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Wisconsin Family Council Signs Letter to Congress: Protect Churches and Religious Organizations

From LifeSite News –

“First Liberty Institute informed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that faith leaders representing millions of believers in the United States fear “a swarm of lawsuits blaming houses of worship and religious ministries for any person who attended a religious gathering or received food or shelter from a charity or ministry and subsequently contracted COVID-19.”

The legal organization urged Congress to protect groups of believers from lawsuits related to the coronavirus and the manifold orders currently in place.

The statement was accompanied by a letter to members of Congress, which was signed by hundreds of religious and conservative leaders, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, radio host Eric Metaxas, and Protestant preacher Franklin Graham.

>>>>READ MORE HERE

Julaine Appling, WFC president, says, “Wisconsin Family Council is honored to be one of the organizations that signed this letter. We are grateful for First Liberty’s proactive work to protect churches and ministries. The reality is today many are very quick to file lawsuits with or without merit. Churches have admirably risen to the challenge of ministering effectively during this pandemic; they should be thanked and protected, not threatened with lawsuits.”

 

ACTION ALERT: CALL state sen/state rep NOW about proposed STAY AT HOME RULE

Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s ruling striking down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope (DHS 145) developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)

READ THE “SCOPE STATEMENT” HERE.

EMAIL OR CALL all members of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) COMMITTEE regarding your thoughts on the Governor’s new proposed “safer at home” order and how it affects your family and/or business and ask him/her to push back against the order.

***If you are a constituent of any member of JCRAR, please list “CONSTITUENT” in the subject line of your email. This is VERY important, as constituent emails mean more. If you are not sure if you are a constituent of any of the members of JCRAR, you can find this information HERE – Enter your address at the top right to find out who your Senator/Representative is.

PLEASE EMAIL AND/OR CALL ALL SENATORS/REPRESENTATIVES the following (copy/paste):
Senator or Representative
Representative Ballweg (Co-Chair) (R) (608) 266-8077
Senator Nass (Co-Chair) (R) (608) 266-2635
Representative Neylon (Vice-Chair) (R) (608) 266-5120
Senator Stroebel (Vice-Chair) (R) (608) 266-7513
Senator Craig(R) (608) 266-5400
Senator Larson(D) (608) 266-7505
Senator Wirch(D) (608) 267-8979
Representative Quinn (R) (608) 266-2519
Representative Hebl (D) (608) 266-7678
Representative Subeck (D) (608) 266-7521

Email addresses to easily copy/paste:
Rep.Ballweg@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Sen.Nass@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Rep.Neylon@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Sen.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Sen.Craig@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Sen.Larson@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Sen.Wirch@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Rep.Quinn@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Rep.Hebl@legis.wisconsin.gov;
Rep.Subeck@legis.wisconsin.gov;

Dear @MMSDSchools : Children do not belong to the state nor to one of its agencies

Earlier this year, fourteen parents of children in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) filed a lawsuit alleging district policies regarding transgender students purposefully keeps parents in the dark about what their child is doing in this regard and even encourages staff to deceive parents, if necessary. The district has asked the court to dismiss the case and is arguing that if it goes forward the names of the parents should not be kept anonymous as the original filing requested. An initial hearing in the case is scheduled before a Dane County Judge on Tuesday, May 26.­­

The school district has a fundamental misconception. Children do not belong to the state nor to one of its agencies—in this case a public school. Children belong to their parents, who are responsible for them in every way. Nothing should be withheld from parents of minor children. It is the height of arrogance for the district to persist in claiming their policies are right and these parents are wrong.

Who Owns Your Children? Sign up for webinar today!

“The child is not the mere creature of the State; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.”
—US Supreme Court, Pierce v. Society of Sisters, 1925

Recently Harvard Law School scheduled a conference in which it became clear that the purpose was to disparage parents and homeschooling. Fortunately, the conference was cancelled, but that didn’t stop some of the professors from expressing their influential opinion. See the truth in this article in The Federalist HERE

The webinar next Wednesday, May 13, 1-4 p.m. CST will help parents and other concerned citizens understand this issue in light of growing attacks against homeschooling. CLICK HERE to learn more about the webinar and to register today!

WFA president Appling “disappointed” in Wisconsin’s congressional delegation; praises Grothman

“Congressman Jeff Duncan, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, and Congressman Ralph Norman, along with 133 other Members of Congress, filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of states’ authority to choose Medicaid providers and defund Planned Parenthood.”

