National coalition releases first-ever Gender Resource Guide for parents

Wisconsin Family Council along with a coalition that includes our national ally Family Policy Alliance, a self-described radical feminist group Women’s Liberation Front, The Heritage Foundation, our sister state organization Minnesota Family Council, and two parent groups 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 who are experts in gender dysphoria, individuals who have lived as the opposite sex and “de-transitioned,” faith leaders, national policy experts, and more.

We are very pleased to offer this important resource to parents. We have already purchased over 100 copies of the print version and made those available for a suggested donation. But this needs wider distribution and online access does just that. We urge parents and pastors especially to visit HERE to download a free copy.

Tonight: CNN/HRC hosts LGBT-focused Democratic Presidential Town Hall

October 10, 2019 – Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue.  The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.

“This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda.”

The LGBT Agenda: You, President Trump & 19 Candidates for President

Tonight CNN and the Human Rights Campaign are hosting a live Town Hall featuring nine of the Democratic presidential candidates. The candidates are Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, Tom Steyer, Pete Buttigieg, Beto O’Rourke, Amy Klobuchar and Julian Castro. The title for tonight’s event is “Power of Our Pride” and will center entirely on the LGBT agenda. This is the first time in history such a presidential event has taken place focused on just this one issue.  The candidates will be asked how they plan to advance the LGBT agenda.
 
This is an unprecedented event and is an indicator of how aggressive the LGBT movement has become in our country. To his credit, President Trump has taken significant action to restore common sense, correct interpretation of federal laws, religious freedom, and parental rights, all of which have been threatened and even harmed by the advancement of the LGBT agenda. 

READ MORE HERE

Minnesota Family Council, in cooperation with several national groups, has released a resource specifically designed to assist parents in navigating the aggressive and now pervasive transgender issue. Understanding the Transgender Issue: Parent Resource Guide is fully researched and documented, defines terms, explains the issue thoroughly and gives parents practical ways to address the issue with their children and especially in schools. A free pdf of the publication is available HERE. Call our WFC office at 888-378-7395 to purchase a print copy.

According to the guide, “The goal [of this guide] is to protect students from harm stemming from irreversible treatments, privacy violations, and compelled speech, and to educate parents about the transgender issue, and to equip parents to advocate on their child’s behalf.”
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Our friends at Minnesota Family Council have done a stellar job on this publication. We believe every pastor, every youth leader and certainly every Christian parent should have this resource. This issue is not going away; it’s going to get bigger and more aggressive—and the target is children. Parents need reliable help now, and it’s available in this guide.”

P.S. As the Democratic candidates for president gear up to prove who’s most radical on LGBT issues, especially transgender ideology, take a moment to download our FREE Parent Resource Guide on the Transgender Trend with everything you need to know about understanding transgenderism, advocating for common sense policies for your child, and acting with compassion toward everyone involved in the conversation!

 

Will SCOTUS Redefine Sex?

From our allies at Center for Arizona Policy:

On Tuesday, October 8, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for three cases to determine   whether a federal law that prohibits employment sex discrimination includes the concepts of “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from discriminating against employees because of their “race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.” The central issue before the Court is how to interpret the word “sex” in the statute.

Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia

In this case, Gerald Bostock alleges the county fired him as the child welfare services coordinator after it learned that he was gay, that he played on a gay recreational softball league, and that he recruited league members as guardians ad litem for children in the courts.

The federal district court and the Eleventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed his case, ruling Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 did not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Altitude Express v. Zarda

In this second case, Donald Zarda—a skydiving instructor— alleges he was fired after he told a customer he was gay and had an ex-husband. Zarda claims he revealed his sexual orientation to a female customer to ease her concerns that he had inappropriately touched her in a flirtatious manner. Zarda sued his employer, arguing in part, his employer fired him out of animus toward gay men.

Zarda lost at the federal district court level, but the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals held that sexual orientation is motivated, at least in part, by sex and is thus a subset of “sex” discrimination prohibited under Title VII.

The Supreme Court consolidated Zarda and Bostock (the case above), so they will be considered together before the Court during the same oral argument. The third case, discussed below, will be considered separately by the Court.

