Celebrate Life by Joining These 4th of July Parade Units!

Can you believe the 4th of July is this weekend? The summer is going so fast! But did you know you can combine your celebration of freedom with your pro-life views? That’s right! By joining one of our Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates in a pro-life parade unit, you can proclaim the dignity of human life in your community this weekend! Here’s the details:

Cedarburg 4th of July Parade – You and your families are cordially invited to join PLW Ozaukee County’s unit in the Cedarburg July 4 parade, 10 am at Fireman’s Park. Come early if you can, rain or shine. Family and friends are welcome to join in this one mile route through historic downtown Cedarburg.

Phillips 4th of July Parade Wanted: Adults, children and families of all sizes to march with Price County Respect Life in the Phillips 4th of July Parade. If you believe in respecting and protecting the lives of all, born and unborn, please join us on July 4th. Questions? Call Patti at 715-339-4632.

Watertown 4th of July Parade – The Watertown Catholic Pro-Life Group will be participating again in this year’s Watertown 4th of July Parade. All are invited to join. This year’s parade will be held on Friday, July 4th at 10 a.m. The parade lineup will be published in the Watertown Daily Times the week of the parade. For more information call Brenda at 920-988-6974.

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Prayers Answered: Planned Parenthood in Washington D.C. Closes

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Pro-Life Wisconsin pilgrims praying outside the Washington D.C. abortion clinic during the 2014 March for Life.

Year after year, Pro-Life Wisconsin pilgrims would faithfully pray outside the Planned Parenthood abortion facility in Washington D.C. during the annual March for Life. They prayed for an end to an abortion, that all mothers who were considering abortion would choose life, and for the conversion of workers in the abortion industry.

Now, God has answered our prayers! We are thrilled to announce that Planned Parenthood in Washinton D.C. has CLOSED!! LifeSiteNew reports:

A flier posted on the door of the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Washington, D.C. has announced its closure as of June 26, 2015.

Planned Parenthood has indicated that it plans to open a new facility in the Washington, D.C. area sometime in the future to replace the old 16th Street clinic, which has been the site of intensive pro-life activity over the years.

“It may be many months before a new facility is ready, if ever. In the meantime, Planned Parenthood will not be killing babies in the nation’s capital, and that is great news,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “This closure is a huge victory for pro-life activists who have worked to save babies from abortion and even suffered wrongful arrests there.”

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Pro-Life Wisconsin Testifies on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Rep. Brandtjen introduces amendment to remove life-of-the-mother exception

On Tuesday, June 2, Pro-Life Wisconsin Legislative Director Matt Sande testified before a joint hearing of the state Senate and Assembly health committees on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (SB 179 & AB 237), legislation that would prohibit direct abortion at or beyond 20 weeks based on the preborn child’s capacity to feel pain at that gestational age.

Please read Matt’s full testimony HERE, and please listen to Matt’s testimony on WisconsinEyeHERE starting at 2:32:30 (Internet Explorer only). He urged committee members to remove the medical emergency / life-of-the-mother exception in the legislation.

Pro-Life Wisconsin supports legislation shielding preborn children from the excruciating pain of late-term dilation and evacuation dismemberment abortions. But we cannot support SB 179/AB 237 in its current form because it includes an exception for a “medical emergency,” as defined in section 253.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Because the term medical emergency is defined to allow direct abortion, the medical emergency language in the bill constitutes an unacceptable life-of-the-mother exception.

Pro-Life Wisconsin applaudsState Representative Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) for introducingAssembly Amendment 1 to AB 237 that would remove the medical emergency / life-of-the-mother exception in the legislation. Janel’s principled and courageous stand in support of a clean, no-exceptions fetal pain bill is pro-life leadership at its best. Thank you Janel!

