Did you know that married adults live longer lives, have better health, and greater personal happiness? Children who are raised by a married mother and father perform better in school, have fewer addictions, fewer teen pregnancies, and less trouble with the law. Research clearly shows that marriage boosts measures of human well-being for children, women, and men:
Only 4% of homes with a married mother and father are on food stamps at any given time, while 28% of single-mother homes are on food stamps.
78% of married people own their own home, while only 41% of cohabitating adults do.
Married men benefit from an average annual economic “marriage premium” of at least $15,900 per year compared to their unmarried peers.
The seismic shift in family structure over the course of the past few decades has broadened income gaps and deepened class divides. The New York Times highlighted sociological evidence of the impact of marriage on wealth, status, health, and happiness in an important article, “Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’”. Scholars at the National Marriage Project – a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Virginia – explain marriage as a “wealth-generating institution,” which is true for people of every race.
Research shows that marriage is the unsung anti-poverty program.
Learn how to get help for yourself, help others or form a marriage committee at www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org.
On February 6, 2019, Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) along with his Assembly colleagues took a public stand against the new efforts to loosen abortion restrictions during a news conference in GAR hall at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI. Recently, a law was enacted in New York; another was proposed in Virginia. Last Session, Wisconsin Democrats introduced a similar proposal introduced in the Legislature.
“So we’ve seen this week all across the country, unfortunately, is the lack of concern and really what I would say is the outrageous position that people are taking in protecting human life. So why are we here today. First of all we have a reason to be concerned in Wisconsin because there is obviously, all across the nation a nationwide, an attack on the unborn. And I am here to say that, along with my colleagues, we are not going to allow that to happen in Wisconsin…”
Given the undeniable medical and psychological risks of administering opposite-sex hormones, the physicians question how any child, adolescent, or parent can give truly informed consent.
It seems like just yesterday the sexual revolution was focused on legal protections for same-sex couples and individuals with same-sex orientations. But once that battle was won (or lost, depending on your perspective), radicals in the LGBT movement flooded the cultural zone with new demands.
The most troubling agenda item for the transgender radicals became the demand that dysphoric children be provided medical intervention to help their bodies mimic those of the opposite sex.
The doctors conclude by calling for a return to objective medicine in this highly charged political arena:
Physicians need to start examining GAT through the objective eye of the scientist-clinician rather than the ideological lens of the social activist. Far more children with gender dysphoria will ultimately be helped by this approach.
So these physicians have thrown down the gauntlet and are presumably bracing for the inevitable backlash from ideologues. But there’s safety in numbers, and their courage may catalyze more professional opposition to the politicization and corruption of medicine. Perhaps this resistance will expand to include all people, physicians and otherwise, of all ideological stripes, who will finally rise up to protect children from those who would sacrifice them as pawns in a political battle.
Julaine Appling responds, “I’m thankful for pediatricians who are willing to risk much in order to try to bring some sense to this headlong push to give children dealing with gender confusion dangerous drugs and irreversible surgeries. Parents, please be aware that those pushing this agenda are everywhere. Don’t assume your child is somehow immune. Be informed, aware and cautious.”
WISCONSIN MARCH FOR LIFE & LOVE Tuesday, January 22, 2019
State Capitol, Madison
The March for Life & Love will be starting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. We will gather at the “Forward” Statue at the base of the State Street entrance to the State Capitol. The march will proceed around the capitol to the King Street entrance, where a brief assembly will be held.
Those attending are asked to bring a package of diapers. These will be deposited inside the capitol in various Pack & Plays set up in the rotunda. Donations will then be distributed to Pregnancy Help Centers around the state.
Pro-lifers will be asked to visit legislators’ offices to encourage them to advance legislation that preserves & protects life.
“On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2019, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and that teach us how to secure this blessing both at home and around the world.”
We learned just hours ago that in the debate over the federal government shutdown, the U.S. House, led by abortion advocate Nancy Pelosi, has passed a spending bill over to the Senate that would give overseas abortion groups access to millions of YOUR taxpayer dollars.Unfortunately, seven Republicans joined with numerous Democrats to move this bill in the House. That means we really can’t just assume all the Republicans in the Senate will vote no on this bill.
You should NEVER be forced to fund abortion groups in America or anywhere in the world.
That’s why I’m asking you to help.
Our friends at the Susan B. Anthony List – one of the leading pro-life groups in America – are launching a campaign to encourage every pro-life U.S. Senator to STRIKE DOWN this bill.
The first day of a new year offers a clean slate. Most of us start the year with anticipation and eagerness to make some changes and not sully that slate. So, as you make your new year’s resolutions, consider doing so following the model we see in Jesus Christ, who as Luke 2:52 tells us, “increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Reasonable resolutions for our mind, our bodies, our spirit and our human relationships made in a prayerful and purposeful way should mean at the close of 2019 we have made improvements in all areas.
