What’s happening in Wisconsin?; YOUR WFA Legislative Update

Wisconsin Family Action has been working hard on your behalf throughout the 2019-2020 legislative session and provides a comprehensive legislative update so you can track the issues.

What legislative topics are in this update? Wisconsin bills that have passed, failed or are currently in progress and that pertain to our core issues of marriage, family, life and religious freedom, such as:
Decriminalizing child prostitution
Possession of child pornography
Prohibiting so-called “conversion therapy” for minors
Creating a nonrefundable tax credit for adoption expenses 
Removing “personal conviction” exemption from vaccination requirements 
Funding character education in public schools
Born Alive Bill
And so much more….

CLICK HERE to read about these, and other, very important issues that WFA has been working on and where we stand on each bill.

Wisconsin Family Action Legislative Update

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
2019-2020 Wisconsin Legislative Session
Current as of December 16, 2019

(To view as a pdf, click HERE.)

MARRIAGE/FAMILY
AB 41/SB 49 Decriminalization of child prostitution.  (WFA opposes)

Despite intentions and motives of those authoring and co-sponsoring this bill Wisconsin Family Action believes this proposal is ill-advised because it takes a tool away from law enforcement who are trying to get minors engaged in prostitution off the streets, assumes all minors involved in this activity are being coerced and gives an advantage to the Johns and the pimps to recruit more minors into their nefarious work, including sex trafficking. A substitute amendment was offered by author Republican Senator Alberta Darling. This amendment improved the bill. The Senate passed the bill on November 5, 2019, and sent it to the Assembly where it is currently in the Rules committee ready to be scheduled for a floor vote. The Assembly committee has already recommended the bill for passage.

AB 71/SB 68Possession of child pornography (WFA supports)

This bill tightens up the definition of child pornography making it easier to bring charges against someone who is engaged in this activity. The bill passed in both the Senate and the Assembly. Governor Evers signed it into law in July as 2019 Wisconsin Act 16.

AB 111/SB 107 – Prohibiting so-called “conversion therapy” for minors (WFA opposes)

This bill prohibits certain mental health workers from actually providing real hope and real help for minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction and/or gender confusion. It makes it clear that the only advice these mental health workers can give is that which affirms, normalizes and encourages minors to continue with these beliefs and behaviors. The bill trounces on religious freedom of mental health workers and on the rights of parents regarding counseling for their children. This bill is in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate; no further action to date.

AB 201/SB 191 – Creating a nonrefundable tax credit for adoption expenses (WFA supports)

The intent of this bill is to encourage Wisconsin families to adopt children. This $5,000 tax credit piggybacks on the federal adoption tax credit and helps parents offset some of the costs related to adoption, which today can be very expensive. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 248/SB 262 – Removing “personal conviction” exemption from vaccination requirements (WFA opposes)

Wisconsin currently has three options for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccinations: health, religious and personal conviction. This bill would remove “personal conviction,” which would make it harder for parents choosing to not vaccinate their children. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 439/SB 398 –Eliminating waiting period after a divorce is finalized before a re-marriage (WFA opposes)
Wisconsin law currently requires that after a divorce is finalized that an individual must wait six months before entering into another marriage, whether that marriage is in Wisconsin or another state or country. This waiting period is both reasonable and responsible, especially if minor children are involved. The state has a valid interest in the well-being of the next generation. Parents rushing into another marriage immediately after a divorce is not in the adults’ best interest and certainly not in the best interest of minor children who are already dealing with much uncertainty and loss as a result of their parents’ divorce. The bill is authored by Republicans with substantial Republican support as co-sponsors, along with some Democrats. Both the Senate and the Assembly committees have held public hearings on the bill. The Senate Committee has passed it, but the Assembly Committee has not yet voted on the bill.

      EDUCATION (subheading of Marriage/Family)
AB 108/no senate version yet – Requiring parental choice program schools and charter schools to provide instruction in American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty. (WFA opposes)
WFA does not support more requirements for voucher schools. We do not believe this curricular mandate does anything to increase the educational value in any given school. It simply takes away from time that could be better spent.  We believe most schools cover this topic already in the course of implementing their curriculum across the grades. This bill is in committee; no further action to date.

