WFA signs on to FOC brief: SCOTUS to hear oral arguments 3/20

Wisconsin Family Action has signed on to a very important friend-of-the-court brief alongside many of our allies urging the Supreme Court to strike down the regulations that force pro-life pregnancy centers to advertise abortions as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment’s right to free speech. Oral arguments will be heard tomorrow, 3/19/2018.

Our allies at Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) will be reporting directly from the U.S. Supreme Court on this case that has great implications for the pro-life movement and freedom of speech. WFA will be sharing live updates through FPIW on our Facebook page HERE starting at 7:30 a.m. (CST).

Read more about this critical case HERE.

Read the friend-of-the-court brief HERE.

Election Q&A: How may we help you?

When you know that an election day is coming up but are unfamiliar with what’s on your ballot or who to vote for, there are a number of ways you can find the information you’re looking for. Often you may want to know what you can do to help a candidate that you’d like to see elected to office. Wisconsin Family Action stands ready to help during election season and all year round. Here is a helpful list of questions with answers that will hopefully provide all you need before you enter your polling place:

Q&A

Q: How do I find out what is on my ballot?
A: Visit myvote.wi.gov and simply enter your address. You’ll be able to view a sample ballot with all your local and statewide races/referendums.

Q: How do I learn more about a candidate?
A: There are a number of ways to do this –

  1. Do a “Google” search of the candidate’s name to find out if they have a website. Since most candidates have websites, this will be the best place to find out information about him/her.
  2. Check Facebook to see if a candidate has a Facebook page. Search for the candidate’s name in your Facebook search bar. Oftentimes if a candidate has a Facebook page it is interactive and you may ask questions of them via a Facebook post.
  3. If you use Twitter you can search for a candidate to find out if a Twitter account exists. Candidates use Twitter to send out messages, share endorsements and more.
  4. If you don’t have access to Internet, listen to your local radio station or pick up a newspaper to check for information about a candidate.
  5. Don’t throw away those flyers and mailers that come to your door. Read them first and determine which candidates appeal most to your core values.
  6. Talk to friends and family members who are “politically aware.” Glean information from people you trust.
  7. Attend local forums and debates. These events are free and open to the public.
  8. If you are unable to attend a forum or debate, check your local community cable station. They frequently host interviews and debates on local races.
  9. Talk to the candidate. If a candidate shows up at your door, take the time to talk to him or her. Take their literature and ask them questions.
  10. Be alert for yard signs. Notice where they are placed. If you know the person who has a sign on their property or in their yard, check to see if they are really supporting the candidate or are just letting them borrow yard space.

Q: How can I help a candidate as he/she runs for office?
A: If you would like to assist a candidate in a run for office, here are some helpful ideas:

  1. Pray for them.
  2. Offer to drop off literature at homes or other locations.
  3. Offer to place a sign in your yard.
  4. Offer to lend financial assistance. Flyers, gas, yard signs all cost a good bit of money.
  5. Send a note of encouragement.

Q: How do I find out information on absentee voting, election dates and times, polling places, etc.?
A: Wisconsin Family Action has created your Election Central where you can find the answers to these and other questions you may have about voting in Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to access Election Central.

Abstinence is not a dirty word.

From WTMJ:

Troubling public health news in the city of Milwaukee shows an increase in new cases of HIV and syphilis —including an infant in 2017. That’s why the Milwaukee Health Department launched a commute campaign with MCTS to raise awareness about sexually transmitted diseases.

READ MORE HERE

julaine Appling, WFA president, shares, “While this report is sad, this is a problem with a solution. Abstinence is not a dirty word. It’s the future-saving, sometimes even life-saving message teens and young adults need to hear. Schools that truly care about kids will stop sex ed programs that promote dangerous promiscuity and start promoting sexual abstinence until and only within marriage.”

Wisconsin pro-Life leadership pro-life talk doesn’t match their walk

From Public Discourse:

When Texas passed SB 8 in 2017, requiring the humane disposition of fetal remains, there ought to have been broad support across the political spectrum. Instead, politics as usual has colored the rhetoric of pro-abortion partisans. And, at the end of January 2018, a US District Court delivered a victory for pro-abortion forces in issuing a preliminary injunction of the law. Among other things, the opinion held that abortion providers had a “substantial likelihood of success” in demonstrating their constitutional claim that Texas’s law violates the Due Process Clause.