READ MORE HERE

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Applings says, “Out of 133 members of the US Senate and the US House who signed on to this important brief regarding states and abortion, I have to say I’m disappointed and a bit surprised that only one of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation signed on—and we have 9 possibilities. That member is Representative Glenn Grothman, a Republican from the Fond du Lac/Oshkosh area.”

Online Christian education enters the playing field of Wisconsin Parental Choice in a big way

This week’s Wisconsin Family Connection radio program focuses on a brand new concept for school choice in Wisconsin that opens up exciting doors for Christian home education.

“Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and are thankful for the opportunity to do so.

In 1983, after a pretty bitter battle involving the state legislature and the Department of Public Instruction, a private-school/homeschool law was passed. This law clearly defines what a private school is, including required number of instructional hours and what constitutes an acceptable curriculum, and also legalizes home education. That this law has remained virtually untouched for the past 37 years is nothing short of miraculous, and the home-education part of it is still one of the best in the country.

Homeschooling and traditional private schools are two of the educational options Wisconsin parents have today for the education of their children.  Over the intervening years, we’ve added others, such as the nation’s first Parental Choice Program, known more commonly as the voucher program. This program allows parents who qualify to send their children to a private school, including a private religious school, using a voucher issued by the state. (more…)

BREAKING: Wisconsin citizens call on Governor Evers to open Wisconsin

WISCONSIN CITIZENS CALL ON GOVERNOR EVERS TO OPEN WISCONSIN
Wisconsin Family Action leads petition to reverse extended stay-at-home order

MADISON, WI Today, Wisconsin Family Action launched a statewide online petition calling on Governor Evers to stop extending the time Wisconsin is shut down and instead begin taking positive steps to open the state for business, including allowing some church services again.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “We are grateful the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state have worked and our numbers have stayed quite low. In fact, as of today, seven counties have not reported even one case of the virus. We’ve flattened the curve; so it’s time to begin opening Wisconsin for business again. However, and very disappointingly, Governor Evers is prolonging the time we have to keep our places of commerce, education, and religion shuttered. We believe Governor Evers needs to hear loudly from the people of Wisconsin that we think his new emergency order is misguided and will hurt our state and its families more than help.”

The individual signed petitions will be printed and mailed to the governor on a regular basis.

“Forty-five of our 72 counties are reporting 10 or fewer positive cases of the virus. Let’s keep exercising common sense, responsible distancing, and good hygiene to make sure we keep this illness contained. But it’s counterproductive to keep the entire state closed, causing untold harm to so many individuals and families. That’s the message we want Governor Evers to hear and heed,” noted Appling.

The petition is available HERE.

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The Plot to Steal the Wisconsin Supreme Court Election | by Dan O’Donnell, NewsTalk 1130 WISN

Written by Dan O’Donnell for NewsTalk 1130 WISN:

“For more than six months, Democrats have used their positions of power to disenfranchise Republican voters, artificially boost Democrat turnout, and make voter fraud much easier to commit. Alarmingly, this disgusting abuse of power and attempted electoral interference has been going on in plain sight.

“When Republican Congressman Sean Duffy suddenly announced his retirement last September, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced that a special election to replace him would take place not on the traditional Tuesday, but rather on a Monday. More bizarrely, the primary election would take place on Monday, December 30th, the day before New Year’s Eve and in the middle of the week in which more Americans are on vacation than any other. The general election was set for Monday, January 27th, 2020.

“Why not a Tuesday? Governor Evers said that the earliest he could legally schedule the primary was Monday, December 24th, but since that was Christmas Eve, he didn’t want to schedule an election on a holiday. Naturally, Evers never explained why the general election had to also be on a Monday instead of Tuesday, January 28th, but the reason was rather obvious. He wanted to artificially depress turnout in the heavily Republican Seventh Congressional District, which had re-elected Duffy by a 60%-39% margin even in the “Blue Wave” 2018 midterm.

“Voters naturally would assume that the election was on a Tuesday, and since far more Democrats than Republicans typically vote early (while far more Republicans vote on Election Day itself), far more Republicans than Democrats would miss the election because of the crazy scheduling.”

Read the rest of this article HERE.

CALL GOV EVERS TODAY: Non-essential surgeries are canceled across Wisconsin, BUT ABORTIONS CONTINUE

NON-ESSENTIAL SURGERIES ARE CANCELED ACROSS THE STATE, BUT ABORTIONS CONTINUE.

YOU HEARD US RIGHT.

