“First Liberty Institute informed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that faith leaders representing millions of believers in the United States fear “a swarm of lawsuits blaming houses of worship and religious ministries for any person who attended a religious gathering or received food or shelter from a charity or ministry and subsequently contracted COVID-19.”
The legal organization urged Congress to protect groups of believers from lawsuits related to the coronavirus and the manifold orders currently in place.
The statement was accompanied by a letter to members of Congress, which was signed by hundreds of religious and conservative leaders, including Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, Fr. Frank Pavone of Priests for Life, radio host Eric Metaxas, and Protestant preacher Franklin Graham.
Julaine Appling, WFC president, says, “Wisconsin Family Council is honored to be one of the organizations that signed this letter. We are grateful for First Liberty’s proactive work to protect churches and ministries. The reality is today many are very quick to file lawsuits with or without merit. Churches have admirably risen to the challenge of ministering effectively during this pandemic; they should be thanked and protected, not threatened with lawsuits.”
Following the Supreme Court of Wisconsin’s ruling striking down Wisconsin’s Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers today approved a statement of scope (DHS 145) developed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS)
EMAIL OR CALL all members of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) COMMITTEE regarding your thoughts on the Governor’s new proposed “safer at home” order and how it affects your family and/or business and ask him/her to push back against the order.
***If you are a constituent of any member of JCRAR, please list “CONSTITUENT” in the subject line of your email. This is VERY important, as constituent emails mean more. If you are not sure if you are a constituent of any of the members of JCRAR, you can find this information HERE – Enter your address at the top right to find out who your Senator/Representative is.
PLEASE EMAIL AND/OR CALL ALL SENATORS/REPRESENTATIVES the following (copy/paste): Senator or Representative Representative Ballweg (Co-Chair) (R) (608) 266-8077 Senator Nass (Co-Chair) (R) (608) 266-2635 Representative Neylon (Vice-Chair) (R) (608) 266-5120 Senator Stroebel (Vice-Chair) (R) (608) 266-7513 Senator Craig(R) (608) 266-5400 Senator Larson(D) (608) 266-7505 Senator Wirch(D) (608) 267-8979 Representative Quinn (R) (608) 266-2519 Representative Hebl (D) (608) 266-7678 Representative Subeck (D) (608) 266-7521
Earlier this year, fourteen parents of children in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) filed a lawsuit alleging district policies regarding transgender students purposefully keeps parents in the dark about what their child is doing in this regard and even encourages staff to deceive parents, if necessary. The district has asked the court to dismiss the case and is arguing that if it goes forward the names of the parents should not be kept anonymous as the original filing requested. An initial hearing in the case is scheduled before a Dane County Judge on Tuesday, May 26.
The school district has a fundamental misconception. Children do not belong to the state nor to one of its agencies—in this case a public school. Children belong to their parents, who are responsible for them in every way. Nothing should be withheld from parents of minor children. It is the height of arrogance for the district to persist in claiming their policies are right and these parents are wrong.
“Congressman Jeff Duncan, Senator Lindsey Graham, Senator Tim Scott, and Congressman Ralph Norman, along with 133 other Members of Congress, filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of states’ authority to choose Medicaid providers and defund Planned Parenthood.”
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Applings says, “Out of 133 members of the US Senate and the US House who signed on to this important brief regarding states and abortion, I have to say I’m disappointed and a bit surprised that only one of Wisconsin’s congressional delegation signed on—and we have 9 possibilities. That member is Representative Glenn Grothman, a Republican from the Fond du Lac/Oshkosh area.”
This week’s Wisconsin Family Connection radio program focuses on a brand new concept for school choice in Wisconsin that opens up exciting doors for Christian home education.
“Suddenly lots of parents in Wisconsin are doing schooling at home—parents who never intended to do that. For many other parents, little has changed for them as it relates to the education of their children during the COVID-19 situation. They homeschool all the time—by choice—and are thankful for the opportunity to do so.
In 1983, after a pretty bitter battle involving the state legislature and the Department of Public Instruction, a private-school/homeschool law was passed. This law clearly defines what a private school is, including required number of instructional hours and what constitutes an acceptable curriculum, and also legalizes home education. That this law has remained virtually untouched for the past 37 years is nothing short of miraculous, and the home-education part of it is still one of the best in the country.
