Selling Out Independence of Single Women; Creating a Boogeyman for a Vote

Today’s op ed published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, by Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president:

“By now, we are all painfully familiar with the refrain “war on women” from those on the left. Contrary to what they want us to think, liberal progressives are actually the ones waging a war on women with policies bent on making women — particularly single women — dependent on government. You may be surprised by the brilliance of their agenda.

Single-MomsConsider the liberal policy of excessive business regulations. It is not easy for anyone to raise the capital necessary to start a new venture, but it can be especially difficult for women for a number of reasons. When legislators pile regulatory policies on start-ups, they raise the cost of doing business, make compliance and reporting a nightmare and limit profitability for women trying to pursue the dream of owning their own company.

Then consider the high taxes that diminish the family’s bottom line, often eliminating the option for women who want to stay home with their children. Instead, to make family ends meet, moms often are compelled to go into the workforce — at least part time — which frequently puts a strain on their families and marriages.

Wisconsin Family Action has done a rather detailed analysis — to be published soon — of government benefits for single mothers compared to married mothers, and by our cautious calculations, the state and federal governments pay working single moms in Wisconsin approximately $31,000 per year to not marry the working father of their children. From an economic standpoint, government encourages single moms to remain single and incredibly dependent on government welfare, which, incidentally, could change at any time, significantly affecting their monthly income. Policies that essentially pay single moms to remain single condemn women and children to poverty rather than help them become strong and independent.

regret abortion2Liberals are adamant that unregulated, taxpayer-funded, elective abortions at any time during pregnancy is a woman’s right. Yet abortion comes with great risk to a woman and is sometimes accompanied by years of physical, psychological and emotional issues. Keeping a minor girl’s reproductive health information from her parents is dangerous — even medically — for the girl. Opposing parental consent for a minor girl to have an abortion leaves girls at the mercy of abortion clinic staff.

Fighting efforts to have women get an ultrasound prior to an abortion limits information and choice for women. Perhaps most ironically, actively working to make women dependent on government for abortion and contraception effectively puts women’s so-called reproduction rights at the mercy of the appropriations power of the legislature. These policies are the real war on women, yet liberals have vigorously and aggressively supported these policies over the years.

Conservative policies, on the other hand, respect individual liberty — for men and women — and encourage entrepreneurship, job creating, saving, wealth creation and pro-family, pro-life initiatives. Why then accuse conservatives of waging a war on women?

It is really no secret. Liberals desperately want the significant voting bloc of single women in America who lean Democratic. It is a large but sometimes inactive voting bloc, which means liberals need to create a boogeyman for single women in order to galvanize their vote, particularly in an off-year election. Thus we end up with the ominous, but wrongly-attributed, war on women rhetoric from Democrats.

There is a real war being waged on women, but it is in fact the work of liberals who want to make women dependent on government and who are willing to sell out the independence of our women for the price of a vote.

Julaine Appling is president of Wisconsin Family Action, a statewide organization dedicated to strengthening, preserving and promoting marriage, family, life and liberty in Wisconsin.”


Planned Parent selling…….Baby Onesies?

                    Care – No Matter What.

Seems ironic that the nation’s abortion icon, Planned Parenthood, should be selling, of all things, baby onesies with the above slogan.  Since only 8 out of 100 unborn babies make it out of Planned Parenthood abortion facilities alive, we doubt the sales will skyrocket any time soon.  If anything, this latest money grab attempt appears to be more like a major marketing faux pas.

Taxpayer Money Used For “Services” at New Pro-Abortion Facility in Lake Delton/WI Dells Area

ImageThe deceptively-named Family Planning Health Services is opening a so-called clinic in Lake Delton, Wisconsin to offer “services” for “women’s health.”

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ImageWisconsin 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”

State Group Pleased with Assembly’s Pro-Life, Pro-Liberty Actions: Good Day for Wisconsin

Wisconsin Family Action supports the 3 bills the State Assembly Moved Forward

MADISON — “We moved the pro-life, pro-liberty ball forward yesterday in Wisconsin,” says Julaine Appling, president of Wisconsin Family Action.

ImageThe State Assembly yesterday passed three bills that Wisconsin Family Action supported.  Among the bills was Senate Bill 206, known as Sonya’s Law.  This bill requires that a woman seeking an abortion in Wisconsin have an ultrasound prior to the abortion.

Appling explains, “Sonya’s Law is about making sure women in a crisis situation are fully informed about the baby they are carrying before they take the final step in what is nearly always an irreversible decision.”

An unofficial survey of various places around Wisconsin that offer free ultrasounds to pregnant women shows that an abdominal ultrasound is readily available. 

Senate Bill was authored by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Representative Pat Strachota (R-West Bend) and passed on party line votes in both the Senate and the Assembly. The bill is awaiting gubernatorial action.

The Assembly also took up Assembly Bill 216 or the “Conscience bill,” authored by Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) and Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend).  This bill restores religious freedom protection for certain religious institutions that want to provide insurance coverage that does not include abortion and/or contraception. Current law requires any insurance company to provide an insurance plan that includes abortion and contraception, with no religious exemption.  This bill also prohibits taxpayer funds from paying for abortions for state/public employees.

Assembly Bill 217, authored by Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) and Representative Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) prohibits sex-selective abortions in Wisconsin, meaning a woman cannot have an abortion simply because she is not happy with the sex of the baby. 

Both Assembly Bill 216 and Assembly Bill 217 passed on party-line votes in the Assembly. The Senate has had public hearings on both bills, but neither bill has been scheduled for a vote.

“Anytime we protect human life and respect religious freedom in our state legislature, it’s a good day for Wisconsin,” noted Appling. 