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5 Reasons You’ll LOVE the Awakening Hope Youth Retreat!!

promoThe Awakening Hope Youth Retreat, July 24-26, is fast approaching! Summers are busy, though, and you may be wondering why you should sign up for one more summer activity. Well, here are 5 great reasons to sign up for Awakening Hope today!

  1. Make new pro-life friends. This weekend is for YOU. A chance for you to get to know others that are passionate about the pro-life cause, and who want to make a difference. Roe v Wade will come to an end because of the young generation today!! Meet others who are a part of that generation and strengthen your efforts together!
  2. Be more effective in pro-life work. Learn how to be a stronger leader and be more active in your school and community through workshops and speakers. Local activists and other experienced pro-lifers will share their knowledge and tips with you.
  3. Great Location. Enjoy a weekend away at the beautiful St. Vincent Pallotti center! Located in Elkhorn, WI, the retreat center is surrounded by peaceful nature trails and fresh air. Enjoy time outside, or inside of the cozy retreat center, complete with comfy couches and a calming atmosphere.  (pictures?)
  4. FREE awesome pro-life tee! Get a free pro-life t-shirt of your choice to witness to life in your daily life. Check out your options here: http://blog.prolifewisconsin.org/2015/03/04/yolo-get-your-pro-life-wisconsin-t-shirts/
  5. Explore your faith. Whether you come from an active faith life or not, this retreat will offer opportunities for prayer and a better understanding of God’s relationship with you, and His important role in our pro-life work.

Don’t wait! Signup today!

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ACT NOW: State Legislature to Hold Public Hearing on Fetal Pain Bill

abae42b2a1bc620ce12934c9ff7ab539_L2Legislation includes exception for the life-of-the-mother in medical emergencies.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, the Senate and Assembly Health Committees will hold a joint public hearingin the State Capitol on the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, legislation that would prohibit direct abortion at or beyond 20 weeks based on the preborn child’s capacity to feel pain at that gestational age. Senate Bill (SB) 179 andAssembly Bill (AB) 237 were formally introduced by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Jesse Kremer (R- Kewaskum), respectively.

Pro-Life Wisconsin supports legislation shielding preborn children from the excruciating pain of late-term dilation and evacuation dismemberment abortions. But we cannot support SB 179/AB 237 in its current form because it includes an exception for a “medical emergency,” as defined in section 253.10 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Because the term medical emergency is defined to allowdirect abortion, the medical emergency language in the bill constitutes an unacceptable life-of-the-mother exception. Pro-Life Wisconsin Legislative Director, Matt Sande, will offer testimony at tomorrow’s public hearing, urging health committee members to amend the bill to exclude the medical emergency exception.

Pro-life legislation must never explicitly authorize the intentional destruction of certain categories of human beings based, for example, on the circumstances of their conception or the health status of their mothers. Although SB 179/AB 237 does not contain exceptions for rape or incest, the life-of-the-mother exception in the bill is a patent denial of equal protection under the law. We must never codify the importance of one innocent human life over and above another.Physicians must provide equal care for mother and child, and must never be given license to intentionally kill either one of them.

Not only is the medical emergency exception immoral, it is ineffective. 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. After all, the child whose mother’s life is endangered feels pain too. The argument is lost before it is made.

To be sure, 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.

Pro-Life Wisconsin would support an amendment to SB 179/AB 237 that simply removes all reference to “medical emergency” throughout the legislation and retains the prohibition on direct abortion after twenty weeks gestation.

ACT NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL your state senator and state representative NOW and urge him/her toREMOVE THE MEDICAL EMERGENCY EXCEPTION in SB 179 and AB 237.

Tell him/her that “late-term dismemberment abortions must not be permitted for any baby in any situation”, and that “the medical emergency exception is a gross denial of equal protection under the law.”

To find out who your state senator and state representative is, click here and type in your street address, city and zip code in the upper right hand corner. Click on the search icon to the right and the name and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear, along with their pictures.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state senator and state representative, please call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Thank you for making a difference!

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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!

 

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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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