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Wisconsin Right to Life Response to Governor Evers’ “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” Initiatives

“We agree, Governor Evers, we can’t have healthy communities without healthy women and babies. And the first step in ensuring they are safe and healthy is to guarantee Planned Parenthood is not involved in the destruction of lives through abortion across our great state,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“It is a crying shame that Governor Evers has Tonya Atkinson, the President & CEO of Planned Parenthood, on his Health Policy Advisory Council and included in his current initiative; the abortion giant is set to get even more of your taxpayer dollars. It looks like Planned Parenthood will have a steady stream of taxpayer revenue with the Evers’ Administration.

“I would like to help you connect the dots, Governor Evers. It is impossible to have healthy babies when Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in our country and state. For children to have healthy beginnings, we must allow them to be born.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work to ensure that the Title X changes that were passed into law are followed and that women and babies truly are served in Wisconsin. There are federally-qualified health centers throughout our state which are better suited to provide women the full realm of healthcare as well as care for their unborn children than any of the 21 Planned Parenthood facilities in Wisconsin.”

Wisconsin Right to Life is the state’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, founded in September 1968, to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Get Involved and Stay Informed

You might be at home watching the news or scrolling through your social media feed and seeing the headlines for news reports that can only be something from The Onion. For those of you not familiar with The Onion, much like me when I began my undergrad at UW-Madison, it is a newspaper based on satire.  

Unfortunately, the headlines are true. The abortion industry and their well-financed elected pro-death candidates are pulling back the curtain and showing us what safe and rare really looks like. Not rare and not safe, but available at all stages, even up until birth, and removing protections for unborn babies who are born alive during an unsuccessful abortion. 

These headlines have caused an uproar in the country. I have witnessed an increase in contacts to our organization unlike any I have seen since I began working here over five years ago. I have watched as my social media feeds are filled with people posting about the absolute devastation of these laws – people I never knew feel the way I do. 

In the end, I believe that the extreme measures have awoken a lion and it has unleashed the people in our country who will rise in outrage over these abhorrent acts. Acts of violence to the unborn, to the mothers, to the babies who are left to die and to people who will be forced to participate in abortions against their will. 

Here are some easy, yet effective, steps to get involved and share your voice for those who have no voice. 

  1. Sign up on our website to stay up-to-date on all of our action alerts, Life Voice Online, and more;
  2. Contact your State Senator and State Representatives and share with them your concern about WI becoming the next New York. Make sure they know that having Attorney General Kaul represent the State of Wisconsin against Planned Parenthood will put thousands of lives at risk in Wisconsin; it will be the beginning of Wisconsin heading towards a complete repeal of all our protective, pro-life laws; 
  3. Let us know where you are – we want to connect you with a local chapter; 
  4. Join us at Friends for Life; 
  5. Write letters to the editor; 
  6. Contact Attorney General Josh Kaul and let him know he is not the right person to represent the State of Wisconsin in a lawsuit brought on by Planned Parenthood; 
  7. Join us at our Legislative Conference on March 12, 2019, where you will have an opportunity to lobby your elected official’s offices in person; 
  8. Follow us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter; 
  9. Share all the information with at least five of your friends. 

If we do not have an motivated group of dedicated pro-life activists doing all we can, you can be sure Wisconsin will be next. Late in the end of the legislative session in 2018, Rep. Chris Taylor introduced a bill which will effectively make those of us in Wisconsin as ill-equipped as New York when it comes to protecting the most innocent born and unborn children in our state.   

It is simply a matter of time, and one election away, from Wisconsin becoming New York.  

Get involved TODAY! 

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Wisconsin Right to Life Welcomes Two New Staff Members

“As the executive director of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, I am thrilled to welcome two new members to our team. During these divisive times it is more important than ever that we have representation in Madison as well as the ability to expand our fundraising efforts to fight the ever-growing abortion industry,” shared Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Heather Weininger.

