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September 17, 2012
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Abortion “absolutely never medically necessary”: maternal care expert symposium

From LifeSitenews:

An international group of obstetricians and other physicians meeting in Dublin this weekend has issued a statement denying that abortion is ever “medically necessary” for women.

“As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynecology,” the declaration said, “we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.”

“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.

“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”

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.

The event, our most important fundraiser of the year, is made possible through the support of our banquet sponsors. Sponsorships start as low as the $100 level, and sponsors are showcased in the event program.

For additional information on attending or sponsoring the event, contact PLW
's Director of Development Steve Karlen at 262-796-1111 ext. 14.

Pro-Life Wisconsin welcomes college intern Kristin Van Spankeren

Last week, Pro-Life Wisconsin welcomed University of
Wisconsin-Madison junior Kristin Van
Kristin Van Spankeren to the PLW family. Kristin will serve as a college intern, helping to engage the campus community in educational, legislative and activist efforts to defend all human life without exception.

"Successfully evangelizing the Gospel of Life depends on our ability to win t
he hearts and minds of college students," said Pro-Life Wisconsin Director of Development Steve Karlen. "And there's nobody more equipped to spread the message of life to college students than a fellow student."

In her new role, Kristin will regularly counsel abortion and contraception-minded clients outside Madison's Planned Parenthood facility. She'll also help organize the fall 40 Days for Life campaign, bring speakers to campus, and connect pro-life
, Christian and conservative student groups to Pro-Life Wisconsin resources.

"Kristin will make a big impact at UW-Madison," Karlen said. "She's led college Bible studies, taught religious education and participated in student pro-life activities. Plus, she's majoring in both Spanish and community and nonprofit leadership. Both Kristin's studies and her extracurricular involvement will enrich her ability to make a real impact."

For additional information on Pro-Life Wisconsin's college outreach programs, contact Steve Karlen at 262-796-1111 ext. 14.

40 Days for Life begins on September 26

The fall 40 Days for Life campaign is set to open on Wednesday, Sept. 26 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 4.

The annual pro-life campaign based on prayer in front of abortion and contraception facilities, fasting and community outreach has made a tremendous impact over the last five years. Involving more than half a million people over the last few years, the campaign has led to nearly 6,000 confirmed babies saved from abortion, 23 closed abortion facilities, and 69 abortion workers leaving the industry.

This fall's campaign marks the largest coordinated pro-life effort in history. Among the 314 participating communities, Wisconsin is represented by seven: Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, and Wausau. Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliate participants will be involved in all locations.

A number of vigils will feature kickoff rallies:
  • 40 Days for Life-La Crosse will host its opening rally on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2:00 p.m. at the Southside Neighborhood Center (1300 S. 6th Street). Speakers include Fr. Robert Schaller and internationally acclaimed pro-life speaker Raymond de Souza.
  • On Wed., Sept. 26, Vigil for Life of Madison will hold its kickoff rally at the Miracle of Life Rosary Garden at St. Mary's Parish in Pine Bluff (3673 County Road P, Cross Plains, WI). Fr. Rick Heilman of the Knights of Divine Mercy will speak and lead prayer.
  • The 40 Days for Life Stevens Point Kick-off Rally for the fall 2012 campaign will be held 3-5pm on Sunday, September 23, at St. Bronislava.  The keynote speaker will be Dr. Louis Smyth.  Refreshments and child care will be provided.  If you have any questions, please contact Jen  at 715-340-2779 or

  • 40 Days for Life-Wausau will host its opening rally on Tues., Sept. 25 at St. Mary's Oratory (325 Grand Ave.). Peter Breen of the St. Thomas More Law Society will speak.
  • 40 Days for Life-Milwaukee will host an opening prayer vigil on Wednesday, Sept. 26 at Affiliated Medical Services from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Click here for complete information on Wisconsin's 40 Days for Life campaigns.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Pennsylvania man shot at ex for refusing an abortion: Read more here.
- Study finds abortion linked to shortened lifespan of mother: Read more here.

