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43 Years and 58 Million Lives Later

Today marks 43 years since the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision when abortion on demand through all nine months of pregnancy became the law of the land nationwide.
 
I was lucky; my mom chose life for me. But, as I look around and go about life, I always wonder who we are we missing in our society. Who is not with us, out of the 58 million whose lives had a different ending than mine; those who were dismembered in the womb, rather than given the gift of life?
 
As I reflect on where we are now as a nation and where we need to go as a nation, I know that life is the most basic of all human rights. A basic right that is easy to take for granted for those of us alive right now.
 
We are making progress in protecting the most vulnerable and being a voice for the voiceless, but our work will not be finished until every life is protected, from the moment of fertilization to natural death.
 
There are ways you can become involved in the pro-life movement. Join your local Right to Life Chapter, work to educate others on the value of life, volunteer some time at a pregnancy center where alternatives to abortion are available, and speak to our representatives who have the ability to make lifesaving laws.
 
Take a moment today to remember the 58 million lives that have been lost to abortion.  Whether you are marching in Washington, DC, participating in a local event, or simply taking a moment of silence, remember we have all been affected by the tragedy of abortion.
 
Until our most basic human right, the right to life, is fully respected in our society and fully protected under the law, we will not stop our efforts to educate Wisconsin about the reality of abortion, and to pass laws to protect unborn children.
 
 
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New Poll Shows Americans are Pro-Life on Abortion as Roe v. Wade Turns 43

As Roe v. Wade turns 43 this week and Americans mark more than four decades of unlimited abortions, new polling data shows they want a change in the direction of protecting unborn children.A new national poll shows a strong majority of Americans — including a majority of those who consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion — support substantial abortion limits. That’s according to

A new national poll shows a strong majority of Americans — including a majority of those who consider themselves “pro-choice” on abortion — support substantial abortion limits. That’s according to a new national survey of 1,686 adults conducted at the end of November by the Marist Institute for Public Opinion at Marist University.

Here’s a list of the findings:

The survey found that more than 8 in 10 Americans (81 percent), including women (82 percent) and nearly two-thirds of pro-choice supporters (66 percent), would restrict abortion to — at most — the first three months of pregnancy. The answer to this question has been approximately 8 in 10 since the survey was launched in 2008.

Additionally, 77 percent of Americans, including 79 percent of women and 71 percent of “pro-choice” supporters, say that laws can protect both a mother and her unborn child. Only about 1 in 5 (17 percent of Americans, 15 percent of women, 23 percent of pro-choice identifiers) disagree.

The poll also found majorities of Americans see abortion as both ultimately harmful to women and morally wrong.

By a 25-point margin, Americans (55 to 30 percent) say that abortion ultimately does a woman more harm than good. A similar proportion of women agree (56 percent to 31 percent). More than 1 in 4 who identify as pro-choice (27 percent) also share this view.

Six in 10 Americans (60 percent), including 61 percent of women, say abortion is “morally wrong.” One-third of pro-choice Americans agree (33 percent).

In addition, nearly 7 in 10 Americans (68 percent), including 69 percent of women, oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. This includes 51 percent of those who consider themselves pro-choice. Fewer than 3 in 10 Americans (29 percent) support it.

 

Similarly, more than 6 in 10 Americans (61 percent), including 60 percent of women, support laws that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except to save the life of the mother. The percentage was the same for pro-choice supporters (62 percent).

Fifty-one percent of Americans — including 50 percent of women — believe health care providers and organizations should have the right to opt out of providing abortion services if they have moral objections. About 4 in 10 (42 percent) of both groups disagree. Notably, even one-third (34 percent) of those who identify as pro-choice would protect the right to opt out.

The Knights of Columbus, a Catholic organization, commissioned the university to take the poll and the head of the group said the polling data shows it’s time to dramatically change U.S. abortion law to limit abortions further.

“Year in and year out since we began polling on this issue, the American people have understood that the law can protect mother and child alike and have expressed a strong consensus in favor of abortion restrictions,” said Knights of Columbus CEO Carl Anderson. “It is time for a new national conversation on abortion — one that begins with this consensus in favor of restrictions: a consensus that American women and men have already reached, and that includes a majority even of those who call themselves pro-choice.”

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This post originated at LifeNews.com

 

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Local Roe v. Wade Anniversary Events

If you can’t make it to the March for Life, why not join a pro-life event in your area? 