Kristen Nupson joins Wisconsin Right to Life as the Legislative/PAC Director. Before joining the pro-life movement full-time, Kristen served in Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch’s office as her Director of Operations. In that role, she traveled the state, witnessed the inner workings of government, and developed a passion for all things Wisconsin. During her time in college, she volunteered at a summer camp in Chetek, worked in customer service, and held various elected roles in student leadership.

Kristen is a member of Christ Fellowship Church in Sun Prairie, a self-proclaimed “military brat”, and an alumni of Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, but has traveled to all 50 states and considers herself a road trip enthusiast.

Mary Beth Gahn joins Wisconsin Right to Life as the Major Donor Officer. Mary Beth is a fundraising and event planning professional with a background in the arts, contemporary politics and social issues.  She previously made her career in retail and wholesale sales and management, specializing in product lines ranging from fresh food to fashion.

When she’s not working for a cause, Mary Beth enjoys policy discussions surrounding a pro-human platform, volunteering for disability rights and awareness causes, and serving the congregation at her Catholic parish. She also enjoys learning about wine and its cultural influence, cooking for friends, and looking for a good reason to go to the gym before work. Gahn is a magna cum laude alumna of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

                                Wisconsin Right to Life is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, founded in September, 1968,                                                       to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Wisconsin Right to Life is Ready to Work with Legislators to Protect Life

“With the recent events surrounding the abortion issue in Virginia and New York, it has become clear what the endgame is for abortion advocates who support killing our unborn babies: Abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and, should the baby be born alive after a failed abortion, infanticide,” shared Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger.

“Wisconsin Right to Life has worked for years to protect the most vulnerable. Wisconsin is only one election away from becoming New York, where the unborn, babies born alive after failed abortions, and their mothers literally have no protection.

“During the efforts to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Sonya’s Law, and many other protective, pro-life laws, Wisconsin Right to Life worked with both Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly members to ensure unborn children and their mothers were protected. During that time, we had a pro-life governor who signed this legislation into law. We no longer have a governor who will protect the lives of the unborn. Our children are at risk.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work with our pro-life leaders in Wisconsin’s Senate and Assembly to ensure all innocent lives are protected in Wisconsin. We know that those who want to expand the abortion industry and, in turn, their profits will stop at nothing to get what they want.

“We must do all we can to stand for life at every age, from conception until natural death.”

Wisconsin Right to Life is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, founded in September, 1968,

to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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Response of Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger, to Last Night’s State of the State Address

Governor Evers’ Objectives for Wisconsin

In response to Governor Evers’ State of the State last night, Wisconsin Right to Life’s Executive Director had this to say, “Last night we heard where Governor Evers wants to focus his first year as Governor of Wisconsin.  I agree with what he shared.  He said, ‘…what’s best for our kids is best for our state. The investment we make in our kids today will yield dividends for generations to come.’

“But, in order for our plans to be best for our kids, we need to stop the killing of our unborn children before they are born.

“This school year, we are missing 5,640 children who should have been going to kindergarten. We are missing 10,925 seniors in high school who would go on to enter the work-force and college in Wisconsin.

“As we talk about the economy in Wisconsin and the growth of industry here, we know how to help Governor Evers solve many of Wisconsin’s problems. Stop killing unborn children. They will fill our classrooms; they will add to the income tax base in our state and help employers fill the many job openings that are available because of the historic low unemployment rate we see in Wisconsin.

“If Governor Evers is not going to address the underlying issue of killing our unborn children, we will not be doing what is best for the children in our state.”

Wisconsin Right to Life is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, founded in September, 1968, to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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46 Years Ago Today, the Deadly Fate of Over Sixty Million Lives Was Sealed

As we remember the pivotal decision made on this very day 46 years ago, I want to share why we continue to fight so hard for the unborn.

The picture in this post is of our youngest daughter at nine weeks old. Her arms are just budding out; you can clearly see one of her little legs; and the formation of her face is just beginning. This ultrasound image has hung on our refrigerator for months. Over the past week, it’s become clear that it was truly providential why it remained there.

