Mission Statement

To pray, fast and peacefully witness for an end to intentional destruction of all innocent human lives, especially those most in need.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

March for Life, Photos, Announcement

Dear Friends,

Last week I attended my first March for Life pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. to mark the 40th Anniversary of the passage of Roe vs. Wade.  What an experience to pray with 10,000 on Thursday evening at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and then join more than 500,000 pro-life warriors marching up Constitution Ave. to the Supreme Court on Friday!  How moving it was to hear the personal stories from women who regret  abortion, and from those who survived abortion or were conceived in rape and adopted.  What a feeling of hope to see the numbers of young people, under the age of 25, enthusiastically participating in the rallies and the march!  It was quite an inspiration.  (Photos will be available on the vigil for life website within the next week.)

I have a personal experience from this trip to tell you and ask for your prayers for this mother.  Thursday night after returning from the Opening Vigil Mass at the Basilica, we went to a bar/grill for a burger before retiring for the night.  Since all tables were taken, we sat at the bar.  The bartender saw the Pro-Life button on my coat and immediately told me she was pregnant.  After I congratulated her, she went on to tell me she had thought about having an abortion after hearing this news but couldn't go through with it.  She said that, even though she was on birth control, she became pregnant.  Her doctor told her she was having a "miracle baby" because this shouldn't have happened.  With two other kids at home, going through a divorce, and trying to go back to school, she contemplated abortion but couldn't take that final step.  I told her she will never regret making the decision to let her baby live, that there are so many who have made the opposite choice and, if given a second chance, would choose as she has.  I said we would pray for her and told her there is help available for her if she needs it.  Had I not worn my Pro-Life button, this woman would not have opened up to me.  She wouldn't have known who I was or why I was in Washington.  You never know when or how God might use you but I think He put me there that night with that button on my coat to give her hope and affirm to her that she is making the right choice.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Photos - Roe vs. Wade Event
 Last week I promised I would have photos available from our Madison Roe vs. Wade Event on Jan. 12, 2013.  Here is the link to these photos; this link will also be posted on the vigil for life website.
(To open the above link, highlight the link, right click, and select open link.)
Thank you, Joe Ptak, for the great work!
Calendar Hours
A special thank you to the vigil captains and all of you prayer warriors for filling the vigil hours week after week!  This is exactly how we will accomplish our goal of ending the destruction of innocent human life - one vigil hour at a time, one week at a time.  You're awesome!
We're almost into February and many hours are open so please go to vigilforlife.org to sign up or contact Bette Weisshaar at 608-358-5963

Announcement: Mark Your Calendar!
Join Us for Our Day at the Capitol in Madison

Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for our 2013 Day at the Capitol, featuring Gualberto Garcia Jones of Personhood USA. Legislative leaders will address the group, followed by a session on issues facing the state and ways pro-lifers can make a difference in Wisconsin. At noon, time will be set aside to visit the Capitol and meet state representatives to discuss issues related to life and the family.

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at the Monona Terrace in Madison
8-9 a.m. Check-in
9 a.m. Sit-down breakfast & Speakers
Noon Capitol visits

Click here to register online or download a flier. You MUST pre-register in order to attend.

For life,

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Prayer Requests

Dear Prayer Warriors,
On this 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, please include these people in your prayers:
  • Yesterday Planned Parenthood was closed but prayer warriors were still out on the sidewalk in prayer.  A car pulled over and a woman told of her friend, pregnant and contemplating abortion. She said she didn't know what caused her to turn down this street but when she saw help out on the sidewalk, she was glad she did!  The sidewalk counselor sent her to the Women's Care Center; she returned, promising she would try to get her friend over there for help.
  • Katie Haun, a 40 Days for Life prayer warrior, will have surgery on Jan. 29th.
  • Jen Vanderwiel, a staff member at the Women's Care Center, asked for prayers for her daughter Lily who will have surgery on Jan. 28th.
  • All heading to Washington, D.C. for the March for Life.
God bless you all,

