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Pro-Family PAC Issues Final Endorsements for Fall Primary

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed the following candidates in the respective races for the primary election next week on Tuesday, August 11. These candidates are in addition to those announced last week.

State Senate
Cherie Link – Senate District 10
Jim Engstrand – Senate District 28

 State Assembly
Rachael Cabral-Guevara – Assembly District 55
Donna Rozar – Assembly District 69

Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented on the endorsements:

“We are pleased to endorse these candidates. We have great confidence that they will each use their public office to strengthen, preserve and promote the core issues of marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and religious freedom, in addition to standing strong for limited government, responsible taxation and spending, educational freedom, and free enterprise. We urge voters in the respective districts to support these candidates in this primary and beyond. Wisconsin families will be well served by these citizens seeking to become statesmen and stateswomen.”

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Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action PAC and Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer.  Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.

Action Alert: Gov. Evers Issues Dangerous Order/Mandate – Tell your legislator to support Senator Nass’s call for the special session and joint resolution

On Thursday afternoon, Governor Evers issued declared another statewide Public Health Emergency (Executive Order #82) that begins on Saturday, August 1 and continues through September 28.  He also issued Emergency Order #1 which mandates “face coverings” (aka, “masks”) statewide.

While the Order does include a number of exemptions or exceptions (such as, you don’t have to wear a mask when eating, drinking or sleeping. Yes, these are specifically delineated in the order), the order raises questions about whether, for instance, churches and private schools have the right to exercise autonomy in this matter.

We have been in contact with constitutional attorneys who tell us it will take some time to completely assess the Order and to determine if a lawsuit is warranted and if so to get it filed, etc. One major legal question is whether the Governor even has the authority to issue a second 60-day Public Health Emergency for the same issue (COVID-19 in this instance).

Meanwhile, while the attorneys deliberate regarding a possible legal challenge, the state legislature does have a way to stop the Governor’s Order. The law that gives the Governor authority to issue a Public Health Emergency (Chapter 323…) states that the implementation of the order can be stopped by the Governor issuing another Order or by the state legislature passing a Joint Resolution.

Thursday afternoon, State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) issued a press release in which he said the Governor’s Order was “illegal and unnecessary” and called for a special legislative session to stop the Order.

We believe this legislative approach is the best option to quickly counter the Governor’s newest edict. We are asking that you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE make 3 phone calls to help make this special legislative session and a joint resolution:

You can find contact information for your elected officials HERE (just put your address in the area at the top right of the page).

We know this is a confusing and challenging time for everyone. We are hoping our state legislators will step up and do the right thing in this instance and act as a “check and balance” to the executive branch. Wearing a mask should not be forced on everyone; the government can make recommendations, but ordering mask wearing and imposing a fine for not doing so is a breach of our individual freedoms and just may also encroach on our religious freedom as well. This is yet another powerful reminder that ELECTIONS HAVE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES.  Remember that as you vote this fall!

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WINS AT US SUPREME COURT

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM WINS AT US SUPREME COURT
Wisconsin Family Action responds to the decisions

MADISON, WI – The US Supreme Court has upheld religious freedom in every challenge brought against it this session, with two more victories today. Today’s rulings make it clear: The government cannot dictate hiring policies for religious entities, but it can provide for exemptions based on religious and conscientious objections.

The First Amendment indeed means the right to freely exercise one’s religion for both private religious schools and religious entities. That government cannot override that right for faith-based organizations.

In its ruling in Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrissey-Berru St. James School v. Biel, the Court rejected the notion that Catholic schools must allow teachers who do not hold to the faith.

Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion, stating in part, “The religious education and formation of students is the very reason for the existence of most private religious schools, and therefore the selection and supervision of the teachers upon whom the schools rely to do this work lie at the core of their mission.” In referencing a previous case, the justice writes, “What matters is what an employee does. Implicit in the Hosanna-Tabor decision was a recognition that educating young people in their faith, inculcating its teachings, and training them to live their faith are responsibilities that lie at the very core of a private religious school’s mission.”

The Court also upheld First Amendment rights in the second case today, Little Sisters of the Poor and Paul Home v Pennsylvania. The Court held that the government cannot force the nuns to take part in insurance coverage that includes contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, in violation of violating their religious beliefs.

It is the second time The Little Sisters of the Poor have successfully defended their faith at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Justice Thomas wrote the opinion in which Alito agreed, “I would hold not only that it was appropriate for the Departments to consider RFRA [Religious Freedom Restoration Act], but also that the Departments were required by RFRA to create the religious exemption (or something very close to it).  I would bring the Little Sisters’ legal odyssey to an end.”

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “The two opinions are lengthy and will take more time to fully digest and apply to Wisconsin law. But they send a very clear message: First Amendment protections of the exercise of religion are not only core to our country’s founding, but they remain relevant and crucial today in the face of much hostility.”

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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.

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US Supreme Court Advances Abortion, Devalues Women

MADISON, WI – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision that devalues women’s health and the lives of their unborn babies, disregards states’ rights, highlights bad judicial precedence and advances abortion.

In a 5-4 decision, the high court determined that Louisiana’s law that would require abortionists to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where an abortion is being performed puts an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion and is therefore unconstitutional.

Chief Justice John Roberts cast the deciding vote, joining the pro-abortion justices Kagan, Sotomayor, Ginsberg and Breyer, who wrote the majority opinion. Roberts wrote his own concurring opinion.  Justices Thomas, Alito, Kavanaugh, and Gorsuch all dissented, at least in part.

Roberts largely based his decision on the stare decisis, which is the idea that previous court decisions dictate, in large part, the way the high court will determine current and future decisions. He opined that the Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstadt decision arising in Texas and decided in June 2016 dictated how the current case had to be decided.  In Whole Women’s the Supreme Court ruled 5-3 that abortion restrictions Texas had enacted restricted access to abortion and put an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion. Requiring admitting privileges was one of the restrictions in the Texas law.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “I find Roberts’ legal analysis and decision incredibly weak and quite frankly dangerous. As Roberts noted in his own concurrence, stare decisis is not ‘an inexorable command,’ Yet he inexorably and wrongly followed it in this decision.

“If the court somehow sees itself as duty-bound to this legal idea, then bad decisions will be and have been, in general, indefinitely perpetuated. Whole Women’s Health was a bad decision. Using it as the reason for another bad decision from the high court in this current case is not just lame but is downright dangerous to the health and safety of women.

“Louisiana passed this law with the well-being of women in mind. They had every right to do so, just as we did in Wisconsin when we passed enacted the same law in 2013. Planned Parenthood immediately challenged our law. As a result, it has never been enforced here; and now we know it likely never will be. The Supreme Court had a perfect opportunity to right a wrong. The Chief Justice chose to sabotage that effort. Americans deserve better from their high court.”

