Brief Recap Important Update
What You Can Do
Last week we alerted you to a bill that was in the State Senate related to COVID-19 issues. The purpose of this article is to provide you with an update and also to alert you to a public hearing that will be held this Thursday, January 21, 2021, in the state capitol on several stand-alone bills that will be mentioned below.
Earlier this month the State Assembly passed Assembly 1 (with one amendment), a bill related to COVID-19 matters in Wisconsin. Included in the Assembly bill was language that would have done the following:
1) Prohibited employers and state (primarily the Department of Health Services) and/or local health officials from mandating that a person receive a COVID-19 vaccine. (Please note: nothing in the bill would have mandated the vaccine. The provisions were about STOPPING, FORBIDDING any such mandates.)
2) Prohibited the state Department of Health Services and/or local health officials from closing or prohibiting gatherings in places of worship.
3) Limited the amount of time a public school can close down in-person instruction.**
**We alerted you to items 1) and 2) above, but not 3).
When the senate received the bill, senate leadership stripped out the language related to items 1-3 above. We asked you to call your senator and ask them not to pass the bill unless the above provisions were included. We know you did as we requested, but the Senate proceeded to pass the bill as amended and returned it to the Assembly for what is called “concurrence,” meaning the Assembly has to agree with what the Senate has given them. To date, the Assembly has not met for that vote. The vote in the senate was 30-2–with only one Republican and one Democrat voting against it.
The Senate did not believe Gov. Evers would pass the Assembly version, but senate leadership believed everyone could agree that businesses, organizations, churches, etc., needed protection from people suing them because they caught COVID while on their property or at one of their events. Senate leadership got assurance from Governor Evers that he would sign a bill that focused primarily on this liability protection—and that’s what the Senate stuck with. However, Senate leadership immediately after the vote said they were not yet done with the issue and would be doing “stand-alone” (single issue) bills on several more COVID-related matters very soon. Wisconsin Family Action received assurances that this was true and that items 1) and 2) above would be among those bills.
Within a day, bills related to all three of the above-noted issues were being circulated for co-sponsors. And late yesterday, we learned that a public hearing is scheduled for all of those bills:
Senate Bill 4 – Deals with prohibiting certain state and/or local officials from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine Senate Bill 5 – Deals with prohibiting employers from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine Senate Bill 6 – Deals with limiting the amount of time a public school can close down in-person instruction Senate Bill 7 – Deals with prohibiting local health officers from closing or prohibiting gatherings in places of worship
These bills are currently in the Senate’s Committee on Human Services, Children and Families, chaired by Senator André Jacque (R-DePere). The hearing will be held in Room 201 Southeast in the State Capitol beginning at 12 noon this Thursday, January 21. The overflow room for the hearing will be Room 300 Southeast. Senator Jacque is the author of Senate Bills 4, 5, and 7. The hearing notice is available HERE. Typically the bills are taken up in the order in which they are listed on the hearing notice, although the Chairman can at his/her discretion change the order.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Plan to attend the hearing and speak if at all possible. This is especially important for pastors and ministry leaders who are concerned about the reach of the state and/or local officials interfering with their church’s operation and ministry. Prepare written testimony if you are going to speak. Plan to bring 10 copies of your testimony with you. Helpful information regarding testifying at a public hearing is available HERE.
If you can’t attend the hearing but want to let the committee members know your opinion on the bills and how you want them to vote, send them an email. You can email all 5 committee members by clicking HERE. You can also call the committee members:
Chairman Sen Andrè Jacque – 608-266-3512
Vice-Chair Sen Joan Ballweg – 608-266-0751
Sen Eric Wimberger – 608-266-5670
Sen. LaTonya Johnson – 608-266-2500
Sen Melissa Agard – 608-266-9170
If you are not a pastor or ministry leader, be sure to forward this email to your pastor and let him know about the bill related to churches and the hearing on Thursday.
If you are interested in watching the hearing,visit wiseye.organd click on “Live” or scroll down to a listing of the broadcasts for that day.
