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Believe it or not, 40 Days for Life will draw to a close on Palm Sunday. It was observed in 258 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Spain and Poland. Wisconsin cities included Eau Claire, Green Bay, La Crosse, Medford, Milwaukee, Stevens Point and Wausau.
The national 40 Days for Life reports that as of today, 555 babies have been saved, through this campaign alone! 29 of those saved babies are from Milwaukee, including a set of twins.
Below are 40 Days for Life closing vigils. Please join us in celebrating life!
• Milwaukee: Father Gregory Madlom, pastor of St Herman of Alaska Orthodox Chapel, West Bend, will be leading a moljeben (prayer service) for victims of abortion, their parents, clinic workers, and all involved in crisis at 3:00 pm, in front of Affiliated Medical Services, 1428 North Farwell Avenue. Please join us in prayer; you will be most welcome!
• Wausau: Eucharistic Procession on Holy Thursday, April 5, 3 p.m. to 3:35 p.m. Meet at Family Planning Health Services, 719 N 3rd St., Wausau.
• Medford: Closing rally will be held on Sunday, April 1 at noon at Family Planning Health Services, 153 S 2nd St., Medford. PLW’s Peggy Hamill will speak.
• Stevens Point: A family-friendly closing rally will be held Sunday, April 1 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Iverson Park, 4201 Highway 66, Stevens Point. PLW’s Virginia Zignego will be the keynote speaker. Day’s events also include: food and fellowship, fun events for children, recognition of prayer participants, and more.
• Green Bay: Stations of the Cross will be said on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 4pm at Ob-Gyn Association of Green Bay, Medical Arts Building/Bellin Hospital, 704 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay.
• La Crosse: We will meet outside Options Clinic, 1201 Caledonia St., La Crosse on Sunday, April 1 at 3 pm for prayers and go to St. James the Less Church at 4 pm. Fr. Schaller will expose the Blessed Sacrament for Adoration and Benediction, followed by a soup supper. All are welcome – the Ladies for Life will provide soups, salads, and beverages and rolls, if would like to bring a dessert or quick bread to share feel, free, but not necessary. Please join us for any and all parts of our concluding events – even if you have not been able to be out on the sidewalk with us this campaign.
From Think Progress, a liberal pro-abort news blog:
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Republicans have gone to great lengths to cast the war on contraception and women’s health as a matter of religious liberty, but literature handed out at a key conservative conference this weekend had an unambiguous message for women: don’t use birth control.
Americans For Prosperity (AFP), a conservative Koch-funded organization, held its Defending The American Dream Summit in Milwaukee on Saturday with a few major headline speakers: Rick Santorum, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). All three insisted that the Obama administration’s rule requiring insurance companies to cover contraception actually had nothing to do with contraception, but rather was an attack on religious liberty.
The next room from where they spoke, however, featured a bevy of literature warning women about the supposed dangers of birth control and telling them that “Chastity is the best choice for single people.” One handout explained that contraception is unnecessary because “Saving yourself for your future spouse is guaranteed to prevent pregnancy before marriage.” Another answered the question “Is it safe?” with a simple “No.” The literature on emergency contraception warned that it could cause cancer before telling women simply, “Be good to yourself. Don’t use the morning-after pill.”
The literature in question was not produced by AFP — the American Life League did the honors — but the Koch-backed group allowed space to hand it out to the 1,000 conservative activists in attendance.
Good Friday holds special significance for pro-lifers, who gather in front of abortion clinics to pray the Stations of the Cross. As in years past, Pro-Life Wisconsin and our affiliates will be holding pro-life Stations of the Cross in memory of all those lost to abortion and for all those grieving a loss.
Milwaukee: On Good Friday, April 6, at 9am. Stations will be said at St. Rita’s Parish, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, with procession to the Affiliated abortion mill.
Green Bay: Stations will be said on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 4pm at Ob-Gyn Association of Green Bay, Medical Arts Building/Bellin Hospital, 704 S. Webster Ave., Green Bay.
Appleton: Stations will be said on Palm Sunday, April 1 at 1pm at Planned Parenthood, 502 W. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton.
Madison: Stations will be said on Good Friday, April 6, at 10am at Planned Parenthood, 3706 Orin Rd., Madison.
PLW’s Steve Karlen talking about Patrick Henry and introducing the Bishop.
Bishop Morlino addressing the crowd.
Thanks to Tom Reitz for sharing his photos!
Bishop Hying joined us at the last minute, which was very cool, and very much appreciated.
500 people attended the Madison rally. Below are Milwaukee pictures, we will post Madison ones today or Monday. Thank you to everyone who attended and kept us in prayer!
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The movie will be shown in Menomonee Falls, New Berlin and Waukesha. More info here.
About the movie:
As the curtain rises, Hannah hesitantly steps onto the stage for her theatrical debut in college. Yet before she can utter her first lines, Hannah—unscripted—collapses in front of the stunned audience.
After countless medical tests, all signs point to one underlying factor: Hannah’s difficult birth. This revelation is nothing compared to what she then learns from her parents: she was actually adopted … after a failed abortion attempt.
Bewildered, angered, and confused, Hannah turns for support to Jason, her oldest friend. Encouraged by his adventurous spirit, Hannah joins his group of friends on a Spring Break road trip, embarking on a journey to discover her hidden past … and find hope for her unknown future.
In the midst of her incredible journey, Hannah finds that life can be so much more than what you have planned.
The movie is very good, professionally done and isn’t cheesy. If you’re going to spend money on a movie, go see this one! 10% of the profits will go to a fund benefiting crisis pregnancy centers and women in need.
In a move that demonstrates just how much of a sacred cow abortion is to the medical community, the Wisconsin Medical Society is publicly “asking” Gov. Walker to veto a recently-passed bill that outlaws webcam abortions, via the Wisconsin State Journal‘s sympathetic ear:
Wisconsin’s largest medical association asked Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday to veto a bill that would add new requirements for doctors to ensure a woman isn’t forced into an abortion. Walker’s office said the governor is still evaluating the bill.
The Wisconsin Medical Society’s letter said the bill passed by the Republican-controlled state Legislature earlier this month would infringe on the physician-patient relationship. The doctors’ group also expressed concern that physicians who fail to follow the bill exactly will face a Class I felony charge.
Walker’s spokesman Cullen Werwie said the governor is still evaluating the bill, as well as others passed in the legislative session that adjourned last week. They include a bill that would make teaching about contraception use optional and emphasize abstinence in public schools’ sex education classes.
Missing from the Wisconsin Medical Society’s concern is the fact that the average woman loses four times the amount of blood in a drug-induced medical abortion as compared to a standard surgical abortion. Several deaths have been attributed to mifepristone. Its prescription and use ought to be highly restricted, if not banned.
In 2010, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s investigative research revealed that the system was already in place for so-called telemed abortions, a process whereby a woman consults with a doctor on a video camera, and at the end of the “appointment,” out pops abortion-causing drugs.
Planned Parenthood of the Heartland is currently dispensing RU-486 in this manner, and we have no reason to doubt the same isn’t occurring here in Wisconsin. Jill Stanek wrote about the issue at length last summer.
In 2009, the Business Journal of Milwaukee revealed that taxpayer dollars paid for a telemedicine system to be installed at Planned Parenthood locations in Wisconsin.
Pro-Life Wisconsin applauds the Wisconsin Legislature for banning webcam abortions and we look forward to Governor Walker’s signature of this timely legislation.
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