R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC

In this third case, Thomas Rost— a Christian funeral home owner and director— dismissed a longtime employee after the male employee disclosed that he now self-identified as a woman and would no longer comply with the company’s requirement that male employees wear suits. The employee filed a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), alleging he was fired because of his “gender identity” in violation of Title VII.

The EEOC agreed with the employee and filed suit against Rost, but the federal district court ruled that “transgender status or gender identity” are not protected classes under Title VII. However, on appeal, the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the EEOC, concluding that “sex” does include “gender identity.”

Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case, arguing that reading “gender identity” into the word “sex” in Title VII “poses a fundamental threat to people’s ability to speak freely—or the decision not to say something they believe to be untrue— about the issues of sex and gender.” In the brief, we provide examples of doctors, teachers, professors, and others being harassed, demoted, disciplined, or even fired for declining to use a person’s “preferred pronoun.”

To read the brief, click here.

Concluding thoughts…

If the role of the judiciary is to state what the law is, not what the law should be, then the Court should rule the word “sex” in Title VII— passed in 1964— does not include the concept of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”

Unelected bureaucrats and judges have once again erroneously taken it upon themselves to rewrite the law. Hopefully, the Supreme Court will correct their error. Otherwise, transgender ideology and the sexual revolution, in general, could all of a sudden permeate federal law, posing a significant threat to those unwilling to go along with the ever-evolving government-sanctioned understanding of human sexuality.

ICYMI and Noteworthy News and Articles

US Abortion Rate Lowest Since Roe v Wade: Still Not Enough

From LiveAction: “According to a new report published by the Guttmacher Institute, abortion numbers dropped nationally by seven percent from 2014 to 2017, from 926,200 in 2014 to 862,320 in 2017. Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” which publishes more comprehensive abortion numbers than the Centers for Disease Control, says the abortion rate has also dropped 8% (from 14.6 per 1,000 in 2014 to 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44 in 2017), to its lowest level since the Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion in all 50 states in 1973.

“’Since the early 1980s, there has been a significant increase in the percentage of unintended pregnancies being carried to term, This shows that pro-life efforts to change hearts and minds, assist pregnant women, and pass protective laws, are all playing a key role in the long-term decline in the U.S abortion rate,’ Dr. Michael J. New, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute.”

Read more HERE.

While we celebrate every baby saved from abortion, and we are certainly glad abortion numbers are going down, the tragic reality is that nearly 2400 babies a day lose their lives to abortion in our country. Wisconsin accounts for 16 of those babies each day. Abortion needs to end; not just slow down. We must continue to do everything we can to stop this life-taking atrocity.

Assisted Suicide Revived AGAIN in Wisconsin

It’s not the first time. 

Wisconsin lawmakers have introduced legislation that gives terminally ill patients the option to have doctors help them end their lives. The first time this was tried in The Badger State was 1993.

The so-called End-of-Life Options Act (LRB 1624-1) would allow “mentally capable, terminally ill adults with less than six months” to live the ability to end their own lives.

Read more HERE.

This bill is an example of the tenacity of those pushing a liberal agenda. It’s also a reminder of what kind of legislation would become law if the liberals were in the majority in our state legislature. Assisted suicide is wrong. It’s not compassionate. When physicians are involved, it’s a breach of their ethical code. It sends a message that some lives are not worth living. It’s a slippery slope with full-fledged euthanasia at the bottom.

Video: Do No Harm: The Peril of Physician-Assisted Suicide provides valuable information on why physician-assisted suicide isn’t just bad policy, but bad for humanity. Congressman Brad Wenstrup’s (R-OH) extensive medical background and personal experience with cancer in his own family gives him unique insight into why this policy is detrimental to society by way of its devaluing of human life. Click HERE to watch.

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.

Yes, Christmas Tree; Yes, Christmas Wreath But “NO” to Christian Nativity

Yes, Christmas Tree; Yes, Christmas Wreath But "NO" to Christian Nativity

 

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, Shorewood Human Relations Commission members unanimously voted to forward to the Village Board and Business Improvement District board their recommendation that states, “… any religious symbol of the holidays would not be permitted in public buildings and spaces, and would be subject to removal” 

Read more HERE.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds, “Shorewood officials need to be careful to not discriminate against religion. The Supreme Court has ruled that holiday displays on public properties can include religious components as long as the religious elements of the display are part of a larger holiday expression—with Christmas trees, Santa Claus, or the like—making the overall effect of the display secular.”