Below is a list of events near the anniversary of Roe v. Wade all around Wisconsin – find something near you and join pro-lifers in your area! 

ASAP – Taylor County – Join their pro-life signature ad!

ASAP – Waukesha County – Join their pro-life signature ad!

Jan. 18th – La Crosse County – Peaceful Vigil

Jan. 17th – Fond du Lac County – Non-Denominational Prayer Service

Jan. 21st – Door County – Silent Candlelight Walk

Jan. 21st – Milwaukee County – Mass for Life

Jan. 22nd – Milwaukee County – Mini-March for Life

Jan. 22nd – Fox Valley – Celebration of Life

Jan. 22nd – Marathon County – Light the Night for the Unborn

Jan. 22nd – Dodge County in Madison – Stand for Life Rally

Jan. 22nd – Sauk County – Rally for Life

Jan. 22nd – Manitowoc County – Candlelight Remembrance for the Unborn

Jan. 22nd – Marshfield/Wood County – 1st Ecumenical March for Life 

Jan. 23rd – Wood County/Tri-City – Roe v. Wade Memorial

Jan. 23rd – Kenosha County – Roe v. Wade Event – Call Marcia Fitzgibbon at 262-891-2069

Jan. 24th – Menominee/Shawano Counties – Memorial Walk

Jan. 27th – Sheboygan County – Sign Holding

Jan. 31st – Portage County – Walk for Life

Jan. 31st – Eau Claire County – Rally for Life

Want to get involved in our chapters? Click here. Are you a student and want to get involved in one of our teens or college groups? Click here.

Are we missing your local event? Email cshields@wrtl.org!

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It’s Time to Pass the Fetal Tissue Bill

     

     Wisconsin has a pro-life State Senate, State Assembly, and Governor. They have protected life before, with the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Sonya’s Law, the Coercive and Web Cam Abortion Prevention Act, and other important pieces of pro-life legislation that were all made into law. And now, Wisconsin’s legislative majorities and governor can prohibit the sale or use of body parts of aborted unborn babies for research with AB 305/SB 260.

     What our leaders in state government need right now is encouragement – maybe even a nudge – to move forward with the fetal tissue bill. The reality is, very powerful and moneyed interests who profit off of fetal tissue are pressuring our leaders to back off of a bill that honestly puts a fairly meager limit on the abortion industry, and a very reasonable ethical limit on our research industry. While every day, unborn children are torn apart limb from limb at abortion facilities, all that the fetal tissue bill asks for is that these children’s organs are not peddled for profit. We should not add to Planned Parenthood’s profit margin by embedding the need for abortion into our research industry in Wisconsin. And our research industry can do better in a state where we know ethical alternatives to abortion-derived tissue exist.

     Our leaders understand that unborn children cannot be used as a means to an end. They know we have an opportunity here in Wisconsin to lead the nation with a research industry that can truly heal without harm. And they know that we cannot incentivize abortion by fueling an unethical and so-called “need” for fetal tissue.

     That’s why our legislators need a push to make sure this bill passes before this legislative session ends. We need them to stand up in caucus, to ask for a vote, and get this to the Governor’s desk. Please, give them a call, encourage them to get this fetal tissue bill done, and even come to Madison for the Rally for Life on Jan. 12th.

 

This article was originally posted in Right Wisconsin

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Rally for Life!

TIME CHANGE!

Who: All pro-life Wisconsin citizens! – Sponsored by Pro-Life Wisconsin, Wisconsin Family Action, Wisconsin Right to Life

What: (PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE!)
12 noon – 1:00 p.m. – Rally outside at King Street Entrance to State Capitol.
Pro-life leaders and authors of AB 305/SB 260, AB 310/SB 237, and AB 311/SB 238, as available, will speak.

1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. – Visit legislative offices urging legislators to put the bills on the floor.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016, 12 noon – 2 p.m. (TIME CHANGE)

Where: King Street Entrance to the State Capitol, Madison, WI

Why: There are three strong pro-life bills in our state legislature that need to pass before this legislative session ends.

  • Assembly Bill 305/Senate Bill 260 bans the sale and use of the body parts of aborted babies in Wisconsin.
  • Assembly Bill 310/Senate Bill 237 redirects money from the federal Title X grant program away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.
  • Assembly Bill 311/Senate Bill 238 prohibits family-planning organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from overbilling the state for drugs they purchase and dispense through a Medicaid program.

