Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling has this to say about the pro-abortion facility, “For years families have been planning vacations at the Dells. The last thing this jewel in Wisconsin’s tourism crown needs is a facility that promotes promiscuity among unmarried young people and consistently refers young women for abortions all under the misguided notion of “family planning.” In addition, much of what this facility will offer will be paid for with taxpayer money”
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On just about any given day, the rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol is alive with the sound of schoolchildren’s voices on guided tours, artists and media personnel with photography equipment, families walking through the magnificent halls of history, and the hubbub of daily legislative activities. The 1st floor is set apart for exhibits, displays and other forms of “free speech” and topics range from life issues, to extreme attacks on Christianity, pride in or distaste for local government officials and more. On display this week in the rotunda is a simple poster board with few words that stands on a lonely easel. With a bright pink feminine background the words “Abortion is a Blessing” lend a painful reminder of the 56,000+ unborn children whose snuffed-out lives are deemed a “blessing” by the Women’s Medical Fund of Wisconsin (WMF), an organization which, by their own claim, “provides money to help pay for abortion in Wisconsin” and proudly proclaims donations to assist children and women in having abortions as “Our Work.” The signage itself makes reference to a book penned Anne Nicol Gaylor, the administrator of WMF and the founder of the Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation, a local atheist group.
In a recent commentary written by Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling we are reminded that Wisconsinites value life and that the WMF’s statement in our Capitol rotunda is not a reflection of the values of the citizens of the Badger State, “In Wisconsin, the number of abortions has consistently gone down over the last several years, reaching a record low in 2012 in both number of abortions performed and the abortion rate. The 2012 numbers are 6,927 abortions and 6.1 abortions per 1,000 Wisconsin women ages 15-44, which is well below the national statistics.
One abortion is too many; certainly nearly 7000 abortions are horribly too many. However, we are encouraged that the number is dropping. The number is going in the right direction because with the help of many of you as pro-life citizens, we’ve passed some good laws restricting abortion and making sure women are truly informed and protected as they consider this life-taking, high-risk procedure.
But it’s not just laws that are helping win the day. It’s changes in the culture, as well. More and more people think abortion any time for any reason is not right. That tells me some of the pro-life media campaigns have hit the mark. It also tells me that our churches have been getting the biblical pro-life message out. It tells me families are making sure the next generation knows the truth. Gains against the formidable, well-funded pro-abortion crowd don’t come easy but they are always worth the money, time and effort expended. Who can put a price on saving the life of a baby?“
BREAKING:WI Dems Propose Bill to Repeal Marriage Protection Amendment ow.ly/tAVVr @NOMupdate @FRCdc @FocusFamily @AllianceDefends
THIS JUST IN…..
Wisconsin Democrats have introduced LRB−0414/1, Repealing Constitutional Amendment Re: Marriage.
According to a Legislative Memo that went out from Senator Tim Carpenter’s (D-Milwaukee) office and a 10 a.m. press conference :
- In 2013, a Marquette University Poll showed that for the first time, a majority of Wisconsinites now support the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
- As of January 2014, seventeen states California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia, have legalized same-sex marriage, Wisconsin will become an island surrounded by states that legalize same-sex marriage;
- The United States Supreme Court has issued decisions that struck down a law that barred federal benefits for same-sex couples;
- Military service members no longer have to hide their sexual orientation in order to continue honorably serving our country, and some have married their partners, in uniform;
- Prominent national political figures from both political parties now support marriage equality; and
- Businesses now argue that a state’s welcoming of same-sex couples is essential to help recruiting and retaining the best young talent.
In 2006, Wisconsin’s voters overwhelmingly (nearly 60%) voted in favor of the Marriage Protection Amendment which clearly defines marriage as “between one man and one woman” and prohibits the state from recognizing “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals.” Despite the affirmation that Wisconsinites do not want marriage redefined, Democratic Senators appear determined to make efforts to change Wisconsin’s constitution to legalize homosexual “marriage.”
During this Marriage Week, while our nation and state celebrate the God-ordained union of a man and a woman, our own state senators, as well as the ACLU, are busy attacking traditional marriage in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling is not surprised by the proposed bill or the ACLU lawsuit and states, “We believe our Marriage Protection Amendment language is strong and will withstand constitutional scrutiny.”
