April 13, 2017 – Madison, WI – Governor Walker has officially proclaimed Thursday, May 4, as Wisconsin’s Annual Day of Prayer (ADP). Within the proclamation Walker also confirms the annual Governor’s Prayer Breakfast which will be held in conjunction with the Day of Prayer at the Italian Community Center in Milwaukee.
The proclamation notes the theme for the ADP is “For Your Great Names’ Sake! Hear Us, Forgive Us, Heal Us!” based on the Bible verse Daniel 9:19, “O Lord, listen! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, hear and act! For Your Sake, O my God!”
The American Library Association (ALA) has the bible on its list of the top 10 most challenged book for the first time in 10 years. Deborah Caldwell-Stone, director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) said the bible was challenged for religious viewpoints, primarily because of the mistaken perception that separation of church and state means publicly funded institutions are not allowed to spend funds on religious information.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “For most of our nearly 240 years, the Bible has been a book revered, not reviled, by a majority of Americans. To think today people in any kind of significant numbers are requesting that the Bible be removed from public libraries is almost mind-blowing. Christians all over Wisconsin should be checking their local libraries to be sure the Bible is still part of the collection.”
Today the WI State Senate voted on two bills (AB 310 and SB 238) that together will redirect millions of taxpayer dollars away from Wisconsin’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The bills will stop over $7 million a year from going to the abortion giant. One bill redirects federal Title X money to health centers that don’t provide abortions, and the other stops organizations that provide abortions from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, was present for the votes.
SB 238 PASSED in WI Senate 18 AYE, 14 NO; SB 238 prohibits family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense through a Medicaid program.
AB 310 PASSED in WI Senate 19 Aye, 14 NO; AB 310 redirects money from the federal Title X grant program away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Julaine stated, “We are especially thankful for Sen. Chris Kapenga the author of the bills and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald for getting these bills to the floor. All the Senate republicans voted for both bills and all the Senate democrats voted against them. The assembly passed the Title X bill last fall; so now it is headed to the governor for signing. The overbilling bill still needs a vote in the Assembly.”
Read full WFA press release commending the Wisconsin Senate on their votes to defund Planned ParenthoodHERE.
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.
Madison – Yesterday, Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), testified before the Assembly Committee on Education in support of Assembly Bill 469, the Student Privacy Protection bill. Appling released the following statement after testifying: read more here.
A new ad campaign launched last week in Houston by Family Freedom Fund, a super PAC affiliated with the Family Research Center, warns voters in Houston, Texas, that they could be fined thousands of dollars just for objecting to men using women’s bathrooms. The ad urges voters to vote “no” on Proposition 1, Houston’s controversial LGBT “Equal Rights” bathroom ordinance.
“This transgender issue is becoming another means of trying to bully Christians into silence,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, “I hope we don’t capitulate. I’m especially concerned about Wisconsin public schools that are passing policies with special protections for gender-confused students. Concerned parents need to speak up telling school officials that’s not what we need. We need to protect the privacy rights of all students.”
On Friday, October 16, at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, RightWisconsin held the 2015 Right Women Awards which honors conservative women who have made an impact in The Badger State.
Wisconsin Family Action/Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling was a finalist for the “Iron Lady” award. The award was presented to Deborah Jordahl, principal of Johnson Jordahl, a strategic communications and issue advocacy firm.
“The Iron Lady Award symbolizes the courage and self-sacrifice of a leader willing to risk comfort for the advancement a meritorious cause. The nominee should display leadership, inner strength, self-sacrifice, good communications skills, dedication and courage.”
Wisconsin Family Action/Wisconsin Family Council congratulate Deborah for her hard work and courage under fire. All of the awards presented at the RightWisconsin event were well-deserved, and we are proud to stand alongside each finalist as we represent Wisconsin’s voice for marriage, family, life and liberty in The Badger State.
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.
The Wisconsin Department of Health released their latest report this week “Induced Abortions in Wisconsin” that reflects 662 babies were saved from abortions in the latest year for which abortion data is available compared with the year before. Specifically, 6,462 abortions were performed in 2013 and 5,800 in 2014.
“While we grieve the thousands of babies aborted last year, this drop is truly significant,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president,”Pro-life efforts in our state are working. Laws such as requiring women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound are making a difference. We need to keep the pressure on by passing Rep. Andre Jacques bills that will significantly defund abortion giant Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.”