Wisconsin Family Council, the educational arm of Wisconsin Family Action, was part of a friend-of-the-court amicus in support of the State of Louisiana in this case (June Medical Services L.L.C. v. Gee).

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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.

Copy available online here.

US Supreme Court Once Again Oversteps Authority; In major decision Court redefines biological sex

MADISON, WI – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in three Title VII cases.  On a 6-3 vote, the court ruled that Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment “on the basis of sex.” Title VII is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

One of the cases involved Harris Funeral Homes in Detroit, Michigan. This family-run business has the delicate task of serving grieving families. Tom Rost, owner of Harris Funeral Homes, had that in mind when a male employee of six years decided to start living as a woman and insisted on dressing as one at work. Tom held the employee to the dress code he agreed to at time of hire and was promptly sued. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today dictates how Tom and other employers can run their businesses, regardless of their beliefs.

The Court ruled that an employer who fires an individual “merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.” Essentially, the Court is saying that the word sex in laws from the 1960’s, also includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

While many aspects of the Court’s ruling are troubling, the most concerning is that the Court again has shown its inclination to make law, not interpret law. Changing the definition of a word in a congressionally passed law is not the purview of the court; that is for the legislative branch.

Justice Alito, with Justice Thomas agreeing, wrote in his dissent: “There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation.” “A more brazen abuse of our authority to interpret statutes is hard to recall.” “The question is not whether discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity should be outlawed. The question is whether Congress did that in 1964.”

President of Wisconsin Family Action Julaine Appling commented, “Today’s decision by the high court causes significant problems. At a minimum, it undermines equal opportunities for women. Males identifying as female will take women’s places on athletics team and on the award podium, as recently happened at the Connecticut girls’ high‐school track finals where two boys identifying as girls have won 15 girls’ state-track-and-field titles over the past two years. It jeopardizes bodily privacy rights of women by forcing organizations to open women’s shelters, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers to men who say they are women.  In addition, it forces employers, such as Harris Funeral Homes, to choose between violating their religious beliefs or facing lawsuits and financial hardship.

“We will continue to analyze the decision to determine its impact on Wisconsin law and specifically on faith-based employers such as churches, schools, and para-church ministries. The breadth of the Court’s decision remains to be determined.”

By June 30, the court will be handing down more opinions that directly touch on religious liberty and rights of conscience.

Wisconsin Family Action was part of a friend-of-the-court amicus in the Harris case that was represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Read ADF’s statement here.

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ACTION ALERT: If you live in the city of Fond du Lac, tell City Council not to discriminate with proposed LGBTQ+ Pride month proclamation

IF YOU LIVE IN THE CITY OF FOND DU LAC−ACT NOW!
The meeting is THIS WEDNESDAY, June 10

Wisconsin Family Action learned this weekend that one of the members of the Fond du Lac City Council is preparing to introduce a proclamation making June “LGBTQ+ Pride Month” in the City. (See picture below for wording of proposed proclamation.) According to our understanding of the Council’s rules, council members do not get a vote on a proclamation. If it gets on the agenda, it is presumed agreed upon and “passed.” The proclamation actually goes out from the President of the City Council, who currently is Brian Kolstad. The only way to ensure this proclamation is not officially done is to keep it off the Council’s agenda. The Council President is the one with the authority to do that.

The proclamation is scheduled to be on the Council’s agenda for its meeting this Wednesday, June 10, 2020. If you agree with us that such a proclamation is not only unnecessary but also inappropriate and even discriminatory against other groups that don’t get such special recognition, here is what you can do:

1) Call or email the Council president, Brian Kolstad, immediately.
920-238-6005
bkolstad@fdl.wi.gov

2) Share this email with other City of Fond du Lac residents and ask them to join you in opposing this proclamation.

3) Contact your pastor by email or phone and let him know about this proclamation. Ask him to call/email the Council president. This is an especially important action point, since pastors represent so many people.

4) Contact the other members of the City Council and encourage them to let the Council president know they object to having this proclamation move forward.

5) Plan on attending the meeting on Wednesday evening, June 10, if at all possible. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Fond du Lac City/County building at 160 S Macy St., Fond du Lac.

6) Pray that God will move upon the heart of the Council president and other members of the council to stop this effort.

Pro-Family PAC Endorses Donald Trump for President

Pro-Family PAC Endorses Donald Trump for President

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action Federal Political Action Committee (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Donald Trump and his candidacy for the 2020 presidential election.

Julaine Appling, Director of WFA PAC, commented on the endorsement:

“During his first term in office, President Donald Trump has shown that his campaign promises were more than empty rhetoric. Time and again President Trump has taken action on issues of paramount importance to our organization and to the tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens who engage with us.

“In his policies, President Trump has kept his promises to defend innocent human life; restore and respect religious freedom; promote school choice; befriend and defend Israel; cut taxes; improve the nation’s overall economic position; deregulate businesses; and in general make America great again both at home and abroad.

“Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, under President Trump’s leadership America enjoyed the highest median income, the lowest levels of unemployment, and the strongest economy ever recorded, lifting millions of Americans out of poverty.  President Trump has a proven track record that has rebuilt the middle class, and we believe the continuance of these policies will provide the best path to recover from the aftermath of COVID-19.

“President Trump’s ability to get things done in Washington is unprecedented. He has fought for and stood up for marriage, family, the sanctity of human life, and religious freedom time and again. It is on the basis of his leadership and promises kept that Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC is proud to endorse President Trump in his re-election bid this fall.

“Regardless of who ends up running against President Trump, the contrast will be stark on these core issues. We want Wisconsin citizens to know early-on that we wholeheartedly endorse what this president has done on the issues of greatest concern to us.  President Trump’s policies have shown an incredible regard for the nation’s most valuable natural resource—our families. No other viable presidential candidate has done or will do that.

“We urge Wisconsin citizens to join us in championing the policies of President Trump and ensuring he is given four more years to keep America great.”

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Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer.  Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.

Copy Available Online HERE.

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

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

READ THE “SCOPE STATEMENT” HERE.

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

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

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

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

BREAKING: Wisconsin citizens call on Governor Evers to open Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

The petition is available HERE.

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

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

YOU HEARD US RIGHT.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please CONTACT Governor Evers NOW and urge him to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Action Alert: WFA president asks citizens to weigh in on dangerous ban on talk therapy/counseling by 11 a.m. Tuesday 1/28

TODAY, Tuesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. the Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board will hold a public hearing at 4822 Madison Yards Way (Hill Farms State Office Building), Room N208, in Madison.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a permanent rule relating to unethical and unprofessional conduct.