If you live in the Shorewood area, make sure to weigh in with your Village Board trustee. Click HERE for the list of Shorewood Board Trustees and contact information.

Celebrating Christian Heritage Week

Did you know that last year then-Governor Scott Walker officially declared September 9-15th as “Christian Heritage Week” in Wisconsin? Similar official proclamations have been made in Wisconsin going back at least as far as 1994. If you have school-aged children in your life, ask them if they have heard about “Christian Heritage Week” at school. Sadly, the most likely answer will be “no.”

As of today, no proclamation regarding Christian Heritage Week is on Governor Tony Evers’ website.

Especially noteworthy, is that September 17th is “Constitution Day.” This year marks the 232nd anniversary of the signing of this remarkable document. Find more information on this special day and ideas for sharing its importance with the next generation HERE.

Read the rest of our downloadable “Church Connection” publication HERE. Encourage your church leadership to make these available each month as a bulletin insert or in the church foyer! 

It’s legal to bring “this” to school

The Bible is now a must-have school supply for students like Ethan, who considers it essential for surviving the school day.
“When you have the Bible right out in front of you … when it’s sitting out on the corner of your desk, or in your backpack,” said Ethan, a 16-year-old student in Colorado, “it’s a constant reminder of what God has in store for you and to do what God wants you to do, rather than doing things off of your own selfish ambitions.” 

Thursday, October 4, 2019 is the annual “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” Encourage your child/children to carry their Bible to school not only on October 4, but every day. Make it a part of their routine to make time for God’s Word between classes, at lunch time or while riding the bus.

Learn more about “Bring Your Bible to School Day” HERE.
Click HERE to access your free back-to-school resources.

The Fight Is On For School Choice in Rural Wisconsin

Like a number of rural Wisconsin communities, Mattoon recently lost its only school due to consolidation. The building remains empty, but a local Christian group wants to acquire the building to start a Christian school and become part of the statewide voucher program. However, the Antigo School District owns the building and is blocking their efforts, refusing to let the building be used for any competing educational purpose. Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty is representing Mattoon and another community in a lawsuit against the school district.

The voucher program is designed to give parents an important educational option, especially lower-income families. The Mattoon area has a lot of families that would qualify for the voucher program and would support this private school. What the Antigo school district is doing is wrong in depriving this community of a school and depriving parents of a local and viable educational option.

Read more HERE and HERE.

Click HERE to support the very important work we do each and every day in partnership with you and on your behalf in The Badger State. 

Why Public Schools Need To Engage the Spiritual Side of Students

From Gateways to Better Education (GTBE) for Christians teaching in public schools: “The majority of your students come from homes with religious backgrounds. Yet, too often this is not acknowledged or affirmed in a public school environment.

“The U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that, 80 percent of high school seniors indicate that religion plays a role in their lives.”
Read more HERE.

Gateways has assembled everything you need to help guard your children’s hearts and minds. In the comfort of your home and at your convenience learn how to guide your children through the public schools so they keep their faith and values intact.

CLICK HERE to obtain your “Public School Parenting Kit.”

Planned Parenthood’s Noncompliance Will Cost Them Big Tax $$’s– And that’s just fine with us.

The Planned Parenthood abortion business said this week it will not comply with President Donald Trump’s new pro-life rules that require any recipient of federal taxpayer dollars for family planning to separate out any abortion business it does.

Because the nation’s largest abortion company is so wedded to its abortion business and refuses to separate it from its family planning operations, Planned Parenthood will lose as much as $60 million dollars in taxpayer funds. 

“Frankly, I’m glad Planned Parenthood refuses to comply with the new rule,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “Such a position makes it very clear what Planned Parenthood is really about—and it’s not women’s healthcare. Every taxpayer dollar the abortion giant does not get means a better opportunity for the life of an unborn baby to be saved and his/her mother spared years of emotional and maybe even physical distress.”

Wisconsin Family Action is 100% pro life; from conception to natural death. Click HERE to partner with us for LIFE in The Badger State.!

