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Wisconsin Right to Life Applauds Confirmation of Judge Michael Brennan for 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

“Wisconsin Right to Life applauds the confirmation of Judge Michael Brennan for the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Michael Brennan is a distinguished attorney, a respected judge, and a dedicated public servant. His broad legal background and commitment to the law will serve him well in his role as a federal judge.” 

Judge Michael Brennan was nominated by President Trump to fill the vacancy on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Yesterday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm his nomination. Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson voted in favor of the confirmation, while Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin voted against the confirmation. The 7th Circuit takes on many important cases from Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin, including cases that deal with issues such as abortion.  

“After such a long vacancy for this seat on the 7th Circuit Court, we are very glad to see Judge Brennan’s nomination confirmed,” continued Weininger, “We look forward to his service, and thank Senator Ron Johnson for voting in favor of his confirmation.”  

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Action Alert: Vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in U.S. Senate is TODAY!

The U.S. Senate Will Vote on S. 2311, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, TODAY!

Call Senator Ron Johnson at 202-224-5323 and Senator Tammy Baldwin at 202-224-5653 to ask them to support S. 2311. We must protect unborn babies from painful, late-term abortions!

We’ve been told the vote is scheduled for 4:30 PM CST, so call ASAP!

Thank you for standing for life!

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Action Alert: Keep the Adoption Tax Credit and Repeal IPAB

Call Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, and your member of Congress to urge them to retain the adoption tax credit and repeal IPAB!

Adoption Tax Credit (Update 11/9/17 – Adoption Tax Credit is restored!)

Right now, Congress is considering H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Some members of Congress are considering ending the adoption tax credit (section 1102(b)) and the exclusion for adoption assistance programs (section 1406). Both significantly help parents as they face steep financial expenses when adopting a child.

Adoption is a life-affirming option, and is strongly supported by the pro-life movement. We as a society ought to remove financial barriers to adoption, rather than create them. (Update 11/9/17 – Adoption Tax Credit is restored!)

Repealing IPAB

The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) is composed of 15 unelected bureaucrats who recommend measures to limit private, nongovernmental spending on health care to a growth rate below medical inflation, along with limiting government spending in Medicare.

Despite media reports, IPAB’s powers do go beyond a benign effort to control Medicare spending. IPAB would recommend drastic limits for the Department of Health and Human Services to impose on what Americans are allowed to spend out of their own funds, to save their own lives, and the lives of their families.

H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017, would repeal IPAB and protect Americans from health care rationing.

Please contact Sen. Johnson, Sen. Baldwin, and your member of Congress to:

  • Retain the adoption tax credit and exclusion for adoption assistance programs while considering H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017(Update 11/9/17 – Adoption Tax Credit is restored! Please address the point below)
  • Support H.R. 849, the Protecting Seniors’ Access to Medicare Act of 2017, would repeal IPAB and protect Americans from health care rationing.

U.S. Senators

Sen. Ron Johnson 202-224-5323

Sen. Tammy Baldwin 202-224-5653

U.S. Representatives

(Don’t know your member of Congress? Find out here.)

CD 1: Speaker Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031

CD 2: Rep. Mark Pocan (202) 225-2906

CD 3: Rep. Ron Kind (202) 225-5506

CD 4: Rep. Gwen Moore (202) 225-4572

CD 5: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (202) 225-5101

CD 6: Rep. Glenn Grothman (202) 225-2476

CD 7: Rep. Sean Duffy (202) 225-3365

CD 8: Rep. Mike Gallagher (202) 225-5665

Email Chelsea Duffy at cduffy@wrtl.org with any feedback you receive.

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Is Obamacare Repealed Yet? …No. Again.

We have bad news….again.

Obamacare has not been repealed. The latest effort, the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson bill, has failed.

Thanks to the capitulations of three senators, Obamacare is still the law of the land, and Planned Parenthood is still funded.

This is a major disappointment, and frankly, unacceptable.

So now, here is what we know:

1.) Sen. Ron Johnson truly gave his all for this effort, and promises he won’t give up. Please call and thank Sen. Johnson at 202-224-5323 and thank him for his dedication!

2.) Sen. Tammy Baldwin refuses to even consider any plan to repeal Obamacare. Call Sen. Baldwin at 202-224-5653 and let her know that abortion-supporting Obamacare must be repealed, and any replacement must have pro-life provisions.