Share this page/info with friends and family members who may be interested in these issues/bills.
Pray! Last in the list but certainly not last or least in importance.
Some have asked us why anyone should care about these bills, let alone work to get them passed in the state legislature, because it’s pretty much a given that the governor will veto them. That’s a legitimate question for sure. Our response to this is that, first, it’s always right to do right. These bills aren’t perfect. We wish they weren’t restricted to COVID-19; we think they should be broader in their scope and more general in their application. But in this situation, these bills certainly do what they need to do for the current crisis. Second, once the bills land on the governor’s desk, it’s all on him. He will have to answer to the public for why he wants to invade personal privacy and violate people’s conscience, medical decisions, and religious beliefs by allowing officials and employers to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine. He’s the one who will have to explain why he thinks churches should be considered “non-essential” in this crisis but abortion facilities and liquor stores are considered “essential.” Let him tell parents that he’s just fine with schools be shuttered indefinitely for in-person instruction. These bills will put Governor Evers clearly on the record–and that’s very important as we head into another election cycle. He’s up for re-election in 2022.
Many thanks for engaging in your government! Your voice matters regardless of who is in office at any level of government. Good citizenship requires we engage even when we don’t think we will “win.” God calls us to faithfulness–faithfulness to the truth and to our duty–not to victory. We are grateful for you!
THANK YOU–AND AN UPDATE!
Yesterday we sent out two rush emails when we learned about the State Senate going to the floor in just hours to vote on a bill that did not include language on at least two important issues–language that had been included in the Assembly version of the bill, AB 1. The two issues were 1) limiting the authority of the state (in particular the Department of Health Services) and/or local health officials from closing places of worship and/or limiting capacity during COVID-19, and 2) prohibiting employers, the Department of Health Services, and local health authorities from mandating the COVID-19 vaccine.
We urged you to contact your state senator immediately and ask them to vote no on the Senate’s version of the bill because these two issues were not included. We know you did as we asked, because we have heard from numerous senate offices saying their phones were very busy yesterday! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Those calls are so very important! One strategic senate office told me this morning that while their phones were very busy yesterday, they found the callers to be extremely polite. In fact, the staffer told me the callers were nice and courteous. This staffer was incredibly impressed. In case you don’t think howyou speak to a legislator matters, well, here’s proof that it does. Thank you for calling and thank you for doing so with grace and civility. You have definitely made a difference. It is so true that for Christians, we must think bigger, look higher and expect more–of ourselves especially!
All that said, the Senate yesterday passed the Substitute Amendment to Assembly Bill 1 WITHOUT amending it to put back in the language related to the two issues I’ve noted: vaccine mandate and protections for places of worship. The measure passed with just two senators objecting: Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Senator Chris Larsen (D-Milwaukee). I knew when all but 1 Democrat supported this measure what had happened. The Senate had made a calculation that the governor would veto the bill as passed by the Assembly. Senate members especially wanted liability protections for businesses, schools, churches, etc. so that people cannot sue them for getting COVID because they were in their place of business or at an event sponsored by the entity. That liability protection was the central part of the Senate Substitute Amendment, and Senate leadership had received word that the Governor would sign that bill. As a result, the senate made the decision to pass the bill as they had amended it. Now it goes back to the Assembly for final concurrence and then to the governor for signing.
So what about our very real concerns for not having the vaccine mandated and making sure places of worship aren’t forced to close or to limit capacity?
As you can imagine, I was talking to senators yesterday about this. Immediately after the vote, I talked with a senator who said our concerns were going to be put into stand-alone bills and that these bills would be in circulation soon. I can confirm that this is true–and will give you the specifics as soon as the information is made public. The bills will need a significant number of co-sponsors, and we will be asking for your help to make that happen. Then, once they are introduced and assigned bill numbers and committees, public hearings will happen. We will let you know about those as well. The bills use the exact same language as what was in the Assembly’s original bill.
