US SUPREME COURT BULLIES STATES, ENDANGERS WOMEN Wisconsin’s hospital admitting privileges law for abortionists in jeopardy

Madison – Today the US Supreme Court handed down 5-3 decision that epitomizes and perpetuates the liberals’ war on women.

Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt is a case filed in Texas by pro-abortion activists, alleging the state had in 2013 enacted unconstitutional restrictions on abortion. The restrictions included requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges to a hospital with 30 miles of where the abortions are done. Wisconsin recently enacted a similar law.

“Among other things, this is yet another example of the federal government bullying states.  But more importantly this ruling endangers women. Instead of protecting women, this court has put them at greater risk during abortions,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

“Pro-abortion advocates want us to believe abortion is pretty much a risk-free procedure. That’s just not true. Thousands of women suffer complications from abortions, some requiring hospitalization. A compassionate society does all it can to protect women in this situation. That’s why we passed this law in Wisconsin. We weren’t trying to inhibit a woman’s access. We were, as always, seeking the woman’s well-being and safety. This court has put its liberal political agenda ahead of what is best for women,” Appling continued.

Court experts say the impact of the high court’s ruling on Wisconsin’s law is unclear.

Under the leadership of Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel, in cooperation with Governor Walker, Wisconsin filed a friend of the court brief in this case, supporting the right of the state to pass reasonable laws to protect women seeking an abortion.

Appling commented, “We are proud of and thankful for Governor Walker and Attorney General Schimel for defending our law and the women in our state. It’s beyond unfortunate that five unelected and unaccountable lawyers in black robes put our law and our women in danger.”

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New York City – Why I’m Not There Today

As I write this, many of my conservative Christian colleagues from around the country2016-Election.gif are in New York City attending a meeting billed as a “conversation” with Donald Trump. Perhaps you’ve heard about this “conversation.” It’s been talked about a fair amount in the media of late.

The “conversation” was initiated by a number of national Christian leaders, including James Dobson, Tony Perkins, Bob Vander Plaats, Phil Buress, and others.  Donald Trump agreed to attend.  If the reports I’ve received from those attending are accurate, about 700 conservative Christian leaders are there.

Perhaps you’ve wondered if I or anyone from Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) or Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) is in NYC today and if we are why you haven’t heard from us about this “historic” meeting and if we’re not there, why we aren’t attending. Those are legitimate questions. First, know that we were invited—by at least 3 of the organizing groups and by individual sponsors.  So our absence has nothing to do with our not being invited. (more…)

We Can’t Tell You What You Need to Know in 144 Characters – MUST READ


On June 6, 1944, more than 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, with a clear mission of fighting Nazi Germany. By day’s end, the Allied Forces hadD-day_-_British_Forces_during_the_Invasion_of_Normandy_6_Jun prevailed–but at a high cost. More than 9000 Allied troops were killed or wounded. BUT, the foothold they gained that day at Normandy allowed more than 100,000 troops to begin moving slowly but surely across Europe to eventually defeat Adolf Hitler and his forces.

On that June day 72 years ago, a few stood up for the many. Some of those comparative few gave the supreme sacrifice in the line of duty. Their duty was to face evil head on and destroy it. They did–and we today still enjoy the benefits of their standing up for us, our way of life and our values.

Some say the culture wars are over in America. They are wrong. I know they are wrong because I know evil doesn’t rest, doesn’t sleep, doesn’t take a vacation. Evil is always with us because Satan is real and very active. He especially focuses on children–and I believe the so-called cultural war is really spiritual warfare and right now the focus is children.

Consider the following from Washington State. And please know I know it’s not fun to read this stuff. I’m sorry we have to report it, but we would be derelict in our duty if we didn’t alert you. We want you forewarned and forearmed for the sake of the children in your life.

Our sister family policy council organization in Washington State, Family Policy Institute of Washington, recently reported that the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will be implementing a new curriculum next year that requires students to learn the following :

  • Beginning in Kindergarten, students will be taught about the many ways to express gender.  Gender expression education will include information about the manifestations of traits that are typically associated with one gender. Cross-dressing is one form of gender expression.
  • Third graders will be introduced to the concept of gender identity.  These children will be taught that they can choose their own gender.
  • Fourth graders will be expected to “define sexual orientation,” which refers to whether a person identifies as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual; they’ll also be taught about HIV prevention.  Children in fourth grade will be told that they can choose their sexual orientation.
  • Fourth and fifth graders will learn about the relativity of gender roles and why such roles are social constructs that are not inherent to who we are as male or female human beings.
  • Seventh graders will be expected to “distinguish between biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation.”
  • High school students will critically “evaluate how culture, media, society, and other people influence our perceptions of gender roles, sexuality, relationships, and sexual orientation.”