Administrative Code Chapter Affected: Ch. MPSW 20 (Revised)

Part of the changes being proposed greatly concern us:

  • Adding gender and gender identity to the list of protected classes in the anti-discrimination language. (section (8) of the proposed rule change)
  • Determining that using or promoting “any intervention or method that has the purpose of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including attempting to change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender” would constitute unethical or unprofessional conduct.

Essentially this rule would ban talk therapy or counseling that warns people that certain behaviors related to sexual behavior or gender identity can be dangerous or that offers a different approach or way of thinking (including exposing people to God’s design and plan) could result in the therapist, counselor or social worker being disciplined, up to and including losing their license.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

This proposal is uniquely different from the bill that is before the state legislature (AB 111/SB 107) that would prohibit certain mental health providers from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” (i.e., talk therapy/counseling) with minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion and from similar ordinances that have passed in several communities in the last couple of years. First, this rule is not restricted to minors; it applies to anyone at any age. Second, nothing about a “fee for services” is mentioned, meaning whether or not money for services is exchanged, this rule would apply. Third, the rule provides no religious exemption/exception.

Citizens wanting to be part of the public record on this issue, must submit their written comments by email no later than 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, or they can make an appearance before the Board.

Eventually, the state legislature will have an opportunity to review this proposal; but that is down the road a bit.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

(SEE TALKING POINTS BELOW)

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

We believe this is an end-run around the normal legislative process, done to expedite these changes and keep people like the governor from having to actually sign-off on the language.

Wisconsin Family Action strongly opposes this proposed rule change, which if passed, will have the full weight and effect of a law in our state. Christians who have a license as a marriage and family therapist or a professional counselor or a social worker would be directly impacted by this rule, even to the point of losing their license and thereby potentially losing their livelihood.

CLICK HERE to send email NOW

Also, send an email to Jon Derenee, Director at DSPSAdminRules@wisconsin.gov.  

Below are some helpful “talking points” to assist you with your message:

  • Removing the word sex and replacing it with gender and gender identity in the discrimination rule changes the meaning of sex, which the federal government has affirmed refers to one’s biological makeup. Gender and sex are not the same. Gender is a politically correct idea that is not founded in science, whereas sex is a biological, scientific reality. The state has not equated these terms either. No agency should get to make this decision.
  • Marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers have First Amendment rights of freedom of speech. Section 25 essentially forces all holding these licenses to give only one form of speech when it comes to treating someone dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion. Talk therapy is an intervention or method used by many therapists, counselors and social workers to help people make wise decisions. Their not being able to warn people about what can happen as a result of acting on their attractions and/or confusion is irresponsible at best.
  • We all agree that bullying, intimidation, shock therapy, or any kind of truly abusive behavior is wrong and is truly unethical and unprofessional conduct. But talking to people about realities, about biological truth, and educating them on risks is what good counselors, therapists and social workers should all have the right to do.

STATE ASSEMBLY PUTS ADULT DESIRES ABOVE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN

STATE ASSEMBLY PUTS ADULT DESIRES ABOVE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN
Vote this week weakens institution of marriage & removes protective measure for children

MADISON, WI – This past Tuesday during its floor session, the Wisconsin State Assembly, under its Republican majority leadership, rammed through a bill that not only weakens the institution of marriage but puts children involved with a divorce at a much greater risk of confusion and trauma.

Assembly Bill 439, authored by Republicans Representative Cindi Duchow (Pewaukee) and Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills), completely eliminates the waiting period for remarriage after a divorce is finalized. Currently the waiting period is six (6) months and has been that for decades. The vote on the bill was done by a voice vote, which is quickly called for and accomplished by the gaveling of the speaker pro tem who is in charge of the session. Using a voice vote means individual representatives do not have an opportunity to record an identifiable “yes” or “no” vote on the bill, which essentially means no one can be held individually responsible or accountable.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, responds to the vote.

“It was obvious from the moment this bill was introduced that Republican leadership was determined to pass it. In the public hearing I offered two very reasonable ideas for amendments: keep a waiting period of some sort for couples with minor children and rather than eliminate the waiting period entirely for everyone, reduce it to 3 months. The authors were not in any way interested in those ideas, nor was the committee chair.”

“Divorce, even in the best of circumstances, takes a toll on everyone involved. The adults need a cooling-off period and children definitely need some processing time before one or both parents launch into a new marriage. The state has a vested interested in marriage primarily because the state cares, or should care, a great deal about the next generation. Research, anecdotal evidence and common sense all show children are tremendously impacted when their parents divorce. They are at risk of negative outcomes in basically every area of their lives. When a remarriage happens, it’s another whole set of adjustments and realities children must deal with, like the total realization that their mom and dad are never going to get back together again, in addition to blended family challenges. Their world really is off kilter. A judicious waiting period helps protect children. The state Assembly just jettisoned that protection. Essentially, the Republican leadership forced a vote on its members that puts adult desires ahead of the well-being and best interest of children.

“Marriage as institution is weakened by this bill, as well. Statistics continue to show that second marriages are at a higher risk of divorce than are first marriages. Wisconsin already has the worst divorce laws in the country.  With our “no-fault/no-contest” divorce laws, getting a divorce is as simple as telling a court you want one. Passing such a bill contributes to more second, third and beyond marriages that are more likely to dissolve than go the distance, thereby weakening the foundational institution of marriage. From an economic perspective, more divorces, means more taxpayer money spent on the high public costs associated with each divorce.

“I heard from a good number of legislators prior to the floor period that they were opposed to this bill, but unfortunately because of fear of repercussions, no one was willing to go to the mat on this bill and call for a roll-call vote. We can only hope the Senate will understand the truth about this bill and not force its members to vote against the best interests of children.”

 

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

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ACTION ALERT: City of MKE endangers public employees/residents with new “gender-inclusive” resolution

MAKE YOUR CALL TODAY.
THIS RESOLUTION WILL BE VOTED ON

THIS TUESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 26.

This past January, the City of Milwaukee began exploring the possibility of gender-neutral or gender-inclusive restrooms in city buildings. In July, the Equal Rights Commission’s “Inclusive Restrooms Working Group” issued a report calling for, at a minimum, the City of Milwaukee to create gender-inclusive restrooms, locker rooms, and changing rooms in all buildings and properties owned by the City.

In early November, 3 Milwaukee alderpersons introduced a resolution calling for the City to create policies and procedures to implement “gender-inclusive” restrooms, locker rooms and changing rooms in all City buildings both present and in the future.

