WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION’S STATEMENT ON JUDGE DIANE SCHLIPPER’S RULING ON WISCONSIN’S PRE-ROE ABORTION LAW

MADISON – Yesterday, Dane County District Court Judge Diane Schlipper ruled on the case brought by Wisconsin Attorney Josh Kaul (D) alleging that Wisconsin’s pre-Roe abortion statute, 940.04, is not enforceable. As the judge intimated earlier this year in an initial hearing, she ultimately found that the entirety of the statute applies to feticide, not to consensual abortion. The net effect of her ruling is that abortion, the intentional, consensual killing of an unborn child, is again legal in Wisconsin.

The following statement is attributable to Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president.

“While this decision is not surprising, it is very disappointing; and we believe it is a wrong interpretation of the pertinent statute. We agree with defendant Sheboygan County District Attorney Joel Urmanski’s statement that the statute plainly applies to consensual abortion, made very clear by the exception in the statute for the life of the mother. No such exception would be necessary if the statute applied exclusively to feticide, the intentional killing of an unborn child without the woman’s consent. Additionally, the statute is titled “Abortion.” Had the legislature intended the law to apply to feticide, it would have had a different title.

“From June 24, 2022, through earlier this fall when Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin took matters into their own hands and resumed abortions in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s unborn had a much better chance of experiencing life outside the womb than it had when abortion was legal. Now we regress—and the regression comes at a very high price—the death of many of Wisconsin’s future citizens and the toll abortion takes on a woman’s mental and emotional well-being.

“We are pleased to know DA Urmanski intends to appeal this egregious decision.”

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Wisconsin Senate Declares Preborn Babies as “Dependents” for Tax Purposes and Protects Religious Freedom

MADISON – Today the Wisconsin State Senate on a 20-11 vote, passed Senate Bill 344, which not only increases the amount of tax deduction available for a dependent, but also allows a preborn baby in whom a heartbeat has been detected to be claimed as a “dependent” for tax purposes.

Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president, commented, “We love this bill and have championed it from the beginning. Increasing the dependent tax deduction helps families and recognizing the person of a preborn baby by declaring it as a viable “dependent” is a major pro-life declaration. We applaud the senators who voted for this proposal and thank Senator Romaine Quinn (R-Cameron) for authoring this bill.”

Senate Bill 344 is one bill in the four-bill “Embrace Them Both” package, all authored by Senator Quinn. Senate Bill 343 clearly defines abortion as the intentional killing of an unborn baby, Senate Bill 345 allows for $1,000,000 a year to go to Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc. to be distributed in grants of up to $50,000 to Wisconsin’s amazing pregnancy care centers, and Senate Bill 346 allocates $5,000,000 in a biennium to be distributed by the Department of Children and Families to established adoption agencies, which will then in turn give grants to qualified Wisconsin families seeking to adopt a child in Wisconsin. The Senate has now passed all four of the bills.

In other floor action today, the Senate also passed for first consideration Senate Joint Resolution 54, which would amend our state constitution clearly prohibiting the state or any agency of the state, or any unit or agency of local government from ordering places of worship to close during a declared emergency, including a health emergency. The bill will need to pass in the Assembly this session and then pass again in both houses in the next legislative session.  After that happens, the proposal would be put on a statewide ballot for the people of Wisconsin to vote. The vote today in the Senate was 21-10, along party lines.

“We learned the hard way that government can and will overreach, especially in emergencies, the very times our rights and freedoms should be more respected and protected,” stated Appling. “The vote today was a first step in making sure that government does not usurp our religious freedom clearly declared in our state constitution. We thank Senator Cory Tomczyk (R-Mosinee) for authoring this resolution and the senators who have supported it. Hopefully, the Assembly will soon follow the Senate’s lead and pass this resolution on first consideration.”

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Wisconsin Family Action Issues Proclamation from Wisconsin Citizens “Rise Up for ALL Wisconsin Youth”

MADISON – In response to Governor Evers’ “Rise Up for LGBTQ+ Youth Day” proclamation issued last week, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA)  is today circulating a proclamation urging all Wisconsin citizens to “Rise Up for ALL Wisconsin Youth.”

The proclamation declares the truth about issues such as allowing biological males to participate in girls’/women’s sports and surgeries and drug protocols on healthy young bodies in an attempt to deal physiologically with gender confusion, an emotional and mental issue.

WFA president Julaine Appling stated, “All of Wisconsin’s youth deserve the opportunity to grow up mentally, physically, and emotionally strong. Governor Evers’ proclamation not only singled out just one group, but it also gave very misleading information that can harm our young people rather than help them. This proclamation that we are releasing today is an affirmation of all Wisconsin young people and calls on citizens, faith leaders, and elected officials to engage actively on these issues that impact the future of our state because they directly impact the next generation.”

In part, the Proclamation says the following:

Whereas so-called “gender transition” for children and youth violates the first duty of medicine: do no harm; and

Whereas medical procedures and life-long dependency on drugs such as cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers used in “gender transitioning” have long-term, irreversible harm thereby dramatically impacting the emotional, mental, and physical well-being of Wisconsin’s youth in both the short and long term; and

Whereas surgery and drugs will not heal a hurting heart; a  2014 study found 62.7% of patients diagnosed with gender dysphoria had at least one co-occurring disorder, and 33% were found to have major depressive disorders, which are linked to suicide ideation”; and

Whereas the best studies indicate 80-95% of children with gender dysphoria will come to identify with and embrace their biological sex; and

The full “Rise Up for ALL Wisconsin Youth” proclamation is available HERE.

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Wisconsin Family Action Joins Pro-Life Organizations To Tell Milwaukee County and Dane County District Attorneys To Do Their Job

MADISON – Today, Wisconsin Family Action participated in a press conference that called on Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne to do their job and enforce the law that protects Wisconsin’s future by prohibiting most abortions. The conference, organized by Wisconsin Right to Life, also included Pro-Life Wisconsin.

A week ago yesterday, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, in direct violation of the law, began doing abortions again in their Milwaukee and Madison facilities. While they tried to present legal arguments to support their illegal actions, the main reason they were not worried about being charged with crimes is that Milwaukee DA Chisholm and Dane County DA Ozanne have both been very vocal on this issue since the overturning of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, stating publicly months ago that they would not bring charges against anyone who performs an abortion.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “The job of a district attorney is to enforce the law, not pick and choose which laws he or she will enforce based on his/her ideological or political beliefs and positions. District Attorneys Chisolm and Ozanne are out of line and are acting outside the boundaries of their office and the state and US constitutions. Today we are telling them to do their job and quit ignoring Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s blatant life-taking law-breaking that’s taking place in their jurisdictions. We call on these DAs to enforce the law immediately.”

