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.
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..
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
TAKE ACTION 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.
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If you have a Twitter account, we encourage you to join us in tweeting messages using the hashtag #ReligiousFreedom.
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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!
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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.
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.
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…)
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“Another offering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this one on masculinity, is drawing fire from conservatives as an example of ideological excesses at the school.
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.”
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.”
She adds, “Wisconsin does not need another casino—anywhere. We already have over 20. Right now no one in Wisconsin is more than a 2-hour drive from a casino. Gambling is not an innocent, victimless activity. Studies show the nearer people live to a casino the more likely they are to become problem gamblers—which destroys individuals, families and communities. That makes it bad for Wisconsin.”