Pro-Life Wisconsin Announces Retirement of State Director Peggy Hamill, Names Dan Miller as Successor

IMG_2088_smOn Saturday, October 25, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director Peggy Hamill was pleased to announce that Pro-Life Wisconsin board member Daniel Miller will succeed her as State Director following her planned retirement from that role on January 1, 2015. This announcement was made at Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Annual Auction Dinner in Oconomowoc.

A veteran sidewalk counselor and longtime coordinator for 40 Days for Life, Miller brings years of experience in organizing and inspiring pro-lifers to defend the dignity of every human person. Miller will be responsible for all Pro-Life Wisconsin outreach, educational, and legislative initiatives related to Pro-Life Wisconsin’s ongoing mission to protect human life without compromise and without exception.Prior to joining Pro-Life Wisconsin, Daniel Miller served as the Milwaukee coordinator for 40 Days for Life. Following a profound conversion experience, Miller dedicated his life to actively defending the unborn. Through his prayerful presence and compassionate witness, over 600 babies have been saved. Miller frequently travels throughout the state, speaking to pro-life groups and inspiring them to act on their convictions.

Miller succeeds Peggy Hamill, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director for over 15 years. Hamill began as a volunteer and eventually joined the Pro-Life Wisconsin Board of Directors, where she served as board president for several years. The mother of 11 children and grandmother of 15, Hamill cited a desire to spend more time with her husband and their rapidly growing family as her main motive to seek retirement at this time. Following her retirement, Hamill will continue to serve as an active member of the PLW Speakers Bureau and as an advisor to Pro-Life Wisconsin.

“During her tenure as State Director, Peggy Hamill has led Pro-Life Wisconsin to unprecedented growth and effectiveness,” said Matt Sande, Director of Legislation for Pro-Life Wisconsin. “It is no exaggeration to say that thousands of lives have been saved due to Peggy’s influence. While we are sorry to see her go, she leaves a strong legacy of principled pro-life activism. We look forward to welcoming Dan Miller as our new State Director, and we are confident that he will advance Pro-Life Wisconsin’s total protection mission in the years ahead.”

Click here to listen to audio of the announcement.

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Pro-Life Wisconsinites Gather to Reflect on Humanae Vitae

_20141019_125041On Saturday, October 18, Pro-Life Wisconsinites from the northern half of the state gathered in Phillips for a full day of reflection on God’s plan for love, marriage, and procreation. This educational conference, planned and sponsored in part by Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Price County affiliate, fell on the weekend of the beatification of Pope Paul VI, the author of  the prophetic encyclical, Humanae Vitae.

Conference presenters included Jeff Arrowood on Theology of The Body, Fr.Gerald Hagen onHumanae Vitae, and Dr. Louise Smyth (St. Michael Fertility Center) on the effects of the Pill on the body, spirituality and our culture. Compelling personal testimonies to the beauty and  freedom of Natural Family Planning as expressed in Humanae Vitae were given by Jerry and Ann Geisler and Patrick and Jeanette Gierl.

Paraphrasing Humane Vitae’s warning regarding artificial birth control, Fr. Gerald Hagen (Pastor, St. Therese Phillips, St. Paul Catawba and St. John Prentice) stated, ”…grave consequences will follow when we fail to follow what is inherent of our human nature ordained by God for our good.” Fr. Hagen lovingly proclaimed that, “true freedom and joy is found in obedience to the will of God.”

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Promoting IUDs for Children Evil, Reckless

2011-06-22-circleIn late September, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement encouraging the use of powerful hormonal contraceptives, like the IUD, for children.

While this recommendation was supposedly made in the interest of health, Fr. Shenan Boquet of Human Life International, who is the speaker for our Fall Auction, clarifies in strong terms that the outcome will be anything but healthy.

Promotion of this reckless behavior for children not simply imprudent, it is evil. Parents need to wake up, and now. This ideology is corrupting our schools and every institution that used to stand for the protection of children. Parents must in the clearest terms demand that this propaganda not drive public policy at the local or national level, lest your girls be treated like animals who cannot be trusted to make good decisions about their sexuality and their health. Do what you must to protect your daughters’ innocence and purity, and don’t be browbeaten by the profiteers of the destruction of young women’s health.

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Reserve your seat for D.C. by November 1st!

Tjoin_ushe March for Life is the biggest pro-life event of the year! Join hundreds of Pro-Life Wisconsinites and half a million others as we descend on the nation’s capitol and demand an end to abortion.

But don’t wait to register! The deadline for registration this year is November 1st! Register today to reserve your spot.

Click here to learn more. Call 262-796-1111 or click here to obtain a registration form!

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Delicious Food, a Powerful Speaker, and a Great Cause!

80a7aafa-1506-44e7-9a2f-f84d002f95acYou are cordially invited to join us at our 2014 Annual Auction Dinner!

