Respect Life

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2 Marches for Life – Washington, D.C. or Chicago
There are two excellent opportunities to march for life once again this year. The Pilgrimage for Life to Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry, runs Jan. 17-21. Visit www.diolc.org/yya and click on “Pilgrimage for Life” to sign up. The March for Life Chicago is one day only, Jan. 14, and you can sign up by visiting www.prolifewi.org and scrolling down to the link. Both pro-life marches have buses leaving from strategic points around the diocese.

Watch Terry Beatley’s dynamic talk
At the Gospel of Life Celebration on Oct. 12, 2017
At Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Marathon

Visit the Hosea Initiative website
for Terry’s book and much information

Wisconsin Catholic Conference
Take Action!


HEAL WITHOUT HARM COALITION URGES SUPPORT FOR UNBORN CHILDREN AND ETHICAL RESEARCH

If the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative doesn't get out of committee as soon as possible, it won't become law this session. Because time is running out, we need you to act NOW.

Please call your Senator and Representative ASAP and ask them to:

  • Hold public hearings and pass the bills out of their respective committees as soon as possible.

Don't know who your legislators are? Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your home address under "Find My Legislators" or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.

Questions? Take some time to visit our Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.

After you call your Senator and Representative, please email Barbara Sella at barbara@wisconsincatholic.org with any feedback you received or call her at 608-257-0004.

Thank you for respecting every unborn child!

Let's end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood!

Let's work to finally end taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood, which has been receiving half a billion dollars of our money each year.  This was a central campaign promise of Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, but so far it has not advanced.

Congress needs to feel the urgency of this step.  It would have not only a practical, financial effect, but arguably an even greater symbolic one.  We would be saying to Planned Parenthood and to each other that we are not willing to see another dime of our money going to an organization whose main business is the killing of unborn children.  Please use the contact information below to make your voice heard.  To assist you, here are key points from pro-life organization Susan B. Anthony List (www.sba-list.org):

Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses do not deserve taxpayer funding. They should divest themselves of abortion or self-fund.

Undercover videos show that Planned Parenthood has been engaged in unethical and possibly illegal medical and financial practices connected to the trafficking of unborn children's organs.

Planned Parenthood affiliates have been referred to the FBI and the Attorney General for criminal investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee and the House Select Panel on Infant Lives; Planned Parenthood is unworthy of receiving taxpayer money.

Planned Parenthood affiliates have been identified by auditors and investigators as the source of at least $12.8 million in waste, abuse, and potentially fraudulent Medicaid overbilling and penalties.

Taxpayer funding accounts for 43% of Planned Parenthood's overall revenue.

Planned Parenthood performs over 300,000 abortions annually.

There are approximately 20 times more community health centers (13,540) nationwide than there are Planned Parenthood centers (about 700).

Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) alone served 24.3 million individuals last year, nearly 10 times more individuals than were served by Planned Parenthood centers (2.5 million).

Contact your Senators and Representative about Defunding Planned Parenthood

Here is a sample message for a letter (most effective), phone call (second most effective) or email.

"I, the undersigned, call on you to advance legislation ending taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize America's largest abortion business with their tax dollars. Abortion is not healthcare. I call for these funds to instead be directed to life-affirming community health centers."

Writing your U.S. Senators:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin: The Honorable Tammy Baldwin, 717 Hart Building, Washington, DC 20510:
  • Dear Senator Baldwin:
  • Senator Ron Johnson: The Honorable Ron Johnson, 328 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
  • Dear Senator Johnson:

Writing your U.S. Representative:

The Honorable (full name) __
(Rm.#)__(name of)House Office Building
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Representative LAST NAME:

Calling on the Phone:

  • Senator Tammy Baldwin: Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 224-5653 Madison Office: (608) 264-5338
  • Senator Ron Johnson: Washington, D.C. Office: (202) 224-5323 Milwaukee Office: (414) 276-7282
  • Your U.S. Representative: Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask for your Representative's office.

Most likely your phone call will not be passed along to the Senator or Representative.  In that case:

  • Ask to speak to the aide who handles the issue about which you are calling.
  • Identify yourself, and leave a brief message clearly stating what you would like the legislator to do.  Be brief, but give basic reasons to back up your position on the issue.

Sending an email: