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Can Pro-Life College Students Have a Voice?

November 27th is coming and, along with it, your opportunity to help WRTL Build Wisconsin for Life in 2019!

#GivingTuesday is a day set aside for you to give to your favorite non-profit organizations. It was created to offset the shopping heydays of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

The Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund relies heavily on #GivingTuesday to fund our many programs. Our L!fe on Campus college groups benefit tremendously from #GivingTuesday!

L!fe on Campus 

L!fe on Campus students from UW-Whitewater at a campus tabling event.

It’s no secret that our college campuses are strongholds for pro-abortion activism. Knowing there was a need for the pro-life message to be heard at colleges and universities, Wisconsin Right to Life established pro-life groups on college campuses around Wisconsin years before any other group. Now appropriately called L!fe on Campus, these groups are bringing the truth about life to colleges and universities throughout our state and giving pro-life students a voice.

Because of your generosity during 2018, L!fe on Campus groups have been able to:

  • Direct students with unplanned pregnancies to local pregnancy resource centers;
  • Offer pro-life education on campus through “tabling” events;
  • Raise awareness with displays like Cemetery of the Innocents;
  • Educate through fun events such as Pro-Life Cupcake Day;
  • Bring pro-life speakers to campus;
  • Hold events such as Pro-Life Solidarity Days;
  • Offer camaraderie and support to pro-life students who often feel alone.

Pro-life displays like this Cemetery of the Innocents on Bascom Hill at UW-Madison are one of the many ways L!fe on Campus students raise awareness about abortion.

Marquette L!fe on Campus member, Justus, said, “L!fe on Campus is great because it provides community to what is the minority on campuses – pro-lifers.”

In order to ensure that L!fe on Campus students are equipped to be pro-life leaders at their colleges and universities, the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund holds a college training weekend each fall. This is an event our L!fe on Campus students love!

L!fe on Campus students (as well as some members of the WRTL staff) at the 2018 L!fe on Campus College Training.

 

 

Julio from UW Madison’s L!fe on Campus group said: “The college training is incredibly helpful. We’ve learned lots of useful things like how to communicate about this issue in a compassionate way. The support we receive from Wisconsin Right to Life helps us to be more effective.”

Your gifts are making a difference at colleges and universities across Wisconsin and are giving pro-life students a voice!

And there’s great news: Because of your generosity to L!fe on Campus and the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund, the number of L!fe on Campus groups expanded from 13 to 18 groups during 2018!

Your gifts to Wisconsin Right to Life on #GivingTuesday will help us support all of our Education programs, including all of our L!fe on Campus groups. And you don’t have to wait until #GivingTuesday, either. You can give today!

Thanks so much for your support of the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund through #GivingTuesday!

 

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The Election in the Rear View Mirror

By Heather Weininger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Right to Life

It took me a while to digest the results of last Tuesday and compile my thoughts that I wanted to share with others.

On Tuesday, November 6th the pro-life movement was dealt a set-back, but, fortunately, it was not an end-of-the world scenario.

I have to admit, this one was quite personal to me. In 2010, my husband was elected to his first term in the Wisconsin State Assembly. It was a time when we knew there were going to be many bold changes coming our way. And, big bold changes did come to Wisconsin. Also during this time, we were able to pass even more protections for the unborn.

When I first heard that our great pro-life Governor Scott Walker was in a tight race, I thought to myself how could people of the State of Wisconsin want to return to a time of deficits while taxpayer dollars were being used to fund abortions? How could people in Wisconsin want someone in office who doesn’t protect the most vulnerable?

Well, now we are faced with a time when we will not have a Governor who will sign into law pro-life legislation, nor will we have a Lt. Governor who speaks on behalf of the unborn, or and an Attorney General who will stand up for life in the courts. Let’s be real, this is a tough realization, but one that we need to get past in order to move forward.

While we are now going to have four years of someone who does not believe in the sanctity of life, it is reassuring to know that we have the State Senate and Assembly in control of pro-life legislators. I see these coming four years as a time during which we will educate Wisconsinites on the devastation caused by abortion and the need to protect the most vulnerable at all stages of life.

Our work at Wisconsin Right to Life will not change. We will continue to introduce legislation to protect the unborn, we will continue to educate the youth in our state about life, we will continue to work to change hearts and minds to favor life.

We cannot let one election cycle hold us down for too long. There is far too much work to be done to protect unborn babies and all vulnerable individuals from the moment of conception until natural death. Stay tuned to learn the specifics of what we will be working on in 2019.

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The Facts of L!fe Camp — How YOU Can Help Teach Teens the Truth on #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday, November 27, is quickly approaching! This is a day to focus on helping others after the shopping extravaganza days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday serves as a reminder to all of us that non-profits depend on the generosity of others to survive.

Wisconsin Right to Life relies heavily on #GivingTuesday to fund our educational programs. One program that benefits from #GivingTuesday is our L!fe Camp summer teen camp.

L!fe Camp 

In order to Keep Building Wisconsin for Life, the pro-life movement needs leaders for the future. With this in mind, Wisconsin Right to Life’s Joleigh Bass created what is now L!fe Camp, a five-day summer camp that teaches teens the sometimes-forgotten skills of logic, rhetoric and debate from prominent pro-life leaders, all through the lens of the life issues.

So are kids enjoying camp? The answer is a resounding YES!

Campers loved the session with “Zeke Unity” (author and apologist Scott Klusendorf) where they learned how to effectively defend the right to life. August, 2018

“I LOVE camp!” said Michaela of La Crosse, “From the instructors to the other campers, everyone there was amazing. It was so inspiring to be around other people who share my pro-life views.”

At L!fe Camp 2018, campers learned how to effectively communicate their pro-life beliefs from Scott Klusendorf, president of the Life Training Institute and author of the books, Stand for Life  and The Case for Life. Rose of Fredonia said, “The Scott Klusendorf sessions were amazing! There was so much important information, and it was great to learn how to defend life.”

In addition to learning about the life issues, campers enjoy such activities as boating, navigating a high ropes course, zip lining, campfires, crafts, plus other traditional camp activities. Best of all, they make lifelong friends. Camper Maggie, also of Fredonia, explained, “I loved the craft center. On Wednesday night, we had a camp-wide scavenger hunt and escape room. It was so much fun!” She added, “I met so many fun people at camp. It was great to get to know other teens I can work with to spread the truth about life to my friends.”

L!fe Camp campers spent a day at the capitol in Madison learning about their role in the legislative process. August, 2018

Campers also spend a day in Madison at the capitol. There, they learn the importance of pro-life laws and their part in the legislative process. They also learn about lobbying and meet with legislators and their staff to discuss the life issues.

“There was such a positive energy at camp. Everyone was so friendly and it was great to learn about the life issues that a lot of people just don’t talk about,” said Eve of Onalaska. “Camp is also very eye-opening. I realize now what big issues abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide are. They affect all of us!”

Join Us in 2019! 

Campers leave for a boat ride on Green Lake. August, 2018

L!fe Camp 2019 will take place August 5-9 at the Green Lake Conference Center. Dave Sterrett, founder of the ministry “Disruptive Truth” as well as author of I Am Second: Real Stories, Changing Lives, Aborting Aristotle, and We Choose Life: Authentic Stories, Movements of Hope will join the team at L!fe Camp. He will be teaching on such topics as what it means to be human, natural law, and avoiding bias fallacies when discussing the life issues. More information can be found at LifeSummerCamp.com.

New speakers and sessions are being added, so be sure to check LifeSummerCamp.com often!

Help L!fe Camp Build Wisconsin for Life 

L!fe Camp is not only making a difference in the lives of teens, it’s making a difference in our culture.

“At L!fe Camp, I was really inspired by the progress the pro-life movement has made. Here in Wisconsin, we’ve saved over 174,000 lives – that’s incredible!” said Michaela. She added, “Camp has definitely inspired me to keep working and keep making changes.”

