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September 13, 2010
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State primary elections tomorrow — Don't forget to vote! 


Don’t forget to vote in tomorrow’s fall primary election (Tuesday, September 14) – let your pro-life voice be heard! 

Please keep the following points in mind as you vote tomorrow:
•    The Wisconsin fall primary is a “closed” primary.
•    You have the choice whether to declare a party affiliation.
•    You must limit your votes to candidates in only one party.
•    If you cast votes for candidates in more than one party, your entire ballot will be invalidated.

PLW Victory Fund PAC candidate endorsements
The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) has endorsed 96 candidates who are 100 percent pro-life and running for state office in the upcoming fall primary and general elections. We are pleased to be able to endorse these candidates who proudly support the ‘no exceptions’ pro-life philosophy. Only when we have lawmakers who will not discriminate against those preborn children who are politically unpopular – those conceived in rape or incest, for example – will we see an end to the scandal of abortion. Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund supports candidates for public office who demonstrate a commitment to protect each and every innocent human life – in all circumstances and at all stages of development. 

For a list of the Victory Fund’s endorsed candidates, please click here.

Candidates for U.S. Congress return 100% pro-life PLW surveys
The following candidates for United States Congress have returned 100% pro-life surveys from Pro-Life Wisconsin:

U.S. Senate
Rob Taylor (C)
Dave Westlake (R)

U.S. House of Representatives
District 3
Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse)

District 4
Dan Sebring (R-Milwaukee)

District 7
Dan Mielke (R-Rudolph)

District 8
Terri McCormick (R-Appleton)
Reid Ribble (R-De Pere)
Roger Roth (R-Appleton)

Paid for by the Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund PAC, George Kriegl Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s agent or committee

Wisconsin Bishops: Faithful citizenship begins with right to life


From LifeSiteNews:

While voters should weigh several factors in choosing a candidate to support, the right to life is the most essential of all, said the Catholic bishops of Wisconsin in a pastoral letter on the U.S. bishops' voters guide. Read it here.
 
Entitled “A Letter to Catholics in Wisconsin on Faithful Citizenship,” the document addressed four themes: the right to life, the nature of marriage, the poor and dependent, and the environment. However, the bishops made clear that these were not “pick and choose” values, but were built on a hierarchy with the right to life as the most fundamental.

The letter was signed by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki of Milwaukee; Bishop Robert C. Morlino of Madison; Bishop Peter F. Christensen of Superior; Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay; and Bishop William P. Callahan of La Crosse.

Expanding upon the U.S. bishops' guide "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," the pastoral letter stated its intent to provide a “framework of Catholic social teaching” to assist Catholics “in forming your conscience, in evaluating political candidates and public policies, and in fulfilling your calling to bring the love and truth of Jesus Christ into a world where these are so dearly needed.”
 
“First and foremost, the right to life of every human person – from conception to natural death – is the primary and thus most essential of all human rights,” the letter stated. “Faith teaches and human reason confirms that human life is not a privilege bestowed on us by others, but rather a right that society must recognize and protect.

"As Christians, we are called to witness to an authentic ‘human ecology’ which safeguards all human life – no matter how frail or impaired – from being manipulated or destroyed.”

Read more here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Annual Auction Dinner is fast approaching


On Saturday, October 16, Pro-Life Wisconsinites from across the state will gather for PLW’s Annual Auction Dinner. The event will be held at the Marriott West in Waukesha.

Archbishop Jerome Listecki will give the opening invocation, and Matt Bowman, legal counsel for the Alliance Defense Fund, will give the keynote speech. Bowman will be discussing what Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Alliance Defense Fund have done together in the past 18 months – from the Madison Surgery Center victory, to the revelation that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had performed a terrorism assessment of Wisconsin pro-lifers, to the open records request revealing that abortionist Caryn Dutton was fleeing to Harvard from UW-Madison, and much more. Join us in celebrating 18 years of advocating for total protection and personhood in Wisconsin!

Seats are $50 per person, $475 per table of 10. Advance reservations are required.

To register online, click here. For a flier [PDF], click here.

