As we celebrate Christmas and move into 2012, we are at a truly historic point in the pro-life movement here in Wisconsin. 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of our Pro-Life Wisconsin ministry. We were formed by a small group of seasoned pro-life advocates who realized that, to achieve total protection for all preborn children in Wisconsin, the pro-life movement needed to refocus on principle.
They knew that they needed to secure constitutional protection for all preborn babies at all stages of development without exception. That principle they had refocused on is today known as personhood. In the early years of PLW, we were often marginalized for our aggressiveness and idealism. When we were called radical, we pointed out that “radical” means “from the root”; when we were called zealots, we used that as the theme for our 1997 state convention, “A Zeal for Life.”
Then and now, we are seen by many as an inconvenient disruption to politics as usual, the contraceptive mentality and pro-life pragmatism. Inconvenient or not, we will never shy away from using every tool available to evangelize the fullness of the truth of the culture of life. While our mission and conviction have not changed, the means by which we now communicate has drastically improved, dramatically expanding our audience and ranks. Our use of the internet and new social media has even propelled PLW into the international spotlight.
In the past couple of months alone, PLW’s social media efforts have educated tens of thousands. On October 26, PLW posted a video on You Tube of abortion mill staffers dancing in the streets and threatening 40 Days for Life prayer warriors, shortly after a botched abortion sent a woman to the hospital by ambulance. The video, posted and edited by PLW, went viral and has been viewed nearly 20,000 times. On November 3, PLW broke the news on Facebook that a young girl was physically prevented by Affiliated Medical Services personnel (also known as deathscorts) from leaving the abortuary.
That simple Facebook post was picked up by Canada-based LifeSiteNews, who interviewed Virginia Zignego and Dan Miller. LifeSiteNews sent out the story world-wide, and it caught the attention of thousands, including Mark Belling, who devoted a full hour of his popular radio show to exposing the complicity of the Milwaukee Police Department in the culture of death.
Comprehensive factual information posted on our PersonhoodWisconsin.com website, resulted in an interview and a well-balanced, front-page November 23 article in the Wisconsin State Journal about our personhood amendment.
As we move into our 20th year, our cutting-edge communications are combined with good old-fashioned counseling, advocacy, public witness and of course, prayer. You can help us express our unchanging zeal for life through Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, our blog, our websites, and all of the tried-and-true traditional outlets.
May you enjoy a blessed Christmas and prosperous New Year as we together bring Christ, the light of the world, to others.
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