Next year, Washington State public school children as young as 5 years old will be taught about “gender fluidity” and the difference between gender and sexual identity. This is outrageous. It is wrong. It is dangerous. Is Wisconsin next? I’d say it’s only a matter of time unless and until Wisconsin citizens stand up and say enough is enough. Remember–these are children! What a vicious attack on them. 

Wondering how this ties into the opening of this email? Well, here’s how. Right now there is absolutely no organization in this state other than Wisconsin Family Action and our sister organization Wisconsin Family Council that is standing up for you on this issue. Of course, that assumes you agree with us that this uber-aggressive sexualized agenda is wrong and dangerous. No other organization is speaking up in the media, contacting members of the state legislature, the Attorney General’s office, and the Governor’s office telling them they need to push back–and push back hard–against President Obama’s unconstitutional mandate that forces every public school in the country to let biologial boys use the girls’ restrooms, locker rooms, and shower rooms and vice versa. Wisconsin Family Action is the only organization that has organized a statewide petition, created a petition citizens can use for their own school district, hosted a statewide teleconference call, written letters to the editor and more.

If you know me at all, you know I don’t brag about our work. So please know I’m not bragging now. I am simply telling the truth. Friends, we are it on this issue (and also on anything to do with marriage, family and religious freedom). If you know of others who are actually doing something and not just talking, we’d love to know so we can work with them. We are storming the beaches of Normandy with everything we have–and I am telling you our resources are meager.  This has been an amazingly tough year for us financially–and that’s not meant to alarm. It’s just true. However, we are honored more than I can tell you to stand up for you and your values right now. Your partnership with us financially, in prayer, and in doing some of what is listed below is incredibly important. Please don’t underestimate that. We believe our children are worth doing everything we can to stop this current evil insanity. 

I could never make up what you read above from Washington State. And I’m not overstating it when I say it could be in Wisconsin soon. Now…here are a few options in terms of how you can respond.

  1. Be outraged. Natural inclination but not especially productive. (But I do sincerely hope you are absolutely outraged.)
  2. Share this email!
  3. Sign our Petition – join the statewide effort we’ve initiated to protect our schools and our children.
  4. Contact the school district Superintendent in your area (click here for contact info; just choose your county from the drop-down menu and then your specific school district. Click on the school district’s name on the left of the line and the contact info will come up) and ask them what kind of policy or health and education standards they have regarding gender identity and sexual orientation. Ask to see the policy or guideline and what is being recommended/required to be taught at each grade.
  5. Contact school board members in your district and ask them the same kind of questions. (School board members can be found on the individual district’s website, which also shows up when you follow the info in #3 above.)
  6. Let us know what you find out.  Send responses you receive to, and we’ll publicize the results and provide additional ways you can affect change.
  7. Pray! Frequently, urgently, earnestly. Join with others. Pray as a family, as a church. Surely we are not content to just let this war on our children go on without praying for God to intervene.
  8. Invest financially. We need you, and we need you right now. It takes resources to fight; resources to stand. Imagine if our soldiers had stormed Normandy without guns or tanks or ships or aircraft. It’s the same in this battle; we need resources to be effective. If you want a tax deduction for your investment, click HERE.

Thank you for reading this, for sharing it, for taking action, for joining us as we together storm Normandy–on behalf of the children. Together we can face and even defeat the evil that is currently out to destroy our children. We are incredibly honored to stand up for you and your values–regardless of the cost! My prayer is that 72 years from now there will be people who will look back and be grateful we stood and stood strong.

Julaine Appling, WFA President

“Me Before You” is THEM Duping US


Planning to hit the local theater to see “Me Before You?” If so, you may want to read this first before you open your wallet for this emotionally manipulative film.