Gifts to Wisconsin Right to Life’s #GivingTuesday campaign will help fund all of our education programs, including L!feCamp. You don’t have to wait until #GivingTuesday, either. You can give today! And don’t forget: your gifts to the WRTL Education Fund are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you for helping Wisconsin teens learn the truth about life!

The Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund is a 501(c)3 entity and your gifts are fully tax-deductible.

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What’s So Special About November 27?

It’s hard to believe that November is here and the holidays are bearing down on us like a freight train. While this time of year is filled with excitement about Thanksgiving turkeys, Christmas cookies, twinkling lights, and shimmering trees, for most of us, the biggest joy of the holiday season is giving of ourselves to those we love.

That joy of giving is what inspired #GivingTuesday. What is this? #GivingTuesday takes place the Tuesday after the major shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is an opportunity to give to the non-profits of your choice who rely on the generosity of friends like you to survive. This year #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27.   

In order to continue Building Wisconsin for life, Wisconsin Right to Life depends on #GivingTuesday. The monies raised on #GivingTuesday will help us continue providing Emergency Grants so at-risk women can choose life, equipping our L!fe on Campus college students to be voices for life in the hostile grounds of university campuses, and training the pro-life leaders of tomorrow through our L!fe Camp for teens – the standard-bearer for other such teen programs across America.

Watch your inbox in the coming days to meet the people who will benefit from your #GivingTuesday gifts. You’ll meet L!fe Camp campers, L!fe on Campus members, and learn how women are choosing life because of our Emergency Grant program.

You don’t have to wait for #GivingTuesday to make a gift! Donations for #GivingTuesday are being accepted throughout the month of November. As always, your gifts to the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund are fully tax-deductible.

Thank you for your generosity. Because of you, we will keep Building Wisconsin for Life! 

The Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund is a 501(c)3 entity and your gifts are fully tax-deductible.

 

 

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The Single Issue Voter

By Heather Weininger, Executive Director, Wisconsin Right to Life

In this highly contested and heated season of elections, it is more important than ever to focus in on why you are voting for the person you are voting for.

For me, there is simply one issue that determines who I’m voting for and why.

I would guess that most of you who are reading this will be able to easily guess what my issue is — yes, it’s the issue of life. Without the most basic human right, life, none of the other fundamental ideas of voting really matter.

Given the opportunity to vote for a candidate who stands firm against the killing of unborn babies at any stage, protecting the most vulnerable throughout any stage of life and ensuring assisted suicide does not become legal throughout the country are all reasons I would vote for a candidate.

According to most political surveys and polling information, it seems that I should be voting for a candidate who doesn’t value these as top priorities. I’m female, Caucasian, college educated, wife, mom and live in the suburbs. I am the classic demographic who in all rights should be voting for the progressive movement.

But, they are missing out on the key issue for me — life. They care more about giving a woman a “choice” about her body than they do in protecting innocent human life. That key issue that is missing is the very reason each of us needs to remain steadfast in being a single issue voter.

As you head to the polls tomorrow to support your candidates be sure to know who is the candidate who stands for life. If we do not stand up now and vote for the candidates who put life as a priority, then we might as well stay home on election day. The value of life is what makes our country continue to function. It’s time to end giving federal dollars to organizations that perform abortions, it’s time to end the painful dismemberment of unborn babies, and it’s time to ensure we have a US Senator who will support U.S. Supreme Court Justices who will work to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Keep the most basic human right — life — as your top priority when you vote. Do not fall victim to what you should be voting for. Be the person who stands up to protect others from the moment of conception until natural death. Use your voice by going to the voting booth tomorrow and vote pro-life.