Yesterday Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #12, Safer at Home Order, which states that “the number of people needing medical care due to COVID-19 will significantly exceed the amount of available healthcare resources (and)…the entire State of Wisconsin – including residents, businesses, community organizations, and government – need to take all possible actions to reduce further spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? The emergency order stops all non-essential business and operations through April 24, with the exception of healthcare and public health operations including, but not limited to, hospitals, medical facilities, clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers for response to urgent health issues or related COVID-19 activities. More importantly, it states that “Healthcare and Public Health Operations shall be broadly construed to avoid any impediments to the delivery of healthcare, broadly defined.”

ABORTIONS CONTINUE ACROSS WISCONSIN. WHY? Because this order does not specifically exclude abortion providers as essential healthcare and public health operators, Wisconsin’s surgical and chemical abortion facilities will be allowed to continue killing preborn children in a “business as usual” manner without fear of repercussion.

Abortion is NOT healthcare, and it certainly is not “essential” healthcare. It is an elective procedure that kills innocent preborn human beings.

WHAT ABOUT PROTECTING OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS? At a time when medical resources are crucial to the survival of those who are critically ill or severely affected by the Coronavirus crisis, non-essential procedures contribute to the community spread of COVID-19 and put more people, specifically healthcare workers and patients, and then the GREATER COMMUNITY, at very high risk. The personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e., masks, gowns, etc.) that is already in short supply continues to be used by abortion facilities to kill babies, either by ELECTIVE surgical abortions or by ELECTIVE chemical abortions.

BY THE NUMBERS: There are 808 abortion facilities in the United States and 2,600 abortions that occur EVERY DAY. If there is a minimum of three people that come in contact with each abortion, that equates to 7,800 PPE masks used every day. Hospitals, where people’s lives are actually saved, are pleading to have volunteers make PPE masks to supply the demand.

Governor Evers continues to allow babies to be killed by abortion while claiming to be doing everything he possibly can do to avert a state and national disaster. TELL HIM TO STOP NOW.

Please CONTACT Governor Evers NOW and urge him to

Immediately SHUT DOWN Wisconsin’s abortion facilities for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency order. Abortion is NOT healthcare and will result in killing preborn children, spreading the deadly Coronavirus and using up scarce medical supplies.

CONTACT INFORMATION: Call Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 or send a message on his official website HEREEvery minute that we allow to go by more lives become at risk and more children will lose their lives at the hands of abortionists across Wisconsin. Please don’t hesitate. Pick up your phone and call now!

Wisconsin Family Action is 100% pro-life from conception to natural death. We are appalled at the continuance of abortion across The Badger State during this critical time in the history of Wisconsin, and every day, and will continue to take our place on the front lines with partners like you on behalf of the unborn.

Justice Daniel Kelly Flies Solo at Candidate Forum | Slide Show

On Monday, March 16, Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) and DaySpring Church hosted, for the first time ever, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum at DaySpring Church in Pewaukee. Candidates invited were Justice Daniel Kelly and Jill Karofsky. Karofsky did not attend the forum and did not respond to any of our invitation efforts.

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Wisconsin has a critical Supreme Court election. As part of our organization’s attempt to do our best to engage with Wisconsin families about issues of great importance in The Badger State, we provided this candidate forum so you, as a voter, could take advantage of this opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on the role of the court, the upcoming election, their qualifications and more. Due to precautions stemming from the Coronavirus and in consideration of the Governor’s request that there be no events with over 50 people gathered (at that time), we were not able to allow the general public to attend this event. Instead, we made it available via our Facebook as a “live” event and our media host, VCY America, aired the event live via radio and also video recorded the Candidate Forum to be watched at your convenience HERE.

We extend our gratitude to our panelists, Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, Executive Director of VCY America, as well as our media host, VCY America. We also thank Justice Daniel Kelly for his attendance and time spent discussing his judicial philosophy and responding to numerous questions from our panelists. Justice Kelly’s wife Elisa accompanied him to the forum.

Photo, left to right: Julaine Appling, Jim Schneider, Daniel Reehoff, Justice Daniel Kelly

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  If you missed the forum, you may simply CLICK HERE and watch at your convenience.

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Hudson, Wisconsin, parents force local library board to protect kids from Drag Queen Story Hour

A fearless Hudson, Wisconsin pro-family group staged a bold preemptive action. They forced their local library board to enact a strong new policy that would make it nearly impossible for Drag Queen Story Hour to come to their public library.