Media Contacts:
Matt Sande, Pro-Life Wisconsin – msande@prolifewisconsin.org – 262-352-0890
Julaine Appling, Wisconsin Family Action – jkappling@wifamilyaction.org – 608-334-6435
Heather Weininger, Wisconsin Right to Life – hweininger@wrtl.org – 414-778-5780

Learn more about the three bills

Contact your legislators!

 

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Wanted: Pro-Life Interns!

Calling all pro-life college students!
Do you want to become an invaluable part of WI’s right-to-life movement? Join our internship program! Email cshields@wrtl.org for more info.

Why intern with WRTL? 

We want what YOU can bring to the table: 

Regardless of your major:

So if you are a driven and passionate pro-life student, looking for a career in the right-to-life movement, email cshields@wrtl.org!

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It’s Been a Great Year – Let’s Thank Our Legislators!

It takes a lot to change the culture for life, whether by activism, volunteering, giving, or legislative action. That’s why, looking over this past year, we as a pro-life movement have accomplished much, especially in the legislative arena.

This past year we had some big legislative priorities – and thanks to the leadership of our pro-life legislators on both the federal and state level, they have become a reality. Please, take some time now that the year is wrapping up to thank our right-to-life legislators for all that they have done for life!

Call, email, or write – all are appreciated by our pro-life legislators!

Federal

Who to Thank: U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Speaker Paul D. Ryan, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, Rep. Reid Ribble, Rep. Sean Duffy, Rep. Glenn Grothman (Find your legislators and all contact info here.)

Legislative Victories:

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – received a vote in both the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. Although there weren’t sufficient votes in the Senate for the bill to advance, pro-life Sen. Ron Johnson did take a stand with his fellow right-to-life legislators to vote in favor of this bill that protects unborn babies 20-weeks post-fertilization and beyond from painful late-term abortions.

Reconciliation Bill – passed in both the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate. Although President Obama has vowed to veto this bill that cuts off $400 million taxpayer dollars from Planned Parenthood and repeals the most odious parts of Obamacare, this bill will blaze a trail that can be followed to victory once we have a pro-life president!

State

Who to Thank: Governor Walker, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, State Senators Rob Cowles, Alberta Darling, Rick Gudex, Sheila Harsdorf, Chris Kapenga, Frank Lasee, Devin LeMahieu, Howard Marklein, Terry Moulton, Stephen Nass, Luther Olsen, Jerry Petrowski, Roger Roth, Duey Stroebel, Tom Tiffany, Leah Vukmir, Van Wanggaard, and State Represenatives Scott Allen, Tyler August, Joan Ballweg, Kathy Bernier, Mark Born, Janel Brandtjen, Ed Brooks, Rob Brooks, Dave Craig, Mary Czaja, Cindi Duchow, James Edming, Bob Gannon, Dave Heaton, Cody Horlacher, Rob Hutton, Andre Jacque, John Jagler, Adam Jarchow, Terry Katsma, Samantha Kerkman, Joel Kitchens, Joel Kleefisch, Dan Knodl, Dean Knudson, Dale Kooyenga, Jesse Kremer, Scott Krug, Mike Kuglitsch, Bob Kulp, Tom Larson, Amy Loudenbeck, John Macco, David Murphy, Jeff Mursau, John Murtha, Lee Nerison, Adam Neylon, Todd Novak, John Nygren, Al Ott, Jim Ott, Kevin Petersen, Warren Petryk, Romaine Quinn, Keith Ripp, Jessie Rodriguez, Mike Rohrkaste, Joe Sanfelippo, Michael Schraa, Ken Skowronski, John Spiros, David Steffen, Jim Steineke, Rob Swearingen, Gary Tauchen, Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Paul Tittl, Travis Tranel, Nancy VanderMeer, Tyler Vorpagel, Tom Weatherston (Find your legislators and all contact info here.)

Legislative Victories:

Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act – thanks to the efforts of our right-to-life State Legislature and Governor, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is now law in Wisconsin! This was Wisconsin Right to Life’s #1 legislative priority this legislative session, and we are especially grateful for authors Sen. Mary Lazich, Rep. Jesse Kremer, Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, and Rep. Joan Ballweg who led the effort to protect pain-capable unborn babies.

