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.
President Trump has an opportunity to protect our religious freedoms by signing an Executive Order. The document would uphold Constitutional religious freedom for all people, at all times and in all situations.
But we don’t just need another Executive Order. Autumn Leva and Paul Weber tell us Congress needs to step up and pass laws to strengthen our First Freedom – and make good on one of Trump’s biggest campaign promises.
Send an email to President Trump and Vice President Pence urging them to keep their campaign promise on religious freedom. Everything is already done for you, or you can revise and personalize yourself! Click HERE!
President Trump can make a real and immediate difference for religious freedom. You should join with us in urging him to do it.
You’ve heard the stories. Faith-based foster-care and adoption agencies being forced to stop their ministry to children simply because they operate according to their religious beliefs about marriage. And the government forcing a religiously run home for the elderly and faith-based universities to violate their beliefs by providing abortion-inducing drugs in their insurance plans.
But now there is an opportunity to ACT and MAKE A REAL DIFFERENCE!
President Trump can sign a much-needed executive order that will protect the religious freedom of these organizations and their vital work. Exercise your free speech rights and encourage him to do just that.
Here’s what you can do to help.
Write an email to President Trump. Tell him to sign the religious freedom executive order and remind him that there are THREE vital reasons he should do it:
- President Trump has repeatedly promised to protect religious freedom. At a Faith and Freedom forum in 2015, President Trump promised that the “first priority” of his administration would be “to preserve and protect our religious liberty.” Tell President Trump that you look forward to him making good on that promise. And if President Trump’s stance on religious liberty is one of the reasons you supported him, either before or after the election, tell him so.
- Let President Trump know that you want the executive order because you don’t think anyone should be forced to provide abortion-inducing drugs that violate their convictions.
- Tell President Trump that the executive order is important because shutting down religious charities that serve needy families and abandoned children helps no one. Remind the President that freeing those organizations to love and serve their neighbors is good for all of us. In fact, a recent study concluded that “the fair market value of goods and services provided by religious organizations” and “businesses with religious roots” is over $1 trillion annually in the United States.
CLICK HERE NOW and the email is already written for you; all you need to do is fill in your information and click “SEND MESSAGE.” It’s that easy!
If you have a Twitter account, we encourage you to join us in tweeting messages using the hashtag #ReligiousFreedom.
Responsible optimism demands we as citizens are engaged to ensure good things continue to happen. Take action TODAY.
Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is Thursday, March 23, 2017. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative and organizational updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!
CLICK HERE to learn more about the event and register today!
Democrats in the Wisconsin Legislature are circulating a bill to legalize medical marijuana.
The proposal by state Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Chris Taylor comes after Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said he would be open to the idea. Republicans have typically been against any attempts to legalize marijuana.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he is against medical marijuana. And Gov. Scott Walker also says he opposes it.
Read more HERE.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “I’m not sure why Republican Speaker Robin Vos is open to the idea. Most Republicans oppose this idea and the slippery slope it creates. While some claim this is an important medical treatment, many others point out the legal issues for doctors, remind us of the addictive nature of marijuana and point out other treatments exist that don’t involve this addictive narcotic.”
On January 22, 1973, on a 7-2 vote, the US Supreme Court handed down the now infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion on demand all across America. That evening, CBS news anchor Walter Cronkite led off with the court decision. He noted that a religious leader had called the decision an “unspeakable tragedy.” Now, 44 years later, the decision is still an unspeakable tragedy. Nationwide, since the wrong-headed ruling by 7 judicial activists, nearly 60 million unborn—and irreplaceable–children have been legally killed while still in their mother’s womb.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “Nothing about abortion is anything less than tragic. In Wisconsin, we have lost over 500,000 future citizens, which equals the populations of Green Bay, Appleton, Racine, Eau Claire, Wausau, Fond du Lac, and Kenosha. As we observe the anniversary of this horrific court decision this Sunday, may we renew our personal dedication to restoring a culture of life in our state.”
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling was a guest panelist Wednesday evening, January 11, participating in “A Nation Engaged,” a live pre-inauguration community conversation, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The forum was put on by National Public Radio (NPR) and Wisconsin Public Radio. Similar panels were also held in Sacramento, Houston and Raleigh-Durham this same evening.
During the forum, community leaders were invited to speak to the questions: What are your hopes for the Trump Administration? What should the country know about your community? The moderator also took questions and comments from the audience during the one-hour panel.
The program aired nationwide on NPR on Monday, January 16. Click HERE to listen.
WFA president Julaine Appling pens op ed to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, January 13, 2017:
My stock answer to those who ask me what I think about President-elect Donald Trump and the coming four years is, “I’m cautiously optimistic.” I am prepared to give President Trump the benefit of the doubt on this journey of making America great again.