But Texas’s humane disposition provisions are not only constitutional (even under the legal regime of Casey), but also a morally laudable response to gruesome revelations about how the abortion industry disposes of fetal remains.

READ MORE HERE

WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in, “Part of our Heal Without Harm Initiative deals with final disposition of aborted babies, as well as making sure parents who experience a stillbirth or miscarriage know they can make appropriate final arrangements for their baby. Sadly, these bills have been intentionally killed this session by Republican senate and assembly leadership whose pro-life walk doesn’t match their pro-life talk.”

No Vices or Virtues as FFRF targets Kenosha School District

From ChristianNews.net:

KENOSHA, Wisc. — A number of Christian displays have been removed from an elementary school classroom in Wisconsin after one of the nation’s most conspicuous atheist activist organizations sent a letter asserting that the posters and symbols were unconstitutional.

Rob Moore, the local chapter president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), told WTMJ-TV that he had complained for months about the displays in his son’s fourth grade classroom at Pleasant Prairie Elementary School in Kenosha. Earlier this month, the organization’s headquarters sent a letter to the school district to request an investigation.

“I don’t want someone’s personal myth-ark enforced in the classroom,” Moore, an atheist, told the outlet.

READ MORE HERE

It appears that the Freedom From Religion Foundation is specifically targeting the Kenosha School District – read more HERE.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, weighs in, “I’m not exactly sure what the law is on the particulars of this situation. But what I do know is Freedom From Religion is doing its dead-level best to eradicate Christianity from the public square, with the US Supreme Court complicit over the last 50-plus years. Our society is reeling from the absence of the Bible and the Gospel. We need more of God, not less, especially in our schools.”

We Must Reclaim Parental Rights

“In both the United Kingdom and the United States, the fundamental rights of parents have dangerously eroded, undermining the ability of parents to protect the welfare of their children, instill moral values, and pass on religious beliefs and practices.”

READ MORE HERE

Parental rights are foundational to a strong Wisconsin and a strong America. We support the parental rights amendment at the federal level, but that’s a long, hard process. In the meantime, we need to do what we can here. That’s why we are not too keen on bills that are being passed in our state legislature that cut parents out of knowing what their children are doing.

WFA PAC endorsed Judge Michael Screnock Advances in WI Supreme Court Primary

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Michael Screnock, endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, was the top vote-getter in yesterday’s Spring Nonpartisan Primary Election. WFA president Julaine Appling stated, “We believe he is exactly the kind of person we need on the Supreme Court. His background and family life, community involvement, legal experience, and judicial philosophy all align with what we are looking for in a judicial candidate.” Screnock currently serves as Sauk County Circuit Judge and will face off against Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet in the General Election on April 3. Congratulations to Judge Michael Screnock!

 

Celebrate National Marriage Week! February 7-14


NATIONAL MARRIAGE WEEK USA is this week, February 7-14. It is a campaign to promote the benefits of traditional marriage, increase marriage education nationwide and build more marital success, which reduces poverty and benefits children.

Goals of National Marriage Week USA
  1. To elevate marriage as a national issue in the media and with policy leaders.

  2. To promote the benefits of marriage, that stronger marriages bring economic stability to individuals and to the nation, and provides the best environment for thriving children.

  3. To create a national calendar for existing, trusted marriage classes, conferences and events where people can find the help they need, or reach out to help others.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, shares, “It’s February. Hallmark tells us it’s time to think about love. It’s also when we celebrate National Marriage Week. With that in mind, thinking about what real love is and about God’s design for marriage is important. Young, in-love couples need to know crises will happen to them in their marriage, but true, godly love endures and grows through these crises.”

LEARN MORE about National Marriage Week USA HERE!

 

 

CALL NOW: Speaker Vos Moves to Kill Fetal Tissue Bills; Removes Them from Committee

Without notice, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) has moved two fetal tissue bills out of their original committees and into the Committee on Assembly Organization. These bills make up the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative, (SB 423/AB 549 and SB 424/AB 550), authored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), that would ban the sale and use of body parts from aborted babies and inform parents about the ability to donate their miscarried or stillborn child’s tissue.

If Speaker Vos and the Committee on Assembly Organization do not advance the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative, then it can only be assumed that this move is intended to kill these bills.