To date, no court has ruled Wisconsin’s pre-Roe law that prohibits most abortions is unenforceable, and no legislative action has revoked the law. This law went into effect immediately upon the issuing of the US Supreme Court’s decision in the Dobbs case that repealed Roe and sent the issue back to the states. Abortion facilities in Wisconsin stopped abortions that day, continuing until Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin announced earlier this month that on Monday, September 18, they were resuming this procedure in their Milwaukee and Madison facilities.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin also operates an abortion facility in Sheboygan but has not resumed abortions there. Sheboygan County District Attorney Joel Urmanski has publicly stated that he will do his job and enforce the law in his county.

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Wisconsin Family Action Responds to PPWI Resuming Abortions

Today Planned Parenthood announced that it will resume performing abortions at its Madison and Milwaukee clinics next week despite the fact that Wisconsin’s abortion ban is still in effect. This is devastating news for innocent preborn children and Wisconsin mothers who deserve better than abortion.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin stopped performing abortions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade over a year ago. The decision reinstated a pre-Roe abortion ban in Wisconsin, permitting the procedure solely in cases where the mother’s life is at risk.

Democrat Attorney General Josh Kaul has contested the abortion ban, but the legal case is still ongoing, and we believe the issue could eventually reach the state Supreme Court.

However, Tanya Atkinson, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood, falsely asserted that the ban is no longer enforceable, and that “staff can now provide the full scope of sexual and reproductive health care to anyone in Wisconsin who needs it, no matter what.”

Immediately following Planned Parenthood’s announcement, Governor Tony Evers released a statement in support of the decision:

 “Today’s announcement from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin as a result of our lawsuit regarding Wisconsin’s criminal abortion ban means Wisconsinites will once again be able to access vital reproductive healthcare and abortion services without exception for the first time since June of last year,” he said. “This is critically important news for Wisconsin women and patients across our state who, for a year now, have been unable to access the healthcare they need when and where they need it.”

Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) vehemently opposes Planned Parenthood’s decision to illegally resume performing abortions in Wisconsin. Abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn child. It is not healthcare. WFA also strongly condemns Governor Evers decision to support such lawlessness.

Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is prioritizing profit over the rule of law while Governor Evers prioritizes a radical progressive agenda over the right to life and fulfilling his duties as governor.

There is no question that Wisconsin’s pre-Roe abortion ban is still in effect, meaning every innocent preborn life is protected by the law.

Regardless of how all this ultimately plays out, Wisconsin Family Action will continue to fight for the dignity of every preborn child and advocate for the support of every woman facing a crisis pregnancy, while being firmly committed to the rule of law in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Family Action Denounces Dane County Resolution

Wisconsin Family Action Denounces Dane County Resolution
“Sanctuary County” status harms rather than helps children

MADISON – Dane County is poised to be the first in the nation to declare itself a “sanctuary county” for “transgender and nonbinary” individuals, including children.

The county board is scheduled to vote on the resolution today. The resolution indicates Dane County is committed “to protect transgender and nonbinary individuals and believes that access to health care is a fundamental right and all people in Dane County and the State of Wisconsin should have access to all health care, including gender affirming care.” (Emphasis added.)

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, responded to the Dane County proposed resolution.

“Dane County needs to quit trying to turn Wisconsin into California.

Wisconsin Family Action is most disturbed by the inclusion of children in this ‘sanctuary county’ idea.

While the rest of the country (18 states and counting) works to protect children from experimental and dangerous transgender interventions, Dane County is revealing its intention to leave children who identify as transgender with permanent scars—both physical and emotional—all before they are old enough to vote or process whether they want to have children of their own.

What Dane County is really supporting is experimentally halting a child’s natural progression through puberty, sterilizing her with cross-sex hormones, and removing both her breasts before she finishes high school. America and Wisconsin understand this is extreme behavior, and we will stand proudly on the side of protecting children every day.

There are 6400[1] children identifying as transgender in Wisconsin. Dane County is determined to send them all down a one-way road to transition that ends in sterilization, mutilation, and  regret. We will stand in the gap for these kids and fight for their right to grow up whole and receive real help—not the harm of transgender procedures.

This move by Dane County should be a wake-up call to concerned citizens and elected officials. We need legislation to protect these vulnerable children, not a ‘sanctuary county’ that condones such egregious medical practices.

Rather than following Dane County’s ill-conceived idea, Wisconsin’s other 71 counties should pass resolutions that denounce what Dane County is doing and assure citizens that they stand on the side of protecting the bodies and minds of children, ensuring they have the best opportunity to grow up intact. Wisconsin Family Action stands ready to help both the legislature and the 71 other counties protect our children.”

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Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life, and religious freedom in Wisconsin.

[1] https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/publications/trans-adults-united-states/

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Wisconsin Family Action Supports “Embrace Them Both” Bill Package

MADISON – Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) fully and proudly supports the “Embrace Them Both’ bill package being offered by Senator Romaine Quinn (R-Cameron) and four State Representatives, Rep. Gae Magnafici (R-Dresser), Rep. Pat Snyder (R-Schofield, Rep. Amanda Nedweski (R-Pleasant Prairie), and Rep. Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield).

“’Embrace Them Both’ embodies what we have always said being pro-life means—recognizing that human life begins at conception and that pregnant women often need support. These four bills encompass important aspects of the life issue from different perspectives,” said WFA President, Julaine Appling.

The four bills being circulated for co-sponsors as of today do the following:

LRB-2792 (Quinn/Magnafici) – Clarifies in state statute that medical care to prevent the death of a pregnant woman does not constitute an abortion. Abortion is the intentional killing of an unborn child. Miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, and other unfortunate situations are not abortion. Such procedures are not about intentionally killing an unborn baby.

LRB-2486 (Quinn/Snyder) – Increases the dollar amount taxpayers can claim as an exemption for every dependent, including children from age 0-17, from $700 to $1000. It also, in recognition of the humanity of the pre-born, extends that coverage to unborn children for whom a fetal heartbeat has been detected.

LRB-2445 (Quinn/Nedweski)— Funds Wisconsin Pregnancy Care Centers (PRC) with a $1,000,000 annual grant to Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., to in turn be distributed as grants to PRCs. Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization has, since 2017, administered the receipt of and distribution of funds raised from the sale of the “Choose Life WI” specialty license plates that have been available to Wisconsin drivers. Over 2300 of these plates are currently on cars in Wisconsin, and over $275,000 has been granted to over thirty Wisconsin PRCs since May of 2018. PCCs offer women in crisis pregnancies real help both before and after the birth of their child, help that includes emotional support and much more. In many instances, PCCS offer medical services; job training; transportation; supplies such as diapers, formula, clothing, car seats, and more.

