Click here to sign up for the Monday Update!


September 4, 2012
In This Issue:


Contact Us


Donate

by the Web
or Call (877) GOD'S-WILL

Rape victim describes ‘unimaginable joy’ of giving birth, raising child


From LifeSiteNews:
United States politician Todd Akin has created quite the discussion with his rather fumbled comments on “legitimate rape”. Although the Missouri Representative has apologized and will proceed with his campaign for the Senate, against the wishes of many of his colleagues, the larger discussion on how to care for a woman who is impregnated by rape continues.

All rape is violating and repulsive. What makes rape such an outrage is that it takes what is supposed to be an intimate, natural and loving act, and uses it for power, aggression, and self-gratification on the sole part of the rapist. The victim is left feeling used, ashamed and often angry.

Then, if a woman finds herself pregnant after rape, she understandably will feel more misery and shame. As one rape victim wrote, “my pregnancy legitimatized my rape. It had happened; this was real.”

But the misery doesn’t have to stay, says this rape victim, Shauna Prewitt. In her poignant open letter to Representative Akin, Prewitt writes:

"Although I would not be able to articulate it for months, I was experiencing a most curious emotion toward the life growing inside of me, an emotion that both enlivened me and caused me to experience an intolerable shame. You see, to my surprise, I did not altogether hate the life growing inside of me. Instead, I felt a sort of kinship, a partnership—perhaps the kind that only develops between those who have suffered together—but, nevertheless, I felt a bond."

Click here to read more.

Pro-Life Wisconsin to celebrate 20th birthday at Annual Auction Dinner

This year’s Auction Dinner will celebrate PLW’s 20th anniversary. The dinner takes place on Saturday, October 20 at the Olympia Resort in Oconomowoc.

Bishop Donald Hying will deliver the invocation, and the keynote address will be given by Joe Scheidler (photo, left). Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch will join us as a guest of honor.

5:30 Social & hors d' oeurves
7:00 Dinner/Oral Auction

Download flier here OR click here to register online.

Call PLW's Director of Development Steve Karlen at 262-796-1111 ext. 14 with questions or to make a contribution.

Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Virginia Zignego for five years of dedicated service


Pro-Life Wisconsin is grateful to Virginia Zignego for five years of dedicated work as our communications director. Moving on in her career, Virginia has left the Pro-life Wisconsin staff to take a position with a national consulting firm.

Virginia's cutting-edge investigative journalism exposed the culture of death time and time again. Her outstanding work with the Banner newsletter, the Monday Update, and social media have kept the state up-to-date on critical and breaking pro-life news. We thank Virginia for her years of service, look forward to her continued involvement with PLW, and wish her well in her exciting new endeavor.

For the near future, PLW Director of Development Steve Karlen will serve as our interim communications director.

Pro-Life Wisconsin to host sidewalk counselor training workshop in Madison on Wednesday, 9/12


On the heals of a sidewalk counselor training session that drew dozens of participants in Racine last month, Pro-Life Wisconsin's Dane County affiliate Vigil for Life will host a sidewalk counselor training workshop in Madison on Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bishop O'Connor Center (702 S. High Point Road).

Trainers will include Jen Dunnett and Will Goodman from the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe as well as Mary Mead of Rachel's Vineyard. Each participant will receive Pro-Life Wisconsin's new Sidewalk Counselor's Handbook.

Registration is $10. The fee can be waived if needed by request. To sign up or for further information, contact Steve Karlen at 608-445-2063 or steve@prolifewisconsin.org.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- European court ruling creates "right to eugenics": Read more here.

- Thursday is "Pro-Life Chalk Day": Read more here.

Affiliate announcements

Sawyer County Affiliate (Hayward) - Queen of Peace, Protector of Life - will be again offering the 'Cemetery of the Innocents' display of 400 crosses representing the thousands of daily abortions in the USA. In addition, we have a new display of fetal models consisting of 13 models, 5-35 weeks gestation and one newborn. These are professional grade, soft-touch models that can be handled, and are available all year, with or without the crosses. They're suitable for all ages. For more information call Bob Ornberg at 715-699-1287 or check out our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/bvmqp.

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 or Julie (920) 923-0437. A pro-life Rosary is also 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 has 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 laura@vigilforlife.org.

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 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 at Planned Parenthood Appleton North on 3800 N. Gillett St.

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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com or at (262) 656-0301.

Pro-Life Wisconsin Rock County members daily praise and thank God for the January 13, 2012 permanent closure of the Rockford, IL abortion mill.  Chapter members meet monthly (except June, July, August) in St. Jude's Hall, Beloit, WI.  The Spiritually Adopt-A-Baby initiative resumed March 24/25 at St. Jude/St. Thomas parishes, praying daily for nine months for pre-born babies. If you'd like information regarding this, contact Charlene Tolmie 608-362-3406 or Sister Rosalia Bauer 608-364-2830.



Courtesy announcements


One Nation Under God: A Place for Freedom & Faith:
On Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:00 p.m., St. John the Evangelist Parish (8500 W. Cold Spring Road, Greenfield, WI) will host Dr. Marisa Beffel, a popular member of the Pro-Life Wisconsin Speakers Bureau for a presentation on her passion for patriotism and the Catholic faith. She'll discuss how we are called to better understand, love and hand on the faith to our children and grandchildren; and how we are called as Americans to again become a nation founded on the protection of inalienable rights. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Kathy at 414-329-0991.

Rachel's Vineyard
- Healing the pain of abortion, one weekend at a time. Rachel's Vineyard welcomes women, men, couples and grandparents who have suffered the loss of a child. If you or someone you love is hurting after abortion, contact Mary at 608-221-9593 or email meadmt@sbcglobal.net. The next retreat sponsored by the Diocese of Madison will be held October 19 - 21, 2012 at a beautiful and private location in the country. Go to www.madisondiocese.org/rachel for more information. For retreats held in WI, the USA and around the world, go to www.rachelsvineyard.org or 1-877-HOPE-4-ME. All contact is confidential."

Rosary Rallies at the State Capitol: Fr. Isaac Mary Relyea and Fr. Rick Heilman invite you to kneel in prayer together every Thursday evening at 7pm, at the State Street steps of the Capitol in Madison. From June 16 - November 1.

Witness for Life: Each Thursday, St. Mary Catholic Church in Kenosha will offer 8am Mass, followed by a Rosary procession to the nearby Planned Parenthood. St. Mary's is located at 7307 40th Avenue, Kenosha. For more information call Monica at 262-515-3132 or Laura at 262-358-0705.

Kneel for Life: Capitol Campaign meets Wednesdays at the Capitol from 1-2pm. We try to precede with Mass at St. Patrick's at 12:10, then we walk over from there. Our purpose is to be a peaceful, joyful presence praying to tear down the evil strongholds present there and be an encouragement for the pro-life legislators/staff. We pray the Rosary, Chaplet of Mercy and St. Michael prayer as we walk in twos or independently, throughout the Capitol.

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 is welcome.

The pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parish meets to pray every Thursday evening from 6-6:30 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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

Cenacles of Life meets every Saturday morning at St. Pius X Catholic Church in Cambridge at 8:30 am to pray two rosaries for an end to the culture of death.

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 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.



If you enjoy receiving the Monday Update every week, please consider donating to Pro-Life Wisconsin’s life-saving work. For your convenience, credit card donations are accepted by phone, (262) 796-1111 or toll-free (877) GOD’S WILL or use our secure online donation form. Thank you for your generosity!