READ MORE HERE from the Heal Without Harm Coalition.

Make your call NOW.

 

Action Alert: WI Pro-Life Bills moved – why? No vote? #HoldThemAccountable

The Heal Without Harm (HWH) Legislative Initiative – SB 423/AB 549 and SB 424/AB 550 (Sen. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, and Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc) – would ban the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies and instead encourage the donation of tissue for research from children who are stillborn or miscarried.

Without notice, AB 549 and AB 550 have been pulled from their previously assigned committees and put into the Committee on Assembly Organization.

The public has a right to know why these bills were moved and if the committee has any intention of sending them to the floor for a vote.

Please call the members of the Committee on Assembly Organization and ask them:

  1. Why were AB 549 and AB 550 moved to this committee?
  2. Does the committee intend to advance these bills so they can receive a floor vote?

There is precious little time left this legislative session for these bills to advance, so please take action now!

CALL NOW:

Representative Vos (Chair) – (608) 266-9171

Representative Steineke (Vice-Chair) – (608) 266-2418

Representative R. Brooks – (608) 267-2369

Representative August – (608) 266-1190

Representative Knodl – (608) 266-3796

Representative Hintz – (608) 266-2254

Representative Hesselbein – (608) 266-5340

Representative Spreitzer – (608) 266-1192

Primary Election Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Voter Information Publication

 

CLICK HERE for your downloadable
Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Primary Election Information Publication!

Less than 20% of voters actually vote in the primary elections in their state. Yet did you know…
• Primaries determine the election?
• In the case of low-voter-turnout elections, your vote matters more than ever?

Wisconsin’s Primary Election is Tuesday, February 20.

That’s less than 3 weeks away! How do you know who to vote for? Who are the candidates? How have incumbents voted in the past?

Click for your Wisconsin Voter Guide. It’s a combination of:
• Voting records/ratings
• Financial contributions
• Endorsements
• Candidate website

Each candidate is evaluated by a panel of volunteers, people like you, who are dedicated to helping others vote wisely.
For general voter information and to see if you have a primary on your ballot, click here.

How Can You Help?
• Access the Voter Publication TODAY. Take a close look.
• Print off and be prepared for the Wisconsin Primary Election on February 20!
• Share this Voter Publication with everyone you know who is eligible to vote in Wisconsin! Print and distribute copies to neighbors and others in your voting district.
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Rejection of Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is both tragic and irresponsible

“I am disappointed that tonight, 46 Senators voted against a motion that would have respected the
majority of Americans’ convictions- including those of President Trump- by refusing to
advance a bill that would restrict abortions on babies
when they are capable of feeling pain”. – Vice President Mike Pence

From LiveAction.com:

“On January 29, the U.S. Senate voted 51-46 on the question of whether to proceed with the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The bill needed 60 votes cast to continue, but failed to find that number. Sponsors of the bill’s House version had called for doing away with the 60-vote requirement.

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) estimated that the federal bill, if passed, would save 12,000-18,000 babies annually. The bill would have protected preborn children at 20 weeks and after from painful late-term abortion procedures, such as the D&E procedure.”

Read more HERE.

Abortionists kill about 13,000 babies every single year through late-term abortions when, according to overwhelming evidence, the babies can feel excruciating pain. The Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S.2111) would have brought this gruesome practice to an end.

The rejection of this life-saving bill is both tragic and irresponsible.

 

Wisconsin Homeschooling Law Working Just Fine

State Representative Christine Sinicki (D-Milwaukee) of the 20th Assembly District sent out an email this week which reads as follows:

Rep. Sinicki is planning to submit a request today to the Joint Legislative Council Committee requesting a Legislative Study Committee to review Wisconsin’s 1984 Home Schooling Law.

Please let us know by 4 pm today if you would like your name added to this request.

About 20,000 children in Wisconsin are homeschooled, according to one estimate. The opportunity to homeschool can provide valuable flexibility for parents and children, and many students flourish in a homeschool environment. Some child welfare advocates argue, however, that lax oversight of homeschooling can allow some abused or poorly educated children to slip through the cracks.