I’m encouraged by all this. I’m heartened that the new senate leadership, Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Senate President Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), are listening to constituents and to us as an organization. We definitely need to hold our elected officials accountable, and I can assure you we will do everything we can to see that these standalone bills pass and go to the governor, even though he may and likely will veto them. I say let him veto them; November 2022 will be here faster than any of us realize (that’s when we elect a new governor).
In the meantime, I urge you to stay informed and involved. We will keep you updated on these bills and many others (some pro-life bills are already in the works) as we go through this legislative session. Your voice is unbelievably important. Elected officials do listen. I can’t say for sure that we wouldn’t be talking about standalone bills for the vaccine mandate and protections for places of worship if we hadn’t put some pressure on senators, but your calls definitely made sure they will be a reality.
This past June in the aftermath of another national incident, we issued a statement based on Micah 6:8— “He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?”
During the months and weeks leading up to the fall election, we especially encouraged Christians to follow the principles in II Chronicles 7:14— “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”
Today, we stand by these Scriptural injunctions and implore Christians in our home state and across the country to be circumspect, wise, prudent and prayerful as we respond both publicly and privately to the events that took place in our nation’s capital (and capitol) last week.
We do not condone violence or destruction of property during any protest or rally. We urge Christians to turn to the Word of God for clarity on civil disobedience. We encourage pastors to instruct their people and families to discuss these matters with their children, especially school-aged children who will be hearing these historic events regularly discussed and debated in their classrooms and beyond.
As for what now? We continue living as Christians—those who name the name of Christ and are His ambassadors—and we seek to live according to His principles and precepts. We share the Gospel; we pray for revival and for our state and nation; we raise strong, godly families; and we continue to be salt and light in the midst of this trying time, remembering the light never shines more brightly than when it is the darkest. We keep being good stewards of the government God has given us by being informed and involved citizens, and we worship the God who designed human government, recognizing He is truly God and is in control. May God give us great grace in the days ahead.
Most COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Use Fetal Cells for Production; Several Used Abortion-Derived Cell Lines in Testing; Experts Urge All Vaccine Developers to Use Noncontroversial Alternatives
Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has published a new chart(see below) detailing whether the eight leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates supported by Operation Warp Speed are produced or tested using cells derived from abortions. The vaccine candidates evaluated are those produced by Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, Novavax, Sanofi/GSK, Inovio, and Merck.
CLI’s analysis found that a majority of vaccine candidates did not use abortion-derived cell lines in their production. Several used abortion-derived cell lines in laboratory testing, or their use in testing could not be determined.
Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. CLI’s analysis utilizes data from the primary scientific literature when available, along with data from clinical trial documents, reputable vaccine tracking websites, and published commercial information.
It remains to be seen which vaccines will be approved for emergency use and how soon they will be available to patients. CLI will continue to provide the public with access to timely and accurate information so that individuals and families can weigh all factors – including secular science and religious traditions – and make vaccine decisions in line with their conscience.
ELECTION FRAUD HEARING: Tomorrow, December 11, 2020, the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections and the Senate Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues will hold a joint public hearing regarding allegations of election fraud in Wisconsin. Testimony will be heard only from people who have been invited to speak. Seating is very limited because of COVID restrictions. The hearing begins at 10 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. An overflow room and the rotunda in the capitol will be available once the main hearing room is full. The hearing room is 412 East in the capitol. You don’t have to go to Madison to listen to the hearing, however. Wisconsin Eye will carry the hearing LIVE. You can access it by clicking HERE.
Judge Amy Coney Barrett was on the proverbial “hot seat” in the US Senate Judiciary Committee for four days during the hearing to confirm her as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court. She had been the target of vitriol and even ridiculous statements and questions from liberals on the committee. Through it all, this wife and mother of seven, who is by everyone’s account a brilliant legal mind and excellent jurist, conducted herself with confidence without arrogance, dignity without defiance, and grace without groveling. We believed Judge Barrett would welcome receiving some encouragement from thousands of Wisconsin citizens who appreciate who she is and what she believes about the rule of law and the role of the courts. And so did you!
