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.
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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.”
2017 | April 20 Wisconsin lawmakers consider bill banning abortion coverage
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
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.
Click CLICK HERE to view the full testimony.
Click HERE to read AB 128.
ALERT: TONIGHT Sun Prairie transgender ordinance “wrong and dangerous.” City Council meeting May 2 at 7 p.m.
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.
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.
On Saturday, April 15, a giraffe calf was born and the nation rejoiced.
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!”
View the proclamation HERE.
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.
View document HERE.
April 11, 2017 | ‘Deadbeat Parents’ in State Would Lose Benefits Under Bill
April 10, 2017 – Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling pens op ed to Journal Sentinel:
Few things raise the blood pressure of good-hearted citizens in this state as much as the abortion debate, and, specifically, the controversy over public funding of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s and our state’s largest abortion provider. Because this matter affects some of the most vulnerable in our society — the unborn and the mothers who carry them — it demands our attention, careful consideration and perhaps even our collective elevated blood pressure. Critical to this discussion is exposing and debunking the false choice being presented. (more…)
A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin, also covers homosexuality.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which handles cases in Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin, decided 8-3 that discrimination on the basis of “sex” also means discrimination on the basis of “sexual orientation.”
The ruling is significant because it recognizes special protections for LGBTQ status in existing law, making gay activists’ attempts to create LGBTQ anti-discrimination laws unnecessary.
Read more HERE.
WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “Once again a court pits religious freedom against so-called civil rights with this outlandish decision based not on law but on personal agendas incited by powerful outside forces. I hope this is a wake-up call for those who think this last election took care of such issues. Federal courts that are filled with judicial activist judges are the battleground.”
On Friday, April 21, thousands of schools across the country, including hundreds of Wisconsin middle schools and high schools, will allow a student-led event that is sponsored and promoted by GLSEN, the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network. On this day, students will be encouraged to take a vow of silence for the day, except if addressed directly in a class, as a show of support for students involved with homosexuality or gender confusion, who organizers believe are subject to regular harassment and bullying.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, states, “Day of Silence is less than three weeks away. This ever-growing event with indoctrination at its heart has been around for 20 years, but too many parents with kids in public schools don’t know much if anything about it. With this much notice I’m hopeful parents will be pro-active and have critical discussions and make important decisions about how their children will respond.
A bill is being introduced in the Wisconsin legislature that would remove entirely the waiting period after a divorce before a remarriage. Currently the law requires six months after a divorce is finalized before a person can remarry. Wisconsin is one of 6 states with a waiting period. Two other states also require six months before remarrying. Democrat Sondy Pope is authoring the proposal, and a number of Republicans have been sympathetic to the idea. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, says, Wisconsin should not change this law, regardless of what other states have done or are doing.
“Wisconsin needs to buck the trend. We need to keep the remarriage waiting period. We already have the worst combination of divorce law in the country: no fault, no contest. Removing the waiting period would further undermine marriage. Research shows remarriages are much more likely to end in divorce than first marriages. Experts tell us the longer the waiting period the better.”
This month State Senator Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and State Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) sent a memo to their legislative colleagues inviting them to join them as co-sponsors of the bill package known as the Heal Without Harm Initiative. This initiative is comprised of two bills.
- One bill bans the trade and use of the body parts of aborted babies and requires that they be given an appropriate final disposition.
- The second bill requires” facilities where a woman could experience a tragic miscarriage or stillbirth to inform women that they can voluntarily donate their child for research. The bill also provides that facilities where a woman miscarries or delivers a stillborn baby arrange for the proper disposition of the baby.
The bills are strongly supported by the Heal Without Harm Coalition, comprised of the state’s main pro-life groups: Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Catholic Conference.
“Many pro-life Wisconsin citizens were very upset that a similar bill did not pass last session. These bills are even better than that bill. The package is all about recognizing the dignity and humanity of aborted, stillborn or miscarried babies,” said WFA president Julaine Appling..
For more details on the Heal Without Harm Initiative and this issue in general, click “CONTINUE READING” below.
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A few weeks ago 2 Republicans, Sen. Alberta Darling (River Hills) and Rep. Cindi Duchow (Waukesha) introduced a bill that they claim stops the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies. None of the state’s pro-life groups were consulted on the bill. Heal Without Harm Coalition analyzed the bill and found it pretty severely lacking. Parts of the bill are confusing, and it also has significant exceptions that would basically allow the UW to continue doing research using the body parts and tissue of aborted babies. All four main pro-life groups have registered as opposing this bill.
Two bills have recently been introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature to provide a path forward for biomedical research that honors the dignity of the human beings that it is meant to serve. These are the Fetal Remains Respect Act and the Unborn Child Disposition and Anatomical Gift Act, part of the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative. Contrary to what some claim, these bills do not stifle research. As scientists, we wholeheartedly support this initiative to support and advocate for biomedical research that benefits all human persons, without sacrificing one for another.