Julaine explains what YOU can do to preserve and defend LIFE in Wisconsin HERE in a short video message!
The Little Sisters of the Poor has been through more than any faith-based charity should have to go through all to continue the noble work they’re doing without violating their faith.
But, for the time being at least, some good news has come their way. After the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled that the group must comply with Obamacare’s abortion mandate, The Little Sisters of the Poor found reprieve Friday morning after the Tenth Circuit issued an order temporarily safeguarding the group and other ministries from being forced to violate their faith. That is, until the Supreme Court rules on their case.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin family Action, is pleased with this action, “I am more and more impressed with Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. Signing on to this friend of the court brief for this case is important. It sends a powerful message that the state of Wisconsin understands the First Amendment and believes religious freedom should be strongly protected. It’s good to have an AG who stands rock solid on protecting this fundamental right.”
A coalition of liberal Democrats unveiled a proposal Thursday to rewrite the 1964 Civil Rights Act to outlaw discrimination against gays in the workplace, in financial and housing markets, and in other areas of private and public life.
Proponents describe the effort as the next gay-rights movement.
The legislation, dubbed the Equality Act, was announced less than a month after a Supreme Court ruling that made same-sex marriage legal nationwide, a 5-4 decision that prompted lawmakers who support gay rights and their political allies to set aside legislation that was more modest a more comprehensive bill.
Within the past couple weeks, three separate national polls have been conducted on the issue of same-sex marriage. Interestingly, each of these three polls shows a decline in support for it. Both Ipsos/Reuters and Gallup conducted polls in early July — just days after the Supreme Court handed its ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. Both polls found a slight decline in the percentage of Americans who support same-sex marriage as compared to previous polls that each firm conducted earlier this spring. Additionally, a third poll by the AP found that only 42 percent of Americans support same sex marriage. This is a decline of 6 points from the organization’s last poll on the issue in April. It also found a significant increase in percentage of people — 59 percent in June vs. only 52 percent in April — who said wedding-related businesses with religious objections should be allowed to refuse service to gay and lesbian couples.
WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in, “While the mainstream media has largely ignored this news these polls tell us the battle for marriage is far from over. Our message is more important than ever. We will continue to remind people that children need both a mother and a father and that the foundational institution of one-man/one-woman marriage brings unique contributions to all of society.”
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…
This year for the first time, I received something amazing: voter mail.
Having finally reached legal voting age, and inspired by the attention devoted to me as a possible voting citizen, I took the opportunity and voted in my local spring election. As the daughter of a County Board Supervisor, I thought I understood politics and the need for involvement.
However, during my incredible opportunity to be an intern at Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), I have learned so much more. Meeting representatives, hearing testimonies before a committee, and watching the state Senate debate has given me the real-life experience that will forever change my perspective as a citizen.
Some lessons from my experience:
First, Christians are involved in Wisconsin government—Christians who strive to honor God through every decision they make. Some of the most devoted ones are here at WFA. These workers are tireless in their fighting for godly and biblical principles in our laws.
Second, much work happens before we may ever hear about something political in the news. From meetings with legislators, to discussions with drafters while writing a bill, to committee meetings, much work is done behind the scenes by the elected officials and groups such as ours in order to pass any sort of legislation.
Third, I need to stay informed. Simply catching up on what my elected officials are doing around voting time is not enough. In order to be a truly informed citizen, I need to pay attention to what goes on at the Capitol on a daily basis. Instead of simply hearing after the fact that a certain law will affect me, I must find out before so that I can make a difference.
Fourth, I have learned the power of persuasion. This may seem an odd observation, but I have seen it in action. Whether in a closed door meeting or during a committee hearing that is open to the public, informed, persuasive speaking is imperative.
For these reasons and more, I will plan on being more involved in government even after I have finished my internship. I am incredibly thankful to WFA for this experience. Now I not only know how to prepare for mailing hundreds of flyers for voters by myself, but, more importantly, my involvement in and views about my government have been strengthened and changed forever.
Yesterday the Wisconsin Senate voted to pass the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (SB179) after the bill’s passage was recommended by the Committee on Health and Human Services last week. The bill now must be taken up by the full State Assembly for consideration before it can be signed into law.
Parents need to be aware of the very real and dangerous situation this presents to their children and consider an alternative to the Boy Scouts, such as Trail Life USA, whose mission is “….to guide generations of courageous young men to honor God, lead with integrity, serve others, and experience outdoor adventure.”