LRB-2918 (Quinn/Rozar)—Creates an Adoption Financial Assistance Grant Program designed to make adoption available to more Wisconsin families. The program would provide $5 million biennially to a Wisconsin adoption agency that gives financial help to families looking to adopt. The cost of adoption, even domestic adoptions, has risen substantially over the years and has become prohibitive for many couples that want to adopt. Adoption is a uniquely pro-life option that provides children with a forever family and is the answer to the hopes and dreams of many couples.

Appling noted, “We are grateful for the leadership Senator Quinn and Representatives Magnafici, Snyder, Nedweski, and Rozar are providing on these proposals. We encourage legislators to join the bills’ authors in co-sponsoring and championing these ideas that provide important clarity and funding to ensure Wisconsin’s future by protecting the unborn and assisting their mothers and fathers, both biological and adoptive.”

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Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life, and religious freedom in Wisconsin.

Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. Launches Advocacy Campaign in Support of Justice Dan Kelly

MADISON – Today, Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. (WFA) launched a $225,000 targeted, statewide, multi-media express advocacy campaign to encourage Wisconsin voters to vote and to vote for Justice Dan Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court in this spring election.

“Basically everything we value is at grave risk with the balance of the Wisconsin Supreme Court on the line. Low bail/no bail policies for hardened, repeat criminals; the life of the unborn; parental rights; boys playing in girls’ sports; school choice; and religious freedom are just a few of the issues that will likely find their way before our state’s highest court— significant issues affecting all Wisconsin families,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.  “Our goal is to encourage Wisconsin citizens to get to the polls on April 4 and do their part in electing a justice who will not legislate from the bench nor decide cases based on political or personal agendas, but who will honor the constitutional role of the judiciary. Dan Kelly is clearly that candidate.”

The express advocacy ads educate voters about the judicial philosophy of each candidate and seek to motivate them to cast their ballots accordingly.

The campaign asks citizens to make sure they are registered and to adopt a plan to vote—via absentee ballot, if absolutely necessary, or early in-person, or day-of at the polls. Educational resources for voters are available on WFA’s Vote Right Wisconsin website.

“Our goal is to make sure Wisconsin citizens understand the role of our judiciary and to paint a picture of what’s at stake if we elect a justice who tips the scales to favor political ideology rather than a justice like Dan Kelly who will honor the rule of law as prescribed by our state statutes and state constitution. We want people to cast their votes and to do so with the information they need to make a good choice, a choice that is in line with their values,” said Appling.

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Wisconsin Family Action Responds to “Abortion Exceptions Bill”

MADISON – Today, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) held a joint press conference to introduce legislation sponsored by State Senator Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma), and State Representative Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield). The proposed bill would allow abortions in certain cases to supposedly “save the life of the mother” or in the case of rape or incest. Wisconsin Family Action opposes this legislation.

“The language describing the need for an abortion to save the life of the mother, is totally unnecessary,” said Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action. “The bill mentions three specific circumstances, all three of which are either not pregnancies at all or are already recognized as medically necessary to save the life of the mother. Anembryonic pregnancy and molar pregnancy are circumstances where there is no embryo or fetus; so obviously, it cannot be an abortion. Ectopic pregnancy is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency treatment. In all three of these cases, there is no current law that would prohibit a physician from providing the necessary medical care.

“Using the term ‘therapeutic abortion’ in the bill’s co-sponsor memo and in the legislative analysis is at best misleading. Abortion is not health care, and medical professionals have told us for years that we no longer have ‘either-or’ situations, but rather ‘both-and,’ meaning today both the mother and unborn baby can be saved. If the baby dies inadvertently from the treatment given to the mother, while tragic, it is far different from intentionally killing the baby in an effort to save the mother.

“With regard to allowing for an abortion for cases of rape and incest, the termination of a viable pregnancy, under any circumstances is the destruction of a human life. The child who is conceived under these circumstances is just as viable and valuable as any other child. He or she should not be destroyed because of the crime that was committed by her father,” Appling continued.

“Rape or incest are tragic circumstances to be sure, and the trauma to a woman is horrific. But abortion doesn’t stop that trauma; it actually adds to it. The problem with this legislation is that it punishes the innocent unborn child while making it easier for the perpetrator, the real guilty party in this situation, to hide his crime. Abortion is often used to cover up crimes from sex-trafficking to rape. Additionally, and very importantly, the legislation does not require any documentation or police record that an actual sexual assault took place.

For these reasons, we cannot support this legislation. Passage of this bill would be the first step in fully legalizing abortion again in Wisconsin.”

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Wisconsin Family Action PAC Congratulates Endorsed Justice Daniel Kelly on His Advancement to the General Election

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC), the state’s only conservative pro-family PAC, gave an exclusive endorsement to Justice Daniel Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court, in advance of yesterday’s primary election.

WFA PAC director Julaine Appling, issued the following statement:

“We are proud to have given Justice Daniel Kelly an exclusive endorsement for the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and congratulate him on his hard-fought victory. We urge conservative Wisconsin citizens to give Justice Kelly not just their vote in the general election, but their time, energy, and financial support over the next six weeks.

“Justice Daniel Kelly is well positioned to go head-to-head with Janet Protasiewicz, a self-described liberal judge,  in the general election. Justice Kelly has everything we look for in a judge, especially for our state’s highest court. He has made it very clear and very public that his judicial philosophy is that the courts are not lawmakers; that’s the job of the legislature. The role of the judiciary, as Justice Kelly puts it, is to interpret the laws according to the clear language of state statutes, the Wisconsin Constitution, and the US Constitution. Deciding a case based on a political or personal agenda is outside the purview of a justice.

“The balance of our State Supreme Court is on the line, which is our last chance, our strongest defense against liberal policies that have resulted in

  • low-bail, no-bail practices that put dangerous, repeat offenders back on the streets just hours after being apprehended,
  • out-of-control crime rates across Wisconsin,
  • a major erosion of our religious freedoms,
  • gross violations of our parental rights, and
  • our children placed at great risk in public schools.

“And as if that’s not bad enough, add the life of the unborn, school choice, election integrity, and re-districting of our state legislative districts that will tilt in favor of more liberal decisions and outcomes.

“This race has been highlighted as the country’s most important election of 2023 and will undoubtedly be the most expensive State Supreme Court race in Wisconsin’s history. It should not be viewed as a single-issue campaign. Wisconsin voters are encouraged not to become disenchanted by what will soon feel like a race to the bottom with special interest ads that seek to deceive, disengage, and/or suppress Wisconsin voters. Justice Daniel Kelly is the only candidate who will uphold the rule of law.”

