The Storks are Coming!

f315c8e477836254b20704b83c6e8e23Save the Storks is an innovative, rapidly growing pro-life ministry. What do they do? They build beautiful and inviting mobile ultrasound vehicles for Crisis Pregnancy Centers! These high tech, one-of-a-kind vehicles are a powerful way to save babies, since an estimated 90% of women who see their preborn child on an ultrasound choose life. (Click here to see more pictures of Stork Buses.)

And guess what? Save the Storks are touring Wisconsin with one of their beautiful buses! If you’re interested in seeing a Stork Bus firsthand, visit during one of these scheduled tour stops:

Wednesday, May 20

  • Queen of Apostles Parish
    N35W23360 Capitol Drive
    Pewaukee, WI 53072
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Women’s Support Center
    2051 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Milwaukee, WI
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Friday, May 22

  • Hope Life Center
    605 S. 24th Ave.
    Suite 20
    Wausau, WI 54401
    11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Saturday, May 23

  • First Choice PRC’s iWalk for Life
    7111 South Park Rd
    Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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Act now to protect ALL babies!

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Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives recently announced that it will bring the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, House Resolution (H.R.) 36, to the House floor for a vote on Wednesday, May 13, or Thursday, May 14. House Resolution (H.R.) 36 bans abortion after twenty weeks gestation on the basis of compelling scientific and medical evidence that the preborn child can experience pain at this developmental stage.

H.R. 36 had been scheduled for a vote on January 22nd during the annual March for Life, when hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates were in Washington D.C. to commemorate the Roe v. Wade anniversary. The bill was pulled at the last minute due to a reporting requirement for rape in the bill’s rape exception.

Last January, Pro-Life Wisconsin opposed H.R. 36 because the bill contained exceptions for rape, incest, and the so-called “life of the mother.” Sadly, the new version of the bill still contains these discriminatory exceptions.

We know these exceptions are discriminatory and a gross denial of equal protection under the law. They are a fundamental rejection of the personhood of the preborn child.

Although H.R. 36 is only a “message” bill, in that President Obama has vowed to veto it, the question is: What message do we want to send? Is it the politicians’ half-hearted message: “We are pro-life, but…”, OR is it the pro-life faithful’s principled message: We are pro-life, period!”

TAKE ACTION NOW!

Please call or email your U.S. Representative TODAY and urge him/her to remove the rape / incest / life-of-the-mother exceptions from H.R. 36 before it comes to the House floor for a vote. Click here to find out who your U.S. Representative is. In the upper right hand corner, under “FIND YOUR REPRESENTATIVE,” enter your zip code. Then click on your representative’s name for his/her contact information. Or call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121.

Let your 100% Pro-Life Voice be heard as we renew our pro-life commitment in 2015. Thank you, and may God bless this effort!

PS: For more information on why exceptions are wrong, click here.

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Exception in Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Denies Equal Protection, Undermines Fetal Pain Argument

 

1365426712_img_20120918_4State Republican legislators on Thursday circulated legislation for co-sponsorship that prohibits abortion at or beyond 20 weeks based on the preborn child’s capacity to feel pain at that gestational age. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (LRB 0401/1) includes an exception to the prohibition for a “medical emergency,” as broadly defined in Wisconsin Statutes.

“Pro-Life Wisconsin supports banning abortion based on the preborn child’s ability to feel pain, but it is utter hypocrisy for proponents of the bill to decry the horror of dismembering a child through a dilation and evacuation abortion and then carve out an exception for babies whose mother’s lives may be endangered, as if those babies somehow don’t feel pain,” said Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin Legislative Director. “We urge legislators to refrain from co-sponsoring this bill until the medical emergency exception is fully removed.”

There are no situations where abortion, defined as the direct and intentional killing of an unborn child, is medically necessary to save the life of the mother. Over 900 pro-life doctors and medical researchers have signed the Dublin Declaration, a document stating that abortion is never medically necessary to save a mother’s life. Even abortionists agree that abortion is not necessary to save a woman’s life. Former abortionist Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who himself performed over 30,000 abortions, said “if women with heart and liver transplants can be carried successfully through pregnancy, we can no longer conceive of any medical condition which would legitimize abortion. In short, we have slowly evolved to an unshakable posture of no exceptions…[W]orkable, morally acceptable legislation proscribing abortion can have no exceptions written into it – not even medical ones.” (Bernadell Technical Bulletin, April 1991)

“One should never attempt to codify in law the importance of one innocent human life over and above another,” said Sande. “Not only is the medical emergency exception a patent denial of equal protection under the law, it undermines the legal premise of the bill by removing the focus on the baby’s pain and shifting it to the mother’s health. Certainly the courts will see right through this and recognize the legislation as an attempt to ban late term abortion, rather than shielding the baby from pain. The argument is lost before it is made.”

LRB 0401/1 requires the abortionist to make a statement “whether the method of abortion used was one that, in reasonable medical judgment, provided the best opportunity for the unborn child to survive,…”

“This clause in the legislation is nonsensical, given the definition of direct abortion used in the bill” said Sande. “What method of abortion would ensure a baby’s likely survival? Such language has no place in a pro-life bill. To be sure, there is a moral and effective way to address the mother’s life in pro-life legislation. 2006 South Dakota House Bill 1215 provides a good example of requiring equal protection for mother and child and granting the physician immunity if he or she follows the requirement,” said Sande.