Rewrite of Campaign Finance Law to Protect Free Speech – after fighting in court for so long to protect First Amendment principles that previously went unprotected in our state’s campaign finance law, especially when it comes to issue advocacy, we are incredibly happy that our State Legislature worked to ensure that our campaign finance law will be constitutional. Governor Walker just signed this bill into law as Act 117, so that regardless of anyone’s political persuasion, all can participate in public debate and provide information relevant to issues that they care about. (Note: Sen. Cowles did not vote in favor of this bill.)

So-Called “Death With Dignity” Bill Defeated – thanks to our strong right-to-life majorities in both houses of the State Legislature, a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide did not move forward.

A thank you can make a big difference – so call, email, or write, and ask some friends to join you! 

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Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Taylor Want to Walk Back Protections for Women and the Unborn

From the Wisconsin Right to Life News Release:

 “Sen. Erpenbach and Rep. Taylor are clearly dissatisfied with the incredible right-to-life legislative gains we have made to inform women about the reality of abortion, and to protect the unborn from painful late-term abortions,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Their so-called ‘Patients Reproductive Health Act’ that they introduced today is nothing more than a distraction, as Wisconsin continues to save both mothers and their unborn children from the pain of abortion.”

Since 2011, Wisconsin Right to Life has been on the forefront of major right-to-life legislative victories. From the passage of Sonya’s Law, which gives mothers the opportunity to see their unborn children on an ultrasound before making a life-or-death abortion decision, to the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, which protects unborn babies 20 weeks post-fertilization and beyond from painful late-term abortions, major steps have been made to protect the right to life in Wisconsin. In 2014 alone, abortions have decreased by 10%, demonstrating how effective Wisconsin’s right-to-life legislation is in helping women and their unborn children.

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Giving Tuesday is Coming December 1st

Save1Life

Wisconsin Right to Life is Proud to be Part of Giving Tuesday!

What is Giving Tuesday?  It was begun a few years ago as an antidote, of sorts, to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It takes place the Tuesday after Thanksgiving — this year on Tuesday, December 1st. Giving Tuesday is a movement fueled by social media that celebrates the generous spirit that is especially present in our pro-life friends.

The most exciting thing about partnering with Wisconsin Right to Life on Giving Tuesday is that YOU can save the life of an unborn child.  How? 

Visit our exclusive Giving Tuesday web site at www.wrtl.org/Save1Life to find out!

Please watch your in-box, Facebook and Twitter for more information on this exciting day of generosity. You don’t follow Wisconsin Right to Life on Facebook or Twitter? Now is the time to start!  You don’t want to miss the opportunity to SAVE1LIFE!

To find out more, learn how you can help us promote Giving Tuesday, or to make a donation now, please visit www.wrtl.org/Save1Life!

Please support the work of the Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund and help make our Giving Tuesday campaign a success!

The Wisconsin Right to Life Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.
Contributions to the Education Fund are fully tax deductible.

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The Abortionist Shortage and a Call to Action

In case you haven’t heard the good news, Appleton’s Planned Parenthood clinic is stopping all of its abortions for the next six months!

Now, the sad news is that this is temporary. But this halt in the dismembering of the unborn reveals to us something important – there is a shortage of people who want to kill babies.

This is not the first time such a “problem” for the abortion industry has come up. Last year, the abortionist for Milwaukee’s largest abortion facility lamented that he couldn’t retire because there was no one to take his place after a career of performing between 85,000 to 95,000 abortions.

This whole situation is really quite telling: when the rubber meets the road, when it comes to the point when someone must truly act on their “pro-choice” views, very few can actually go through with the killing of an unborn child. This truly must be a challenge for the pro-abortion movement. Can they really act on their beliefs when the time for action comes?

In reaction to this, I’m issuing a challenge to us, the pro-lifers. Can we really act on our beliefs when the time for action comes?

While the other side is floundering, trying to scrape together more people to take away the lives of the unborn, can we step up in their wake? Can we help the women in our communities, especially in the Appleton community, to get the resources that they need so they can bravely choose life? Can we support the life-affirming pregnancy resource centers that help scared mothers during an unexpected pregnancy? Can we continue to spread our message of life, so that abortion becomes unthinkable?

I believe we have a special opportunity with these abortionist shortages. We can show Wisconsin that we don’t need abortion.

Here’s how: find your local life-affirming pregnancy resource center at 123GiveLife.com. Ask how you can help, whether it’s organizing a diaper drive, volunteering your time, or donating what you can, even if it’s just $5.

By helping these pregnancy centers, we have a real opportunity to show that we can do better than abortion. Will you take up the challenge?

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