Alert: Support Wisconsin Personhood Amendment
On Wednesday State
Representative Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay)
began circulating for co-sponsorship the Wisconsin
Personhood Amendment, legislation that would amend
the Wisconsin Constitution to apply personhood
rights to preborn children at all stages of
development. Click here
to read the amendment language, and click here
to view PLW’s legislative memo.
From a pro-life perspective, the Wisconsin
Constitution contains a glaring error at its
outset. In specifying the beneficiaries of its
human rights, our state constitution leaves out
the preborn. It applies rights to only those
people who are “born.”
Representative Jacque is proposing a minimal but
absolutely essential correction, a personhood
amendment, to make the Wisconsin Constitution
cover all people, every person, at any stage of
development. The amendment seeks to extend the
inalienable right to life found in the Wisconsin
Constitution to all preborn children from the
beginning of their lives.
Should Roe v.
Wade be overturned someday and the
abortion issue remanded to the states, an activist
Wisconsin Supreme Court could use the word “born”
in our current state constitution to deny the
right to life of the preborn by interpreting an
independent right to abortion in that document. In
so doing, the court could nullify any present or
future pro-life laws in our state. The changing
makeup of the Wisconsin Legislature could also
jeopardize any pro-life laws in our state. Every
two years our state election process determines
the majority party in Madison. Legal protection of
the preborn should not (and must not) be
contingent upon which party controls the state
legislature. The right to life should not be
subject to the whims of a politicized supreme
court or an ever-changing legislature.
of the Wisconsin Personhood Amendment is a
watershed moment in the history of the pro-life
movement in our state. It seeks to end abortion
in Wisconsin, not to regulate or restrict it.
We have been working toward the introduction of
such an amendment for the last five years, and we
thank Representative Jacque for demonstrating the
courage of his convictions in finally making it a
The personhood amendment will face stiff
opposition from the pro-abortion industry.
Shockingly, the strongest opposition to the bill
at this point is coming from Wisconsin Right to
Life (WRL). In February WRL published a
position paper vowing to oppose any effort to
grant Wisconsin’s pre-born babies full
constitutional rights as persons, labeling such
efforts a “threat to [the] protection of Wisconsin
unborn children.” They worked hard to ensure a
personhood amendment was never introduced. Having
failed in that effort, they are now calling every
state legislator demanding that they not sign on
to the bill. WRL admits that their legal reasoning
for opposing a state personhood amendment is
speculative. WRL offers no case law to back up
their asserted problems, admitting that they are
only “probable”. Pro-Life Wisconsin, on the other
hand, offers recent Wisconsin case law clearly
demonstrating that the proposed amendment is not a
risk to our current, pre-Roe abortion law (Section
940.04, Wisconsin Statutes) by “implied repeal” or
otherwise. Click here
for PLW’s legal analysis rebutting their misguided
The pro-life movement is founded on the bedrock
principle that all human beings, at all stages of
their development, deserve full protection under
the law. Why oppose proactive people of good will
endeavoring to provide full and lasting legal
protection for preborn children? Pro-Life
Wisconsin remains committed to constitutionally
protecting Wisconsin’s preborn children,
regardless of opposition from the abortion
industry or from within the right to life
Please CALL or
state representative and state senator now and
urge him or her to co-sponsor LRB 2859/1, the
“Wisconsin Personhood Amendment.”
Tell your legislators to extend the inalienable
right to life found in the Wisconsin Constitution
to all preborn children at all stages of
To find out who your state legislators are, click here
for PLW's website and scroll over the Legislative Affairs
menu item at the top of the page. A drop down menu
will appear. Click on the Speak Up icon
and then scroll down the page and click on Who Are My Wisconsin
Lawmakers? Type in your street address,
city and zip code. The names and contact
information of your state senator and state
representative will appear.
Once you know who your state legislators are, go
back to the Speak
Up page and use the links listed under Email Your Government
Officials to send your email to your
state senator and state representative. That way
PLW will receive a copy of your email which will
enable us to monitor the activity of our
grassroots advocacy campaigns.
If you prefer to leave a telephone message with
your state legislator, call the toll-free State
Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472. Or call the
legislator’s office directly.
