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 We repealed the Contraception Sex-Ed Mandate and vigilantly defeated repeated attempts to pass pro-cloning and pro-euthanasia measures and other assaults on human life.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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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin: If Gov. Walker Investigates Us for Fraud, We’ll Have to Close

894aac17-16a2-4c01-a306-04dd762969daPlanned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) is afraid. Their concern stems from an ongoing state investigation of family planning clinics, which has already uncovered $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars falsely billed to Medicaid for birth control services. PPWI admits that if they are audited, they will likely have to close their birth control clinics in the state.

According to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, PPWI’s public policy director Nicole Safar called the audits “clinic-closing.”

In partnership with Alliance Defending Freedom, Pro-Life Wisconsin recently coordinated a massive open records request on PPWI through Wisconsin’s Department of Health Services (DHS). The open records request revealed 26 DHS audits of PPWI between 2006 and 2012, uncovering $43,272.80 in over billing. All but the last audit were conducted and released under former Gov. Jim Doyle, a pro-abortion Democrat.

“Those audits were very limited – in scope, in detail, in time frame,” said PLW Legislative Director, Matt Sande, in a LifeSiteNews story. “DHS needs to do a comprehensive, thorough, and robust audit of all Medicaid family planning providers, especially Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.”

Click here to read the LifeSiteNews story.

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She needs your help!

email_header2Imagine a woman who is pregnant, desperate, and alone. 

She works a minimum wage job, and her boyfriend dumped her when he found out she was going to have a baby. She can barely survive on her current income, and she doesn’t see how she can support a child. She feels trapped and without options. What can she do?

On this special day of giving, you can make a big difference in the lives of women like this, and countless others in the Milwaukee area.

Crisis pregnancy bus ads offer life-saving support to women in desperate situations. Here’s a few reasons why these ads are worth supporting.

  • HUGE IMPACT: A crisis pregnancy bus ad running in the Milwaukee area will be seen 1,370,880 times in a single month!
  • LOW COST: One month of bus advertising costs approximately $1,500. Every $1 will purchase 914 views. Now that’s a deal!
  • SAVED LIVES: Women who choose abortion often feel trapped and out of options. Offering life-affirming options has proven to save hundreds of lives each year.

Your generous gift of $1,000, $500, $75, or $25 can potentially save dozens of babies by bringing critical support to women who need help in the Milwaukee area.

Will you give generously to help us raise $5,000 to keep our bus ad running for another 3 months? A gift of only $10 will purchase over 9,000 views for this life-saving ad!

This Christmas season, give the gift of life! May God bless you for your generosity.

Donate Now

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PLW Spiritual Adviser, Bishop Donald Hying, Named New Bishop of Gary, Indiana

Bishop Hying preparing to lead a Pro-Life Wisconsin prayer rally outside the Milwaukee abortion facility.
Bishop Hying preparing to lead a Pro-Life Wisconsin prayer rally outside the Milwaukee abortion facility.

Pro-Life Wisconsin wishes to congratulate our long-time Spiritual Adviser and stalwart defender of human life, Bishop Donald Hying, on being named the new bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. During his time as Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Bishop Hying has courageously proclaimed the Gospel of Life at countless pro-life events, including prayer rallies, 40 Days for Life Vigils, Eucharistic processions for life, Pro-Life Wisconsin banquets, and many more.

While we are happy for Bishop Hying, his untiring presence and faithful leadership will be greatly missed. His contributions to the work of Pro-Life Wisconsin and the Diocese of Milwaukee are incalculable. May God bless Bishop Hying in the days ahead!

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Pray for the Unborn this Advent!

40hoursCome let us adore Him! Advent is a time of preparing our hearts to celebrate the birth of baby Jesus at Christmas. It’s also a wonderful time to pray for the unborn, tiny lives who are in need of welcome and love. Pro-Life Wisconsin is celebrating Advent with 40 hours of continuous prayer on behalf of pre-born babies, especially those in danger of abortion.

This powerful devotion will take place at St. John the Evangelist parish in Greenfield and at Holy Redeemer Parish in Madison, beginning December 11 at 8pm. Click here to learn more or to sign up for an hour of prayer.

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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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