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September 24, 2012
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Abortion does not improve prognosis for cancer patients

From LifeSitenews:

A leading Belgian cancer physician will tell an international symposium in Dublin on maternal health this week that induced abortion does nothing to improve the prognosis of pregnant women with cancer. Described by The Lancet as “leading the agenda on cancer on pregnancy” Professor Frédéric Amant will say, “In the case of cancer complicating pregnancy, termination of pregnancy does not improve the maternal prognosis.”

Amant, a gynaecological oncologist and lecturer at the Catholic University of Leuven, is the lead researcher of an international study on pregnancy and cancer, and the author of a series of articles published in The Lancet and Lancet Oncology on malignancy in pregnancy.

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Click here to watch a Pro-Life Wisconsin interview with a mother who chose life while battling breast cancer--and lived to raise six children.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch to speak at PLW Auction Dinner on Oct. 20

PLW's Matt
                        Sande with Lt. Gov. Rebecca KleefischLt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (pictured left with PLW Director of Legislation Matt Sande) will honor Pro-Life Wisconsin at PLW's Annual Auction Dinner this fall.

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.

5:30 Raffle, social & hors d' oeurves
7:00 Dinner/Oral Auction

Download flier here OR click here to register online.

Seats are $50 each, and a table of 10 can be purchased for $475. PLW encourages you to buy a table and invite your pastor, deacon, seminarian, religious, and friends and family to join you to help celebrate this very special anniversary.

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

The Boy They Couldn't Kill

From Sports Illustrated:

One night 13 years ago a wound was opened in the dark, in a place deep in the abdomen that surgeons call the seat of the soul. The wound was a subterranean river, and it was not closed off until there was no more blood to lose. Professional athletes have done many terrible things over the years, but this was probably the worst. An unborn boy lay in the dark near the rising lake of his mother's blood, and soon he would join her on the brink of death....

The lethal bullet missed the boy, just as the four other shots did. It missed his mother's uterus by an inch or two. But her blood was his blood. It flowed through the uterine artery to the placenta and gave him the nutrients and oxygen he needed to live. Now the blood was diverted. It was pooling in his mother's chest. And the unborn child began to suffocate.

Nearly 70 minutes passed from the time of the shooting to the time the boy was delivered by emergency C-section. Ten more and he might have been stillborn, according to Docia Hickey, the neonatologist who helped save his life. But the effects of those 70 minutes would be irreversible. Without oxygen, cells began to die in his cerebellum and basal ganglia. There was tissue death in the brain. The human body is quite adept at self-healing and regeneration. But lost brain cells are gone forever.
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Abortion and women's equality

Professor Patrick Lee explains and dismantles a popular legal and political argument in favor of abortion.

From Legatus Magazine:
In the last decade or so there has been a shift in the kind of argument usually advanced by abortion advocates. The new approach is to argue that laws against abortion violate the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment (“nor shall any state deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws”).

The basic argument was expressed by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in a dissenting opinion in a 2006 case: “Women, it is now acknowledged, have the talent, capacity, and right to participate equally in the economic and social life of the Nation. Their ability to realize their full potential … is intimately connected to their ability to control their reproductive lives. Thus, legal challenges to undue restrictions on abortion procedures do not seek to vindicate some generalized notion of privacy; rather, they center on a woman’s autonomy to determine her life’s course, and thus to enjoy equal citizenship stature.”

In other words, without access to abortion (they argue) sexually active women will be subject to the burdens of pregnancy and the immediate responsibility for child care in a way that men will not, and will therefore be less able to compete in society — and less in control of their destiny. So, they conclude, laws against abortion deny women the equal protection of the law and are unconstitutional.

President Obama made this argument his own — and has consistently acted on it. Speaking in January to a crowd at a Planned Parenthood celebration of Roe v. Wade, the President said: “We must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams” — in other words, not having access to abortion, or even difficulties in that access, would impede women from “fulfilling their dreams.”

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Pro-life news wrap-up

- Pro-Life Wisconsin Intern: So you're pro-choice?: Read more here.
- Rape survivors: Our ‘needs are not met’ because people ‘assume abortion will solve the problem’: Read more here.
- College abortion supporters afraid of debate: 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

Christ King Parish in Wauwatosa will host Time for Life, an evening of pro-life speakers featuring Bishop Don Hying and Fr. John Burns. The free event takes place at the church's South Hall (2604 N. Swan Blvd.) on Monday, Oct. 22 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. For additional information, contact Amy Grau at

The Milwaukee Guild of the Catholic Medical Association will celebrate the Annual White Mass and lecture on October 18, 2012 at the Basilica of St. Josaphat at 6:30 p.m. The White Mass and lecture provide a setting in which health care providers will contemplate the importance of their spiritual role in patient care. The Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee will be the main celebrant. A reception will follow the Mass in the Undercroft of the Basilica and Bishop Hying will speak at 8:00 p.m. on the Catholic Response to Suffering.

Come join the family fun and support Mother and Unborn Baby Care
on Sun. Oct. 14  at 1:00 p.m. at the Super Bowl on Northland Ave. in Appleton. Enjoy bowling, silent auction, raffles, food & refreshment and additional family entertainment. Register soon. Lanes are filling fast. Call 920-955-3773 or visit for more information.

Wisconsin Faith & Freedom Coalition
is hosting citizen action seminars to train concerned citizens on topics like how to work with the faith community to influence public policy. The first free session will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Delaney's Charcoal Steaks in Madison (449 Grand Canyon Dr.). For additional information, contact Carol at or 608-335-0143.

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.

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 8:00 a.m. 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.

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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