Homeschooling and traditional private schools are two of the educational options Wisconsin parents have today for the education of their children. Over the intervening years, we’ve added others, such as the nation’s first Parental Choice Program, known more commonly as the voucher program. This program allows parents who qualify to send their children to a private school, including a private religious school, using a voucher issued by the state. (more…)
WISCONSIN CITIZENS CALL ON GOVERNOR EVERS TO OPEN WISCONSIN Wisconsin Family Action leads petition to reverse extended stay-at-home order
MADISON, WI – Today, Wisconsin Family Action launched a statewide online petition calling on Governor Evers to stop extending the time Wisconsin is shut down and instead begin taking positive steps to open the state for business, including allowing some church services again.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “We are grateful the efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our state have worked and our numbers have stayed quite low. In fact, as of today, seven counties have not reported even one case of the virus. We’ve flattened the curve; so it’s time to begin opening Wisconsin for business again. However, and very disappointingly, Governor Evers is prolonging the time we have to keep our places of commerce, education, and religion shuttered. We believe Governor Evers needs to hear loudly from the people of Wisconsin that we think his new emergency order is misguided and will hurt our state and its families more than help.”
The individual signed petitions will be printed and mailed to the governor on a regular basis.
“Forty-five of our 72 counties are reporting 10 or fewer positive cases of the virus. Let’s keep exercising common sense, responsible distancing, and good hygiene to make sure we keep this illness contained. But it’s counterproductive to keep the entire state closed, causing untold harm to so many individuals and families. That’s the message we want Governor Evers to hear and heed,” noted Appling.
“For more than six months, Democrats have used their positions of power to disenfranchise Republican voters, artificially boost Democrat turnout, and make voter fraud much easier to commit. Alarmingly, this disgusting abuse of power and attempted electoral interference has been going on in plain sight.
“When Republican Congressman Sean Duffy suddenly announced his retirement last September, Democratic Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced that a special election to replace him would take place not on the traditional Tuesday, but rather on a Monday. More bizarrely, the primary election would take place on Monday, December 30th, the day before New Year’s Eve and in the middle of the week in which more Americans are on vacation than any other. The general election was set for Monday, January 27th, 2020.
“Why not a Tuesday? Governor Evers said that the earliest he could legally schedule the primary was Monday, December 24th, but since that was Christmas Eve, he didn’t want to schedule an election on a holiday. Naturally, Evers never explained why the general election had to also be on a Monday instead of Tuesday, January 28th, but the reason was rather obvious. He wanted to artificially depress turnout in the heavily Republican Seventh Congressional District, which had re-elected Duffy by a 60%-39% margin even in the “Blue Wave” 2018 midterm.
“Voters naturally would assume that the election was on a Tuesday, and since far more Democrats than Republicans typically vote early (while far more Republicans vote on Election Day itself), far more Republicans than Democrats would miss the election because of the crazy scheduling.”
NON-ESSENTIAL SURGERIES ARE CANCELED ACROSS THE STATE, BUT ABORTIONS CONTINUE.
YOU HEARD US RIGHT.
Yesterday Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers issued Emergency Order #12, Safer at Home Order, which states that “the number of people needing medical care due to COVID-19 will significantly exceed the amount of available healthcare resources (and)…the entire State of Wisconsin – including residents, businesses, community organizations, and government – need to take all possible actions to reduce further spread of COVID-19 to save lives.”
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? The emergency order stops all non-essential business and operations through April 24, with the exception of healthcare and public health operations including, but not limited to, hospitals, medical facilities, clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers for response to urgent health issues or related COVID-19 activities. More importantly, it states that “Healthcare and Public Health Operations shall be broadly construed to avoid any impediments to the delivery of healthcare, broadly defined.”
ABORTIONS CONTINUE ACROSS WISCONSIN. WHY? Because this order does not specifically exclude abortion providers as essential healthcare and public health operators, Wisconsin’s surgical and chemical abortion facilities will be allowed to continue killing preborn children in a “business as usual” manner without fear of repercussion.
Abortion is NOT healthcare, and it certainly is not “essential” healthcare. It is an elective procedure that kills innocent preborn human beings.