Wisconsin Family Council Releases Cultural Indicators 2019

Fresh off the press! Wisconsin Cultural Indicators, 2019 Edition is a unique, Wisconsin-specific document that looks at cultural and policy trends that impact the well-being of the state.  This publication clearly shows how important intact, married  mom-and-dad families are to Wisconsin’s well-being, both now and in the future.  It is designed to assist leaders and decision-makers as they deal with policy, programs and cultural situations. 

WFC has distributed print copies to all state legislators, members of the executive branch, secretaries of several state agencies, the Wisconsin congressional delegation, over 300 pastors/ministry leaders in WI, all school district superintendents, all public libraries and to the mayors in Wisconsin’s major cities.

Topics include family structure and economics, childbearing and poverty, K-12  per pupil costs, voucher enrollments, marriage and divorce rates, abortion statistics and much, much more!

Wisconsin’s Cultural Indicators, 2019 Edition is now available online HERE or by contacting our office at 608-268-5074.

Millennials Buying the Lies about Socialism

“We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it 

at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.”
 Millennial Alyssa Ahlgren with Foundation for Economic Education says her generation is buying the lies about socialism because they have never experienced anything other than prosperity and therefore have nothing to compare it to.  She strenuously objects to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s recent comment that her entire generation, “which is…becoming one of the largest electorates…, came of age and never saw American prosperity.” Ahlgren vigorously disagrees. She says, her generation has an entitlement problem and an ungratefulness problem.

Families can help by building into their children true gratitude and a real sense of what poverty is. Talk about God’s goodness and the opportunity we have to be good stewards of the blessing of living in this country. Teach and show children the relationship between work and earning money; trips to foreign countries where true poverty exists can be life-changing.
Read the rest of the article by Ahlgren HERE.

10,000 Signed Petitions Delivered to Governor Evers “Take Down the ‘Pride’ Flag; Unite, Don’t Divide Our State”

10,000 Signed Petitions Delivered to Governor Evers “Take Down the ‘Pride’ Flag; Unite, Don’t Divide Our State”

MADISON, WI –This morning Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council, and a group of concerned citizens in delivering 10,000 signed petitions to Governor Tony Evers’ office in the East Wing of the State Capitol. The petition addresses the Governor’s decision earlier this month to fly the LGBT “Rainbow Pride Flag” over the State Capitol and authorizing other state and public buildings to do the same, if they choose to.

“When the Governor issued his Executive Order regarding this flag on Friday, June 7, we immediately responded by encouraging people to call the Governor’s office and share their opinion on this decision.  On Tuesday, June 11, Wisconsin Family Council launched this petition drive to make it easier for people to express their opinion. In just two weeks we have had 10,000 Wisconsin citizens sign the petition calling on the Governor to remove the ‘Rainbow Pride Flag’ from the state capitol. That’s an incredible response,” Appling commented.

“Obviously many citizens are very concerned about this inappropriate and divisive decision and are reminding the Governor that the State Capitol or any state or public building are places representing all Wisconsin citizens, not just a select special-interest group, and that any flag that flies over these buildings should reflect that truth.”

The petition drive was conducted online, with a print version also available that people could download and circulate for multiple signatures.

Appling further remarked, “Governor Evers said during his campaign and has repeated since he took office, that he wants to unite Wisconsin. Flying this special-interest-group flag over the seat of government belonging to all Wisconsin citizens is anything but unifying. Our state affords Governor Evers many opportunities to find common ground and work together for the benefit of all our citizens.”

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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.

Copy available online here.

View WFA/WFC president Julaine Appling as she hand delivers all 10,000 petitions to Governor Evers’ office today, 6/25/2019, below:

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.

Copy available online here.

Wisconsin Teacher Outs Himself as Trans to Minors at Public School

At a Madison elementary school recently, a teacher announced via a video that he is transgender.

In the nearly eight-minute video he reads a book entitled, They Call Me Mix, a story about a person who claims to be both male and female and everything in between. Formerly known as Mr. B, the teacher says he now wants to be called Mx Steel and referred to by the pronouns they, them and their.