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Annual Auction Dinner on October 16 offers businesses, organizations and individuals a special opportunity to contribute to building a Culture of Life in Wisconsin. As a banquet sponsor, your support directly funds PLW’s efforts to educate state residents on the sanctity of each and every human life — from conception to natural death.

Your sponsorship also provides the opportunity to showcase your business, organization or event to the more than 500 pro-lifers who attend. You’ll receive a three-line entry in the banquet program — which serves as a handy resource for attendees who look to patronize PLW supporters in their communities. Our four sponsorship levels range from $1,000 to $100. For more information or to register as a sponsor, contact Development Director Steve Karlen at (262) 796-1111 or steve@prolifewisconsin.org by September 15.

Merrill School Board approves sex ed in 5-4 vote


From the Wausau Daily Herald [emphasis added]:

Merrill public school students will learn about contraception this year, despite objections from parents who wanted the district to cancel sexual education.

After nearly three hours of debate and emotional testimony, the School Board voted 5-4 September 8 to accept a state mandate and offer a comprehensive human growth and development curriculum. The classes will include information about birth control and sexually transmitted diseases.

The School Board also required that an advisory committee be formed to determine how and when the information will be presented to students. It also said the curriculum must be developed and opened to public scrutiny at least 45 days before being taught, to give parents a chance to review the lessons and remove children from the courses if they object to the content.

The law requires districts offering human growth courses to teach about birth control, sexually transmitted diseases and other topics related to human sexuality, in addition to emphasizing abstinence. If districts don't present the information, they must cut human growth and development courses, according to the law. Prior to this year, Merrill has relied on an abstinence-only curriculum.

Click here to read more.

If a school district retains or initiates a human growth and development program [sex ed], Pro-Life Wisconsin urges parents to opt their children out of the program and either teach chastity/abstinence themselves or find a private program that does. Our children's lives depend on it, born and preborn.

For a sample form to file with your school to opt your child(ren) out of sex ed, click here.

Sidewalk counseling seminar in Milwaukee on Oct. 2


Pro-Life Wisconsin is sponsoring a sidewalk counselor training session on Saturday, October 2 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. St. Rita’s/Three Holy Women Parish will be hosting the event. The church is at 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Sidewalk counseling is exactly what the name implies — standing on the sidewalk outside an abortion clinic, counseling women and couples on their way inside. It is a last attempt to turn their hearts away from abortion and offer real help. Veteran sidewalk counselor JT Eschbach from the Pro-Life Action League will be conducting this free seminar that is open to people of all ages who are interested in knowing how to be an effective witness for Christ and life at an abortion clinic. This training is also very helpful for anyone interested in learning how to talk to people about abortion and guide them to real help.

To attend, email Pro-Life Wisconsin at office@prolifewisconsin.org or call (262) 796-1111. You MUST pre-register in order to attend.

Pro-life news wrapup


American Life League revealed that Planned Parenthood Federation of America committed 324,008 abortions in 2008 – a 6.1-percent increase over 2007. While abortions are on the rise at Planned Parenthood, adoption referrals declined to just 2,405 – a staggering 51-percent drop since 2007. Thus Planned Parenthood now commits 134 abortions for every adoption referral. Read more from ALL here.

A four-state abortion empire crumbled following a botched abortion. Read the article here.

A Washington, D.C. appeals court ruled September 9 that federally funded embryonic stem cell research can continue pending lawsuit. Read about it here.

Jill Stanek writes about abortionists' medical licenses being suspended. Read it here.

Affiliate announcements


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 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. 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 kakinzler7@yahoo.com 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


Catholics United for the Faith
is hosting a Monsignor Popek Award Banquet honoring Bishop Yanta of Texas. The topic of Bishop Yanta's talk will be, "Prayer, the Greatest Pro-Life Weapon". The event will be held at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center, 5311 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee. 5 pm social hour, 6 pm dinner. Click here for the registration form (deadline is today!) 

Students for Life of Wisconsin
is holding a social event at Bradford Beach on Saturday, September 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Meet south of the volleyball courts. FREE FOOD! Bring all people! Maybe some lawn chairs, a volleyball, soccer ball, football, frisbee, etc. Come meet everyone who is going to be working alongside you in the fight for life this year on college campuses across the state! Questions? Email Jessica Brown at wistudentsforlife@me.com.

