WISCONSIN JOINS STATES PROTECTING PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS

Wisconsin Family Action Commends Attorney General Brad Schimel and DOJ

Madison – Today the Wisconsin Department of Justice joined a lawsuit filed by Texas against the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice.  The lawsuit challenges the federal government’s recent release of “guidelines” regarding Title IX , which includes an unconstitutional redefinition of the term “sex,” to include “gender identity.”

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “We commend and thank Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for taking the leadership on this on behalf of all Wisconsin citizens.  Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have repeatedly pushed back against the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government.  This time, the overreach threatens the well-being of our children—Wisconsin’s most valuable resource, to be sure.

With its recent release of the Title IX “guidelines” affecting every public school in the country, and extending to universities and colleges that receive federal funding, the Administration has proven it will stop at nothing to push its agenda — even if it means sacrificing the privacy and safety of the nation’s children.

“There’s much more at stake in this than the blatant federal government power grab.  Real students at every grade level will be affected by the policies this mandate forces on our schools.  I am sure our state leaders are as concerned as I am for the well-being, privacy rights and safety of our students.  I am especially grateful for state legislators such as Rep. Jesse Kremer, who truly understands this issue and repeatedly has provided leadership to protect the privacy rights of all students. After this attempt by the federal government to usurp Wisconsin’s authority in its own schools, I am sure many other state legislators will join him,” said Appling.

While some try to make it appear that these sweeping changes are completely innocuous, more and more women who have been victims of transgender policies in restrooms, locker rooms and showers—the very places included in Obama’s decree—are speaking up. Wisconsin Family Action and the Family Policy Alliance, a national group working with 40 state-based family policy groups, have been working to tell some of the stories of these women.  Kate is one of those women.

“Nobody asked me first,” Kate said. “I felt completely violated. I left there shaking because I felt, ‘No one is looking out for me.’ There are no safeguards in place whatsoever. There’s no reassurance that somebody can’t come in with harmful intentions.”  Watch Ask Me First: Kate.

In addition to its ongoing statewide leadership on this issue, yesterday, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 30 state level groups, as well as Family Policy Alliance and Family Research Council in sending a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leaders in Congress, urging them to take legislative action against the Obama Administration’s mandate that puts an agenda over the best interest of children.

Read the letter here.

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MILWAUKEE & DANE COUNTY CLERKS BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Wisconsin Family Action calls on Attorney General to stop the lawlessness

Madison – Last Friday, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell announced they are now issuing domestic partnership registrations to opposite-sex couples, in direct violation of existing state law.

In 2009, Governor Doyle and the state legislature enacted as a part of the state’s budget a statewide, same-sex-only domestic partnership registry that in many ways mimics marriage.  Chapter 770 of the state statutes clearly includes the requirement that the two persons involved in this domestic partnership must be “members of the same sex” S.770.05 (5).

“It is unbelievable that these arrogant county clerks think they can just ignore the law and do what they want,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA).  “This is an amazing overreach of power. They are simply taking matters into their own hands and saying the State Constitution and any other binding law doesn’t matter.  County clerks have absolutely no authority to unilaterally make law.  None whatsoever.”

Wisconsin Family Action has fought against this registry from the time it was proposed.  WFA sued alleging the registry violated the Marriage Protection Amendment passed by nearly 60% of the people in 2006. The case went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where WFA lost in 2013.  At no point in these protracted legal proceedings was there anything in any court opinion, including in the Supreme Court’s ruling, indicating that the registry had to include opposite-sex couples.  Likewise, the state legislature has not taken any action whatsoever regarding this registry.

Since last June, WFA has repeatedly asked elected officials, from the Governor down, to dissolve this domestic partnership registry, arguing that in light of the US Supreme Court in June 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage, the registry was no longer needed and was in fact discriminatory against heterosexual couples.  Other than State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), no official was inclined to take action.

