The journal of Pro-Life Wisconsin

Around Wisconsin: 40 Days for Life Closes, Eucharistic Procession in Milwaukee, and Life Link in La Crosse!

Pro-Life Wisconsin is involved in a lot of exciting things happening throughout Wisconsin, and we’d like to share a few of them with you!

Spring Awards Dinner - On Friday, April 4, well over 100 pro-lifers gathered in Stevens Point to celebrate two dedicated and passionate pro-life advocates. A delicious meal was served, followed by a stirring address given to a packed house by Fr. James Kubicki. It was a wonderful evening, full of fun and encouragement! Click here for photos from the event.

Bishop Hying taking Christ to the abortion clinic.

Bishop Hying taking Christ to the abortion clinic.

Eucharistic Procession in Milwaukee - In Milwaukee, Bishop Donald Hying led the first-ever Eucharistic Procession to the doors of the Affiliated Medical Services abortion clinic in Milwaukee. Pro-lifers of all ages accompanied the Bishop, praying fervently for the end of abortion in Milwaukee and around the world.

40 Days for Life Closing Ceremonies - Pro-Life Wisconsin’s affiliates throughout the state held closing ceremonies for their 40 Days for Life vigils this past weekend. In Stevens Point, our activist of the year Jen Dunnet led dozens of pro-lifers in a closing ceremony.

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Life Link in La Crosse

Life Link in La Crosse - Over 100 pro-lifers gathered in La Crosse Wisconsin on April 9 to protest the presence of an abortionist working at the Franciscan-Skemp hospital. This large group of passionate pro-lifers called on the leadership of this hospital to sever ties with this abortionist once and for all.

HHS Secretary Sibelius resigns; replacement worse?

4618211653_a0d8d11922_o412db1Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius announced her resignation last week in the wake of a disastrous roll out of the Obamacare law. She will be remembered for zealous anti-life advocacy, and for seeking to violate the consciences of millions of Americans with the unconstitutional HHS contraceptive mandate.

Shortly after her announcement, President Obama announced his nomination for her replacement would be Sylvia Mathews Burwell. Ms. Burwell is currently Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, and she was unanimously confirmed to her current position by Republicans and Democrats. No doubt Pres. Obama is hoping for a non-controversial confirmation by the Senate.

But will Ms. Burwell be any better than her predecessor on life issues? The short answer is no. It was revealed early last week that Burwell spent 10 years running the population control arm of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And what does population control mean? You guessed it—contraception and abortion.

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Join Us for Pro-Life Boot Camp with Pam Stenzel!

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“Almost fifty years ago, a young 15-year-old girl became pregnant and had a lot of difficult choices to make, maybe more so than some teen girls, because this young girl was raped.”

Veteran pro-life speaker Pam Stenzel paused, letting her words sink into the hearts and minds of her teenage audience.  “But this young girl decided to give her child life and then decided to place that child with an adoptive family. And that child was me.”

Did you know that 60 percent of those who are pro-life support a rape exception?  Join us to hear nationally known and acclaimed speakers Pam Stenzel, Monica Kelsey and Kristi Hofferber, all of whom were conceived in rape, tackle the hard cases of rape and incest! These “living exceptions” will demonstrate why every life is valuable, from conception to natural death—regardless of how it was conceived.

Teens are especially encouraged to come and hear how they can be 100% pro-life warriors on behalf of the unborn!

The Hard Cases Boot Camp will be held Thursday, May 8th at 7pm at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Brookfield.  Don’t miss this powerful event!  The cost is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 262-796-1111 or click here to register.

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Note: Due to subject matter, this event is limited to high school age and older. 

Walker Campaign Spokeswoman Supports Planned Parenthood, Abortion

Last Thursday, news broke that Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign spokeswoman, Alleigh Marre, is a vocal supporter of Planned Parenthood, abortion, and contraception.

“Obviously, that’s a problem. These are top positions,” said Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Legislative Director. ”They should be of one mind on these core social issues. I think he needs a new spokeswoman, immediately.”

In 2011, Marre, 25, wrote on her blog, which has since been deleted, “I’m a Republican, and I support Planned Parenthood, a woman’s right to choose, access to STD testing, birth control, etc. Did I mention I’m a Republican?”

The same day, Gov. Walker defended his hiring of Marre, saying he hires people for his campaign based on their abilities, not their pro-life beliefs. He added that Marre would be keeping her job. “She’s not a policy maker in those particular issues,” he said in her defense. “She’s acting as a communications person.”