A campaign was launched by our organization to send a letter to Justice Barrett to let her know Wisconsin was thinking of and praying for her. Hundreds of you signed on to the letter and added your own personal notes. It was truly heartwarming to witness the outpouring of love and kindness towards Justice Barrett!
On October 21, 2020, we made a trip to our local post office to send off pages and pages containing all of these beautiful expressions of gratitude, commitments to prayer and more. Your words touched the heart of Justice Barrett who responded just this week with a personal letter!
WFA president Julaine Appling said, “Justice Barrett continues to show us she is a classy and gracious person. I must admit; getting a letter from a sitting US Supreme Court justice is a first for me. We are glad we took time to do this thank you to Justice Barrett and are certainly grateful for her kind acknowledgement. We wanted to be sure we shared her letter so those who signed could see Justice Barrett received the card and signatures and appreciated them. Thank you to all of you who participated!”
Once again, thank you to all who participated in this effort. “Therefore, comfort one another and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thess. 5:11 (NKJV)
How do those on the Left determine right from wrong? Since Marx, they’ve relied on a formula based on status, skin color, and wealth. But is that the way to reach a moral conclusion? Dennis Prager uses Israel and the United States to provide an illuminating perspective on this question.
Watch the video from Dennis Prager of PragerU HERE.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin was in federal court Monday challenging three state abortion restrictions that the organization believes unconstitutionally limits access to care.
If successful, the lawsuit would broaden the ability to have an abortion in Wisconsin, particularly in rural areas of the state, where the procedure is not available.
Planned Parenthood provides abortion care at three of its 21 locations in Wisconsin: Madison; Milwaukee; and Sheboygan.
Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, said deciding to start a family, delay becoming a parent, or end a pregnancy are personal decisions.
“It’s our responsibility, and we are always looking for ways to ensure people have access to the health care they need,” Atkinson said. “Part of that means that if we prevail in this lawsuit, we could expand (abortion) access to other parts of the state.”
The lawsuit was filed in January 2019 and challenges several Republican-backed state laws, including one that allows only doctors to perform abortions. The group argues advance practice nurses, including nurse practitioners and midwives, should be able to perform abortions.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, a pro-life organization based in Madison, said claims that women don’t have access to abortions are untrue.
“We believe this is a dangerous road for the state to go down,” Appling said. “Medical abortion is not without risk. If Planned Parenthood prevails, and they open up all of their sites to do these, women will suffer from that, and certainly their unborn children will be killed because of the courts.”
TOUR ARRIVING IN MADISON, WI ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 2, 2021
Every year, an average of 130,094 babies die in the Midwest because of the tragedy of abortion.
Sometimes, numbers like this are incomprehensible and we don’t truly take in the enormity of this loss.
That’s why this year Wisconsin Family Council is a proud co-sponsor (along with Pro-life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Right to Life, and the Wisconsin Catholic Conference) of the March for Life of Chicago’s Moving the Movement Tour, which is helping to collect 130,094 diapers for pregnancy resource centers across the Midwest.
Together, we can make a very real difference in the lives of babies and their mothers.
You’re invited to bring diapers of any size (we want to help babies throughout their first year) to any of the stops on the March for Life tour. Bring 1 pack or bring 3; each and every one will be a gift to those who receive it!
If you can’t attend in person, there is an easy option to donate diapers online!
This is a simple, yet powerful, way to witness to the gift of life and to serve families who need our help. Join us by SAVING THE DATE to drop off your diapers in Madison, WI, on Saturday, January 2, 2021.
Register by clicking HERE and you’ll receive updates on logistics, speakers, and more in the coming weeks.
This will be an exciting, strong, pro-life event, that is also safe and will follow guidelines from civil authorities.
CLICK HERE to learn more or to donate diapers securely online.
We’ll share more information on time and location as we get closer!
We’ve had a number of people ask what they can do to help with the US Senate run-offs in Georgia on January 5.
Typically, no state can have both US Senators up for election in the same year. However, due to a death, Georgia had to have both a regular race for one US Senate seat and a special election for the other US Senate seat, both held earlier this month.
