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October 17, 2011
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Last chance to register for Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner!

Join Pro-Life Wisconsinites from around the state, our staff and board, Bishop Hying, Walter Hoye and pro-life legislators in an evening of pro-life fun.

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.”

Personhood billboard launches in Green Bay

Pro-Life Wisconsin is excited to announce the launch of a multi-media effort, spreading the personhood message across Wisconsin. The personhood movement has tremendous grassroots support in Wisconsin and throughout the country, and we are excited to spread that message even further.

A billboard (image above) located on Highway 41, south of Green Bay, features people at different stages of development, along with the tagline, “You, Me, Everybody… We’re all just grown-up embryos.” The billboard directs viewers to, a website launched to promote the personhood movement here in Wisconsin.

To view a larger version of the billboard, click here. The billboard will move to a different Green Bay location every three months.

With the recent news that abortions in Wisconsin declined in 2010, we hope this billboard will raise even greater awareness of the humanity of the preborn person and emphasize that, at one point, all of us were just embryos.

Wisconsin State Representative Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay) plans to introduce an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution that would apply personhood rights to preborn children at all stages of development. The amendment is currently in drafting and will be formally introduced in October, Respect Life Month.

The proposed amendment extends the inalienable right to life found in the Wisconsin Constitution to all preborn children. It seeks to bring into the Wisconsin Constitution a true definition of human life, thus making the highest law in our state cover all people, every person, at any stage of development. We are excited to begin educating the public and the legislature on the necessity of legal personhood. Only by enshrining the right to life in our state constitution will preborn children be afforded full and lasting legal protection.

The billboard is a collaborative effort between Pro-Life Wisconsin, 40 Days for Life of Green Bay, Personhood USA and Youth Defence, Ireland’s most active pro-life group.

Click here to donate to our True to Life media campaign, which allows us to do educational campaigns such as this.

Senate Education Committee to hold public hearing on "Strong Communities... Healthy Kids Act" 

The Senate Committee on Education has scheduled a public hearing for Senate Bill (SB) 237, the “Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act,” on Wednesday, October 19, at 12:00 p.m. in Room 201 Southeast of the State Capitol building in Madison. 

Please consider attending the hearing and registering for or testifying in favor of this critically important legislation.

Senate Bill 237 is legislation authored by State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) that reverses the contraception education/instruction mandate of 2009, giving public school districts the freedom to adopt abstinence-only human growth and development curricula. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect our children’s bodies and preserve their innocence, and local school districts should be given this option. The bill also prohibits school-based volunteer health providers from providing instruction in human growth and development. Sexual development is not properly under the purview of a school health room physician or nurse, especially one from Planned Parenthood. The bill prevents Planned Parenthood nurses and physicians from teaching about abortion and contraception in our public schools.

For those of you who reside in the Beloit area, the Beloit School District has been developing human growth and development curriculum proposals through an ad hoc committee since last December. The district is currently without a sex education program. Listening sessions on curriculum proposals will begin on October 24 and continue into early November.

Thank you for speaking up for our children! 

Groupon fundraises for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

On October 11, Groupon featured Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin as one of its deals.

The premise for the so-called deal? “If 48 People Donate $10, Then Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin Can Fund Cancer Screenings for Eight Women.”

So really, you don’t get anything in return, only the warm fuzzy feeling of knowing that a woman (your sister? friend? cousin? spouse? neighbor? co-worker?) will be receiving a cancer screening while an abortion is performed in the next room.

But wait… aren’t taxpayers already funding those cancer screenings? PPWI receives $18 million in federal and state taxpayer funding annually. In the state budget signed this year, PPWI did lose approximately $1 million in funding; but it is still receiving millions and millions in Title X funding, which DOES provide funding for cancer screening.

We know PPWI performed 612 less abortions in 2010 than 2009. Given the huge profit margin made from performing abortions, is PPWI looking to recoup some lost money?

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is the state’s largest abortion provider, accounting for 4,827 of Wisconsin’s 7,825 abortions in 2010. Live Action has caught PPWI on video giving misleading medical information and covering up statutory rape.

If you are a Groupon customer and disagree with Groupon directing donations to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, contact Groupon via email: or call Customer Service at (877) 788-7858, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm CST.

Bishop Morlino to lead candlelight vigil at 40 Days for Life in Madison tomorrow

Join 40 Days for Life of Madison tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18, at 6 p.m. for a candlelight midpoint vigil with Bishop Robert Morlino. He will lead us in prayer and motivate us spiritually to continue with the sacrifices that 40 Days for Life requires. The vigil will be on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood at 3706 Orin Road, Madison.

The national 40 Days for Life team reports that 229 babies have been spared from abortion nationwide during the first half of the campaign. Read the latest report here. Six of those saves happened right here in Milwaukee, and sidewalk counselors had one save in Madison.

PLW and our affiliates are organizing and participating in 40 Days for Life, which are being observed this fall in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Wausau and across the border in Rockford, Ill.

To get involved, call PLW toll-free at (877) 463-7945 or email

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Ron Paul
describes witnessing a late-term abortion in a hard-hitting pro-life ad. Read more here.

- Former Kansas attorney general Phill Kline
found guilty of ‘ethical misconduct’ due to his investigation of Planned Parenthood. Read more here.

- Undercover calls reveal Medicaid covering $9,000 late-term abortions
. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

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. Although the abortion facility has been closed by the Illinois Health Department, pro-lifers are encouraged to continue praying here. 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

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 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.

Bowl for Life
: Join the family fun and support Mother and Unborn Baby Care on Sun. Oct. 23rd at 12pm at the Super Bowl on Northland Ave in Appleton. Enjoy bowling, silent auction, raffles, which includes Packer tickets, Packer game on TV, food & refreshment and additional family entertainment. Register soon, lanes filling fast. Call (920) 731-5021 or visit for more information.

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

Be a Part of the Global Movement for Life!
Attend the nation's first ever International ProLife Youth Conference THIS November 11-13, in sunny California! For details and registration visit

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. 

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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