A recent article in Atlantic, “Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation,” reports that unhappiness, depression and even suicide rates are escalating with heavy digital use by young people ages 5 to 22, in addition to a growing inability to relate to people in reality, not just virtually. Gracy Olmstead writing for the Federalist says parents have to step up to save their kids. Olmstead pushes for only flip phones if any before teen years, technology-free spaces and times at home, and active outdoor time together as a family as important interventions.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says,”The of the most important things parents can do in this area is set a good example. Exercise personal discipline in the use of your own phone or tablet. Remember—what one generation does in moderation, the next does in excess. In addition, approach alternatives to being on a smartphone positively and creatively—and everybody benefits.”
August 1, 2017 – Madison, WI – Today, a Dane County Circuit Court judge is hearing a case involving stopping enforcement of a Madison ordinance and a state law against a photographer because the laws allow government control of her artistic expression. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys represent Amy Lawson, photographer and blogger, owner of Amy Lynn Photography Studio in Madison. The lawsuit challenges a sweeping local ordinance and a state law that force commissioned creative professionals to promote messages that violate their beliefs, including abortion and same-sex marriage.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Interestingly Wisconsin’s Attorney General Brad Schimel has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit against the state, saying that the public accommodations law has never been enforced against someone like Amy. From our perspective, this is a critical case that will tell us exactly how the courts interpret the Madison ordinance and the state law.”
On Wednesday, July 26, President Trump took to Twitter to announce a significant change in the military’s policy regarding transgendered individuals. Trump said generals and military experts have advised him that it is not in the best interest of the military for transgendered individuals to be enlisted in any branch of the military and is barring their admission. Liberals have denounced the ban, saying they are ready for a culture war with Trump. Wisconsin US Senator Democrat Tammy Baldwin has publicly spoken against the ban and will likely make this part of her 2018 re-election campaign.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds, “President Trump is simply returning the military policy to what it had been prior to 2016 when President Obama allowed transgendered individuals to join the ranks, including using taxpayer money to pay for gender-reassignment treatments and surgeries. This isn’t about hate or discrimination. It’s about ensuring our military is fully focused on defending us.”
WFA president Julaine Appling, “Court decisions matter, especially those from our nation’s highest court. No doubt they shouldn’t matter as much as they do these days. Our founders designed a government with 3 branches that are meant to check and balance each other, not one where one branch holds the other two hostage. Thomas Jefferson said of this matter, “[T]he opinion which gives to the judges the right to decide what laws are constitutional and what not, not only for themselves, in their own sphere of action, but for the Legislature and Executive also in their spheres, would make the Judiciary a despotic branch.” Many today, myself included, would contend the US Supreme Court, along with other lower federal and state courts, are dangerously close to being “a despotic branch.” And that’s a major reason why today court decisions really matter.”
Read the rest of this week’s Wisconsin Family Connection HERE.
July 17, 2017 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling will attend the Assembly Committee on Science and Technology tomorrow at the state capitol and register favor of Assembly Bill 206 (companion bill SB 154) which prohibits both the UW System and Clinics Authority employees from performing abortions during the scope of their employment. The bills were introduced by State Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) and State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) respectively. (more…)
From a press release from Attorney General Brad Schimel’s (photo left) office on Friday, July 7, 2017:
“Earlier this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a stay in Anderson, et al. v. Loertscher, a challenge to the state’s Unborn Child Protection Act, over the dissenting votes of Justices Ginsburg and Sotomayor. The Unborn Child Protection Act or 1997 Wisconsin Act 292 gives state actors the legal authority to assist substance-addicted, pregnant women with their addiction, thus protecting both the mothers and their unborn children Attorney General Brad Schimel released the following statement in response to the Court’s order. “In the weeks since the federal district court struck down the Unborn Child Protection Act, I have heard from numerous law enforcement officers and human services providers who are concerned they no longer have the ability to get drug-addicted women help, work they’ve been doing for nearly two decades. Today’s order from the Supreme Court is a victory for the rule of law and restores important tools that make mothers and children safer and stronger.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “The growing opioid problem in Wisconsin and across the country makes this stay very important. This law passed nearly 20 years ago was never intended to hurt pregnant women but rather to help them deal with addictions and in doing so protect their unborn children. It’s sad we have to have a law to do this, but today’s culture leaves us few options.”
