The House of Representatives, this week, approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20 weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth with exception for in cases of rape, incest for minors, and life of the mother. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. Should the Senate approve the bill, President Barack Obama has threatened to veto it.
“We are not thrilled with the exceptions in this bill—because no matter how a baby is conceived, they feel pain—and this bill should be about the baby, not the mother or the method of conception, “says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “However, we are pleased all 5 of the Wisconsin Republican representatives voted “yes.” It’s sad that not one of the 3 Democrats from Wisconsin voted to protect unborn children from pain.”
“In 1994, Jeanne Hall, a resident of King City, Ore., voted in favor of Ballot Measure 16, which for the first time in the United States, would allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives through physician-assisted suicide.”
Is religious freedom desirable?Many Americans will quickly answer without thinking through the implications of their response. Respecting any type of freedom often comes with undesirable consequences.
By favoring freedom of speech, you are protecting the right of people to express themselves in many ways that you consider completely wrong. By favoring the right to keep and bear arms, you run the risk that, somewhere, someone will abuse that right and use a legally purchased handgun in a horrific crime.
But we as Americans have weighed the costs of free speech and the right to bear arms and determined that the desirability of those rights outweighs the negatives that accompany them.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “Our Founding Fathers called religious freedom our first freedom not because it’s part of the First Amendment, but because it is foundational to our other freedoms. Anyone who doesn’t believe that true religious freedom, not freedom of worship, is being severely threatened in our country is fooling himself. Advancing the liberal agenda demands the silencing of religious, especially Christian, objections.”
5/13/2015 UPDATE:The House voted to PASS HR 36, the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act 36 242-184. The bill will now go to the Senate and, if passed, on to President Obama who has stated he will veto such a bill.
Pro-abortion politicians and pro-abortion groups like Planned Parenthood are mobilizing to kill the Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36) which the House is expected to vote on TODAY. The Pain-capable Unborn Child Protection Act will prohibit most abortions after 20 weeks and would save thousands of innocent lives every year. While Wisconsin Family Action believes in life from conception until natural death, H.R. 36 is a step in the right direction towards abolishing all abortion at any stage of life.
Time is short: Call your Wisconsin representative TODAY and tell them you want them to vote in favor of H.R. 36, the bill that would prohibit late-term abortions. If you know who your state representative is, call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your representative’s office.
If you do NOT know who your state representative is, click HERE and enter your zip code.
As we await the outcome of the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision on the redefinition of marriage as we know it and God ordained it – between one man and one woman – we must continue to stand in the gap with fervent prayer. We must not waver on this issue. We will not send up the white flag of surrender.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
CLICK HERE to commit to pray and sign the PLEDGE TO PRAY FOR MARRIAGE!
Pray for discernment and sound reasoning for the Supreme Court justices, that they might understand the importance and meaning of marriage and be able to see through the implications of redefining marriage.
Gather with others to pray for the outcome of this critical decision that affects God’s institution of marriage between one man and one woman. Meet in your home, at a Bible study, over coffee, at a park, at church – and pray with friends, family, and congregations as we stand in the gap for marriage.
For additional information, resources, commentaries, news and more regarding the Supreme Court decision on marriage, click HERE.
Wisconsin Family Action is your go-to resource for marriage, family, life and liberty in The Badger Stage. Visit our website HERE.
Earlier this month, six U.S. senators and 51 members of the House, all Republicans, signed on to a Friend of the Court brief in cases the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments on April 28. The brief supports the right of the states and the people to determine for themselves what marriage will be and argues that judicial restraint on this important matter is prudent.
Only one Wisconsin official signed on – newly-elected Representative Glenn Grothman (R-CD6).
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, responds, “We are very proud of Representative Grothman for signing on to this brief in support of the right of Wisconsin to determine for ourselves what marriage will be. It’s disturbing and disappointing that Republican Representatives Paul Ryan, Jim Sensenbrenner, Sean Duffy, and Reid Ribble, as well as Republican Senator Ron Johnson didn’t join him. Hopefully they aren’t waving the white flag on this critical issue.”
There are far too many examples of the damage caused by gambling – one comes from Elkhart Lake. LeAnne Holden spent 8 years in prison for embezzling money to feed her gambling addiction. Her husband raised their children, suffered through health problems and depression, while she served her sentence. (more…)
In an op ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Christian Schneider chided pro-choice organization NARAL‘s attack on Governor Scott Walker for saying he would sign a bill that bans abortion after 20 weeks. NARAL called Walker “anti-woman” and claimed again that abortion is a “women’s issue.” Schneider said the claim “has become almost as culturally ubiquitous as Pharrell’s song “Happy” and equally as odious.”
