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Transcript: President Trump’s Executive Order Protecting Vulnerable NEWBORN AND INFANT children

Office of the Press Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 25, 2020

EXECUTIVE ORDER

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Protecting Vulnerable NEWBORN AND INFANT children

     By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  Every infant born alive, no matter the circumstances of his or her birth, has the same dignity and the same rights as every other individual and is entitled to the same protections under Federal law.  Such laws include the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), 42 U.S.C. 1395dd, which guarantees, in hospitals that have an emergency department, each individual’s right to an appropriate medical screening examination and to either stabilizing treatment or an appropriate transfer.  They also include section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act), 29 U.S.C. 794, which prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities by programs and activities receiving Federal funding.  In addition, the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, 1 U.S.C. 8, makes clear that all infants born alive are individuals for purposes of these and other Federal laws and are therefore afforded the same legal protections as any other person.  Together, these laws help protect infants born alive from discrimination in the provision of medical treatment, including infants who require emergency medical treatment, who are premature, or who are born with disabilities.  Such infants are entitled to meaningful and non-discriminatory access to medical examination and services, with the consent of a parent or guardian, when they present at hospitals receiving Federal funds.

Despite these laws, some hospitals refuse the required medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or otherwise do not provide potentially lifesaving medical treatment to extremely premature or disabled infants, even when parents plead for such treatment.  Hospitals might refuse to provide treatment to extremely premature infants — born alive before 24 weeks of gestation — because they believe these infants may not survive, may have to live with long-term disabilities, or may have a quality-of-life deemed to be inadequate.  Active treatment of extremely premature infants has, however, been shown to improve their survival rates.  And the denial of such treatment, or discouragement of parents from seeking such treatment for their children, devalues the lives of these children and may violate Federal law.

Sec2.  Policy.  It is the policy of the United States to recognize the human dignity and inherent worth of every newborn or other infant child, regardless of prematurity or disability, and to ensure for each child due protection under the law.

Sec3.  (a)  The Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) shall ensure that individuals responsible for all programs and activities under his jurisdiction that receive Federal funding are aware of their obligations toward infants, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment, under EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act.  In particular, the Secretary shall ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they are not excused from complying with these obligations, including the obligation to provide an appropriate medical screening examination and stabilizing treatment or transfer, when extremely premature infants are born alive or infants are born with disabilities.  The Secretary shall also ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware that they may not unlawfully discourage parents from seeking medical treatment for their infant child solely because of their infant child’s disability.  The Secretary shall further ensure that individuals responsible for such programs and activities are aware of their obligations to provide stabilizing treatment that will allow the infant patients to be transferred to a more suitable facility if appropriate treatment is not possible at the initial location.

(b)  The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, ensure that Federal funding disbursed by the Department of Health and Human Services is expended in full compliance with EMTALA and section 504 of the Rehab Act, as interpreted consistent with the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, as reflected in the policy set forth in section 2 of this order.

(i)   The Secretary shall, as appropriate and to the fullest extent permitted by law, investigate complaints of violations of applicable Federal laws with respect to infants born alive, including infants who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment or infants with disabilities whose parents seek medical treatment for their infants.  The Secretary shall also clarify, in an easily understandable format, the process by which parents and hospital staff may submit such complaints for investigation under applicable Federal laws.

(ii)  The Secretary shall take all appropriate enforcement action against individuals and organizations found through investigation to have violated applicable Federal laws, up to and including terminating Federal funding for non-compliant programs and activities.

(c)  The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding and National Institutes of Health research dollars for programs and activities conducting research to develop treatments that may improve survival — especially survival without impairment — of infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.

(d)  The Secretary shall, as appropriate and consistent with applicable law, prioritize the allocation of Department of Health and Human Services discretionary grant funding to programs and activities, including hospitals, that provide training to medical personnel regarding the provision of life-saving medical treatment to all infants born alive, including premature infants or infants with disabilities, who have an emergency medical condition in need of stabilizing treatment.

(e)  The Secretary shall, as necessary and consistent with applicable law, issue such regulations or guidance as may be necessary to implement this order.

Sec4.  General Provisions.  (a)  Nothing in this order shall be construed to impair or otherwise affect:

(i)   the authority granted by law to an executive department or agency, or the head thereof; or

(ii)  the functions of the Director of the Office of Management and Budget relating to budgetary, administrative, or legislative proposals.

