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September 19, 2011
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Debate heats up regarding use of aborted fetal body parts in Wisconsin research projects

On Sunday, September 11 there was a column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel opposing a ban on aborted fetal tissue research.

PLW’s communications director Virginia Zignego had a letter to the editor on the issue in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 14 and the Wisconsin State Journal on Sept. 16.

The Milwaukee Journal editorial board weighed in, stating moral concerns hold no sway in this brave new world we’re living in. Read the editorial board's statement here.

Rep. Andre Jacque had the below op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sept. 15:
Respect for human dignity is essential in the authorization and conduct of scientific research, a point underscored by numerous and horrific past failures to establish or follow such protocols. Yet as a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with substantial coursework in the biological sciences, I heard the declaration from more than one of my professors that the ethical questions surrounding pushing the boundaries of scientific inquiry should be “set aside and dealt with later” if there was “great potential” for medical breakthroughs.

Imagine what atrocities can be justified by such a philosophy! We can do better. I have introduced Assembly Bill 214 to establish reasonable standards for human tissue research and to prohibit the sale or use of aborted fetal body parts for experimentation or other purposes.

The whole op-ed is outstanding. Read the entire op-ed here.

The chancellor of UW-Madison, David Ward, sent this letter [PDF]
to all legislators attacking Rep. Jacque’s bill. The letter is a testament to the degree of intellectual rationalization and modernism at UW-Madison. See the line, “Nothing we are doing is illegal.” Which is the whole point of the legislation!

Fall 40 Days for Life begins next week

The fall 40 Days for Life campaign officially begins Wednesday, September 28. PLW and our affiliates will once again be organizing and participating in 40 Days for Life, which will be observed this fall in Appleton, Green Bay, La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Wausau and across the border in Rockford, Ill.

There have now been eight coordinated 40 Days for Life campaigns since 2007, mobilizing people of faith and conscience in 337 cities across all 50 of the United States plus communities in Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Spain, Denmark, Georgia, Armenia and Belize.

During these unified efforts, participants witnessed countless blessings from God:
- 1,332 individual campaigns have taken place in 387 cities;
- More than 400,000 have joined together in an historic display of unity to pray and fast for an end to abortion;
- More than 13,000 church congregations have participated in the 40 Days for Life campaigns;
- Reports document 4,313 lives that have been spared from abortion — and those are just the ones we know about;
- 53 abortion workers have quit their jobs and walked away from the abortion industry;
- 14 abortion facilities completely shut down following local 40 Days for Life campaigns.

To get involved, call PLW toll-free at (877) 463-7945 or email

Madison's 40 Days for Life Kickoff will be held Tuesday, September 27 at St. Peter Church in Madison (5001 N. Sherman Avenue). We'll gather between 5:30 and 6:00 p.m., and the program starts at 6 sharp. It will be a potluck dinner (main course will be provided).

Dr. Nancy Fredericks will be the guest speaker. Dr.Fredricks is the whistleblower who exposed the University of Wisconsin's secret plans to perform late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center, leading to the massive, successful statewide pro-life uprising that led to the cancelation of those plans and the hasty departure of the abortionist behind them. Without her courageous stance, the MSC would likely be performing late-term abortions. Still, Dr. Fredericks has graciously thanked Vigil for Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin and the 40 Days for Life effort for their roles in stopping the treacherous plan. Come join us for her first ever public speaking engagement on the Madison Surgery Center saga.

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.

250 people participate in Eucharistic procession in Appleton to pray for lives lost to abortion

Approximately 250 people participated in a Eucharistic procession on Sept. 10 in Appleton. The event began with 8 a.m. Mass at St Pius X, 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton. The Knights of Columbus color guard joined Fr. Tom Farrell, pastor of St. Pius X, as he carried the host in a monstrance to Planned Parenthood, located at 3800 N. Gillett St.

Along the way, the procession stopped at three temporary roadside altars for prayers. The altars are on private property.

Buses returned participants to St. Pius after the 2 mile procession. Students in the pro-life Xavier Rock4Life group served lunch after the procession at St. Pius X.

The event, which began in 2008 when Fr. Quinn Mann was the associate pastor at St. Pius X, has grown into an annual community remembrance of the lives lost to abortion. Participation has far surpassed organizers’ original hopes for 50 people to pray with them.

View photos on Flickr here.

Pro-life news wrap-up

- Couple who would have aborted
disabled son awarded $4.5 million for ‘wrongful birth’. Read more here.

- Most Planned Parenthoods located in minority neighborhoods: Report.
Read more here.

- The graying of the world: UN’s high fertility projections still show rapid global aging. Read more here.

Affiliate activities

Pro-Life Wisconsin Milwaukee/Waukesha
will observe National Memorial Day for Life on Oct. 3 with a prayer vigil at Affiliated Medical Services on Farwell from 4-6pm.

Darla Meyers, Pro-Life Wisconsin St. Croix County affiliate,
will speak before the Superior Diocese Council of Catholic Women on October 15 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls. The topic of her talk will be: "Our Gravest Moral Responsibility:  To Convert the Contraception Mentality" whose title is taken from Fr. John Hardon's talk of the same title.

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 St. Louis Catholic Church in Washburn, WI., Sept. 15th - 26th and 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

NFP teacher training:
At St. Norbert College from Thursday, September 22, through Sunday, September 25. Sponsored by A&A Alexandrina and Elizabeth Ministry in collaboration with Family of the Americas. There are full and partial scholarships being provided in order to advance the use of NFP. Scholarship application, registration information and conference details can be found here.

Healing Vision: Understanding the Aftermath of Abortion.
An international conference that brings together experts from diverse fields to share information on the aftermath of abortion as it impacts women, men and others and to explore questions of healing. The conference is open to everyone. Twelve conferences have preceded this one. At the Radisson Hotel Milwaukee West, 2303 North Mayfair Road, Milwaukee. The conference begins the morning of Wednesday, October 26 and concludes at noon on Saturday, October 29. Archbishop Neumann will give the keynote on Friday morning. Day rates available. Call the Project Rachel office at (414) 483-4141 or email Conference website here.

Join Marisa Beffel, Ph.D.,
as she explores the vital God-given call to each of us of “Transforming Our Society One Person at a Time.” She will also lead a Q&A discussion after her presentation. Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in St. John the Evangelist Church Hall (8500 W. Cold Spring Rd., Greenfield). Free-will offering. R.S.V.P. (the head count is for seating and refreshments) to Kathy Knaack at (414) 329-0991. Please invite family and friends.

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.

Rachel's Vineyard Weekend Retreat -- offers hope and healing for anyone struggling with the emotional and/or spiritual pain after abortion.  A retreat will be held outside of Madison, Nov. 4 - 6. Confidentiality assured. Call Mary at (608) 221-9593 or (608) 821-3177. Email Websites: or

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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