4 Reasons the 20-week abortion ban is deeply flawed

Jessica Ingstrum and fellow participants stand for the U.S. national anthem before the annual March for Life rally in WashingtonAs pro-lifers, it only makes sense that we want our lawmakers to introduce and pass pro-life legislation. But when that legislation is deeply flawed and actually undermining some of the core principles we are fighting for, there is a serious problem.

Sadly, the 20-week abortion ban (H.R. 36) being voted on by the House of Representatives tomorrow, January 22, is just such a flawed bill. Pro-life lawyer Gualberto Garcia Jones gives 4 big reasons why this bill needs some serious modifications.

1. The bill is a prime example of pro-life legislation that makes pro-lifers complicit with the crime of abortion.

The operative section of the bill is titled “requirements for abortion.”  In that section, the bill lays out the procedures that have to be followed in order to legally murder a child in the womb.

To illustrate the moral recklessness involved in this bill, imagine if we substituted abortion with the morally equivalent crime of infanticide.  No matter how bad the status quo were, can you imagine advocating a bill that contained a section entitled “requirements for infanticide”?

2. This bill is based on a value judgement about the dignity of life that is contrary to our core principles.

H.R. 36 puts a heavy emphasis on the fact that there is “substantial medical evidence that an unborn child is capable of experiencing pain at least by 20 weeks after fertilization.”  But this is not why pro-lifers seek to abolish abortion.  Abortion is not wrong because it produces pain – which it undeniably does both to the child and the mother – abortion is wrong because it takes the life of an innocent human being.  Could we look that 19-week-old child in the eyes and tell her that we advocated to allow abortionists to legally dismember her because she was a week away from feeling pain?

Read the rest of Jones’ analysis over at LifeSiteNews.com.

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Hundreds of Pro-Lifers March in Green Bay

GB March for LIfe 2015 pic 1Pro-Life Wisconsin, and hundreds of pro-life activists in Green Bay stood witness to the dignity of the human person at all stages of life this past Saturday, January 17th 2015.  Participants gathered at Notre Dame Academy to hear from a variety of pro-life organizations and ministries, an address from Bishop Ricken of the Green Bay Diocese, and a powerfully moving keynote testimony by Yvonne Florczak-Seeman, the founder of Love From Above, Inc. healing ministry.

After the speeches concluded, marchers took to some of the busiest streets of Green Bay, while others who were unable to march filed into the school’s chapel to support the day’s efforts through their prayer.  The marchers were well received overall, and the youthful energy of the crowd was truly inspiring!

The day concluded with refreshments and an opportunity for marchers to familiarize themselves with various pro-life organizations through information tables.

This was only the second annual march for life in Green Bay.  If you live in North Eastern Wisconsin, please attend this event in years to come so that our presence can continue to build a culture of life!

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Pro-Life Wisconsin Speaks for Pre-born Persons at March for Life

DSC06082January 22, 2015 will mark the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion. More than 56 million lives in the United States have been lost because of abortion, and thousands more are lost daily.
In addition to planned affiliate events throughout the state, two buses with over one hundred representatives of Pro-Life Wisconsin will leave Tuesday, January 20, as part of Pro-Life Wisconsin’s annual pilgrimage to the March for Life in Washington, D.C. There they will join an estimated crowd of 500,000 pro-life activists from across the country in what has become one of the nation’s largest marches for social reform.

“Every January, pro-lifers from all over the world make a pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. at the March for Life to publicly exercise our First Amendment free speech rights in protest of the catastrophically flawed decision made by the SCOTUS in the Roe v. Wade decision,” said Dan Miller, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director. “Despite the feelings of awe and hope one experiences at this event, I always hope and pray that we won’t have to go next year.”

“Over 56 million American babies have been mercilessly slaughtered since that fateful Monday in 1973,” Miller continued. “506,181 of those babies were from Wisconsin. God will judge us as a nation on how we treated the least of His children.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin buses will depart from St. Paul’s Church, 622 S Beach St, Plainfield at 2:00 p.m. and St. Mary’s Church, 1260 Church St, Elm Grove at 6:00 p.m.

Both Dan Miller and Emma Scuglik will be available on their cell phones for interviews about the March for Life in Washington, D.C., to be held on Thursday, January 22.

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Act now to protect ALL babies!

action2The newly sworn in 114th Congress has reintroduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.  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. The U.S. House of Representatives has announced that the bill will be scheduled for a floor vote next Thursday, January 22 – the 42nd anniversary of the infamousRoe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that declared the preborn child a non-person.

Regrettably, there is a fatal flaw in the legislation: it contains exceptions for rape, incest, and the so-called “life-of-the-mother.” 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; the very thing we are decrying on yet another anniversary ofRoe.

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!

  1. Please call or email your U.S. Representative 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:http://www.house.gov/ 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.
  1. There are four national pro-life organizations who are currently supporting H.R. 36 as drafted with the three exceptions. Please call or email National Right to Life, the Susan B. Anthony List, Priests for Life, and Americans United for Life and encourage them to remove their support for the bill until the rape / incest / life-of-the-mother exceptions are removed. Their strong voice is necessary leverage to repair this deeply flawed bill.