(b)  This order shall be implemented consistent with applicable law and subject to the availability of appropriations.

(c)  This order is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, or entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person.

DONALD J. TRUMP

THE WHITE HOUSE,
September 25, 2020.

Transcript: Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020

Presidential Message on the National Day of Prayer and Return, 2020

On this inaugural National Day of Prayer and Return, the First Lady and I join millions of Christians here in the United States and around the world in prayer, as we turn our hearts to our Lord and Savior.

Our great Nation was founded by men and women of deep and abiding faith—a faith that has stood the test of time.  Four hundred years ago, early American settlers trusted their lives to His providence and braved a voyage to a New World.  From the pilgrims who sought His protection aboard the Mayflower to the countless believers who today bow their heads to ask for His guidance during these unprecedented times, our country continues to turn to the Lord.  Following in our ancestors’ footsteps we continue the “firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence” that provides us enduring strength and reassurance in our times of need.

The trials and tribulations the American people have faced over the past several months have been great.  Yet, as we have seen time and again, the resolve of our citizenry—fortified by our faith in God—has guided us through these hardships and helped to unite us as one Nation under God.  As we continue to combat the challenges ahead of us, we must remember the sage words of President George Washington during his first Presidential Address: “propitious smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right, which Heaven itself has ordained.”  As a country and a people, let us renew our commitment to these abiding and timeless principles.

Today, I am pleased to join my voice to yours in thanking God for blessing this nation with great power and responsibility.  With reverence, humility, and thanksgiving, we beg for His continued guidance and protection.

No, this isn’t a mistake. It’s happening AGAIN in WI – and we need to take action

No, this isn’t a mistake. IT’S HAPPENING AGAIN.

This week on Tuesday, September 22, 2020, Governor Evers declared another 60-day statewide Public Health Emergency (Executive Order #90) that begins today and continues through November 21, 2020.  He also issued Emergency Order #1 which mandates “face coverings” (aka, “masks”) statewide. This is the governor’s third statewide 60-day emergency declaration dealing with COVID-19.

We have been in contact with legal experts on whether the governor has authority to issue yet another statewide emergency declaration. They have advised us that just as his second declaration was illegal, so this one is as well.  At a minimum, this order raises questions about whether, for instance, churches and private schools have the right to exercise autonomy in this matter.

We want to reiterate that Wisconsin Family Action has not and will not take a position on masks or other the other aspects of the order that the governor issued under the authority of this declaration. However, we will oppose illegal actions by elected officials. Please understand it is the emergency declaration order that gives the governor the authority to issue the mask mandate and it is that order that is illegal. How many 60-day emergency declarations dealing with one issue does he get?  We agree with the legal experts: he gets one such order, not multiple ones done in a serial manner.

Meanwhile, while the attorneys deliberate regarding a possible legal challenge, the state legislature does have a way to stop the governor’s order. The law that gives the governor authority to issue a Public Health Emergency (Chapter 323.10) states that the Order can be revoked by the Governor issuing another Executive Order or by the state legislature passing a Joint Resolution. Obviously the governor is not going to revoke his own emergency declaration order. So, the quickest way to stop this illegal power grab by the governor is for the state legislature to take action by passing a joint resolution..

After the Governor’s Order was released, State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) issued a statement in which he calls on the legislature to take immediate action..

We believe this legislative approach is the best option to quickly counter the Governor’s newest edict. We are asking that you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE make 3 phone calls to help make this special legislative session and a joint resolution a reality:

You can find contact information for your elected officials HERE (just put your address in the area at the top right of the page).

We know this is a confusing and challenging time for everyone. We are hoping our state legislators will step up and do the right thing in this instance and act as a “check and balance” to the executive branch. This is yet another powerful reminder that ELECTIONS HAVE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES.  Remember that as you vote this fall!

 

TODAY is National Register to Vote Day!

Everything is at stake right now.

The sanctity of life, religious freedom including the right to openly worship in church, a society governed by law and order, and traditional family values are all under attack in America and hang in the balance as we head toward November 3, Election Day.

One of the most important ways to protect the values we hold dear is to vote.

But you can’t vote if you aren’t registered. It’s just that simple. 

Today, on National Voter Registration Day, we are urging Christians in Wisconsin to register to vote; and for those who are already registered, to encourage their unregistered family and friends to get registered to vote.