I believe as a result of this past election, America has been given yet another opportunity to right some wrongs and to get back on track in important areas. The question is how will we use this opportunity? Millions of Americans said with their vote that they are tired of what we’ve had the last eight years. We are hopeful real change will happen — good changes that will make America great again. In light of that, here are my hopes for our new president and his administration. (more…)
DAY AT THE CAPITOL
THURSDAY, MARCH 23
Wisconsin Family Council/Wisconsin Family Action’s biennial “Day at the Capitol” is scheduled for Thursday, March 23, 2017. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect directly with your government. You’ll hear from key legislators, get legislative updates, visit your legislators in their capitol offices— and much, much more! Space is limited!
Click HERE to learn more about the event and sign up for a personal invitation when they become available OR….
Contact our office to pre-register for this event! Call 888.378.7395 or email our office at [email protected].
The target is the Men’s Project, a six-week voluntary discussion program that “aims to explore masculinity and the problems accompanied by simplified definitions of it,” according to a UW Health Service news release.”
Continue reading HERE.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This situation reminds us there are many eager to tell your son what masculinity is. How much better coming from a loving father who purposefully in both word and example instructs his son on what it means to be a man. And Dads have the best instruction manual available–the Word of God. Be assured, our Creator isn’t silent or confused about masculinity.”
From the Beloit Daily News: “Parties involved with the Ho-Chunk Nation’s Beloit casino project are testing the waters to see if there’s support to move the plan ahead at the federal level after President-elect Donald Trump takes office January 20.
The move follows the tribe’s request to Beloit city staff asking for local state legislators to reaffirm support for the project and to help line up Wisconsin’s congressional delegation behind the plan. If approved at the federal level, the plan would head for Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for approval or denial.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “This would be the first off-reservation casino in WI—opening a huge door for many more. The Ho-Chunk are proposing a 145,000 square foot gaming facility, with a 300-room hotel and 35,000 square foot convention center right off I-90/39 in Beloit.”
Our friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin are calling for the state’s Legislative Audit Bureau to conduct a full audit of Wisconsin’s Medicaid family-planning providers, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Recent open records requests have found limited audits that show Planned Parenthood facilities alone have overbilled the state and its taxpayers more than $100,000 between 2006 and 2014. Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin legislative director says it’s bad enough family planning funds pay for surgical and chemical abortions in Wisconsin; it’s intolerable that taxpayers are ripped off in the process.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling agrees, “Pro-life organizations, including Wisconsin Family Action successfully supported a bill authored by Rep. Andre Jacque and Senator Chris Kapenga that stops Planned Parenthood from Medicaid overbilling in the future, but that law doesn’t address past fraud. An audit is very appropriate and the governor or the legislature should order it.”
Did you know you make the IMpossible possible? You do!
We won’t sugarcoat it. This year has been unusually challenging in many ways, not the least of which is financially. But because you and many others like you have stepped up, and because we made tough but necessary internal adjustments, and of course because of our great God, we have have been able to stay the course. Frankly, that’s kind of an IMpossible made possible–and it’s only by God’s grace and your generosity.
Here are some other things that looked pretty much IMpossible at some point this year but in partnership with you were made POSSIBLE.
- Two pro-life bills that were never supposed to even see the light of day this past session were passed and signed into law earlier this year. Both of them deal with taking millions of your hard-earned tax dollars AWAY from Planned Parenthood of WI.
- After nearly 10 years since the original idea and after 6 years of legislative efforts, Wisconsin will have a Choose Life license plate available. We partnered with our good friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin on this project–and just a couple of weeks ago we received official notice that at last–and after a great deal of work–the plate has gone from dream to reality. WFA was and is the only organization in the state that has stood strong and even pushed back against the invasion of the privacy of students in restrooms, locker rooms and shower rooms. In the media, the legislature, and everywhere else, WFA has worked to stop special rights and protections for boys who say they’re girls and vice-versa.
- WFA’s ambitious 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard was produced and published. Because of the breadth of issues we cover, this is one of the best indicators available regarding how a legislator has done this past session.
- WFA and WFC conducted major educational and voter-turnout efforts for the spring election.
- Between mid-August and Election Day, November 8, WFA/WFC
–personnel traveled over 8000 miles (all in Wisconsin!)
–was involved with 45 different events
–published a robust online voter guide
–produced and distributed 20,000 get-out-the-vote fliers to nearly 500 churches, in addition to 18,000 copies of the October “Church Connection” distributed dealing with why Christians should vote.
–maintained a significant social media presence regarding the election.