An incredibly complicated and heartbreaking life-and-death medical case has sparked an international debate: It’s the case of little Charlie Gard.
Charlie suffers from an extremely rare and deadly genetic disorder called Mitochondrial DNA Depletion Syndrome. Mitochondria “are structures within cells that convert the energy from food into a form that cells can use.” Because of his depletion of mitochondrial DNA, Charlie’s muscles and organs are failing. He’s unconscious and cannot breathe on his own. From all reports, he’s in the terminal stages of a disease for which there is no known cure.
Charlie’s parents, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, have raised a million and a half dollars in private donations to take him to America for an experimental treatment. They appear under no illusion that the treatment will work, but they do want to exhaust every possibility.
But doctors at Britain’s Great Ormond Street Hospital have decided that Charlie’s condition is hopeless, and that he should be left to die.
The Supreme Court ruled decisively Monday that religious institutions should be eligible to receive public funds for purely secular purposes.
Even though the state’s denial of funds likely would lead only to “a few extra scraped knees,” Roberts said, “the exclusion of Trinity Lutheran from a public benenfit for which it is otherwise qualified, solely because it is a church, is odious to our Constitution all the same, and cannot stand.”
“This decision is encouraging,” responds WFA president Julaine Appling, ” For a change we have an opinion on this type of issue that is faithful to the First Amendment and not hostile to religion. Other cases with religious freedom implications will be on the court’s docket next session, including a baker in Colorado who, based on his religious beliefs, won’t do cakes for same-sex weddings.”
WFA president Julaine Appling, along with the Heal Without Harm Coalition comprised of representatives from Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Catholic Conference and others will be on Wisconsin Eye’s program “On Tap” Wednesday, June 21 from 3 to 3:30 p.,m. airing from Genna’s Lounge in downtown Madison. The HWH Coalition will be interviewed by program host and Wisconsin Eye senior producer Steve Walters.
Heal Without Harm is a coalition of organizations and citizens dedicated to working with the scientific community to encourage it toward ethical research.
Julaine K. Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action
With Live Music by “The Mustard Seeds”
Topic: “Defining & Defending the Pillars of Freedom & Prosperity”
Julaine will discuss the current state of our nation and our state when it comes to liberty. She is well-known in the halls of state government for her effectiveness in making things happen. She was a leader in defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, preserving natural marriage and has been a strong voice in Madison for traditional values and freedom. Both in government and the culture, Julaine defends the Judeo-Christian values and the constitution that our country was built upon.
All are invited
There will be an open Q&A session.
This event is co-sponsored by Citizens Against Expanded Gambling
For more information call Seth Cowan at 920-968-5335
AB 64 – Budget bill – currently at a standstill as Republican-controlled Senate and Assembly have major disagreements over at least 2 key areas of spending: K12 education and transportation. WFA has weighed in on several budget provisions, including funding a PR campaign to promote the Success Sequence (finish school, get a job, marry and then have kids), an amendment that gives Christian/Bible camps the same amount of tax exempt property as all other camps in Wisconsin.
AB 128/SB 81 – companion bills that prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions for state employees (related to state health insurance programs). Assembly committee has held a public hearing on the bill and voted in favor of it going to the full Assembly. The Senate has taken no action on the bill. WFA supports the bill and testified in the Assembly hearing in support of it.
AB 206/SB154 – companion bills that stop the cozy relationship that currently exists allowing UW Medical School employees to perform abortions at Madison Planned Parenthood. No hearing has been scheduled in either the Assembly or the Senate. WFA supports the bill.
AB 208/SB 157 – extends existing $5000 tax deduction to Wisconsin families who finalize adoptions in another state or country, but bring the child to live in Wisconsin. Assembly committee held a public hearing on the bill. No action on the Senate side. WFA supports the bill and testified in the Assembly hearing.