We honor God by acknowledging that He gave us government for our own good. We’ve been blessed with a Republic—a participatory form of government. Honoring God with our vote is an acknowledgment of His gift to us, and your vote will help preserve these precious values and freedoms for generations to come.

Click here to get all the voter registration information you need.

It’s quick, easy and takes less than two minutes.

Please join us and millions of Christian Americans in Honoring God by registering to vote today!

Sex on the school calendar – What all parents/taxpayers need to know

PARENTS BEWARE, is sex on the school calendar in your district?
All year long there is a day, week, or sometimes even month set aside to promote sexual ideology. Many public schools advertise and promote these national and international events.
When you look at these events listed together in the info graph posted below, the picture becomes very clear. There is a real and persistent agenda aimed at sexualizing our children and pushing dangerous and harmful transgender ideology on them.
Schools need to go back to teaching academics and stop inundating our children with sexual content.
Parents, it is time to show up and speak up to protect our kids. If we don’t, who will?

 

“No right” for gender-confused male students to compete against actual girls

From LifeSite:

The US Supreme Court’s decision to write transgenderism into federal nondiscrimination law does not create a right for gender-confused male students to compete against actual girls, the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) concluded in a letter explaining how the divisive ruling factors into its own judgment.

Read more HERE.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “The recent court decision is just plain wrong; it’s already been positively cited several times in other lawsuits. So this is really great news from the Trump administration’s Department of Education and is another reminder that elections have very real consequences. One presidential candidate has very publicly said he would do everything he could to advance the LGBTQ agenda.”

New event alert! Here are the latest upcoming events across the state of Wisconsin…

We are excited to debut our new presentation “We’re Here…For Such a Time as This!” 

At Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council we believe that “We’re Here…For Such a Time as This!” We are alive and here right now by God’s design, not by coincidence or accident. We have an opportunity, just as Queen Esther did, to shape the future of our communities, state and nation. What will we do with the opportunities we have? What can we do to help ensure that freedom in America will not perish from the earth?

Supper is included! There is no charge for the event or the food—however, we will take a freewill offering at the end of the evening.

Special guest:
Lorri Pickens, Exec. Director
Wisconsin Citizens Against Expanded Gambling

Tuesday, AUGUST 25, 2020
Appleton, WI  (Pizza Ranch)

Thursday, AUGUST 27, 2020
Wausau, WI (CitySquare Center)

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 1, 2020
Verona, WI (Pizza Ranch)

Thursday, SEPTEMBER 10, 2020
Oconomowoc, WI (Schwefel’s)

CLICK HERE to register now.

Here is the 2016-2020 Party Platform Comparison – check it out!

The fall election officially began this week with the Democratic Convention, which while headquartered in Milwaukee, will now be completely virtual. In addition to speeches from prominent Democrats, party delegates will approve the party platform. The proposed Democrat 2020 platform, among other things, calls for raising taxes, universal health care, gun control, restoring taxpayer funding for abortion, restricting school choice, passing the Equality Act and making America a world-leader in LGBT rights. Party platforms are typically reviewed and renewed every four years during the party conventions where presidential candidates are officially nominated. While the Democrats are adopting a new platform, the Republicans have decided to reaffirm the platform they adopted in 2016, which many who were involved with shaping that platform, say it is one of the best Republican platforms they have ever seen or worked on.

Party platforms aren’t just formal documents that gather dust on a shelf or are buried deep in a website. In essence, a party platform is a world-view statement. It provides a blueprint for policy initiatives at the state and the federal levels and states a party’s official position on key issues that impact American citizens. The words and ideas in party platform matter greatly.

Have you ever taken time to compare party platforms before you vote? Click HERE to see the most recent party platform comparison to help you decide how to best vote your values.  This chart compares the GOP’s 2016/2020 platform with the proposed 2020 Democrat platform on some core, foundational issues.

CLICK HERE to view and download Party Platform Comparisons.

COMMIT TO VOTE! Pledge, right here and now, to committing your voice, your choice, your values by ballot in the upcoming elections! Click HERE to sign the pledge today.

Wisconsin, we have a problem…and here’s what you can do about it

“Houston, we have a problem!” Those words came from Apollo 13 as the astronauts headed towards a major disaster—a disaster that was averted because of the quick responses by both astronauts and NASA headquarters in Houston. Imagine if either had ignored the problem.

Well, we have a problem in Wisconsin and in America right now…and it’s up to us working with our great God to deal with it.