On November 13, the Public Works Committee held a public hearing on the resolution.  Appearing in support of the resolution were 3 members of the Equal Rights Commission and a City employee who is transgendered from female to male. No one spoke against the resolution.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW the portion of the hearing where this resolution was considered.

CLICK HERE to read the full resolution that will be voted on Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019

Following the testimony, the Public Works Committee voted 5-0 to adopt the resolution and forward it to the full Common Council.

The Milwaukee Common Council is scheduled to vote on the resolution this coming Tuesday morning, November 26, 2019.

Several important observations:

Of Bounce Houses & Drag Queens

Bounce Milwaukee has become a large and very popular entertainment spot for families, offering all sorts of bounce-house options, laser tag, rock climbing and more. The venue is especially popular for kids’ birthday parties. Bounce House also offers fund-raising opportunities, which Drag Queen Story Hour Milwaukee took advantage of this past Saturday,

utilizing an area right near the main entrance from 2-6 p.m., even while families were bringing in seven and eight-year-olds for a birthday party elsewhere in the facility. A portion of the entire day’s sales went to the Drag Queens.

View the event on Bounce Milwaukee’s Facebook HERE. Another similar event was held on July 18. View this event HERE.

PARENTS BEWARE. “This is a private business,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “and the owners have every right to host a fund-raiser for any group they want, but I believe this is a horrible business decision. Bounce Milwaukee was started by a couple with five children who wanted a place for families to have fun. Exposing children to drag queens who want to captivate the hearts and minds of young children should not be part of their business plan in any way.

ACTION ALERT: Wisconsin Culture Wars; MMSD “Coming Out” Video

BY: MacIver News Service

“English and math are tough subjects. Maybe that’s why Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) is focusing, instead, on teaching kids about sexual preferences and how to participate in political rallies.

“MMSD just celebrated “National Coming Out Day” last month (October). The video below is still up on the MMSD home page. It features middle school and high school students talking about their “sexuality.” Start at 1:00.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

If you live in the MMSD, call your school board members and voice your opinion. Contact information may be found HERE for individual board members. OR you may email the entire board at one time using the following email address: board@madison.k12.wi.us

ACTION ALERT: A Bill That Needs to Die

Last Thursday, November 7, on a bipartisan vote of 82-14, the State Assembly passed a bill, AB 304, that gives pharmacists the authority to write prescriptions for certain oral contraceptives and patches. The 14 “no” votes were all Republicans. Among other problems, the bill has no exemption for the religious beliefs or conscience of pharmacists and requires only that the woman complete a medical questionnaire and that the pharmacist administer a blood pressure screen. Three of the state’s pro-life organizations have been opposed to the bill, including Wisconsin Family Action. 
 
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “We believe this bill is not in anyone’s best interest. Currently pharmacists in Wisconsin cannot write prescriptions for anything. That’s for good reason—primarily the well-being of the patient. We are extremely proud of the Assembly Republicans who did the right thing and voted no on this bill that will bring far more harm than good. We hope the Senate will just let this bill die.”

The Senate Health Committee will be holding a public hearing on the Senate version of this bill, Senate Bill 286 (identical to AB 304), on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. The hearing starts at 10 a.m. in Room 411 South of the State Capitol. SB 286 is last on the hearing agenda. The Senate Health Committee is chaired by Sen. Pat Testin, who is a senate co-sponsor of this bill. Once this hearing is held and the committee votes on the bill, the way is cleared for the full Senate to take up the bill passed in the Assembly last week.

What you can do:
Call your senator and give them your opinion on the senate version of this bill, SB 286. Click HERE to find your senator’s contact information. (Type your address into the upper right-hand search box.) Phone calls to senators are extremely important with the public hearing coming up next Wednesday. Thank you for making a difference!

WISCONSIN FAMILY COUNCIL LAUNCHES GENDER RESOURCE GUIDE FOR PARENTS

Madison, WI—Wisconsin Family Council, along with a unique and unlikely coalition that includes our national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front (WoLF), D.C.-based The Heritage Foundation, our sister state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups who have children or loved ones struggling with gender confusion, have released the first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents on how to navigate the transgender issue with their children.

The Guide is endorsed by medical professionals—including those who are experts in gender dysphoria—individuals who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders, national policy experts, and more.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, fully supports the Gender Resource Guide: “On a regular basis we hear from parents looking for help in dealing with the transgender issue. Prior to this Resource Guide, we had little in the way of tangible materials to offer them that we believed were reliable and genuinely helpful. This Guide fills a critical void. It is carefully researched and fully documented, defines terms, is user friendly, and gives parents practical guidance in helping their own children and for traversing this new and uncharted path with some confidence. We urge parents to get this Guide and use it to full advantage. While this publication is especially good for parents, clergy, community leaders, school board members and others will likewise find it invaluable and very timely.”

With powerful lobbying groups, teachers’ unions, school boards and school administrators pushing policies that mandate the inclusion of transgender ideology in curriculum, athletics, grammar, and even basic bathroom and locker room privacy, parents need somewhere to turn.

The Gender Resource Guide will help parents understand the transgender trend and its consequences, understand the implications of transgender activism in schools, communicate with school leaders, advocate for common sense policies and act with compassion toward everyone involved in the transgender conversation.

The Gender Resource Guide is available for download at GenderResourceGuide.com.


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

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Action Alert: It’s About Children.

Our Wisconsin legislature is fast-tracking a bill we believe is harmful to minor children, the individuals comprising a marriage and the institution of marriage in general. We are asking you to consider our arguments against the bill and if you agree with us, then please call your state senator and state representative and urge them to oppose this legislation.

Background

Wisconsin currently has a six-month (6-month) waiting period after a divorce is finalized before a person can remarry.  Assembly Bill 439 and its senate companion, Senate Bill 398, would completely remove this waiting period for any divorced individual in our state, regardless of whether or not minor children are involved.

Current Situation
The bill is authored by two Republicans: Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills) and Representative Cindi Duchow (Pewaukee). They are joined by eight Republican representatives as co-sponsors (Scott Krug, Amy Loudenbeck, Bob Kulp, Joel Kitchens, Jesse James, Ken Skowronski, Travis Tranel and Mary Felzkowski), two Democrat representatives (Lisa Subeck and Christine Sinicki), as well as one additional Republican senator (Dale Kooyenga) and one additional Democrat senator (Janis Ringhand).

When the bill was circulated for co-sponsors last month, WFA president Julaine Appling sent every legislator a memo explaining why we oppose this bill and urging them to not co-sponsor it.  We believe that memo helped keep the co-sponsor list from being larger.