WHAT ABOUT PROTECTING OUR HEALTHCARE WORKERS AND CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS? At a time when medical resources are crucial to the survival of those who are critically ill or severely affected by the Coronavirus crisis, non-essential procedures contribute to the community spread of COVID-19 and put more people, specifically healthcare workers and patients, and then the GREATER COMMUNITY, at very high risk. The personal protective equipment (PPE) (i.e., masks, gowns, etc.) that is already in short supply continues to be used by abortion facilities to kill babies, either by ELECTIVE surgical abortions or by ELECTIVE chemical abortions.
BY THE NUMBERS: There are 808 abortion facilities in the United States and 2,600 abortions that occur EVERY DAY. If there is a minimum of three people that come in contact with each abortion, that equates to 7,800 PPE masks used every day. Hospitals, where people’s lives are actually saved, are pleading to have volunteers make PPE masks to supply the demand.
Governor Evers continues to allow babies to be killed by abortion while claiming to be doing everything he possibly can do to avert a state and national disaster. TELL HIM TO STOP NOW.
Please CONTACT Governor Evers NOW and urge him to
Immediately SHUT DOWN Wisconsin’s abortion facilities for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency order. Abortion is NOT healthcare and will result in killing preborn children, spreading the deadly Coronavirus and using up scarce medical supplies.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Call Governor Evers at (608) 266-1212 or send a message on his official website HERE. Every minute that we allow to go by more lives become at risk and more children will lose their lives at the hands of abortionists across Wisconsin. Please don’t hesitate. Pick up your phone and call now!
Wisconsin Family Action is 100% pro-life from conception to natural death. We are appalled at the continuance of abortion across The Badger State during this critical time in the history of Wisconsin, and every day, and will continue to take our place on the front lines with partners like you on behalf of the unborn.
On Monday, March 16, Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) and DaySpring Church hosted, for the first time ever, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum at DaySpring Church in Pewaukee. Candidates invited were Justice Daniel Kelly and Jill Karofsky. Karofsky did not attend the forum and did not respond to any of our invitation efforts.
On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, Wisconsin has a critical Supreme Court election. As part of our organization’s attempt to do our best to engage with Wisconsin families about issues of great importance in The Badger State, we provided this candidate forum so you, as a voter, could take advantage of this opportunity to hear the candidates’ views on the role of the court, the upcoming election, their qualifications and more. Due to precautions stemming from the Coronavirus and in consideration of the Governor’s request that there be no events with over 50 people gathered (at that time), we were not able to allow the general public to attend this event. Instead, we made it available via our Facebook as a “live” event and our media host, VCY America, aired the event live via radio and also video recorded the Candidate Forum to be watched at your convenience HERE.
We extend our gratitude to our panelists, Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, Executive Director of VCY America, as well as our media host, VCY America. We also thank Justice Daniel Kelly for his attendance and time spent discussing his judicial philosophy and responding to numerous questions from our panelists. Justice Kelly’s wife Elisa accompanied him to the forum.
Photo, left to right: Julaine Appling, Jim Schneider, Daniel Reehoff, Justice Daniel Kelly
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: If you missed the forum, you may simply CLICK HERE and watch at your convenience.
A fearless Hudson, Wisconsin pro-family group staged a bold preemptive action. They forced their local library board to enact a strong new policy that would make it nearly impossible for Drag Queen Story Hour to come to their public library.
Last summer, citizens from the St. Croix Valley noticed that “drag queen” events were happening in several public libraries in the area. They became very concerned that it would soon spread to towns like theirs. READ MORE HERE
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “Way to go, Hudson! This is how the multiplied power of one works. When one citizen gets involved and helps another citizen who in turn engages someone else, incredible things can happen. Keeping these unwholesome and brainwashing events out of public libraries ought to be happening in every community in our state. Hudson has given everyone a great example to follow.”
By Dave Lingle, Wisconsin Family Council Church Ambassador
SPECIAL TIME-SENSITIVE OPPORTUNITY: The Colson Center is offering “A CrashCourse in Culture and Worldview” next week. Five daily 1-hour-and-15-minute webinar sessions presented by John Stonestreet, Sean McDowell, and Brett Kunkle. You can register for it HERE.
Do as many of the things you would normally do as possible. For the sake of your own emotional, and I would say spiritual health, don’t develop a cave mentality (crawling into the cave, close yourself in and don’t come out for any reason). Be wise, practice the recommended guidelines for limiting the spread of germs, but don’t become hermits. That isn’t a healthy or normal way to live. I went out the other day and early-voted, picked up a salad for our supper and filled the tank with gas. It felt good to do normal kinds of things.
