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September 6, 2011
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Defunding the promiscuity of others

Julie Peterson, a Pro-Life Wisconsinite from Fond du Lac, had a letter to the editor published in the August 28 Fond du Lac Reporter newspaper. We encourage everyone to submit their pro-life letters to local newspapers in support of pro-life efforts. The PLW staff is more than happy to assist local pro-lifers in writing letters to the editor or providing research. Contact our office!

Fond du Lac Reporter:
Defunding the promiscuity of others
By Julie Peterson

In The Reporter article on Aug. 14 addressing women's reproductive health care and cuts in funding to Planned Parenthood, Jessica McCardell points to Planned Parenthood as the savior that helped her prevent unplanned pregnancy.

At the age of 16 she says she began using their services. The article says women are seeking contraception and reproductive health services "at even younger ages."

So, why should the rest of us pay for programs that encourage and enable recreational sex?

At a time when working families are struggling to cover their mortgages or send their kids to college, it makes absolutely no sense to tax them to fund the promiscuity of others. And if parents are willing to turn their parenting over to Planned Parenthood they shouldn't expect the rest of us to pay for it.

According to a 2011 Legislative Policy Paper by Pro-Life Wisconsin, "Planned Parenthood has deceived our children by fostering a false sense of security about 'safe sex,' and has profited greatly from selling abortions to teen girls whose contraception fails."

Click here to read the rest.

Republican gubernatorial candidates support Mississippi Personhood Amendment

The two Republican gubernatorial candidates in Mississippi have pledged their strong support for a personhood constitutional amendment that will be on the ballot this November. Amendment 26, the Mississippi Personhood Amendment, defines the words “person” and “persons,” as used in the state constitution, to “include every human being from the moment of fertilization, cloning or the functional equivalent thereof.” Click on the “Yes on 26” website to learn more about the Mississippi personhood campaign. 

Current Lt. Governor and Republican candidate for Governor Phil Bryant has supported the personhood amendment drive from its inception, which helped tremendously in the signature gathering stage of this grassroots effort. In February 2010, Personhood Mississippi submitted over 130,000 signatures — 40,000 more than required for ballot access.

At a press conference in June accepting his endorsement by Mississippi Right to Life, Bryant stated, “I also want to encourage everyone to support the Personhood Amendment that will be on the ballot in November. If successful on the ballot, the Personhood Amendment will be a turning point for protecting the unborn in Mississippi.”

Gulfport businessman Dave Dennis, Bryant’s Republican primary opponent, also supports the Amendment 26 campaign. “I believe as our Founding Fathers believed that we are endowed by our Creator ‘with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness,’” stated Dennis. “I am fully pro-life and oppose abortion. I favor the Personhood Initiative to put a strong pro-life issue on the ballot in November.”

A Yes on 26 campaign kickoff event will be held this week featuring former presidential candidate and Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee as keynote speaker and special guest Deanna Favre. Please pray for the success of this worthy effort!

Building a culture of life: Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner

PLW's Annual Auction Dinner is fast approaching! It will be held Saturday, October 22 at Olympia Hotel and Resort in Oconomowoc.

Walter Hoye (photo, left) 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.”

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.

Another former Planned Parenthood employee speaks out

From LifeSiteNews:

When Ramona Trevino was 11 years old, she felt God was calling her to serve Him in a special way – so much so that she told her mother she wanted to become a nun one day.

But less than 20 years later, Ramona found herself managing perhaps one of the least convent-like places you could think of – a Planned Parenthood clinic.

During a lengthy interview with last week, the 33-year-old mother of four (including the unborn child expected early next year) confessed that her childhood desire to be a nun is only one of many ways that she made for an unusual Planned Parenthood manager.

She says that when she began working for the abortion giant over three years ago, she didn’t believe in abortion, and, even more surprisingly, didn’t even believe in contraception – for herself, that is.