Wisconsin Family Council has verified that the video was shown to first graders without any parental notification. Watch the video (obtained from the teacher’s public Facebook page) HERE.

View the teacher’s Facebook page and statements HERE.
(Update: This Facebook page has now been made private by Mr. Steel.)

We realize Madison schools are more liberal than many schools in our state, but we also know this issue is advancing everywhere at an unbelievable pace. No parent should assume it’s not in their school just because they haven’t heard anything about it. The way Madison parents found out about this indoctrination and usurpation of parental rights was when their kids came home talking about it.

Parents, we cannot emphasize this enough… Get to know your child’s teacher(s). Know the curriculum that is being taught to your student(s). Stay involved. Don’t sit on the sidelines and allow others to indoctrinate your children.

So-called Equality Act does end-run around religious freedom

Last Friday, on a 236-173 vote, the US House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act, a bill that adds gender identity and sexual orientation to all federal anti-discrimination laws. Eight Republicans joined 228 Democrats in voting in support of the bill. Sixteen Republicans didn’t vote, along with seven Democrats.  All three of Wisconsin’s Democratic representatives supported the measure with four of the state’s five Republican representatives voting against the it. Republican Representative Sean Duffy didn’t vote.

This bill, at a minimum, does an end-run around religious freedom, allows men to play on women’s sports teams, forces curriculum changes in public schools to include instruction at all grade levels that affirms same-sex relationships and gender transitions. The bill now moves to the Senate where Wisconsin Democrat and openly homosexual US Senator Tammy Baldwin is a lead sponsor.

American Heritage Girls/Trail Life USA: Boys Will Be Boys/Girls Will Be Girls

Two years ago, Boy Scouts of America announced an historic change. Girls would be allowed to join Cub Scout dens as the organization worked to welcome girls into their flagship program.

By February of this year, girls could become full-fledged Boy Scouts, now just called “Scouts BSA” and so far about 14,000 girls have joined.

In Southern Wisconsin’s Glacier’s Edge Council, nine girl troops have already formed including Troop 7444 in Reedsburg. Read more HERE.

For Reedsburg families who have a problem with their daughters joining the Boy Scouts but want their daughters to be part of an organization for girls that promotes the right values, you need to know Troop WI1412 of American Heritage Girls available. More information on this troop can be found HERE.

To find an American Heritage Girls troop near you, click HERE.

For the Boy Scouts alternative, Trail Life USA, click HERE to find a troop in your area.

New Pro-Life Bills Will Reveal Governor’s True Colors

On Tuesday, five pro-life bills were given public hearings in the state legislature.  The Assembly Health Committee heard testimony on the “Born-Alive Protection” bill and on two bills stopping Medicaid funding for organizations that perform abortions, as well as on a bill that would prohibit abortions based on sex, race, or disability, and on a bill that would require that women seeking a chemical abortion be told about how they can reverse the effects of RU-486. Various senate committees heard the senate versions of the bills. The bills are fast-tracked in both houses.
Wisconsin Family Action **testified on a number of these pro-life bills.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, shares, “While no bill is perfect and each of these bills could be improved—and a couple really should be—the legislature is giving Governor Evers an opportunity to do the right thing regarding protecting human life and safeguarding women.  We will soon find out whether the governor is beholden to Planned Parenthood, or if he is really all about children, as he says he is.”

Briefly, here is a short summary of the bills:
**SB175/AB179: Born Alive Protection Bill – Requires any health care provider present at time of abortion or attempted abortion that results in a child born alive to exercise the same degree of professional skilled care and diligence to presrve the life and health of the child as a reasonably diligent and conscientious health provider would give to any other child born alive after an abortion or an attempted abortion.

Read WFA testimonies on SB175 and AB179 respectively.


SB173/AB182: Prohibits abortion based on sex, disability, race, color, national origin or ancestry. This bill also has an exception for so-called fatal anomalies.


SB174/AB180: Requires certain information regarding an abortion-inducing drug regimen to be given to a woman who is planning to have an abortion induced by the same. This is about the very potent RU486. Essentially, the bill requires that the woman be told that the first drug in the RU486 regimen may not result in an immediate abortion and that if she acts quickly, the woman can reverse the effects of the first drug and perhaps save her baby. This bill also requires abortion providers to report additional information. This information would be added to the “Woman’s Right to Know” publication. 
**AB181/SB199: Prohibits Medicaid funds from going into entities that perform abortions or are affiliated with organizations that perform abortions. This bill provides this prohibition but deals exclusively with Planned Parenthood. There is currently no senate version of this bill.