AB 300 & AB 304 – AB 300 requires that parents receive notice of all federal, state and local mandated tests their children will be expected to take. AB 304 allows parents to opt their children out of any federal or state mandated test or any local assessment, as long as the test is not required for high-school graduation (e.g., civics test). A hearing has been held on both bills in the Assembly. No action in the Senate. WFA attended the Assembly hearing and registered in support of both bills.
AB 48 – commonly referred to as the “Blue Lives Matter” bill. Adds crimes against members of law enforcement to existing hate crimes statutes. Hearing held in Assembly. No Senate version of the bill is currently introduced. WFA opposes this bill on the grounds that trying to add something good to a bad law, doesn’t make the bad law good and the bill is far more symbolic than substantive.
This week a Wisconsin Assembly Committee held a public hearing on two bills, AB 300 & AB 304, that would ensure school districts provide timely and complete notification to parents about any and all federal, state or local mandated tests, except those required for high-school graduation and would also make it clear that parents in public schools have a right to opt their children out of any federal or state mandated test, except for a test, like the Civics test, that is required for graduation. State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du lac) and State Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) have authored the bills.
WFA president Julaine Appling states, “Laws that protect the right of parents to know what is happening in the schools and that safeguard the right of parents to opt their children out of standardized tests are appropriate. We all want local control. But when school boards make it difficult for parents to know and act in the best interest of their children, it’s time for a higher level of government to step in on behalf of parents.”
“A bold new billboard recently appeared along Highway 33 in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. Located directly across from local “sex store” Sensations, this billboard proclaims: “Sex Trafficking: Porn Creates Demand.”
The billboard is part of NCOSE’s City Blitz campaign, which raises awareness in cities across the country about the harms of pornography, including links to other forms of sexual exploitation and the disintegration of the family.”
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “Porn shops not only create demand for sex trafficking but also often actually enable it. Unfortunately, these types of businesses prey on small communities where too often local officials have not taken pre-emptive steps to stop them by enacting and enforcing restrictive ordinances. Informed and involved citizens are key to changing this in any community.”
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Today is the 66th Annual National Day of Prayer (NDOP). Governor Walker has signed a proclamation declaring May 4 as Wisconsin’s Annual Day of Prayer, and there are many events taking place across the state of Wisconsin as well as the nation.
In keeping with our long national history of presidents declaring national days of prayer and fasting, National Day of Prayer (first Thursday in May) is a congressionally declared observance since it was formally recognized in 1952. The National Day of Prayer Task Force is not a government organization. It is a private, not-for-profit entity dedicated to encouraging citizens, churches and communities to recognize and commemorate the day around the country.
The annual NDOP Madison State Capitol event will take place today from noon to 1 p.m. Join us as we pray for government, church, military, family, education, media, and business on the King Street Entrance to the state capitol. Wisconsin Family Action president, Julaine Appling, will be participating in the program, which is coordinated by the State NDP Director Joleen Helbig. In case of inclement weather, the noon event will be held in Room 413 North GAR in the capitol.)
Additionally, the Capitol Prayer Room (North 413 GAR, if in use North Hearing Room, 2nd Floor) will also be available starting at 8 a.m. with a time of worship. Prayer begins at 9 a.m. and continues throughout the day (except during the noon event) led by area churches and prayer ministries.
Wisconsin Family Council encourages churches to be open today (all day or specific hours), inviting people to stop in and pray as their schedules permit. We also urge families to set aside time today to pray together for America, Wisconsin, our communities, our churches and our families.
State Rep. André Jacque (R-DePere, photo left) and Sen. Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) have introduced a bill (AB 127) that would stop the state from making health insurance plans that cover abortions available to employees. The bill had a public hearing in the Assembly Health Committee on Wednesday, April 19. While no pro-abortion groups showed up to testify against the bill, three Democrat women committee members, all with former ties to the abortion industry, took the bill, the authors, and others in favor of the measure to task, alleging the proposal reduces women’s access to abortion. Supporters strongly disagreed.
