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October 18, 2010
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Cedarburg School Board votes for parental "opt-in" to sensitive sex-ed issues

Last February, Governor Doyle signed Assembly Bill 458 into law as 2009 Wisconsin Act 134. The new law effectively prohibits local public school districts from adopting "abstinence-only" human growth and development programs. Under Act 134, if a school district chooses to adopt a human growth and development program it would be forced to include in its curriculum instruction on the "health benefits, side effects, and proper use of contraceptives and barrier methods." Parents are allowed to opt their children out of the program.

This one-size-fits-all state mandate has understandably angered many local human growth and development advisory committees, comprised of parents, clergy, physicians and other area professionals, who under previous law had the freedom to craft sexual education curricula that reflected the values and goals of their communities.

The Cedarburg School Board has responded by voting to require parents to opt their children in to the most sensitive areas of sexual education instruction:  intercourse, contraception, abortion, homosexuality and masturbation. The Department of Public Instruction may challenge this policy if they receive a citizen complaint, arguing that it may not meet the letter of the law. See the full Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article here

Pro-Life Wisconsin is urging public school districts across Wisconsin to drop their human growth and development programs. Forcing contraceptive education and instruction into our public schools sexualizes our children. Chastity/abstinence is the only message that will protect their bodies and preserve their innocence. If a school district retains or initiates a program, we urge parents to opt their children out of the program and either teach chastity/abstinence themselves or find a private program that does.

Short of a school district fully dropping their program, we support a parental opt-in because it offers greater protection for parents and children. We applaud the Cedarburg School Board for making the best of a bad situation. Quite frankly, opt-in language should have been amended into the legislation on the Assembly and Senate floor. Senate Republicans led by Senator Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac) made an attempt to do just that, but the opt-in amendment was rejected.

Outgoing Gov. Jim Doyle most known for his commitment to Planned Parenthood's agenda

Pro-Life Wisconsin has never shied away from (peaceful, non-violent) pro-life activism – pickets, rallies, sidewalk counseling, 40 Days for Life and so on.

Often results of our efforts are very tangible, such as the twelve saved babies Milwaukee’s 40 Days for Life has been blessed with so far this fall (!!). But when there are no visible results, it can be disheartening at times.

This summer, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin flew in Cecile Richards to host fundraisers in Milwaukee and Madison for gubernatorial candidate Tom Barrett. We weren’t surprised to see that current Governor Jim Doyle was going to be receiving a “lifetime achievement award” from Planned Parenthood.

Pro-Life Wisconsin peacefully and prayerfully protested both of Planned Parenthood’s fundraisers. You can view pictures here. Other than pro-life blogs and pro-life news sites, not much made the press about the fundraisers or Pro-Life Wisconsin’s presence there. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin wasn’t happy about our protests, as we found out when PPWI sent an email to supporters, encouraging them to make a donation in Pro-Life Wisconsin’s name.

So it was a bit of a surprise to read The Capital Times on Oct. 13 and see the paper’s “final report card” article on Gov. Doyle’s time in office. The opening paragraph:
The handful of protesters standing across the street did little to dampen the enthusiasm of the hundreds of guests gathered in late July for a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. In the backyard of the waterfront home in Maple Bluff the sun was shining, the lake was sparkling and the white wine was flowing. First up on the agenda was the presentation of the family-planning group’s first lifetime achievement award. The recipient: Gov. Jim Doyle.

Of all the offenses listed against Doyle’s time in office – the lack of respect shown for his fellow lawmakers, the ethical questions, the raiding of the transportation fund, etc – a dig about “the handful of protestors” made the opening line. The reporter who wrote the article did not speak to us at the protests, nor were pictures taken by anyone other than Pro-Life Wisconsin, but somehow The Capital Times  felt qualified to put our numbers down for a “handful.” As far as Planned Parenthood’s attendees – we counted. A rather unimpressive total of 160 for the Madison event. Somehow that qualifies as “hundreds.”

To all of you who join us in protest or prayer, thank you! Gov. Doyle, Planned Parenthood and The Capital Times, it appears, are watching. We must stand as a witness.

Major milestone for 40 Days for Life: 3,000 babies saved

From LifeSiteNews:

On October 11, the 40 Days for Life campaign announced a significant milestone for the burgeoning pro-life initiative – its 3,000th baby saved from abortion since the first 40 Days campaign in the fall of 2007.