Today is the first day of our statewide mandate from Governor Evers regarding “facial coverings,” part of his second Public Health Emergency declaration dealing with COVID-19. We believe the emergency declaration itself is an overreach of the governor’s authority. If nothing else, this is a great reminder that elections have consequences—huge, far-reaching, long-lasting consequences. And we are on the brink of crucial elections!

We cannot ignore the problem!  We need to act NOW. We are the astronauts here—and God is “Houston,” if you will.

Friends, we have a truly awesome, “big” God!  We need to pray to our pray-hearing, prayer-answering God; and we need to act. We need to put faith, feet and, yes, finances, to our prayers.

Wisconsin Family Action and Wisconsin Family Council have a solid, aggressive election plan built on proven, cutting-edge strategies and tactics and on our years of experience in making a difference in elections. We will do everything we can to get President Trump re-elected and to keep conservative majorities in our state legislature for GOOD consequences.

Wisconsin is a targeted state both for the presidential election and for those wanting to turn our state legislature from red to blue. That’s a problem! But with your help, working together, we can ensure that doesn’t happen.

Elections are expensive, with this election likely the most expensive in history because the stakes are so high. Our election plan starts at $300,000 over and above our normal budget. To fully implement our plan will take considerably more. But $300,000 ensures we are in the game.

Today we are launching our “Big Goal. Bigger God” campaign. (Or maybe we should call it, “Houston, we have a problem”!) We are asking for 300 people in The Badger State to commit to a $1000 investment for our election work—work that won’t happen without you!

Why 300? Well, remember when God pared Gideon’s army to just 300 special soldiers for an important victory?  We are looking to build a modern-day Gideon’s Army—right now, starting today, with 300 special, engaged and motivated people who understand WE HAVE A PROBLEM and who want to be part of the solution.

You can invest $1000 (or more if you are especially blessed) in a single gift, pledge to give the $1000 over the next 4 months or even combine with others to get to $1000. (As always, we are grateful for investments of any amount—no gift is too small or too large.) We welcome everyone to be a part of this “Big Goal. Bigger God” effort and watch what God does with a even a small group of people! 

“Wisconsin, we have a problem!” Be part of the solution by faithfully praying and by financially investing. Trust our “bigger God” with this “big goal” and be part of this unique Gideon’s Army!

God bless you and yours!

Gratefully,

Julaine K. Appling
President

PS.  We already have $10,000 committed from 10 people on our board and our staff who joined me in immediately saying, “I want to be part of this unique Gideon’s Army and trust God to make this big goal.” So now we need just 290 people! Join us!

WFA PAC congratulates endorsed candidates who won 2020 Partisan Primary Election

Congratulations to the following Wisconsin Partisan Primary Election candidates that are endorsed by Wisconsin Family Action PAC: Scott Fitzgerald – Congressional District 5, Joan Ballweg – Senate District 14, Rachael Cabral-Guevara – Assembly District 55, Robert Brooks – Assembly District 60, Donna Rozar – Assembly District 69.. These candidates will now move on to the General Election on November 3. For more election information and to view our endorsements for the General Election, go to https://voterightwi.com/

Action Alert: Gov. Evers Issues Dangerous Order/Mandate – Tell your legislator to support Senator Nass’s call for the special session and joint resolution

On Thursday afternoon, Governor Evers issued declared another statewide Public Health Emergency (Executive Order #82) that begins on Saturday, August 1 and continues through September 28.  He also issued Emergency Order #1 which mandates “face coverings” (aka, “masks”) statewide.

While the Order does include a number of exemptions or exceptions (such as, you don’t have to wear a mask when eating, drinking or sleeping. Yes, these are specifically delineated in the order), the order raises questions about whether, for instance, churches and private schools have the right to exercise autonomy in this matter.

We have been in contact with constitutional attorneys who tell us it will take some time to completely assess the Order and to determine if a lawsuit is warranted and if so to get it filed, etc. One major legal question is whether the Governor even has the authority to issue a second 60-day Public Health Emergency for the same issue (COVID-19 in this instance).

Meanwhile, while the attorneys deliberate regarding a possible legal challenge, the state legislature does have a way to stop the Governor’s Order. The law that gives the Governor authority to issue a Public Health Emergency (Chapter 323…) states that the implementation of the order can be stopped by the Governor issuing another Order or by the state legislature passing a Joint Resolution.

