Saturday, January 16, is Religious Freedom Day. January 16 is the anniversary of the passage, in 1786, of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom. This statute became the basis for the establishment and free exercise clause of the First Amendment of the US Constitution. Religious Freedom Day is officially proclaimed by the President of the United States each January 16. Last year, President Obama issued the official proclamation on January 15.
“Frankly, I think religious freedom should be celebrated and more importantly protected and practiced every day,” says Julaine Appling, WFA president, “Our founders called it the ‘first freedom.’ Presidential proclamations notwithstanding, we know religious freedom is under assault in our country. We have to do more than set aside a day to commemorate this foundational right and freedom.”
Click HERE to learn more about what YOU CAN DO to promote religious freedom in America.
Today scores of pro-life Wisconsin citizens, in bitterly cold temperatures, gathered at the state capitol in Madison for a brief outside rally for life. The Rally for Life was sponsored by the state’s 3 leading pro-life groups, Wisconsin Family Action, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life. Speakers included leaders from these organizations as well as the legislators who authored pro-life bills that are pending in the state legislature. After the outside rally, those attending went inside to visit their legislators and urge them to support these bills.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, said, “We are so grateful for those brave folks who joined us! The opportunity to pass these bills ends no later than the middle of March. Now is the time for the legislators to know the people of this state want these bills to pass. The bills stop millions of taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.”
View photo album on Wisconsin Family Action’s Facebook page HERE.
King Street Entrance to the State Capitol, Madison, WI
HAND WARMERS PROVIDED!
There are three strong pro-life bills in our state legislature that need to pass before this legislative session ends.
Assembly Bill 305/Senate Bill 260 bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies in Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 310/Senate Bill 237 redirects money from the federal Title X grant program away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
Assembly Bill 311/Senate Bill 238 prohibits family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense through a Medicaid program.
Madison – Starting yesterday on WTMJ in Milwaukee and also airing this week in the greater Green Bay area, Wisconsin Family Action is sponsoring television commercials urging Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) to put Assembly Bill 305 (AB 305) on the floor for a vote. The bill bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies. The television ad shows a preborn baby alive and active in his mother’s womb but who is very much at risk for being aborted and then having his body parts harvested and sold.
A pair of Milwaukee television stations have told two pro-life organizations they can’t buy airtime during select news programming because the advertisement they want to air is not approved by station management. Fox6 and WISN have both declined to air an advertisement sponsored by Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin even though the ad is very similar to other political and issue ads run by other organizations. The topic of the ad is AB 305, a measure that seeks to stop aborted fetal body parts from being used in scientific and medical research in Wisconsin.
Fox6 and WISN have both declined to air an advertisement sponsored by Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin even though the ad is very similar to other political and issue ads run by other organizations. The topic of the ad is AB 305, a measure that seeks to stop aborted fetal body parts from being used in scientific and medical research in Wisconsin.
12 noon – 12:30 p.m. – Rally outside at King Street Entrance to State Capitol. Pro-life leaders and authors of AB 305/SB 260, AB 310/SB 237, and AB 311/SB 238, as available, will speak. (Due to the very cold temperatures, we will keep the outdoor rally to a strict 30 minutes. We will be handing out FREE HAND WARMERS to all attendees! Dress warmly!)
12:30 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. – Visit legislative offices urging legislators to put the bills on the floor.
If you’ve recently been to a football game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, you may have noticed right next to the stadium an over-sized billboard advertising a sexually oriented business. WFA president Julaine Appling witnessed this billboard this past weekend while attending a Packer game and in this week’s “Wisconsin Family Connection,” discusses the effects of these businesses on men, fathers and families, drawing a direct correlation to sex trafficking in Wisconsin.
“Communities where such businesses are located are often impacted in ways many people don’t realize. For instance, did you know that these places are very much linked to sex trafficking? Research and investigation show that the young women and even minor girls who get caught in the growing sex trafficking industry, including here in Wisconsin, are often put to work in these clubs where they become hostesses, servers, dancers and, of course, prostitutes.”
Click HERE to listen to the full radio commentary.
Click HERE for resources on pornography addiction and recovery.
Madison – Wisconsin Family Action (WFA) issued the following statement in response to yesterday’s vote in the U.S. Senate on a bill that repeals much of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. “ObamaCare) and defunds Planned Parenthood.