Wisconsin Family Action Testifies in Favor of Two Pro-Life Bills

Julaine Appling testifies in support of two pro-life bills, AB 216 and AB 217, on May 29, 2013.

Julaine Appling testifies in support of two pro-life bills, AB 216 and AB 217, on May 29, 2013.

Wisconsin Family Action testified in support of two pro-life bills on Wednesday, May 29.  The Assembly Committee on Health held a public hearing on AB 216 and AB 217. Our friends at Wisconsin Right To Life were the lead pro-life group working on these bills.

AB 216, authored by Rep. André Jacque (R-De Pere) and Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), protects taxpayers from paying for abortions for public employees and also establishes some protections for religious organizations in being able to offer health insurance that does not include abortion or contraception, if they elect not to do so based on their religious beliefs.

AB 217, authored by Rep. Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) and Sen. Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) bans and criminalizes sex-selective abortion in Wisconsin. It was more than a little interesting to watch the liberal representatives and pro-abortion groups defend their position against this bill.

Click here to read WFA’s testimony on AB 216 and 217.
Click here to watch the archive of the hearing on WisEye.

Several media outlets reported on the hearing:

May 29, 2013 – WFA quoted on pro-life bills under consideration in legislature.
San Francisco Chronicle (AP article picked up by many newspapers)
Wisconsin Public Rado

THE VERDICT IS IN: Philadelphia Abortionist Kermit Gosnell Found GUILTY

“I’m pleased.  I expected nothing less.” – Anna Higgins, Family Research Council


GUILTY on 3/4 Counts of Murder

Today, Philadelphia abortionist Kermit Gosnell was found GUILTY on 3 first-degree murder charges, which would qualify him for the death penalty in Pennsylvania.  After 10 days of deliberations, the jury has deemed Gosnell GUILTY of murdering Baby A, Baby C and Baby D.  He has also been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the overdose death of a patient. (The abortionist faced 258 counts total and other charges against him, including one count of infanticide and one of racketeering, 24 counts of performing third-trimester abortions and 227 counts of failing to follow the 24-hour waiting period law before an abortion.)  According to unconfirmed reports, Gosnell has also been found guilty of hundreds these other counts.  We will provide further information as it becomes available.

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No Money; No Sympathy – Planned Parenthood’s BOOT out of Wisconsin

From the desk of Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action president:

ImageI can’t think of one single reason that a dime of taxpayer money should be going to Planned Parenthood.  Not one.  I can’t think of one single reason I should be upset that last week Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin shut down the first of four facilities in our state.
Let’s briefly rehearse the history of Planned Parenthood.  The organization grew out of the American Birth Control League, founded in 1921, by Margaret Sanger, a woman who believed we needed to purify the gene pool, so to speak, by discouraging people she deemed “unfit” from having babies.
Sanger made no secret of her interest in eugenics. An even cursory review of her writings would show that she was targeting the African-American community, although she was smart enough to not directly state that.  Comments such as this one from her Birth Control Review publication, however, make her racist thinking clear. Sanger wrote, “As an advocate of birth control I wish … to point out that the unbalance between the birth rate of the ‘unfit’ and the ‘fit,’ admittedly the greatest present menace to civilization, can never be rectified by the inauguration of a cradle competition between these two classes. In this matter, the example of the inferior classes, the fertility of the feeble-minded, the mentally defective, the poverty-stricken classes, should not be held up for emulation…. On the contrary, the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective.”
Where did that approach get the African-American community?  Today, some contend that over 78% of Planned Parenthood facilities are in minority neighborhoods, in spite of the fact that African-Americans make up just 12% or so of the total population.  Tragically, 35% of the abortions in America are done on African-American women.
ImageOver the years, through smooth-sounding phrases and disingenuous words, Sanger’s campaign for birth control became a nationwide campaign for abortion on demand, the ultimate contraception–which in 1973 became a reality with the truly infamous Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court decision.  That ruling put Planned Parenthood in the driver’s seat. Almost overnight they were everywhere, including in our federal and state budgets, most often under the guise of Margaret Sanger’s passion—family planning or birth control.
Think about that for a minute.  Government uses taxpayer money to encourage its citizens not to have babies.  Aren’t babies the future taxpayers and workforce in our country? Aren’t they the next scientists, leaders, teachers, artists, and athletes?  Well, apparently they are, but we really want only those babies to be born whom we believe can improve the gene pool. So we use our taxpayer money to fund an organization whose goal is to keep women from having babies—either by contraception or if contraception fails then by murdering their unborn children? It makes no sense.  None.

Teens May Obtain “Morning After” Pill Sans Parents Thanks to FDA

“This is the real war on women. “Ella” has serious health risks for young girls. This decision by the FDA denigrates women by sending the wrong message, especially to young girls, about their true value and the gift of sexuality.  Furthermore, it undermines parental authority and knowlege. “

- Julaine Appling, WFA president

ImageYesterday the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Ella, a drug that can cause abortions but is misleadingly labeled as a more effective “Emergency Contraceptive,” as an over-the-counter product that may be obtained by children as young as 15.

From our affiliates at Family Research Council:

“The FDA opted against including the critical fact that Ella can cause an abortion on a baby already implanted in its mother’s womb in the drug labeling information. This decision flies in the face of the Obama Administration’s promise to transparency and a commitment to science. The difference between preventing and destroying life is enormous, and women have the right to know how this drug will act on their bodies and on their babies.

Image“Since Ella is chemically similar to RU-486 (which has been the cause of at least six deaths reported to the FDA in less than six years) it is likely that the serious health concerns for women will be similar. The FDA has very little knowledge about how this drug will impact women’s health and for that reason alone should do more research before approval.”

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