AB 129/SB 111 – Allowing voucher schools to provide pupil instruction virtually (WFA supports)

This bill levels the playing field with public schools by allowing voucher schools to offer direct pupil instruction virtually—to make up for missed time due to extreme weather closings and also as a part of the regular program of the school. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 149/SB 138Funding character education in public schools (WFA opposes)

Character education under this bill is not defined—and there is too much room for “character” to be stretched beyond its typical meaning and understanding. The bill authorizes DPI to award grants to schools to pay teachers to receive “professional development trainings in character education.” The Senate Education Committee held a public hearing and voted to move the bill to the full Senate. As of this update, the bill has not been scheduled for a Senate floor vote. There has been no public hearing on the Assembly version.

LIFE
AB 128/SB 114 – Creating a tax credit for parents who experience a stillbirth (WFA supports)

This bill seeks to compensate parents who have had a stillbirth for some of the costs related to this heart-rending situation (up to $2,000). These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 179/SB 175Born Alive bill (WFA supports with one concern).
This bill requires any health care provider present at the time an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care provider would render to any other child born alive. The bill makes intentionally causing the death of a child born alive as a result of an abortion or attempted abortion a felony with a penalty of life imprisonment. WFA’s concern is that the bill has an express exemption for a woman who intentionally kills her baby that has managed to survive an abortion or an attempted abortion. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 180/SB 174Requiring that women taking RU-486 be told there is a reversal to the abortion-causing drug (WFA supports).
This bill requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be given to a woman who is planning to have an abortion induced by this abortion-inducing drug regimen. This is primarily about RU-486. Essentially the bill requires that the woman be told that the first drug in the regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that if she acts quickly, she can reverse the effects of the first drug and perhaps save her baby. This information would be added to the Woman’s Right to Know publication. The bill also requires that any place an abortion takes place, including a hospital, certain information must be collected and reported. The bill adds to what the law already requires abortionists to report. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 181/SB 199 – Stopping taxpayer funded Medicaid payments from going to most abortion providers (WFA supports).
This bill generally prohibits an entity that does abortions from receiving Medicaid payments. This bill is effectively dead with the legislature having voted on AB 183/SB 187.

AB 182/SB 173 – Prohibiting abortions based on sex, race, nationality, ethnicity or disability (WFA supports with one concern).
Our concern is that the bill has an exception related to disability. That exception deals with a situation where medical professionals determine an unborn baby has a disability that is deemed “fatal,” meaning the child is unlikely to survive outside the womb and the condition is not treatable. We believe this is an unnecessary exception. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 183/SB 187 – Stopping taxpayer funded Medicaid payments from going to most abortion providers (WFA supports).
This bill generally prohibits an entity that does abortions from receiving Medicaid payments. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 590/SB 524 –Prohibits the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies, requires reporting of the sex and any fetal anomaly of an aborted baby, and requires proper final disposition of an aborted baby (WFA supports)
This bill has been introduced in prior legislative sessions. Even with a Republican governor and strong Republican majorities in the Senate and the Assembly, the bill has never received a floor vote. Current Republican leadership does not seem inclined to move these bills at all. The bills are currently in committee in both the Senate and the Assembly; no public hearing has been scheduled.

LIBERTY
AB 185/SB 197 – Changing how WI’s electoral votes are allocated (WFA opposes)
This bill erodes the Electoral College. Instead of awarding WI’s 10 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in our state, those 10 votes would go to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

MISCELLANEOUS
SB 577/no Assembly version to date – Decriminalizing 28 grams or less of marijuana (WFA opposes).
This bill makes a number of changes in the current law as it relates to bringing charges against a person who possesses, attempts to possess, possesses with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver marijuana. WFA believes marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to using other harder drugs and that marijuana use in and of itself can significantly impair judgment and alter behavior. Twenty-eight grams of marijuana is the equivalent of over 80 “joints.” The bill is currently in committee; no further action to date.