Georgia election law requires that to win a race, a candidate must get at least 50% of the vote. In both US Senate races, no candidate received 50% or more of the vote, forcing a run-off, where the top 2 vote getters in both races face off in an election scheduled for Tuesday, January 5.
The Republicans currently hold a slight majority in the US Senate. If the Democrats win these races in Georgia, that majority is gone; and the US Senate will be split 50-50. If Joe Biden becomes president, then Kamala Harris as vice-president becomes the tie-breaking vote in the US Senate.
Ideas for what you can do to help in Georgia?
Pray that conservative, pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom candidates prevail.
Engage with MyFaithVotes, which is coordinating several options for people living outside of Georgia who want to help get-out-the-vote for these runoff elections. More information is available HERE.
Give financially. Our sister organization in Georgia is working hard to turn out the vote and to make sure people are fully educated on the candidates and the critical issues. Secure online donations can be given HERE.
Thanks for remaining engaged as our nation continues to sort through this contentious election. Be assured that we are monitoring the Wisconsin recount and any lawsuits that may be filed here regarding the presidential election. We remind ourselves regularly that even in this, our great God is truly in control. We remain informed and involved, mindful of John Quincy Adams’ sage words: “Duty is ours; results are God’s.”
The Charlotte Lozier Institute, the research arm of the Susan B Anthony List, has been tracking COVID-19 vaccine research and development. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of viral vaccines is the potential use of abortion-derived cell lines in the development, production or testing of a vaccine. In a recent update, available HERE, the researchers verify that a number of vaccine developers are using such cell lines. The Lozier Institute hopes by providing accurate data, recipients can make well-informed decisions regarding any vaccine choices.
WFA president, Julaine Appling, says, “Moderna Virus vaccine is very much in the news right now touting a nearly ninety-five percent effective rate. Lozier institute shows this vaccine did not use abortion-derived cells lines in the development or production but some tests have used such cell lines. Pro-life citizens need to know this information as we move closer and closer to an available vaccine. Ethics really do matter.”
We are going to all need to exercise some patience as this election continues. The election is clearly not over. If nothing else, the Trump campaign has said they are going to ask for a statewide recount. The parties will be looking for people to volunteer to be observers of the process wherever the recount is happening. Every vote has a paper trail; at a minimum, that should be investigated during the recount. If possible, volunteer some time.
In December 1776, Thomas Paine wrote, “THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” I think what’s going on with the election results here in Wisconsin is definitely trying our souls. Reports of questionable results and reporting have surfaced, but it seems no one is doing much to investigate. We need real patriots to show up right now.
The integrity of our election system is paramount to retaining our constitutional republic. All voters, regardless of their party or political persuasion, need to have confidence that their vote will count—and not be negated by fraudulent ballots or unqualified voters.
We want you to know that we are not sunshine patriots. We are launching an effort to call all true Wisconsin patriots to stay engaged in this election process.
We’ll have more to say about this effort soon, but here are some action steps you can take right now: 1) Please email us any reports or stories you have heard of voting irregularities or questionable voting activity. Send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Pray! If there has been any fraud, pray that God will reveal it and will bring justice to bear. Enlist others to join you.
3) Call your state representative and senator (enter your address in the upper right-hand corner and search) and ask them to make election integrity reform an immediate priority.
4) Share this information with other Wisconsin patriots who want to be sure every vote is counted and counted lawfully.
It’s time…it’s time for the true patriots in Wisconsin to stand strong! We hope you will join us as we make a reasonable demand for a truly fair election. The citizens of Wisconsin deserve a transparent election process so that we can have confidence in the outcome.
Today is Election Day 2020. We know you have likely been reminded of that and of the importance of your vote multiple times by now. Please know, those of us sending those messages are doing so out of the very best of intentions—because we really do know how important this election is and how important your vote is! Soon, the opportunity to vote in this election will be done. The messaging will stop; the decisions will have been made.
At Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council we really have done all we could to encourage Christians in Wisconsin to honor God with their vote. On this Election Day, we issue one final call to action related to this election: please join us in prayer today. We have identified 5 specific areas to focus on for this special prayer emphasis.
We urge you to pray individually multiple times during the day today and, if at all possible, to gather your family together (maybe at a meal?) and pray specifically for these requests. Our WFA/WFC team will be praying as well throughout the day and into the evening.
You know the verse well, I’m sure…II Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and will turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
In principle, this verse applies as much today to us in America as it did in promise to the children of Israel. In essence, the verse is calling the faithful to revival…and that’s really what we need in our country.
Thank you for standing with us in prayer as Election 2020 draws to a close. May God be honored not just by our vote but by our earnest and faithful prayers.
Through a new Executive Order, President Trump is establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission, which will work to improve understanding of our nation’s history and founding principles among America’s rising generations. Below please find links to the text of the Executive Order and a fact sheet describing the mission of the Commission.
Click HERE to read the Executive Order on Establishing the President’s Advisory 1776 Commission.
Click HERE to read a fact sheet describing the mission of the Commission.
October 30, 2020 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council will not be able to display the annual nativity scene and Christian Christmas message in the State Capitol this December. According to the Wisconsin State Capitol Visitor Information Center, as of today there will be no Christmas tree in the rotunda this year. Additionally, no decorations or exhibits will be allowed in the Capitol building which is expected to remain closed through at least January 2021.
Last Saturday, President Trump nominated an eminently qualified candidate, Amy Coney Barrett, for the US Supreme Court!
Unsurprisingly, the radical Left has already unleashed on Judge Barrett and is holding nothing back in their attacks on her. We’ve seen this before.
During a now-infamous exchange in her 2017 confirmation hearing for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (the court that covers WI), the Senate Judiciary Committee’s ranking Democrat, Senator Dianne Feinstein, referring to Judge Barrett’s faith, said directly to the judge: “The dogma lives loudly within you, and that’s of concern.”
Barrett rightly shot down the accusation that her faith disqualified her, saying in response: “I see no conflict between having a sincerely held faith and duties as a judge.”
As conservatives, we know what we are getting with Amy Coney Barrett, and the Left doesn’t like it. They don’t want to see a successful and intelligent judge, wife, and mother of seven take this seat because they know she is not an activist judge who will be swayed by the winds of culture and “elite” opinion.
Democrats also know the debate over Justice Ginsburg’s vacant seat has incredibly important implications for the 2020 election. They know whoever fills it will impact any legal challenges arising from this contentious election.
Liberal progrssives know that a Justice Barrett will impact countless important cases sure to come before the Supreme Court in the years ahead, including what we sense maybe at hand, but have likely not yet dared to hope – a challenge to and possible overturning of Roe v. Wade.
For all these reasons and more, the contempt and vitriol aimed at Justice Kavanaugh during his confirmation process will be nothing compared to what will be directed at Amy Coney Barrett over the coming weeks. During this trying time, she will need all the support she can get!
We must fill this seat with a nominee of integrity who will deliver an unimpeachable originalist record on the high court. Judge Barrett is that type of nominee. She will be that type of Justice on the Supreme Court!
1) Please call our Wisconsin senators TODAY! They NEED to hear from you. Let them know you support Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court. Let them know they need to vote for her confirmation. Let them know they need to stand up and speak out against the obstruction and lies that are sure to come during the confirmation process.
Senator Ron Johnson (R) – Washington office phone: 202-224-5323. Send Sen. Johnson an email HERE.
Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) – Washington office phone: 202-224-5653. Send Sen. Baldwin an email HERE.
2) Pray–frequently and fervently that God will yet have mercy on us and give us the blessing of having this exemplary woman serve on our nation’s highest court. Pray individually, with your family, in your church, with friends. This, too, is part of being a good steward of the blessing of living in this nation.
This judicial seat will be VITALLY important for many of the cases coming before the Supreme Court beginning just next month! The abolition of Roe v. Wade has never been closer than now.