The bill was introduced on September 12 and public hearings in both the Assembly and the Senate are scheduled for today, Tuesday (9/24) and Wednesday (9/25). The Assembly Family Law Committee is chaired by Rep. Jesse Rodriguez who last session was supportive of this bill when it had a hearing and vote in her committee. (The Assembly passed this bill last session on a voice vote. The bill, however, died in the Senate committee and never became law.)

That both public hearings are happening so soon after introduction makes us believe both houses want to put this bill on the floor for a full vote in October when both the Senate and the Assembly are scheduled for floor sessions. Apparently, there’s a “full-court press” to quickly pass this bill.

In the Senate, last session the bill was assigned to a committee chaired by a senator who was not in favor of this bill. This session, however, it is assigned to the Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Dale Kooyenga, who is a co-sponsor of the bill.  Julaine has talked with his staffer who clerks this committee and was told he was quite committed to it. 

Why This Proposal Is Bad for Children, Wounded Individuals Experiencing Divorce, and the State of Wisconsin

The full memo (containing numerous citations) we sent to the legislators is available HERE.  We’re summarizing below some talking points you can use when you call your legislators.

  1. Minor children should be a top concern in a divorce and remarriage situation. Research regularly and repeatedly shows minor children are very vulnerable emotionally, socially, physically, and academically when their parents are divorcing. Research also shows (and certainly common sense would confirm) that vulnerability increases when they become part of a blended family with all the changes and adjustments that brings. The well-being of a child should not be sacrificed on the altar of adult desires because a parent wants to immediately remarry after a divorce is finalized.
  2. Divorce is very stressful in multiple ways on the adults involved. A waiting period ensures men and women take some time to recover before entering a new marriage.
  3. Remarriages are statistically more likely to end in divorce than are first marriages. The state should do everything it can to ensure newly divorced individuals are deliberate and are fully prepared for marrying again, including time for pre-marital counseling, which when done right can take from 3-6 months.
  4. The state has a vested interest in marriage and divorce, especially when children are involved because the state is depending on future generations being well-adjusted, healthy, competent citizens who will become the next workforce, taxpayers, entrepreneurs, leaders, etc. Safeguarding children by requiring their parents to wait before a remarriage after a divorce helps to ensure the well-being of children is considered.
  5. Every divorce costs the taxpayers of Wisconsin. Vulnerable remarriages mean the state and its taxpayers will very likely be shouldering additional costs from divorces.

What You Can Do

If you agree with us that this bill should not become law, then please contact your state senator and state representative right away, given how quickly these companion bills are moving in both houses.  You can find full contact information for your representative and senator HERE (just put your address in the search bar to the far right above the map). A phone call is especially good, but an email can do the job as well.

Summary
Wisconsin has the worst combination of divorce laws in the country with our “no-fault,” “no-contest” provisions. Basically, anyone can walk away from a marriage for any or no reason. Rather than strengthening the institution of marriage, this proposed legislation to do away completely with a waiting period following a divorce before remarrying, sets the individuals up for yet another marriage failure, which hurts individuals and further erodes the institution of marriage.  When minor children are involved, their well being should be the top priority.

We realize this is a very emotional issue. We’ve had people contact us who say they are Christians telling us that by opposing this legislation we are “forcing them to live in sin.”  Obviously, they have allowed their emotions to completely overtake them. Those supporting the bill say the government should have no say in when a person marries after a divorce, and they always have a personal, emotional story to relate. We realize good people can disagree—and that’s why we ask you to consider the issue and our arguments and if you find yourself agreeing that the bill would not be good for children, the adults involved or the entire state, please call your state representative and state senator as soon as possible and ask them to oppose the bill.

If you would drop Julaine a quick email letting her know you made a call, we’d really appreciate that. Many thanks for carefully considering this bill and for your involvement should you find yourself agreeing.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO JEWISH COMMUNITY RELATION COUNCIL’S FLAG COMPARISON ALLEGATION

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION RESPONDS TO JEWISH COMMUNITY
RELATION COUNCIL’S FLAG COMPARISON ALLEGATION

MADISON, WI –Yesterday the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation along with Diverse & Resilient (D&R) (a pro-LGBT organization) jointly released a statement falsely accusing Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) of comparing the so-called “Rainbow Pride” flag to a Nazi flag. This was in response to a press release in which the following question was asked regarding Governor Evers’ divisive and exclusive action:

“By ordering this flag to fly over the state capitol, Governor Evers is proclaiming one group of Wisconsin citizens as preferred over others. He may have the authority as governor to make this decision; but in our opinion, he made a blatantly bad decision. Would the Governor authorize the Christian flag to be flown over the capitol or a Nazi flag or any number of other flags representing all sorts of Wisconsin citizens and their beliefs?”

JCRC and D&R stated in their press release that they were “disappointed and outraged about Wisconsin Family Action’s comparison of the Pride flag with the Nazi flag.” WFA did not compare the “Pride” flag with the Nazi flag any more than it compared it to the Christian flag. That reference was clearly part of highlighting the reality that there are many citizen groups in this state that have beliefs and identities that could ask for the same special treatment to recognize them as the Governor has done with this “Pride” flag. Sadly, the use of “identity politics” is not a new strategy for those who want to use emotional manipulation to get people to react a certain way and come to a specific conclusion, even if the reaction and conclusion are based on inaccurate or untruthful information.

Wisconsin Family Council, our sister organization, has launched a petition that has, in only a few short days, garnered 6000+ signatures and continues to grow. Wisconsin’s citizens are exercising their voice in sending the message to Governor Evers that they don’t feel represented by this latest tactic and are asking him to take the “Pride flag” down.

Note: The JCRC of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation should not be mistaken for the Milwaukee Jewish Community (MJC). A call was placed yesterday to MJC who, in turn, informed us that statements placed by JCRC are not a reflection of their organization. According to the spokesperson, the JCRC “does not speak for us.”

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

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Governor Evers Gives Special Recognition to LGBT Community Over All Other Citizens

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                          June 7, 2019
Contact:     Julaine Appling, President – 608-334-6435
Fax:      608-256-3370
Email:   info@wifamilyaction.org

 

Governor Evers Gives Special Recognition to LGBT Community Over All Other Citizens

MADISON, WI – In a flagrant abuse of gubernatorial power, Governor Tony Evers today issued an Executive Order and proclamation authorizing the Rainbow Pride Flag to be flown over the state capitol from June 7 through June 30, 2019. The order further authorizes any state buildings and any jurisdiction of the State of Wisconsin to also fly this flag throughout this month.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling issued the following statement regarding the Order and action.