Appling continued, “This registry was in retaliation against the marriage amendment.  Proponents said it wasn’t ‘fair’ that same-sex couples couldn’t get benefits. The liberal progressives wrote and passed this law to try to erode marriage—and now liberals are trying to take it a step further with no legal authority again using the ‘fair’ argument.  Clearly, making marriage utterly meaningless is their endgame. And clearly they will stop at nothing to get what they want—including ignoring the law.  We are calling on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to issue an immediate injunction against this lawlessness.”

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OBAMA DECREE ENDANGERS STUDENTS Wisconsin must push back against this unconstitutional power grab

Madison – Today President Obama formalized what he has been threatening for several weeks. Through a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE), every public school district in the country has been at least implicitly threatened with loss of federal funding if they don’t provide for transgendered students’ unfettered, unquestioned access to the restrooms and changing rooms of their choice.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “President Obama has once again overstepped his authority. The administration cannot unilaterally decide to change the meaning of the word sex as used in Title IX.  Congress, which established Title IX 44 years ago, and the Courts, have never defined sex to include ‘gender orientation.’ Regardless of what he thinks, President Obama is not a king.  He doesn’t get to change the law and issue decrees based on his whims and wishes. That’s not how America works.

“This issue is about the privacy, safety and dignity of all students.  With his edict today, President Obama has essentially put a price tag on the privacy and safety of students—especially female students.  He’s threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t conform to his extreme political agenda that includes allowing males in the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and girls in the boys’ facilities.  This puts the privacy rights, safety and well-being of all students at risk. And what about girls who have been sexually assaulted? This decree says their fears are meaningless and should not be considered.  At a time when our society is decrying campus and date rape and rails against a so-called ‘war on women,’ you would think the government wouldn’t be interested in putting these women in situations that could easily re-traumatize them.”

Wisconsin Family Action asserts that today’s mandate is completely unnecessary.  Common-sense accommodations are called for, not a blatant usurpation of the right of states and local school districts that takes an extreme and dangerous approach.

Wisconsin Family Action calls on all Wisconsin elected officials and public school administrators to stand against this most recent dictate from President Obama and his administration.  Wisconsin schools must reject this extreme political agenda foisted on our state and our schools by an out-of-control federal government and take reasonable measures to safeguard the privacy rights and safety of all students.

Appling noted, “North Carolina has led the way on this issue and has stood firm; we need to follow their lead.”

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NORTH CAROLINA FIGHTS BACK AGAINST OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S BULLYING

Wisconsin Family Action stands with Gov. McCrory

Madison – Today, North Carolina, under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory (R), responded full-force to the Obama Administration’s bullying regarding the state’s recently enacted, common-sense law (H.B. 2) that protects the bodily privacy and safety of its citizens, especially women and girls.  The state filed a lawsuit today alleging that the federal government has overstepped its bounds with this “baseless and blatant overreach” in threatening to withhold millions of federal dollars to the state if the state doesn’t comply with its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “Led by President Obama, this administration continues its pattern of capriciously circumventing Congress and making law with its outrageous and egregious declarations. This time the Department of Justice is the hammer. Fortunately for all of us, North Carolina has a courageous governor in Pat McCrory—a governor who refuses to be bullied by an out-of-control federal government.

“This issue isn’t just in North Carolina. It’s right here in Wisconsin in various municipalities and in our public schools. Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve Nass authored a bill this last session to address this issue in our public schools. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee. But Rep. Kremer has made it clear, he’s coming back next session with a similar bill that will protect the bodily privacy of students in our public schools.”

The May 4 letter from the Department of Justice to Governor McCrory alleges that H.B. 2 is discriminatory.  The letter references federal Title IX education programs and funding as it relates to the University of North Carolina, which is a veiled threat of stopping the millions of dollars in Title IX funding to UNC. H.B. 2 requires, among other things, that all state employees use the restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex as stated on their birth certificates. Title IX is generally interpreted in light of how Title VII is interpreted.