Last summer, citizens from the St. Croix Valley noticed that “drag queen” events were happening in several public libraries in the area. They became very concerned that it would soon spread to towns like theirs.
READ MORE HERE

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Way to go, Hudson! This is how the multiplied power of one works. When one citizen gets involved and helps another citizen who in turn engages someone else, incredible things can happen. Keeping these unwholesome and brainwashing events out of public libraries ought to be happening in every community in our state. Hudson has given everyone a great example to follow.”

Suggestions for Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

Suggestions for Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis

By Dave Lingle, Wisconsin Family Council Church Ambassador

SPECIAL TIME-SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY:  The Colson Center is offering “A CrashCourse in Culture and Worldview” next week. Five daily 1-hour-and-15-minute webinar sessions presented by John Stonestreet, Sean McDowell, and Brett Kunkle. You can register for it HERE.

  • Do as many of the things you would normally do as possible. For the sake of your own emotional, and I would say spiritual health, don’t develop a cave mentality (crawling into the cave, close yourself in and don’t come out for any reason). Be wise, practice the recommended guidelines for limiting the spread of germs, but don’t become hermits. That isn’t a healthy or normal way to live. I went out the other day and early-voted, picked up a salad for our supper and filled the tank with gas. It felt good to do normal kinds of things.
  • Don’t “panic buy” supplies, and don’t make any decisions based on emotional responses to this crisis. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound [sober] mind” (II Timothy 1:7).
  • Check on your neighbors; you can do this with a phone call or a text message. My neighbors were recently on a vacation trip and I texted them to see if they were back and doing okay; people appreciate the contact.
  • Contribute to a local food bank. With work cutbacks, closings or layoffs, more people than ever will need assistance. Help as you are able.
  • Check on your neighbors; you can do this with a phone call or a text message. My neighbors were recently on a vacation trip and I texted them to see if they were back and doing okay; people appreciate the contact. WFC President Julaine Appling was on a White House briefing call this week regarding the COVID-19 situation. One of the doctors on the President’s task force astutely said, “Don’t let social distancing become social isolation.”
  • Maintain your Bible reading and devotional commitment. Now is not the time to sit around watching TV.  Read some good books. Listen to some good music. Lesson to some good podcasts. I personally like The World and Everything In It, from World News, and The Briefing, from Al Mohler. And be sure to add our WFC podcasts to your list: Wisconsin Family Minute, Wisconsin Family Connection, and Home Front.
  • Tackle some projects around the house. Maybe you have been thinking about painting a room, or making some repairs, or doing some upgrades. Now is a great time to tackle those things. Go out and purchase those needed supplies, which helps the economy and local businesses, and then make those improvements.
  • FaceTime or Skype with friends and family. We miss holding our grands and hanging with them, but they have been sick (NOT with COVID-19) and school is closed; so they have been staying home, and we see them via FaceTime.
  • No one knows if you are live-streaming your church’s services or not, but do it anyway. It will help you stay connected with your local body of believers. If your church does not have this technology, then the next best thing is to participate in what someone else is doing.
  • Maintain your financial support of your local church. I have said this in several venues−this thing isn’t going to last forever. If we want our pastors and ministries to survive, we MUST continue to support them.
  • Ask the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5).
  • Pray. “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
    • Pray for healthcare workers who are on the front lines. Pray for protection of their health and protection of the health of their families. Pray for your pastors and the leaders of your church.
    • Pray God will use this crisis to draw people to Himself.
    • Pray for your local, state and national elected officials. Download the If 7:14 app on your smart phone, if you have one, as a reminder to pray twice a day for them.

Today is the last day for online voter registration in Wisconsin. Here’s what you need to know!

You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote!  Some municipalities in Wisconsin began early in-person voting this week, and more will begin early in-pereson voting next week.  To find details for your early voting polling location, visit:  www.my.wi.gov.  You will need to call your municipal clerk to find out what days and hours early in-person voting is available.

Not registered to vote?  The deadline to register online or by mail is today. You can still register to vote after today’s deadline, but you will have to do so in-person.  Registering to vote is easy and can be done online at myvote.wi.gov.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 2.  However, we highly recommend you request your absentee ballot no later than March 27, if you plan to return it to your municipal clerk via the mail, as it must be received by 8 p.m. on April 7.  To request an absentee ballot, visit myvote.wi.gov.

In the event you’re unable to make it to the polls on election day, early in-person or absentee ballot voting is the best way to make sure your vote counts.

We urge you to create a plan to vote that best accommodates your individual situation.  President Trump and Justice Daniel Kelly are counting on your vote!