The language reads:

No licensed physician who performs a medical procedure designed or intended to prevent the death of a pregnant mother is guilty of violating section 2 of this Act. However, the physician shall make reasonable medical efforts under the circumstances to preserve both the life of the mother and the life of her unborn child in a manner consistent with conventional medical practice. Medical treatment provided to the mother by a licensed physician which results in the accidental or unintentional injury or death to the unborn child is not a violation of this statute. (Section 4, 2006 South Dakota HB 1215)

“The abortion industry never capitulates, never gives an inch on its abortion on demand position,” concluded Dan Miller, Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director. “Why should we? All 89 babies that we are fighting for here are worth the effort, and Pro-Life Wisconsin will not throw any of them under the bus. We pray that together, all pro-life legislators and organizations can unite behind a fetal pain bill that is both moral and effective.  Let’s do the right thing.”

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Registration is OPEN!

promoCalling all Pro-Life Teens! Registration for the 2015 Awakening Hope Youth Retreat on July 24-26 is NOW OPEN!

 

REGISTER NOW

 

This year’s extended overnight retreat will feature pro-life reflection, prayer, and FUN! The retreat will be held at the beautiful and scenic St. Vincent Pallotti Retreat Center in Elkhorn.

Awakening Hope is open to teens aged 13-17. Registration fee is $60 per person and includes meals and lodging. Limited space available, so register early! Contact Emma at escuglik@prolifewisconsin.org for more information.

Check out pictures from last year’s retreat here.

 

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Angel in the Waters: A Beautiful Pro-Life Book for You and Your Child

angel_in_the_watersRecently, I received a copy of Regina Doman’s classic book, Angel in the Watersin the mail. I can think of only one word to sum it up: Beautiful.

The publishing world is rarely interested in pro-life books, and talking about life issues with children can be tricky. Combined, these factors mean that high-quality pro-life books aren’t very common. But Angel in the Waters, published by Sophia Institute Press, is a definite exception. Filled with richly illustrated pages and gentle prose, Angel in the Waters takes the reader inside the womb to experience the perspective of a baby as she grows and develops.

Throughout the story, the baby is accompanied by his guardian angel, with whom she has an ongoing conversation. “Where am I?” the baby asks. “Mother,” his angel responds. And so their question and answer dialogue continues. The angel teaches the growing baby many things as she develops. After our baby is born, the angel is still there, answering questions.

The target audience for this book is preschoolers and older, but my two toddlers loved it, pointing at the colorful pictures and asking questions. Not surprisingly, they immediately recognized the main character, even at the earliest stage of development was a human being, excitedly yelling, “Baby, baby!”

If you’re looking for a beautiful, high-quality book to introduce your child to life in the womb, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of Angel in the Waters!

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We Can’t Stop…Having Babies!

If you’ve had more than two children, you’ve no doubt endured all manner of withering glares and rude comments, like “Don’t you know what causes that?” or “You’re overpopulating the planet!”

Well, one family finally had enough. To celebrate their fourth pregnancy, they created a clever pregnancy announcement that dismisses the haters and celebrates the joy of life! The best part is, it has already been seen over 1.3 million times! Watch the fun video announcement below.

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Food, Fun, and Courage!

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Photo: Matt Sande, PLW Legislative Director, Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Legislator of the Year, Dan Miller, PLW State Director, Sister Rosalia Bauer, FSPA (from left to right)

Over 100 people gathered in La Crosse Last Thursday, April 16, to celebrate three pro-life heroes who courageously live their convictions: Leif and Karen Arvidson and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt. Laughter and lively conversations filled the room as attendees enjoyed drinks and a delicious meal.

The powerful keynote address, delivered by our very own State Director, Dan Miller, was interrupted by multiple rounds of applause, and our honorees ended the evening with stirring remarks of their own. A joyful and inspiring evening was had by all! We hope to see you next year!

Read La Crosse Tribune Coverage of the event here.

See photos from the event here.

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Our Biggest Auction Yet!

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We’re so excited to announce that Abby Johnson will be our speaker at Pro-Life Wisconsin’s 2015 Annual Auction Dinner, to be held at the beautiful Harley-Davidson Museum®!

If you don’t know Abby’s story, she is a former Planned Parenthood director who was deeply involved in promoting abortion… but who eventually had a profound conversion to the Gospel of Life!

Now an author, an international speaker, an adoptive parent, and the mother of a growing family, Abby is heavily involved in both helping women in crisis pregnancies and those who want to leave the abortion industry for good.

Save the date for this special event and invite a friend! Stay tuned for more exciting details!

Pro-Life Wisconsin’s 2015
Annual Auction Dinner

October 17, 2015
Harley-Davidson Museum®
400 W Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53201 

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Save the Date for the 2015 Awakening Hope Youth Retreat!

promoSave the date! The 2015 Awakening Hope Youth Retreat is coming coming up on July 24-26! This year’s extended overnight retreat will feature pro-life reflection, prayer, and FUN! The retreat will be held at the beautiful and scenic St. Vincent Pallotti Retreat Center in Elkhorn.

Awakening Hope is open to teens aged 13-17. Registration fee is $60 per person. Limited space available, so register early! Registration opens May 4th. Contact Emma at escuglik@prolifewisconsin.org for more information.

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It’s Next Week! Don’t Wait!

registration_formOur 2015 Living Courage Awards Dinner is next week on Thursday, April 16, and seats are filling fast! If you’ve been delaying your registration, don’t wait any longer! You don’t want to miss this special event that honors passionate pro-life people that have the courage to live their convictions.

Join us in La Crosse for a night of food and inspiration as we show our appreciation for these dedicated pro-life leaders.

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