AJR 106/SJR 75 – Renaming the decorated tree in the capitol rotunda during the Christmas holiday season as the Wisconsin State Christmas Tree (WFA supports).
These joint resolutions reflect the long-standing tradition of referring to the tree in the capitol rotunda during Christmas as a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as Governor Evers refers to it. The Assembly passed the resolution in November on a bi-partisan vote; the resolution is waiting for action in the Senate.

AJR 108/SJR 59 – Prohibiting the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures (first consideration) (WFA supports).
This resolution would amend the Wisconsin constitution to prevent the governor from using his/her partial veto power in an appropriations bill (like the state budget) to increase state expenditures for any purpose other than what is provided in the bill that is presented to him/her for signing. A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures and then ratification by the people in a statewide referendum before it becomes law. If this resolution passes both the Assembly and the Senate this session (which concludes December 31, 2020), then it would need to be reintroduced and passed again sometime between January 2021 and December 2022 before it could be put on a statewide referendum. The Senate passed the resolution in November; the Assembly has not held a public hearing yet on the proposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wisconsin Family Action Releases 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard

Wisconsin Family Action Releases 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard
9 state legislators earn 100% for their work in most recent session; 15 others have distinguished scores

MADISON, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) released its 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard, giving its assessment of how all thirty-three State Senators and all ninety-nine State Assembly Representatives did this past legislative session. The session began in early January 2017 and floor activity concluded in March of this year.

“Within our mission, we work on or at least track quite a variety of bills during a legislative session. It’s important that citizens get an idea of how their elected officials did relative to those proposals,” said Julaine Appling, WFA president.

This past session, two (2) senators and seven (7) representatives earned a 100% score from WFA, meaning on all bills scored, these legislators agreed with WFA’s position.

The 100% senators are Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) and Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville). State representatives earning 100% are Scott Allen (R-Waukesha), Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield), André Jacque (R-DePere), Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), Dave Murphy (R-Greenville), and Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac).

“Earning a 100% on our scorecard is not easy. We are proud of these state legislators whose body of work during this past session evidences courage and true commitment to conservative principles and ideas. We congratulate these nine on a job very well done,” noted Appling.

Legislators scoring a 95%-99% also distinguished themselves as strong pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty lawmakers. Six (6) senators and nine (9) representatives achieved this score. Senators with these scores are Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green), Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls), Steve Nass (R-Whitewater), and Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield). Representatives achieving this score are Cody Horlacher (R-Mukwonago), Bob Kulp (R-Stratford), Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee), Romaine Quinn (R-Barron), Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh), Ken Skowronski (R-Franklin), Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc), Ron Tusler (R-Harrison) and Chuck Wichgers (R-Muskego).

“We are also very pleased to recognize the excellent work of those in this group of lawmakers,” Appling commented. “Being an elected official is not easy. It requires tough decisions in pressured situations. We are grateful for those officials who consistently do the right thing.”

This edition of WFA’s Scorecard scores ten bills in the state senate and 11 bills in the state assembly. Details on scoring, WFA’s position, and the bills themselves are available in the Scorecard.

WFA’s 2017-2018 Legislative Scorecard is available online HERE.

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Call TODAY: Move the Heal Without Harm Legislative Initiative Forward

Your legislators need to hear from you!

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 aborted fetal body parts and instead encourage the donation of tissue from children who are stillborn or miscarried for use in research.

Currently, SB 423 and SB 424 have received public hearings, but Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Chair Van Wanggaard has indicated he will not advance the bills out of committee unless Senators make their support for these bills known. AB 550 has received a public hearing and will be voted out of committee thanks to the quick action of Assembly Health Committee Chair Joe Sanfelipppo. AB 549 has been separated from AB 550 and was sent to the Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee chaired by Representative John Spiros and has yet to receive a public hearing.