Women's Support Center of Milwaukee:
Inaugural Banquet for Women in Crisis on Sunday, September 19 at the Brookfield Sheraton. Social Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. with dinner at 7p.m. Archbishop Listecki will be the guest speaker. To register or for more information, call (414) 934-8888.

Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association is hosting Dr. Paul Byrne, MD, on September 22 at Polonez Restaurant in St. Francis, Wis. Dr. Byrne's talk will focus on "What is needed to consent for organ donation." Dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $50. Make checks payable to “Milwaukee Guild of the CMA” and mail to: Milwaukee Guild of the CMA, c/o Dr. Zainer, 737 N. Robertson St., Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Email czainermd@wi.rr.com with questions.

Missionaries to the Preborn
will have a pro-life picket on Saturday, September 18 from 11:30am to 1 p.m. in Milwaukee at North Ave. & Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (3rd St.) Park on 4th St., south of North Ave. Signs will be provided. Contact Jim Soderna at (414) 462-3399 with questions.

EYEWITNESS FOR LIFE: 
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. The upcoming dates are September 18 and November 13. They will begin promptly at 10:00 am and end promptly at 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: eyewitness@milwpc.com.

EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION FOR LIFE:
You are invited to St. Pius X's Eucharistic Procession which will be held on Saturday, September 18. Gather for 8 a.m. Mass at St. Pius X Parish at 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton. The Eucharistic Procession will leave from St. Pius X after the Mass and travel the 2.1 miles to the Grand Chute Planned Parenthood facility. Please join with hundreds of others from the Fox Valley area as they come together to pray for an end to abortion, not only in local communities but in the world.

An Evening for Life fundraising banquet supporting WELS Lutherans for Life,
Metro-Milwaukee, will be held Friday, October 22, at the Grace Center (Downtown Milwaukee) from 6:30 to 8:45 p.m. The guest speaker will be former Planned Parenthood director Abby Johnson. Join us for an inspirational evening that celebrates life while supporting healthy alternatives to abortion. To register online go to EveningForLife.org (and for complete details) or call (414) 727-8176 or email office@welslflmilw.com to request a registration form or for more information. Cost is $44 per person. RSVP required by October 8.

Cemetery of the Innocents
: Would you like to make a strong pro-life statement without uttering a word? The group 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 rornberg71@gmail.com.

40 Days for Life - Wausau
: The 40 Days for Life vigil this fall will be held at Family Planning Health Services, not the Court House. We invite all to our kick-off rally on September 19 at 3 p.m. at Oak Island Park in Wausau (E. Thomas St. and River Drive.) Our quest speaker is Mary Turner, past president of LIFEVOICE. Music is provided by Chris Mahner and a bounce house for the children. Please bring your lawn chairs. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

40 Days for Life - Appleton
: Join us for the kickoff on Tuesday, September 21 at 6:30 p.m.! Meet at Community Church (3701 N. Gillett St. Appleton, right before the abortion mill). PLW's Steve Karlen will speak. Join us for prayer, music, and inspiration. The hours will be 8 a.m. til 6 p.m. every day at Planned Parenthood, 3800 Gillett St., Grand Chute, Wis. For questions or to schedule your time please call Jeanne at (920) 243-3665.

40 Days for Life - Milwaukee: Will be held September 22 through October 31 at Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee. For details call (414)236-0688. 40daysforlife.com/milwaukee

40 Days for LifeMadison
: Kick-off is Wednesday, September 22 at 6 p.m. at the building across the street from Planned Parenthood (3711 Orin Road, Madison, WI 53704). Our special guest will be Shawn Carney, National Director of 40 Days for Life. The evening will include food and fellowship, a presentation from Shawn and prayers at Planned Parenthood offered by Fr. Brian Dulli of Sun Prairie. Plan on attending with your family and friends!

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, Kathy.knaack@gmail.com.

St. Mary's Oratory Holy Name Society 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.

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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