Thursday afternoon, State Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) issued a press release in which he said the Governor’s Order was “illegal and unnecessary” and called for a special legislative session to stop the Order.

We believe this legislative approach is the best option to quickly counter the Governor’s newest edict. We are asking that you AS SOON AS POSSIBLE make 3 phone calls to help make this special legislative session and a joint resolution:

You can find contact information for your elected officials HERE (just put your address in the area at the top right of the page).

We know this is a confusing and challenging time for everyone. We are hoping our state legislators will step up and do the right thing in this instance and act as a “check and balance” to the executive branch. Wearing a mask should not be forced on everyone; the government can make recommendations, but ordering mask wearing and imposing a fine for not doing so is a breach of our individual freedoms and just may also encroach on our religious freedom as well. This is yet another powerful reminder that ELECTIONS HAVE VERY REAL CONSEQUENCES.  Remember that as you vote this fall!

No Excuses—Commit to Vote! Sign the Pledge Today.

ELECTION DAY 2020 is coming! There’s so much at stake for our country in November. We can’t afford to go backward—and by promising to vote and then making sure you do you are taking an important step in making sure we can continue moving forward. CLICK HERE NOW to solidify your commitment to VOTE on November 3, 2020. Then be a friend and share this pledge with your family, friends, neighbors, church leadership and community! Join with thousands of Wisconsin citizens in pledging to be part of the solution, not part of the problem!

Religious freedom and so-called civil rights on collision course

It’s been a whirlwind of decisions coming out of the US Supreme Court in the last few weeks. Last Thursday, the high court released its last round of opinions for this term, wrapping up months of dealing with numerous high-profile decisions that impact immediately or will impact in the future millions of Americans. Religious freedom was the crux of three recent decisions—and in all three cases the high court ruled in favor of respecting the First Amendment’s clear intent to give Americans the right to freely exercise their religion and conscience.

Our founders called religious freedom our “First freedom” because it is the underpinning of all of our other freedoms. In light of that, these decisions are encouraging. However, one other case the court decided this session that wrongly redefined the word sex to include sexual orientation and gender identity puts religious freedom and so-called civil rights on a collision course. We must remain vigilant.

West Bend elementary school teacher coaches parents in leftist mindfulness, yoga, self love, racial injustice and COVID 19

A teacher in the West Bend School District (WBSD) sent out the following email today, Wednesday, July 8, in her regular “Summer Check In” communication email with WBSD parents. Take a moment to click the links to the “free resource” being offered in the email below. Here are a few sample statements from the video:

“That’s what our emotions are…they’re the voice of our inner child that has been sitting there and asking for attention.”

“When we take the time to align our mind with our physical body we actually bring ourselves into presence.”

“Mindfulness is being in the present moment… bringing your awareness into the present moment with no judgement, with acceptance and with a willingness to be with what is.”

“There’s a lot of racial injustice going on right now and…it’s something where sometimes our own biases can be passed on to our children, and we definitely want to raise this next generation to be all inclusive, and all accepting, as best we possibly can.”

“This is 400 years of work built up in the black community, this is the work that’s built up in us watching this.” “Have I ever felt racist in any way? Have I ever thought things like “Oh, I don’t want to go near that person or have I seen a black person passing by and have I moved away…”

” We can apologize, we can be vulnerable…”

—–Original Message—–
To:
Sent: Wed, Jul 8, 2020 8:57 am
Subject: Summer Check In

This email is regarding:
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Hello Fabulous Fair Park Families,

I hope this message finds you happy and healthy- can’t believe the 4th of July has come and gone already!  I wanted to share with you a free resource I have found helpful- a series of interviews on The Power of Purposeful parenting.  Here is an intro:  I am honored to present Roma Khetarpal, author of The “Perfect” Parent and CEO of Tools of Growth. Roma’s mission is to help parents raise kids to “Be Happy, Think Positive, and Do Good.” Roma provides parents with simple, easy-to-remember, and effective communication tools to help them build a strong foundation and relationship with their children.  Roma and I discuss:

  •  How to manage our emotions and help our children manage their emotions during these unprecedented times in the world right now
  •  The STOP method for mindfulness and how to implement this
  •  How to initiate conversations about sensitive subjects, such as racial injustice
  •  Helping children deal with changes to their summer plans and unknown factors of what the school year will look like in the fall
Roma beautifully addresses the challenges we are dealing with in the world right now with COVID-19 as well as racial injustice. She discusses how we can use mindfulness to address our own needs, thus allowing us to have the bandwidth to respond to our children’s needs during these times.