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Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Judge Brett Kavanaugh to Full Senate Vote

On Friday, September 28, the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines to move the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate floor for a vote. Just before the vote, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) bowed to Democrat concerns, indicating he will urge that the Senate hold off on its vote (for a week or less) until the FBI has time to further investigate the various charges brought forth during the hearing. By late Friday afternoon, Republican leaders in the Senate agreed to seek an additional FBI background investigation and before the end of the day, President Trump issued the order triggering it.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings had been roiled by a series of lurid, last-minute, uncorroborated allegations of criminal misconduct against Kavanaugh which were purported to have occurred during his high school and college years. The testimony of an alleged Kavanaugh victim, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, put a credible and sympathetic face on the allegations.

In the end, Kavanaugh vigorously denied all the charges leveled against him and effectively defended his honor and integrity and potentially saved his nomination. Holding back tears and anger, Kavanaugh told Democrats on the committee that they were mounting a “coordinated and well-funded effort to destroy my good name and destroy my family,” and called his confirmation process a “national disgrace.” He vehemently told the committee, “I am innocent of this charge.”

The hyper-partisanship on display during the last day of hearings was so intense that both sides were visibly and verbally angry with each other. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called out Democratic senators, saying, “this is the most unethical sham [I’ve seen] since I’ve been in politics . . . Boy, you all want power. I hope you never get it,” Graham said. “I hope the American people can see through this sham.”

In a July press release, Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life stated, “D.C. Circuit Court Judge Brett Kavanaugh is an excellent jurist, who understands that the role of judiciary is to interpret the law, not make the law . . . Unfortunately, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has already signaled that she would rather cave to pressure from the abortion lobby rather than give Judge Kavanaugh due consideration based upon his experience and qualifications . . . Senator Baldwin will be held accountable for her actions during this confirmation process by Wisconsin Right to Life and our grassroots supporters.”

Last Friday’s frenzied, blistering and impassioned final day of hearings is only the first stop along the way to Kavanaugh’s seat on the high court. The next involves at least one more week of delay: Waiting on the FBI to conduct interviews and produce a report. Perhaps after that, the Kavanaugh nomination will finally receive a vote by the full Senate. And God-willing, he will be confirmed.

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Remembering 9/11 Seventeen Years Later

Today, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, we recall the tragedy of lives lost during the 9-11 terrorist attacks, seventeen years ago. In a 2001 Wisconsin Right to Life newsletter, then executive director Barbara Lyons wrote about the loss of precious human life.

Life in the Shadow of September 11
As Americans, all of us have been deeply transformed by the events of September 11, 2001. We have experienced horror, anger, disbelief, and a profound sadness at the terrible loss of life. We have shed tears for people we will never know. I am still overwhelmed by the enormity of the tragedy. And I wonder what must happen before we are able to regain some sense of security.

As a country and as individuals, when we stand in the shadow of life-altering events, we have a need to focus inward. We try to understand the inexplicable and search for new meaning to our lives. As an organization, Wisconsin Right to Life has also searched for that deeper sense of purpose. What does September 11 mean to our mission and to our future?

First and foremost, we have newfound recognition of the goodness and truth of our prolife work. This is because our work teaches that each individual human life has inherent worth. We see with new eyes the beauty of human potential, the wonder of selfless bravery, and the immense void that remains when the uniqueness of an individual person is swept away.

Irrevocably lost were husbands, fathers, wives, mothers, grandparents, sons, daughters, and even a few children. Left behind were those who will grieve the loss of each person for eternity, each with a profoundly moving and touching personal story. Although the special individuals who died can never be duplicated, we can find strength and purpose in the renewal and continuation of life through the process of creation and birth.

Many have commented on the remarkable courage of the firefighters who ran into those burning buildings while everyone else was trying to leave. Why would someone do this? Why would they risk their lives in such a hellish scenario to save someone they didn’t even know? But, isn’t risking our own life to save another the most noble thing we can do?

While our pro-life work does not involve risking our lives, it does entail serious sacrifice, be it emotional or financial, so that a person we may never know can live. Only God knows those who are alive today because of your dedication to the pro-life cause through your involvement in Wisconsin Right to Life.

