“absolutely never medically necessary”: maternal
care expert symposium
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.”
Wisconsin to celebrate 20th birthday at Annual
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
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
For additional information on attending or
sponsoring the event, contact PLW
's Director of Development Steve
Karlen at 262-796-1111 ext. 14.
Wisconsin welcomes college intern Kristin Van
Last week, Pro-Life Wisconsin welcomed
Wisconsin-Madison junior 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
"Successfully evangelizing the Gospel of Life
depends on our ability to win the 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
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
"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.
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
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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
here for complete information on
Wisconsin's 40 Days for Life campaigns.
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).
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
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
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.
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
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
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 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 (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
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
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
Human Life International President Fr.
Shenan Boquet will visit Milwaukee on
Sept. 19-20. On Wednesday, Sept 19, Fr. Boquet
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. 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
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.
pro-life group at St. Frances Cabrini Parishmeets
to pray every Thursday evening from6-6:30
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.firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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
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.
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