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Wisconsin Right to Life Congratulates WI Supreme Court Justice-elect Brian Hagedorn

“Wisconsin Right to Life congratulates Brian Hagedorn on his hard earned victory in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election,” shared Heather Weininger, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director.

“It was time Judge Neubauer conceded, and we are grateful she chose not to seek a recount.

“Judge Hagedorn has demonstrated his judicial fairness and moral character throughout the race and will carry those traits with him to the bench. Wisconsin Right to Life fully trusts that he will uphold the Constitution faithfully, protecting the right to life.  We are pleased to have another Justice in the Supreme Court that will apply laws as written rather than interpret them.”

This is an important step in ensuring our pro-life laws here in Wisconsin will not be overturned because of pressure from outside groups.

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 Supports the Wisconsin Legislature’s Steps to Intervene in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc, et al. V. Kaul et al.

“Wisconsin Right to Life is thankful the Wisconsin Legislature understands what is at stake if Planned Parenthood is successful in overturning Wisconsin’s protective, pro-life laws,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. 

“Back on January 18 of this year, I sent a letter to Attorney General Kaul sharing my concerns about his ability to represent the State of Wisconsin against Planned Parenthood, and I have yet to receive a response for my request to meet with him, or to my concerns about his representation. 

“Attorney General Kaul has far too many close ties to Planned Parenthood to represent the State of Wisconsin in a manner that will put the interests of the State ahead of Planned Parenthood. 

“Thousands of unborn children’s lives are at stake if intervention is not sought. We are thankful that the Wisconsin Legislature sees the importance of having legal representation which will truly serve the best interest of all Wisconsinites, born and unborn.” 

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 PAC Endorses Brian Hagedorn for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Right to Life PAC has endorsed Brian Hagedorn for the April 2019 Wisconsin Supreme Court race.  

“When we look at candidates running for this position, we want to ensure they will serve in a capacity to enforce laws and not legislate from the bench. Far too often our pro-life laws are challenged in court and we need to ensure when challenges occur that there is not an opportunity for judges to create law that will favor pro-abortion activists and legislators,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life PAC.

As a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Judge Hagedorn will apply the law as written and determine if it is constitutional. He intends not to create law, but apply the law as a true jurist. 


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Wisconsin Right to Life’s Response to Attorney General Josh Kaul Joining the Multi-State Lawsuit against New Title X Rule

“It is tragic that Wisconsin’s attorney general believes his role in protecting the citizens of Wisconsin includes protecting the nation’s largest abortion provider and passing it off as access to health care for our citizens,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“Attorney General Kaul announced Tuesday that Wisconsin will join a lawsuit which will actually hamper funds from going to any providers other than Planned Parenthood.  The new Title X rule isn’t a case where access for women will be denied; in fact, we see the new Trump administration rule as an opportunity for more women to have access to real health care.

“When Planned Parenthood is the only Title X funding recipient in our state, it limits other federally-qualified health care centers from expanding because they don’t have the funds to do so.

“The State of Wisconsin is being sued by Planned Parenthood to overturn current protective, pro-life laws and now, at the same time, Attorney General Kaul has endeavored to get even more funds directed to Planned Parenthood by challenging the Title X rule. It seems to me our Attorney General is doing everything he can to help the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, expand in our state at the expense of legitimate, federally-qualified health care centers.

“We stand with the Trump Administration and the ruling to ensure that the taxpayer dollars can only be directed to federally-qualified health centers that meet the requirements for Title X funding. This would allow for the expansion of health centers that do not profit from abortion.

“After reviewing Governor Evers’ proposed state budget, it is clear that President Trump’s Title X rule hinders Evers’ plan to further line the pockets of Planned Parenthood 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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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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