“To God be the glory for reaching this major milestone!” wrote Shawn Carney of 40 Days. “That's a LOT of children and mothers spared from abortion. And that's a lot of GREAT stories.” Read more here.

Twelve babies have been saved so far at Milwaukee's 40 Days for Life location.

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. There's only two weeks left! 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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin in the news

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did an article about Scott Walker's pro-life views on embryonic stem cell research. Walker stated if elected governor he would shift funding from embryonic stem cell research to adult stem cell research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Read more here.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel did an article on Planned Parenthood's mail piece sent to voters. Similar to everything else Planned Parenthood puts out, the mail piece was rated "Barely True." Read more here.

Marathoner's cause is run for the unborn

From the Milwaukee Catholic Herald:

A couple of years ago, Kate Gehring began running marathons, feeling a sense of camaraderie with fellow runners and accomplishment with each breathless step toward the finish line. As most of marathons in which she participated were fundraisers for various causes, Gehring conceived a cause that led to hosting Slinger’s first 5K Run for the Unborn.

“I was always being asked, ‘Do you want to raise money for this cause or that cause?’ And honestly, they were all great causes, but the one closest to my heart was the pro-life cause,” she said. “I have always felt that if we could get that right, all the other causes would be fixed as well.”

Click here to read more.

The Girl Scouts: Promoting a pro-abortion agenda

From Life Issues Institute:

Recently the Boy Scouts of America distanced itself from the Girl Scouts and entered into an agreement with American Heritage Girls to provide mutual support to one another.

It is quite obvious that Boy Scouts are now considered a controversial group because they won’t allow homosexual troop leaders. You may also be thinking that the Girl Scouts aren’t controversial. These cute little girls who sell you cookies are all sugar and spice and everything nice?

They still sell cookies, but here are some new badges to earn: “domestic violence awareness, stress management, girl power and decisions for your life” (teen pregnancy, etc.).

Let’s note a few examples of these changes:
–  In Pennsylvania, Junior Girl Scouts (age-12) can attend a workshop on puberty designed by Planned Parenthood to earn their “becoming a teen” badge.
In Connecticut, Girl Scouts honored a Planned Parenthood official for promoting “healthy practices” in local troops.
In Amarillo, TX, Girl Scouts have sponsored Planned Parenthood sex-ed seminars for 4th through 8th graders.

Read more here.

Pro-life news wrapup

– The Daily Caller
: From 2004-2009 Komen affiliates contributed about $3.3 million to programs sponsored by Planned Parenthood and in FY 2009, $731,303. Read more here.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North and South Dakota has designed placemats for families to eat dinner on. Read more here.

The Frenchtown, Montana school board voted to remove Planned Parenthood from teaching a sex ed class. The decision ends an 8-year relationship. Read more here.

The impulse to be social is so deep-seated in human consciousness that it’s even evident in the womb, suggests a new study on the interaction of twins just a few months after conception. Read more here.

The National Review has the story of crippling measures taken against pro-life pregnancy help centers in New York City by the City Council. Read more here.

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.

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 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

Pro-life baby shower:
The pro-life committee at St. Cecilia is hosting a baby shower to benefit Elizabeth House, a place for women to go who need support with their decision to choose life for their unborn children. Monday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. in the parish hall, 603 Oak St., Wisconsin Dells.

Pro-life Rosary:
All Saints Catholic Parish will say a Rosary at the Oshkosh Planned Parenthood on Monday, Oct. 18 at 6 p.m. All Saints Catholic Parish will have a Rosary at the Monument of the Unborn in Berlin on Monday, Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.

Sidewalk counseling training session:
Missionaries to the Preborn are holding a sidewalk counseling training session on Saturday, November 13 from noon to 2 p.m. at Calvary Bible Church, 1459 S. 81st St., West Allis. Learn how to approach women (and men) coming to the killing-center, and what to say to them.  No cost; light refreshments; child care provided. Questions? Call (414) 462-3399 or email

: To learn how Planned Parenthood works with our Government to
destroy family values and how both make millions thru legalized abortion. One night only… All Saints Day – Monday, November 1 at the Times Cinema, 5906 West Vliet Street, Milwaukee. Showtimes are at 6:15pm and 8:15pm.  Admission is $8.00 per person. For more information email or call Tim at (414) 426-1208.  To order tickets in advance for this event, go to

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 or call Jean at (715) 842-5359 or Janet at (715) 848-2174.

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:

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,

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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