President Trump Declares Sunday, March 15, National Day of Prayer for All Americans

 
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND FOR OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE EFFORTS
 
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
 
A PROCLAMATION

In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.

On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic.  I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders.  We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country.  As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.”

As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help.  Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been.  As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before.  May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts.  I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP

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The White House · 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW · Washington, DC 20500-0003 · USA · 202-456-1111

BREAKING: Wisconsin Family Council & DaySpring Church Close Supreme Court Candidate Forum to Public

March 13, 2020 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Council and DaySpring Church in Pewaukee are hosting a Candidate Forum this Monday, March 16th at 7 pm.  Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice have been invited to share their views on the role of the court, the upcoming election and their qualifications.  Due to precautions stemming from the Coronavirus and in consideration of the Governor’s request that there be no events with over 250 people gathered, this event is being closed to the public.

However, the forum will be held.

VCY America as the media host will be providing live coverage starting at 7 p.m. Monday on VCY America Radio.  Live streaming will be featured on Wisconsin Family Action’s Facebook page, and the forum is being videotaped for airing on WVCY Television, TV30, Tuesday night at 7 p.m.  Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council will moderate the event and will be joined by panelists Pastor Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, executive director of VCY America.

Media outlets wishing to cover the forum should contact Wisconsin Family Council by phone (608-334-6435) or by email (media@wifamilycouncil.org) no later than noon on Monday, March 16.

Wisconsin voters are encouraged to view the forum online or via radio, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Marsy’s Law Amendment Referendum on Wisconsin’s Statewide Ballot

On Tuesday, April 7, every Wisconsin ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”

The referendum, if passed, would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if their rights have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.

Wisconsin Family Action is not taking an official position in support of or opposed to this referendum. We are simply alerting you that it will be on your ballot and encouraging you to get prepared to vote on it.

Below are some links to articles you can reference to help you make your decision at the ballot box.

From the Department of Justice (DOJ) – Click HERE.

From Ballotpedia: Click HERE

From the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – Click HERE (in opposition to the referendum)

From State Senator André Jacque (R-De Pere) – Click HERE (in support of the referendum)

 

April 7 ballot, statewide referendum re: Marsy’s Law Amendment – what you need to know #MarsysLaw

On Tuesday, April 7, every ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if they have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.

According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”

Republicans in the state senate and assembly have authored and supported this proposal and it has passed now in two consecutive legislative sessions per the law with a good measure of bipartisan support.

The wording of the question as it will appear on your ballot is as follows:

Additional rights of crime victims.
Shall section 9m of article I of the constitution, which gives certain rights to crime victims, be amended to give crime victims additional rights, to require that the rights of crime victims be protected with equal force to the protections afforded the accused while leaving the federal constitutional rights of the accused intact, and to allow crime victims to enforce their rights in court?”

Essentially, according to those supporting this proposal, Marsy’s Law would strengthen some of the rights guaranteed the victims of crimes in state law by putting them into the state Constitution. It also adds a couple of rights to those currently recognized for victims of crime. Supporters say it is intended to level the playing field between the rights and protections that alleged criminals have and the rights and protections victims of crime have.

Those opposing the amendment say it will somehow affect the rights of the accused, that it’s unworkable and counterproductive, and claim it somehow violates the US Constitution.

Tuesday, April 7, is Election Day. Early in-person voting begins across the state on March 23. In Milwaukee, early voting begins Monday, March 16 and will run through Sunday, April 5. If you’d like to vote early, contact your municipal court for specific dates and times. Find your local municipal clerk’s information HERE.

 

State Rep Chris Taylor (D) calling for doors to open wide to abortion in Wisconsin – kicking women to the curb @ChrisTaylorWI

State Representative Chris Taylor (photo left), a Democrat from Madison and formerly the lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, is calling for the legislature to pass what she calls the Respect Women Act. In an op ed published this week in the Cap times, Taylor lauds Governor Evers for vetoing pro-life legislation that the legislature has passed this session. The bill she is pushing would essentially undo all restrictions on abortion in Wisconsin, including the 24-hour waiting period, requiring an ultrasound, and the current ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

Wisconsin’s abortion numbers sadly ticked up a bit this year, but imagine what those numbers would be without the restrictions we currently have. Elections really do have consequences. Planned Parenthood has included Wisconsin in its targeted states for this election cycle. They are spending millions to try to flip conservative state legislatures to liberal, pro-abortion legislatures.

Note: Taylor is also the mother of two children.

