Hagedorn wins WI Supreme Court Race

April 3, 2019 – Madison, WI – Yesterday, Spring Election Day in Wisconsin, was an historic day. Despite all attempts to discredit him for his Christian faith, Judge Brian Hagedorn garnered a hard-won and narrow victory in the race to be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.

Wisconsin Family Action extends a hearty congratulations and thanks to Brian and his family for their hard work and steadfast commitment to staying the course despite the unjust attacks on their personal lives and their religious beliefs. We believe Justice-elect Hagedorn will serve us well. We also congratulate Justice-elect Hagedorn’s campaign for all they did to take this race across the finish line.

Wisconsin Family Action recognizes that victories like Brian’s don’t happen without the labor, financial support, time commitment and prayer of supporters like you and your family. Our partnership and excellent teamwork really do make a difference on election day whether the race is local, statewide or even nationwide. So we thank everyone who had anything to do with this victory, including other groups such as Americans for Prosperity, and especially you the voters!

Wisconsin Family Council Engages in Founders’ Bible Project

Wisconsin Family Council Engages in Founders’ Bible Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADDRESS OF PRESIDENT ABRAHAM LINCOLN

November 19, 1863

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

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

Copy available online here.

WI Supreme Court candidate Neubauer endorsed by Planned Parenthood

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:


Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer’s family ties to Planned Parenthoodappear to be paying off.   

Neubauer’s parents were active in the Minnesota chapter of the organization, with her mother serving two terms as board chairwoman. Neubauer’s daughter, state Rep. Greta Neubauer, lists herself as a member of the abortion rights group

Neubauer’s campaign said the appellate judge volunteered for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s but is uncertain whether she donated to the group. She hasn’t given to politicians or political groups since taking her seat on the bench a decade ago.

The judge was the lone dissenter in a 2016 appeals court case in which she wrote a 17-page opinion favoring Planned Parenthood.

Now Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin — the political arm of the state chapter — has endorsed Neubauer and this week began spending $100,000 on digital ads supporting her. 

READ MORE HERE

Your Voter Information Publication Now Available

On Tuesday, April 2, Wisconsin will be looking to voters to fill the highest judicial position in The Badger State. Brian Hagedorn and Lisa Neubauer are vying for this most critical position. It is up to us as voters to be sure we know these candidates before we vote in this election. 

To assist you as you prepare for this upcoming election, Wisconsin Family Council has created THIS Voter Information Publication (VIP) that compares these two WI Supreme Court candidates. Click HERE to view and download your free VIP. The publications are c3 friendly and suitable for churches to hand out to their congregations. Please be a friend and share this information either by forwarding this email or photocopying the VIP to hand out to those in your sphere of influence. WFC will be mailing over 25,000 copies of this document to well over 500 churches. If you want print copies to distribute, call 888-378-7395.  Don’t wait! Early in-person voting and absentee voting starts very soon!
To find out what’s on your ballot or where your polling place is, click HERE.

If you need additional assistance, Wisconsin Family Action stands ready to serve you. Call us at 608-268-5074 or (toll free) 866-849-2536.

Socialism Chokes Life Out of Everything American

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.

Governor Evers Budget Targets School Choice

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?

Senate Fails to Pass Bills to Stop Infanticide & Start Protecting Babies Who Survive Abortion

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.

From LifeNews:
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.”

Is Wisconsin going to pot?: WFA Appling “Doesn’t belong in budget.”

From Fox6Now:
“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!

The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311) which would protect infants who are delivered alive after a failed abortion procedure has been scheduled for a vote in the Senate on Monday, February 25.

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.

From LifeNews:
“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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
**Contact WI US Senator Ron Johnson (R) and thank him for co-sponsoring this bill. Let him know you are thankful for his leadership and ask him to use his influence to get others to join him in voting in support of this bill.  Email Sen. Johnson or call him at  (202) 224-5323. 
**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.

Vote on Tuesday, February 19 – Wisconsin Spring Primary Election

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.

Parents, Do You “Flip Your Lid?”

“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.”

Married adults live longer lives, have better health, and greater personal happiness

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.

Videos show Virginia governor walking lockstep with abortion bill sponsor, Del. Kathy Tran: Plan would allow termination up until birth

Virginia seems to be following in the philosophical footsteps of New York when it comes to abortion (hereherehere, and here). And perhaps further.

Consider a state legislative debate Tuesday over Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran’s bill repealing restrictions on third-trimester abortions, as described by Fox News:  (more…)

Breaking: WI Republicans take a stand for LIFE

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.

How the medical profession has let “trans kids” down

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.”

TODAY: Wisconsin March for Life & Love – January 22, 2019, Madison, 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.

President Trump proclaims today, 1/16/2019, as Religious Freedom Day

“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.

Before MIDNIGHT TONIGHT: Pro-lifers, sign this petition. Say NO to taxpayer funding of abortion.

We learned just hours ago that in the debate over the federal government shutdown, the U.S. House, led by abortion advocate Nancy Pelosi, has passed a spending bill over to the Senate that would give overseas abortion groups access to millions of YOUR taxpayer dollars. Unfortunately, seven Republicans joined with numerous Democrats to move this bill in the House. That means we really can’t just assume all the Republicans in the Senate will vote no on this bill.

You should NEVER be forced to fund abortion groups in America or anywhere in the world.

That’s why I’m asking you to help.

Our friends at the Susan B. Anthony List – one of the leading pro-life groups in America – are launching a campaign to encourage every pro-life U.S. Senator to STRIKE DOWN this bill.

Please sign the Susan B. Anthony List online petition to the U.S. Senate, telling our pro-life allies Americans will NOT stand for taxpayer funding of overseas abortion advocates.

It will take you less than 30 seconds to visit the online petition and sign it, but you need to sign by midnight tonight. .

Why not go do it right now?

There’s so much being negotiated in our federal government today. Don’t allow the Nancy Pelosi-led House to slip in taxpayer funding for abortion under the radar. Sign the petition encouraging our friends in the Senate to stand for life today!

For the family,

Julaine Appling, President
Wisconsin Family Action

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Diving into 2019: A message from WFA president Julaine Appling

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.

Christian Healthcare Alternatives to Obamacare

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.