“The net result of the Obama Administration’s action will be the rewriting of Title IX without authority and thereby forcing Obama’s ‘bathroom agenda’ in schools across the country, including in Wisconsin. This is constitutionally wrong, and it is definitely not in the best interest of students. Wisconsin Family Action stands firmly with Governor McCrory against the Department of Justice’s bullying,” Appling stated.

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening, preserving
and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.

 

Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorses Ted Cruz for President

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.

Following is a statement from WFA PAC director, Julaine Appling:

“WFA PAC is pleased to endorse US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president. We believe Sen. Cruz has the character, the temperament and the right values to lead America. He has proven throughout his career and during the campaign that he understands the importance of strengthening, preserving and promoting in this country natural marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and constitutionally-provided religious freedom. Read more here.

 

GOVERNOR WALKER SIGNS BILLS DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD & RESPECTING WISCONSIN TAXPAYERS

Bills redirect taxpGov Walker signs pro-life billsayer dollars away from state’s largest abortion provider

Madison – “We couldn’t agree with Governor Walker more,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “As he noted at today’s billing signing, every taxpayer in Wisconsin, whether or not they are pro-life, should be pleased that with the signing of these bills millions of their hard-earned tax dollars will stop being used inefficiently and wastefully. And we would add, even fraudulently.”

Today, at a beautiful pregnancy resource center, Life’s Connection in Waukesha, Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law, Assembly Bill 310 and Senate Bill 238.  Assembly Bill 310 redirects federal Title X funds away from organizations that provide abortions and to other qualified health centers in the state.  For the last 35 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been the sole recipient of this money.

Read more here.

TOUGH QUESTIONS FOR DONALD TRUMP FROM WISCONSIN’S AND AMERICA’S FAMIILIES

Wisconsin Family Action and its national family policy alliance say questions remain for Donald Trump.

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action, along with CitizenLink and its national alliance of nearly 40 state-based family policy councils representing millions of Evangelicals nationwide, today released an open letter to presidential candidate Donald Trump calling on him to answer direct questions on his policy positions.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “Time is ticking. We want Mr. Trump to clear up his contradictory record on issues tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens care about. We have invited Mr. Trump several times to join our Presidential Candidate Teleconference Series. He has yet to accept, leaving our constituents wondering.”

Read more here.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION COMMENDS STATE ASSEMBLY FOR PROTECTING TAXPAYERS BY DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Madison – “Stopping waste, fraud and abuse has been a hallmark of the state legislature recently, and today the Assembly stepped up once again to protect Wisconsin taxpayers from these misuses of their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

This afternoon the State Assembly passed a bill (SB 238) requiring certain family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to bill the state and its tax payers the actual acquisition cost of prescription drugs it purchases and dispenses through a Medicaid drug program, plus these organizations can bill for a defined dispensing fee. The bill passed on a 61-35 vote along party lines.

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION COMMENDS WISCONSIN’S PRO-LIFE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS & ATTORNEY GENERAL

Madison – Last week 34 US Senators and 140 Members of the US House of Representatives submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the right of states to pass laws regarding protecting the health and well-being of women seeking an abortion. Among those senators and members of the House are Wisconsin’s US Senator Ron Johnson (R) and US House of Representatives members Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-CD 1), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-CD 5), Glenn Grothman (R-CD 6), Sean Duffy (R-CD 7) and Reid Ribble (R-CD 8).  The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, is scheduled for oral arguments on Wednesday, March 2, before the US Supreme Court.  The Court will likely issue an opinion in this case by the end of June.

Read more here.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION TO LEGISLATORS: DAILY FANTASY SPORTS IS GAMBLING

Madison –  “I can declare that a dog is a cat and that doesn’t change the truth or the reality—even if I dress the dog up like a cat.  It’s still a dog,” declared Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling in a public hearing yesterday.

The Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations held a hearing Wednesday on a bill, Assembly Bill 800, that goes to great lengths to try to convince people that gambling is not gambling.  The bill blatantly declares that Daily Fantast Sports (DFS) is not gambling and creates a means to legalize the games and regulate them, ostensibly for “consumer protection” reasons.