Please call your State Senator ASAP and urge him/her to do the following:
Support SB 423 and SB 424 and make that support known by contacting Sen. Van Wanggaard.
Ask Sen. Waggaard to hold an executive session on SB 423 and SB 424 and vote to advance these bills out of committee ASAP.

Please call your State Representative ASAP and urge him/her to do the following:
Ask Rep. John Spiros to hold a public hearing and executive session on AB 549 ASAP.

Don’t know your State Senator and State Representative?  Go to legis.wisconsin.gov and type in your home address under “Find My Legislators” or call the Legislative Hotline: 1-800-362-9472.  After you call your Senator, contact the HWH Coalition with any feedback you received.

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

WFA Legislative Update – Bills to Follow

AB 64 – Budget bill – currently at a standstill as Republican-controlled Senate and Assembly have major disagreements over at least 2 key areas of spending: K12 education and transportation. WFA has weighed in on several budget provisions, including funding a PR campaign to promote the Success Sequence (finish school, get a job, marry and then have kids), an amendment that gives Christian/Bible camps the same amount of tax exempt property as all other camps in Wisconsin. 

AB 128/SB 81 – companion bills that prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions for state employees (related to state health insurance programs). Assembly committee has held a public hearing on the bill and voted in favor of it going to the full Assembly. The Senate has taken no action on the bill. WFA supports the bill and testified in the Assembly hearing in support of it.

AB 206/SB154 – companion bills that stop the cozy relationship that currently exists allowing UW Medical School employees to perform abortions at Madison Planned Parenthood. No hearing has been scheduled in either the Assembly or the Senate. WFA supports the bill.

AB 208/SB 157 – extends existing $5000 tax deduction to Wisconsin families who finalize adoptions in another state or country, but bring the child to live in Wisconsin. Assembly committee held a public hearing on the bill. No action on the Senate side. WFA supports the bill and testified in the Assembly hearing.

AB 300 & AB 304 – AB 300 requires that parents receive notice of all federal, state and local mandated tests their children will be expected to take. AB 304 allows parents to opt their children out of any federal or state mandated test or any local assessment, as long as the test is not required for high-school graduation (e.g., civics test).  A hearing has been held on both bills in the Assembly. No action in the Senate. WFA attended the Assembly hearing and registered in support of both bills.

AB 48commonly referred to as the “Blue Lives Matter” bill. Adds crimes against members of law enforcement to existing hate crimes statutes. Hearing held in Assembly. No Senate version of the bill is currently introduced.  WFA opposes this bill on the grounds that trying to add something good to a bad law, doesn’t make the bad law good and the bill is far more symbolic than substantive.

2017 Legislative Priorities

At Wisconsin Family Action we are dedicated to strengthening, preserving & promoting: MARRIAGE & FAMILY (including the Economy & Education) LIFE FROM CONCEPTION TO NATURAL DEATH RELIGIOUS FREEDOM Below you will find links to the outlines of this...

Wisconsin Family Action Releases 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard

Twelve state legislators earn 100% for their work in most recent legislative session

MADISON, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) released its 2015-2016 Legislative Scorecard, giving its assessment of how all thirty-three State Senators and all ninety-nine State Assembly Representatives did this past session. The session began in early January 2015 and floor activity concluded in March of this year.

“Within our mission, we work on or at least track quite a variety of bills during a legislative session. It’s important that citizens get an idea of how their elected officials did relative to those proposals,” said Julaine Appling, WFA president.

This past session, three (3) senators and nine (9) representatives earned a 100% score from WFA, meaning on all bills scored, these legislators agreed with WFA’s position.

Read more here.

WFA Update on important bills; final days of Wisconsin legislative session

WFA_logoThis is an important update on some of the bills Wisconsin Family Action has been following and keeping you informed about as well as notes from WFA president Julaine Appling. Scroll down to find out how you can take action NOW!

Senate Bill 238/Assembly Bill 311: would make it illegal for organizations that are abortion providers to overbill the state and its taxpayers for drugs it buys very cheaply through a Medicaid program and then dispenses to their clients.  Some estimate stopping this overbilling will keep over $4 million per year away from Planned Parenthood of WI.