Read WFA testimony on AB181.


**SB187/AB183: Also deals with stopping these joint federal and state Medicaid monies from going to abortion providers but this bill has an express exemption for hospitals that perform abortions because of certain situations (rape, incest, life of the mother).

Read WFA testimonies on SB187 and AB183 respectively.

With all of these bills having had public hearings this week and the Assembly Health Committee having a vote in the committee today (Thursday, May 9) or tomorrow on these bills, it’s clear that the committee is going to move very quickly on these proposals. We suspect they will all be on the agenda next week when the Assembly convenes a floor session.

By taking action on these pro-life bills, the legislature is giving Governor Evers the opportunity to do the right thing (he has said he is “all about the kids”) and sign the bills into law. If he chooses to veto them, then the entire state of Wisconsin will clearly know where the Governor stands on life and, in some ways, on the protection of women.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Call your state legislator to give your opinion on these bills. Find your state senator and state representative and his/her contact information HERE.
Please continue to pray about these bills and for our pro-life state legislators here in The Badger State.

For Every Winner, There Are Many, Many Losers

Wisconsin news was filled recently when a young man from West Allis won the largest Powerball jackpot in our state’s lottery history. Admittedly, the $326 million after-taxes purse will be life-changing for the winner; but the lottery is much more 

about creating losers than winners. Consider, for instance, that the largest number of scratch-off tickets in Wisconsin are sold in the zip codes with the highest poverty rates and highest welfare dependency. For every winner, there are many, many losers, a situation fostered by state-sanctioned gambling.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, shares, “I sincerely wish this winner well. However, I believe the lottery is a blight on our state. It’s hard to imagine that we think it’s good governing to have a scheme that requires the citizens to lose in order for the state to win. For starters, we need to stop preying on those who can least afford to gamble and quit the heavy lottery advertising, which is unconstitutional, in those high-poverty zip code areas.”

Bethany Christian Services Will Now Place Children in LGBT Homes

From LifeSite News:

“Rather than take a stand for the biblical definition of marriage, Michigan’s largest Christian adoption agency waved the white flag last week, informing its employees that it will comply with a decision issued by the state’s lesbian attorney general that requires faith-based adoption agencies to place children in homes of so-called “LGBTQ” couples if they want to receive taxpayer funding.

‘Bethany Christian Services (BCS), a global nonprofit founded in Michigan in 1944 that currently operates in 35 U.S. states, has announced it will facilitate the placement of foster care children into gay and lesbian households in Michigan.”

BCS president and CEO Chris Palusky penned a response to this decision HERE.

“Adoption agencies should be free to make this kind of decision if they want to; however, they should never be forced to do so. And that’s pretty much what happened,” says Julaine Appling, “Michigan told Bethany Christian Services you either violate your religious beliefs or you must close. Bethany Christian Services either doesn’t really believe what it claims or it just caved to the government bully.”


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FDA Orders Abortions by Mail To Cease

From Family Research Council:

“The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is finally cracking down on organizations that sell abortion pills over the internet. Organizations such as AidAccess.org and Rablon (who host a pharmacy network that includes sites like AbortionPillRx.com and AbortPregnancy.com) were issued letters from the FDA to immediately stop selling unapproved versions of mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs used in the abortion pill regime.”

Read the rest of the article HERE.

Again we see elections have consequences. The FDA is now under conservative leadership. Its rule-making is reflecting this administration’s pro-life, pro-woman positions. This ruling is a recognition that abortion is always heinous, and it’s even more so when greedy people prey on confused and stressed pregnant women. Shutting down these operations is a great move.

Mental Health Crisis Among America’s Youth Is Real

From Institute for Family Studies:
“… there was one societal shift over the past decade that influenced the lives of today’s teens and young adults more than any other generation: the spread of smartphones and digital media like social media, texting, and gaming.