My little girl, nine weeks after conception.

Why am I sharing this picture today? I wasn’t quite sure why we’d left this picture on our refrigerator. Our daughter is now four.  We have had another baby since then, and l have had many other ultrasound scans. But a few days ago, I took a closer look at this picture and then counted to see how old she was in it. She was nine weeks old.

Nine weeks is a very critical age for the unborn. Babies just like this are the target of Planned Parenthood here in Wisconsin and across the country. Babies just like this are the very reason Planned Parenthood recently filed a lawsuit to exponentially expand their abortion business across Wisconsin – to be able to perform more chemical, RU-486 abortions – on babies like my little girl, up to 10 weeks old, at all of their 21 clinics in Wisconsin. We have been fighting for the lives of the unborn for a very long time, but the fight will continue as long as there are people who refuse to tell the truth about our unborn children. We must be the ones who share the images of the “clumps of cells” and the “products of conception”, so people understand they are being told a lie.

When a woman seeks an RU-486 abortion, she is not told that her baby has hands, feet, a face, or a beating heart. Instead, Planned Parenthood is telling these women to take the first pill, then the second at home, and, afterwards, they will experience a heavy period. What happens when she is at home and, instead of a heavy period, she sees a little baby with hands and feet? Where does she turn? How does she heal? What does she do with her baby?

This is the reason our work is about more than fighting for the unborn and sharing the truth of their humanity. It’s about offering women life-affirming alternatives to abortion; giving them the practical resources they need to choose life; finding help for women who need healing after an abortion; and being the voice of truth regarding the humanity of the unborn and the horrible reality of abortion.

Our agenda is simple: We will keep working to share the truth and, when abortion has become unthinkable, we will continue to share this truth to ensure abortion remains a terrible thing of the past for your children and mine.

On this day, remember the millions of women and men who have been hurt by abortion over the last 46 years. Let us be the ones who continue working for the rights of the unborn, even when we are weary, even when we are feeling defeated. Keep working. Keep going. Keep working for those who can’t.

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An Answer is Needed from Attorney General Josh Kaul

“Today, on the day when hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers are marching in Washington, D.C. to protect life, I sent a meeting request to Attorney General Josh Kaul to understand how he is prepared to defend Wisconsin pro-life laws which are challenged by Planned Parenthood,” shared Heather Weininger, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director.

“Wisconsinites need to have an answer from him about how he will work to defend the state of Wisconsin against Planned Parenthood. I’m hopeful that I will be able to gain an answer from him in person.

“During the 2018 campaign, Attorney General Josh Kaul was endorsed by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. If the current laws being challenged are overturned and Planned Parenthood is able to perform chemical abortions at all of their 21 locations, that simply gives them excess revenue to support candidates like Governor Evers and AG Kaul in future elections – both of whom are vehemently pro-death.
“Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit clearly states they are unable to expand their business of killing the unborn because they cannot find enough doctors to perform abortions. The only thing standing in their way of more profit are the pro-life laws that they are challenging.

“I’m hopeful that Attorney General Kaul will see the clear conflict of interest which exists in him defending laws when the plaintiff in the case is one of his top campaign endorsements.”

A copy of the letter sent to Attorney General Kaul can be found here.

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Response of Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger, to Planned Parenthood Lawsuit

“With a pro-abortion governor and attorney general in office, it certainly didn’t take long for Planned Parenthood to look at another avenue for increasing their revenues from abortions,” stated Heather Weininger, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director.

“Our concern for women and their safety has lead to sound legislation which a majority of the population supports. Now, Planned Parenthood is out to challenge protective, pro-life laws — laws that, in some cases, have been in place over 30 years. By challenging these common-sense laws that require doctors to perform abortions and limit access to deadly abortion drugs, Planned Parenthood is showing they have zero regard for women’s safety and want nothing more than to increase their profits by expanding abortion in our state.