We lost over 4,500 precious human beings in one day on September 11. We lose almost 3,300 precious unborn lives to abortion each day. The tragedy of abortion does not diminish the tragedy of September 11. Both encompass helpless, innocent victims, trapped in a building, airplane or their mothers’ wombs, in the wrong place at the wrong time. Both are woven together to teach the message that life should not to be taken for granted, and is always worth fighting for — even for people we will never know.

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The above originally appeared in the Winter 2001-2002 issue of Life Without Limits magazine. The piece was reproduced here in the form it takes in the recently released 50th Anniversary book published by Wisconsin Right to Life titled, Fifty Years of Saving Lives. This 224-page keepsake edition is available for $19.99 in our online store, which can be found here: http://www.wisconsinrighttolife.org/shop/

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Sunday September 9 is Wisconsin Right to Life Day all across our State!

BE PART OF THE CELEBRATION!

Your local congregation, church group or organization can help celebrate the 50 years of life-saving work of Wisconsin Right to Life, by observing Wisconsin Right to Life Day, next Sunday, September 9th, 2018.

Downloadable Church Bulletin Insert for Observance of Wisconsin Right to Life Day

Download the Church Bulletin Insert here (PDF).

Learn more about the planned observation of Wisconsin Right to Life Day on Sunday September 9, 2018 in Wisconsin churches here: WRTL.org/WRTLday

At Wisconsin Right to Life’s 50th Anniversary Gala in Milwaukee on April 13, 2018, Wisconsin’s pro-life Governor, Scott Walker, presented Executive Director Heather Weininger with a framed proclamation declaring Sunday, September 9, 2018, as Wisconsin Right to Life Day in our state.

In part, the proclamation reads:

“WHEREAS, 50 years have elapsed since Wisconsin Right to Life was originally formed under the name Wisconsin Citizens Concerned for the Unborn on September 9, 1968; and WHEREAS, Wisconsin Right to Life has established itself as the preeminent right-to-life organization in Wisconsin and for the last 50 years has been saving lives by changing hearts and minds to favor life . . . NOW, THEREFORE, I, Scott Walker, Governor of the State of Wisconsin, do hereby proclaim Sunday, September 9, 2018, as WISCONSIN RIGHT TO LIFE DAY throughout the State of Wisconsin, and I commend this observance to all of our citizens.”

Our thanks to Gov. Walker for honoring our organization in this very special way!

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Follow the Money: The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health Campaign

Almost every time abortion advocates speak, their words seek to deceive. From distorting the truth to outright lies, they will say almost anything to protect their lucrative abortion business.

This fact was made crystal clear yet again in early June when the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health began a “five-figure” (according to their press release) ad campaign to promote abortion as “safe, quality care.”

The basis of their campaign is a March 16, 2018, report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) entitled, The Safety and Quality of Abortion Care in the United States. The overall theme of the report is that abortion is safe for women and that Wisconsin’s protective, pro-life laws are making it dangerous. This supposedly “non-partisan” report is riddled with misinformation that the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health is promoting with abandon. 

The NASEM study is hardly non-partisan. A cursory perusal of their news releases on “reproductive health” reveals that they never shy away from promoting abortion. The “non-partisan” claim is even more laughable due to the fact that the March report was funded in part by the Susan Thompson Buffet Foundation.

The Buffett foundation was established by billionaire abortion advocate Warren Buffett in the 1960’s. Buffett renamed it the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation for his wife after her death in 2004. It is common knowledge the primary goal of the foundation is to protect legal abortion through a series of secretive grants. Inside Philanthropy said of the Susan Thompson Buffett foundation, “The place is a case study in non-transparency, and it’s super hard to even figure out who’s doing the grantmaking…While you can understand why a foundation that is deeply enmeshed in protecting abortion rights might want to keep a low profile, this seems excessive.”[1]

A “non-partisan” study funded by a secretive, pro-abortion foundation doesn’t pass the straight-face test. As a result, it’s no surprise that NASEM’s March study was designed to scapegoat pro-life laws. It’s also no surprise that the claims made in the NASEM report were deceiving, at best.

