2019 | February 22 Evers proposes $28 million for women’s health and infant care
From One News Now:
“The government controls all healthcare already in our urban core; the government controls all daycare in our urban core; it controls all housing in our urban core; it controls all education in our urban core – and what we see is distress,” says Starr Parker.
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Family Council notes that the threat of socialism is real. We now have at least a couple of generations conditioned to believe pretty much everything should be free. What they don’t understand is someone is always paying for their “free” and that under socialism our rights and freedoms will be gone. We believe families must instill in their children Biblical truth about work, earning one’s way, and true freedom.
From the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty:
“[Last week], the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Governor Tony Evers will propose freezing enrollment in Wisconsin’s parental choice programs and curtailing the expansion of independent public charter schools in his budget proposal, set to be introduced on Thursday. The proposals represent the most brazen attack on school choice in Wisconsin in nearly a decade.”
Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFC president, states, “Tony Evers has never been a friend to or a fan of any school choice idea other than public schools. The good news in this is that the conservatives who have the majority in our state legislature are committed to the voucher program and to all other educational choices. I can’t imagine they agree to any of these budget proposals. Elections continue to have consequences.”
Wisconsin Family Action is on the front lines promoting school choice and more each and every day. Won’t you click HERE now to invest in our work on your behalf today?
From Live Action:
[On Monday, February 25, 2019], the United States Senate voted on an anti-infanticide bill introduced by Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. The legislation needed 60 votes to pass, and it failed by a vote of 53 in favor and 44 against. The bill stated that “if an abortion results in the live birth of an infant, the infant is a legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States, and entitled to all the protections of such laws.”
Read more HERE.
Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson is a cosponsor of this critical legislation.
Late Monday, after Senate Democrats voted to block a bill to stop infanticide, House Democrats blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a similar bill to require medical care and treatment for babies who survive abortions.
H.R. 962, introduced by Rep. Ann Wagner (R-MO), ensures that a baby born alive after a failed or attempted abortion receives the same medical care as any other newborn. It would also penalize doctors who allow such infants to die or who intentionally kill a newborn following a failed abortion.
Read more HERE.
All of this comes on the heels of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ pitch to reopen state funding for Planned Parenthood (previously blocked by former Governor Walker) with his so-called “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” proposal he has included in the state budget. Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “The Governor is obviously proud of his pro-abortion position and his relationship with Planned Parenthood, our state’s largest abortion provider. But he doesn’t really care about babies. Abortion is not health care—not for women and certainly not for their unborn babies. Giving Planned Parenthood more taxpayer money means more unborn babies killed and their mothers put at risk.”
Click HERE to partner with us – all donations doubled up to $22,500!
“Governor Tony Evers announced on Monday, Feb. 18 that his budget will include proposals to legalize medical marijuana, decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for personal use, establish an expungement procedure for individuals who have completed their sentence or probation for possession and align Wisconsin’s laws on cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil, with federal standards.
“Gov. Evers also wants to decriminalize possession, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana for amounts of 25 grams or less. This language would also prevent localities from establishing their own ordinances or penalties for possession of less than 25 grams of marijuana. The governor’s plan would also establish an expungement procedure for individuals convicted of possessing, manufacturing or distributing less than 25 grams of marijuana who have completed their sentence or probation.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “This is a policy issue and doesn’t belong in the budget. That said, we have a major opioid crisis. Many parents whose kids are involved with this epidemic will tell you the addiction started with marijuana. If we are going to deal with this issue, introduce a stand-alone bill and let’s have plenty of public debate about it. Too much is at stake to do otherwise.”
Vote in US Senate on Bill To Stop Infanticide Coming Up on February 25 – Please Thank Sen. Ron Johnson and PRAY!
This Senate action comes several weeks after the New York legislature passed, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) signed, the so-called “Reproductive Health Act (RHA).” Among other provisions, the RHA repealed protections for infants born alive during an attempted abortion.
“The Senate will cast a vote on [Monday] February 25th to try to break the Democrat filibuster against a bill to stop infanticide.
“…Pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray blocked a vote on a bill from pro-life Republican Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska that would stop infanticide nationwide. And in the House, Democrats have blocked a request by Republicans to vote on a bill that would stop infanticide a total of five times.”
Read more HERE.
**Pray that the Senate passes the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act on February 25.
**Share this information with other WI friends and encourage them to contact Sen. Johnson and to also pray.
**Support the work of Wisconsin Family Action; we are 100% pro-life, from conception to natural death. We are YOUR voice in the legislature. Click HERE to donate TODAY.