Julaine Appling testified in favor of this bill stating, “As I said in the hearing last week, state law says no taxpayer funds are to be used to pay for abortions, but right now taxpayers are paying for some abortions through these state health insurance plans. Abortion is not health care. Nor is it a medically necessary procedure as these women each alleged. Taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for anyone’s abortion, directly or indirectly.”
View the full recorded testimony from Wisconsin Family Action HERE courtesy of Wisconsin Eye.
On Wednesday, April 26, AB 127 cleared the state Assembly Health Committee.and is now headed to the full Assembly for consideration.
“Proponents of assisted suicide would have us believe that legalized killing is an unstoppable freight train and that those who oppose it are going to get run over. And no wonder. Last year Colorado and the District of Columbia legalized it, while California enacted a bill that had been passed in 2015. They joined Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Montana where this great evil is now legal.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, weighs in, “Once again this year a bill to legalize assisted suicide (Assembly Bill 216) has been introduced in the Wisconsin legislature. It liberally uses the words compassionate, humane and dignified; but they don’t hide the horrific nature of the proposal. Only Democrats are signed on to the bill. Republicans who control both houses apparently understand the bill should die, not people.”
WFA president testifies in favor of Assembly Bill 128 prohibiting the Group Insurance Board from contracting for or providing abortion services. View the live testimony via Wisconsin Eye below by clicking HERE. (Testimony begins at 194:35)
Today Julaine Appling, WFA president, testified before the Assembly Committee on Health in favor of Assembly Bill 128 which prohibits the group insurance board from contracting for or providing abortion services.
Testimony in Support of Assembly Bill 128 Assembly Committee on Health Public Hearing, April 19, 2017
Julaine Appling President, Wisconsin Family Action
Thank you, Chairman Sanfelippo and committee members, for the opportunity to testify in support of Assembly Bill 128.
Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) believes this bill is necessary to bring the state fully in compliance with existing state prohibitions on funding abortion, as cited in Section 20.927 of our state statutues.
Providing a benefit in the form of a health insurance policy to state employees, state annuitants or local government employees whose local government unit participates in a Group Insurance Board health insurance plan certainly constitutes state funding. Since the law clearly prohibits state funds from subsidizing abortion, with the exceptions as noted in 20.927, making health insurance policies that include abortion available to state employees and the others as noted obviously is funding abortion and should therefore not be permitted.
It is time to bring this outlier into conformity to state law.
Wisconsin Family Action urges the committee to support this bill and move it to the full Assembly for a vote.
Leaders in Sun Prairie are considering two ordinances that would protect people based on their gender identity or gender expression.
The city would be one of only a handful in Wisconsin to have an ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity or expression.
Read a media account HERE. Proposed ordinances are available HERE. (Go to pp. 21-29. They are in the report from the Diversity Ad Hoc Committee)
WFA president, Julaine Appling, weighs in, “This idea is wrong and dangerous. Local government has no right to force private businesses to allow men to use the women’s restrooms and changing rooms and vice versa. This is also a gross violation of the privacy rights of all citizens. Sun Prairie citizens concerned about this proposed ordinance need to show up at the May 2 city council meeting.”
Note: The meeting will take place in the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall at 300 E. Main St. in Downtown Sun Prairie at 7 p.m.
My husband and I had been following April the giraffe (Animal Adventure Park in NY) via live webcam for over two months as she progressed through her pregnancy, and we were delighted to awaken to the labor and delivery event this past Saturday morning.
The birthing process is miraculous, and the animal birthing process is no exception. It is astounding how God reveals Himself through the natural and unimaginable. Witnessing birth, even an animal birth, is exciting!.
When giraffes give birth, the front hooves appear, which dangle for a lengthy period of time, followed by the tiny head. This also hangs precariously above the ground before the mother giraffe can push the remainder of the body out. The baby drops 6 feet to the ground and is standing within 30 minutes! Astounding!