Oversight of homeschooling varies widely among states, and some have far more stringent requirements for parents than does Wisconsin. For example, a number of states require standardized tests, portfolio reviews, or other check-ins, while Wisconsin requires only that homeschoolers register with DPI. Some advocates argue that additional oversight could help authorities identify children who are being abused, neglected, or underserved by their parents or guardians.

With these thoughts in mind, we are calling for a Study Committee to review the 1984 Homeschooling Law. The Study Committee would include stakeholders from the homeschooling community. The intention is not to pass anti-homeschooling legislation, but to review this 34-year old law to see how it is working and what could be improved upon.

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45 Years After Roe v Wade: Stronger Than Ever

It’s been 45 years since Roe v. Wade, and the pro-life movement is stronger than ever.

Last week, thousands of pro-life Americans took a stand for life at the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. This year’s theme, “Love Saves Lives,” reminds us that women facing unplanned pregnancies have options besides abortion—like adoption—that protect life and demonstrate love.

>>>>>Read more HERE.

“Including the “first freedom,” as our founders called freedom of religion, as a part of the pro-life movement really is critical,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “For the sake of children, faith-based adoption agencies need to flourish, not operate under the threat of having the government close their doors. A private enterprise acting consistently on a set of religious beliefs should not even be questioned, let alone threatened.”

Wisconsin Celebrates National School Choice Week 1/21-1/27

Governor Scott Walker proclaims January 21-27 as School Choice Week in Wisconsin 

Wisconsin will celebrate National School Choice Week 2018 (January 21-27, 2018) with 563 events, meetings, and activities across the Badger State.

Joining dozens of other governors and hundreds of city and county leaders nationwide, Gov. Scott Walker has officially proclaimed Jan. 21-27 School Choice Week in Wisconsin.

Wisconsonians have planned 563 events and activities for the week to celebrate educational opportunity and spark conversations about the options parents have, or want to have, for their children.

This year, more than 32,000 independently planned school choice events and activities will take place nationwide across all 50 states. Events include rallies, roundtable discussions, coffeehouse meet-ups, festivals, school fairs, and more.

READ MORE HERE

CLICK HERE to view and download the current (2017) form, Schedule PS, for the Wisconsin tuition tax deduction

 

 

Breaking: Efforts to Advance Ethical Research Thwarted by Senate Leaders

Though cosponsored by nearly a third of the Wisconsin Legislature, the Heal Without Harm Initiative – a set of bills that would ensure fetal tissue research in Wisconsin continues without controversy – lingers in committee without action.  The Fetal Remains Respect Act (SB 423/AB 549) and the Unborn Child Disposition and Anatomical Gift Act (SB 424/AB 550), authored by Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), would ban the sale and use of body parts from aborted babies and inform parents about the ability to donate their miscarried or stillborn child’s tissue.

Initial introduction of the Senate bills was delayed by legislative leaders for months.  Even though the bills received a hearing before the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety in early November, Committee Chair Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) has yet to hold a vote on the bills.  Senator Wanggaard’s office has indicated that the Chair will not schedule a committee vote until a majority of Senators consent to vote for the bill on the Senate floor. (more…)

Action Alert: State Senators Fitzgerald and Wanggaard

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) need to hear from you immediately!

The Heal Without Harm (HWH) Legislative Initiative – SB 423/AB 549 and SB 424/AB 550 (Sen. Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, and Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc) – would ban the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies and instead encourage the donation of tissue for research from children who are stillborn or miscarried.

Currently, SB 423 and SB 424 have received public hearings, but Senate Judiciary and Public Safety committee Chair Senator Van Wanggaard has indicated he will not advance the bills out of committee unless Senators make their support for these bills known.  However, Chair Wanggaard has advanced numerous bills through his committee with fewer Senate co-sponsors and with far less Senator support at the public hearing.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald supports this highly unusual delay in getting these bills out of committee. However, there are no Senate rules requiring bills to have sufficient floor votes in order to be voted out of committee; and many bills advance out of committee without prior knowledge of who will vote in favor of or against them on the floor.

The public has a right to know what committee members think about the Heal Without Harm Initiative.

Please:

  1. Call Senator Fitzgerald at 608-266-5660 and urge that a committee vote on SB 423 and SB 424 be held ASAP.   
  2. Call Senator Wanggaard at 608-266-1832 and urge him to hold a committee vote on SB 423 and SB 424 ASAP.