Don’t “panic buy” supplies, and don’t make any decisions based on emotional responses to this crisis. “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound [sober] mind” (II Timothy 1:7).
Check on your neighbors; you can do this with a phone call or a text message. My neighbors were recently on a vacation trip and I texted them to see if they were back and doing okay; people appreciate the contact.
Contribute to a local food bank. With work cutbacks, closings or layoffs, more people than ever will need assistance. Help as you are able.
Check on your neighbors; you can do this with a phone call or a text message. My neighbors were recently on a vacation trip and I texted them to see if they were back and doing okay; people appreciate the contact. WFC President Julaine Appling was on a White House briefing call this week regarding the COVID-19 situation. One of the doctors on the President’s task force astutely said, “Don’t let social distancing become social isolation.”
Maintain your Bible reading and devotional commitment. Now is not the time to sit around watching TV. Read some good books. Listen to some good music. Lesson to some good podcasts. I personally like The World and Everything In It, from World News, and The Briefing, from Al Mohler. And be sure to add our WFC podcasts to your list: Wisconsin Family Minute, Wisconsin Family Connection, and Home Front.
Tackle some projects around the house. Maybe you have been thinking about painting a room, or making some repairs, or doing some upgrades. Now is a great time to tackle those things. Go out and purchase those needed supplies, which helps the economy and local businesses, and then make those improvements.
FaceTime or Skype with friends and family. We miss holding our grands and hanging with them, but they have been sick (NOT with COVID-19) and school is closed; so they have been staying home, and we see them via FaceTime.
No one knows if you are live-streaming your church’s services or not, but do it anyway. It will help you stay connected with your local body of believers. If your church does not have this technology, then the next best thing is to participate in what someone else is doing.
Maintain your financial support of your local church. I have said this in several venues−this thing isn’t going to last forever. If we want our pastors and ministries to survive, we MUST continue to support them.
Ask the Lord for wisdom (James 1:5).
Pray. “Be careful [anxious] for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).
Pray for healthcare workers who are on the front lines. Pray for protection of their health and protection of the health of their families. Pray for your pastors and the leaders of your church.
Pray God will use this crisis to draw people to Himself.
Pray for your local, state and national elected officials. Download the If 7:14 app on your smart phone, if you have one, as a reminder to pray twice a day for them.
You don’t have to wait until April 7 to vote! Some municipalities in Wisconsin began early in-person voting this week, and more will begin early in-pereson voting next week. To find details for your early voting polling location, visit: www.my.wi.gov. You will need to call your municipal clerk to find out what days and hours early in-person voting is available.
Not registered to vote? The deadline to register online or by mail is today. You can still register to vote after today’s deadline, but you will have to do so in-person. Registering to vote is easy and can be done online at myvote.wi.gov.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is April 2. However, we highly recommend you request your absentee ballot no later than March 27, if you plan to return it to your municipal clerk via the mail, as it must be received by 8 p.m. on April 7. To request an absentee ballot, visit myvote.wi.gov.
In the event you’re unable to make it to the polls on election day, early in-person or absentee ballot voting is the best way to make sure your vote counts.
We urge you to create a plan to vote that best accommodates your individual situation. President Trump and Justice Daniel Kelly are counting on your vote!
NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR ALL AMERICANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC AND FOR OUR NATIONAL RESPONSE EFFORTS – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty. As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship. But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones. I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.
As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle. We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7: “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.” Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time. With God’s help, we will overcome this threat.
On Friday, I declared a national emergency and took other bold actions to help deploy the full power of the Federal Government to assist with efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic. I now encourage all Americans to pray for those on the front lines of the response, especially our Nation’s outstanding medical professionals and public health officials who are working tirelessly to protect all of us from the coronavirus and treat patients who are infected; all of our courageous first responders, National Guard, and dedicated individuals who are working to ensure the health and safety of our communities; and our Federal, State, and local leaders. We are confident that He will provide them with the wisdom they need to make difficult decisions and take decisive actions to protect Americans all across the country. As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91: “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”
As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help. Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been. As one Nation under God, we are greater than the hardships we face, and through prayer and acts of compassion and love, we will rise to this challenge and emerge stronger and more united than ever before. May God bless each of you, and may God bless the United States of America.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim March 15, 2020, as a National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts. I urge Americans of all faiths and religious traditions and backgrounds to offer prayers for all those affected, including people who have suffered harm or lost loved ones.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourteenth day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand twenty, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-fourth.