“By ordering this flag to fly over the state capitol, Governor Evers is proclaiming one group of Wisconsin citizens as preferred over others. He may have the authority as governor to make this decision; but in our opinion, he made a blatantly bad decision. Would the Governor authorize the Christian flag to be flown over the capitol or a Nazi flag or any number of other flags representing all sorts of Wisconsin citizens and their beliefs?

“In his Order and proclamation, the Governor talks about this flag being a symbol that Wisconsin is ‘a welcoming and inclusive place.’ But his actions belie that. He wrongly says, ‘the people of Wisconsin have made critical steps toward LGBT equality.’ The people of this state have had precisely one opportunity to weigh in on this issue, and that was in November 2006, when nearly 60% of the voters openly and loudly said they wanted marriage in this state to remain exclusively between one man and one woman. We the people of Wisconsin did not change that amendment. Unelected federal judges did that, trouncing on the express will of the people of Wisconsin.

“The state capitol is a place representing all Wisconsin citizens. Singling out one group that has inordinate political power is wrong and is disrespectful to, at a minimum, those who take exception to the LGBT agenda.

“This is a governor who is apparently bought and paid for by extreme groups such as Planned Parenthood and the so-called ‘equality’ groups. In the last few weeks the Governor has said he will veto pro-life bills, including one that requires medical personnel to treat a baby who has survived an abortion just as they would any baby born alive. Now he is authorizing flying over the state capitol, the ‘equality’ groups’ Rainbow Pride Flag, a flag that does not represent the vast majority of Wisconsin citizens. Wisconsin citizens deserve better from their governor.”

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

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Wisconsin Family Action Legislative Update

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION LEGISLATIVE ISSUES
2019-2020 Wisconsin Legislative Session
Current as of December 16, 2019

(To view as a pdf, click HERE.)

MARRIAGE/FAMILY
AB 41/SB 49 Decriminalization of child prostitution.  (WFA opposes)

Despite intentions and motives of those authoring and co-sponsoring this bill Wisconsin Family Action believes this proposal is ill-advised because it takes a tool away from law enforcement who are trying to get minors engaged in prostitution off the streets, assumes all minors involved in this activity are being coerced and gives an advantage to the Johns and the pimps to recruit more minors into their nefarious work, including sex trafficking. A substitute amendment was offered by author Republican Senator Alberta Darling. This amendment improved the bill. The Senate passed the bill on November 5, 2019, and sent it to the Assembly where it is currently in the Rules committee ready to be scheduled for a floor vote. The Assembly committee has already recommended the bill for passage.

AB 71/SB 68Possession of child pornography (WFA supports)

This bill tightens up the definition of child pornography making it easier to bring charges against someone who is engaged in this activity. The bill passed in both the Senate and the Assembly. Governor Evers signed it into law in July as 2019 Wisconsin Act 16.

AB 111/SB 107 – Prohibiting so-called “conversion therapy” for minors (WFA opposes)

This bill prohibits certain mental health workers from actually providing real hope and real help for minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction and/or gender confusion. It makes it clear that the only advice these mental health workers can give is that which affirms, normalizes and encourages minors to continue with these beliefs and behaviors. The bill trounces on religious freedom of mental health workers and on the rights of parents regarding counseling for their children. This bill is in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate; no further action to date.

AB 201/SB 191 – Creating a nonrefundable tax credit for adoption expenses (WFA supports)

The intent of this bill is to encourage Wisconsin families to adopt children. This $5,000 tax credit piggybacks on the federal adoption tax credit and helps parents offset some of the costs related to adoption, which today can be very expensive. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 248/SB 262 – Removing “personal conviction” exemption from vaccination requirements (WFA opposes)

Wisconsin currently has three options for parents seeking to exempt their children from vaccinations: health, religious and personal conviction. This bill would remove “personal conviction,” which would make it harder for parents choosing to not vaccinate their children. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 439/SB 398 –Eliminating waiting period after a divorce is finalized before a re-marriage (WFA opposes)
Wisconsin law currently requires that after a divorce is finalized that an individual must wait six months before entering into another marriage, whether that marriage is in Wisconsin or another state or country. This waiting period is both reasonable and responsible, especially if minor children are involved. The state has a valid interest in the well-being of the next generation. Parents rushing into another marriage immediately after a divorce is not in the adults’ best interest and certainly not in the best interest of minor children who are already dealing with much uncertainty and loss as a result of their parents’ divorce. The bill is authored by Republicans with substantial Republican support as co-sponsors, along with some Democrats. Both the Senate and the Assembly committees have held public hearings on the bill. The Senate Committee has passed it, but the Assembly Committee has not yet voted on the bill.

      EDUCATION (subheading of Marriage/Family)
AB 108/no senate version yet – Requiring parental choice program schools and charter schools to provide instruction in American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty. (WFA opposes)
WFA does not support more requirements for voucher schools. We do not believe this curricular mandate does anything to increase the educational value in any given school. It simply takes away from time that could be better spent.  We believe most schools cover this topic already in the course of implementing their curriculum across the grades. This bill is in committee; no further action to date.

AB 129/SB 111 – Allowing voucher schools to provide pupil instruction virtually (WFA supports)

This bill levels the playing field with public schools by allowing voucher schools to offer direct pupil instruction virtually—to make up for missed time due to extreme weather closings and also as a part of the regular program of the school. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 149/SB 138Funding character education in public schools (WFA opposes)

Character education under this bill is not defined—and there is too much room for “character” to be stretched beyond its typical meaning and understanding. The bill authorizes DPI to award grants to schools to pay teachers to receive “professional development trainings in character education.” The Senate Education Committee held a public hearing and voted to move the bill to the full Senate. As of this update, the bill has not been scheduled for a Senate floor vote. There has been no public hearing on the Assembly version.

LIFE
AB 128/SB 114 – Creating a tax credit for parents who experience a stillbirth (WFA supports)

This bill seeks to compensate parents who have had a stillbirth for some of the costs related to this heart-rending situation (up to $2,000). These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

AB 179/SB 175Born Alive bill (WFA supports with one concern).
This bill requires any health care provider present at the time an abortion or attempted abortion results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skill, care and diligence to preserve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health care provider would render to any other child born alive. The bill makes intentionally causing the death of a child born alive as a result of an abortion or attempted abortion a felony with a penalty of life imprisonment. WFA’s concern is that the bill has an express exemption for a woman who intentionally kills her baby that has managed to survive an abortion or an attempted abortion. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 180/SB 174Requiring that women taking RU-486 be told there is a reversal to the abortion-causing drug (WFA supports).
This bill requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be given to a woman who is planning to have an abortion induced by this abortion-inducing drug regimen. This is primarily about RU-486. Essentially the bill requires that the woman be told that the first drug in the regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that if she acts quickly, she can reverse the effects of the first drug and perhaps save her baby. This information would be added to the Woman’s Right to Know publication. The bill also requires that any place an abortion takes place, including a hospital, certain information must be collected and reported. The bill adds to what the law already requires abortionists to report. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 181/SB 199 – Stopping taxpayer funded Medicaid payments from going to most abortion providers (WFA supports).
This bill generally prohibits an entity that does abortions from receiving Medicaid payments. This bill is effectively dead with the legislature having voted on AB 183/SB 187.