Our largest event of the year, the auction is a win-win evening – fun for you and our largest fundraiser to help us to continue life-saving work here in Wisconsin. Mark your calendars for October 25! This year features a compelling talk by internationally renowned pro-life activist and president of Human Life International, Fr. Shenan Boquet!

You don’t want to miss this pro-life party! Click here to register, or click here for more details.

See you there!

PS: If you want to help with the auction, we are seeking several adult volunteers to setup on the day of the auction. We are also looking for items to be included in the auction: gift certificates for restaurants, sports items, men’s items, handmade items, and pre-made baskets of goodies! Give us a call at 262-796-1111. If you can contribute in any of these ways, we here at PLW would appreciate it very much – and so would the babies!

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3 Powerful Ways You Can Pray for the End of Abortion

Prayer is one of the best weapons we have in the fight to end abortion. But while private prayer is important, praying with others is by far the most potent way to pray. With that in mind, here are three powerful ways to pray for a culture of life this fall.

1) 40 Days for Life - 40 Days for Life is based on the simple yet effective combination of prayer and fasting. Vigils are taking place statewide this Fall.Click here to see vigils hosted by Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates.

2) 54 Day Novena for Life and the Family – Catholics all over Wisconsin and around the country are participating in a 54 day novena for life and the family. The powerful novena begins today.Click here for more details.

3) LifeChain – LifeChain is a peaceful and prayerful vigil that takes place on Sunday, October 5. Over 30 LifeChain vigils are planned in Wisconsin. Click here for a full listing, or see ouraffiliate announcements for vigils hosted by Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates.

While we can’t all work full time in the pro-life movement, we can all be prayer warriors on behalf of the unborn!

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Fond du Lac Planned Parenthood CLOSED!

46f45433-d442-46db-b3ab-350b938cd389Back in June, we reported the exciting news that Planned Parenthood intended to close its clinic in Fond du Lac. Well, on Thursday, September 25th, it officially closed!

With hearts full of joy, Pro-Life Wisconsinites from the Fond du Lac area gathered with Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director Peggy Hamill to offers prayers of thanksgiving outside the now empty office building. A “for lease” sign stands near where the Planned Parenthood sign used to be. It was truly a welcome sight.

The Fond du Lac clinic is the 5th Planned Parenthood to close since $1 million in state funding was removed from the organization in 2011, due in large part to Pro-Life Wisconsin’s lobbying efforts.

Click here to support our ongoing efforts to expose and defund Planned Parenthood!

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Abortion Escorts Dance While Waiting to Send Babies to Their Deaths

As pro-lifers gathered to solemnly pray outside the abortion facility in Milwaukee this past Saturday, they were greeted by a tragic scene: Abortion clinic escorts began to dance the Macarena. This flippant display epitomizes the culture of death, and it demonstrates just how little reverence these escorts have for human life. To them, human life is cheap, and destroying it is something trivial and even funny.

But despite their personal beliefs, human life is not disposable. At Pro-Life Wisconsin, we firmly believe there is nothing more precious than a person. This crude display simply encourages us to continue laboring tirelessly for a day when every human life is loved and respected, and to pray for the conversion and repentance of all those involved in the abortion industry. That will be a true cause for dancing.

Watch the video below:

 

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National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children: Memorial Services for Aborted Babies Buried in Wisconsin

Every human being deserves the dignity of a decent burial. Recognizing this, compassionate pro-lifers buried more than 1,200 aborted children at Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee in 1988. The bodies of these babies had been set out for trash pick-up on a loading dock, and they included hundreds of unborn children aborted at two, now closed, Milwaukee abortion facilities.

To mark the anniversary of the burial of these aborted babies, the National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children, a nationwide event, will take place September 13th. On this day, memorial services will be held throughout the United States, including all grave sites of aborted babies, as well as dozens of memorial markers for the victims of abortion.

In Wisconsin, memorial services will be held in Milwaukee and Dane at the graves of aborted babies. A memorial service will also be held at the memorial to the unborn at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse.

In Milwaukee, the memorial service at Holy Cross Cemetery is organized by Pro-Life Wisconsin. The service will begin at 1:30 pm in the infant section of the cemetery located at Burleigh and Nash Avenues. It will be led by Bishop Donald Hying, auxiliary bishop of the Milwaukee Archdiocese.

Peggy Hamill, State Director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, will MC the Milwaukee Memorial. “When we honor the lives of pre-born babies, we are reminded of their personhood and dignity as human beings,” Hamill said. “It moves our hearts to recognize the fact that these tiny pre-born children are full human persons, and they deserve to be treated as such.”

