Today scores of pro-life Wisconsin citizens, in bitterly cold temperatures, gathered at the state capitol in Madison for a brief outside rally for life. The Rally for Life was sponsored by the state’s 3 leading pro-life groups, Wisconsin Family Action, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life. Speakers included leaders from these organizations as well as the legislators who authored pro-life bills that are pending in the state legislature. After the outside rally, those attending went inside to visit their legislators and urge them to support these bills.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “We are so grateful for those brave folks who joined us! The opportunity to pass these bills ends no later than the middle of March. Now is the time for the legislators to know the people of this state want these bills to pass. The bills stop millions of taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.”
View photo album on Wisconsin Family Action’s Facebook page HERE.
Please urge your Wisconsin Assembly Representative and Senator to support the two bills below. Talking points are listed, but feel free to use your own words when communicating with your legislators. (more…)
On Tuesday, 9/22, the Senate Committee on Human Health and Service held a public hearing on Senate Bill 260 (companion AB 305 – bans the sale and use of the body parts and tissues of aborted babies) Senate Bill 237 (companion AB 310 – redirects about $7.5 million annually of taxpayer money away from Planned Parenthood of WI), and Senate Bill 238 (companion AB 311 – bans family-planning centers from overbilling the state for drugs they dispense). WFA attended the hearing and testified in favor of the bills along former Iowa Planned Parenthood manager Sue Thayer and Alliance Defending Freedom Attorney Natalie Decker who specializes in exposing Planned Parenthood’s fraud and abuse. (more…)
TODAY, Tuesday, 9/15, the Wisconsin Assembly Health Committee will hold an Executive Session on Assembly Bills 310 (redirects federal Title X funds away from Planned Parenthood of WI) and 311 (bans family-planning centers from overbilling the state for drugs they dispense).
NOTE ROOM CHANGE:
The Executive Session will take place at 10 a.m. in Room 328 Northwest.
Read WFA’s full testimony on these bills from the the prior public hearings HERE for AB 310 and HERE for AB 311.
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ACT NOW: State Legislature To Hold Public Hearing on Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood of WI
YOU can make a huge difference in these bills!
This Wednesday, September 2, the Assembly Health Committee will hold a public hearing in the State Capitol on two bills (AB 310 and AB 311–see below for more information) that that will further defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state’s largest abortion provider.
PLEASE ACT NOW!
1. ATTEND – If at all possible, please ATTEND the Assembly Health Committee PUBLIC HEARING this Wednesday in Room 417 North of the State Capitol Building at 9:00 a.m. and register in support of AB 310 and AB 311. You can register in support of the bills but not speaking, or you can register in support and indicate you want to speak. Most important is that you register in SUPPORT of the bills.
2. CALL/E-MAIL – If you cannot attend the public hearing, please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator NOW and urge him/her to DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN – PASS AB 310 & AB 311!
Simply tell him/her that “Abortion is NOT health care, and taxpayer funding of abortion providers violates my conscience.”
To find out who your state representative or state senator is, click HERE. In the space under “Find My Legislators,” type in your street address, city and zip code and hit “Find.” A map will come up and a box will show you your state senator and state representative and their contact information.
3. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO OTHERS & URGE THEM TO JOIN YOU!
Authored by Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere), Assembly Bill (AB) 310 and Assembly Bill (AB) 311 together will eliminate approximately $7.5 million of taxpayer public funding from PPWI.
Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) president Julaine Appling with attend the hearing and give testimony in favor of both bills. In cooperation with our national ally Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), WFA is hosting Casey Mattox and Sue Thayer. Mattox, senior counsel with ADF, is a national expert on Planned Parenthood’s fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. Thayer is a former manager of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinic in Iowa. Both Mattox and Thayer will testify at the hearing on Wednesday.
Assembly Bill 310 would redirect federal Title X family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of WI to public entities including state, county, and local health departments and clinics. Currently, more than $3 million annually in Title X funds are granted directly to PPWI. There are 162 federally qualified Health Clinics and Rural Health Clinics in WI where the money can go to assist low-income women can receive reproductive-related health care.
Assembly Bill 311 would dramatically reduce PPWI’s Medicaid reimbursement rate for contraceptive drugs, reimbursing them at the actual cost they pay for these drugs, not the artificially inflated rate they and other family-planning clinics are currently receiving. Rep. Jacque estimates this will eliminate $4.5 million from PPWI.
In 2011, WFA joined with other pro-life organizations, especially Pro-Life Wisconsin, in defunding PPWI of $1 million annually by redirecting funds from the state budget to other non-abortion-performing or referring health programs/clinics. The net result? Planned Parenthood of WI has closed 5 of their facilities around the state!
Imagine what will happen when $7.5 million of your tax dollars is gone from PPWI!
YOU can make this a reality!