WI Assembly Committee Passes Pro-Life AB305, Prohibits Sale/Use of Baby Body Parts

PP video screenshotOn Wednesday, 9/9, the Assembly Health Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 305, a bill that prohibits the use and sale of baby body parts and provides a criminal penalty. Rep. Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) chaired the hearing.

Rep. John Spiros (R-Marshfield) and Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) voted with committee Democrats against the bill.

“We are very pleased that this critical bill passed in the committee., states Julaine Appling, WFA president, “Representative Joel Kleefisch, who is also a co-author of the bill, did an excellent job in the chair. Like Rep. Kleefisch we are a bit surprised that 2 Republican legislators who claim they are pro-life did not fully support this proposal. We look forward to having this bill, without amendments that seriously compromise it, on the Assembly floor in the very near future.

WI Assembly Committee to vote on AB 305, Sale/Use of Baby Body Parts, TODAY, 10 A.M.

wisconsin eyeThe Wisconsin Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Health will meet in Executive Session at 10 a.m. in Room 225NW to vote on AB 305, a bill to ban the use or sale of aborted baby body parts.

You can watch the hearing LIVE on Wisconsin Eye by clicking HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling states, “WFA has actively and aggressively supported this bill every time it has been introduced in the legislature, and we are excited to now see this bill through to enactment. We encourage legislative leadership and Governor Walker to move AB 305 forward with a vote and a signature in this fall’s legislative session.”

 

ACT NOW: State Legislature To Hold Public Hearing on PRO-LIFE Bills Wednesday!

DEFUNDPPWIACT NOW: State Legislature To Hold Public Hearing on Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood of WI

YOU can make a huge difference in these bills!

 

This Wednesday, September 2, the Assembly Health Committee will hold a public hearing in the State Capitol on two bills (AB 310 and AB 311–see below for more information) that that will further defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state’s largest abortion provider.

PLEASE ACT NOW! 

1. ATTEND – If at all possible, please ATTEND the Assembly Health Committee PUBLIC HEARING this Wednesday in Room 417 North of the State Capitol Building at 9:00 a.m. and register in support of AB 310 and AB 311. You can register in support of the bills but not speaking, or you can register in support and indicate you want to speak. Most important is that you register in SUPPORT of the bills.
2. CALL/E-MAIL – If you cannot attend the public hearing, please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator NOW and urge him/her to DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN – PASS AB 310 & AB 311!

Simply tell him/her that “Abortion is NOT health care, and taxpayer funding of abortion providers violates my conscience.”

To find out who your state representative or state senator is, click HERE. In the space under “Find My Legislators,” type in your street address, city and zip code and hit “Find.” A map will come up and a box will show you your state senator and state representative and their contact information.

3. FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO OTHERS & URGE THEM TO JOIN YOU!

Authored by Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere), Assembly Bill (AB) 310 and Assembly Bill (AB) 311 together will eliminate approximately $7.5 million of taxpayer public funding from PPWI.

Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) president Julaine Appling with attend the hearing and give testimony in favor of both bills. In cooperation with our national ally Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), WFA is hosting Casey Mattox and Sue Thayer. Mattox, senior counsel with ADF, is a national expert on Planned Parenthood’s fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars. Thayer is a former manager of Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinic in Iowa. Both Mattox and Thayer will testify at the hearing on Wednesday.

Assembly Bill 310 would redirect federal Title X family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of WI to public entities including state, county, and local health departments and clinics. Currently, more than $3 million annually in Title X funds are granted directly to PPWI. There are 162 federally qualified Health Clinics and Rural Health Clinics in WI where the money can go to assist low-income women can receive reproductive-related health care.

Assembly Bill 311 would dramatically reduce PPWI’s Medicaid reimbursement rate for contraceptive drugs, reimbursing them at the actual cost they pay for these drugs, not the artificially inflated rate they and other family-planning clinics are currently receiving. Rep. Jacque estimates this will eliminate $4.5 million from PPWI.

In 2011, WFA joined with other pro-life organizations, especially Pro-Life Wisconsin, in defunding PPWI of $1 million annually by redirecting funds from the state budget to other non-abortion-performing or referring health programs/clinics. The net result? Planned Parenthood of WI has closed 5 of their facilities around the state!  

Imagine what will happen when $7.5 million of your tax dollars is gone from PPWI! 

YOU can make this a reality!

 

Assembly Bill 216/Senate Bill 202

2013 | May 29 – Assembly Committee on Health

AB216/SB202 prohibits the group insurance board from contracting for or providing abortion services and exempting religious employers, religious organizations, and religious institutions of higher education from contraceptive insurance coverage.

Assembly Bill 40

2013 | February 20

Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2013 legislature.

  • Read AB 40, State of Wisconsin Legislature, 2013-2014