Read more here.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION COMMENDS SENATE ON VOTES TO DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN

Madison –  Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling issued the following statement commending the Wisconsin Senate for passing two bills dealing with public funding of abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.  The Senate passed Assembly Bill 310 which redirects federal Title X funds away from organizations that provide abortions and to other qualified health centers in the state. The other bill, Senate Bill 238, stops organizations that provide abortions from overbilling the state for drugs they buy inexpensively through a Medicaid program and then dispense.  Both bills passed on 19-14 votes, with all Senate Republicans voting for the bills and all Senate Democrats voting against them.  Assembly Bill 310 passed in the Assembly last fall and will now go to the governor for signing.  Senate Bill 238 heads to the Assembly for a vote.

Read more here

Rally for Life Time Change!

TIME CHANGE!

Who: All pro-life Wisconsin citizens! Sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life

What: (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!)

12 noon – 1:00 p.m.  – Rally outside at King Street Entrance to State Capitol. Pro-life leaders and authors of AB 305/SB 260, AB 310/SB 237, and AB 311/SB 238, as available, will speak.

1:00 p.m.- 2:00  p.m. – Visit legislative offices urging legislators to put the bills on the floor.

When:

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 12 noon – 2 p.m. (TIME CHANGE)

Where:

King Street Entrance to the State Capitol, Madison, WI

HAND WARMERS PROVIDED!

Why:

There are three strong pro-life bills in our state legislature that need to pass before this legislative session ends.

Assembly Bill 305/Senate Bill 260 bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies in Wisconsin.

Assembly Bill 310/Senate Bill 237 redirects money from the federal Title X grant program away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Assembly Bill 311/Senate Bill 238 prohibits family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense through a Medicaid program.

Media Contacts:

Matt Sande – Pro-Life Wisconsin – [email protected] – 262-352-0890

Julaine Appling – Wisconsin Family Action – [email protected] – 608-334-6435

Heather Weininger – Wisconsin Right to Life – [email protected] – 414-778-5780

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Wisconsin Family Action Launches Ad Campaign Calling on Assembly Speaker To Schedule Vote on Baby Body Parts Bill

Madison – Starting yesterday on WTMJ in Milwaukee and also airing this week in the greater Green Bay area, Wisconsin Family Action is sponsoring television commercials urging Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) to put Assembly Bill 305 (AB 305) on the floor for a vote. The bill bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies.

The television ad shows a preborn baby alive and active in his mother’s womb but who is very much at risk for being aborted and then having his body parts harvested and sold.  The ad directs viewers to call Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and tell him to schedule a floor vote on AB 305.

Read more here

Former Packers’ Great Calls on State Legislature to Act on Pro-Life Bills

Madison, WI – Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, known to millions of Packers fans as KGB, has something he wants Wisconsin citizens to hear:  “When it comes to football, I’ve been known to put pressure on the quarterback. Pressure didn’t always get sacks, but it made opponents move. It messed up their plays. It caused havoc for their game plan. Pressure changes the game! So Wisconsin citizens—it’s time to put pressure on our elected officials and get some critical pro-life bills passed.  We need our legislators to move now and put the bills on the floor and take the votes.”

KGB is referring to two bills that have been bogged down in the State Assembly. Assembly Bill 305 would ban the sale, use and/or experimentation using the body parts or tissue of aborted babies.  Assembly Bill 311 would prohibit family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs purchased through a Medicaid drug program. Read more here.

Wisconsin Family Action Applauds State Assembly for Passing Bill To Defund Planned Parenthood

Madison, WI – “This is a bill whose time has come. We thank and congratulate the Assembly Representatives who voted yesterday afternoon in favor of a bill that corrects a longstanding wrong in this state,” said Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling.

After a rather lengthy and crisp debate, especially from those who oppose the measure, the Wisconsin Assembly voted along party lines to pass Assembly Bill 310, a bill that requires that the State Department of Health Services apply for federal Title X funds that for the last 35 years have gone exclusively and directly to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.  Title X funds are stipulated for family-planning services and related preventive health services for low-income individuals. Read more here.