DONALD J. TRUMP
The White House · 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW · Washington, DC 20500-0003 · USA · 202-456-1111
March 13, 2020 – Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Council and DaySpring Church in Pewaukee are hosting a Candidate Forum this Monday, March 16th at 7 pm. Candidates for Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice have been invited to share their views on the role of the court, the upcoming election and their qualifications. Due to precautions stemming from the Coronavirus and in consideration of the Governor’s request that there be no events with over 250 people gathered, this event is being closed to the public.
However, the forum will be held.
VCY America as the media host will be providing live coverage starting at 7 p.m. Monday on VCY America Radio. Live streaming will be featured on Wisconsin Family Action’s Facebook page, and the forum is being videotaped for airing on WVCY Television, TV30, Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Council will moderate the event and will be joined by panelists Pastor Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, executive director of VCY America.
Media outlets wishing to cover the forum should contact Wisconsin Family Council by phone (608-334-6435) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than noon on Monday, March 16.
Wisconsin voters are encouraged to view the forum online or via radio, starting at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 16, 2020.
On Tuesday, April 7, every Wisconsin ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”
The referendum, if passed, would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if their rights have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.
Wisconsin Family Action is not taking an official position in support of or opposed to this referendum. We are simply alerting you that it will be on your ballot and encouraging you to get prepared to vote on it.
Below are some links to articles you can reference to help you make your decision at the ballot box.
From the Department of Justice (DOJ) – Click HERE.
On Tuesday, April 7, every ballot will have a referendum regarding the rights of victims of crime, commonly referred to as Marsy’s Law. Marsy’s Law would give victims the constitutional right to enforce their rights in the court of law if they have been infringed upon during the criminal justice process.
According to the web site for Marsy’s Law for All, the law is named for Marsalee (Marsy) Nicholas, a “beautiful, vibrant University of California Santa Barbara student, who was stalked and killed by her ex-boyfriend in 1983.”
Republicans in the state senate and assembly have authored and supported this proposal and it has passed now in two consecutive legislative sessions per the law with a good measure of bipartisan support.
The wording of the question as it will appear on your ballot is as follows:
Additional rights of crime victims. Shall section 9m of article I of the constitution, which gives certain rights to crime victims, be amended to give crime victims additional rights, to require that the rights of crime victims be protected with equal force to the protections afforded the accused while leaving the federal constitutional rights of the accused intact, and to allow crime victims to enforce their rights in court?”
Essentially, according to those supporting this proposal, Marsy’s Law would strengthen some of the rights guaranteed the victims of crimes in state law by putting them into the state Constitution. It also adds a couple of rights to those currently recognized for victims of crime. Supporters say it is intended to level the playing field between the rights and protections that alleged criminals have and the rights and protections victims of crime have.
Those opposing the amendment say it will somehow affect the rights of the accused, that it’s unworkable and counterproductive, and claim it somehow violates the US Constitution.
Tuesday, April 7, is Election Day. Early in-person voting begins across the state on March 23. In Milwaukee, early voting begins Monday, March 16 and will run through Sunday, April 5. If you’d like to vote early, contact your municipal court for specific dates and times. Find your local municipal clerk’s information HERE.
State Representative Chris Taylor (photo left), a Democrat from Madison and formerly the lobbyist for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, is calling for the legislature to pass what she calls the Respect Women Act. In an op ed published this week in the Cap times, Taylor lauds Governor Evers for vetoing pro-life legislation that the legislature has passed this session. The bill she is pushing would essentially undo all restrictions on abortion in Wisconsin, including the 24-hour waiting period, requiring an ultrasound, and the current ban on abortions after 20 weeks.
Wisconsin’s abortion numbers sadly ticked up a bit this year, but imagine what those numbers would be without the restrictions we currently have. Elections really do have consequences. Planned Parenthood has included Wisconsin in its targeted states for this election cycle. They are spending millions to try to flip conservative state legislatures to liberal, pro-abortion legislatures.