The general election for Supreme Court will be held on Tuesday, April 4.

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Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorses Janel Brandtjen for State Senate

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC), the state’s only conservative pro-family PAC, announced today it has endorsed Janel Brandtjen in the special election for Senate District 8.

Julaine Appling, WFA PAC director, issued the following statement regarding this endorsement.

“Janel Brandtjen will passionately promote and defend the values we and our constituents hold dear. She understands that a true conservative protects and promotes marriage, family, life, and religious freedom, as well as free enterprise as well as responsible spending and taxation. We are confident Janel will stand strong for parental rights in schools and for educational freedom by supporting efforts to expand school choice in our state. Importantly, Janel will provide leadership on critical issues, not just vote the right way.

“We are proud to endorse Janel Brandtjen and encourage voters in Senate District 8 to support her in every way as we head towards the primary on Tuesday, February 21.”

The winner of the primary will advance to the special general election on Tuesday, April 4.

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Wisconsin Family Action Responds to FBI Reward for Attack on Its Office

MADISON – The FBI today announced a $25,000 reward for “information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction” of person(s) involved in at least 78 attacks on pro-life organizations since the leak of the Dobbs decision occurred last May. This announcement came shortly after a private investigation was launched by a network of pro-life organization.

In a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing held on November 17, 2022, FBI Director Christopher Wray acknowledged approximately 70% of abortion-related threats of violence in the United States since the Dobbs decision have targeted pro-life groups.

Wisconsin Family Council/Action was the first attack by pro-abortion activist(s) on Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022. The following Tuesday, May 11, a group called Jane’s Revenge took credit for the fire-bombing and warned that more attacks to pro-life organizations throughout the country will occur unless their demand of “disbanding all anti-choice establishments, fake clinics and violent anti-choice groups within the next 30 days.”

“Here we are 8 months and at least 78 attacks later, and still we have heard of no solid leads on suspect(s). We are grateful that lawmakers continue to push Homeland Security and the FBI to resolve this matter. We hope that the private investigation coupled with the FBI reward will lead to the arrest and conviction of the arsonists before any more pro-life organizations are attacked,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “We have also issued a $5,000 reward in an effort to obtain information to help close this case.”

Senator Ron Johnson has sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas railing against the agencies’ lack of action on what Senator Johnson called “domestic terrorism” and has requested answers to his questions about these agencies plans to stop Jane’s Revenge from delivering on their threats. Additionally, Wisconsin Congressmen Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Tiffany, Glenn Grothman, Bryan Steil, and Mike Gallagher co-authored a letter to US Attorney General Garland asking for the US Department of Justice to provide assistance with the investigation of this attack.

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Wisconsin Family Action Launches “Vote Right Wisconsin” Multi-Media Ad Campaign To Encourage Voter Participation

MADISON – On Monday, Wisconsin Family Action, Inc. (WFA) launched a targeted, statewide, multi-media express advocacy campaign to encourage Wisconsin voters to vote in this midterm election.

“Wisconsin is headed in the wrong direction. An alarming increase in crime, our schools encouraging gender confusion, a public education system that is failing our kids, the usurping of parental rights, and the assault on religious freedom are just a few of the issues that are on the ballot this year—issues affecting Wisconsin families,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.  “Our goal is to encourage Wisconsin citizens to get to the polls this November and be a part of the solution to put Wisconsin back on the right track.”

The express advocacy ads educate voters on where candidates stand on these important issues and seek to motivate them to cast their ballots accordingly.

The campaign asks citizens to make sure they are registered and to adopt a plan to vote—via absentee ballot, if absolutely necessary, or early in-person, or day-of at the polls. Educational resources for voters are available on WFA’s Vote Right Wisconsin website.

In addition to the multi-media campaign, Wisconsin Family Action has co-sponsored nearly 30 educational events so far this year, all across Wisconsin to inform, inspire and involve Wisconsinites in their local communities, offering practical ways to make a positive and lasting difference right in their own backyard.

“Our goal is to make sure Wisconsin citizens understand the impact these issues have on our daily lives and to encourage them to dig deeper than the 30-second sound bite some candidates provide with their positions on the issues. These are issues that are actually harming families in Wisconsin, like defunding the police and trampling on parental rights. We want people to cast their votes and to do so with the information they need to make a good choice, a choice that is in line with their values,” said Appling.

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Wisconsin Family Action Files Public Records Request with Madison Police Department Regarding Arson Attack

MADISON – Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) today filed a public records request with the Madison Police Department (MPD) seeking information about the Department’s investigation of the arson attack that took place on May 8, 2022, at WFA’s Madison headquarters.

MPD has furnished no information or updates to WFA since early June on the status of its investigation.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling released the following statement:

“The Madison Police Department is tasked with protection of all Madison residents, as well as the prosecution of those who commit violent crimes, such as the arson attack on our building. If MPD cannot or will not provide a reasonable update after more than three months, we can only assume that either the investigation is closed or that the investigation has not been aggressive, as we were originally told it would be.

 “We have been fully cooperative with all levels of law enforcement—ATF, FBI, and MPD. We are not against law enforcement in any way, but we do believe this attack merits aggressive investigation and on-going reports and updates to us as to any progress. And surely, after three months, there must be something to report on at least the physical evidence that was collected the day of the attack.”

The records request was also filed with Attorney General Josh Kaul, Governor Tony Evers, and Madison Police Department Chief Shon F. Barnes.

“Wisconsinites deserve to feel safe, no matter their political views,” Appling added. “We certainly don’t want to think that there would be any prejudice by any law enforcement agency based on our particular beliefs and values, but not hearing anything from MPD or any other law enforcement agency since early June certainly raises questions.”

Wisconsin Family Action, Inc is offering a reward up to $5,000 payable to the person or persons who furnishes information leading to the arrest and conviction of individual(s) responsible for this attack. See this poster for more information.

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Wisconsin Family Action Releases 2021-2022 Legislative Scorecard

Wisconsin Family Action Releases 2021-2022 Legislative Scorecard
27 state legislators earn 100% for their work in most recent session

Madison, WI – Today Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) released its 2021-2022 Legislative Scorecard, giving its assessment of how all thirty-three State Senators and all ninety-nine State Assembly Representatives did this past legislative session. The session began in early January 2021 and floor activity concluded in March of this year.

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

This past session, sixteen (16) senators and eleven (11) representatives earned a 100% score from WFA, meaning on all bills scored, these legislators agreed with WFA’s position.