PRESS RELEASE: WFA applauds WI Assembly on Passing Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

“This is a bill whose time has come. We thank and congratulate the Assembly Representatives who voted yesterday afternoon in favor of a bill that corrects a longstanding wrong in this state,” said Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling. After a rather lengthy and crisp debate, especially from those who oppose the measure, the Wisconsin Assembly voted along party lines to pass Assembly Bill 310, a bill that requires that the State Department of Health Services apply for federal Title X funds that for the last 35 years have gone exclusively and directly to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

“While the session was underway yesterday, our organization, along with our sister organization Wisconsin Family Council, was preparing to host an Awards Gala. We were honoring Rep. Jacque with our William Wilberforce Freedom Award. Rep. Jacque is more than qualified to receive the award because his pro-life work is very much about respecting the freedom of all humans to live and to thrive. In this instance, he was also respecting the freedom of Wisconsin taxpayers to have more input into what happens with their hard-earned tax dollars.”

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Former Planned Parenthood Director, Pro-Life Lawyer to Testify on Wisconsin Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood

Sue Thayer, a Planned Parenthood Clinic Director for 18 years, and Casey Mattox, a First Amendment lawyer for Alliance Defending Freedom, will offer testimony on Assembly Bill (AB) 310 and Assembly Bill (AB) 311 at the Assembly Health Committee public hearing this Wednesday, September 2nd. The hearing will be held in room 417 North (GAR Hall). Both Ms. Thayer and Mr. Mattox will be available outside the hearing room for comment following their testimony. Read more here.

Press Release from WFA on Sale of Fetal Body Parts Bill – AB 305

Press Release from Wisconsin Family Action:

Wisconsin Family Action Responds to Yesterday’s Hearing
on Bill Banning Sale, Use of Body Parts of Aborted Babies

Madison, WI –Yesterday, Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), testified before the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety in support of Assembly Bill 305, the Aborted Fetal Body Parts bill. Appling released the following statement after testifying:

“I was heartened by the number of people who came to Madison to testify in favor of AB 305 yesterday, including a bioethicist and a former Planned Parenthood employee. And I want to thank Chairman Kleefisch for holding the hearing. He and Rep. André Jacque deserve great credit for authoring this important bill.

“We all recognize what this bill is about: ensuring our state does not allow the commodifying of aborted fetal body parts. Evidence in the recent videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, compounded by the admission of Dr. Robert Golden, Dean of the UW Madison School of Medicine and Public Health, that some UW scientists currently use aborted fetal body tissue, underscore the need for this bill. What we heard yesterday in the public hearing on AB 305 illustrates how scientific advances in the bio-medical industry in our state have outstripped the ethical framework that is necessary to support that scientific work. We are moving retroactively with this bill to protect the human dignity of babies who have become part of a commodities market for preborn human parts.

“I heard much condemnation from opponents of AB 305 of what they called ‘profiteering’ in this human commodities market for scientific research and experimentation. But what do we mean by ‘profiteering?’ Everything I heard yesterday underscored how much money is the driving force behind opposition to AB 305. Repeatedly, opponents of the bill stressed how many dollars would be hypothetically put at risk in what Dr. Golden called ‘potentially’ life-saving research conducted in Wisconsin that ‘relies on fetal material.’ Scientific research that relies so heavily on the unregulated harvesting of aborted babies is on shaky moral ground at best. Further, forthcoming amendments to the bill will protect the vast majority of the research mentioned in the hearing because that research does not rely on the current harvesting of aborted babies.

“WFA has actively and aggressively supported this bill every time it has been introduced in the legislature, and we are excited to now see this bill through to enactment. We encourage legislative leadership and Governor Walker to move AB 305 forward with a vote and a signature in this fall’s legislative session.” To read Julaine’s testimony from yesterday, click here.