–endorsed and supported numerous candidates running for state legislature and several for congress.
–sponsored 7 days of pro-life radio ads in Milwaukee the last week before the election.
–and all this was in addition to our regular work.
In so many ways, you have, through your financial investment and your prayers, made the IMpossible, POSSIBLE.
The bottom line is this: we are running behind budget, and we need to finish this year strong so we can go into the new year, with its unique legislative and cultural opportunities, ready to again, in partnership with you, make the IMpossible POSSIBLE.
Some would say even our vision is impossible: a Wisconsin where God is honored, families thrive, life is cherished, and religious freedom flourishes. However, we believe that in partnership with you we can keep making good strides toward having this ambitious goal become POSSIBLE.
In 2017, our plans include
- Championing legislation that recognizes the humanity of the unborn by preventing the sale and use of the body parts or tissue of aborted babies, while still maintaining important research to help treat and cure diseases that plague humanity.
- Supporting legislation that protects the privacy rights of all students in our public schools, not just a small special group.
- Increasing the number of churches Wisconsin Family Council directly serves from 300 to 360.
- Supporting conservative candidates for State Superintendent of Public Schools and State Supreme Court (spring election).
- Fighting hard to maintain our religious freedom.
Can we count on you to generously invest between now and the end of the year so we can keep championing our shared values of God’s plan for marriage and family, life and religious freedom?Will you keep making the IMpossible POSSIBLE?
$25, $50, $100, $250 or whatever amount God lays on your heart would significantly help us to help you and your family by standing strong for our shared values.
From the San Diego Tribune:
“Abortion and race, two of America’s most volatile topics, have intersected in recent flare-ups related to the disproportionately high rate of abortion among black women.
In Congress, Rep. Sean Duffy, a white Republican from rural Wisconsin, lambasted black members of Congress for failing to decry these high abortion numbers. The next day, Rep. Gwen Moore, a black Democrat from Milwaukee, fired back — accusing Duffy and his GOPcolleagues of caring about black children only before they are born.”
Read the rest of the article HERE.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling (photo, left) responds, “How sad that Representative Moore is fighting Congress’s efforts to fully investigate Planned Parenthood. Representative Moore represents Milwaukee. As an African-American woman she surely must know that abortion numbers in her community are disproportionately high in comparison to the population. She should welcome an investigation of the nation’s largest abortion provider.”
NEW PRO-LIFE LICENSE PLATE WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 2017
A Choose Life Wisconsin license plate is becoming a reality. The red, white and black plate features an ink print of a baby’s foot and the words Choose Life. The effort began years ago as a cooperative project of Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin. $25 from the sale of each plate will go to Choose Life Wisconsin, an independent not-for-profit corporation. Choose Life Wisconsin will then distribute those funds to various Wisconsin Pregnancy Resource Centers. Over $23 million has been raised nationally from the sale of Choose Life plates in various states.
>>>>>Read the full PRESS RELEASE HERE.
Gov. Scott Walker’s family commission is calling for a series of state law and policy changes to alleviate poverty by strengthening families.
The Future of the Family Commission on Thursday recommended the state expand taxpayer-funded vouchers for private schools, offer marriage tax credits, increase access to quality child care, and teach financial and family planning skills in school and parenting and relationship skills in prison.
The commission also suggested that Wisconsin schools employ and promote the “Success Sequence,” an idea promoted by the conservative Heritage Foundation that emphasizes graduating from high school, getting a job, and turning 21 and getting married before having children.
Continue reading HERE
WFA President Julaine Appling responds, “We certainly echo the commission’s recommendations on marriage. Strong families start with strong marriages. Using this report in tandem with our Wisconsin Family Prosperity Index charts a clear path for strengthening Wisconsin’s best natural resource—her families. With the governor’s backing, I trust the state legislature will make strengthening families a high priority this session. “
Today, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council kicked off the Christmas season by putting a traditional nativity display and a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol. This year marks the 20th year Wisconsin Family Council has had a sign in the capitol and the fifth year of the nativity display. The Madison-based Freedom from Religion Foundation has also had its Winter Solstice sign up for all 20 years (photo, right) and has added a blasphemous nativity display in recent years. The displays join the State Christmas tree in the rotunda and will be up all month.
“We are honored to exercise our freedom of speech and religion with these displays each year, ” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “The thousands who come to the capitol this month will see our sign and our beautiful nativity declaring the Truth that Jesus Christ really is the reason for the season. Unlike Freedom From Religion’s dark and hopeless message, our display brings light and offers hope.”
We had help with setting up from Erica and Gennavive Meisel of Baraboo.
Photo credit: Erica Meisel