“While older people use these technologies as well, younger people adopted them more quickly and completely, and the impact on their social lives was more pronounced. In fact, it has drastically restructured their daily lives. Compared with their predecessors, teens today spend less time with their friends in person and more time communicating electronically, which study after study has found is associated with mental health issues.”

Read the full article HERE.

Parents really are the key in this area. Giving kids technology too early with little or no oversight and accountability is dangerous in so many ways. Parents need to act on these three words for the well-being of their children—filter, restrict, monitor. Intentional parenting in this area is absolutely required if we are going to spare our children the negative consequences of technology.

Sexual Identity Laws: A Modern Trojan Horse

From Chicago Tribune:

“State and local sexual orientation gender identity policies are a Trojan horse. They claim to promote equality but have been used to allow males into women’s sports and spaces, attack businesses and charities, and politicize medicine.
Even though the overwhelming majority of Americans oppose the effects of these policies, politicians are rushing to expand their reach. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi recently introduced the so-called “Equality Act,” which would elevate sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes in federal anti-discrimination law.”

Read the rest of the article HERE.
“These laws are indeed a Trojan horse,” says Julaine Appling, president of WFA. “From H.R. 5, the so-called Equality Act at the federal level, to similar ordinances passed recently in a number of Wisconsin municipalities, they all—under the guise of equality and anti-discrimination—actually create gross and dangerous inequality and promote discrimination, especially against people of faith. We do well to defeat them at every level.”

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Is Marijuana Legalization on the Horizon for Wisconsin?

Governor Evers’ budget proposal includes legalizing medicinal marijuana and decriminalizing possession of what he says is a “small amount” of marijuana, 25 grams, which is the equivalent of 75 joints. As a backup plan, should the Republican-

WI Governor Tony Evers
WI Governor Tony Evers (D)

controlled legislature not keep these provisions in the budget, Assembly Representative Melissa Sargent, a Democrat from Madison, is holding a press conference today announcing that she is introducing a stand-alone bill to fully legalize marijuana, which would include both medicinal and recreational use.

Read about the budget proposal HERE.

Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, says, “As states across the country have embarked on this drug experiment, the evidence mounts that any legalization of marijuana comes with consequences, not the least of which is increased crime. In fact, law enforcement in Colorado deems this a public safety issue. Wisconsin lawmakers need to hear from citizens before going very far down this policy path.”

Hagedorn wins WI Supreme Court Race

April 3, 2019 – Madison, WI – Yesterday, Spring Election Day in Wisconsin, was an historic day. Despite all attempts to discredit him for his Christian faith, Judge Brian Hagedorn garnered a hard-won and narrow victory in the race to be the next Wisconsin Supreme Court justice.

Wisconsin Family Action extends a hearty congratulations and thanks to Brian and his family for their hard work and steadfast commitment to staying the course despite the unjust attacks on their personal lives and their religious beliefs. We believe Justice-elect Hagedorn will serve us well. We also congratulate Justice-elect Hagedorn’s campaign for all they did to take this race across the finish line.

Wisconsin Family Action recognizes that victories like Brian’s don’t happen without the labor, financial support, time commitment and prayer of supporters like you and your family. Our partnership and excellent teamwork really do make a difference on election day whether the race is local, statewide or even nationwide. So we thank everyone who had anything to do with this victory, including other groups such as Americans for Prosperity, and especially you the voters!

WI Supreme Court candidate Neubauer endorsed by Planned Parenthood

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:


Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer’s family ties to Planned Parenthoodappear to be paying off.   

Neubauer’s parents were active in the Minnesota chapter of the organization, with her mother serving two terms as board chairwoman. Neubauer’s daughter, state Rep. Greta Neubauer, lists herself as a member of the abortion rights group

Neubauer’s campaign said the appellate judge volunteered for Planned Parenthood in the 1990s but is uncertain whether she donated to the group. She hasn’t given to politicians or political groups since taking her seat on the bench a decade ago.

The judge was the lone dissenter in a 2016 appeals court case in which she wrote a 17-page opinion favoring Planned Parenthood.

Now Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin — the political arm of the state chapter — has endorsed Neubauer and this week began spending $100,000 on digital ads supporting her. 

READ MORE HERE