The 100% senators are Kathy Bernier (R-SD 23), Julian Bradley (R-SD 28), Alberta Darling (R-SD 8), Mary Felzkowski (R-SD 12), Dan Feyen (R-SD 18), André Jacque (R-SD 1), John Jagler (R-SD 13). Chris Kapenga (R-SD 33), Devin LeMahieu (R-SD 9), Steve Nass (R-SD 11), Jerry Petrowski (R-SD 29), Roger Roth (R-SD 19), Rob Stafsholt (R-SD 10), Duey Stroebel (R-SD 20), Van Wanggaard (R-SD 21), and Eric Wimberger (R-SD 30).

Representatives achieving a 100% are Scott Allen (R-A 97), Janel Brandtjen (R-AD 22), Rick Gundrum (R-AD 58), Cody Horlacher (R-AD 33), Dave Murphy (R-AD 56), Kevin Petersen (R-AD 40), Tim Ramthun (R-AD 59), Michael Schraa (R-AD 53), Shae Sortwell (R-AD 2), Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-AD 52), and Chuck Wichgers (R-AD 83).

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

A number of legislators distinguished themselves with scores in the 88%-90% range.

“We are also pleased to recognize the excellent work of those in this group of lawmakers,” Appling commented. “Being an elected official is not easy. It requires tough decisions in pressured situations. We are grateful for those officials who more often than not vote to protect Wisconsin’s families and their freedoms. We encourage citizens to check out the Scorecard to see how their legislators scored.

This edition of WFA’s Scorecard scores eleven (11) bills in the state Senate and eleven (11) bills in the state Assembly. Details on scoring, WFA’s positions, and the bills themselves are available in the Scorecard.
WFA’s 2021-2022 Legislative Scorecard is available online HERE.
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Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorsed Candidates Make Good Showing

Madison – In yesterday’s fall partisan primary election, Wisconsin Family Action PAC-endorsed candidates in contested races did well.

Attorney General
Eric Toney

State Senate
Devin LeMahieu (SD 9)

Rachael Cabral-Guevara (SD 19)
Cory Tomczyk (SD 29)

State Assembly
Joy Goeben (AD 5)

Jerry O’Connor (AD 52)
Ty Bodden (AD 59)
Karen Hurd (AD 68)

Nik Rettinger (AD 83)
Bob Donovan (AD 84)

Julaine Appling, WFA PAC director, issued the following statement.

“We congratulate these candidates on their victories yesterday. Each of them ran hard and smart campaigns, and a number of them were in very close races with multiple candidates. We look forward to their continued hard work over the next 90 days so they can win again in November. These men and women share our values and will serve their constituents and the entire state well as they stand strong on and actually work to promote the foundational issues of marriage and family, the sanctity of life, religious freedom, economic prosperity, and educational freedom.

“We urge voters to support these candidates in every way as we head to the November 8 general election.”

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Wisconsin Family Action PAC Makes Additional Primary Endorsements

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today another round of candidate endorsements for this fall’s primary and general elections. These candidates are all involved in primaries and are in addition to those WFA PAC has released earlier.  An up-to-date list of all WFA PAC-endorsed 2022 candidates is available HERE.

State Assembly
Milt Swagel – Assembly District 1
Joy Goeben – Assembly District 5
Matthew Albert – Assembly District 6
Dean Neubert – Assembly District 6
Nik Rettinger – Assembly District 83
Bob Donovan – Assembly District 84

Julaine Appling, WFA PAC director, commented, “We are pleased to endorse these candidates have met our high endorsement standards. We believe these candidates are well-qualified to serve in our state legislature and to uphold the values we share. In particular, we look for each of these candidates to do everything they can to strengthen, preserve, and promote marriage and family, the sanctity of life, religious liberty, economic prosperity, educational freedom, and more on behalf of the constituents they represent and for the benefit of all Wisconsin citizens.”

“We urge voters to support these candidates in the August 9 primary and then in the general election on November 8.”

Additional endorsements for other offices for this fall’s general election will be forthcoming.

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING PARENTS’ RIGHTS

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO WISCONSIN SUPREME COURT DECISION REGARDING PARENTS’ RIGHTS
High court says parents cannot be anonymous; declines to rule on policy

Madison, WI – Today, the Wisconsin Supreme Court handed down a ruling on a case filed by a number of parents whose children attend schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD). The case challenges the constitutionality of the MMSD’s policy that keeps parents in the dark about how their children are presenting at school relative to their gender identity. The parents were filing anonymously.

The court, on a 4-3 vote, ruled that the parents cannot remain anonymous, taking a pass on ruling on the policy itself. Instead, the majority sent the case back to the trial court. Brian Hagedorn joined with the liberal contingency of Justices Ann Walsh Bradley, Jill Karofsky, and Rebecca Dallet. Justice Patience Roggensack wrote a dissent joined by Chief Justice Ziegler and Justice Rebecca Grassley Bradley.

Wisconsin Family Action was part of a friend-of-the-court brief that was filed in support of the parents.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “We are definitely disappointed that these parents who have already shown a great deal of courage will not be allowed to remain anonymous as this case continues through the judicial process. The majority justices seem to believe that the identity of these parents can be protected if their names are disclosed to the defendants’ and their attorneys. Experience tells us that’s a pretty hollow promise.

“We also are personally and keenly aware that people and organizations who hold beliefs and values that are unpopular with some segments of society are very susceptible to retribution. In fact, in her dissent, Justice Roggensack mentions the firebombing of our office on Mother’s Day as an example of how identified individuals can become the target of attacks. These parents and their children deserve protection.

“We are grateful for Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) and their attorney Luke Berg who is handling this case on behalf of the parents. WILL has stated publicly that they will check with the parents to see if they are willing to proceed with the case given the court’s ruling and, importantly, that because the court did not rule on the policy itself, they will continue to aggressively and skillfully defend the rights of parents and the protection of children in MMSD.  We are very encouraged that the three dissenting justices clearly indicated they think the MMSD policy unconstitutionally violates parents’ rights. We are optimistic that ultimately the rights of these parents will be upheld and children protected from these dangerous school policies.”

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Pro-Family PAC Makes Additional Endorsements

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today another round of candidate endorsements for this fall’s primary election and general elections. These endorsements are in addition to those released earlier this year.  An up-to-date list of WFA PAC-endorsed candidates is available HERE.

