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. 


Jacque/Lazich Introduce “Choose Life” License Plates for Wisconsin




Last week, Rep. André Jacques (R-DePere) and Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) introduced a bill last week that would establish a “Choose Life” license plate in Wisconsin. The plate has a birth certificate foot print on it and the words, “Choose Life.” Proceeds from the sale of this plate will go to Wisconsin’s Pregnancy Resource Centers to assist in their life-affirming work.  NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin strongly opposes the plates.

WFA president Julaine Appling says, “We love the Choose Life Wisconsin license plate. What a great way to spread the pro-life message and also assist in funding our wonderful pregnancy resource centers.  You know you are on to something good when the pro-abortion groups are upset.”

Wisconsin Family Action and Pro-Life Wisconsin have already set up the bylaws of Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc., which will disburse the proceeds from the sale of the license plates to crisis pregnancy centers for adoption assistance.  Fees will include the normal license plate charge plus an additional charge of $15 for the specialty “Choose Life” plates, with an additional yearly $25 fee that provides funds to Choose Life Wisconsin, Inc.

Appling further stated, “Wisconsin Family Action will continue to work diligently with legislators to pass this pro-life bill that encourages adoption as viable option for women struggling with unplanned pregnancies.”

>>>>>read the bill here

Sen. Mary Lazich Calls for Audit of Wisconsin GAB

ImageStatement from official Facebook page of Senator Mary Lazich:

“Yesterday, as Chair of the Senate Committee of Elections and Urban Affair I renewed my call to audit the Government Accountability Board (GAB) after it was revealed that the GAB will not update voter rolls prior to the April 2, 2013, election. The purpose of notifications to inactive voters is to ensure that voter rolls are filled with active voters and that inactive voters are removed from voting lists.

While GAB graciously assumed the postcard notification duty, they should have gotten the task completed.The fact remains inactive voters are not contacted and timelines required by state law are not achieved. As a result voter rolls will not be current for the April 2 election. It is beyond time for a full audit of the GAB. The law requires election tasks be completed.

State law requires inactive voters be notified by their municipal clerk or local election commission before they are removed from the rolls. It was revealed that less than half of municipal clerks performed the postcard notification tasks. GAB assumed the responsibility of contacting inactive voters following the 2010 November election without authorization from the legislature.

Bottom line, the volleyball mess between the GAB and county clerks needed to end yesterday. This shifting of responsibilities created a process that ignores the law and threatens election integrity. An audit is the only remedy to cure the constant speculation and unrest about GAB’s performance. This is exactly the reason I asked for an audit of the GAB during June 2012 and again during January 2013. Once again I reiterate my call for an audit of the GAB to establish order and provide the legislature with facts to strengthen elections law and election integrity.”


Thursday, March 21, 2013

On Thursday, March 21st, families and individuals from across the state of Wisconsin will have the opportunity to connect with their government through Wisconsin Family Council’s annual “Day at the Capitol.”  Highlights of the day will include the unique Heritage Tour of the Capitol, Q&A with WFC president Julaine Appling, and time to visit state legislators in their respective offices.

For more information or to REGISTER:

1.  Email us at

2.  Register securely HERE.

3.  Call our office at 1-866-849-2536.

Susan B. Anthony List finishes up rally in Wisconsin at Waukesha Location

As Wisconsin Family Action traveled the bus tour through The Badger State with the Susan B. Anthony List’s “Abortion Is Not Healthcare” pro-life champions, they were warmly welcomed with applause, hugs and hand-made signs declaring a solid position for life.  One woman, Laura, held a sign stating “I Regret My Abortion,” whose interview with WFA’s president Julaine Appling can be found HERE.  The overall turnout and strong statement by the Wisconsin folks who came out to meet the Susan B. Anthony List bus tour to stand in agreement with those who spoke along the way lends affirmation to the theme of the event.  Wisconsin treasures and will protect life and will not compromise on this most important issue of today.  President Obama and Tammy Baldwin, indeed, do not represent our values.


WFA president Julaine Appling and Wisconsin State Senator Mary Lazich, who joined us at the Waukesha location to champion life.


A woman weeps for the baby left to die at a hospital after a procedure; the disturbing and heart-wrenching scene was described by nurse Jill Stanek in a moving testimonial.


Pro-life crowd enthusiasticly awaits the arrival of the Susan B. Anthony List bus tour in Waukesha.


“Laura” showed up to declare the truth about abortion – it DOES harm women. See Laura’s interview with WFA’s president Julaine Appling by clicking link above.