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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Wisconsin Family Action Radio Ad Tells Governor Walker To Keep His Promise As National Leaders Urge Him To Reject Kenosha Casino

MADISON – Today, Wisconsin Family Action launched a radio campaign reminding Governor Scott Walker of his promise not to expand gambling in Wisconsin. Walker first made the promise when he ran for governor in 2006 and renewed his promise in 2011 when he set criteria for the approval of a new casino in Wisconsin.

Read full release here.

Wisconsin Family Action Statement on US Supreme Court Decision To Hear Marriage Case

MADISON – Today the US Supreme Court announced it will take up marriage cases on appeal from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. That circuit covers Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Unlike the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals that determined that Wisconsin’s marriage amendment is unconstitutional, the 6th Circuit ruled that states do indeed have the right to determine for themselves what marriage will be.

Read full release here.

Statement on Governor Walker’s Casino Update

MADISON – Wisconsin Family Action President Julaine Appling released the following statement regarding Governor Walker’s recent update on the Kenosha Casino application.

“Wisconsin Family Action was pleased to learn that the Kenosha Casino application may be denied due to the fiscal impact on the state budget that could result from the compact amendments signed by Governor Doyle.  We are, however, disappointed that Governor Walker appears to have abandoned his promise to Wisconsin voters not to approve a new casino if it would expand gambling in Wisconsin and has, in general, set aside the criteria he adamantly supported just a year ago.

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Statewide Pro-Family, Pro-Liberty Organization Again Displays Truth of Christmas in State Capitol

MADISON – Sign and nativity display greet visitors

“We love adding a beautiful and hopeful message to Wisconsin’s state capitol each Christmas,” Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said. “Being able to declare publicly in the capitol rotunda the truth about Christmas—that God sent His Son to be our Savior—is one of the highlights of our year.”

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Wisconsin Family Action Asks Department of Administration To Release Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Menomonee Tribe and Labor Unions

2014 | November 10 – Wisconsin Family Action Asks Dept of Admin To Release Memorandum of Understanding on Kenosha Casino and Labor Unions

Madison – Today Wisconsin Family Action delivered a letter to Secretary of the Department of Administration Michael Huebsch asking that a Memorandum of Understanding between the Menomonee Tribe of Wisconsin and various labor unions, including the American Federation of State, County  and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) be released.  The Memorandum of Understanding is in reference to the proposed casino in Kenosha.

According to media reports, this Memorandum of Understanding would strip workers of their rights by not allowing them to cast a secret ballot during a vote on whether or not to unionize.

Read full press release here.

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