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE INTERVIEW!!!  This is Day 3 of resources so here is the link to others:  https://thepowerofpurposefulparenting.com/speakers/?ml_subscriber=1460849398584972443&ml_subscriber_hash=a6n3

As you go through the month of July please feel free to stay in touch about how things are with your family, any major changes; I think of everyone so often.  Email continues to be the best way to initiate the conversation:  ebiertzer@wbsd-schools.org
Hope you are well and that I see you soon!
Take care,
Mrs. Biertzer

District: West Bend School District
District Web Site: http://west-bend.k12.wi.us
State: WI
District Code: 6307

If you missed this week’s webinar, we’ve got you covered

Wisconsin Family Council held a one-hour Lunch with a Purpose webinar featuring David Fowler on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

A family advocate and devout Christian, author and former TN state senator David Fowler speaks with the voice of compassion as he outlines in terms of the two great commandments of Scripture how Christians should respond to the controversies of the day. As a former politician, practicing lawyer and policy analyst, he is in a unique position to offer insights on the politics of loving God and neighbor in a post-modern culture. As Fowler points out, contrary to popular opinion, biblical love requires more than the live-and-let-live philosophy of today. And he beckons Christians to reckon love for God and neighbor as the basis upon which God once again makes America a beacon of light to others. His book, The Politics of Loving God: Courageous Truths for Contentious Times speaks the truth in love to a nation that needs it.

If you were unable to attend, the webinar was recorded and is provided for you HERE to watch/listen to at your convenience.

Victory for Religious Liberty: Supreme Court Upholds Montana School Choice Program

On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court issued a five-to-four ruling upholding Montana’s school choice program which includes giving scholarships to qualified families whose children attend a private religious school. The court held that the state issuing such payments does not violate the US Constitution but prohibiting such religious schools from being part of the scholarship program does indeed violate the First Amendment’s Free Exercise clause. Chief Justice Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority, joined by Justices Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh.

Lindsey Burke writing for the Daily Signal, “In a 5-4 decision Tuesday, the Supreme Court held that families have a right to seek the best educational opportunities for their children, by preventing states from blocking the participation of religiously affiliated schools in state school choice programs.

“In Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the court ruled that the application of a ‘no-aid’ provision in Montana’s Constitution violated the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, since it barred state tax credit scholarships from being used at private religious schools.

“In a huge win for families, the high court held that states cannot apply the ‘no-aid’ provision to discriminate against religious schools by excluding them from private school choice programs.
READ MORE HERE

Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel and Vice President of Appellate Advocacy John Bursch states, “The Supreme Court was right to rule that states can’t oust parents and children from neutral benefit programs simply because they choose a religious private school. This is consistent with the court’s 2017 decision in the ADF case Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia v. Comer, which unequivocally reaffirmed that states can’t impose ‘special disabilities on the basis of religious views or religious status.’ The court was right to not allow the dead hand of 19th century anti-Catholic bigotry—which motivated the state constitutional provision at issue here—to put a stranglehold on educational resources desperately needed by parents and their children.”

Julaine Appling, WFA president, says, “After a raft of disappointing Supreme Court decisions, we finally have one we can celebrate. This decision strengthens our Wisconsin school choice programs, which is good news for parents. While private religious schools have been able to participate in the voucher program since 1998, this decision makes it clear that the state cannot discriminate against a school just because it is religious.”

Wisconsin Family Action is your voice in the Badger State for religious freedom. Click HERE to partner with us securely today!

Supreme Court Advances Abortion, Devalues Women

From HeritageAction: “On Monday, the Supreme Court decided the landmark abortion case June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, overturning a Louisiana law placing common-sense health guidelines on abortion providers and requiring doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. The decision was anti-woman, anti-life, and anti-liberty.

“Chief Justice Roberts [photo left], who dissented in a similar case in 2016, has reversed course to cast the deciding vote to overrule the Louisiana legislature’s decision to protect women’s health.”
Learn more HERE.

Julaine Appling, WFA president, responds to the SCOTUS decision, “When Scott Walker was governor, Wisconsin enacted basically the same law Louisiana did. Planned Parenthood immediately filed a lawsuit, and as a result our law has never been enforced—and now we know it likely never will be. In this case, I think the court has wrongly held itself to a poor practice: assuming one bad decision by the high court, in this instance the Texas decision, must be perpetuated.”