Tuesday, February 19, is Wisconsin’s spring nonpartisan primary election when the ballots are determined for the April 2 general election. While there is no statewide race on the ballot today, many communities will have primaries for mayors, city council, village and town boards, school boards, or local and appellate judges. Wisconsin Family Council recommends visiting myvote.wi.org to see if you have a primary race you need to vote in today, or you can also call WFC at 888-378-7395 for help. The polls are open statewide from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
It’s far better to check before the polls close now to see if you have a primary election on February 19 rather than to find out after the fact. As Christian citizens let’s do our part to be knowledgeable, responsible, and prayerful voters and encourage others to join us. Here’s the reality: Every election has consequences, and every vote in every election matters.
“So, you’ve blown your stack. You admit it. You confess your wrongness to all involved parties. You apologize, asking forgiveness. And you resolve to not be that way again, to not do it again. But there’s the problem. The resolve of our own nature will fail. We need supernatural enablement for change. Overcoming anger requires something humanly impossible, something supernatural. The good news is that Jesus came to make it possible for all kinds of people—including angry parents—to be changed into people who yield their expectations to God in service to others, specifically their children.”
Click HERE to read “7 Tips for Keeping Your Cool When Kids Misbehave.”
WFA president Julaine Appling adds, “Good parenting means thinking through and planning ahead in order to respond in a godly manner to situations that try a mom’s or dad’s patience. We know discipline done in raw anger doesn’t model godliness to children; but discipline done under the control of the Holy Spirit speaks volumes to kids about the God we want them to come to know, love and serve.”
Did you know that married adults live longer lives, have better health, and greater personal happiness? Children who are raised by a married mother and father perform better in school, have fewer addictions, fewer teen pregnancies, and less trouble with the law. Research clearly shows that marriage boosts measures of human well-being for children, women, and men:
- Only 4% of homes with a married mother and father are on food stamps at any given time, while 28% of single-mother homes are on food stamps.
- 78% of married people own their own home, while only 41% of cohabitating adults do.
- Married men benefit from an average annual economic “marriage premium” of at least $15,900 per year compared to their unmarried peers.
The seismic shift in family structure over the course of the past few decades has broadened income gaps and deepened class divides. The New York Times highlighted sociological evidence of the impact of marriage on wealth, status, health, and happiness in an important article, “Two Classes, Divided by ‘I Do’”. Scholars at the National Marriage Project – a nonpartisan, interdisciplinary initiative at the University of Virginia – explain marriage as a “wealth-generating institution,” which is true for people of every race.
Research shows that marriage is the unsung anti-poverty program.
Learn how to get help for yourself, help others or form a marriage committee at www.nationalmarriageweekusa.org.
From Wisconsin Eye:
On February 6, 2019, Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) along with his Assembly colleagues took a public stand against the new efforts to loosen abortion restrictions during a news conference in GAR hall at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison, WI. Recently, a law was enacted in New York; another was proposed in Virginia. Last Session, Wisconsin Democrats introduced a similar proposal introduced in the Legislature.
“So we’ve seen this week all across the country, unfortunately, is the lack of concern and really what I would say is the outrageous position that people are taking in protecting human life. So why are we here today. First of all we have a reason to be concerned in Wisconsin because there is obviously, all across the nation a nationwide, an attack on the unborn. And I am here to say that, along with my colleagues, we are not going to allow that to happen in Wisconsin…”
Watch the press conference above.
From The Federalist:
Given the undeniable medical and psychological risks of administering opposite-sex hormones, the physicians question how any child, adolescent, or parent can give truly informed consent.
It seems like just yesterday the sexual revolution was focused on legal protections for same-sex couples and individuals with same-sex orientations. But once that battle was won (or lost, depending on your perspective), radicals in the LGBT movement flooded the cultural zone with new demands.
The most troubling agenda item for the transgender radicals became the demand that dysphoric children be provided medical intervention to help their bodies mimic those of the opposite sex.
The doctors conclude by calling for a return to objective medicine in this highly charged political arena:
Physicians need to start examining GAT through the objective eye of the scientist-clinician rather than the ideological lens of the social activist. Far more children with gender dysphoria will ultimately be helped by this approach.
So these physicians have thrown down the gauntlet and are presumably bracing for the inevitable backlash from ideologues. But there’s safety in numbers, and their courage may catalyze more professional opposition to the politicization and corruption of medicine. Perhaps this resistance will expand to include all people, physicians and otherwise, of all ideological stripes, who will finally rise up to protect children from those who would sacrifice them as pawns in a political battle.
Julaine Appling responds, “I’m thankful for pediatricians who are willing to risk much in order to try to bring some sense to this headlong push to give children dealing with gender confusion dangerous drugs and irreversible surgeries. Parents, please be aware that those pushing this agenda are everywhere. Don’t assume your child is somehow immune. Be informed, aware and cautious.”