The Senate will convene on January 23 for one of the last times this session. Tell Senators Fitzgerald and Wanggaard to support the democratic process and hold an executive session on these bills now!   Committee action now means the Senate could vote on these bills on January 23!

Questions?  Take some time to visit the HWH Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.
Thank you for standing with us for life!

Take Action: Responsibility for education lies with parents

The Senate Education Committee recently held a public hearing on two bills regarding federal- and state-mandated standardized tests in public, charter, opportunity and choice schools. Senate Bill 222 requires school districts to consolidate and publicize information about each test, including grades administered in, reason for the test, and what the district will do with the results. Senate Bill 234 makes it clear that no matter the grade-level where a state or federal standardized test is given, parents can opt their children out of these tests.

Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) are the lead authors on the bills. They believe parents are responsible for the education of their children and that schools should take reasonable actions to help them in making wise educational decisions. Both of these common-sense, parent-focused bills have already passed in the state assembly; they just need a senate vote.

Call your state senator today and ask them to support Senate Bills 222 and 234.
Find your legislator HERE. (Simply enter your address into the search box in the upper right-hand corner.)

West Bend “Privilege Survey” indoctrinates, doesn’t educate

A parent with a child in the West Bend School District contacted police today after a survey was given to 8th graders questioning their sexuality.
“If I walked up to a 13 year old on the street and started asking these questions I’d be put in the back of a squad,” said the parent, who prefers to remain anonymous to protect his child.
The parent noted he called police because “that teacher and that school subjected all these kids to child abuse today. I was told this was a segue into a new lesson plan about civil rights. The part that concerns me is a whole lot of questions have nothing to do with education whatsoever, especially the ones about parent finances.”
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling states, “Parents have every right to be concerned about this survey. The idea of these “white privilege” surveys is basically to indoctrinate, not really educate, students regarding so-called civil rights issues. This is a reminder that parents need to make sure they have open communication with their kids and that they are doing all they can to be aware of what’s going on in classrooms.”

WFA sends letter to House asking to repeal Johnson Amendment

From Alliance Defending Freedom:

At its core, the Johnson Amendment should deeply offend religious leaders.

The Johnson Amendment, passed in 1954, is a speech restriction in the tax code that prohibits all nonprofits—including churches—from “participating” or “intervening” in elections (though no one, including tax experts, really knows what that means). President Donald Trump has repeatedly pledged to repeal the Johnson Amendment. And now, the House of Representatives has included an amendment to the law in its tax bill that would fix the Johnson Amendment’s unconstitutional speech restrictions.

The bottom line is that the Johnson Amendment infringes on the First Amendment rights of churches and pastors because it allows federal bureaucrats to determine what pastors can and can’t say. Alliance Defending Freedom has long advocated for a fix to the Johnson Amendment because of this.

READ MORE HERE

Last week, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 40 other state and national leaders in sending a letter to the House of Representatives leadership urging them to be sure the tax reform bill repeals the Johnson Amendment especially since the senate version leaves the Johnson amendment intact. Now we wait to see if our collective efforts paid off on this important free speech matter.

Pregnancy Resource Centers > Abortion Centers

From LiveAction.org:

The New York Times reported that nationally, pro-life pregnancy centers outnumber abortion facilities. At the time, there were reportedly 2,500 pro-life centers compared to around 1,800 abortion centers.
Read more HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling shares, “How exciting is this?! Wisconsin is tracking the same type of numbers. According to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, they have 21 sites, while we have at least 80 life-saving, woman-helping Pregnancy Resource Centers statewide. These centers are why we love the Choose Life Wisconsin license plate that helps fund their awesome work!”

West Bend taxpayer confronts school board about invasive survey

Since 1991, The U.S. Centers for Disease Control has surveyed teens every two years in order to identify trends in risky adolescent behaviors.

Recently, in West Bend, a concerned resident and grandmother who is also a registered nurse, raised some very valid concerns before her local school board about the survey. She stated, “How would you feel if you were asked [these questions]?” She added, “What does this have to do with educating our children?” She went on to suggest a more positive approach such as asking, “Are you aware that you are more likely to live in poverty as a single parent?” and “Are you aware of the negative physical and emotional aspects of having sex before marriage?”

Watch the short video of this testimony on this issue from the West Bend School Board meeting HERE.