First, the NASEM report states that, “requirements, such as multiple visits and waiting periods, delay abortion services, and by doing so may increase the clinical risks and cost of care. They may also limit women’s options for care and impact providers’ ability to provide patient-centered care.” The Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health adds that waiting periods combined with the requirement that women receive “biased information” about their unborn baby’s development adversely affect women’s health.

Anyone who has spent any time in the pro-life movement has heard countless post-abortive women say that, had they known the truth about their unborn baby, they never would have chosen abortion. Many women also say they were never told the truth about their babies at abortion clinics. Instead, their unborn children with fingers, toes, and a beating heart were referred to as the “uterine contents” or “products of conception”.

In the mid-1990s Wisconsin Right to Life put its support behind the Woman’s Right to Know Act which became law in 1996. This law requires women to learn the truth about the development of their unborn child and have a 24-hour reflection period before undergoing an abortion. Wisconsin Act 37, also known as “Sonya’s Law” was supported by Wisconsin Right to Life and enacted in 2013. This law requires that women undergo an ultrasound before obtaining an abortion, as well.

According to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health, ultrasounds and facts on fetal development are “biased information”. Of course, the real reason that abortion advocates hate these laws is that they cut into their massive profits. According to Live Action, Planned Parenthood stands to lose $12,660,511 each year because of mandatory waiting periods.[2] Similarly, informing women about the truth of their unborn child’s humanity steers women away from abortion as well as money away from the coffers of the abortion industry.

Second, the NASEM study claims laws promoted by Wisconsin Right to Life that require a physician to perform an abortion are lowering the standard of abortion care in Wisconsin.

The “Physician-Only Requirement” was one of the first protective, pro-life laws supported by Wisconsin Right to Life. Signed into law in 1985, this law prohibits non-physicians such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurse-midwives from performing abortions.

Again, because they only care about profits rather than women’s health, abortion advocates strongly oppose these laws. Per usual, abortion advocates have trotted out flawed studies “proving” it is “safe” for non-physicians to perform abortions. One such study was conducted by Tracy Weitz and was released in 2013. It is entitled, Safety of Aspiration Abortion Performed by Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Physician Assistants Under a California Legal Waiver. Weitz’s study provided support for California Assembly Bill 154 which legalized abortions performed by non-physicians in the state.

Weitz’s study immediately came under the scrutiny of pro-life physicians. Dr. Mary Davenport, an obstetrician/gynecologist practicing in San Francisco, claimed that Weitz had a predetermined conclusion to the study before she ever began her research, saying, ” [Weitz is] a brilliant woman. She had a firm ideology about abortion access, and then she did a study that was instrumental in getting this law (California Assembly Bill 154) passed in the legislature.”

After analyzing the sampling and data methods used in the Weitz study, Davenport and her colleagues determined that they provided an artificially low number of reported complications. Davenport said, “If they’re not seeing [a complication], they’re just not finding it. They don’t want to find it.”[3]

A cursory review of the procedures performed by nurse midwives, physicians’ assistants, and other paramedical professionals shows that they are not trained to perform complex surgery.  The thought of a midwife performing a hysterectomy or a physician assistant removing an appendix is inconceivable. Why should abortion be any different?

There is another reason abortion advocates desperately want non-physicians to perform abortions: legitimate doctors don’t want to do them. A 2011 study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology found that only 14% of Obstetrician/Gynecologists were willing to perform abortions.[4]

Another “finding” of the NASEM study related to their support of non-physicians performing abortions is that the prohibition of “Telemedicine Abortions,” or webcam abortions, in Wisconsin is hurting women.

Wisconsin Right to Life supported The Coercive and Webcam Abortion Prevention Act which was signed into law in 2012.  This law prohibits webcam abortions which are occurring in Iowa and Minnesota from being introduced into local communities in Wisconsin. It requires a physical exam and in-person administration of dangerous chemical abortion-inducing drugs like RU-486.