STATUS: This bill is scheduled for its final vote, which would be in the Assembly, tomorrow, Thursday, February 11. However, the Assembly is having a shortened floor period tomorrow—ending by 4 p.m.—to that the Democrats are free to go to the Democratic Presidential Primary Debate tomorrow evening in Milwaukee.

Julaine’s Note: There’s speculation that with this shortened time on the floor, this bill may not actually get a vote tomorrow—we’ll monitor it closely.  This Assembly vote is the final vote needed before the bill goes to the Governor.

UPDATE 2/17/2015: PASSED by the WI State Assembly on 2/11/2016 – CLICK HERE to read more.

Assembly Bill 469: The “student privacy protection” bill. This bill requires all WI public schools to designate restrooms and changing rooms as exclusively for males or females. It also requires that students use the facilities that correspond to their biologic sex as recorded on their birth certificate. If a student or his/her parents wish to use another facility, they can request that of the school administration. The administration may grant this request by providing either a single-user facility or a multi-user, gender neutral facility where the stalls are completely self-contained units with locking doors.

STATUS: This bill is still in the Assembly Education Committee.

Julaine’s Note: Assembly Education Committee chairman Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du lac), held a public hearing on this bill in November, but apparently doesn’t think he has the votes among his committee members to get the bill passed out of committee, which I find very interesting. There are 11 Republicans on that committee and 6 Democrats. It takes just 9 votes for a bill to pass out of that committee and be ready for the entire assembly to vote on.  Apparently some of the Republicans who like to say they are conservative are not willing to support this bill. My editorial comment is this: the issue this bill is addressing is not going away; it’s not only not going away, it’s going to get worse.  The longer the state waits, the worse the problem is going to be in school districts all across our state.

Assembly Bill 800: This bill would legalize and regulate Daily Fantasy Sports games—which are really just online gambling. Authored by and co-sponsored by mostly republicans, this bill would basically result in the largest expansion of gambling in Wisconsin’s history because it would open up online gambling, which to this point has been illegal in our state—and most other states. The hearing on this bill was late last month.

STATUS: The bill is still in committee.

Julaines Note: I don’t see any committee action involving this bill and no movement on the senate companion bill either. With time ticking away, it is looking as if this bill won’t get floor votes.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Even in the waning days of this session, citizen input is very important.  If you want to give your elected officials your opinion on any of the bills mentioned above, SB 238, AB 469 or AB 800 — now is the time to do that.

To find out who represents you and his/her contact information, CLICK HERE to visit your Election Central. You’ll find this information, and more!

Additionally, you can call the state’s toll-free legislative hotline at 800-362-9472  or you can check online at legis.wisconsin.gov and put your address in the appropriate place on the home page or you can all our office at 888-378-7395 and we can help you get that information.

Wisconsin Pro-Life Issues on the Agenda for Legislative Session

State capitolWisconsin Family Action continues to work on your behalf to strengthen, defend and promote life in the Badger State, and the upcoming legislative session will reflect the extent of these efforts as plans are already in the works for the next legislative session.

As we partner with pro-life families throughout Wisconsin, we move forward to protect God’s most precious gift of life. Some of the issues that we will work on will be to obtain a right-of-conscience law which will allow people to refuse actions according to their moral or religious beliefs.

We will also partner with our friends at Pro-Life Wisconsin and bring back the specialty license plate “Choose Life Wisconsin” which supports Wisconsin’s wonderful life-giving, woman-helping pregnancy resource centers with the proceeds from every sale.

>>>>>Read more HERE and HERE

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  1. Click HERE to send a secure financial donation to Wisconsin Family Action – your Pro-Life Partner in Wisconsin!
  2. Pray for mothers who are considering abortion, that they may choose life!
  3. Pray for the lives of our precious unborn children.
  4. Consider volunteering for, or supporting, your local Wisconsin Pregnancy Resource Center.
  5. Click HERE for more pro-life resources!