“We also have great concerns over the defense of our long-standing laws with our current attorney general. Josh Kaul is pals with Planned Parenthood and received their support during his recent campaign. Will he really work to defend laws on the books that hurt the business of his friends at Planned Parenthood?

“Wisconsin Right to Life asks the leaders in the State Senate and Assembly to consider other options for the defense of our pro-life laws.”

Wisconsin Right to Life is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, founded in September, 1968, to protect the most vulnerable among us.

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A Bad Day for Wisconsin

“Today is the start of a Tony Evers administration which will work daily to erase the work we have done to protect life for the last eight years,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“As Wisconsin ushers in a change in leadership, the way our executive branch thinks about protecting the unborn is changing, too.

“Wisconsinites once knew that the sanctity of life meant something to those who were in higher office, but now we know that every unborn child in Wisconsin is in extreme danger.

“Governor Evers stated, ‘I care about kids, I care about doing the right thing for the people of Wisconsin.’ If Governor Evers truly cares about kids, he would care about kids in the womb as well.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will be working daily to share the message of life and point out to Governor Evers his hypocrisy in ‘caring about kids’.”

Wisconsin Right to Life is Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, founded in September, 1968, to protect the most vulnerable amongst us.

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Three Take-Aways from the Increase in Wisconsin’s Abortion Numbers

The news is not good: Wisconsin’s abortion numbers have increased by 3.7 percent, rising from 5,612 in 2016 to 5,818 in 2017.

206 more babies died in 2017 from abortion than in 2016. That means 206 lives lost, 206 moms who now live with the regret of abortion, and countless other lives touched by the loss of these 206 unique individuals.

While this news is discouraging, it’s not surprising. After Planned Parenthood opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art abortion clinic in 2017 we were all on high alert that abortion numbers would be rising.

There are three take-aways from the increase in Wisconsin’s abortion rate. We need to keep these items in mind as we plan our lifesaving work going forward:

  1. Planned Parenthood is winning the war on messaging.
  2. We need to know the facts about alternatives to abortion.
  3. If you see something, say something.

Planned Parenthood is Winning the War on Messaging 

What do I mean by this? Aren’t we out there sharing the truth about abortion and lifesaving alternatives?

Yes, we are out there sharing the message of alternatives to abortion, what abortion is, and what a woman can do if she is facing a crisis pregnancy. Unfortunately, our ability to reach our target audience is limited, at best. We don’t have the mainstream media sharing the great work that local pregnancy centers are doing. No news outlets promote the fact that Wisconsin Right to Life works with pregnancy resource centers to provide grants which help women facing immediate financial crisis. They don’t show how college groups are working to remove obstacles so mom or dad can go to college and raise their baby at the same time. There are no inspiring feature stories on women climbing the corporate ladder at work while raising unexpected babies. No, you won’t see the possibilities of life in mainstream media.

The abortion industry has a built-in megaphone from the mainstream media — they are the darling of most news outlets and reporters.  The mainstream media continuously sells the falsehood that anti-abortion groups are just out to restrict access to abortion and they only care about babies before they are born. Sure, that sells abortions, but it certainly doesn’t sell the truth to the average person watching or listening.

Planned Parenthood has spent years perfecting the message that they are there when a person needs healthcare. We hear over and over again that if Planned Parenthood is not there to provide services, thousands of people will go without cancer screenings, STD testing, family planning, and so much more.

The truth is, there are more federally-qualified health care centers across our state than Planned Parenthood clinics. And, many of them are now offering services which include STD testing, family planning options, as well as parenting classes.

In addition, Planned Parenthood has millions of dollars to spend on the best public relations firms, advertising agencies, and others who have helped perfect their branding and messaging. Their marketing is a well-oiled machine. Their slick messaging is a spider’s web of misrepresentations that snare the uninformed.

