Heather Weininger

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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Wisconsin Sees Increase in Abortion Numbers

“As disappointed as I am in seeing an increase in abortion numbers in Wisconsin, it really didn’t come as a surprise,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“After a brand-new, state-of-the-art abortion clinic opened in Milwaukee’s trendy Third Ward we should have all been on high alert that abortions were soon to be on the upward climb.

“For too many years, Planned Parenthood was seeing a decline in their revenue and they were ready at every turn to reverse the downturn in profits. For years we have heard Planned Parenthood saying the pro-life movement is limiting access to abortion. It looks like the abortion industry has gotten what it wanted: More unborn babies being murdered, and more women who will suffer the devastating consequences of abortion.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will keep working to ensure women aren’t coerced into abortions. We will make sure women know that there are life-affirming alternatives to abortion. We will work with pregnancy resource centers across the state to ensure women in crisis have help available to them, and we will continue to work on passing protective, pro-life legislation that ensures women know the truth about abortion and have real choices for themselves as well as their children.

“The news likely won’t be any better when the 2018 abortion numbers come in. Planned Parenthood is now open in Sheboygan, where their main focus is RU-486 abortions. While your taxpayer dollars might not be paying directly for these abortions, they are being used to promote Planned Parenthood to women and promote the falsehood that abortion is their only alternative.”

For 50 years, Wisconsin Right to Life has been the pro-life leader in our state. We continue to promote the truth about life and the many alternatives to abortion available in Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Right to Life’s Executive Director Calls on Governor-Elect Tony Evers to Immediately Remove Tonya Atkinson from the Health Policy Advisory Council

“It certainly didn’t take long for Governor-elect Evers to put into motion what we feared before election day,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“Evers made it very clear to us during his campaign how he felt about abortions, it’s just like a tonsillectomy. Now he has placed on a health policy advisory council the President and CEO of Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin.

“It’s clear that this is going to be a long four years of battling against one of the most pro-abortion governors we have had in years. Those of us who have worked for decades to protect life will be fighting at every turn when it comes to Tony Evers and his plans for healthcare.

“It doesn’t take a medical degree to know that killing an unborn baby is not healthcare. I’m calling on Governor-elect Evers to immediately remove Tonya Atkinson from his Health Policy Advisory Council.”

Wisconsin Right to Life’s work is to provide women an alternative to abortion. Planned Parenthood does not provide healthcare to women, especially when performing abortions on living unborn children.

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Wisconsin Right to Life’s Response to Planned Parenthood’s New President

“As Planned Parenthood’s new president, Dr. Leana Wen, makes her debut it is abundantly clear that the work of Wisconsin Right to Life and other pro-life advocates is going to be harder than ever,” said Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“In announcing Dr. Wen, Planned Parenthood has indicated that their primary goal is to make abortion mainstream health care. Dr. Wen is an emergency room physician. How can a doctor who is supposed to protect and save lives consider abortion, a violent act that brutally kills an unborn child, mainstream health care?

“Planned Parenthood has chosen a doctor to run their organization so they can legitimize the fact that they are the nation’s largest abortion provider. They consider abortion, under the euphemism of ‘health care’, a basic human right. At Wisconsin Right to Life, we know that life is the most basic human right. We will continue working to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society are protected from extremist abortion advocates like Planned Parenthood.”

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Wisconsin Right to Life PAC Congratulates Primary Endorsed Winners

For a PDF link to this press release click here.

“We are pleased with the results of yesterday’s election,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “As November approaches we know that the pro-choice organizations are out in full force and looking to take back seats or maintain seats at the federal and state levels. Wisconsin is a key target ground for these groups and we are now going to work even harder to ensure those who share the same thoughts on the sanctity of life stay in office and are newly elected to positions.”

The Wisconsin Right to Life PAC endorsed candidates who now advance to the general election in November are:

U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir

U.S. House of Representatives candidates Bryan Steil (CD 1), Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (CD 5)

Governor Scott Walker

State Assembly Candidates:
District 14 Matt Adamczyk
District 59 Timothy Ramthun

Paid for by Wisconsin Right to Life PAC, Chet Rucinski, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s agent or committee. The committee is the sole source of this communication and the committee did not act in cooperation or consultation with, and in concert with, or at the request or suggestion of any candidate or any agent or authorized committee of a candidate who is supported or opposed by this communication.

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It’s Time to Disentangle the Title X Program from Abortion Providers

“Wisconsin Right to Life is in full support of any move to disentangle the Title X program from abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Expanding eligibility in the Title X program to alternative providers who have no involvement in the abortion industry is a positive step forward for women in Wisconsin and all around the country.”

On Wednesday, May 2nd, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) announced that they were suing the federal governmentover the expansion of Title X eligibility to providers who do not perform abortions. Title X funding accounts for 10.4% of PPWI’s budget and is the second largest source of funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

In 2016, a bill supported by Wisconsin Right to Life was signed into law, requiring the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to apply for Title X funding and direct those funds to organizations that do not provide abortions. In addition, Wisconsin Right to Life’s parent organization, National Right to Life, joined a letter signed by 85 pro-life groups calling for the Department of Health and Human Services to also reinstate Reagan-era regulations prohibiting Title X funding from going to organizations that are co-located with abortion facilities or do abortion referrals.

“Planned Parenthood wants to protect their bottom line, which is why they are attacking these positive developments with the Title X program,” continued Weininger. “This just makes clear that this giant in the abortion business will pursue every avenue possible to protect their grip on taxpayer funds.”

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Wisconsin Right to Life Thanks Speaker Paul Ryan for His Service

“Wisconsin Right to Life thanks Speaker Paul Ryan for his service both to Wisconsin and our country,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Ryan has spent his entire career supporting the right to life cause, and we will truly miss his leadership in Congress. On a more personal note, I worked with Paul during my days on Capitol Hill and always admired his integrity, determination, and good nature. We wish him well as he embarks upon this new season.”


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Governor Walker Signs AB 128 Into Law

“Today, Governor Walker signed AB 128 into law, which ensures no taxpayer dollars pay for elective abortions under state employees’ health plans,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Wisconsin Right to Life has been waiting 23 years for this major step to roll back taxpayer funding for abortion, and we are very happy to see this long-awaited legislation signed into law.”

Since 1995, there have been no limits on abortion coverage for state employees’ health plans, despite Wisconsin law prohibiting taxpayer subsidization of elective abortions. The State Assembly passed AB 128 in November of 2017, and the State Senate passed the bill in February of 2018.

“We thank bill authors Sen. Dave Craig, Rep. Andre Jacque, Rep. Ron Tusler, and Rep. Janel Brandtjen for their leadership on this bill, and we thank Governor Walker for signing it into law,” continued Weininger. “This law significantly protects taxpayers’ rights, since no one should be forced to subsidize the taking of innocent human life.”



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