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WFA president Julaine Appling warns, “The movie’s goal is for all of us to accept legalized physician assisted suicide. The movie is wrong. People who commit suicide are not loving and selfless heroes. In truth suicide is probably the most selfish act a person can do. Parents—please be proactive on this issue. Talk to your children often about the sanctity and dignity of all human life.”

CLICK HERE to read the movie review from Plugged In.


Wisconsin Family Action Commends Attorney General Brad Schimel and DOJ

Madison – Today the Wisconsin Department of Justice joined a lawsuit filed by Texas against the Obama Administration and its Department of Justice.  The lawsuit challenges the federal government’s recent release of “guidelines” regarding Title IX , which includes an unconstitutional redefinition of the term “sex,” to include “gender identity.”

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “We commend and thank Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel for taking the leadership on this on behalf of all Wisconsin citizens.  Governor Walker and the Wisconsin Department of Justice have repeatedly pushed back against the unconstitutional overreach of the federal government.  This time, the overreach threatens the well-being of our children—Wisconsin’s most valuable resource, to be sure.

With its recent release of the Title IX “guidelines” affecting every public school in the country, and extending to universities and colleges that receive federal funding, the Administration has proven it will stop at nothing to push its agenda — even if it means sacrificing the privacy and safety of the nation’s children.

“There’s much more at stake in this than the blatant federal government power grab.  Real students at every grade level will be affected by the policies this mandate forces on our schools.  I am sure our state leaders are as concerned as I am for the well-being, privacy rights and safety of our students.  I am especially grateful for state legislators such as Rep. Jesse Kremer, who truly understands this issue and repeatedly has provided leadership to protect the privacy rights of all students. After this attempt by the federal government to usurp Wisconsin’s authority in its own schools, I am sure many other state legislators will join him,” said Appling.

While some try to make it appear that these sweeping changes are completely innocuous, more and more women who have been victims of transgender policies in restrooms, locker rooms and showers—the very places included in Obama’s decree—are speaking up. Wisconsin Family Action and the Family Policy Alliance, a national group working with 40 state-based family policy groups, have been working to tell some of the stories of these women.  Kate is one of those women.

“Nobody asked me first,” Kate said. “I felt completely violated. I left there shaking because I felt, ‘No one is looking out for me.’ There are no safeguards in place whatsoever. There’s no reassurance that somebody can’t come in with harmful intentions.”  Watch Ask Me First: Kate.

In addition to its ongoing statewide leadership on this issue, yesterday, Wisconsin Family Action joined over 30 state level groups, as well as Family Policy Alliance and Family Research Council in sending a letter to U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other leaders in Congress, urging them to take legislative action against the Obama Administration’s mandate that puts an agenda over the best interest of children.

Read the letter here.

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Wisconsin Family Action calls on Attorney General to stop the lawlessness

Madison – Last Friday, Milwaukee County Clerk Joe Czarnezki and Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell announced they are now issuing domestic partnership registrations to opposite-sex couples, in direct violation of existing state law.

In 2009, Governor Doyle and the state legislature enacted as a part of the state’s budget a statewide, same-sex-only domestic partnership registry that in many ways mimics marriage.  Chapter 770 of the state statutes clearly includes the requirement that the two persons involved in this domestic partnership must be “members of the same sex” S.770.05 (5).

“It is unbelievable that these arrogant county clerks think they can just ignore the law and do what they want,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA).  “This is an amazing overreach of power. They are simply taking matters into their own hands and saying the State Constitution and any other binding law doesn’t matter.  County clerks have absolutely no authority to unilaterally make law.  None whatsoever.”

Wisconsin Family Action has fought against this registry from the time it was proposed.  WFA sued alleging the registry violated the Marriage Protection Amendment passed by nearly 60% of the people in 2006. The case went to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where WFA lost in 2013.  At no point in these protracted legal proceedings was there anything in any court opinion, including in the Supreme Court’s ruling, indicating that the registry had to include opposite-sex couples.  Likewise, the state legislature has not taken any action whatsoever regarding this registry.

Since last June, WFA has repeatedly asked elected officials, from the Governor down, to dissolve this domestic partnership registry, arguing that in light of the US Supreme Court in June 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage, the registry was no longer needed and was in fact discriminatory against heterosexual couples.  Other than State Representative Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac), no official was inclined to take action.