Monday, January 21, 2013

Yet ANOTHER Turnaway at Planned Parenthood! Hours This Week and Courtesy Announcements

In This Issue:
  • The Holy Spirit In Action!
  • Hours Needed This Week
  • Courtesy Announcement
Dear Friends,
I know I've sent you several emails within the past few days but there is good news to report once again!  With the 40th anniversary of the sorrowful Roe vs. Wade decision, this story gives hope that one day the holocaust will end. 
This past Friday, through the work of the Holy Spirit, sidewalk counselors convinced a woman to turn away from the Planned Parenthood abortion mill and go across the street to the Women's Care Center!  When she completed her session with them, she returned to thank the sidewalk counselors for their prayers and their help.  She is 4 weeks pregnant and very happy, very thankful for the excellent care and help she received at the Women's Care Center.  Praise God!  Please keep her and her child in your prayers.  "The Lord hears the cry of the poor....blessed be the Lord!"

We Need Your Help This Week:  OPEN HOURS!
Monday, 1/21/13:  One person needed at 9:00am; One needed at 10:00am
Tuesday, 1/22/13:  One person needed at 9:00am
Wednesday, 1/23/13:  One person needed at 9:00am; One needed at 10:00am
Thursday, 1/24/13:  One person needed at each of these hours....3:00pm, 4:00pm, and 5:00pm
Friday, 1/25/13:  One person needed at 2:00pm 
With prayer warriors traveling to the March for Life this week in Washington, D.C., we may be short of prayer warriors on the sidewalk.  Can you take one or more of these hours?  Please go to vigilforlife.org to sign up or say yes if a vigil captain calls!  You can also contact info@vigilforlife.org.  And please pray for all who are going to the March for Life, that God may keep them safe and hear our prayers for the sanctity of human life.

Courtesy Announcement:
A Day of Prayer, Penance, & Pilgrimage for Life
In response to the USCCB's Nationwide Call for Nine Days of  Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage for Life  (January 19-27, 2013), the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe has scheduled a Day of Prayer, Penance and Pilgrimage for Life next Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
For those who are unable to participate in the National March for Life in Washington, DC, please consider making a day-pilgrimage to the Shrine on this anniversary day of Roe v. Wade.
Following the Shrine's 12:15pm Mass, participants will be invited to gather at the Memorial of the Unborn.
At 1:00pm, Mr. Chris Ruff, Director of the Office of Ministries & Social Concerns for the Diocese of La Crosse, will give a short pro-life reflection talk.
At about 1:15pm, the Friars will lead the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Opportunity for Confession is available an hour before Mass and following Mass.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament begins at 3:30pm, with recitation of the Rosary and the praying of Vespers led by the Friars.  Benediction is at 4:25pm.

Friday, January 18, 2013

January 21: HUGE Announcement!

Dear Friends,
I have some HUGE news for you!!
Next Tuesday marks the 40th anniversary of the tragic
Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that imposed abortion
on America and resulted in the death of more than 55
million children ... and the wounding of millions of
women -- and men. 
In the midst of this crisis, there is new HOPE:
Starting from one hour of prayer, the groundbreaking 
40 Days for Life movement has spread like wildfire
across America and around the globe, empowering more
than half a million volunteers in hundreds of cities to
pray and fast, stand in peaceful vigil, and engage in
effective community outreach.
As a result, 6,749 babies have been saved from abortion.
Thousands of women and men have been spared from lives
of regret. 75 abortion workers have had conversions and
left their jobs. 26 abortion centers have closed down
for good. 
And every baby, every mother and father, every worker,
every closure is an AMAZING STORY. 
On January 22, forty of these stories will be revealed
in full detail for the very first time in the landmark
new book, “40 Days for Life: Discover What God Has Done
... Imagine What He Can Do.”
On January 21, at 8 PM -- one night before the book is released to the world -- you
are invited to join 40 Days for Life leaders David
Bereit and Shawn Carney for the historic webcast "sneak
preview" of the compelling stories which fill the pages
of this book.
Register now to attend this FREE online event at:
During the webcast, you will hear dramatic, first-hand
accounts of:
 * Hearts changed on the most controversial issue in our 
   culture ...
 * Babies and mothers saved from abortion at the last 
   possible second ...
 * Shocking secrets from inside the closed doors of the 
   abortion industry -- revealed ...
 * Abortion workers having conversions and quitting 
   their jobs ...
 * Thriving abortion centers shutting down for good ...
... And, most importantly, you'll discover exactly how
YOU can change hearts and save lives from abortion --
right in your hometown.
This book has been enthusiastically endorsed by nearly
every national pro-life leader, and is the GOOD NEWS
you've been waiting for!
There are limited spaces available on this one-time-only
webcast, so be sure to REGISTER NOW at:
I hope you can join me on this eye-opening webcast!
The announcement about this event is being sent to
hundreds of thousands of people around the world, and
there is limited space available. 
To grab your spot before the webcast is filled up,
register to attend NOW, before it's too late, at:
For Life,