Attorney General
Eric Toney

State Senate                                                         State Assembly
Rachael Cabral-Guevara, SD 19                          Erik Ngutse, AD 13
Brian Westrate, SD 23                                          Bart Williams, AD 32
Romaine Quinn, SD 25                                         Jerry O’Connor, AD 52
Cory Tomczyk, SD 29                                            Ty Bodden, AD 59
Adam Steen, AD 63
Karen Hurd, AD 68
Michael Bub, AD 87

Julaine Appling, WFA PAC director, commented, “Each of these candidates has met our high standards for endorsement. Some have proven and consistent conservative track records from elected positions they currently hold. Others who don’t have a track record on the issues of vital importance to us give every evidence they are committed to principles and values that align with ours.

“We are always looking for candidates of good character, strong conservative beliefs, and leadership qualities to serve in our state government.  These candidates meet those criteria. We look forward to their serving in their respective offices with distinction, as they hold true to their principled beliefs while working to strengthen, preserve, and promote marriage and family, the sanctity of life, religious liberty, economic prosperity, educational freedom, and more on behalf of the constituents they represent and for the benefit of all Wisconsin citizens.

“We urge voters to support these candidates in the days leading to the August 9 primary and then in the weeks heading into the general election on November 8.”

Additional endorsements for other offices for this fall’s elections will be forthcoming.

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION TO EVERS & KAUL: DO YOUR JOB!

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION TO EVERS & KAUL:
DO YOUR JOB!

Kaul files lawsuit to stop enforcement of Wisconsin’s law prohibiting abortion

Madison, WI – Yesterday, Governor Tony Evers (D) and Attorney General Josh Kaul (D), flanked by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin personnel, filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court alleging Wisconsin’s law that criminalizes most abortions is not enforceable.

Kaul maintains that laws that Republicans have passed mostly over the last fifty years negate the 1849 law.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, responded to this latest development following the US Supreme Court opinion released last Friday that overturns Roe v. Wade and rightly returns the issue of abortion to the states.

“While I’m not at all surprised that a lawsuit has been filed, I am definitely disappointed in Attorney General Josh Kaul. His job is to defend Wisconsin law, not to challenge a duly enacted statute that he and the governor disagree with. This is obvious pandering to Evers’ and Kaul’s political allies. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin spent a great deal of money in 2018 to help get Evers and Kaul elected. They have both been very solicitous towards them over the last four years. This lawsuit is likely the pinnacle of their doing Planned Parenthood’s bidding.

“Unfortunately, this kind of political pandering and unwillingness of Evers and Kaul to do their job has come with the highest cost: loss of life. From the Kenosha riots in 2020, to the Waukesha parade attack in 2021, to Milwaukee’s murder rate sitting at 5 times the national average, and now the life of the unborn. Not enforcing our laws has real life consequences to Wisconsin citizens’ safety and security – true law enforcement should be the top priority.

“Kaul and Evers have taken an interesting approach in their messaging—blame Republicans for the abortion-banning law not being enforceable. That’s ludicrous. The abortion restrictions and regulations that have been enacted have been only in response to a rogue US Supreme Court in 1973 foisting abortion on demand across the country, trouncing on the right of each state to deal with the matter. None of those laws contradict the 1849 law.  If this law isn’t enforceable, why have the liberals introduced legislation numerous times, including this past session, to repeal it?

“We trust the courts will do the right thing regarding this legal challenge. We will certainly do everything we can to assist the legislature in robustly defending this law. However, this lawsuit maneuver is a powerful reminder that we need a new governor and a new attorney general. We need people in these high-level offices who will do their job which includes doing everything in their power to protect Wisconsin citizens, including unborn babies and their mothers.”

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO US SUPREME COURT OVERTURNING ROE V. WADE

Madison, WI – Today, after 50 years and the loss of 60+ million unborn children, the U.S. Supreme Court has finally reversed the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. This means that each state must decide its own abortion policy. As for Wisconsin, abortion is prohibited! For details on current law in Wisconsin and what happens next, see #AfterRoe.

In 1973, the court opined that they could not determine when life begins. They were wrong then and science over the last 5 decades has proven that. Wisconsin Family Action is grateful that this court has finally righted that wrong and concluded that the states possess the rightful responsibility to protect life. We thank Justices Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, and Barrett, whose majority vote provided this landmark opinion.

Wisconsin is in a unique position to protect the unborn because the state has a pre-Roe law that is still on the books criminalizing most abortions in our state.

Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action, remarks on today’s decision: “For my entire adult life, I have worked and prepared for this day. I remain hopeful that Wisconsin’s pre-Roe prohibition on abortion will only be eclipsed by an authentic respect for life ethic. I pray that grace and compassion toward all women experiencing unintended pregnancies becomes the norm and that those who have experienced an abortion and its after-effects would find healing and wholeness.

“We call upon Attorney General Josh Kaul and all county district attorneys to uphold the 1849 law that is still enforceable. We ask simply that you do your job and set aside your personal political agendas.

“Today’s decision does not mean our work is done. Wisconsin Family Action will continue its vision to build a Wisconsin where God is honored, life is respected, families flourish and religious freedom flourishes. That necessitates policy, infrastructure, and awareness in our state which directly assists women and children – born and unborn and their families. We will continue to aggressively promote our amazing Pregnancy Care Centers—the heartbeat of Wisconsin’s respect-life efforts. We will encourage compassion and grace for all who now regret their previous abortion decision. We will work to restore a respect life ethic throughout America, until abortion is un-thinkable, and the self-evident truths enumerated in our Declaration are restored and respected for all.”

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO GOVERNOR EVERS’ SPECIAL SESSION DEMAND

Madison, WI – Today Governor Tony Evers used his authority as governor to call the state legislature into special session to consider repealing Wisconsin’s 1849 law that criminalizes most abortions in the state.

Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action, issued this following statement in response.

“Governor Evers has just super-charged an already highly-charged issue with his inflammatory rhetoric and this special session order. This is the kind of action that encourages people to firebomb pro-life offices and pregnancy care centers and to attempt to assassinate US Supreme Court justices. We know in a unique way what we’re talking about since we were the victims of pro-abortion zealots attacking our office on Mother’s Day.

“This is political, partisan grandstanding. It’s also presumptive. The Supreme Court has not issued its final decision on the Dobbs case that could overturn Roe v. Wade. To ask the state legislature to repeal the law before that decision comes down is irresponsible. Additionally, if the issue does come back to the states, the people deserve the opportunity to debate what we want to do. We are just months away from the fall elections, when we will elect all 99 of our state Assembly representatives and half of our state Senate. The composition of both bodies could be significantly different from what they are now. Both elected officials and ‘we the people’ deserve a serious discussion of this matter that isn’t at all about health care but is very much about the life of the unborn.