Appling continued, “This registry was in retaliation against the marriage amendment.  Proponents said it wasn’t ‘fair’ that same-sex couples couldn’t get benefits. The liberal progressives wrote and passed this law to try to erode marriage—and now liberals are trying to take it a step further with no legal authority again using the ‘fair’ argument.  Clearly, making marriage utterly meaningless is their endgame. And clearly they will stop at nothing to get what they want—including ignoring the law.  We are calling on Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel to issue an immediate injunction against this lawlessness.”

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

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OBAMA DECREE ENDANGERS STUDENTS Wisconsin must push back against this unconstitutional power grab

Madison – Today President Obama formalized what he has been threatening for several weeks. Through a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Education (DOE), every public school district in the country has been at least implicitly threatened with loss of federal funding if they don’t provide for transgendered students’ unfettered, unquestioned access to the restrooms and changing rooms of their choice.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented, “President Obama has once again overstepped his authority. The administration cannot unilaterally decide to change the meaning of the word sex as used in Title IX.  Congress, which established Title IX 44 years ago, and the Courts, have never defined sex to include ‘gender orientation.’ Regardless of what he thinks, President Obama is not a king.  He doesn’t get to change the law and issue decrees based on his whims and wishes. That’s not how America works.

“This issue is about the privacy, safety and dignity of all students.  With his edict today, President Obama has essentially put a price tag on the privacy and safety of students—especially female students.  He’s threatened to withhold federal funding if schools don’t conform to his extreme political agenda that includes allowing males in the girls’ bathrooms and locker rooms and girls in the boys’ facilities.  This puts the privacy rights, safety and well-being of all students at risk. And what about girls who have been sexually assaulted? This decree says their fears are meaningless and should not be considered.  At a time when our society is decrying campus and date rape and rails against a so-called ‘war on women,’ you would think the government wouldn’t be interested in putting these women in situations that could easily re-traumatize them.”

Wisconsin Family Action asserts that today’s mandate is completely unnecessary.  Common-sense accommodations are called for, not a blatant usurpation of the right of states and local school districts that takes an extreme and dangerous approach.

Wisconsin Family Action calls on all Wisconsin elected officials and public school administrators to stand against this most recent dictate from President Obama and his administration.  Wisconsin schools must reject this extreme political agenda foisted on our state and our schools by an out-of-control federal government and take reasonable measures to safeguard the privacy rights and safety of all students.

Appling noted, “North Carolina has led the way on this issue and has stood firm; we need to follow their lead.”

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and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.

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We Stand With North Carolina. Do YOU?

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The Obama Administration is bullying our friends in North Carolina,
and we need your help!

As you may remember, Charlotte passed a city ordinance that would’ve threatened women and children’s privacy and safety by permitting men to access their restrooms and locker rooms if they simply claim to identify as female. Thankfully, the North Carolina legislature acted quickly to protect their citizens and passed a law simply undoing the unsafe Charlotte ordinance and ensuring that schoolchildren all across the state would not be forced to encounter someone of the opposite sex in their restroom or locker room. (more…)


Wisconsin Family Action stands with Gov. McCrory

Madison – Today, North Carolina, under the leadership of Governor Pat McCrory (R), responded full-force to the Obama Administration’s bullying regarding the state’s recently enacted, common-sense law (H.B. 2) that protects the bodily privacy and safety of its citizens, especially women and girls.  The state filed a lawsuit today alleging that the federal government has overstepped its bounds with this “baseless and blatant overreach” in threatening to withhold millions of federal dollars to the state if the state doesn’t comply with its interpretation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling commented, “Led by President Obama, this administration continues its pattern of capriciously circumventing Congress and making law with its outrageous and egregious declarations. This time the Department of Justice is the hammer. Fortunately for all of us, North Carolina has a courageous governor in Pat McCrory—a governor who refuses to be bullied by an out-of-control federal government.

“This issue isn’t just in North Carolina. It’s right here in Wisconsin in various municipalities and in our public schools. Representative Jesse Kremer and Senator Steve Nass authored a bill this last session to address this issue in our public schools. Unfortunately, the bill died in committee. But Rep. Kremer has made it clear, he’s coming back next session with a similar bill that will protect the bodily privacy of students in our public schools.”