AB 182/SB 173 – Prohibiting abortions based on sex, race, nationality, ethnicity or disability (WFA supports with one concern).
Our concern is that the bill has an exception related to disability. That exception deals with a situation where medical professionals determine an unborn baby has a disability that is deemed “fatal,” meaning the child is unlikely to survive outside the womb and the condition is not treatable. We believe this is an unnecessary exception. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 183/SB 187 – Stopping taxpayer funded Medicaid payments from going to most abortion providers (WFA supports).
This bill generally prohibits an entity that does abortions from receiving Medicaid payments. Passed in Assembly & Senate. Governor vetoed.

AB 590/SB 524 –Prohibits the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies, requires reporting of the sex and any fetal anomaly of an aborted baby, and requires proper final disposition of an aborted baby (WFA supports)
This bill has been introduced in prior legislative sessions. Even with a Republican governor and strong Republican majorities in the Senate and the Assembly, the bill has never received a floor vote. Current Republican leadership does not seem inclined to move these bills at all. The bills are currently in committee in both the Senate and the Assembly; no public hearing has been scheduled.

LIBERTY
AB 185/SB 197 – Changing how WI’s electoral votes are allocated (WFA opposes)
This bill erodes the Electoral College. Instead of awarding WI’s 10 electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote in our state, those 10 votes would go to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote. These bills are in committee in both the Assembly and the Senate. No further action to date.

MISCELLANEOUS
SB 577/no Assembly version to date – Decriminalizing 28 grams or less of marijuana (WFA opposes).
This bill makes a number of changes in the current law as it relates to bringing charges against a person who possesses, attempts to possess, possesses with the intent to manufacture, distribute, or deliver marijuana. WFA believes marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to using other harder drugs and that marijuana use in and of itself can significantly impair judgment and alter behavior. Twenty-eight grams of marijuana is the equivalent of over 80 “joints.” The bill is currently in committee; no further action to date.

AJR 106/SJR 75 – Renaming the decorated tree in the capitol rotunda during the Christmas holiday season as the Wisconsin State Christmas Tree (WFA supports).
These joint resolutions reflect the long-standing tradition of referring to the tree in the capitol rotunda during Christmas as a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as Governor Evers refers to it. The Assembly passed the resolution in November on a bi-partisan vote; the resolution is waiting for action in the Senate.

AJR 108/SJR 59 – Prohibiting the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures (first consideration) (WFA supports).
This resolution would amend the Wisconsin constitution to prevent the governor from using his/her partial veto power in an appropriations bill (like the state budget) to increase state expenditures for any purpose other than what is provided in the bill that is presented to him/her for signing. A proposed constitutional amendment requires adoption by two successive legislatures and then ratification by the people in a statewide referendum before it becomes law. If this resolution passes both the Assembly and the Senate this session (which concludes December 31, 2020), then it would need to be reintroduced and passed again sometime between January 2021 and December 2022 before it could be put on a statewide referendum. The Senate passed the resolution in November; the Assembly has not held a public hearing yet on the proposal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACTION ALERT: Call Your Senator TODAY About the So-called “Equality Act” (HR5)


The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the so-called “Equality Act.” It now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The Equality Act would add “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the list of protected classes under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

This means that almost no area of American public life—including education, employment, public accommodations, housing, medical care, non-profits, and federal funding for example—will be left untouched.

The Equality Act:

  • Attacks the fundamental freedoms of speech and religion.

◦ It could force faith-based charities, non-profits, and schools to operate contrary to their religious beliefs concerning human sexuality, or risk punishment or loss of federal funding.

◦ Creative professionals— especially in the wedding industry— could be compelled to communicate messages about marriage that violate their conscience or be forced out of the wedding industry altogether.

◦ It would force faith-based foster care and adoption agencies to shut down or change their policy of only placing children with a married husband and wife.

  • Threatens privacy, safety, and opportunities for women and girls.

◦ Biological men claiming to identify as women will have access to women-only intimate spaces like locker rooms, bathrooms, showers, and women’s shelters—giving easy access to sexual predators.

◦ Title IX, which is supposed to make sure women have the same opportunities as men, including in sports, would be gutted as men identifying as women could claim these opportunities. It is already happening around the country where boys identifying as women are displacing women in sex-specific sports in high school and college.

  • Undermines parental rights.

◦ Parents could lose custody of their gender-dysphoric child if they do not support their child’s desire to take puberty blocker and cross-sex hormones.

◦ Public education would be legally required to teach and operate in line with transgender ideology, regardless of parental opposition.

  • Would embed transgender ideology into federal law.

◦ As Ryan T. Anderson points out, the Equality Act “could impose a nationwide transgender bathroom policy, a nationwide pronoun policy, and a nationwide sex-reassignment health care mandate.”

◦ It could force hospital facilities, medical professionals, and insurance plans to provide gender-transitioning services, or be found guilty of unlawful discrimination.

We need your help! Contact Senator Ron Johnson (R) and Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D), an “out” lesbian who co-authored this bill, TODAY to voice your opposition to the Equality Act, H.R. 5.

Action Needed:

  1. Contact Sen. Ron Johnson 202-224-5323 and Sen. Tammy Baldwin 202-224-5653 TODAY. Ask them to oppose the Equality Act.
  2. Make your voice heard!
  3. Pray! Pray that our Senators vote against the Equality Act.

Impending Vote on Equality Act; Parental Rights in the Balance

The so-called Equality Act (H.R. 5) is moving very quickly through Congress. Despite the bill’s name, the Equality Act would dramatically elevate the rights and privileges of a select few while dealing a devastating blow to parental rights.

Speaker Pelosi has signaled that a vote on H.R. 5 will take place on or before May 17, so time is of the essence for people of faith and conscience to contact their Member of Congress and implore them to vote NO on this radical bill.

H.R. 5 is far-sweeping; it would amend several federal civil rights laws including the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 to make sexual orientation and gender identity protected classes equal to immutable and inborn characteristics like race, age, sex and national origin.

