WISCONSIN JOINS STATES PROTECTING PRIVACY AND SAFETY OF STUDENTS

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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MILWAUKEE & DANE COUNTY CLERKS BLATANTLY UNCONSTITUTIONAL

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.”

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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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We Stand With North Carolina. Do YOU?

We Stand w NC UNBRANDED (1)

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…)

NORTH CAROLINA FIGHTS BACK AGAINST OBAMA ADMINISTRATION’S BULLYING

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.

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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.

READ MORE 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.

READ MORE HERE

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.

READ MORE HERE

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.”

GOVERNOR WALKER SIGNS BILLS DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD & RESPECTING WISCONSIN TAXPAYERS

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.

TOUGH QUESTIONS FOR DONALD TRUMP FROM WISCONSIN’S AND AMERICA’S FAMIILIES

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.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION COMMENDS STATE ASSEMBLY FOR PROTECTING TAXPAYERS BY DEFUNDING PLANNED PARENTHOOD

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.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION COMMENDS WISCONSIN’S PRO-LIFE MEMBERS OF CONGRESS & ATTORNEY GENERAL

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.

WISCONSIN FAMILY ACTION TO LEGISLATORS: DAILY FANTASY SPORTS IS GAMBLING

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…)

Rep Vos claim is disturbing; Bill is about character of Wisconsin

This past Tuesday the Senate Committee on Health held a public hearing on three pro-life bills that have already had hearings in the State Assembly. Republican Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) chaired the nearly 6-hour hearing. One of the bills bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies. During the hearing Republican Assembly Robin Vos (R-Rochester) tweeted out that he would not be bringing the Assembly version of that bill to the floor because he doesn’t have 50 yes votes on the proposal. Julaine Appling with Wisconsin Family Action testified at the hearing and responds, “It’s very disturbing that the Speaker can’t find 50 votes out of 63 fellow Assembly Republicans all almost all of whom at least claim to be pro-life. This bill is about the character of Wisconsin and how we view human life. Apparently quite a few Republicans are more interested in protecting scientific experimentation on aborted.”

WI House Speaker Robin Vos

WI House Speaker Robin Vos

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WI Medical College MDs Pen Op Ed: Use of Fetal Tissue Unethical

From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Unprecedented attention has been given to Assembly Bill 305 in the Wisconsin Legislature, which would restrict the use of abortion-derived fetal tissue for research. Opponents of the bill, including those in biomedical research, have openly shared arguments against such restrictions.

However, we, who are also scientists and doctors, do not share this view. We do not agree that research using human fetal or embryonic tissue from abortions or procedures such as IVF is ethical or a requisite approach for advancing scientific inquiry or preventing suffering.

The argument that fetal-derived tissues must be used in research to develop medical treatments is false. Many therapies have been developed using cell lines not of fetal origin, including insulin for diabetes (produced in bacteria), Herceptin for breast cancer and tissue plasminogen activator for heart attack, stroke and pulmonary embolism (both developed in Chinese hamster ovary cells).

Read the rest HERE.

The Medical College of Wisconsin physicians who signed this op ed are:

Tara Sander Lee, PhD
Kathleen M. Schmainda, PhD
Maria B. Feeney, PhD
William Drobyski, M.D.
Bryon D. Johnson, PhD
Keri Hainsworth, PhD

Wisconsin: CALLS NEEDED NOW! Time to BAN the trafficking of the body parts of aborted babies

CALLS NEEDED NOW TO YOUR STATE REP AND SENATOR!

It’s time to ban the trafficking of the body parts of aborted babies.

Earlier this week, the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Rep. WI CAPITOL.jpgJoel Kleefisch, chair) voted to move Assembly Bill 305 (AB 305) to the full Assembly for a vote. This bill bans in Wisconsin what we have seen this summer in the Center for Medical Progress videos exposing Planned Parenthood horrifically trafficking in the body parts of the babies they abort. (more…)