There is good reason for physicians to be involved in chemical abortions. The Australian reported the following regarding a 2011 study in Australia:

The “audit” of nearly 7000 abortions performed in South Australia in 2009 and last year found that 3.3 per cent of women who used mifepristone in the first trimester of pregnancy – when  most elective terminations occur – later turned up at hospital emergency departments, against 2.2 per cent who had undergone surgery…and the rate of hospital admission jumped to 5.7 per cent for recipients of early “medical” abortions – using drugs – compared with 0.4 per cent for surgical patients re-admitted for post-operative treatment.[5]

These are only a few of the spurious claims made in the NASEM study on which the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health is basing their new ad campaign. While every one of their complaints is easily dismissed, there is one reason the Alliance is targeting Wisconsin’s pro-life laws: they are saving lives and hurting the profits of Wisconsin’s abortion industry.

The numbers are clear: Because of the pro-life laws supported by Wisconsin Right to Life, our abortion rate in Wisconsin has dropped over 70% from an all-time high in 1980. Our laws have helped save 170,401 lives since 1987, when records were first kept. All of this translates to millions of dollars lost to the abortion industry in Wisconsin.

There is something else very insidious about the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health campaign: the audience they are targeting. According to the press release on the campaign, these ads are being run where their pro-abortion allies and lawmakers will see them:  The WisPolitics Midday podcast, plus digital ads on WisPolitics, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and CapTimes news sites. Their goal? Eradicating Wisconsin’s pro-life laws and increasing their profits from the deaths of babies and the heartache of their mothers.

For 50 years, Wisconsin Right to Life has been working to protect the most vulnerable members of our society.  In addition to protective legislation, we have numerous ways that we are working to save lives as well as change hearts and minds.

Our Veritas Society uses television, digital media, and the internet to tell abortion-vulnerable young people the truth about abortion. Our Emergency Grant program provides financial resources to abortion-vulnerable women so they can choose life. Our Teens for Life, Life on Campus, and Life Camp programs teach young people the truth about life and enable them to share this truth with their peers.

The bottom line of the abortion industry is always money, and the Wisconsin Alliance for Women’s Health campaign is further proof of this. With your help, Wisconsin Right to Life will continue protecting lives and telling the truth until every vulnerable life is safe and valued.

 

[1]David Callahan “Who’s Who at the Secretive Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation?” Inside Philanthropy.

[2] Calvin Freiburger “Contrary to Pro-Abortion Study, Mandatory Waiting Periods Save Lives”,  www.LiveAction.org March 28, 2016.

[3] Shannon Firth “Do Nurses, Midwives, and PAs Fill Gap as Abortion Providers — When Physician is Removed, Does Risk Increase?” MedPage Today, March 3, 2015.

[4] “Proportion of Ob-Gyns Performing Abortions May Be Lower Than Thought”  www.npr.org, August 22, 2011.

[5] Jamie Walker “Abortion Pill Less Safe than Surgery” The Australian, May 7, 2011.

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Act Now: Title X Protect Life Rule Comment Period is OPEN

The comment period for the Title X Protect Life rule is open, and we need pro-lifers to send in a flood of positive comments!

Action steps:

1.) Visit the website where comments are made.

2.) Click “Comment Now!” on the upper right hand side of the page.

3.) Enter and submit your comment in support of the Protect Life Rule! Here is a sample comment that you can customize:

To Whom it May Concern,

I strongly support the proposed rule “Compliance With Statutory Program Integrity Requirements” (HHS-OS-2018-0008), also known as the “Protect Life Rule.”

Abortion is not family planning, and this rule would draw a bright line between abortion and family planning.

Currently 266 Planned Parenthood abortion centers are also federal Title X locations. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion business and receives $50-$60 million a year from Title X. They should not be entitled to treat Title X as their personal slush fund. 

This rule would direct taxpayer funds to family planning providers who stay out of the abortion business. Women and girls are best served at alternative health care centers including community and rural health care centers that outnumber Planned Parenthood abortion facilities by more than 20 to 1 nationwide.

I strongly urge adoption of the rule.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]
Wisconsin

4.) Share this action alert with friends!

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