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Press Release

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

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“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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Kennedy Retirement Opportunity to Nominate Another Pro-Life Judge

“Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement signals a major opportunity to protect unborn children,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “President Trump now has the opportunity to nominate another pro-life judge to the Supreme Court.” 

Today, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his intention to retire, effective July 31st, 2018. Justice Kennedy has typically been considered a “swing vote” on the Supreme Court for multiple issues, including abortion.  

“President Trump has already proven his commitment to nominating pro-life judges with his nomination of Neil Gorsuch,” continued Weininger. “We look forward to President Trump nominating another jurist of the same caliber to the nation’s highest court.”  

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NIFLA v. Becerra Ruling a Win for Free Speech

“Wisconsin Right to Life applauds the Supreme Court’s ruling today in NIFLA v. Becerra, ensuring that the free speech rights of pregnancy resource centers are protected,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.  

California law passed in 2015 forced pregnancy resource centers to share pro-abortion information and make referrals for abortions, even though such actions violate the basic mission of these mother-helping centers. Two pregnancy resource centers, along with the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) challenged the law since it violated their free speech rights. Today, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of NIFLA, recognizing that pregnancy resource centers’ right to free speech was violated by California’s law.  

“California’s attempt to bully pregnancy resource centers into advertising and referring for abortion was a clear attack on their right to free speech,” continued Weininger. “We are glad the Supreme Court recognized the unconstitutionality of California’s law, sending a clear message that the government cannot compel speech.” 

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WRTL PAC Announces First Round of Endorsements

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

Wisconsin State Senate 

District 1 Andre Jacque* (R) 

District 23 Kathy Bernier (R) 

Wisconsin State Assembly 

District 3 Ron Tusler* (R), Incumbent 

District 4 David Steffen (R), Incumbent 

District 14  

Matt Adamczyk (R) 

Robin Moore (R) 

District 15 Joe Sanfelippo* (R), Incumbent 

District 22 Janel Brandtjen* (R), Incumbent 

District 23 Jim Ott (R), Incumbent 

District 26 Terry Katsma (R), Incumbent 

District 30 Shannon Zimmerman (R), Incumbent 

District 33 Cody Horlacher* (R), Incumbent 

District 52 Jeremy Thiesfeldt* (R), Incumbent 

District 53 Michael Schraa (R), Incumbent 

District 58 Rick Gundrum (R), Incumbent 

District 69 Bob Kulp* (R), Incumbent 

District 75 Romaine Quinn (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 

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. 

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

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Mothers and Their Unborn Children Battling Addiction Still Protected Under WI Law

Yesterday, the challenge to 1997 Wisconsin Act 292, also known as the Unborn Child Protection Act or the “Cocaine Mom” law, has been ruled moot by the Seventh Circuit Court due to the plaintiff moving out of state. The Unborn Child Protection Act provides protection to unborn children while giving their mothers who are battling addiction the opportunity to seek treatment.

“We are grateful that this lifesaving law remains in effect, and thank Attorney General Brad Schimel for vigorously defending this law,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “The Unborn Child Protection Act gives both mother and child a chance at life, and is an important tool for law enforcement to help ensure that both mother and child get the resources and treatment that they need when facing the challenges of addiction.”

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Title X “Protect Life Rule” is Reinstated

“Wisconsin Right to Life applauds HHS Secretary Alex Azar and the entire Trump administration for reinstating Title X regulations that disentangle the Title X program from the abortion business,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Abortion is not family planning. These long overdue rules will not reduce Title X funds by a single cent, but instead will ensure women are best served at community health centers that have no involvement in the abortion industry.”

Today, the Trump administration announced the reinstatement of Title X rules that will redirect taxpayer funds away from abortion providers, and instead redirect them to community health centers that already make up the vast majority of Title X recipients. Title X funds are the second largest source of funding for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and make up 10.4% of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s budget. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin is currently suing the federal government for earlier changes to the Title X program that expand eligibility to more health care providers that do not provide abortions.

“Title X should not be considered the personal slush fund of Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider for the nation and for Wisconsin,” continued Weininger. “The reinstatement of the ‘Protect Life Rule’ ensures that women have even better access to comprehensive preventative and primary care from the community health centers that already serve women every day under the Title X program.”

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