WI Supreme Court Justice CANDIDATE FORUM Hosted by WI Family Council & DaySpring Church 

Monday, March 16, from 7-8:30 p.m., Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) and DaySpring Church will be hosting, for the first time ever, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum at DaySpring Church in Pewaukee. Our media host for this event will be VCY America. WFC president Julaine Appling will be the moderator and a panelist, along with Pastor Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, Executive Director of VCY America.

This Candidate Forum is the perfect opportunity for you to hear the candidates’ views on the role of the court, the upcoming election, and their qualifications. The Candidate Forum is free and open to the public.

Find all the information you need to know about our Candidate Forum on our brand new Vote Right Wisconsin website by clicking HERE!

Mark your calendar and plan to fill your vehicle with friends, family and neighbors. Get the word out now and plan to arrive early as we expect a full house for this event!  Light refreshments will be available before the Forum.

Report Shows Abortions Increasing Across Wisconsin

The state Department of Health has released the newest abortion data, and they don’t fare well for Wisconsin. The number of induced abortions reported for Wisconsin residents in 2018 was 6,042, an increase of 7 percent over induced abortions reported in 2017. Women ages twenty to twenty-four accounted for the largest proportion, thirty percent, of abortions in 2018. Eighty-six percent of reported induced abortions were obtained by women who were not married at the time of the abortion. Eighty two percent of women who had abortions have never been married.
READ THE REPORT HERE

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “It’s discouraging to see the number of abortions increasing. We still have a lot of work to do to change hearts and minds. However, the data once again clearly show that the safest place for an unborn baby is in the womb of a married woman. Only 14% of these abortions were obtained by married women. While that’s still much too high, it reminds us marriage really is a difference-maker.”

SPEAKING OF ABORTION…
This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges to treat women who have emergency complications. Opponents say this requirement places an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. Louisiana state attorneys, with backing from the Trump administration and support from pro-life groups, contend the law is aimed at improving health and safety measures at abortion clinics. This will be the first abortion case President Trump’s appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, will hear.

Wisconsin has a similar law that has never been enforced because Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against it shortly after Governor Walker signed the bill. The decision of the court will have implications nationwide. Wisconsin Family Action was honored to join with a number of other pro-life family policy councils from around the country in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the law.

Listen to the update to the case on this week’s Home Front radio program HERE.

Direct Primary Care Bill Passes Senate, Goes to Wisconsin Governor’s Desk

Last week the state senate gave the needed final vote on a bill, SB 28, that helps families control their health care. The direct primary care bill, authored by Republicans Representative Joe Sanfelippo and Senator Chris Kapenga, exempts direct primary care agreements from the state’s insurance laws. Direct primary care agreements are contracts signed between a health-care provider and an individual in which the health-care provider agrees to provide primary care services to the individual for an agreed-upon fee and period of time. Governor Evers vetoed the bill last Friday.

“Direct primary care agreements offer families more flexibility and very often more affordability in their health care,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “It’s part of how we keep or help families become self-sufficient and independent. Getting insurance companies out of these agreements assures more control by the people directly giving and receiving the health care. Apparently Governor Evers isn’t interested in truly helping Wisconsin’s best natural resource–her families.”

Trump Administration “Protect Life Rule” Upheld

From LiveAction.com: “In a 7-4 decision, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted injunctions that blocked the Trump Administration’s Title X rule change. Dubbed The Protect Life Rule, it requires that abortion businesses separate their abortion services from their family planning/birth control services both physically and fiscally in order to qualify for Title X family planning federal funding.”
Read the rest of the article HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “President Trump’s decision about Title X funds has saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The Ninth Circuit’s decision is definitely a good one. Planned Parenthood’s reason for existence is not women’s health care; it’s abortion. Over the years they have found ways to hide that reality; but each year they continue to lead the nation and our state in the number of babies killed by abortion.”

WFA Testimony in Support of Assembly Joint Resolution 130 (Personhood Amendment)

Thank you, Chairman Sanfelippo and committee members, for the opportunity to testify on Assembly Joint Resolution 130.

Wisconsin Family Action strongly supports this joint resolution.

Currently, Article I, Section 1, of the Wisconsin Constitution provides that only those who are “born” are afforded certain “inherent rights,” including the right to life.

Joint Resolution 130 proposes to amend the language of Article 1, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to reflect that, as applied to the right to life, the term “persons” applies to every human being in any stage of development, born or unborn.

We support this change for five main reasons:

(Click below on official document to read the entire testimony. Feel free to download and share.)