In addition, religious liberty is increasingly under attack, and we need a strong defender of the First Amendment on the Supreme Court. This seat will also be PIVOTAL to any litigation over the election results, which will likely come before the Supreme Court. We cannot waste this moment!
Thank you for taking time to contact our Wisconsin US Senators and for praying. May God bless you and our nation as we humble ourselves, seek Him, turn from our sin, and pray.
By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section1. Purpose. Every infant born alive, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, has the same dignity and the same rights as every other individual and is entitled to the same protections under Federal law. Such laws include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), 42 U.S.C. 1395dd, which guarantees, in hospitals that have an emergency department, each individual’s right to an appropriate medical screening examination and to either stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer. They also include section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act), 29 U.S.C. 794, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by programs and activities receiving Federal funding. In addition, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, 1 U.S.C. 8, makes clear that all infants born alive are individuals for purposes of these and other Federal laws and are therefore afforded the same legal protections as any other person. Together, these laws help protect infants born alive from discrimination in the provision of medical treatment, including infants who require emergency medical treatment, who are premature, or who are born with disabilities. Such infants are entitled to meaningful and non-discriminatory access to medical examination and services, with the consent of a parent or guardian, when they present at hospitals receiving Federal funds.
Despite these laws, some hospitals refuse the required medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or otherwise do not provide potentially lifesaving medical treatment to extremely premature or disabled infants, even when parents plead for such treatment. Hospitals might refuse to provide treatment to extremely premature infants — born alive before 24 weeks of gestation — because they believe these infants may not survive, may have to live with long-term disabilities, or may have a quality-of-life deemed to be inadequate. Active treatment of extremely premature infants has, however, been shown to improve their survival rates. And the denial of such treatment, or discouragement of parents from seeking such treatment for their children, devalues the lives of these children and may violate Federal law.
Sec. 2. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to recognize the human dignity and inherent worth of every newborn or other infant child, regardless of prematurity or disability, and to ensure for each child due protection under the law.
Sec. 3. (a) The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) shall ensure that individuals responsible for all programs and activities under his jurisdiction that receive Federal funding are aware of their obligations toward infants, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment, under EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. In particular, the Secretary shall ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they are not excused from complying with these obligations, including the obligation to provide an appropriate medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or transfer, when extremely premature infants are born alive or infants are born with disabilities. The Secretary shall also ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they may not unlawfully discourage parents from seeking medical treatment for their infant child solely because of their infant child’s disability. The Secretary shall further ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware of their obligations to provide stabilizing treatment that will allow the infant patients to be transferred to a more suitable facility if appropriate treatment is not possible at the initial location.
(b) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, ensure that Federal funding disbursed by the Department of Health and Human Services is expended in full compliance with EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, as reflected in the policy set forth in section 2 of this order.
(i) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and to the fullest extent permitted by law, investigate complaints of violations of applicable Federal laws with respect to infants born alive, including infants who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment or infants with disabilities whose parents seek medical treatment for their infants. The Secretary shall also clarify, in an easily understandable format, the process by which parents and hospital staff may submit such complaints for investigation under applicable Federal laws.
(ii) The Secretary shall take all appropriate enforcement action against individuals and organizations found through investigation to have violated applicable Federal laws, up to and including terminating Federal funding for non-compliant programs and activities.
(c) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding and National Institutes of Health research dollars for programs and activities conducting research to develop treatments that may improve survival — especially survival without impairment — of infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.
(d) The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding to programs and activities, including hospitals, that provide training to medical personnel regarding the provision of life-saving medical treatment to all infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.
(e) The Secretary shall, as necessary and consistent with applicable law, issue such regulations or guidance as may be necessary to implement this order.
Sec. 4. General Provisions. (a) Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:
(i) the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or
(ii) the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.
(b) This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.
(c) This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.
Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020
On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.
Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time. Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World. From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord. Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.
The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great. Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God. As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.” As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.
Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility. With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.
We have been in contact with legal experts on whether the governor has authority to issue yet another statewide emergency declaration. They have advised us that just as his second declaration was illegal, so this one is as well. At a minimum, this order raises questions about whether, for instance, churches and private schools have the right to exercise autonomy in this matter.