“The Youth Risk Behavior Survey has been around quite a while,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “I dare say most school districts in our state give the survey. There is no question that the questions are leading and the subject matter invasive. It’s important for parents to know they can opt their child out of taking the survey. Make sure you know if and when your child will be asked to take this survey.”

Pro-Family, Pro-Liberty Organizations Share Christmas Message in State Capitol “Merry Christmas” sign and nativity sets greet visitors this season

MADISON—Each year for the past 22 years, Wisconsin Family Council (WFC), the educational arm of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), has displayed a Merry Christmas sign in the State Capitol Rotunda. The sign not only wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, but reminds viewers of the real reason for the season—Jesus Christ, mankind’s Savior.

Today Wisconsin Family Council once again put up the sign in the capitol while Wisconsin Family Action placed an accompanying nativity display.

“Celebrating Christ’s birth is a Christian celebration, an American holiday and a Wisconsin tradition,” said Julaine Appling, president of WFA and WFC.  “The Germans who played such an important role in settling our state brought this great tradition with them.”

The First Amendment to the US Constitution prohibits government from interfering with religion and guarantees citizens the right to exercise their religion, including celebrating Christmas, both in the privacy of their homes and in the public square.

Appling continued, “Thousands of visitors come to our beautiful state capitol during the holiday season to enjoy the gorgeous state Christmas tree with all the handmade ornaments. We are honored to be able to exercise our religious freedom and have our display in the rotunda as a silent but powerful witness to the truth of Christmas and to offer hope to all those who see it.”

The sign and the nativity will be on display on the First Floor Rotunda from today through December 31, 2017.

Merry Christmas to all!

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preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.

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Giving Tuesday: It’s about YOU making a difference

As we spent time in celebration this past Thanksgiving 2017, we thought it appropriate to give special  thanks to God for you ~ our volunteers, supporters and friends. Your prayers,  messages and financial partnership have allowed us to continue to make a difference in your community, in the culture and in our great state.

We give thanks, as well, for generous friends of Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council who have given us a $30,000 matching grant, something that blesses and empowers not only WFA and WFC but doubles the amount of your giving instantly today – Giving Tuesday – a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Giving Tuesday is celebrated annually on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving in the U.S. right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. CLICK HERE to double your donation instantly, right now!

If you’re looking for an easy way to make a real and significant impact in The Badger State, today – Giving Tuesday – is the day to take action and double your giving at the same time! CLICK HERE to double your gift today – up to $30,000!

Your contribution on Giving Tuesday tells us that you stand with us, allowing us to be your voice, as we work each to day strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious freedom.

Partnering with us on Giving Tuesday will make every $10 you give into a $20 gift, every $50 into $100, and every $500 into $1,000 up to $30,000. Your alliance with Wisconsin Family Action & Wisconsin Family Council is essential in order to achieve victories such as:

—Our new “Choose Life” Wisconsin license plates. After 10 years of pursuing a pro-life license plate for The Badger State, this dream has become a reality! The purchase of these plates gives financial assistance to our woman-helping, life-saving Pregnancy Resource Centers. It doesn’t get better than that! CLICK HERE to double your giving – up to $30,000 – and join us as we stand for LIFE in Wisconsin. CLICK HERE to learn more about how to obtain your Choose Life license plate.

—The very positive outcome for religious freedom resulting from a referral we made to our legal ally Alliance Defending Freedom,. When Madison photographer Amy Lawson (photo, left) of AmyLynn Photography Studio contacted us about a city ordinance and state law that prevented her from speaking and creating in accordance with her beliefs and would have forced her to photograph same-sex “weddings,” we were able to put her in contact with some of the best lawyers in the country. This past August a Dane County judge heard Amy’s case and decided in her favor, essentially allowing creative professionals in Wisconsin who don’t have storefronts the freedom to determine what ideas they will promote using their artistic talents. CLICK HERE to partner with us today – Giving Tuesday – to double your donation up to $30,000!

— And in the state budget, our work resulted in eliminating two domestic partnership registries that undermine marriage and in giving Bible/church camps the same amount of tax-exempt property as all other camps in the state.