2019 | January 22 Group ready to ‘push back’ on legal pot in WI
WISCONSIN MARCH FOR LIFE & LOVE
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
State Capitol, Madison
The March for Life & Love will be starting at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. We will gather at the “Forward” Statue at the base of the State Street entrance to the State Capitol. The march will proceed around the capitol to the King Street entrance, where a brief assembly will be held.
Those attending are asked to bring a package of diapers. These will be deposited inside the capitol in various Pack & Plays set up in the rotunda. Donations will then be distributed to Pregnancy Help Centers around the state.
Pro-lifers will be asked to visit legislators’ offices to encourage them to advance legislation that preserves & protects life.
More information HERE.
2019 | January 21 Group ready to ‘push back’ on legal pot in WI
2019 | January 18 Planned Parenthood files lawsuit, challenging Wisconsin abortion laws
“On Religious Freedom Day, we celebrate our Nation’s long‑standing commitment to freedom of conscience and the freedom to profess one’s own faith.”
“NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim January 16, 2019, as Religious Freedom Day. I call on all Americans to commemorate this day with events and activities that remind us of our shared heritage of religious liberty and that teach us how to secure this blessing both at home and around the world.”
Read the entire proclamation HERE.
The first day of a new year offers a clean slate. Most of us start the year with anticipation and eagerness to make some changes and not sully that slate. So, as you make your new year’s resolutions, consider doing so following the model we see in Jesus Christ, who as Luke 2:52 tells us, “increased in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.” Reasonable resolutions for our mind, our bodies, our spirit and our human relationships made in a prayerful and purposeful way should mean at the close of 2019 we have made improvements in all areas.
I know New Year’s resolutions have become something of a joke in our culture. I get that. But, you know, it’s still true that if we aim at nothing we are sure to hit it. In this new year God has given us, let’s aim at some goals that are worth hitting. I think this is especially important for parents as they consider how they want their family to grow together in the days ahead.
From Family Research Center:
You may have wondered or heard from neighbors saying: “Why do all the good plans include the abortion coverage?” If you are dissatisfied with the insurance choices in your state, you may want to consider a healthcare sharing ministry. While healthcare sharing does not fix the problem of abortion funding in Obamacare, it does provide an option that respects our consciences and moral values.
>>>Read more HERE.
Julaine Appling, WFA president, tells us, “As someone who is a member of one of these Christian healthcare alternatives, I can attest to the blessing it is to share directly in the needs of others and to never have to be concerned about whether or not the organization is supporting abortion or other policies or positions in conflict with my Christian beliefs. Families owe it to themselves to at least check out these alternatives.
PRESS RELEASE FROM WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNCIL:
Religious Freedom Wins in Brown County Circuit Court
Madison, WI – Last Friday, Brown County Circuit Court Judge William Atkinson issued a common-sense and constitutional decision in a religious freedom case involving five churches and a Christian not-for-profit organization.
The case stems from a decision in late 2017 by the De Pere City Council to pass an ordinance that considered churches and religious organizations as “places of public accommodation” for purposes related to the city’s so-called “anti-discrimination” policy. To comply with the policy, churches and religious organizations would have to violate their religious beliefs. The policy has no exemption for churches or religious ministries.
Judge Atkinson ruled that the ordinance cannot be applied to churches and religious organizations and indicated that this exemption was to be effective immediately. (more…)
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday commemorates the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973) that legalized abortion on demand in our country. Since then, approximately 57 million lives have been lost to abortion.
On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God’s gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage.
Churches continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.
“I think it’s altogether appropriate that ‘Sanctity of Human Life Day’ is held on a Sunday and is primarily observed by churches,” says WFA president Julaine Appling, “I hope churches all across our state will take time to mention this matter this coming Sunday. If the Christian church doesn’t take a leading role on proclaiming the truth about human life, the people will listen to the loudest voice which is the culture at large and the media – both of which have the wrong message.”
What you can do:
- Read more about “Sanctity of Life Sunday” HERE.
- Talk to your pastor or church leadership about recognizing “Sanctity of Life Sunday” this week.
- Ask others to commit to praying for the unborn.
- Pray for expecting mothers who are contemplating abortion.
- Pray for our woman-helping, life-saving Pregnancy Resource Centers and their staff and volunteers.
- Come alongside a single mother who may be struggling; lend a hand, encourage and pray for her.
MADISON, WI – Recently representatives from Choose Life Wisconsin hand-delivered checks to twelve of Wisconsin’s Pregnancy Care Centers. Just over $28,000 has been raised from the sale of Choose Life Wisconsin license plates since the plates were released for purchase in late October last year.