Wisconsin Family Council, the educational arm of Wisconsin Family Action, was part of a friend-of-the-court amicus  brief in support of the State of Louisiana in this case.

Read Wisconsin Family Action’s press release on this issue HERE.

Wisconsin Family Action is 100% pro life, from conception to natural death. Click HERE to securely donate online or call us at (Madison) 608.268.5074 or (toll-free) 866.849.2536.

Wisconsin wants to know…. Where Was Governor Evers?

Like so many others, we were wondering where Governor Evers has been, especially while destructive mobs were destroying state property in our capital city.

We agree with the governor in his statement released today that violence against people and property is wrong. We are glad that the two statues toppled and damaged by the mob last night have been recovered, but we remain incredulous about where the Capitol police were as all this was happening. Why was this openly defiant and destructive mob allowed to destroy these statues and threaten to break into the capitol itself? Where were the police? Where was the governor?

When the seat of our state government is threatened, it is the governor’s job to do what needs to be done to thwart destructive efforts. It’s not as if the governor didn’t know these folks were set on major mischief. They have been talking openly about their plans for days.

A press release is just words. We trust the governor really is prepared to call on the National Guard and will hold the police department accountable for what they permitted last night and for the plans they have to prevent any further destruction to what is really part of our state’s noble and good heritage and history.

Concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the governor (608-266-1212; eversinfo@wisconsin.gov) and urge him to do everything he can and should do to ensure that no more damage is done to state property which is essentially owned by “we the people” of the state of Wisconsin.

Photo courtesy: AP

WFA president weighs in on recent court decision to redefine “sex” in federal law | VIDEO

US Supreme Court Once Again Oversteps Authority; In major decision Court redefines biological sex

Julaine Appling, WFA president, weighs in on recent Supreme Court decision to redefine biological sex. Read press release here: https://wifamilyaction.org/us-supreme-court-once-again-oversteps-authority-in-major-decision-court-redefines-biological-sex/

Posted by Wisconsin Family Action on Tuesday, June 16, 2020

US Supreme Court Once Again Oversteps Authority; In major decision Court redefines biological sex

MADISON, WI – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in three Title VII cases.  On a 6-3 vote, the court ruled that Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment “on the basis of sex.” Title VII is the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

One of the cases involved Harris Funeral Homes in Detroit, Michigan. This family-run business has the delicate task of serving grieving families. Tom Rost, owner of Harris Funeral Homes, had that in mind when a male employee of six years decided to start living as a woman and insisted on dressing as one at work. Tom held the employee to the dress code he agreed to at time of hire and was promptly sued. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling today dictates how Tom and other employers can run their businesses, regardless of their beliefs.

The Court ruled that an employer who fires an individual “merely for being gay or transgender violates Title VII.” Essentially, the Court is saying that the word sex in laws from the 1960’s, also includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

While many aspects of the Court’s ruling are troubling, the most concerning is that the Court again has shown its inclination to make law, not interpret law. Changing the definition of a word in a congressionally passed law is not the purview of the court; that is for the legislative branch.

Justice Alito, with Justice Thomas agreeing, wrote in his dissent: “There is only one word for what the Court has done today: legislation.” “A more brazen abuse of our authority to interpret statutes is hard to recall.” “The question is not whether discrimination because of sexual orientation or gender identity should be outlawed. The question is whether Congress did that in 1964.”

President of Wisconsin Family Action Julaine Appling commented, “Today’s decision by the high court causes significant problems. At a minimum, it undermines equal opportunities for women. Males identifying as female will take women’s places on athletics team and on the award podium, as recently happened at the Connecticut girls’ high‐school track finals where two boys identifying as girls have won 15 girls’ state-track-and-field titles over the past two years. It jeopardizes bodily privacy rights of women by forcing organizations to open women’s shelters, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers to men who say they are women.  In addition, it forces employers, such as Harris Funeral Homes, to choose between violating their religious beliefs or facing lawsuits and financial hardship.

“We will continue to analyze the decision to determine its impact on Wisconsin law and specifically on faith-based employers such as churches, schools, and para-church ministries. The breadth of the Court’s decision remains to be determined.”

By June 30, the court will be handing down more opinions that directly touch on religious liberty and rights of conscience.

Wisconsin Family Action was part of a friend-of-the-court amicus in the Harris case that was represented by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). Read ADF’s statement here.

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