You made these victories possible! And there’s so much more that has been done and is needing to be done. In partnership with you, Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council are uniquely positioned to keep getting the job done. We are your voice in The Badger State to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and religious liberty. Won’t you CLICK HERE on this Giving Tuesday to join us as we work hard in partnership with you and on your behalf to uphold your core values and principles? When you do, your giving will double – up to $30,000 – and your partnership will grow the presence of Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council and–God wiling–will result in more victories such as those mentioned above.

We give thanks, today and every day, for you and for your continued encouragement and financial support. We ask you to prayerfully and sincerely consider making every opportunity of this generous $30,000 matching grant today – Giving Tuesday.

 

City of De Pere, Wisconsin put on notice for legal action; ordinance unconstitutional

One radio station and 5 churches, represented by legal counsel, sent a letter to all 8 De Pere Common Council members and the mayor letting them know that the so-called anti-discrimination ordinance they passed on a 5-4 vote last Tuesday is unconstitutional and put the City on notice regarding legal action. The ordinance gives special rights to certain classes of citizens, including sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression in housing, employment and public accommodation.  The public accommodation portion has no religious or conscience exemption.

“This ordinance puts every business owner and every church and religious organization in De Pere in real jeopardy,” said Julaine Appling, WFA president, “not to mention threatens the well-being of citizens. I applaud the radio station and the churches that are willing to stand up to this unconstitutional ordinance that trounces on their constitutionally protected religious beliefs.”

Signs of Christmas at the Wisconsin State Capitol

This week we were fortunate enough to be at our state capitol at the very same time of the annual Christmas tree arrival. Below are some photos we captured for those who have never witnessed this event.

The tree will be placed in the rotunda in 1-2 weeks and decorated with ornaments made by schoolchildren that celebrate the Capitol’s centennial.

The Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be on Friday, December 1 from noon-1 PM in the Capitol Rotunda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose Life Wisconsin License Plates Are HERE | VIDEO

Choose Life Wisconsin/Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling received her brand new Choose Life license plates in the mail yesterday. In the video below, she demonstrates how to assemble the plate and shows how the plate looks once it is ready for attaching to your vehicle.

To learn more about how to obtain your Choose Life Wisconsin license plate, click HERE.

Did you already receive your plate? Send us your photo(s) of you with your Choose Life plate at [email protected]

Your Voice is Needed at the Wisconsin State Capitol Tomorrow

Where: Wisconsin State Capitol, Room 417 North (GAR Hall)

When: 10 AM, Nov. 14th, 2017

Why: Your voice is needed at the State Capitol! Please come to register in support and even testify in favor of AB 550, one of the bills that makes up the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative.

AB 550, Unborn Child Disposition and Anatomical Gift Act, will make certain that families who have suffered the loss of a child due to miscarriage or stillbirth are given information about their options for the final disposition of their child, and the opportunity to donate their child’s remains. In addition, the bill requires the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) to study the feasibility of developing ethical fetal tissue and umbilical cord blood banks in Wisconsin for use in research.

If you plan on attending the hearing in the Assembly Committee on Health, email the coalition at [email protected] so we can connect with you and get you more resources!

Can’t make it to the hearing?
Consider submitting written testimony! Email the coalition at [email protected] for more information.

Contact your legislators and ask them:

  • To co-sponsor the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative if they haven’t already
  • Ensure a public hearing is held in the Assembly for AB 549, AB 550’s companion bill, ASAP
  • Ensure both bills are passed in both houses ASAP

Don’t know who your legislators are? Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your home address under “Who Are My Legislators” or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.

Questions? Take some time to visit our Q&A to learn more about this critical issue.

Lowering drinking age will feed Wisconsin’s dangerous endemic

From the Journal Sentinel:

Wisconsin’s beer-loving reputation would get a boost under a proposal to lower the state’s drinking age to 19.

But teenagers shouldn’t reserve those kegs just yet.

The bill, circulated Wednesday by three Republican lawmakers including the former president of the Wisconsin Tavern League, has to overcome at least two big hurdles before it could become law.

Read more HERE.

Photo courtesy: Parenting blog

Wisconsin FamilIf this bill were to become law, Wisconsin would be the first state to lower the legal drinking age. Drinking alcohol in Wisconsin is endemic. A 2015 report showed Wisconsin to be the heaviest drinking state in the country and in 2016 a report showed 12 of the top 20 drunkest American cities are in Wisconsin. I can’t imagine this bill makes things better in any way.

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