Madison Catholic Herald
Pro-lifers submit 20,000-plus petitions Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 05, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON — More than 20,000 signatures were presented at a press conference at the state capitol building January 27 to protest a plan to begin performing second-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center.

The press conference was held by a coalition of pro-life organizations that included Wisconsin Right to Life, Wisconsin Family Council, Christian Life Resources, the Diocese of Madison, Vigil for Life, the Wisconsin Guild of the Catholic Medical Association, Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Christian Medical and Dental Association. These organizations have been vocal in recent weeks in opposition to the plan, which was first exposed to the general public by the nonprofit legal organization Alliance Defense Fund on January 7.

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Guests welcome at Institute classes Print
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Thursday, Feb. 05, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

JANESVILLE -- Ave Maria University's Institute for Pastoral Theology (IPT) will start a new cohort in the fall of 2009. This program leads to a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree in pastoral theology, meeting one weekend each month, August through May, for three years. Classes are held at St. John Vianney Parish in Janesville. Prospective students are invited to come as guests at the following classes:

  • The Corinthian Correspondence -- Friday, Feb. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 to 10:50 a.m.
  • Augustine on the Happy Life -- Friday, Feb. 13, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 14, 8 to 10:50 a.m.
  • Catholic Social Teaching in an Age of Revolution -- Saturday, Feb. 14, 12:30 to 6:40 p.m.
  • The Mystery of God's Plan of Love is Fulfilled in the Church -- Saturday, Feb. 14, 12:30 to 6:40 p.m.
  • The Pastoral Theology of Vatican II -- Sunday, Feb. 15, 8 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
  • Foundational Principles of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass -- Sunday, Feb. 15, 8 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

To reserve a seat, call 866-866-1100 or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Visit www.ipt.avemaria.edu for more information.

 
Pro-life rally in Madison to be held Jan. 31 Print
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Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON — Pro-life groups from around the state will hold a rally and march on Saturday, Jan. 31, to protest the plans by University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (UWHC) and Meriter Hospital to perform late-term abortions at the jointly operated Madison Surgery Center.

The rally will start at 12:15 p.m. on the 700 block of State St. (Library Mall). After the rally, the group will march to the clinic at 1 S. Park St.

The UWHC Board is expected to vote on the late-term abortion plan on February 4. Organizers of the rally and march say the hope is “to show the board that the people of Wisconsin do not want to turn a fine medical facility into a center for killing and dismembering pre-born children,” and that it may be the “last, best shot to stop these plans.”

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Marchers oppose abortions in Madison Print
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Written by Mary C. Uhler, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Feb. 05, 2009 -- 1:00 AM
 Dr. Haywood Robinson speaks at rally
 Dr. Haywood Robinson speaks to over 800 people attending a pro-life rally held on the Library Mall in Madison to protest a plan to provide second-trimester abortions at the Madison Surgery Center. (Catholic Herald photo/Joe Ptak)

MADISON — Thirty years ago a young doctor finished medical school. He wanted to help people by treating diseases.

In his first year of practice, he began delivering babies. He found it to be an awesome experience.

But to earn some extra money, he also began to perform abortions. At first he experienced uneasiness, but soon it became easier.

Experienced conversion

That young doctor was Dr. Haywood Robinson. He talked about his conversion to the pro-life cause at a rally on the State St. Mall on the University of Wisconsin campus on Saturday, Jan. 31. Over 800 people from throughout Wisconsin attended the rally, many carrying signs such as “What about the baby’s rights” and “Thou shalt not kill.”

After “coming to know the Lord,” Robinson said he now thinks of his payment for performing abortions as “blood money.”

He insisted that doctors “can’t have it both ways.” They can’t take care of pregnant women who want their children on one hand and kill the babies of those who don’t want them on the other.

Read Bishop Robert Morlino's
statement to UW Hospitals
Authority Board.

 
  

Robinson, who is chief of staff at the College Station Medical Center in College Station, Texas, urged the crowd to “hold people accountable” at the University of Wisconsin and Meriter Hospital, which are partners in the Madison Surgery Center. Plans are being proposed to offer second-trimester abortions at the Surgery Center.

“They can’t open a death camp in Madison,” Robinson told the rally.

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Supporting 'life always' at Edgewood High Print
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Written by Kat Wagner, Catholic Herald Staff   
Thursday, Jan. 29, 2009 -- 1:00 AM

MADISON — A group of students from Edgewood High School (EHS)were among the tens of thousands who gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 22 for the 36th annual March for Life, reflecting a growing awareness at the school for the need to address the issues of respect for life.

“It’s important for us to be faithful citizens and to advocate for life and fairness,” said Tonya Bubolz, a religious studies teacher at EHS and a moderator of two relatively new activities at the school dedicated towards raising awareness of life issues.

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