WFA E-Connection – February 20, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event! 2020 VISION:CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH,CHALLENGING THE CULTURETONIGHT – STILL ROOM!Thursday, February 20, Wausau -City Center SquareSPECIAL GUEST: WI...

WFA E-Connection – February 13, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event! 2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURE Thursday, February 20, Wausau -City Center SquareSPECIAL GUEST: WI SUPREME COURT JUSTICE...

WFA E-Connection – February 6, 2020

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WFA E-Connection – January 30, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARSCall our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event!2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURESAVE THE DATE!Thursday, February 6, Oshkosh – Pizza RanchClick HERE to reserve your...

Action Alert: WFA president asks citizens to weigh in on dangerous ban on talk therapy/counseling by 11 a.m. Tuesday 1/28

TODAY, Tuesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. the Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board will hold a public hearing at 4822 Madison Yards Way (Hill Farms State Office Building), Room N208, in Madison.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a permanent rule relating to unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Administrative Code Chapter Affected: Ch. MPSW 20 (Revised)

Part of the changes being proposed greatly concern us:

  • Adding gender and gender identity to the list of protected classes in the anti-discrimination language. (section (8) of the proposed rule change)
  • Determining that using or promoting “any intervention or method that has the purpose of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including attempting to change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender” would constitute unethical or unprofessional conduct.

Essentially this rule would ban talk therapy or counseling that warns people that certain behaviors related to sexual behavior or gender identity can be dangerous or that offers a different approach or way of thinking (including exposing people to God’s design and plan) could result in the therapist, counselor or social worker being disciplined, up to and including losing their license.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

This proposal is uniquely different from the bill that is before the state legislature (AB 111/SB 107) that would prohibit certain mental health providers from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” (i.e., talk therapy/counseling) with minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion and from similar ordinances that have passed in several communities in the last couple of years. First, this rule is not restricted to minors; it applies to anyone at any age. Second, nothing about a “fee for services” is mentioned, meaning whether or not money for services is exchanged, this rule would apply. Third, the rule provides no religious exemption/exception.

Citizens wanting to be part of the public record on this issue, must submit their written comments by email no later than 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, or they can make an appearance before the Board.

Eventually, the state legislature will have an opportunity to review this proposal; but that is down the road a bit.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

We believe this is an end-run around the normal legislative process, done to expedite these changes and keep people like the governor from having to actually sign-off on the language.

Wisconsin Family Action strongly opposes this proposed rule change, which if passed, will have the full weight and effect of a law in our state. Christians who have a license as a marriage and family therapist or a professional counselor or a social worker would be directly impacted by this rule, even to the point of losing their license and thereby potentially losing their livelihood.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

Below are some helpful “talking points” to assist you with your message:

  • Removing the word sex and replacing it with gender and gender identity in the discrimination rule changes the meaning of sex, which the federal government has affirmed refers to one’s biological makeup. Gender and sex are not the same. Gender is a politically correct idea that is not founded in science, whereas sex is a biological, scientific reality. The state has not equated these terms either. No agency should get to make this decision.
  • Marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers have First Amendment rights of freedom of speech. Section 25 essentially forces all holding these licenses to give only one form of speech when it comes to treating someone dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion. Talk therapy is an intervention or method used by many therapists, counselors and social workers to help people make wise decisions. Their not being able to warn people about what can happen as a result of acting on their attractions and/or confusion is irresponsible at best.
  • We all agree that bullying, intimidation, shock therapy, or any kind of truly abusive behavior is wrong and is truly unethical and unprofessional conduct. But talking to people about realities, about biological truth, and educating them on risks is what good counselors, therapists and social workers should all have the right to do.

WFA E-Connection – January 23, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event!2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURESAVE THE DATE!Our event dates for early 2020 are here!Thursday, January 16, Oconomowoc –...

WFA E-Connection – January 16, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event!2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURESAVE THE DATE!Our event dates for early 2020 are here!Thursday, January 16, Oconomowoc –...

