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An Answer is Needed from Attorney General Josh Kaul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Bad Day for Wisconsin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

PDF Version: Wisconsin Sees an Increase in Abortion numbers

 

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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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WRTL PAC Announces Third Round of Endorsements

Wisconsin Right to Life’s Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates for the August 14th, 2018 Primary Election:

U.S. House of Representatives 

District 1 Bryan Steil (R)

District 3 Steve Toft (R)

District 5 F. James Sensenbrenner (R), Incumbent

District 6 Glenn Grothman (R), Incumbent

District 7 Sean Duffy (R), Incumbent

District 8 Mike Gallagher (R), Incumbent

Governor

Scott Walker (R), Incumbent

Lt. Governor 

Rebecca Kleefisch (R), Incumbent

Attorney General 

Brad Schimel (R), Incumbent

 

For more information or questions, call WRTL’s PAC Director Chelsea Duffy at 414-308-1063. 

See our first and second rounds of primary endorsements.

Paid for by Wisconsin Right to Life PAC, Chet Rucinski, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.  

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Correction: Wisconsin Right to Life Applauds Supreme Court Pick Judge Brett Kavanaugh

“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,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “We thank President Trump for nominating another experienced, originalist jurist who will uphold the Constitution.”

Judge Kavanaugh has served on the D.C. Circuit Court since 2006, and previously served as staff secretary and senior associate counsel to President George W. Bush. He also clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

In Kavanaugh’s dissent in Garza v. Hargan, he asserted that requiring the Trump Administration to assist a teenage immigrant in getting an abortion would fail to recognize the government’s “permissible interest in favoring fetal life, protecting the best interests of a minor, and refraining from facilitating abortion.”

In Priests for Life v. HHS, Kavanaugh wrote that Obamacare’s HHS abortifacient mandate to religious entities “substantially burden the religious organizations’ exercise of religion because the regulations require the organizations to take an action contrary to their sincere religious beliefs or else pay significant monetary penalties.”

“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,” continued Weininger. “Senator Baldwin will be held accountable for her actions during this confirmation process by Wisconsin Right to Life and our grassroots supporters.”

 

Note: A previous version of this release mistakenly stated the nominee’s name as “Brent” Kavanaugh instead of “Brett” Kavanaugh. 

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WRTL PAC Announces Second Round of Endorsements

Wisconsin Right to Life’s Political Action Committee has endorsed the following candidates for the August 14th, 2018 Primary Election:

U.S. Senate

Kevin Nicholson (R)

Leah Vukmir (R)

Wisconsin State Senate 

District 5 Dale Kooyenga (R)

District 9 Devin LeMahieu (R), Incumbent

District 11 Steven Nass (R), Incumbent

District 17 Howard Marklein (R), Incumbent

District 27 Casey Helbach (R)

District 31 Mel Pittman* (R)

District 33 Chris Kapenga (R), Incumbent

Wisconsin State Assembly 

District 2 Dean Raasch (R)

District 13 Rob Hutton* (R), Incumbent

District 24 Dan Knodl (R), Incumbent

District 25 Paul Tittl (R), Incumbent

District 37 John Jagler (R), Incumbent

District 38 Barbara Dittrich (R)

District 39 Mark Born* (R), Incumbent

District 40 Kevin Petersen (R), Incumbent

District 43 Gabe Szerlong (R)

District 51 Todd Novak** (R), Incumbent

District 55 Mike Rohrkaste (R), Incumbent

District 56 Dave Murphy (R), Incumbent

District 59

Ty Bodden (R)

Timothy Ramthun (R)

District 62 John Leiber (R)

District 67 Rob Summerfield (R), Incumbent

District 72 Scott Krug (R), Incumbent

District 82 Ken Skowronski (R), Incumbent

District 83 Chuck Wichgers* (R), Incumbent

District 87 James Edming (R), Incumbent

District 92 Treig Pronschinske (R), Incumbent

District 97 Scott Allen (R), Incumbent

District 98 Adam Neylon (R), Incumbent

*This candidate received a qualified endorsement due to his or her position on a personhood amendment. Learn more about why a personhood amendment is wrong for Wisconsin.

**This candidate received a qualified endorsement due to his or her position on rape and incest exceptions.

Please note that more endorsement announcements will be made in the coming weeks. For more information or questions, call WRTL’s PAC Director Chelsea Duffy at 414-308-1063. 

See our first round of primary endorsements.

Paid for by Wisconsin Right to Life PAC, Chet Rucinski, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.  

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