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization actively strengthening,
preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Family Action Responds to Yesterday’s Hearing on Bill Banning Sale, Use of Body Parts of Aborted Babies

Madison, WI –Yesterday, Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), testified before the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety in support of Assembly Bill 305, the Aborted Fetal Body Parts bill. Appling released the following statement after testifying:

“I was heartened by the number of people who came to Madison to testify in favor of AB 305 yesterday, including a bioethicist and a former Planned Parenthood employee. And I want to thank Chairman Kleefisch for holding the hearing. He and Rep. André Jacque deserve great credit for authoring this important bill. Read more here…

 

WFA Appling To Testify Today on Aborted Fetal Body Parts Bill AB 305

Wisconsin Family Action Supports Bill Banning Sale, Use,
Experimentation Involving Body Parts of Aborted Babies

MADISON –Today Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), will testify before the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety in favor of Assembly Bill 305, the Aborted Fetal Body Parts bill. AB 305 prohibits the organ and tissue trafficking of aborted babies in Wisconsin.

“Aborted babies are not commodities to be transferred on the open market,” said Appling. “We support AB 305 because it will ban the sale of aborted fetal body parts in Wisconsin, as well as the use of aborted baby organs and tissue for experimentation in research. We have existing state and federal laws governing human organ and tissue donation for research under which scientists can ethically obtain donated fetal tissue from stillbirths and miscarriages.”

Recent videos published by the Center for Medical Progress, exposing Planned Parenthood’s horrendous aborted fetal tissue trafficking, was the impetus for bringing this bill before the legislature again. The Wisconsin pro-life community has known for a number of years that UW-Madison scientists have been using aborted fetal body parts for experimentation. This is the third time Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) has introduced the Aborted Fetal Body Parts bill. WFA has supported the bill each time, communicating with legislators and the grassroots on the importance of the legislation.   This time, Rep. Jacque is joined by Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) as lead sponsors.  Forty representatives and nine senators have signed on as co-sponsors.

“We have seen a great deal of support for this bill among our grassroots,” commented Appling. “People want to see this horrific practice stopped once-and-for-all in our state. Now’s the time to get this done.”

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide, not-for-profit organization
actively strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Family Action Statement on US Supreme Court’s Ruling on Marriage

MADISON – This morning the US Supreme Court, on a 5-4 vote, decided that every state must be party to the dismantling of society’s foundational institution.  Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, which has been involved with this issue and this legal process from their inception, issues the following statement regarding the Court’s opinion.

 

“Yesterday, the US Supreme Court showed us that they were not above legislating from the bench—not above making the law up as they go along.  That was on a manmade law. Today, they are tampering not with manmade law, but with an institution that predates all governments, all laws, and all constitutions. Read more here…

Wisconsin Family Action Issues Statement on US Supreme Court Hearing on Marriage

MADISON – This morning the US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments in four cases related to the definition of marriage. The now-consolidated cases come from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, covering Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. The high court decided to hear these cases after the 6th Circuit became the first circuit court in the country ruling that states do have the right to determine for themselves what marriage will be and have a compelling interest to restrict marriage to one man and one woman. Read more

Wisconsin Family Action Thanks and Congratulates State Legislature on Passing “Freedom of Conscience in the Workplace” Bill

MADISON – “It’s a very good day in Wisconsin!” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “We congratulate and thank the Republican leadership and majority party members in both the Senate and Assembly who voted in support of Senate Bill 44, a bill that will guarantee the conscience rights of Wisconsin workers are respected in the workplace.”

Wisconsin Family Action supports the bill that many refer to as “Right to Work,” … Read more

Short on Cash for Gambling? Hey, No Problem in Kenosha Casino!

MADISON – Wisconsin Family Action today expressed shock and disappointment over Governor Walker’s unprecedented decision to allow the use of credit cards at the proposed casino in Kenosha.

According to a new compact amendment signed by Governor Walker and leaders of the Menomonee Tribe on Tuesday, the agreement could also allow the tribe to offer lines of credit to gamblers in the future.

Read full release here.

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