3.) Remain vigilant. We must keep the pressure on! If you haven’t already, sign up for WRTL’s Action Alerts and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay informed.

Be assured that no matter what, your efforts to be a voice for the unborn matter. Keep up the great work, for the sake of those we work to protect!

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BREAKING: U.S. House to Vote on Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Oct. 3rd

Today, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA 23) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on October 3rd.

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act protects unborn babies capable of feeling pain from gruesome, late-term abortions. Learn more about how unborn babies can feel pain.

Call your representatives and ask them to support H.R. 36!

CD 1: Speaker Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031

CD 2: Rep. Mark Pocan (202) 225-2906

CD 3: Rep. Ron Kind (202) 225-5506

CD 4: Rep. Gwen Moore (202) 225-4572

CD 5: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (202) 225-5101

CD 6: Rep. Glenn Grothman (202) 225-2476 (Co-Sponsor of H.R. 36*)

CD 7: Rep. Sean Duffy (202) 225-3365 (Co-Sponsor of H.R. 36*)

CD 8: Rep. Mike Gallagher (202) 225-5665

Don’t know your representative? Find out here.

*Co-sponsors of H.R. 36 should be thanked for their up-front support of this lifesaving legislation!

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Graham-Cassidy Obamacare Repeal Bill is Our Best Bet

On September 13, 2017, U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA), along with Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), and Ron Johnson (R-WI), introduced a bill to repeal Obamacare.

Here is what we know about the bill (called the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson proposal, or more commonly as the “Graham-Cassidy bill”):

1.) It defunds Planned Parenthood for a year.*

2.) It repeals tax credits that have been used to pay for healthcare plans that cover abortion.

3.) States would receive block grants to implement this health care policy, but those block grants would be subject to Hyde amendment protections that prohibit taxpayer funds from covering abortions.

4.) If this effort fails, Obamacare remains the law of the land.

As you all know, the last effort to repeal abortion-supporting Obamacare was not successful and very disappointing.

Now is the time to act. This is our best bet for taking down abortion-supporting Obamacare and providing protections for the unborn.

Call Sen. Ron Johnson at 202-224-5323 to thank him for being a co-author of this bill.

Call Sen. Tammy Baldwin at 202-224-5653 and urge her to support the Graham-Cassidy bill.

Questions? Email WRTL’s Legislative Director Chelsea Duffy at cduffy@wrtl.org.

 

 

*Because this is a “reconciliation” bill, there is a limit to the length of time the resolution is in effect. So, under this particular bill, Planned Parenthood can only be defunded for one year because of the limits of the reconciliation process. Reconciliation bills are increasingly common for fiscal policies, as congressional leaders wish to avoid future government shutdowns and filibusters from the minority party.

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Is Obamacare Repealed Yet? …No

We, the pro-life movement, have fought so hard these past seven years to get rid of Obamacare. We’ve called our leaders, kept them accountable, and now – we are the closest we have ever been to taking this abortion-supporting and healthcare-rationing law down.

So is Obamacare repealed yet? Sadly, no.

Wisconsin Right to Life has been monitoring this effort to repeal Obamacare amendment by amendment since Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Vice President Mike Pence cast the key votes on Tuesday to open debate on this important subject.

Here’s the highlights of what has happened since:

Tuesday

The Better Care Reconciliation Act is updated and still retains some pro-life language. Since there wasn’t sufficient time to get a cost estimate for the bill by the Congressional Budget Office, 60 votes for the bill were required for passage. Because of this, there were not enough votes for passage and the bill failed.

Wednesday

A slew of various amendments to the reconciliation bill were proposed and failed to pass. Among them was an amendment by Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to force Congress to be under the same Obamacare regulations as the rest of America so they understand how dire the situation is to live under that law. Also among the various failed amendments was the Obamacare Reconciliation Repeal Act which would repeal most of Obamacare without a replacement.

Thursday

Sen. Luther Strange (R-AL) introduces an amendment (the “Strange Amendment”) which would extend Hyde protections to the reconciliation bill to prevent taxpayer dollars from covering abortions through tax credits. Since this bill had no cost estimate, 60 votes were required for passage. Every Democrat, including Republicans Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) voted against this measure. However, this amendment received the most Republican support of any measure since the debate began, with 50 Republicans voting yes.

