Judge Rules Wisconsin Abortion Restriction Unconstitutional

planned_parenthood_wisconsin_ap_328On Friday, March 20, a federal judge declared a Wisconsin law requiring abortion doctors to get admitting privileges at a local hospital unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge William Conley, who earlier had put the law on hold, ruled that the 2013 law is unconstitutional. He issued a permanent injunction blocking its enforcement.

“The only reasonable conclusion is that the legislation was motivated by an improper purpose, namely to restrict the availability of abortion services in Wisconsin,” Conley wrote.

Read more about the decision here.

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Real Life Heroes: Meet Leif and Karen Arvidson

10456105_10203847757858244_8448083464345694337_nLeif and Karen Arvidson are passionate people. Whether serving the Church in Japan as missionaries, catechizing others, or praying outside an abortion clinic, they don’t do anything half way.

From the beginning of their marriage, which has been blessed with eight children, Mr. Arvidson and his wife, Karen, have been dedicated to the mission of the Catholic Church. Shortly after their marriage, they served for nearly two years as Catholic lay missionaries in Japan. Following their time overseas, the Arvidsons were very active in the Diocese of Madison, where they were involved in pro-life work, served at the local food pantry, facilitated Eucharistic adoration, prepared adults for the reception of the Sacraments of Christian Initiation, and helped couples prepared for celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage.

In 2010, Cardinal Raymond Burke named Leif Arvidson as the Executive Director of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Since then, the Shrine has become a focal point for pro-life activity in the La Crosse area, with many rallies, prayer vigils, and other events held at the Shrine’s beautiful Memorial to the Unborn.

In 2013, Leif and Karen made a discovery that left them saddened and angry. Karen, who was pregnant with the Arvidson’s eigth child, went to Franciscan-Mayo hospital in La Crosse for a routine 20-week ultrasound. The nurse on duty quickly noted that the ultrasound revealed a small hole in the baby’s heart—a symptom consistent with potential Down syndrome. When the Arvidson’s doctor entered the room, he explained the risks and quickly recommended an abortion. The Arvidsons were shocked and confused. Franciscan-Mayo was supposed to be a Catholic hospital. Why was a doctor at a Catholic hospital recommending they kill their own child? Later, the Arvidsons discovered that their doctor was actually an abortionist.

Thus began a multi-year journey of the Arvidsons leading a campaign to expose Franciscan-Mayo for employing a practicing abortion doctor. Protests were organize, media coverage exploded, meetings were held with hospital leadership, and the Bishop William Callhan of La Crosse weighed in—all due to the Arvidsons courageous efforts.

While the situation at Franciscan-Mayo is still developing, the Arvidsons have showed tremendous leadership in the La Crosse pro-life community, mobilizing many in their area to act on their pro-life convictions. Even more than their activism, however, the Arvidsons are a couple that has truly lived and embraced a culture of life, welcoming eight beautiful children into the world. Meet and celebrate this courageous couple at our Living Courage Awards Dinner on April 16 in La Crosse! Learn more about the dinner here.

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Celebrate 15 Years of Service!

inviteFor over 15 years, Peggy Hamill has served Pro-Life Wisconsin, first as a board member and then as State Director. It is no exaggeration to say that hundreds of lives have been saved due to her faithful work. Pro-Life Wisconsin would not have the impact we do today without her courageous leadership!

Now, we are celebrating Peggy’s legacy! Join us on Thursday, March 19, at the Country Springs Hotel in Waukesha to thank Peggy and wish her a happy retirement. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served. RSVP by March 16. Call our office at 262-796-1111 ext 10!

If you wish to thank Peggy with a gift, she has requested that donations be made to the Hamill Love in Action Fund

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YOLO! Get your Pro-Life Wisconsin T-Shirts!

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It’s still a little cold out, but we are super excited to announce the launch of several new Pro-Life Wisconsin t-shirts! These fun shirts are designed to start conversations, send a life-affirming message, and help you look good at the same time!

There are four new designs:

1. “Life” - We aren’t just anti-abortion, we are PRO-life! Declare to the world that you stand for life with this colorful shirt.

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2. “Keep Calm and Choose Life” – This eye catching shirt plays off a popular meme, encouraging people to choose life for their babies!

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3. “YOLO” – YOLO means “you only live once.” Life is precious, and we only have one! This shirt encourages conversations about the value of each human life.

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4. “Love Life” - At Pro-Life Wisconsin, we love life. This trendy shirt declares it to the world!

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Order now!

Get your t-shirt for a donation of $15! To order, email Bonnie at office@prolifewisconsin.org with the design, size, and quantity you would like. You can also call 262-796-1111 ext. 10 to place an order.

 

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Honor Real Life Heroes at PLW’s Living Courage Awards Dinner!

registration_formYou are officially invited to the 2015 Living Courage Awards Dinner on April 16! Formerly known as the Spring Awards Dinner, this special event honors passionate pro-life people that have the courage to live their convictions.

This year, we are honoring three heroic pro-life activists, Leif and Karen Arvidson, our Activists of the Year, and Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt, our Legislator of the Year! Join us this April for a night of food and inspiration as we show our appreciation for these dedicated pro-life leaders.