“I fully expect the legislature to handle this partisan maneuver the same way they have handled the previous ten special session orders Governor Evers has issued during his tenure. Basically, I expect they will ignore it and stay focused on the real issues at hand. I don’t see them at all participating in the governor’s partisan shenanigans.”

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION OFFERS REWARD FOR ARSON INFORMATION

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action, Inc is offering a reward up to $1,500 payable to the person or persons who furnishes information leading to the arrest and conviction of individual(s) responsible for the arson which occurred on May 8, 2022, in the early morning hours at the Wisconsin Family Action office in Madison. See poster for more information.

On Tuesday morning, May 11, a group called Jane’s Revenge took credit for the fire bombing and warned that more attacks to pro-life organizations throughout the country will occur unless their demand of “disbanding all anti-choice establishments, fake clinics and violent anti-choice groups within the next 30 days.”

The FBI is working with local Madison law enforcement to investigate this matter, and after 3 weeks and despite the admission of Jane’s Revenge, there been no arrests made or any indication of progress identifying a person(s) of interest.

Senator Ron Johnson sent a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas railing against the agencies lack of action on what Senator Johnson called “domestic terrorism” and has requested answers to his questions about these agencies plans to stop Jane’s Revenge from delivering on their threats.

Additionally, Wisconsin Congressmen Fitzgerald, Tiffany, Grothman, Steil and Gallagher have co-authored a letter to US Attorney General Garland asking for the US Department of Justice to provide assistance with the investigation of this attack.

“It’s perplexing that Jane’s Revenge has not only taken credit for the fire bombing of our headquarters, but they have also threatened our personal safety and promised to continue this extreme violence to other pro-life organizations across the nation, and three weeks later not even a single person of interest has been named,” said Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action.

Appling added, “Both Madison Police Chief Shon Barnes and Governor Tony Evers fell extremely short of showing any interest in bringing those responsible to justice and instead exhibited empathy with pro-abortion activists and their emotional reaction to overturning Roe. Therefore, we believe it necessary to offer this reward to help move this investigation along.”

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Wisconsin Family Action issues statement on anarchist group claiming responsibility for attack

MADISON, WI –This past Tuesday, an anarchist group by the name of Jane’s Revenge, claimed responsibility for the Molotov cocktail/arson attack on the Wisconsin Family Action office on Mothers’ Day, Sunday, May 8, 2022. WFA president Julaine Appling has issued the following statement:

“Now that the Madison Police Department has been made aware of who is claiming responsibility for the attack, I expect that they, along with Governor Evers and Attorney General Josh Kaul, will move to prosecute the perpetrators to the very fullest extent of the law. Tolerance cannot be a one-way street, and if we are to preserve a free society, we must always hold accountable those who promise violence against others and their deeply held beliefs. I echo the concerns of many other Wisconsinites who believe as we do, that we should all be able to live out our beliefs without intimidation and violence.

“Let me very clear: WFA will not stop lawfully fighting for the unborn no matter what threats may come.

“We are also releasing a sample of voicemails received at our office voicemail or received on the personal phones of our staff. These voicemails are just a taste of the deluge of threatening and hateful messages we have received at Wisconsin Family Action since the Mothers’ Day arson and vandalism at our office.

“The pro-abortion group claiming responsibility for the firebombing and threatening of our office has publicly called for more violence against pro-life organizations. At Wisconsin Family Action, we believe lawless violence is never the appropriate way to respond to others with whom you don’t agree.

“We are 100% committed to advancing our shared values, to pushing back in a real way, as the law allows, against this violence and to doing so for all Wisconsin citizens and families. What we’ve experienced has not deterred us; it’s emboldened us. The attempts to bully and intimidate us serve as a renewal of our efforts to be bold as we continue to strengthen, preserve, and promote marriage, family, LIFE, and religious freedom.”

Listen to the voicemails HERE.

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO ATTACK ON ITS OFFICE

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO ATTACK ON ITS OFFICE


MADISON, WI –Early this morning a leftist anarchist group attacked Wisconsin Family Action’s office in Madison, throwing two Molotov cocktails into the office, after breaking windows, and then proceeded to light a fire. The arsonists posted graffiti on the outside of the building near the group’s offices. The message was, “If abortions aren’t safe, then you aren’t either.” Anarchy 1312 took responsibility for the attack, leaving its logo on an outside wall.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, issued the following statement:

“While this attack was directly provoked by the leaked draft opinion from the US Supreme Court in the Dobbs case earlier this week, this has far broader implication. Apparently, the tolerance that the left demands is truly a one-way street. Violence has become their answer to everything. This is what happens when leadership is missing or when leadership implies that violence is ok. In 2020, Governor Tony Evers basically looked the other way when violence erupted in Kenosha and Madison. That kind of non-response fosters what happened to us this morning, leaving Wisconsin citizens who disagree with his policies extremely vulnerable to similar violence.

In fact, Governor Evers’s response to today’s incident said nothing about demanding a full investigation and criminal prosecution. He just told his supporters he’d keep supporting abortion.

“But this attack fails to frighten us, and instead steels the resolve of law-abiding, common-sense, every-day folks to stand up and push back. We know today it is Wisconsin Family Action getting Molotov cocktails tossed through broken windows and fires ignited, but tomorrow it could be anyone in our state or another state who is attacked because we disagree with a policy or action, give voice to the voiceless, or stand up for what’s right.

“Americans see through the hypocrisy of the left. The violence needs to stop and stop now. It’s not the answer to any question or any problem. Just because the liberals don’t get their way, doesn’t give them license to threaten bodily harm or to burn and destroy.”

“Wisconsin has had enough of this kind of terror condoned by current state and national leaders. But we are still standing. We still support freedom. We love our republic and care for our neighbors. We will repair our offices, remain on the job, and build an even stronger grassroots effort. We will not back down. We will not stop doing what we are doing. Too much is at stake.”

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION URGES CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION URGES CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM
Leaked draft of US Supreme Court opinion in abortion case calls for “wait-and-see” approach

 MADISON, WI – Last night, Politico broke a news story that the U.S. Supreme Court had voted to overturn Roe v. Wade. The story linked to a draft opinion ostensibly written by Justice Alito and leaked by an unnamed source. The headline reads, “Supreme Court has voted to overturn abortion rights,” but this draft is not the final opinion nor a final vote by the justices.

Following is a statement from Wisconsin Family Action president, Julaine Appling:

“It is totally unprecedented for a draft opinion to be leaked. This in itself is shocking. Frankly, every effort should be made to find who did this and he/she should be immediately fired. However, if this was done, as many suspect, by a pro-abortion employee of the Court, it certainly shows the desperation of those wanting to keep Roe intact.