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Rural Town of Campbell, Wisconsin, located on an island between the Mississippi and Black Rivers, is in the news after two La Crosse residents participating in “Overpasses for America” filed a lawsuit that claims a recently enacted ordinance promoted “viewpoint discrimination” and was unconstitutional.
Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling responds, “Local municipalities can make their own ordinances, but they don’t have the freedom to enact policies that violate the US Constitution. What is happening in the Town of Cambell is a great example of what frequently happens when elected officials have knee-jerk reactions to specific situations. We often get terrible, and sometimes even unconstitutional, policies.”
From the desk of Wisconsin Family Action president Julaine Appling:
The debate went something like this, Attorney one: “If the people of Wisconsin want to change the definition of marriage, they can do that if they want to. But right now they’ve made a decision, and it’s a wise decision to promote both sexes, the diversity of mothers and fathers in our families. That’s not an unreasonable thing at all, recognizing that kids have mothers and fathers. That’s the decision they’ve made, and they’ve made since the beginning of their statehood; and the Supreme Court has affirmed that that is constitutional for them to do.”
Attorney 2’s response: “How long do we ask people in loving, committed relationships, raising children together already, to wait for fair treatment for recognition of their loving relationships? Do we ask the legislature, this legislature in Wisconsin which is very unlikely, to put that to the voters? Do we ask them to wait for two separate sessions of the legislature, two-year sessions of the legislature and another vote….?”
That was a virtually word-for-word repeating of the debate I listened to last week about the lawsuit that the ACLU has filed on behalf of four homosexual couples. The lawsuit was filed in Wisconsin’s Western District Federal Court and alleges that the Marriage Protection Amendment that nearly 60% of the voters approved in 2006 violates the US Constitution.
Beyond undoing the amendment, this lawsuit also asks the court to strike any gender specific language in relationship to marriage from our state statutes. So, essentially, if the court agrees with the ACLU and these eight homosexuals, then theoretically, Wisconsin will have redefined marriage with the stroke of a judge’s pen.
Now, I am not saying this happens at the first level of the judicial process. Typically what the judge does is make his or her determination and then, if the decision is an overturning of current law, will put a “stay” on the order, pending the case working its way through the appeals process. The stay basically says nothing changes in the law until all appeal options have been pursued and a final decision rendered, usually by the US Supreme Court by taking the case and rendering a decision or by that court not taking the case and forcing the decision of the appellate court to stand. However, it would still be true that marriage would be essentially redefined in the judge’s opinion. All that stops that from happening is the judge being prudent and exercising the stay. And the judge does not have to exercise that option.
So that brings us back to the debate between the ACLU attorney and the attorney defending our marriage protection amendment. Basically what the ACLU attorney is saying is, “We don’t care about the rule of law. We don’t care about the constitutional provision that dictates how we amend the state constitution. We want what we want, when we want it and we’ll use whatever means we have to in order to get what we want. We don’t care about children. We don’t care about religious freedom. We want these loving and committed same-sex couples to have their relationships recognized and affirmed now.”
Quite honestly, there is no other reason for them to circumvent the rule of law in this situation than that they, like two-year-olds, are demanding their way right now.
The Wisconsin Constitution says to amend the constitution, you need to pass the exact same resolution in the state legislature in two consecutive legislative sessions and then get a simple majority vote among the state’s voters on a statewide ballot. It’s purposefully rigorous and time consuming.
But those bent on redefining marriage for everyone have once again run to the courts hoping to avoid this prudent process and mostly hoping to avoid having to take their proposed redefinition of marriage to the people for a vote.
You should be appalled by this ACLU-led lawsuit. If you were one of the over 2 million Wisconsin citizens who voted for the amendment in 2006, you should be outraged that your vote could be negated by a single judge. You should be alarmed that the rule of law is being blatantly ignored and bypassed. You should be very concerned about what this lawsuit could mean to you, to your family-owned business, to your religious freedom, to what your kids learn in the public school and more.
Marriage is once again under attack in Wisconsin. We urge you to pray and to stay informed. Be prepared to talk knowledgeably and wisely about this issue with people in your sphere of influence, including your family members and your church leadership. Much is at stake as these whining and demanding plaintiffs usurp the constitutional process to get their way.
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