“Wisconsin Family Action has long urged our Wisconsin congressional delegation to respect the rights and liberties of our state’s citizens by repealing ObamaCare and defunding the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. Earlier this week, WFA joined numerous other conservative leaders in signing a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), calling on him to speedily pass this legislation. We commend, Senator McConnell and the 51 other Senate Republicans, including Wisconsin’s Ron Johnson, who voted in favor of this bill.
“ObamaCare is fraught with issues for everyone from the average Wisconsin family to large corporations to not-for-profit faith-based organizations to large corporations. Americans don’t need the heavy hand of government forcing them to make health insurance choices. The U.S. House has voted numerous times to repeal this onerous law; it’s encouraging the Senate finally did the same.
“Our elected officials should have pulled the plug on public funding for Planned Parenthood long ago. The Senate and the House are right to stop giving this abortion –providing, scandal-ridden organization taxpayers’ hard-earned money and redirect it to women’s health care organizations that provide far greater health benefits to women than Planned Parenthood does.
“While we recognize the harsh reality that President Obama will veto this bill, we are encouraged by the leadership in the Senate (and earlier in the U.S. House) putting the bill on the floor so that all of America can see where their elected officials stand on these important issues as we head into a critical election year.”
President Obama has issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation for 2015. If his proclamation was our only instruction about Thanksgiving, we would think it is just about “generosity and partnership” rooted in the cooperation between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. He does make a brief mention of George Washington’s reference to God in his proclamation, and he reminds us that Lincoln called on Americans to “‘commend to [God’s] tender care’ those most affected by the violence of the time – widows and orphans…”
Unfortunately, he refocuses Thanksgiving to be a time of “lifting one another up, enjoying time with those around us, and appreciating all that we have” – including “cheering on our favorite sports teams.” He confuses what people do on the holiday with why we, as a nation, have the holiday.
“Fortunately, President Obama’s woeful misunderstanding of Thanksgiving doesn’t stop families from gathering tomorrow and purposefully giving praise and thanks to God for Who He is, for His Salvation and for His blessing throughout this year,” says Julaine Appling, president of WFA, “All of us at Wisconsin Family Action join you in that and wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving!”
A preliminary design of the plates show the photo of a baby and the words “Values Life.” Money from the sale of the new plates will be used to help pregnant and parenting moms and their children through the pro-life Women’s Resource Medical Centers of Southern Nevada, according to the report.
“I love these Choose Life license plates, ” says Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president, “They promote the pro-life message and bring a legitimate funding stream to pregnancy resource centers that are all about the health and well-being of pregnant women and their babies. We’re still trying to get such a plate in Wisconsin. Unfortunately, Republican leadership in our state legislature has killed the bill twice. Hopefully this session will be different.”
Madison – Yesterday, Julaine Appling, President of Wisconsin Family Action (WFA), testified before the Assembly Committee on Education in support of Assembly Bill 469, the Student Privacy Protection bill. Appling released the following statement after testifying: “This is an extremely important matter for public school students and their parents in Wisconsin. For the last year and a half, our office has been contacted by parents, grandparents and taxpayers from school districts throughout Wisconsin, all of them concerned about the liberties their school district policies are taking with children’s bodily privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms. Senator Steve Nass and Representative Jesse Kremer introduced Assembly Bill 469, which directs school districts to make the privacy of all children a priority. It limits sexsegregated restrooms to the members of the corresponding biological sex and requires districts to make singlestall facilities or faculty facilities available to any student—via an amendment—on the request of a parent or guardian.
Testimony in Favor of Assembly Bill 469
Assembly Committee on Education
Public Hearing, November 19, 2015
Julaine Appling President of Wisconsin Family Action
Chairman Thiesfeldt and members of the committee, thank you for the opportunity to speak in favor of Assembly 469. I am Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Family Action supports Assembly Bill 469 and respectfully requests your support of this important bill for the following reasons. (more…)
“Dear parents, when you vote next November, please remember which party wants your daughters to share their school locker rooms and showers with boys.
That’s right, the Obama administration’s Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) recently ruled that Township High School District 211 in Palatine, Illinois must give a transgender kid, who was born a male and still has the private parts to prove it, unrestricted access to the girls’ facilities or they lose millions in federal funding.”