“Here’s how the US Supreme Court typically operates. The Court held oral arguments on Dobbs on Tuesday, December 1. We are quite certain that on Friday of that week, the justices met to take a preliminary vote on the case. This timing is in synch with the Court’s normal practices. Depending on that vote, the longest-serving justice in the majority would have assigned a justice to write the draft opinion. That justice was likely Justice Clarence Thomas, as it appears Chief Justice Roberts might be in the minority.

“If the Politico story is accurate, Justice Alito was assigned to draft the opinion. The Alito-leaked draft is dated February 10, 2022. Since that date, the other justices would have made comments with possible suggestions to refine the draft opinion. In addition, justices can change their vote on a case pretty much at any time before an opinion is released to the public.

“Because it is a leaked, first-draft opinion, we caution against premature celebration of what would, no doubt, be a huge victory for the pro-life cause. If the opinion holds as it is currently written, we will have reason and time to celebrate. But prudence demands that for now we take a “wait-and-see” approach to this unprecedented development. We can certainly be cautiously optimistic as we consider what could unfold in the days ahead. As a reminder, should the court actually overturn Roe, abortion is not automatically illegal across the country. The issue returns to the states. In Wisconsin we have a pre-Roe criminal statute in place that should be enforceable. Tragically, but not surprisingly, Attorney General Josh Kaul (D) has already said he will not enforce that law if Roe is overturned.

“I think Mississippi’s Attorney General’s approach is warranted at this time. In a released statement regarding last night’s developments, AG Lynn Fitch said, ‘We will let the Supreme Court speak for itself and wait for the Court’s official opinion.’ We want to see the actual opinion released by the Court before we rejoice. That could come at any time between now and the end of June. In the meantime, we will carefully read the 96- page draft opinion—and pray.

“If the Court does overturn Roe, Wisconsin’s pro-life movement must be ready to serve women facing unplanned pregnancies and their babies. We must be ready for this election season to stand together for babies and their mothers. We must be ready for any other court challenges or other moves from the pro-abortion industry and their allies. We must truly be prepared for life after Roe.

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Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life, and religious freedom in Wisconsin.

Pro-Family PAC Announces Spring General Election Endorsements

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed the following candidates in the respective races for the spring nonpartisan general election on Tuesday, April 5, 2022
Brown County Board of Supervisors
Mike LaBouvé – District 19
Denmark School District
Craig Janssen
De Pere City Council
Kelly Ruh – District 2
Green Bay City Council
Melinda Eck – District 11

Jennifer Grant – District 1

Hobart, Village  Board of Trustees
Vanya Koepke
West De Pere School Board
Jason Dorn
WFA PAC endorses local candidates who have either proven track records of strengthening, preserving, and promoting marriage, family, life, and religious freedom or who give strong evidence of doing that if they are elected. These candidates have been fully vetted, and we are confident they will stand strong on conservative principles as they govern in their respective positions. WFA PAC encourages voters in their districts to support them in the weeks leading up to the April 5 election and to certainly vote for them.
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Pro-Family PAC Makes Gubernatorial Endorsement

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Kevin Nicholson for governor.

Julaine Appling, WFA PAC Director, issued the following statement:

“Wisconsin Family Action PAC endorses candidates based on three criteria: their positions on our core issues and our assessment of the strength of their commitment to those positions, their character and personal integrity as leaders demonstrated by their past and current track records, and their ability to conduct a viable campaign for the office for which they are running. We see our endorsement as a kind of ‘seal of approval’ that says to voters ‘this candidate has been carefully and fully vetted.’

“Sometimes that means we put our seal of approval on more than one candidate for a single office, leaving it to the voters to make nuanced choices between two (and occasionally more) fully vetted candidates. This is one of those times.

“Kevin Nicholson, while he admittedly has no legislative or governing track record, has verbalized commitment to the positions WFA PAC holds on issues such as marriage and family, the sanctity of human life, and religious freedom in our state. But over the past four years, he’s done more than talk about his beliefs and commitment; he’s been actively involved in an organization that has promoted his core values and beliefs—the sanctity of human life, parents’ rights, education freedom, limited government, capitalism and the free market, reduced tax burden, religious freedom and more. We expect that Kevin will govern and lead consistent with what he says and what he has been doing.

“The endgame comes in November when the primary winner takes on Tony Evers head-to-head. The candidates we have endorsed for governor, Rebecca Kleefisch and Kevin Nicholson, are equipped to do that. We need the best we have to ensure Tony Evers and his liberal, destructive ideas are finished in The Badger State. Fortunately, we have that in the gubernatorial candidates WFA PAC has put its seal of approval on.”

Additional endorsements for other offices for this fall’s elections will be issued over the next several months.

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WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION FILES SUPREME COURT BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF COACH WHO PRAYED AT 50-YARD LINE

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION FILES SUPREME COURT BRIEF IN
SUPPORT OF COACH WHO PRAYED AT 50-YARD LINE
We all benefit when freedom flourishes.

MADISON, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), along with 28 other state family policy councils across the country and the national organization Family Policy Alliance, filed an amicus (friend-of-the-court) brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of high-school football Coach Joseph Kennedy who was fired from a public school in Washington State after he prayed briefly at the 50-yard line.
Kennedy began saying a brief prayer following games years ago. Initially he did so alone, but some students asked him what he was doing. When they asked if they could join, he responded, “This is a free country,” and “You can do what you want.” When the school learned what he was doing, it demanded he stop; but he felt responsible to thank God for the games in that way. As a result, he lost his job.
Following his termination, Kennedy, represented by First Liberty appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit where he was subsequently denied. The U.S. Court of Appeals suggested that Coach Kennedy was a bad example to the students when he prayed. Treating such prayers with contempt conflicts with the religion clauses of our constitution, which protect our religious diversity.
At issue before the Supreme Court is whether the First Amendment speech and religious rights protect Kennedy’s brief prayer following games, and whether the Establishment Clause justifies his dismissal.
“We all suffer when our First Amendment freedoms are violated,” said Julaine Appling, WFA president. “A free society should not single out a person’s religious speech for unfavorable treatment.”
The Supreme Court’s modern Establishment Clause cases discuss fostering neutrality towards religion. But when all kinds of controversial speech by teachers is permitted and only religious speech is silenced, it sends a message not of religious neutrality but of hostility toward religion. A short prayer following a game, joined in only by those who wish to join, hardly amounts to an establishment of religion, particularly when the school was clear that it had nothing to do with Kennedy’s activities.
A copy of Wisconsin Family Action’s brief can be found here.

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