Morlino joined by 100 people at Planned Parenthood
Tuesday, October 18, Bishop Morlino led 100
people in prayer and pro-life reflection (photo,
in observance of the mid-way point of 40 Days for Life.
As the sun set behind him on Planned Parenthood
(literally and figuratively, we pray!), Bishop
Morlino discussed how the pro-life cause is
ultimately in God’s hands; God is asking us to
pray and act, and trust in Him.
Bishop Morlino was joined by two priests —
Father Jim Murphy of St. Mary of the
Immaculate Conception parish in
Portage, and Father John Putzer of Sacred Hearts of
Jesus and Mary parish in Sun
There's still time to get involved in 40 Days for Life,
which is being observed this fall in Appleton,
Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee,
Racine, Wausau and across the border in
The national 40
Days for Life team reports that
361 babies have been spared from abortion
nationwide. Nine of those saves happened right
here in Milwaukee!
To get involved, call PLW toll-free at (877)
463-7945 or email email@example.com.
you to everyone who joined us at our Annual
Auction Dinner this past Saturday!
Close to 500 people turned out for Pro-Life
Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner, held this
past Saturday. Thank you to everyone who
attended -- affiliate leaders, 40 Days for Life
sidewalk counselors, Bishop Donald J. Hying of
the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, longtime PLW
supporters, pro-life legislators, people who
drove more than 100 miles to hear Walter Hoye
speak and so much more. Thank you to all of the
high school and college pro-life groups who
volunteered the whole evening!
Hoye, president and founder of the Issues4Life
Foundation, gave a riveting talk
on personhood and why the pro-life movement
needs to work toward abolishing abortion, not
just regulating the killing of tiny human
beings. Photo, left, of Rep. Andre Jacque,
Walter Hoye and Matt Sande, PLW's Director of
We promised we would send out information on how
to sign up for Walter's weekly email column --
the Weekly Column Archive can be found here
and you can subscribe to his weekly column here.
Senate passes bill opting out of abortion coverage
in Wisconsin's state health insurance "exchange"
The Wisconsin State Senate passed legislation on
Thursday that would prohibit any plan in
Wisconsin’s prospective health insurance
exchange from covering abortion. Senate
Bill 92, authored by Senator Rich Zipperer
(R-Pewaukee), passed on a party-line 17-16 vote.
All Senate Republicans voted in favor of the
bill. Click here
for a copy of the roll call vote.
United States House Resolution (H.R.) 3590, the Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act
(a.k.a. Obamacare), allows health insurance
plans offering abortion coverage to participate
in a state's insurance “exchange” and to receive
federal subsidies unless the state legislature
proactively opts-out of offering such
plans. Although the state exchanges do not
go into effect until 2014, several states have
already enacted laws opting-out of abortion
coverage, including Arizona, Tennessee,
Mississippi, Missouri, Louisiana, and Nebraska.
In poll after poll, Americans overwhelmingly say
they oppose the inclusion of taxpayer-funded
abortion in health care reform legislation.
Government must not force us to participate in
the killing of our preborn brothers and sisters
with our federal tax dollars. Pro-Life Wisconsin
thanks Senator Zipperer and all Senate
Republicans for passing this important pro-life
legislation. Senate Bill 92 now advances to the
PLW at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.
pro-life Wisconsinites and 400,000 people from
around the nation to mark the anniversary of the
deadly Roe v.
The annual March for Life will be held Monday,
January 23, in Washington, D.C. Pro-Life
Wisconsin’s buses will be leaving on Friday,
January 20, and returning Tuesday, January
Cost for the trip, including travel to and from
Washington as well as hotel accommodations, is
We will travel by bus and stay two nights at a
Capitol Hill hotel. Register NOW to guarantee a
Call PLW’s office at (262) 796-1111 or e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
- Human Life International: Breast
Cancer Awareness Month ignores the Pill’s link
to cancer. Read more here.
- Second Students for Life staffer passes away
after car accident. Read more here.
- Woman dies of cancer after refusing
treatment in order to save unborn child. Read more
woman dies during forced abortion:
was six months pregnant. Read more here.
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 email@example.com.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.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 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 email@example.com or at
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
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!
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Conference website here.
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
email@example.com or Marie Allen at (608)
784-5189 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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
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,
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.
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)
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.