Bette Weisshaar
Vigil for Life - Madison
P.S.- When you register for the webcast, they'll also
send you the Foreword, by former Planned Parenthood
director Abby Johnson, and two complete chapters from
the new "40 Days for Life" book -- for FREE! Get your
chapters now at:
P.P.S. - I am reading the book now.  I can guarantee that you will see yourself in at least one of these chapters!  This is a must read!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Roe vs. Wade 40th Dolorous Anniversary

Next Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, is the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe vs. Wade decision, resulting in the loss of more than 55 million innocent lives  due to abortion.  Vigil for Life commemorated this sorrowful anniversary last Saturday outside on the State St. steps of the Capitol and inside at St. Patrick's Church, followed by a potluck lunch and a fantastic presentation by Jerry Schmutte of Pro-Life Wisconsin. In all, about 150 people joined us from the Madison area and more distant communities, including Thorpe, Boscobel, Hollendale, Necedah, Oconomowoc, Milwaukee and Markesan.  We are so thankful to Fr. Sasse for leading us in the Rosary, to Will Goodman and Jen Dunnett from the Servants of Our Lady of Guadalupe who brought Our Lady's image, to Peggy Hamill and Jerry Schmutte from Pro-Life Wisconsin, and to all who attended, contributed food, and helped with this event.  We were blessed with good weather, windy but sunny!  Thank you, Dear Lord!  Photos will be posted on the website in a week or two.  

A Poem for Reflection on this 40th Anniversary (printed with permission of The Catholic Devotional

I Too Had Love To Give
by Rick Christensen

I'd have been there for you
when you were grey and old.
Now all that you will have
is pain and remorse untold. 
Was it not in Earthly pleasure
that you and daddy made me? 
Why then for worldly treasure
the farewell that you bade me?   
When you killed me, no tears,
just a sigh of relief.
But one day, dearest mother,
you will know the deepest grief.   
Why was I not adopted? 
Could not someone else enjoy
watching me grow up to be
a delightful girl or boy? 
Why did you slay me, mother?
Why not let me live?
You would have loved me, mother,
I too had Love to Give.
Novena in Reparation for Roe vs. Wade  (by Fr. Frank Pavone from Priests for Life)  Let us pray this daily as we ask God for His mercy and forgiveness.
God and Father of Life, You have created every human person, and have opened the way for each to have eternal life.  We live in the shadow of death.  Tens of millions of your children have been killed because of the Roe vs. Wade decision legalizing abortion.  Father, have mercy on us.  Heal our land and accept our offering of prayer and penance.  In your love for us, turn back the scourge of abortion.  May each of us exult in hearts full of hope and hands full of mercy and work together to build a culture of life.  We pray through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Abortion Appointment This Friday!

Dear Friends,

The young woman, for whom we have been praying, had her second court appearance and received a parental waiver for an abortion.  She is scheduled for this Friday but we don't know the time of her appointment.  We ask for your continued prayers for a change of heart that the Holy Spirit will intervene and save this child....

