8, 3pm. Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd, Madison.
- Monday, October 11, 4:30pm. Planned Parenthood, 1355 S 8th St, Wisconsin Rapids. 
- Wednesday, October 13, 5:30pm. Family Planning Health Services, 200 Division St #K, Stevens Point.

EYEWITNESS FOR LIFE: 
By attending one of our one-hour Seeing Is Believing Programs you will get to tour our facility and learn how EYEWITNESS utilizes the miracle of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and the children they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion – thereby saving lives two at a time. November 13 from 10 am to 11 am. Refreshments will be served. Eyewitness For Life, Ltd. is located at 9008 W. Burleigh in Milwaukee. Questions? Call (462-5483) or e-mail: eyewitness@milwpc.com.

Annual White Mass
for physicians sponsored by the Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association.  The event is open to the public and other health care professionals, administrators, family and friends are most welcome to attend. The Annual White Mass - will be celebrated by Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee on Monday, October 18, at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee. Mass 6:30 p.m. with reception and speaker to follow. Cost: Donations gratefully accepted. Suggested donation $10. Guest Speaker: Fr. Joseph Koterski, SJ, Associate Professor at Fordham University.

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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

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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