We want to reiterate that Wisconsin Family Action has not and will not take a position on masks or other the other aspects of the order that the governor issued under the authority of this declaration. However, we will oppose illegal actions by elected officials. Please understand it is the emergency declaration order that gives the governor the authority to issue the mask mandate and it is that order that is illegal. How many 60-day emergency declarations dealing with one issue does he get? We agree with the legal experts: he gets one such order, not multiple ones done in a serial manner.
Meanwhile, while the attorneys deliberate regarding a possible legal challenge, the state legislature does have a way to stop the governor’s order. The law that gives the governor authority to issue a Public Health Emergency (Chapter 323.10) states that the Order can be revoked by the Governor issuing another Executive Order or by the state legislature passing a Joint Resolution. Obviously the governor is not going to revoke his own emergency declaration order. So, the quickest way to stop this illegal power grab by the governor is for the state legislature to take action by passing a joint resolution..
We believe this legislative approach is the best option to quickly counter the Governor’s newest edict.We are asking that you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE make 3 phone calls to help make this special legislative session and a joint resolution a reality:
You can find contact information for your elected officials HERE (just put your address in the area at the top right of the page).
We know this is a confusing and challenging time for everyone. We are hoping our state legislators will step up and do the right thing in this instance and act as a “check and balance” to the executive branch. This is yet another powerful reminder that ELECTIONS HAVE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES. Remember that as you vote this fall!
The sanctity of life, religious freedom including the right to openly worship in church, a society governed by law and order, and traditional family values are all under attack in America and hang in the balance as we head toward November 3, Election Day.
One of the most important ways to protect the values we hold dear is to vote.
But you can’t vote if you aren’t registered. It’s just that simple.
Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we are urging Christians in Wisconsin to register to vote; and for those who are already registered, to encourage their unregistered family and friends to get registered to vote.
We honor God by acknowledging that He gave us government for our own good. We’ve been blessed with a Republic—a participatory form of government. Honoring God with our vote is an acknowledgment of His gift to us, and your vote will help preserve these precious values and freedoms for generations to come.
PARENTS BEWARE, is sex on the school calendar in your district?
All year long there is a day, week, or sometimes even month set aside to promote sexual ideology. Many public schools advertise and promote these national and international events.
When you look at these events listed together in the info graph posted below, the picture becomes very clear. There is a real and persistent agenda aimed at sexualizing our children and pushing dangerous and harmful transgender ideology on them.
Schools need to go back to teaching academics and stop inundating our children with sexual content.
Parents, it is time to show up and speak up to protect our kids. If we don’t, who will?
The US Supreme Court’s decision to write transgenderism into federal nondiscrimination law does not create a right for gender-confused male students to compete against actual girls, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concluded in a letter explaining how the divisive ruling factors into its own judgment.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “The recent court decision is just plain wrong; it’s already been positively cited several times in other lawsuits. So this is really great news from the Trump administration’s Department of Education and is another reminder that elections have very real consequences. One presidential candidate has very publicly said he would do everything he could to advance the LGBTQ agenda.”
We are excited to debut our new presentation “We’re Here…For Such a Time as This!”
At Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council we believe that “We’re Here…For Such a Time as This!” We are alive and here right now by God’s design, not by coincidence or accident. We have an opportunity, just as Queen Esther did, to shape the future of our communities, state and nation. What will we do with the opportunities we have? What can we do to help ensure that freedom in America will not perish from the earth?
Supper is included! There is no charge for the event or the food—however, we will take a freewill offering at the end of the evening.
Special guest: Lorri Pickens, Exec. Director Wisconsin Citizens Against Expanded Gambling
Tuesday, AUGUST 25, 2020
Appleton, WI (Pizza Ranch)
Thursday, AUGUST 27, 2020
Wausau, WI (CitySquare Center)
Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020 Verona, WI (Pizza Ranch)
Thursday, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020 Oconomowoc, WI (Schwefel’s)