The results of this radical legislation will be widespread and disastrous.  We need only look to the states or our neighbor to the north with similar laws to predict what we’re in for should the Equality Act become law.

In 16 states now, parents do not have a choice when they seek counseling for their children struggling with unwanted same-sex attraction or gender confusion. In other words, counseling that encourages children to change their gender – even to go through irreversible “genital reconstruction” operations – would be protected by the state. But counseling to help children accept their God-given birth sex would be outlawed.  These therapy bans interfere with parents’ right to direct their children’s upbringing and completely disregard family faith or values. What’s worse—the bans were passed with no regard for what type of therapy may actually be best for children long-term.

In Ohio — a state without legislation of this sort — a judge already removed custody from parents of a 17-year-old for their refusal to allow her to undergo life-altering gender transition hormone treatments.  This decision came after a two-year custody battle which started with family services alleging parental neglect and abuse for their religiously held beliefs about gender.  When the child was placed in temporary custody of family services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital recommended the 17-year-old undergo hormone therapy at its Transgender Health Clinic, which she did.

This hospital tells first-time patients that their healthcare providers may speak to minors without their parents because “Sometimes young people also have questions that they are afraid to ask in front of their family or guardians.” The clinic also conducts a psychosocial interview to “help understand how the patient and family or guardians are functioning and see if there are any needs.”

It’s not far-fetched to surmise that what they really mean is “see if parents support the gender transition of their young son or daughter, and if not, we’ll take you to court.”

That’s exactly what happened to a Canadian dad earlier this year.  In February, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada ruled that a 14-year-old girl would be administered testosterone injections by her doctor against her father’s wishes and consent.  Despite a parent’s insistence that his minor daughter should wait until she was older — not a child anymore — to make this life-altering decision, the court said the child had the right to decide for herself.  The judge, who ruled on the basis of federal law, blatantly dismissed parental objection to the medical treatment of his minor child.

As if the case couldn’t get any worse, it did.  Just last month, the judge declared the father guilty of “family violence” due to his “expressions of rejection of [her] gender identity.”  In other words, a dad refused to refer to his daughter as a boy.  As a result, he was convicted of a crime against his daughter, given a gag order and ordered not to expose his daughter to any resources which may bring her gender identity or treatment into question.

These cases seem to say everyone other than parents knows best!  We believe differently.

We know that parents have a God-given and Constitutionally protected right to direct the upbringing of their children—including their moral values, faith, education and healthcare.  We cannot allow misguided legislation to threaten that right!

We believe families should have the right to pursue mental health counseling consistent with their beliefs and religion — be it for depression, anxiety, gender confusion or any other condition.

We believe parents must have the right to prevent their children from accessing experimental puberty-blocking hormones, cross-sex hormones (which can lead to sterilization), and certainly irreversible, life-altering “genital reconstruction” surgery.

Will you stand with us today to ensure that parents across our nation retain their ability to guide the moral upbringing and medical care of their children?  If so, please contact your Member of Congress today and urge him or her to vote NO on the Equality Act.

Governor Promotes Abortion at DHS Appointments and hires concern pro-life organization

MADISON, WI – Today the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, chaired by Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point), held a public hearing regarding the confirmation of Governor Evers’ nominee Andrea Palm as Secretary of the Department of Health Services (DHS).

As Secretary-designee, Ms. Palm has already hired Nicole Safar as Assistant Deputy Secretary of DHS. Ms. Safar is no stranger to state government as she has been lobbying on behalf of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin for over a decade.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling expressed concern about the direction DHS is going under the Evers administration. “DHS’s job according to its website is ‘protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.’ Having Ms. Safar in a key leadership role in this agency indicates to me that DHS is going to be much more about special interests and political agendas than about the needs of Wisconsin citizens. Frankly, I share Senator Duey Stroebel’s concern as expressed in the press release he issued today about Ms. Palm and Ms. Safar looking for ways to work around laws in order to direct taxpayer funds to abortion groups such as Planned Parenthood.”

“This move, along with Governor Evers appointing Tanya Atkinson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to his Health Advisory Board, bodes ominously for unborn children and their mothers. Abortion isn’t health care—for women or their unborn babies. It certainly doesn’t qualify as ‘protecting and promoting the health and safety of the people of Wisconsin.’ As Senator Stroebel pointed out, Wisconsin and its citizens deserve better when it comes to the leadership at DHS.”

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

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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.

One Wisconsin Now Owes Judge Hagedorn Public Apology for Religious Bias

One Wisconsin Now Owes Judge Hagedorn Public Apology for Religious Bias
Imposing religious test as qualification for public service violates U.S. Constitution

MADISON, WI – In an attempt to discredit Brian Hagedorn, candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, One Wisconsin Now yesterday declared Hagedorn “unfit to hold public office” because he co-founded a Christian school that seeks to follow orthodox Christian beliefs and standards.

“One Wisconsin Now owes Judge Hagedorn an apology for smearing his character and discriminating against him based on his religion,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “The U.S. Constitution simply doesn’t allow a religious litmus test for public office-holders and blacklisting candidates for public office because of their religious beliefs and associations is profoundly intolerant.

“Imposing a litmus test on individuals running for public office based on their faith is not only unconstitutional, it’s un-American.  One Wisconsin Now appears to have taken a page from the playbook of those who have bullied and badgered other judicial candidates in recent months for their religious beliefs, and, most recently, Second Lady Karen Pence for teaching at a Christian school that similarly states its religious beliefs and establishes codes of conduct for employees and students. One Wisconsin Now certainly has a right to hold its own beliefs, but smearing a candidate with different beliefs is the very essence of intolerance. Such attempts should concern all Wisconsinites.”

One Wisconsin Now, bolstered by other activists, asserts that because the Christian school Hagedorn helped to found, and now serves as a board member, holds to an orthodox Christian teaching regarding marriage, Hagedorn is incapable of “fairly and impartially” judging cases.

“A judge’s job is to interpret the law as written, not to legislate or impose personal policy preferences from the bench. Judge Hagedorn should be vetted and reviewed based on his temperament and character as a judge—not on his personal religious beliefs, practices, or associations. For millennia, people of all the Abrahamic faiths and no faith at all have held the belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. Holding that belief, or being associated with institutions that hold that belief, doesn’t mean a judge can’t fairly and impartially interpret and apply the law,” Appling continued. “These tired tactics to discredit judicial candidates because of their faith’s beliefs have failed before, and they will fail again.”

Article VI of the U.S. Constitution clearly states that “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”

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

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