Monday, March 16, from 7-8:30 p.m., Wisconsin Family Council (WFC) and DaySpring Church will be hosting, for the first time ever, the Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Forum at DaySpring Church in Pewaukee. Our media host for this event will be VCY America. WFC president Julaine Appling will be the moderator and a panelist, along with Pastor Daniel Reehoff of DaySpring Church and Jim Schneider, Executive Director of VCY America.
This Candidate Forum is the perfect opportunity for you to hear the candidates’ views on the role of the court, the upcoming election, and their qualifications. The Candidate Forum is free and open to the public.
Find all the information you need to know about our Candidate Forum on our brand new Vote Right Wisconsin website by clicking HERE!
Mark your calendar and plan to fill your vehicle with friends, family and neighbors. Get the word out now and plan to arrive early as we expect a full house for this event! Light refreshments will be available before the Forum.
The state Department of Health has released the newest abortion data, and they don’t fare well for Wisconsin. The number of induced abortions reported for Wisconsin residents in 2018 was 6,042, an increase of 7 percent over induced abortions reported in 2017. Women ages twenty to twenty-four accounted for the largest proportion, thirty percent, of abortions in 2018. Eighty-six percent of reported induced abortions were obtained by women who were not married at the time of the abortion. Eighty two percent of women who had abortions have never been married. READ THE REPORT HERE
Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “It’s discouraging to see the number of abortions increasing. We still have a lot of work to do to change hearts and minds. However, the data once again clearly show that the safest place for an unborn baby is in the womb of a married woman. Only 14% of these abortions were obtained by married women. While that’s still much too high, it reminds us marriage really is a difference-maker.”
SPEAKING OF ABORTION…
This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to have hospital admitting privileges to treat women who have emergency complications. Opponents say this requirement places an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. Louisiana state attorneys, with backing from the Trump administration and support from pro-life groups, contend the law is aimed at improving health and safety measures at abortion clinics. This will be the first abortion case President Trump’s appointees, Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, will hear.
Wisconsin has a similar law that has never been enforced because Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit against it shortly after Governor Walker signed the bill. The decision of the court will have implications nationwide. Wisconsin Family Action was honored to join with a number of other pro-life family policy councils from around the country in submitting a friend-of-the-court brief in support of the law.
Listen to the update to the case on this week’s Home Front radio program HERE.
Last week the state senate gave the needed final vote on a bill, SB 28, that helps families control their health care. The direct primary care bill, authored by Republicans Representative Joe Sanfelippo and Senator Chris Kapenga, exempts direct primary care agreements from the state’s insurance laws. Direct primary care agreements are contracts signed between a health-care provider and an individual in which the health-care provider agrees to provide primary care services to the individual for an agreed-upon fee and period of time. Governor Evers vetoed the bill last Friday.
“Direct primary care agreements offer families more flexibility and very often more affordability in their health care,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president. “It’s part of how we keep or help families become self-sufficient and independent. Getting insurance companies out of these agreements assures more control by the people directly giving and receiving the health care. Apparently Governor Evers isn’t interested in truly helping Wisconsin’s best natural resource–her families.”
From LiveAction.com: “In a 7-4 decision, an en banc panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted injunctions that blocked the Trump Administration’s Title X rule change. Dubbed The Protect Life Rule, it requires that abortion businesses separate their abortion services from their family planning/birth control services both physically and fiscally in order to qualify for Title X family planning federal funding.”
Read the rest of the article HERE.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “President Trump’s decision about Title X funds has saved taxpayers tens of millions of dollars. The Ninth Circuit’s decision is definitely a good one. Planned Parenthood’s reason for existence is not women’s health care; it’s abortion. Over the years they have found ways to hide that reality; but each year they continue to lead the nation and our state in the number of babies killed by abortion.”
PARENTS BRING LAWSUIT AGAINST MADISON SCHOOL DISTRICT Represented by Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty, parents seek to protect their rights
MADISON, WI – Today a group of parents with children attending school in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) pushed back against the District’s unconstitutional overreach and usurpation of their rights as parents.
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) is representing fourteen parents from eight families in a lawsuit filed in Dane County. The lawsuit challenges MMSD policies that allow children as young as kindergarten to change their gender identity while at school without any parental notification, let alone consent. Beyond that, the policies require MMSD employees to keep from parents, even to the point of deceiving them, anything about the gender identity their child has chosen to display at school. While this case is specific to MMSD, the decision will have statewide implications.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, commented: “These policies are wrong. They don’t just violate the constitutional rights of parents, which is certainly bad enough, but they are harmful to children. No school should have any policy that keeps parents in the dark about anything that concerns their children.