Affiliate announcements

Pro-Life Wisconsin's Milwaukee and Waukesha Affiliates will hold the annual Life Chain on Sunday, October 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. as we witness before God and our community that "Abortion Kills Children." On Sunday, October 7, meet at Bluemound Road between 124th and Elm Grove Road. During Life Chain, extra signs will be available near TCF Bank. For more information, call Peggy at 262-796-1111.

Pro-Life Wisconsin-Ozaukee County will host Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 7. in Cedarburg at the intersection of Washington Ave and Lincoln Blvd at 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. For additional information, contact Charmaine Herbert  262-387-0587.

Please join Pro-Life Wisconsin Racine for a prayer vigil every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until noon at the Racine Planned Parenthood (832 Main St.) All are welcome to join with your presence or your prayers.

Juneau County Affiliate - will hold Life Chain on Sunday, October 7 at 3:30 p.m. in Mauston (To be announced), Necedah (Highway 21 & 80), and Adams-Friendship (Highway 13 & 21).

PLW-Walworth County will hold vigil on Monday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m. at Planned Parenthood in Delevan and simultaneous Life Chains on Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m. The life chains will be held in Delevan at the intersection of Hwy. 50 and Wright and in East Troy at Hwy. 20 and ES.

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.

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
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

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 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.

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

St. Pius X Parish in Appleton will again sponsor its annual Eucharistic Procession for Life on Saturday, Sept. 22. It will begin at St. Pius X and end at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility at 3800 N. Gillett St. in Grand Chute. The procession begins with 8:00 a.m. Mass and the procession starts at 9:00 a.m. Call 920-993-4410 with questions or for additional information.

Based largely on the history of Milwaukee's pro-life movement, Abandoned: The Untold Stories of the Abortion Wars
has been called "the best book ever written on abortion." For additional information or to purchase a copy, click here.

Human Life International President Fr. Shenan Boquet will visit Milwaukee on Sept. 19-20. On Wednesday, Sept 19, Fr. Boq
uet will visit Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay for Mass followed by a presentation. All are welcome. At 7:00 p.m. he will present at Marquette University's Gesu Parish in Herian Hall/Gesu Parish Center. On Thursday, September 20, Fr. Boquet will pray at the Affiliated Medical Services abortion facility at 9:00 a.m. He will celebrate a healing Mass at St. Margaret Mary Church at 7:00 p.m. followed by a talk on Human Life International. The talk will feature dessert and coffee, and free will offerings will be accepted to support the work of the Women's Support Center.

The Third Annual Run for the Unborn will take place in Slinger on Sun., Oct. 14. The 5k run/walk will benefit pregnancy resource centers. The event will also include a children's table, Diaper Dash, face painting, brat fry and collection of new and gently used baby items. Day of registration and packet pick-up will begin at 11:30 a.m. The Diaper dash will begin at 1:30 and the 5k run/walk start will follow. The course will be open approximately one and a half hours. For complete information, call Kate at 262-623-4459 or visit the race website at

Dr. Alveda King
will be at the Rock Garden Supper Club in Green Bay from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 3 for a complimentary Hors doervres reception and special presentation. Dr. Alveda King is the niece of Martin Luther King,Jr. and is an international speaker on human rights issues continuing her uncle's work promoting Civil Rights for all human life. Dr. King will give a powerful presentation addressing the Civil Rights issues of our times and share her personal testimony. TO MAKE RESERVATIONS TODAY, send email to with your name, email, phone and how many to reserve

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.

Kenosha Area pro-lifers will hold Life Chain on Sunday, Oct. 7 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. on 52nd Street in Kenosha across from Tenuta's Restaurant. Signs will be provided.
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 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 for more information. For retreats held in WI, the USA and around the world, go to 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,

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.

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