Just so you know, the Salvation Army Supports Abortion in Some Cases

Tulsa_Red_Kettle_and_Bell_2-web-smallSalvation Army bell ringers are as much a part of the Christmas season as carols and gift wrapping, with their red kettles and the cheerful sound of their bells greeting us almost everywhere we go.

And yet it’s the very  ubiquity of bell ringers that prompts us to remind you of a not so cheerful fact: The Salvation Army supports abortion in some cases.

Here is the official position on abortion from the Salvation Army International website (keep in mind that “termination” is a euphemism for abortion, which is the direct, intentional killing of a pre-born human being):

The Salvation Army recognizes tragic and perplexing circumstances that require difficult decisions regarding a pregnancy. Decisions should be made only after prayerful and thoughtful consideration, acknowledging the tremendous pressures that occur during an unexpected pregnancy. There is a responsibility on all involved to give the parents of the unborn child, particularly the woman, appropriate pastoral, medical and other counsel. The Salvation Army believes that termination can occur only when

  • Carrying the pregnancy further seriously threatens the life of the mother; or
  • Reliable diagnostic procedures have identified a foetal abnormality considered incompatible with survival for more than a very brief post natal period.

In addition, rape and incest are brutal acts of dominance violating women physically and emotionally.This situation represents a special case for the consideration of termination as the violation may be compounded by the continuation of the pregnancy.

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Also, it is worth pointing out that the Salvation Army also promotes contraception. Here’s their position:

A serious commitment to the protection and care of the unborn calls us to a commitment to the prevention of unwanted pregnancy through means such as access to reliable birth control, safety in relationships, and societal respect of women.

There you have it. We recognize the Salvation Army does many valuable things, and that many good, pro-life people are involved with this organization. Still, we feel it is important for our supporters to know that the Salvation Army holds these positions officially.

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Giving Tuesday: It’s only 3 weeks away!

IMG_1212You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but did you know there’s an national day of giving called Giving Tuesday? That’s right, December 2nd is a special day of generosity designed to encourage you to support your favorite causes following the holiday shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday!

And what better way to celebrate Giving Tuesday than to support our life-saving work—work that acknowledges that each life is a gift?

This year, we have a special project for you to donate to on Giving Tuesday: Crisis Pregnancy Bus Ads! These powerful ads reach an incredible amount of people for a very low cost. Don’t believe us? A bus ad running for one months is seen 1,370,880 times!

The good news is, this ad is already running in the Milwaukee area—but we only have enough funding for two months. We need your help to keep this living-saving message on the streets!

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to keep this beautiful ad running for another three months! In those three months, these ads will be seen a staggering 4,112,640 times!

We can’t wait for Giving Tuesday, and we hope you will help us save lives by donating generously in support of this project. What will you give?

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Tragically, Brittany Maynard Takes Her Own Life

ebb261a6-d40b-4fe2-89a9-a14019b76b33Brittany Maynard, a 29 year old woman with terminal brain cancer, shot to national fame for her decision to end her own life rather than suffer the debilitating effects of her condition. After first announcing her decision in October, Maynard received a worldwide outpouring of grief and countless appeals to re-think her decision.

But despite the global outpouring of love, Maynard tragically took her own life on Sunday, November 2, using drugs legally prescribed under Oregon’s assisted suicide law. Maynard’s death is being used by the “death with dignity” group, Compassion and Choices to push for the national acceptance of assisted suicide.

While the culture at large is hailing Brittany’s choice as positive and courageous, we must call it what it is—a tragedy and an act of cowardice. Brain cancer is a terrible condition, and yet self-inflicted death is not the answer. What Maynard needed most was love, support, and medical care—not encouragement to end her life. Tragically, Maynard’s example will encourage countless others to give up hope and discard their own lives. Her choice will extinguish the will to live in the hearts of countless others, causing the culture of death to envelope even more souls.

At Pro-Life Wisconsin, we resolve to continue resisting the deceitful yet growing “death with dignity” movement that cheapens human life. We believe that every life is worth living, and suffering does not make life meaningless. As Helen Keller once said, “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”

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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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