At the point during the delivery where this baby giraffe’s hooves were “dangling,” I said to my husband, “It’s at this time in a partial birth abortion that a baby would die. I wonder what would happen if, at this point in this birth, the vet would enter the pen, take a pair of scissors and jam them into the baby giraffe’s skull and then open the scissors to enlarge the hole. The vet would then remove the scissors and insert a suction catheter so the baby giraffe’s brain is sucked out. The vet would then proceed to remove the dead baby giraffe.”
My husband looked at me in horror. Why would I even think such a thing?
As the whole world watches, the baby giraffe loses its life through a gruesome act, which the media would most certainly deem as “an act of violence.” Imagine the outcry. The watching world would have been horrified. Animal Adventure Park would most likely be facing picketers, email threats, extremely negative publicity, lawsuits and the like.
But just replace the giraffe with a baby.
Who would kill a baby giraffe that was conceived and in the process of arrival while in the safety net of a national zoo? We suspect there is no-one who could be named.
Who would kill a human baby after it was conceived and in the process of being born? Abortionists and their supporting so-called women’s health centers, such as Planned Parenthood.
Yet the cry for legalizing partial-birth abortion continues.
The silence is deafening.
Submitted by a friend of WIsconsin Famiiy Action Photo credit: Toronto Sun
April 13, 2017 – Madison, WI – Governor Walker has officially proclaimed Thursday, May 4, as Wisconsin’s Annual Day of Prayer (ADP). Within the proclamation Walker also confirms the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast which will be held in conjunction with the Day of Prayer at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
The proclamation notes the theme for the ADP is “For Your Great Names’ Sake! Hear Us, Forgive Us, Heal Us!” based on the Bible verse Daniel 9:19, “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your Sake, O my God!”
Testimony in Support of Assembly Bill 57 Assembly Committee on Public Benefits Reform Public Hearing, April 11, 2017 Julaine Appling President, Wisconsin Family Action
Thank you, Chairman Krug and committee members, for the opportunity to submit in writing the testimony I gave today before the committee in support of Assembly Bill 57.
Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) believes the very best environment for children is to live with their married mother and father. Unfortunately, that gold standard is not reality for very child. In situations where the child’s best interest has already been sacrificed too often on the altar of adult desires through divorce or unwed child birth, we believe it is mportant that children be as closely tied to their biological parents as possible, assuming parental rights have not been terminated for good reason.
Further, Wisconsin Family Action believes our citizens are much better off, and as a result, our entire state is much better off when our citizens are independent of government. Public benefit programs can, if not managed very carefully,, keep people from becoming independent, but rather contributing to keeping people in poverty by not requiring some measure of personal responsibility..To this point, Governor Walker has said recently he believes public benefits should be a trampoline, not a hammock.
Wisconsin Family Action believes Assembly Bill 57, authored by Rep. Sanfelippo and Sen. Kapenga, helps with both of what I just laid out. It is a bill about acknowledging and accepting responsibility as a parent of a child in at least two ways: paternity and related child support. The idea behind the bill is that custodial or non-custodial parents who wish to receive FoodShare benefits need to cooperate in determining paternity, establishing or enforcing a child support order, and being no more than 3 months in arrears on child support. These requirements are reasonable and are about the best interest of the child.
The fastest way for a woman or a child to experience poverty is for them to be involved in a divorce or unwed childbirth. Some of this poverty experience can be alleviated if the biological father of the child is known and then held accountable for, at a minimum, contributing to the financial needs of the child through child support. Public benefits should not “reward” bad behavior, particularly when minor children are involved. (While the preceding focuses on non-custodial fathers, the reality is a woman, whether custodial or non-custodial, guilty of obstructing a support order or being delinquent in child support, would also be denied FoodShares under this bill.)
WFA does not see AB 57 as punitive but rather as an appropriate push towards parental responsibility by a reasonable withholding of a public benefit. Public benefits doled out without requirements become hammocks rather than trampolines.
Thank you for your careful consideration of this bill. Wisconsin Family Action urges the committee to pass AB 57 and move it to the full Assembly for a floor vote.
Publications I referred to in my remarks and responses to questions are available online.