National Geographic is running an ad on Facebook featuring the caption, “Stand behind the facts. Stand with science. Stand for the planet,” and then below that, “Subscribe to National Geographic for just $12.”
It’s good advertising. But how will subscribing to this magazine help facts, science, or the planet in light of their January cover? If you recall, it featured a young boy dressed in pink leopard print with long, dyed hair and the caption, “The best thing about being a girl is that I don’t have to pretend to be a boy.”
Pushing the idea that biological males can become females and vice-versa while posturing as champions of science is a bit contradictory. It elevates an ideology that denies facts and science in favor of feelings.
Read more HERE.
From Family Policy Alliance:
The American Medical Association (AMA) is once again taking steps to move away from its long-standing opposition to doctor-assisted suicide.
The group is meeting next month to consider a recommendation that the AMA take a neutral position on doctor-prescribed death. The decision means physicians are one step closer to losing the right to fight for our patients and their families at times when they need us most.
Read more HERE
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “In Wisconsin bills to legalize assisted suicide have been introduced nearly ever session since at least 1997. Fortunately, we have successfully derailed those efforts but we must remain vigilant. Also Wisconsin Medical Society recently considered changing its position on assisted suicide, however, but ultimately decided to leave it as it is, which still favors doing no harm.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a proud member of the Heal Without Harm Ethical Research Coalition (HWH), comprised of Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Wisconsin Right to Life and Pro-Life Wisconsin. The HWH Coalition supports ending the trade and use of abortion-derived baby body parts, while also promoting ethical alternatives in research.
The HWH Coalition has serious concerns about recently circulated state legislation because it would continue to permit trafficking and use of children whose lives were taken by abortion. This perpetuates the exploitation of the unborn. The Coalition urges state legislators to refrain from supporting this flawed proposal.
To learn more about our efforts and recent developments in legislation, CLICK HERE.
WFA glad @TheJusticeDept won’t be “radically redefining biological realities, compromising student privacy”
Just one week after Jeff Sessions was confirmed as Attorney General, the Department of Justice signaled that it is ending efforts to force school districts to allow boys into girls facilities as a condition of receiving federal funding.
Last year, the Department of Justice under President Obama redefined “sex” to mean “gender identity” under Title IX. This effectively forced schools to choose between their federal funding and the privacy of their students.
Read more HERE.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “We are very proud that Wisconsin, under the leadership of Attorney General Brad Schimel and Governor Walker, is also part of this lawsuit. It’s encouraging that the Department of Justice under our new president apparently won’t be using its power to try to bully Wisconsin public schools into radically redefining biological realities and compromising student privacy.”
Next Tuesday, February 21, is Wisconsin’s Spring Non-Partisan Primary Election. Early in-person voting ends this Friday, February 17. Absentee ballots are also available. A primary for State Superintendent of Public Instruction will be on everyone’s ballot statewide. This is a 4-year term. Incumbent Tony Evers, who has served two terms, is running again and has 2 challengers: Dr. Lowell Holtz and Mr. John Humphries. Other local races could be on voters’ ballots. Check myvote.wi.gov to see a sample ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. statewide.
Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (PAC) has endorsed Dr. Lowell Holtz (photo, left) for State Superintendent of Public Instruction. See endorsement here.
“This race for State Superintendent of Public Instruction is critical,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “Whoever holds this office is responsible for determining state model academic standards, model policies on issues such as bullying, sexual orientation, gender –identity and more. Check the candidates websites, get informed and then be sure to vote.”
The Heal Without Harm Coalition, comprised of Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Wisconsin Family Action, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life has serious reservations about a bill circulated for co-sponsorship late Tuesday afternoon. It included a 5 PM Wednesday deadline for lawmakers to co-sponsor the legislation. From the Coalition’s statement sent to state lawmakers:
The Heal Without Harm Coalition, comprised of Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Wisconsin Family Action, Pro-Life Wisconsin, and Wisconsin Right to Life, has learned that LRB-1927/1 (sale and research on fetal body parts) is being circulated for co-sponsorship. After an initial review, the HWH Coalition has serious concerns regarding the proposal and urges legislators to refrain from co-sponsorship.
Read more HERE.
2017 | February 9 Pro-Life Groups Disappointed in Fetal Body Parts Bill
Elite media outlets are declaring a Supreme Court seat was “stolen.”
In his Stoplight® commentary, Stuart Shepard, Executive Producer for Creative Communications for Family Policy Alliance, shares some questions you can ask your friends who echo that narrative. Watch below.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call Senator Ron Johnson (R) 202-224-5323 and Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) 202-224-5653 and urge them to vote to confirm President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Tweet your support for Judge Neil Gorsuch using hashtag #ConfirmGorsuch.