This is the second round of funding from the plate sales. Choose Life Wisconsin has received $28,607 to date from the sale of the plates and since May of this year has awarded over $29,000 in grants to twenty pregnancy care centers across the state. Nearly 1100 plates have been sold.
Julaine Appling, president of Choose Life Wisconsin and Dan Miller, vice-president, have made the in-person check deliveries.
“Being able to give money to these incredible organizations has been a dream come true,” said Appling. “The Pregnancy Care Centers in our state are doing phenomenal work in helping women, men and their unborn babies. We know they are using the funds we are awarding them to reach even more people with more services. That’s what this is all about. It’s an honor to be able to help these centers.”
Dan Miller, Vice President of Choose Life Wisconsin, noted, “We are fulfilling our pledge that 100% of the funds raised from the sale of these plates will go the pregnancy care centers. Visiting the centers is a wonderful experience. Meeting with staff and volunteers who dedicated to their work and are excited to receive these grants is a great reminder about why we’ve worked so hard to make this plate and funding stream a reality.”
All funds received from the sale of the plates can be awarded as grants because Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Family Council underwrite all administrative and overhead costs.
The organizations recently receiving grants are Access Women’s Center in Madison, Alpha Women’s Center in Milwaukee, Anchor of Hope Health Center in Sheboygan, CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County, Evangelical Child and Family Agency in New Berlin, First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Stevens Point, First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center in Wisconsin Rapids, Hope Life Center in Wausau, National Office of Post Abortion Reconciliation & Healing in Milwaukee, Women’s Care Center of Madison, Women’s Care Center of Milwaukee. And Women’s Support Center of Milwaukee.
Each quarter the state transfers to Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., the accumulated monies from the $25 per-plate donation.
Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., is an independently registered Wisconsin not-for-profit corporation. The IRS has recognized Choose Life Wisconsin as a 501(c)(3) organization, and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has approved it as an Authorized Special Group. Choose Life Wisconsin’s mission is to spread a positive, pro-life message and help Wisconsin’s vital Pregnancy Care Centers flourish by funding them from the proceeds of the sale of the Choose Life plate.
The application form for the license plate and instructions with financial information are available on the Choose Life website.
If you voted yesterday, you are deserving of thanks. You are part of the solution, not part of the problem. If you took seriously our frequent admonition to use your influence to get at least ten other citizens to join you in voting, you deserve a double thank you. A quick look at the numbers in many of the races here in Wisconsin shows that indeed every vote matters. If you are a pastor and you distributed our materials or showed our video or from the pulpit you reminded your people to vote, thank you! You have no idea how influential your voice is when it comes to people voting. The historic turnout yesterday indicates get-out-the-vote efforts were pretty successful for all sides in our state. WFA’s and WFC’s get-out-the-vote efforts, in partnership with you, were definitely part of the reason for the high voter-turnout.
One quick take on the election: it’s becoming harder and harder to overcome the liberal progressive numbers in Madison and Milwaukee. Their votes in these areas for their candidates this past Tuesday were incredibly strong. For conservatives to win statewide elections, the numbers voting for conservative candidates outside of these major population centers are going to have to be stronger than they were in this election.
Admittedly, with a Democrat governor and both houses of our state legislature controlled by Republicans, we might see a lot of gridlock. Assembly Republicans enjoy a 63-36 majority (a loss of 1 seat), while Senate Republicans hold a 19-14 majority (a gain of 1 seat). Republicans, in our opinion, need to be aggressive in forwarding a conservative, pro-family, pro-life, pro-liberty agenda and not fall prey to the temptation to just go-along-to-get-along and make deep, principled compromises with a governor who is likely to want a vastly different agenda pushed.
We will keep you posted as we learn more about how this session will start. Both Democrats and Republicans are caucusing today to determine their party and house leadership. Inauguration of the governor will be in early January, followed very shortly thereafter with the beginning of the new legislative session.
For more details on the election results and encouragement for a Christian response, listen to Julaine’s “Home Front” program from yesterday afternoon.
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said that giving an aging porn star $5000 for a 90-minute presentation to 70 students recently was “a real value” and offered a “rare perspective [students] don’t hear every day.” The topic was supposedly to help students like and be comfortable with their sexuality, including how they view pornography. The event was not advertised openly to the public on the school’s website or elsewhere, only on digital signs on campus. Money for the event came either from student fees or from the Chancellor’s office fund. Read the story HERE.
We’re covering this because it’s important that parents who have students at any UW school or any other publicly-funded university know what’s going on, at least in part. At a minimum, parents should talk with their young adults about the assault they will likely experience on these campuses regarding morality and decency and certainly on Christianity and biblical truth.