The May 4 letter from the Department of Justice to Governor McCrory alleges that H.B. 2 is discriminatory.  The letter references federal Title IX education programs and funding as it relates to the University of North Carolina, which is a veiled threat of stopping the millions of dollars in Title IX funding to UNC. H.B. 2 requires, among other things, that all state employees use the restrooms and changing facilities that correspond to their biological sex as stated on their birth certificates. Title IX is generally interpreted in light of how Title VII is interpreted.

“The net result of the Obama Administration’s action will be the rewriting of Title IX without authority and thereby forcing Obama’s ‘bathroom agenda’ in schools across the country, including in Wisconsin. This is constitutionally wrong, and it is definitely not in the best interest of students. Wisconsin Family Action stands firmly with Governor McCrory against the Department of Justice’s bullying,” Appling stated.


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


UPDATE: Over Half Million Pledge to Plant Bulls Eye on Target for Boycott

From The Blaze:

target-logo“Last week, Target Corp. announced that it will continue to allow transgender customers and employees to use the bathrooms and fitting rooms of their preference, regardless of their biological sex. A statement released on Target’s corporate website Tuesday came amid a nationwide legal dispute over whether transgender people should receive special protection under the country’s civil rights provisions. Since that announcement, more than 500,000 people have signed an online pledge  to boycott Target.”

UPDATE 4/27/2016: The number of petition signers has increased to nearly 1,000,000 as of today’s date.

family policy alliance logoThe FAMILY POLICY ALLIANCE (formerly CitizenLink) is also circulating a petition to boycott Target. Click HERE.


“Most managers of local Target Stores had nothing to do with this directive,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “I recommend concerned customers call their local Target stores and ask the manager how he or she plans to ensure the protection and privacy of men, women and in particular children under the new policy especially since it doesn’t require transgenders.”

Contact your local Target Store; contact information HERE.



Pro-Abortion Industry Escalates War On Women

From Family Research Council:

On March 30, 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced changes to the labeling for the Mifeprex®(RU-486) abortion regimen.[1] With these modifications, the FDA accepted wholesale the “off-label” regimen now being used by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. These changes will greatly lower the already inadequate safety standards that had been put in place when the drug was first approved by the Clinton FDA in 2000.


WFA president Julaine Appling notes, “With this move, the pro-abortion industry has escalated its war on women. This is a potent combination of drugs and comes with significant side-effects. The lack of research on certain aspects of this new regimen puts women at more risk than under the original protocol. The abortion industry and the FDA should both be held liable.”


Eau Claire School Board Places Students at Risk

Eau Claire AreaOn Monday, April 4, the Eau Claire Area School Board on a 6-1 vote passed a policy adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to its anti-discrimination policy. The policy was pushed by Commissioner Joe Luginbill, who was elected to the board last year. The policy gives the district superintendent broad authority for developing rules and regulations to implement the policy district-wide. While the policy doesn’t specifically mention restroom and locker room access, Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, warns parents that doesn’t really matter, “There is no way this policy can ignore the restroom and locker room issue if the board wants the policy complied with. A couple commissioners mentioned single-user facilities—but they didn’t say who would be asked to use those. It should be the very small percentage of students who say they are trans-gendered; not the well over 99% of the students who don’t have gender issues.”

Christians Should Reconsider UW System Schooling

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has pledged to hire more counselors in the wake of students claiming the state’s flagship university is fraught with microaggressions and racial bias.

“I’m accelerating the hiring of additional student support counseling services … for student mental health issues related to diversity and climate,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank recentlyannounced to the campus community. Incoming freshmen will also receive some sort of “cultural competency” training under new diversity initiatives detailed by Blank on March 15.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

WFA president Julaine Appling responds, “I think this report should cause Christian parents who are looking at colleges for their kids to think again if they are considering one of Wisconsin’s UW system campuses. The hand writing is on the wall. Traditional or Christian beliefs are not going to be tolerated. And those espousing them won’t be tolerated either. And all this on taxpayer money.”

Wisconsin Family Action PAC Endorses Ted Cruz for President

Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action Federal PAC (WFA PAC) announced today that it has endorsed Ted Cruz for president.

Following is a statement from WFA PAC director, Julaine Appling:

“WFA PAC is pleased to endorse US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) for president. We believe Sen. Cruz has the character, the temperament and the right values to lead America. He has proven throughout his career and during the campaign that he understands the importance of strengthening, preserving and promoting in this country natural marriage and family, the sanctity of human life and constitutionally-provided religious freedom. Read more here.