 

National Right to Life
512 10th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Ph: (202) 626-8800
federallegislation@nrlc.org

Susan B Anthony List
1200 New Hampshire Ave., NW, Suite 750
Washington, DC 20036
Ph: 202-223-8073
information@sba-list.org

Priests for Life
PO Box 141172
Staten Island, NY 10314
Ph: 888-735-3448
mail@priestsforlife.org

Americans United for Life
655 15th St NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20005
Ph: 202-289-1478
info@aul.org

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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Speak for the Weak in America’s Heartland!

10407315_892643440780982_4904304373320085362_nHave you heard? On January 18, over 2,000 enthusiastic pro-lifers will descend on downtown Chicago to call for an end to abortion and the protection of all human life!

Pro-Life Wisconsin is extremely excited to be a sponsor of the Chicago March for Life, and we want YOU to join us in the Windy City as we speak on behalf of the most vulnerable!

Our bus leaves late morning from Goerke’s Corners in Waukesha. Advanced reservations required to attend. For more details, email Emma Scuglik at escuglik@prolifewisconsin.org or call 262-796-1111, ext. 14.

To sign up to travel with Pro-Life Wisconsin to the Chicago March for Life, click here.

Click here to watch a video from last year’s March.

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A Baby Saved at Our Annual “Empty Manger” Caroling!

Pro-lifers sing during PLW's annual Empty Manger Caroling. event.
Pro-lifers sing during PLW’s annual Empty Manger Caroling. event.

Every year, pro-lifers gather outside the Milwaukee abortion facility to sing Christmas carols around an empty manger. This poignantly reminds those in attendance that our Lord Jesus was once a helpless, vulnerable infant, just like the many thousands of babies aborted in Wisconsin each year.

Now, we are happy to report that a mother chose life for her baby after encountering pro-lifers singing during this year’s Empty Manger Caroling! Here’s the story from Dan Miller, who will be Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director as of January 1st, 2015:

The Pro-Life Wisconsin “Caroling to an Empty Manger” event worked!  I got a phone call from Erv on Saturday at 12:40pm.  When I saw the caller ID, I thought, “Awwww!  That’s so nice of Erv to call and wish me a Merry Christmas!”  I had no idea Erv was on Farwell, until he said, “Dan – we just had a save!”  I replied, “Merry Christmas!  That’s the best news I’ve had in about 24 hours!”  Erv went on to describe how she was so jubilant – and went out of her way to let him know that she decided not to have the abortion.  I asked Erv when she arrived.  He said, “It had to be right around 10:15am – because we were still singing.  Why?”  I replied, “Well, you know me!  I’d like to know if the Christmas Caroling had any effect on her.”  He responded, “Well, yeah, of course it did!  I’m in the choir at St. Francis Borgia – and we practice a LOT!”  If you’ve never met Erv – he’s like the quintessential grandfather.  He ALWAYS talks about his children and grandchildren with the abortion-oriented on Farwell – letting them know he wishes he had more of them and how much he loves each and every one of them.  Thank you for joining us to sing Christmas songs to Jesus!  It worked!  Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!  Here are the numbers of babies saved from abortion – that we know of – in Milwaukee alone!  309-620-(26)-1&1.  Thanks, Jesus – and happy birthday!

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Beautiful Theater Ad Running in Milwaukee and Madison

Are you headed to the theaters this Christmas season? If so, be sure to keep an eye open for our beautiful Personhood ad running in Milwaukee and Madison! This powerful message reinforces the value and worth of each human person, regardless of his or her characteristics or stage of development, and it concludes with a link to our informative PersonhoodWisconsin.com website.

This powerful ad will reach tens of thousands of moviegoers this Christmas season, inspiring them to a better understanding of the worth of each human life! Check out the ad in the video below:

“Worth” Commercial from Pro-Life Wisconsin on Vimeo.

Where to see it: 

Marcus Majestic
770 N Springdale Rd
Waukesha, WI 53186

Point Cinema
7825 Big Sky Dr
Madison, WI 53719

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A Special Message From Peggy Hamill

IMG_5763At 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.

IMGFor 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

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Can’t Make the March for Life in D.C.? Join us for the Midwest March for Life in Chicago!

10438496_870657139646279_700823949029345997_nOur March for Life pilgrimage to Washington D.C. is full, but if you missed the signup deadline, don’t worry! You can still join over 2,000 other pro-lifers at the rapidly growing Midwest March for Life taking place in Chicago on January 18!

Pro-Life Wisconsin is extremely excited to be a sponsor of this powerful event, and we look forward to calling for an end to abortion and respect for all human life from the heart of America!

For more information or to sign up to travel with Pro-Life Wisconsin to the Chicago March for Life, click here.

Click here to watch a video about the March.

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