For us to keep fighting Planned Parenthood and their messaging, we need you. We need you to share our information. We need you to talk about life-affirming abortion alternatives. We need you to debunk the myths Planned Parenthood continues to share about alternative healthcare providers. And we need your financial support so we can push our message out to more platforms.

We Need to Know the Facts About Alternatives to Abortion 

A second point you all need to know about are alternatives to abortion. Do you know where to go to find information for pregnancy centers in your area?

If not, you need to learn about 123GiveLife.com. 

Not familiar with this site?  Go there and see for yourself what it is! I’ll give you a preview: visitors to the site simply type in their zip code and all the surrounding pregnancy resource centers appear on their phone, tablet, or desktop computer. Wisconsin Right to Life maintains and promotes this site through our Veritas Society media campaign.

Women facing a crisis pregnancy need immediate access to abortion alternatives from an easy-to-find source. 123GiveLife.com provides this! Over the years, Wisconsin Right to Life has maintained a database of pregnancy resource centers across the state. This database is updated on a regular basis so that when a woman finds herself in need, she can easily find the resources and answers she is searching for.

Through the Veritas Society, we produce advertisements that are on digital media promoting abortion alternatives, in addition to purchasing Google AdWords to push women to these alternatives.

Can you imagine being in a moment of crisis then finding the help you desperately need on the internet? The questions is, though, what’s going to show up when you do a Google search? Google AdWords ensure that women can find life-affirming choices rather than just abortion clinics.

We need you to be the person who can share this information with your friends, with other parents who might have teenagers that find themselves pregnant, with members of your church, and with anyone else who might need it! Tell everyone you know about 123GiveLife.com!

You also need to know where to go to get truthful information on the development of an unborn baby, what happens during an abortion procedure, and what happens after an abortion. All of this information can be found at our website and at pregnancy resource centers. Guess where you won’t find it?  That’s right, at an abortion clinic. Our website, of course, is www.wrtl.org.

If You See Something, Say Something 

I understand you might think that statement is limited to another cause of action, but it certainly applies here. Over the last couple years my concern has grown that, as pro-lifers, we are not aware of what is happening in our own communities.

Two examples: The first is the building of an $8 million Planned Parenthood clinic in Milwaukee’s Third Ward. I admit, I work in Milwaukee, yet I didn’t know this clinic was being built until I read the article on JSOnline that is was set to open. How could we have missed this? How was it that no one knew about a purchase of property, building permits being pulled, fundraising happening, different activity taking place at Planned Parenthood’s other location? Were our heads buried in the sand? If you see something, say something.  Do not ever assume that people know about what is happening around you.

The second is the re-opening of Planned Parenthood in Sheboygan. They are back open for business and I’m fairly certain they are making a lot of money there. This clinic provides RU-486 abortions. These are quick procedures, which means more money in the pocket of Planned Parenthood. Unless there is a complication with the RU-486 abortion there is no surgery, so not a lot of time needs to be spent with clients. With RU-486, women complete their abortions at home and must deal with their pain and blood as well as the bodies of their dead babies on their own. This is no problem for Planned Parenthood – they can profit from their killing quickly and without much bother.

Again, how did we miss this Planned Parenthood clinic opening in Sheboygan? Did someone see a new tenant moving in a building? Did someone see a permit being pulled for occupancy? I realize that we aren’t all in a position to see these things, but if you are, tell someone. Did you overhear a conversation at your local coffee shop about an abortion clinic opening? If you did, share it! Call me; this is what I need to hear. Call your local group and devise a plan to share the news. Even when it is bad news, we need to share it. We need to share the news because it is our job to ensure that all lives are protected.

The increase in abortion numbers only exemplifies the need for our work to continue. We need to be the voice for those who have no voice, but we also need to be the voice of truth. Join with us in countering the ever-powerful abortion industry in messaging, knowing about alternatives to abortion, and being on the front lines of knowing what is happening in our communities.

For their lives, our work continues!

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