Lord, have mercy!

Open Hour Today:  Can You Help?

Thursday, 1/10/13:  2 people needed at 5:00pm
Please go to vigilforlife.org to sign up or contact info@vigilforlife.org.

Vigil for Life Event - 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
See You THIS Saturday, January 12, 2013!
Join us for 15 Decades of the Rosary from 11am to Noon on the State St. steps of the Capitol in Madison followed by a Pro-Life Potluck Lunch and Program from 12:15 to 3:00pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church basement (404 E. Main St, Madison, WI) featuring Jerry Schmutte, a leading authority on Planned Parenthood and the Anti-life Agenda.

Please bring a dish to pass, if possible.
This event is sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life Madison, and supported by the Diocese of Madison.
For those who can NOT pray outdoors at the Capitol that day: Please pray 15 Decades of the Rosary INDOORS at St. Patrick Church from 11am to Noon.  In case of inclement weather, we will ALL pray INDOORS at St. Patrick's.  Questions?  Contact info@vigilforlife.org.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Follow-Up on Urgent Prayer Request

Dear Prayer Warriors,

Here is the latest message on the 17 year old girl who had her court appearance today, requesting a parental waiver so that she can have an abortion.  Let's storm heaven with our prayers for this situation!

"The Lord is Merciful - because she is a minor, an attorney MUST be appointed for her.  The next hearing is this Wednesday at 3:00 (again, the hour of MERCY!)  Her procedure is scheduled for this Friday.  I do not know the time. Please continue praying through Friday!"
Lord hear our prayers!

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Urgent Prayer Request!

Please pray that a choice for life will triumph here....

There is a 17 year old girl (Jane Doe) who will be coming to court on Monday asking the court to approve a parental waiver so she can have an abortion. Her mother is agreeing to allow her to have an abortion but cannot be at the abortion center in Madison when it is scheduled due to work schedule. The abortion clinic will not perform the abortion or accept mom's consent if mom is not there and the young girl does not have a court order.

Please pray for the girl, the unborn baby and the (grand)mother that the Holy Spirit may intervene and the decision to bring the baby into the world and given a good home is chosen over abortion.

Some Good News to Report!
This past week I have heard from two prayer warriors with positive results because of their vigilance out on the sidewalk!  One reported that, after seeing his sign pointing out the spiritual and physical dangers of contraception, a woman left Planned Parenthood, when the staff could not answer her questions about the risks involved.  Another prayer warrior convinced a woman, who was not abortion-minded, to have her pregnancy test done at the Women's Care Center and not return to the Planned Parenthood abortion mill.  Little by little we are chipping away their foundation of lies and one day, through prayer and witness, we will see this foundation crumble!    

Vigil for Life Event - 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Hope to See You THIS Saturday, January 12, 2013!
Join us for 15 Decades of the Rosary from 11am to Noon on the State St. steps of the Capitol in Madison followed by a Pro-Life Potluck Lunch and Program from 12:15 to 3:00pm at St. Patrick Catholic Church basement (404 E. Main St, Madison, WI) featuring Jerry Schmutte, a leading authority on Planned Parenthood and the Anti-life Agenda.

Please bring a dish to pass, if possible.
This event is sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Vigil for Life Madison, and supported by the Diocese of Madison.
For those who can NOT pray outdoors at the Capitol that day: Please pray 15 Decades of the Rosary INDOORS at St. Patrick Church from 11am to Noon.  In case of inclement weather, we will ALL pray INDOORS at St. Patrick's.  Questions?  Contact info@vigilforlife.org.
Open Hours This Week:
Wednesday, 1/9/13:  1 person needed at 9:00am
Thursday, 1/10/13:  1 person needed at each hour -  2:00pm and 3:00pm
Please go to vigilforlife.org to sign up or contact info@vigilforlife.org.  Thank you all for your consistent "yes" response each week to our requests for hours to be filled!  Your perseverance in prayer is truly a blessing!