“I had always been personally pro-life,” she says, pointing out that when she became pregnant at the age of 16, the thought of getting an abortion didn’t even cross her mind. Instead she dropped out of school to take care of her child full time.

When it comes to contraception, Ramona says her views were shaped by a CD she picked up during the marriage prep course required by her Catholic diocese – “Contraception: Why Not?” by theologian Janet Smith.

That CD “opened my eyes a lot about contraception,” she says, “because previously before that I didn’t really know or understand or really know a whole lot about the Catholic teaching on contraception.”

Read the rest here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- The Personhood Debate:
Myopic Vision v. Recklessness, or Pragmatism v. Principle? Read
more here.

- Largest ever study finds abortion increases risk of severe mental health problems by 81%. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

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 a vacant property on Hwy 12 & 63, Baldwin, WI., Sept. 1st - Sept. 8th (over Labor Day); 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 Winnebago County prays at the Planned Parenthood on Wisconsin Ave. in Appleton from 12 - 1 pm on the first Monday of every month. If you cannot attend please take a moment to say a prayer for defunding Planned Parenthood permanently. Bring your own signs or make your own if you would like.

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. 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

Swaddle for Life:
Shop handmade products from local vendors. All proceeds will benefit local crisis pregnancy centers. Bring a pack of diapers and receive 10% off the total of your purchase. Saturday, September 10 from 10am-12pm at the Park Ridge Center in Waukesha.

St. Pius X Catholic Church
(500 W. Marquette St., Appleton) will have a Eucharistic Procession for Life on Saturday, September 10. A Mass for Life will be celebrated at 8 a.m.  with a 9 a.m. start for the 2 mile Eucharistic Procession to the Planned Parenthood abortuary. Bus transportation will be provided back to St. Pius where Xavier Rock for Life will serve lunch. Everyone is encouraged and welcomed to join in praying for an end to abortion! Call Nancy with any questions at (920) 810-3216.  

Life is sacred, now and at the hour of our death:
Marisa Beffel, PhD, will speak on health care decisions to be made before death. Marisa is on PLW's speakers bureau. Thursday, September 15 at 7pm at St. Anthony Parish in Menomonee Falls. Event is free. RSVP to or call (414) 358-1633.

Missionaries to the Preborn
will have a sidewalk counseling training session on September 13 from 7-8:30pm at Calvary Bible Church, 1459 S. 81st St., West Allis. No cost; light refreshments; childcare provided. Any questions call 414-462-3399 or e-mail

Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation
will be the guest speaker at the Women Support Center's annual fundraiser dinner, to be held Sunday, September 18 at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee. For more information call the WSC at (414) 934-8888.

The Milwaukee-area Catholic young adult group Lolek
will be co-sponsoring a Rosary and brief pro-life prayer service at the gravesite of over 1,000 aborted babies buried in the Children's Section at Milwaukee's Holy Cross Cemetery. Family Life Council and the Nazareth Project of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are also participating. All are invited: Saturday, October 1, noon to 12:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, 7301 W. Nash Street, Milwaukee (The children's section is located in the northwest part of the cemetery, just south of the cemetery administration building; enter on West Nash St.) Join us as we observe Respect Life Month!

Run For The Unborn:
The Knights of Columbus and St. Peters Catholic Church in Slinger announce the second annual Run For The Unborn on Sunday, October 9. This event will be a family friendly 5k run/walk through the rolling hills of Slinger. The event will also include a life fair and brat fry. All proceeds will support local crisis pregnancy centers. For more information please visit the race website.

Eyewitness for Life:
Tour our facility and learn how EYEWITNESS utilizes the miracle of ultrasound technology to rescue the women we serve, and thechildren they are carrying, from the tragedy of abortion Seeing Is Believing Programs will be held on September 17. They will begin promptly at 9am and end at 10am. No pre-registration is required. Refreshments will be served. Eyewitness is located at 9008 W. Burleigh St., Milwaukee.

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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