June has become the month in which homosexuality is celebrated in America. June of 1969 commemorates the Stonewall riots in Manhattan which became a tipping point for homosexual activists. Wisconsin democrats have authored a joint resolution asking the state legislature to official recognize June as LGBT Pride Month. This weekend Milwaukee will host the state’s largest LGBT PrideFest complete with a parade on Sunday.
Places you may want to steer your family clear of:
Henry Maier Festival Park (this is where all the “action” will take place) for PrideFest
PrideFest paradeAREA (Parade takes place June 7 at 2 p.m., 2nd Street from Lapham to Oregon)
Currently no participants registered for the parade; there are four sponsors (Miller, Avant-Garde (needle mfg. company), Gazette, and Quest.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “First, I’m hoping that the joint resolution goes absolutely nowhere in our state legislature. But at least as important is warning parents who might be planning a trip to Milwaukee this weekend. I’d steer clear. These PrideFests, while often targeting children, are not innocent, family-friendly events. They are way too frequently blatant displays of lewdness and immorality.”
In an article published this month by WSAU, Wisconsin’s Senator Tammy Baldwin is giving high praise to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for moving forward with a proposal that will allow homosexual men who have been “abstinent” one year to donate blood. (more…)
The House of Representatives, this week, approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20 weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth with exception for in cases of rape, incest for minors, and life of the mother. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. Should the Senate approve the bill, President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.
“We are not thrilled with the exceptions in this bill—because no matter how a baby is conceived, they feel pain—and this bill should be about the baby, not the mother or the method of conception, “says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “However, we are pleased all 5 of the Wisconsin Republican representatives voted “yes.” It’s sad that not one of the 3 Democrats from Wisconsin voted to protect unborn children from pain.”
“In 1994, Jeanne Hall, a resident of King City, Ore., voted in favor of Ballot Measure 16, which for the first time in the United States, would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives through physician-assisted suicide.”
Is religious freedom desirable?Many Americans will quickly answer without thinking through the implications of their response. Respecting any type of freedom often comes with undesirable consequences.
By favoring freedom of speech, you are protecting the right of people to express themselves in many ways that you consider completely wrong. By favoring the right to keep and bear arms, you run the risk that, somewhere, someone will abuse that right and use a legally purchased handgun in a horrific crime.
But we as Americans have weighed the costs of free speech and the right to bear arms and determined that the desirability of those rights outweighs the negatives that accompany them.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “Our Founding Fathers called religious freedom our first freedom not because it’s part of the First Amendment, but because it is foundational to our other freedoms. Anyone who doesn’t believe that true religious freedom, not freedom of worship, is being severely threatened in our country is fooling himself. Advancing the liberal agenda demands the silencing of religious, especially Christian, objections.”
5/13/2015 UPDATE:The House voted to PASS HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 36 242-184. The bill will now go to the Senate and, if passed, on to President Obama who has stated he will veto such a bill.
Pro-abortion politicians and pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood are mobilizing to kill the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) which the House is expected to vote on TODAY. The Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act will prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks and would save thousands of innocent lives every year. While Wisconsin Family Action believes in life from conception until natural death, H.R. 36 is a step in the right direction towards abolishing all abortion at any stage of life.
Time is short: Call your Wisconsin representative TODAY and tell them you want them to vote in favor of H.R. 36, the bill that would prohibit late-term abortions. If you know who your state representative is, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative’s office.
If you do NOT know who your state representative is, click HERE and enter your zip code.
As we await the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision on the redefinition of marriage as we know it and God ordained it – between one man and one woman – we must continue to stand in the gap with fervent prayer. We must not waver on this issue. We will not send up the white flag of surrender.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
CLICK HERE to commit to pray and sign the PLEDGE TO PRAY FOR MARRIAGE!
Pray for discernment and sound reasoning for the Supreme Court justices, that they might understand the importance and meaning of marriage and be able to see through the implications of redefining marriage.
Gather with others to pray for the outcome of this critical decision that affects God’s institution of marriage between one man and one woman. Meet in your home, at a Bible study, over coffee, at a park, at church – and pray with friends, family, and congregations as we stand in the gap for marriage.
For additional information, resources, commentaries, news and more regarding the Supreme Court decision on marriage, click HERE.
Wisconsin Family Action is your go-to resource for marriage, family, life and liberty in The Badger Stage. Visit our website HERE.