Friday

Very early this morning, the “Skinny Repeal” bill that would at least defund Planned Parenthood for a year failed. Republicans Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) along with all Democrats voted against this measure. We heard reports that Vice President Mike Pence was on the Senate floor late last night and early this morning doing everything within his power to convince Senators to act. President Trump even made a call to Sen. John McCain in the hopes of convincing him to vote for the Skinny Repeal.

After hours of grueling debate and the final failed passage, Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) openly lamented the lack of action and closed debate.

So….what now?

Like I said before, this is the closest we have ever been to taking Obamacare down. However, this week was incredibly disappointing. What we have to do now is keep the pressure on.

Call Sen. Ron Johnson at 202-224-5323 to thank him for taking action and to urge him to keep up the fight. We need to have an Obamacare repeal that has pro-life language!

Call Sen. Tammy Baldwin at 202-224-5653 and urge her to support an Obamacare repeal with pro-life language!

Thank you for all that you do!

-Chelsea (Shields) Duffy, Legislative/PAC Director, WRTL

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URGENT ACTION ALERT: Obamacare Repeal and Planned Parenthood Defunding Bill to Be Voted on TODAY!

Tell Your Congressional Representative to Vote for H.R. 1628, the American Healthcare Act of 2017, which would repeal abortion-supporting elements of Obamacare and defund Planned Parenthood!

CD 1: Speaker Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031

CD 2: Rep. Mark Pocan (202) 225-2906

CD 3: Rep. Ron Kind (202) 225-5506

CD 4: Rep. Gwen Moore (202) 225-4572

CD 5: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (202) 225-5101

CD 6: Rep. Glenn Grothman (202) 225-2476

CD 7: Rep. Sean Duffy (202) 225-3365

CD 8: Rep. Mike Gallagher (202) 225-5665

Don’t know your member of Congress? Find out here.

Let them know they should support H.R. 1628, the American Health Care Act of 2017!

This legislation is likely to come up for a vote TODAY, and would eliminate multiple abortion-subsidizing and abortion-expanding provisions of Obamacare. Plus, it would defund Planned Parenthood!

Please immediately forward any feedback or responses you receive to WRTL’s Legislative Director Chelsea Shields – cshields@wrtl.org

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House Speaker Paul Ryan meets with Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Heather Weininger

On Wednesday, April 26, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger, met with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, in his Washington, DC office.

“We are so proud of all his work to protect the unborn, both as a Congressman, representing Wisconsin’s 1st District, and now, also as the Speaker of the House,” said Weininger. “It was great spending time with Speaker Ryan discussing pro-life issues!”

“Paul Ryan is really a long-time friend of mine,” continued Weininger, “as he and my former boss were in the same freshman class. Paul’s office was across the hall from ours and we worked together on many occasions.”

“The Speaker was kind enough to post to Twitter a picture of our visit, reading, “Congress and the presidency are united in defense of the unborn. Proud to meet with fellow Wisconsinites who are too.”

We love that! Interestingly, just after the Speaker’s Twitter post, OUR Twitter nearly crashed from all the traffic! Thank you Speaker Ryan!

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Action Alert: No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion in WI! Important Hearing April 19th

On April 19th at 1 pm, there will be a hearing at the State Capitol in Room 225 Northwest on AB 128. AB 128 (also known as SB 81 in the State Senate) ensures that the Group Insurance Board does not contract with any insurance plan for state employees that covers abortions.

Why is this important? State employees’ health insurance is paid with taxpayer dollars. If state employees’ health insurance covers abortions, that essentially means those abortions are taxpayer funded!

Here where we need pro-life action:

1.) If you are able, please come to the hearing at the State Capitol April 19th at 1 pm in Room 225 Northwest. Email Chelsea Shields at cshields@wrtl.org for help navigating the Capitol and learning how to register in favor and/or testify in favor of AB 128/SB 81.
2.) If you cannot make it to the hearing, please call your State Senator and State Representative and let them know you support AB 128/SB 81 because no taxpayer dollars should pay for abortions! Find your legislators by typing your address into the search box here.
3.) Please ask three (or more!) friends to contact their legislators or come to the hearing as well!

Pro-life action saves lives. Keep up the great work!

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