I know New Year’s resolutions have become something of a joke in our culture. I get that. But, you know, it’s still true that if we aim at nothing we are sure to hit it. In this new year God has given us, let’s aim at some goals that are worth hitting. I think this is especially important for parents as they consider how they want their family to grow together in the days ahead.
You may have wondered or heard from neighbors saying: “Why do all the good plans include the abortion coverage?” If you are dissatisfied with the insurance choices in your state, you may want to consider a healthcare sharing ministry. While healthcare sharing does not fix the problem of abortion funding in Obamacare, it does provide an option that respects our consciences and moral values.
>>>Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, tells us, “As someone who is a member of one of these Christian healthcare alternatives, I can attest to the blessing it is to share directly in the needs of others and to never have to be concerned about whether or not the organization is supporting abortion or other policies or positions in conflict with my Christian beliefs. Families owe it to themselves to at least check out these alternatives.
Religious Freedom Wins in Brown County Circuit Court
Madison, WI – Last Friday, Brown County Circuit Court Judge William Atkinson issued a common-sense and constitutional decision in a religious freedom case involving five churches and a Christian not-for-profit organization.
The case stems from a decision in late 2017 by the De Pere City Council to pass an ordinance that considered churches and religious organizations as “places of public accommodation” for purposes related to the city’s so-called “anti-discrimination” policy. To comply with the policy, churches and religious organizations would have to violate their religious beliefs. The policy has no exemption for churches or religious ministries.
Judge Atkinson ruled that the ordinance cannot be applied to churches and religious organizations and indicated that this exemption was to be effective immediately. (more…)
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday commemorates the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973) that legalized abortion on demand in our country. Since then, approximately 57 million lives have been lost to abortion.
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage.
Churches continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
“I think it’s altogether appropriate that ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’ is held on a Sunday and is primarily observed by churches,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “I hope churches all across our state will take time to mention this matter this coming Sunday. If the Christian church doesn’t take a leading role on proclaiming the truth about human life, the people will listen to the loudest voice which is the culture at large and the media – both of which have the wrong message.”
MADISON, WI – Recently representatives from Choose Life Wisconsin hand-delivered checks to twelve of Wisconsin’s Pregnancy Care Centers. Just over $28,000 has been raised from the sale of Choose Life Wisconsin license plates since the plates were released for purchase in late October last year.
This is the second round of funding from the plate sales. Choose Life Wisconsin has received $28,607 to date from the sale of the plates and since May of this year has awarded over $29,000 in grants to twenty pregnancy care centers across the state. Nearly 1100 plates have been sold.
Julaine Appling, president of Choose Life Wisconsin and Dan Miller, vice-president, have made the in-person check deliveries.
“Being able to give money to these incredible organizations has been a dream come true,” said Appling. “The Pregnancy Care Centers in our state are doing phenomenal work in helping women, men and their unborn babies. We know they are using the funds we are awarding them to reach even more people with more services. That’s what this is all about. It’s an honor to be able to help these centers.”
Dan Miller, Vice President of Choose Life Wisconsin, noted, “We are fulfilling our pledge that 100% of the funds raised from the sale of these plates will go the pregnancy care centers. Visiting the centers is a wonderful experience. Meeting with staff and volunteers who dedicated to their work and are excited to receive these grants is a great reminder about why we’ve worked so hard to make this plate and funding stream a reality.”
All funds received from the sale of the plates can be awarded as grants because Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Family Council underwrite all administrative and overhead costs.
The organizations recently receiving grants are Access Women’s Center in Madison, Alpha Women’s Center in Milwaukee, Anchor of Hope Health Center in Sheboygan, CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County, Evangelical Child and Family Agency in New Berlin, First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Stevens Point, First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Hope Life Center in Wausau, National Office of Post Abortion Reconciliation & Healing in Milwaukee, Women’s Care Center of Madison, Women’s Care Center of Milwaukee. And Women’s Support Center of Milwaukee.
Each quarter the state transfers to Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., the accumulated monies from the $25 per-plate donation.
Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., is an independently registered Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation. The IRS has recognized Choose Life Wisconsin as a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has approved it as an Authorized Special Group. Choose Life Wisconsin’s mission is to spread a positive, pro-life message and help Wisconsin’s vital Pregnancy Care Centers flourish by funding them from the proceeds of the sale of the Choose Life plate.
The application form for the license plate and instructions with financial information are available on the Choose Life website.
If you voted yesterday, you are deserving of thanks. You are part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you took seriously our frequent admonition to use your influence to get at least ten other citizens to join you in voting, you deserve a double thank you. A quick look at the numbers in many of the races here in Wisconsin shows that indeed every vote matters. If you are a pastor and you distributed our materials or showed our video or from the pulpit you reminded your people to vote, thank you! You have no idea how influential your voice is when it comes to people voting. The historic turnout yesterday indicates get-out-the-vote efforts were pretty successful for all sides in our state. WFA’s and WFC’s get-out-the-vote efforts, in partnership with you, were definitely part of the reason for the high voter-turnout.