“For several years our organization has been alerting parents across the state to the possibility of these types of policies being formed and implemented in school districts in their communities. While Madison’s policy has come to the public’s attention, we believe parents should be contacting their local school boards to find out what policies, whether explicit or implicit, are being followed in their schools on this important issue of gender identity and parent notification and consent.
“We are grateful to these Madison parents and to WILL for taking this much-needed action. Parents don’t jettison their rights when they send their children to a public school. Protecting those rights is essential to the health and well-being of the children.”
The complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court is available HERE.
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.
Thank you, Chairman Sanfelippo and committee members, for the opportunity to testify on Assembly Joint Resolution 130.
Wisconsin Family Action strongly supports this joint resolution.
Currently, Article I, Section 1, of the Wisconsin Constitution provides that only those who are “born” are afforded certain “inherent rights,” including the right to life.
Joint Resolution 130 proposes to amend the language of Article 1, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution to reflect that, as applied to the right to life, the term “persons” applies to every human being in any stage of development, born or unborn.
We support this change for five main reasons:
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Madison, WI – Wisconsin Family Action PAC (WFA PAC), the state’s only conservative pro-family PAC, announced today it has endorsed incumbent Justice Dan Kelly for a ten-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
WFA PAC director Julaine Appling, commented, “Justice Dan Kelly has everything we look for in a judge, especially for our state’s highest court. He has made it very clear and very public that his judicial philosophy is that the courts are not lawmakers; that’s the job of the legislature. The role of the judiciary, as Justice Kelly puts it, is to interpret the laws according to the clear language of state statutes and the Wisconsin Constitution and the US Constitution. Deciding a case based on a political or personal agenda is outside the purview of a justice.
“Justice Kelly well understands that the rule of law is not just a nice-sounding phrase but is a pillar of our form of government. Part of the rule of law is respecting the unique role of each branch of our government. He also has the judicial temperament, the legal background, and the character that make him the best qualified candidate for this position on our state’s Supreme Court.”
Two challengers are facing off against Justice Kelly in this race, with one making it clear that she will advocate for “social justice issues” and the other making his Hispanic heritage and the “diversity” he would bring to the court the centerpiece of his campaign. Both candidates have been backed by known liberal groups and individuals.
The primary election for this race will be on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will move on to the general election on Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
“We are proud to endorse Justice Kelly and urge citizens across the state to support him with their votes and influence. He’s exactly the kind of judge we need to keep on our State Supreme Court,” said Appling.
Authorized and paid for by Wisconsin Family Action PAC, Leslie Harrison, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or by any candidate’s agent or committee.
TODAY, Tuesday, January 28, at 11 a.m. the Wisconsin Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board will hold a public hearing at 4822 Madison Yards Way (Hill Farms State Office Building), Room N208, in Madison.
Determining that using or promoting “any intervention or method that has the purpose of attempting to change a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, including attempting to change behaviors or expressions of self or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions or feelings toward individuals of the same gender” would constitute unethical or unprofessional conduct.
Essentially this rule would ban talk therapy or counseling that warns people that certain behaviors related to sexual behavior or gender identity can be dangerous or that offers a different approach or way of thinking (including exposing people to God’s design and plan) could result in the therapist, counselor or social worker being disciplined, up to and including losing their license.
This proposal is uniquely different from the bill that is before the state legislature (AB 111/SB 107) that would prohibit certain mental health providers from engaging in so-called “conversion therapy” (i.e., talk therapy/counseling) with minors dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion and from similar ordinances that have passed in several communities in the last couple of years. First, this rule is not restricted to minors; it applies to anyone at any age. Second, nothing about a “fee for services” is mentioned, meaning whether or not money for services is exchanged, this rule would apply. Third, the rule provides no religious exemption/exception.
Citizens wanting to be part of the public record on this issue, must submit their written comments by email no later than 11 a.m. tomorrow morning, or they can make an appearance before the Board.
Eventually, the state legislature will have an opportunity to review this proposal; but that is down the road a bit.
We believe this is an end-run around the normal legislative process, done to expedite these changes and keep people like the governor from having to actually sign-off on the language.