Memorial Service in Milwaukee: 
September 13, 1:30-2:30pm at Holy Cross Cemetery (Children’s Section)
7301 W Nash St, Milwaukee, WI 53216
The service will be led by Bishop Donald Hying.

Memorial Service in Dane:
September 13, 10:00-11:00am at a burial site located on the church grounds of St. Michael’s Parish.

Memorial Service in La Crosse:
September 13, 1:30pm-2:30pm at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine’s Memorial to the Unborn. Speaker will be Sam Guzman,
Communications Director for Pro-Life Wisconsin.

Videos of Milwaukee news coverage of the original Sept. 10, 1988 memorial are available at the following links. For coverage from Channel 4, click here. For coverage from Channel 6, click here.

 

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5 Simple Ways to Help Us Save Babies

life_boatAttacks upon the human life and dignity are happening each day, right here in the state of Wisconsin. Utilizing a three tiered approach, Pro-Life Wisconsin engages in education, legislation, and activism to address these evils and replace them with the beautiful fruits of a Culture of Life.

One young mother who chose life through the efforts of a sidewalk counselor trained by Pro-Life Wisconsin is now joyfully experiencing the blessings of her choice.  Not only was she spared the physical, emotional, and spiritual wounds that accompany an abortion, but she is energetically helping other women through her work with Pro-Life Wisconsin.  She is now an active Pro-Life Wisconsin supporter, volunteering her time and talents to help others choose life.

Will you have the courage to do the same?  Will you take the time to follow the Gospel message to care for the most vulnerable in society?

As members of the Body of Christ, we all have different roles to play in following Christ’s teachings regarding the dignity of human life.  Prayer is an excellent and critical starting point, but Jesus was also intentional about taking action to care for the immediate and physical needs of those he encountered.  Please consider the following five ways that you can join Pro-Life Wisconsin in our life-saving work. 

  1. Sign up for GoodSearch – We’ll start with an easy one. Most of us use the internet on a daily basis (you are reading this blog, right?), and now you can support Pro-Life Wisconsin every time you search online simply by signing up for GoodSearch.  GoodSearch is a search engine (similar to Google or Yahoo), and each time you do an internet search it will donate a penny to Pro-Life Wisconsin.  To get started, click here and designate “Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force” as your charity, then, set goodsearch as your home page on your internet browser so that you can donate with the click of a mouse.  It’s as simple as that!
  2. Use Amazon Smile when shopping online – Another way to support PLW in the digital age, is by using Amazon Smile. Shopping on Amazon Smile is exactly the same as shopping on Amazon, except that a portion of the proceeds are donated to PLW when you identify “Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force” as your charity of choice.  Are you a student and still need a couple books for class?  Buy them on Amazon Smile! Go to http://www.smile.amazon.com.
  3. Drink Life Boat Coffee – Are you an avid coffee drinker like myself? Now, there is an excellent way for you to purchase your coffee, while also supporting Pro-Life Wisconsin!  It is called Life Boat Coffee.  This 100% Pro-Life coffee company partners with pro-life organizations and coffee fans to make supporting PLW a tasty endeavor.  10% of every purchase goes to Pro-Life Wisconsin! Click here to start shopping now.  Who knew that even your cup of joe in the morning could be pro-life!
  4. Enter the Loving Life 5K Run/Walk – Are you a runner, walker, or simply a fan of beautiful Wisconsin fall weather? Strap your sneakers on, and join in the first ever Loving Life 5K… Register Now!  This fun run is taking place at beautiful Grant Park in South Milwaukee on September 27th, and it’s designed to support Pro-Life Wisconsin’s crisis pregnancy outreach.  Can’t make it?  You can still support this great cause by donating online.
  5. Become a PLW Monthly Donor – Consider partnering with PLW in an especially critical way by becoming a monthly donor. Don’t have big pockets?  Still paying off student loans, a mortgage, your car?  It’s okay, most of us are in your camp.  You can still give! Even $5 can make a big difference. Consider sacrificing your snacks, sodas, or whatever you use to get you through the day, for one week a month, and using that money to support the lives of the vulnerable.  We are more actively involved in the community than ever and need to sustain this positive progress.  With the closing of the Planned Parenthood in Fond du Lac, and the decrease in abortions statewide by nearly 7% last year, we are seeing the tangible fruits of our efforts made possible by our loyal supporters.  We rely strictly on the generosity of our donors and any amount is gratefully accepted.  Sign up and start save lives today by clicking here to view our online giving options.

Thank you for taking action to support human dignity in your daily activities!  Please share these opportunities with your friends and family.  If you have any questions, or you want to learn about additional ways to support Pro-Life Wisconsin, please feel free to email me at mvonrueden@prolifewisconsin.org or call (262) 796-1111 ex. 15.

Love Life.  Live Life. Defend Life.

Matthew Von Rueden
Pro-Life Wisconsin
Development Director

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