Keynote Speaker: Dan Miller, PLW State Director

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015

5:30pm arrival and drinks
6:30pm Dinner

Where: Radisson Hotel, La Crosse
200 Harborview Plaza
La Crosse, WI 54601

Register Now Online!​

 

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Baby Plays in the Womb While Parents Watch By Ultrasound

Watch the video below and see a beautiful pre-born baby jumps joyfully like a frog in her mother’s womb. The video was recorded in the first trimester. Isn’t life amazing?

It’s incredible that organizations like Planned Parenthood continue to deceptively assure women that their pre-born child is nothing but a disposable “clump of cells.” As this video shows, life in the womb is fully human from the earliest moments!

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Bishop Donald Hying: “I would encourage everyone to be involved with Pro-Life Wisconsin…”

For over 20 years, Pro-Life Wisconsin has been faithfully laboring to cultivate a culture of life in the state of Wisconsin. But how do we plan to end abortion? Why are youth attracted to us? And why does Bishop Hying think you should support our work?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in our latest video!

 

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Senate Special Election Today! Don’t Forget to Vote!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA Wisconsin State Senate special election will be held today, Tuesday, February 17, in the 20th Senate District (SD). The 20th SD, located in parts of Washington, Ozaukee, Sheboygan and Calumet counties, includes the cities of Hartford, West Bend, Port Washington and New Holstein as well as the villages of Campbellsport, Cascade and Kewaskum.

The Pro-Life Wisconsin Victory Fund political action committee (PAC) has proudly endorsed former Republican State Representative Duey Stroebel (R) in the 20th SD special election. As there are no Democrat candidates running for the seat, today’s Republican primary election will confirm the next state senator from the 20th District.

For those of you who live in the 20th SD, today’s special election is too important to miss. Plan to exercise your right to vote today and encourage your family and friends to do the same. Vote for life, and may God bless Wisconsin!

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“It Changed Me”: A Teen’s Story from the March for Life

WE are the pro-life generationby Lucy Wirtz

I just got back from an amazing trip to the March for Life in Washington! I was invited to go to the March by the staff from Pro-Life Wisconsin offices, where I often volunteer. As soon as I was old enough to understand what abortion was, I wanted to do anything I could to fight against it, to try to end it. I was excited about the possibility of going on the March for Life, but didn’t really know what to expect. I was going on a pro-life pilgrimage, but I hadn’t really realized that. I thought I was simply going to march with a sign in my hand against the Roe v. Wade decision, but I learned that there was much more to the March than that!

After a nearly-sleepless 16-hour bus trip, we stopped at an abortion mill to pray. I had never done this before and didn’t know what to expect. We were in the middle of the fourth mystery of the rosary when a woman walked out of the clinic. I had noticed that she was emotional, but it was not until we got back to the bus that I heard that she had chosen to keep her baby! We were all amazed and dumbfounded! But for some reason it did not seem real. I could not really get excited in my heart because I wasn’t thinking that she had a growing baby in her. I just saw her as a woman walking past me. Later on during the trip, however, our chaperon told us of another woman she knew who was scheduled for an abortion at 3 p.m. that day. She asked us all to pray and offer our discomforts from the lack of sleep for the mother’s heart to be changed.. This time, I felt a strong urge to beg for the baby’s life, to keep it from being destroyed. At 4 p.m., we got a text that this baby, too, was saved and going to be adopted. I was so overwhelmed at the realization that this was a real, living human our prayers had helped to save.

There were Masses offered each day. I love going to Mass, but frankly, I was kind of dreading both these Masses because I’d been told they would be very long, uncomfortable, and early. The first Mass we attended was at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Just seeing this beautiful church took my breath away! Hundreds of people were there, but the thing that shocked me was the number of young people – about 80% under the age of 30 and more than half of the people still in high school! It took 45 minutes just for the priests to process in, and most of them were very young too! It was so exciting to see that everyone who was there wanted to be there, they were so enthusiastic! The second Mass was a youth rally at the Verizon center, a huge stadium. There were, again, hundreds of priests, nuns, seminarians, and excited teens. After these two Masses, I was ready to take on the March.

The day of the March came, and I was stunned by the number of people gathering. You cannot understand from pictures; you have to experience it. People were singing, praying, smiling, and peaceful. We walked from noon to 4 p.m., which was pretty hard. But the atmosphere was so encouraging! I wasn’t just there holding a sign. I was part of something prayerful, powerful, and moving.

The March for Life was much more than a political event; it was spiritually moving, and I felt like I had drunk pro-life coffee and had woken up to the reality of the pro-life message. It took on a new meaning to me. I realized that the life in a mother’s womb was more precious than I had ever imagined! It was a blessing to go. It really changed me. Even though I am young, I am determined to go and stand up for life on the sidewalks and encourage others to join me in this incredible mission.

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The Most Pro-Life Commercial Ever?

Advertisers often seen to be in a race to the bottom, with raunchy commercials becoming more and more commonplace. But Pampers has chosen a different path. They recently launched a beautiful commercial highlighting the joy of tiny lives, including in the womb. Viewed well over a million times already, the commercial has clearly spoken profoundly to viewers. Check it out below.

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