One quick take on the election: it’s becoming harder and harder to overcome the liberal progressive numbers in Madison and Milwaukee. Their votes in these areas for their candidates this past Tuesday were incredibly strong. For conservatives to win statewide elections, the numbers voting for conservative candidates outside of these major population centers are going to have to be stronger than they were in this election.
Admittedly, with a Democrat governor and both houses of our state legislature controlled by Republicans, we might see a lot of gridlock. Assembly Republicans enjoy a 63-36 majority (a loss of 1 seat), while Senate Republicans hold a 19-14 majority (a gain of 1 seat). Republicans, in our opinion, need to be aggressive in forwarding a conservative, pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty agenda and not fall prey to the temptation to just go-along-to-get-along and make deep, principled compromises with a governor who is likely to want a vastly different agenda pushed.
We will keep you posted as we learn more about how this session will start. Both Democrats and Republicans are caucusing today to determine their party and house leadership. Inauguration of the governor will be in early January, followed very shortly thereafter with the beginning of the new legislative session.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said that giving an aging porn star $5000 for a 90-minute presentation to 70 students recently was “a real value” and offered a “rare perspective [students] don’t hear every day.” The topic was supposedly to help students like and be comfortable with their sexuality, including how they view pornography. The event was not advertised openly to the public on the school’s website or elsewhere, only on digital signs on campus. Money for the event came either from student fees or from the Chancellor’s office fund. Read the story HERE.
We’re covering this because it’s important that parents who have students at any UW school or any other publicly-funded university know what’s going on, at least in part. At a minimum, parents should talk with their young adults about the assault they will likely experience on these campuses regarding morality and decency and certainly on Christianity and biblical truth.
Writing for the gospelcoalition.com, Cameron Cole urges parents not to see their kids as lifelong projects that must be managed to successful living or burdens that will one day be lessened when they leave the home. Cole, who lost his firstborn son before he was 4 years old, reminds parents children are gifts from a gracious God—gifts to be responsibly cared for but to also be held loosely with gratitude. Even when a child is especially challenging, remembering that child is a gift helps ease the frustration and helps parents learn the lessons God is teaching with this “hard gift.”
The Bible tells us “children are a heritage from the LORD” and that the man who has children is blessed. Seeing children as gifts is difficult on those especially trying days, but taking just a few quiet moments to thank God for His gracious gift to you in your children and to ask for patience, strength and wisdom will go a long ways to a happier household.
According to the online Daily Signal, the Department of Health and Human Services is reportedly considering scrapping Obama-era executive actions tying federal school funding to recognizing gender as a choice. The report this past Sunday in the New York Times on the proposed change referenced a leaked memo. Currently the federal government is operating, as it relates to Title X funding and schools, according to a recent lawsuit that undid what the Obama administration had done with defining sex to mean something other than one’s biological sex.
Julaine Appling, president of WFA, weighs in, “In Wisconsin, public schools have hidden behind Obama’s “dear colleague” memo on this subject, telling parents if they don’t give special rights and protections to students who claim to be transgender, then they will lose federal funding. The court case—and now hopefully a more definitive action by the Trump administration—will rip away this excuse for endangering students.”
As the major parties increasingly disagree on a number of foundational issues, knowing what the parties stand for is an important part of being an educated voter.
Before you go to the polls, make sure you know the major tenets of each party platform by using our Comparison of Major Party Platforms. Made in cooperation with the Salt & Light Council, it’s another key resource from iVoterGuide to help you be a good steward of your citizenship.
Adapted from remarks by Peter Sprigg, Senior Fellow for Policy Studies, Family Research Council to World Congress of Families – Chisinau, Moldova (Panel Discussion on “Gender Ideology—The Latest Attack on the Family and the Legal Challenges It Poses”) Friday, September 14, 2018
Mr. Sprigg discusses five myths about gender identity that may or may not be a surprise to you. For instance, Myth #5 states “The transgender movement is not a progressive movement.” The media and academic elites are doing everything they can to convince kids gender is essentially whatever they want it to be. That’s a lie. Parents should be a child’s very best defense against these potentially dangerous lies. To do that, they need to know the truth about this issue so they can counter the deceitful messages their children are regularly hearing.
Read about these 5 myths and the real truths about them HERE.
If you haven’t already done so, check out more helpful information and links for your family HERE on Wisconsin Family Action’s website — your go-to resource for marriage, family, life and religious freedom.