ACOG: Gender Ideology Harms Children

The Florida-based American College of Pediatricians has released a statement that urges lawmakers, educators, and citizens around the United States to reject the normalizing of surgical or chemical impersonation of the opposite sex to children.

This statement comes on the heels of efforts by activists in several states to normalize and promote a concept of gender fluidity — where an individual can change their gender identity and presentation, regardless of biological realities.

acogFrom the American College of Pediatricians:

The American College of Pediatricians urges educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.


WFA president Julaine Appling weighs in on this issue, “This statement from a medical group is extremely important. It presents the facts that educators, legislators and especially parents need to know about this current craziness of making the abnormal normal as it relates to gender.  Facts are stubborn things; those who willfully ignore them in this critical area are doing great harm to our children.”


Bills redirect taxpGov Walker signs pro-life billsayer dollars away from state’s largest abortion provider

Madison – “We couldn’t agree with Governor Walker more,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action. “As he noted at today’s billing signing, every taxpayer in Wisconsin, whether or not they are pro-life, should be pleased that with the signing of these bills millions of their hard-earned tax dollars will stop being used inefficiently and wastefully. And we would add, even fraudulently.”

Today, at a beautiful pregnancy resource center, Life’s Connection in Waukesha, Governor Scott Walker signed two bills into law, Assembly Bill 310 and Senate Bill 238.  Assembly Bill 310 redirects federal Title X funds away from organizations that provide abortions and to other qualified health centers in the state.  For the last 35 years, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has been the sole recipient of this money.

Read more here.


Wisconsin Family Action and its national family policy alliance say questions remain for Donald Trump.

Madison – Wisconsin Family Action, along with CitizenLink and its national alliance of nearly 40 state-based family policy councils representing millions of Evangelicals nationwide, today released an open letter to presidential candidate Donald Trump calling on him to answer direct questions on his policy positions.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “Time is ticking. We want Mr. Trump to clear up his contradictory record on issues tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens care about. We have invited Mr. Trump several times to join our Presidential Candidate Teleconference Series. He has yet to accept, leaving our constituents wondering.”

Read more here.


Madison – “Stopping waste, fraud and abuse has been a hallmark of the state legislature recently, and today the Assembly stepped up once again to protect Wisconsin taxpayers from these misuses of their hard-earned tax dollars,” said Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

This afternoon the State Assembly passed a bill (SB 238) requiring certain family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to bill the state and its tax payers the actual acquisition cost of prescription drugs it purchases and dispenses through a Medicaid drug program, plus these organizations can bill for a defined dispensing fee. The bill passed on a 61-35 vote along party lines.

Read more here.


Madison – Last week 34 US Senators and 140 Members of the US House of Representatives submitted a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the right of states to pass laws regarding protecting the health and well-being of women seeking an abortion. Among those senators and members of the House are Wisconsin’s US Senator Ron Johnson (R) and US House of Representatives members Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-CD 1), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-CD 5), Glenn Grothman (R-CD 6), Sean Duffy (R-CD 7) and Reid Ribble (R-CD 8).  The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, is scheduled for oral arguments on Wednesday, March 2, before the US Supreme Court.  The Court will likely issue an opinion in this case by the end of June.

Read more here.


Madison –  “I can declare that a dog is a cat and that doesn’t change the truth or the reality—even if I dress the dog up like a cat.  It’s still a dog,” declared Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling in a public hearing yesterday.

The Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations held a hearing Wednesday on a bill, Assembly Bill 800, that goes to great lengths to try to convince people that gambling is not gambling.  The bill blatantly declares that Daily Fantast Sports (DFS) is not gambling and creates a means to legalize the games and regulate them, ostensibly for “consumer protection” reasons.

Read more here.

Wisconsin Family Action Testimony on Student Privacy Protection Bill AB 469

Testimony in Favor of Assembly Bill 469
Assembly Committee on Education
Public Hearing, November 19, 2015
Julaine Appling
President of Wisconsin Family Action

Chairman Thiesfeldt and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak in favor of Assembly 469. I am Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Family Action supports Assembly Bill 469 and respectfully requests your support of this important bill for the following reasons. (more…)