At our Auction Dinner on October 25th, Pro-Life Wisconsin announced that at the end of March 2015, I plan to retire. I have been serving as state director of PLW for over 15 years, with 5 years on the board of directors prior to that.
During that time, my 11 children have blessed my husband Bob and me with 15 grandchildren and counting. God is clearly telling me that it’s time for me to dedicate more time to my rapidly growing family and to do pro-life ministry in my spare time. I thank my husband Bob and our family for facilitating my work all these years.
Although I will not be on staff with PLW as of April 2015, I will remain on the PLW speakers bureau and will be serving in a consulting role. In early 2014, when I informed the board of my intent to retire, we began a prayerful search to find my replacement. The search led us straight to our own board member and key volunteer, Dan Miller. Dan will assume his new role on January 1, 2015, while I will continue to serve PLW full time in an emeritus role for the first quarter of 2015 to ensure a smooth transition.
PLW is you, our donors, our leaders, and our volunteers, together with our staff and board. United we have protected God’s precious gift of life for over 22 years. Since I started as state director in 1999, with your support and help and by the grace of God, PLW has been instrumental in getting key pro-life initiatives signed into law. We passed the Cord Blood Donation law and we prohibited UW Hospital and Clinics from using state funds to perform abortions. We banned webcam chemical abortions statewide and prohibited abortion coverage in Wisconsin’s Obamacare insurance exchange. Our 2011-2013 defunding of Planned Parenthood of $1.1 million in state funds resulted in the closing of 5 Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin clinics. We repealed the Contraception Sex-Ed Mandate and vigilantly defeated repeated attempts to pass pro-cloning and pro-euthanasia measures and other assaults on human life.
We saw the closing of surgical abortuaries in Milwaukee, Brown Deer, Madison, and Green Bay. We successfully thwarted the planned UW late-term abortion mill and forced Madison to rescind their unconstitutional buffer zone. In 2004 we were the first in the nation to publicly decry Griswold v. Connecticut with solemn prayer vigils at birth control dispensaries. Five years later, American Life League brought our cutting edge program to a national level with the kick off of The Pill Kills campaign, where I spoke about PLW’s Griswold vigils at the National Press Club.
Our medical decisions and sidewalk counseling workshops have saved countless vulnerable lives. Our Protective Power of Attorney for Healthcare has been used by thousands and has been promoted by bishops statewide.
For twenty years I’ve led the annual PLW pilgrimage to the D.C. March for Life. Most memorable was the year Cardinal Burke (as bishop of La Crosse) marched with us under our Pro-Life Wisconsin banner.
I thank God for giving me the true blessing of working with the finest statewide volunteers and staff one could imagine and for allowing me to serve this Christ centered ministry that we all share. I especially thank you for supporting us with your gifts that sustain our work. Please consider making a year end tax deductible donation to support the ongoing work of PLW. Please join me in sending Pro-Life Wisconsin and Dan Miller into 2015 with a strong vote of confidence. May God bless you in the years to come as we continue to defend God’s plan.
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare … to give you a future and a hope.’” (Jeremiah 29:11)
May the Lord of Life richly bless you,
Peggy Hamill, State Director