“Choose Life” Wisconsin License Plate Killed by Senate Republicans, Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc. Prepares Lawsuit

deniedAfter months of hard work, passionate lobbying at the State Capitol, and many phone calls and emails from grassroots pro-lifers, we are extremely disappointed to report that the “Choose Life” Wisconsin license plate (AB 206) did not pass. Senate Republican leadership refused to schedule the bill for a final vote on the last day of session, effectively killing it.

But this isn’t over yet. Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc. has made public its intention to take the “Choose Life” plate to the courts, with the goal of compelling the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker to make AB 206 law. The lawsuit is based on the fact that the legislature has previously passed a similar women’s health plate, and it would therefore be unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination to exclude pro-choice, pro-life, or any other viewpoint about women’s health from the specialty plate program.

To read our attorney’s letter to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and the rest of the Wisconsin State Senate, click here. To read our testimony in favor of the plate, click here.

NOTE:  Senate Republican leadership also effectively killed (by not scheduling for a final vote) Assembly Bill 216, legislation that would have banned abortion coverage in state employee health plans and provided an exemption from the state contraceptive insurance coverage mandate for non-profit religious organizations.

Vicki McKenna Talks Botched Abortions at Madison Planned Parenthood, Plays 911 Tape

News of ambulances at the Madison Planned Parenthood is spreading quickly, and now 911 call audio has surfaced from one of the incidents. Yesterday, Vicki McKenna played the audio in question on her show, highlighting the severe pain the woman was in and the absurdity of the request from Planned Parenthood that lights and sirens not be used. Unsurprisingly, they were more concerned about their image than they were about the woman’s safety.

Click the play button above to listen to the call or click here to download the audio.

 

The Economics of Sex

Many times, objections to contraception are ignored or dismissed as just an anachronistic, religiously fueled fear of human sexuality. In fact, most people believe that, without contraception, we would descend into another dark ages, filled with poverty, disease, and human oppression.

Yet, despite these common misconceptions, modern sexual anarchy has done untold damage to both human relationships and the dignity of the human person. Setting aside moral objections to contraception, the compelling new video, The Economics of Sex, illustrates more reasons contraception just doesn’t make sense.

Pro-Lifers Protest Abortionist at Catholic Hospital in La Crosse

1958094_10152265258549663_1477563495_nPro-lifers lined the sidewalks outside the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare hospital last week, peacefully protesting the employment of a doctor they say performs abortions at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. They contend this doctor drives business to himself by referring for abortions while consulting for high-risk pregnancies at Mayo-Franciscan hospital.

Lief and Karen Arvidson say they discovered this firsthand while receiving treatment for a high-risk pregnancy at Mayo-Franciscan. According to the Arvidsons, the doctor in question told them their child had a probability of Down syndrome, and he recommended they abort.

If Mayo-Franciscan hospital is indeed employing an abortionist who refers high-risk pregnancies to himself to drive his abortion business, then they are materially cooperating in abortions. This would be a grave scandal for a Catholic hospital.

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fr. James Kubicki

fr. jimFr. Kubicki is a priest, a frequent host on Relevant Radio, an author, and the Director of the Apostleship of Prayer. He also happens to be our keynote speaker at our Springs Awards Dinner in Stevens Point on April 4! 

But while Fr. Kubicki is a very public personality, there are still things most people don’t know about him. Here are 5!

1.  What is your favorite food?

I grew up in a Polish-American household and was a very finicky eater.  That changed when I entered the Jesuit Novitiate in 1971 and encountered the lasagna of our Italian cook.  Since then my restaurant of choice is Italian.

2.  Who is your favorite saint?

I have so many favorites but I guess the one that I would like to meet first is St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of my religious order, the Jesuits.  Having been spiritually formed by his “Spiritual Exercises,” I feel like I know him, but I want to have a chance to talk to him.

3.  What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Because of all the traveling I do, I enjoy socializing and then having dinner with my Jesuit brothers. I also spend the little spare time I have reading, walking, and playing golf.

4.  If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would you go?

Because I am on the road so much, I am very much a home-body. I would love to go to our Jesuit “get-away” on Lake Five in the Holy Hill area of Wisconsin. Once there I would have lots of quiet time to pray and read, hike and sleep late.

5.  What would you want to be patron saint of?

Golf.  I’m an average golfer who started playing when I was nine. I think I learned about prayer because I scattered my shots all over the place and walked alone to my ball. Those solitary walks gave me time to think and to pray. So golf can be a real spiritual exercise and an opportunity to grow in the virtue of patience.  I’d like, one day, to be an intercessor for golfers.

Come hear Fr. Kubicki’s inspiring talk and help us honor some wonderful pro-life advocates at our Springs Awards Dinner. Time is running out and space is limited, so register today!

 

 

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