A study published earlier this year in the journal Religions shows a strong correlation between children attending church and early alcohol use and later development of alcohol problems. The researchers encouraged those dealing with persons struggling with addictions and related mental health issues to consider being more inclusive of patients’ religious and spiritual beliefs and practices as they attempt to help them recover.
Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, states, “Extrapolating a bit on this report, I believe it’s safe to say we once again see the importance of dads and moms going to church with their children. In a state like Wisconsin, where alcohol and alcohol abuse are at nearly epidemic levels, with teen drinking being an alarming reality, parents who want to help protect their kids in this area will make church attendance a high priority.”
Recently, the U.S. Department of Education found a Chicago-area school district discriminated against a so-called transgender student by failing to provide “her” full access to girls’ locker rooms. Read more HERE.
The case out of Illinois is the latest controversy since the Obama administration’s Department of Justice and Department of Education have ruled that anatomically male teenagers who think they’re girls have the right to shower and change clothes in girls’ locker rooms.
WFA president Julaine Appling says, “We are trying to address this in Wisconsin with a bill that requires school districts to designate sex-specific restrooms, locker rooms, etc., while also making single-occupancy facilities available for students whose parents request such. The Obama administration is being its normal bullying self and is just fine with jeopardizing the privacy rights and perhaps even safety of the vast majority of students.”
Please urge your Wisconsin Assembly Representative and Senator to support the two bills below. Talking points are listed, but feel free to use your own words when communicating with your legislators. (more…)
A new ad campaign launched last week in Houston by Family Freedom Fund, a super PAC affiliated with the Family Research Center, warns voters in Houston, Texas, that they could be fined thousands of dollars just for objecting to men using women’s bathrooms. The ad urges voters to vote “no” on Proposition 1, Houston’s controversial LGBT “Equal Rights” bathroom ordinance.
“This transgender issue is becoming another means of trying to bully Christians into silence,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action, “I hope we don’t capitulate. I’m especially concerned about Wisconsin public schools that are passing policies with special protections for gender-confused students. Concerned parents need to speak up telling school officials that’s not what we need. We need to protect the privacy rights of all students.”
“I am privileged to be able to attend The Congress for a couple of days
and to be part of a Family Policy Roundtable, as well as be on a panel on a topic
I am extremely interested in—The Family Prosperity Index.” -Julaine Appling,
For the first time since its inception in 1997, the World Congress of Families is coming to the United States – and WFA president Julaine Appling is in attendance this week.
The death knell has been silenced at the Grand Chute Planned Parenthood. On October 14, the Appleton North Health Center stopped putting the kibosh on babies’ lives. Reportedly, all abortion “services” have come to a halt, though the so-called health clinic says they plan to continue with the grisly practice again in six months.
As Planned Parenthood is feeling the pinch of squelched taxpayer funding across our nation, your voice is the driving factor behind the victories we are hearing about each day – death camps closing, babies given a chance at life. Thank you!
Here in Wisconsin, three pro-life bills are now awaiting the full Senate. Two of these bills deal directly with over $7 million of YOUR tax money going to Wisconsin’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. NOW is the time to say something!
If you haven’t done so already, please contact your legislator about these bills. As you can see, YOUR VOICE really DOES make a difference! Save time and CLICK HERE to use our pre-formatted email TODAY. It’s easy, and it only takes a few minutes.
On Friday, October 16, at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee, RightWisconsin held the 2015 Right Women Awards which honors conservative women who have made an impact in The Badger State.
Wisconsin Family Action/Wisconsin Family Council president Julaine Appling was a finalist for the “Iron Lady” award. The award was presented to Deborah Jordahl, principal of Johnson Jordahl, a strategic communications and issue advocacy firm.
“The Iron Lady Award symbolizes the courage and self-sacrifice of a leader willing to risk comfort for the advancement a meritorious cause. The nominee should display leadership, inner strength, self-sacrifice, good communications skills, dedication and courage.”
Wisconsin Family Action/Wisconsin Family Council congratulate Deborah for her hard work and courage under fire. All of the awards presented at the RightWisconsin event were well-deserved, and we are proud to stand alongside each finalist as we represent Wisconsin’s voice for marriage, family, life and liberty in The Badger State.