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “It’s critical to add to this author’s pro-life position that men are more intrinsically involved in abortion than understanding the science of life. They’ve directly contributed to the creation of this human life.
“Some men have even said the father should have to consent before a woman has an abortion. That’s a political long shot but it’s a great reminder that men are very much involved in this issue.”
“The Fifty Shades of Grey book series and franchise promote torture as sexually gratifying and normalize domestic violence, particularly violence against women. This type of material cultivates a rape and sexual violence culture and is now permeating our society.” (more…)
Julaine interviews Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) regarding a letter he and 31 of his colleagues in the Assembly and Senate sent to the State Legislative Audit Committee. The letter asks the committee to do a full investigation of Planned Parenthood of WI regarding that organization’s use of taxpayer Medicaid funds. (more…)
Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) and Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) work hard on your behalf to strengthen, preserve and promote marriage, family, life and liberty in The Badger State, and beyond! As we step into 2015, we’d like to share some encouraging ideas that may provide a smoother transition and/or breathe new life into the new year for you and your loved ones.
There have been a growing number of reports of NFL players in the media that have caused harm to women via domestic abuse. While violence against anyone for any reason is never acceptable, there is one factor that contributes to this behavior which has been overlooked or omitted by media sources, especially in very public cases such as:
They said it would never happen, but it has. The smack-down on religious freedom has begun and is rolling along with a snowball effect at an alarming rate.
In IDAHO: The Hitching Post Wedding Chapel has been under attack and the minister and his wife face jail time and a hefty fine for refusing to perform a same-sex “wedding” that contradicts their faith. Read more HERE from our allies at Alliance Defending Freedom.
The “HOUSTON FIVE” in TEXAS: Five pastors who were “subpoenaed by the city any writings, correspondence, sermons, etc., that talked about homosexuality, gender identity or the mayor…who identifies as a lesbian.” Read more HERE.
“The political climate in the United States is having a challenging effect on the Church at large. We have to defend religious liberty; it’s foundational to everything we do,” says Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president.
Listen to “The Freedom of the Pulpit: An Essential Right” HERE.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Pray for our nation and our leaders at the local, state and national levels.
Pray for pastors and clergy across our great nation, that they would stand firm and boldly preach the Truth of God’s Word without fear or intimidation.
Pray for those business owners, families, and clergy who are currently being persecuted for refusing to compromise their faith.
Partner with us as we represent your voice in Wisconsin, defending religious liberty in your community, across The Badger State, and in the legislature. Click HERE to donate securely, and THANK YOU.
Perhaps you retrieve your daily news on line or on the television from Fox News, or from the latest USA Today you picked up on your way to work. Maybe your internet home page is set to CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NPR or some other online resource such as Yahoo or Google. Quite possibly your phone is downloading the latest podcasts from your favorite talk radio show as you read this post. Is the local newspaper delivered to your door or your email? Do you know where your news sources weigh in as they relate to your core values?
This week, the Pew Research Center released a new study that “provides a thorough look at political information consumption by the large online population.”
2013 | May 31 – Wisconsin Family Action supports Rep. Craig and Sen. Leibham’s new proposal
MADISON, WI— “Our Founders called religious freedom our ‘first freedom.’ They knew it was one of the most important underpinnings in our society. Like those Founding Fathers, Representative Dave Craig and Senator Joe Leibham get it. They recognize how critical the preservation of religious freedom is in our state and nation,” says Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling.
Assembly Representative Dave Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and State Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) have introduced a proposal that will give Wisconsin citizens the very best legal protection of their religious freedom. This Religious Freedom Amendment adds specific language to the existing religious freedom language in Wisconsin’s Constitution, Article I, Section 18. The language clearly codifies the specifics regarding when “the state” can trump religious freedom. A number of other representatives and senators have signed on as co- sponsors.
In recent years, Wisconsin has experienced a number of situations where the religious freedom of individuals has been threatened or challenged. The Religious Freedom Amendment would clarify the law and, if legal challenges were made, would ensure that courts must follow the law as outlined in the amendment.
“It’s critical that we get this solid language in the constitution so that future Wisconsin judges and courts know exactly what the standards are,” notes Appling. “Our courts haven’t been bad here of late in this area; but as we all know, at any time we are just one election or appointment away from having a judge who would see religious liberty very differently from current judges and courts.”
The Amendment is in the State Legislature for “First Consideration.” Wisconsin law requires that an amendment to the State Constitution pass in two consecutive legislative sessions and then be put on a statewide ballot for voters to approve.
Appling states, “We have been working with Rep. Craig and Sen. Leibham for several months on this proposal. They are true champions of liberty. We are extremely pleased to have this Amendment begin the legislative process under their very competent leadership.”