WFA E-Connection – January 9, 2020

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event!2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURESAVE THE DATE!Our event dates for early 2020 are here!Thursday, January 16, Oconomowoc –...

WFA E-Connection – December 19, 2019

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event!2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURESAVE THE DATE!Our event dates for early 2020 are here!Thursday, January 16, Oconomowoc –...

WFA E-Connection

MARK YOUR CALENDARS Call our office at 866-849-2536 to schedule a speaker from WFA or WFC for your next event!2020 VISION: CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH, CHALLENGING THE CULTURESAVE THE DATE!Our event dates for early 2020 are here!Thursday, January 16, Oconomowoc –...

Wed. 11/20: Public Hearing on bill allowing pharmacists to prescribe contraceptives

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services will hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 286 this Wednesday, November 20, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol. Senate Bill (SB) 286, authored by Senator Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls), is the companion bill to Assembly Bill (AB) 304, legislation permitting pharmacists to prescribe and dispense hormonal contraceptive patches (the Patch) and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives to persons 18 years of age and older. Currently, these contraceptives may only be prescribed by a physician.

  • Please ATTEND the public hearing and testify or register against SB 286.
  • If you are unable to attend the public hearing, please CALL or EMAIL your state senator TODAY and urge him/her to “Oppose AB 304 & SB 286.” 
  • Don’t know your state senator? 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.

Wisconsin Family Council Engages in Founders’ Bible Project

Wisconsin Family Council Engages in Founders’ Bible Project

Pastors, ministry leaders gather in Madison to remind citizens
of the historical impact of God’s Word on our state and nation

Madison, WI – Pastors and ministry leaders from across Wisconsin came to Madison today as a part of Wisconsin Family Council’s “Pastors’ Day at the Capitol.” The major focus of the time was the presentation of a copy of the Founders’ Bible to the people of each legislative district. Following is a statement about this project from Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council:

“At a time when public officials are attacked for their faith and America’s religious heritage is rabidly excised from its schools and institutions, citizens from across Wisconsin have gathered here at the Capitol to present to the people of each legislative district a beautiful Founders Bible documenting the profound influence of Scripture throughout our nation’s history.

That heritage is everywhere. In a few short weeks it will again be Good Friday – the 154th since the assassination of the youthful skeptic who became the most religious of all Presidents and who strove like no other to know and do the will of God.

It was that President who explained America’s providential quest in 272 immortal words – words whose profound meaning is incomprehensible to modern secular ears but which, as Professor Rufus Fears once observed, were readily understood by a then Christian people.

For two years, Union armies had marched to the Battle Hymn of the Republic:

In the beauty of the lilies, Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me;
As He died to make men holy, let us die to make men free!
While God is marching on.

Then, in November 1863, just as man is born in God’s image but marred by sin, Abraham Lincoln explained at Gettysburg that though America was conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that men are created equal, its birth was marred by human bondage. And as the Son of God died that man might live free from sin through a new birth of righteousness, so the thousands who died at Gettysburg gave their last full measures of devotion that America might live through a new birth of freedom, rid of slavery’s curse.

Finally, after two more years of horror, on Palm Sunday 1865, General Lee surrendered at Appomattox, and Lincoln steamed up the Potomac to Washington in triumph.

Five days later, on Good Friday, he was murdered.

The American people who understood the meaning of the President’s address at Gettysburg likewise understood the meaning of his death. As Michael Medved wrote in The American Miracle, the martyrdom of the nation’s savior commenced reconciliation as nothing else could. And for one and a half centuries since, it has inspired us to dedicate ourselves to the unfinished work he and heroes throughout our history have so nobly advanced.

Of course we know the world will neither note nor remember what we say here. But we give these Bibles in hope that the people of Wisconsin and America may never forget what God has done here in this great land, and that for generations to come, each may know both a new birth in Christ and the blessings of repentance and righteousness on our nation.”

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

ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

November 19, 1863

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, on this continent, a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived, and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting-place for those who here gave their lives, that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate—we cannot hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they here gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Copy available online here.

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