Wisconsin Family Action strongly opposes this proposed rule change, which if passed, will have the full weight and effect of a law in our state. Christians who have a license as a marriage and family therapist or a professional counselor or a social worker would be directly impacted by this rule, even to the point of losing their license and thereby potentially losing their livelihood.
Below are some helpful “talking points” to assist you with your message:
Removing the word sex and replacing it with gender and gender identity in the discrimination rule changes the meaning of sex, which the federal government has affirmed refers to one’s biological makeup. Gender and sex are not the same. Gender is a politically correct idea that is not founded in science, whereas sex is a biological, scientific reality. The state has not equated these terms either. No agency should get to make this decision.
Marriage and family therapists, professional counselors and social workers have First Amendment rights of freedom of speech. Section 25 essentially forces all holding these licenses to give only one form of speech when it comes to treating someone dealing with unwanted same-sex attraction or unwanted gender confusion. Talk therapy is an intervention or method used by many therapists, counselors and social workers to help people make wise decisions. Their not being able to warn people about what can happen as a result of acting on their attractions and/or confusion is irresponsible at best.
We all agree that bullying, intimidation, shock therapy, or any kind of truly abusive behavior is wrong and is truly unethical and unprofessional conduct. But talking to people about realities, about biological truth, and educating them on risks is what good counselors, therapists and social workers should all have the right to do.
STATE ASSEMBLY PUTS ADULT DESIRES ABOVE BEST INTEREST OF CHILDREN Vote this week weakens institution of marriage & removes protective measure for children
MADISON, WI – This past Tuesday during its floor session, the Wisconsin State Assembly, under its Republican majority leadership, rammed through a bill that not only weakens the institution of marriage but puts children involved with a divorce at a much greater risk of confusion and trauma.
Assembly Bill 439, authored by Republicans Representative Cindi Duchow (Pewaukee) and Senator Alberta Darling (River Hills), completely eliminates the waiting period for remarriage after a divorce is finalized. Currently the waiting period is six (6) months and has been that for decades. The vote on the bill was done by a voice vote, which is quickly called for and accomplished by the gaveling of the speaker pro tem who is in charge of the session. Using a voice vote means individual representatives do not have an opportunity to record an identifiable “yes” or “no” vote on the bill, which essentially means no one can be held individually responsible or accountable.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, responds to the vote.
“It was obvious from the moment this bill was introduced that Republican leadership was determined to pass it. In the public hearing I offered two very reasonable ideas for amendments: keep a waiting period of some sort for couples with minor children and rather than eliminate the waiting period entirely for everyone, reduce it to 3 months. The authors were not in any way interested in those ideas, nor was the committee chair.”
“Divorce, even in the best of circumstances, takes a toll on everyone involved. The adults need a cooling-off period and children definitely need some processing time before one or both parents launch into a new marriage. The state has a vested interested in marriage primarily because the state cares, or should care, a great deal about the next generation. Research, anecdotal evidence and common sense all show children are tremendously impacted when their parents divorce. They are at risk of negative outcomes in basically every area of their lives. When a remarriage happens, it’s another whole set of adjustments and realities children must deal with, like the total realization that their mom and dad are never going to get back together again, in addition to blended family challenges. Their world really is off kilter. A judicious waiting period helps protect children. The state Assembly just jettisoned that protection. Essentially, the Republican leadership forced a vote on its members that puts adult desires ahead of the well-being and best interest of children.
“Marriage as institution is weakened by this bill, as well. Statistics continue to show that second marriages are at a higher risk of divorce than are first marriages. Wisconsin already has the worst divorce laws in the country. With our “no-fault/no-contest” divorce laws, getting a divorce is as simple as telling a court you want one. Passing such a bill contributes to more second, third and beyond marriages that are more likely to dissolve than go the distance, thereby weakening the foundational institution of marriage. From an economic perspective, more divorces, means more taxpayer money spent on the high public costs associated with each divorce.
“I heard from a good number of legislators prior to the floor period that they were opposed to this bill, but unfortunately because of fear of repercussions, no one was willing to go to the mat on this bill and call for a roll-call vote. We can only hope the Senate will understand the truth about this bill and not force its members to vote against the best interests of children.”
Wisconsin Family Action is a statewide organization engaged in strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and religious liberty in Wisconsin.