From The Daily Caller:
“The U.S. Department of Education is assessing whether a school’s transgender bathroom policy contributed to the sexual assault of a five-year-old girl. As Politico reports, Oakhurst Elementary School in Decatur, Georgia, allowed students who identified as transgender to use either male or female bathrooms.
“The department’s investigation could indicate that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is seriously examining whether school transgender policies are enforcing or endangering student safety.”
Julaine Appling, WFC president, speaks to parents, “I am not at all surprised by this investigation. Frankly, I believe there will be others soon, as schools reap the consequences of enacting policies giving special rights and protections to students who claim they are the opposite gender. Parents need to be very aware of the policy in their children’s schools and should make sure they talk often about what they are encountering in the restroom or locker room.”
Election Day, Tuesday, November 6, should be a high priority item on your “to do” list. Your vote in this election is your voice and represents your values.
DID YOU KNOW? This election is for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, U.S. Senator, all 8 Representatives in Congress, half of our state senators (odd-numbered districts), and all 99 representatives to the Assembly. County offices up for election include Sheriff, Clerk of Circuit Court and Coroner (where applicable).
Churches and Church Leadership!
Click HERE to watch, share and/or download the powerful one-minute video “Honoring God.” We strongly encourage churches to share this video with their congregations.
Click HERE to share the free, downloadable bulletin insert with your pastor and church leadership that explains why Christians should care about voting. Printed copies have been mailed to about 700 churches. If your church would like some, call 800-378-7395.
Voting Information Just For YOU; It’s as Easy as 1, 2, 3!
1. If you have not registered yet, you can do so by clicking HERE.
2. If you need information on how to vote early in person or by absentee ballot, click HERE.
3. If you would like to know where your polling place is located, click HERE.
Daniel Degner, a student from Eldorado in Fond du Lac county, has launched a petition drive asking the state to remove a home in that community from the state’s Chapter 980 sex offender housing system. Recently a violent repeat sex offender was placed in the home, a mere 1000 feet, with just one house between the sex offender house and a family home with four children ages one to nine. Current state law requires a 1500-foot placement restriction on Chapter 980 sex offenders; however, it is only applicable if the properties are adjacent to one another.
“This is a great example of the multiplied power of one,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “One citizen becomes informed and actively involved in his community and begins engaging others. Real change almost always happens from the grassroots up. In this instance asking legislators to address a law that puts repeat sex offenders in close proximity to young children is certainly a worthy effort.”
Writing for desiringgod.org, Jonathan Pokluda urges young people to realize they are becoming what they will be. He offers seven lies too many believe, along with countering healthy resolutions. The lies are do whatever you want, live outside your means, feed an addiction, run with fools, believe it’s all about you, live for immediate gratification, and avoid accountability. The countering godly resolutions are do what God wants you to do, live below your means, starve your addictions, walk with the wise, serve others, hold out for God’s best, and don’t go it alone.
Read the article “How to ruin your life in your 20’s” HERE.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “Helping young people understand this basic truth is one of the most important lessons parents can teach their children. They are becoming who they will be. The decisions they make while young will often have long-lasting and sometimes lifelong consequences. Acknowledging the lies and reinforcing the godly resolutions should be a top priority for every parent.”
Allow us to finish this sentence for you…. Vote early because:
you could become ill on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6) and unable to leave your home.
an unforeseen emergency could come up.
you could forget. (It’s been known to happen.)
your work schedule could change and prohibit you from getting to the polls in time.
There are so many more reasons we could give as to why voting early is a smart move such as inclement weather, lack of transportation, etc. The bottom line is we cannot know the future and, well, things do happen that are out of our control. Read this week’s Wisconsin Family Connection “Preparing to Vote” by clicking HERE.
Learn how you can vote early by clicking HERE.
Click HERE to register, if you haven’t already done so.
Click HERE to visit your Election Central to learn more about the upcoming November 6 election. Be a responsible friend and share this information with others!
On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, Eau Claire City Council introduced a proposal to ban conversion therapy for minors. The proposal says counseling involving a fee and designed to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including efforts to change behaviors or gender expressions or to eliminate or reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender, is not allowed. However, counseling supporting gender transition or same-sex attraction is encouraged. What constitutes a “fee” is not defined. The council will vote on the proposal October 9.
“So Eau Claire is going to be the next city to follow Milwaukee’s bad lead,” states Julaine Appling, WFA president, ” This ban usurps parents’ rights and keeps them from getting help for their children struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender identity issues. It also trounces on counselors’ religious freedom. This won’t stop in Eau Claire. Citizens need to be aware this proposal will be in their backyard sooner or later.”
What you can do:
Contact your Eau Claire city council members and voice your opinion. CLICK HERE for contact information (phone and email).
Attend the October 9, 2018, City Council meeting and share your thoughts during the public speaking time before the Council members take a vote. The meeting will be held in the Board Room at 721 Oxford Avenue at 4 p.m.