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Wisconsin Right to Life Supports the Wisconsin Legislature’s Steps to Intervene in Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, Inc, et al. V. Kaul et al.

“Wisconsin Right to Life is thankful the Wisconsin Legislature understands what is at stake if Planned Parenthood is successful in overturning Wisconsin’s protective, pro-life laws,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. 

“Back on January 18 of this year, I sent a letter to Attorney General Kaul sharing my concerns about his ability to represent the State of Wisconsin against Planned Parenthood, and I have yet to receive a response for my request to meet with him, or to my concerns about his representation. 

“Attorney General Kaul has far too many close ties to Planned Parenthood to represent the State of Wisconsin in a manner that will put the interests of the State ahead of Planned Parenthood. 

“Thousands of unborn children’s lives are at stake if intervention is not sought. We are thankful that the Wisconsin Legislature sees the importance of having legal representation which will truly serve the best interest of all Wisconsinites, born and unborn.” 

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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Wisconsin Right to Life PAC Endorses Brian Hagedorn for Wisconsin Supreme Court

Wisconsin Right to Life PAC has endorsed Brian Hagedorn for the April 2019 Wisconsin Supreme Court race.  

“When we look at candidates running for this position, we want to ensure they will serve in a capacity to enforce laws and not legislate from the bench. Far too often our pro-life laws are challenged in court and we need to ensure when challenges occur that there is not an opportunity for judges to create law that will favor pro-abortion activists and legislators,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life PAC.

As a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice, Judge Hagedorn will apply the law as written and determine if it is constitutional. He intends not to create law, but apply the law as a true jurist. 

 

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Wisconsin Right to Life’s Response to Attorney General Josh Kaul Joining the Multi-State Lawsuit against New Title X Rule

“It is tragic that Wisconsin’s attorney general believes his role in protecting the citizens of Wisconsin includes protecting the nation’s largest abortion provider and passing it off as access to health care for our citizens,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“Attorney General Kaul announced Tuesday that Wisconsin will join a lawsuit which will actually hamper funds from going to any providers other than Planned Parenthood.  The new Title X rule isn’t a case where access for women will be denied; in fact, we see the new Trump administration rule as an opportunity for more women to have access to real health care.

“When Planned Parenthood is the only Title X funding recipient in our state, it limits other federally-qualified health care centers from expanding because they don’t have the funds to do so.

“The State of Wisconsin is being sued by Planned Parenthood to overturn current protective, pro-life laws and now, at the same time, Attorney General Kaul has endeavored to get even more funds directed to Planned Parenthood by challenging the Title X rule. It seems to me our Attorney General is doing everything he can to help the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, expand in our state at the expense of legitimate, federally-qualified health care centers.

“We stand with the Trump Administration and the ruling to ensure that the taxpayer dollars can only be directed to federally-qualified health centers that meet the requirements for Title X funding. This would allow for the expansion of health centers that do not profit from abortion.

“After reviewing Governor Evers’ proposed state budget, it is clear that President Trump’s Title X rule hinders Evers’ plan to further line the pockets of Planned Parenthood in Wisconsin.”

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

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Wisconsin Right to Life Response to Governor Evers’ “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” Initiatives

“We agree, Governor Evers, we can’t have healthy communities without healthy women and babies. And the first step in ensuring they are safe and healthy is to guarantee Planned Parenthood is not involved in the destruction of lives through abortion across our great state,” shared Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

“It is a crying shame that Governor Evers has Tonya Atkinson, the President & CEO of Planned Parenthood, on his Health Policy Advisory Council and included in his current initiative; the abortion giant is set to get even more of your taxpayer dollars. It looks like Planned Parenthood will have a steady stream of taxpayer revenue with the Evers’ Administration.

“I would like to help you connect the dots, Governor Evers. It is impossible to have healthy babies when Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in our country and state. For children to have healthy beginnings, we must allow them to be born.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work to ensure that the Title X changes that were passed into law are followed and that women and babies truly are served in Wisconsin. There are federally-qualified health centers throughout our state which are better suited to provide women the full realm of healthcare as well as care for their unborn children than any of the 21 Planned Parenthood facilities in Wisconsin.”

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

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Wisconsin Right to Life Welcomes Two New Staff Members

“As the executive director of Wisconsin’s oldest and largest pro-life organization, I am thrilled to welcome two new members to our team. During these divisive times it is more important than ever that we have representation in Madison as well as the ability to expand our fundraising efforts to fight the ever-growing abortion industry,” shared Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Heather Weininger.

Kristen Nupson joins Wisconsin Right to Life as the Legislative/PAC Director. Before joining the pro-life movement full-time, Kristen served in Wisconsin Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch’s office as her Director of Operations. In that role, she traveled the state, witnessed the inner workings of government, and developed a passion for all things Wisconsin. During her time in college, she volunteered at a summer camp in Chetek, worked in customer service, and held various elected roles in student leadership.

Kristen is a member of Christ Fellowship Church in Sun Prairie, a self-proclaimed “military brat”, and an alumni of Maranatha Baptist University in Watertown. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, but has traveled to all 50 states and considers herself a road trip enthusiast.

Mary Beth Gahn joins Wisconsin Right to Life as the Major Donor Officer. Mary Beth is a fundraising and event planning professional with a background in the arts, contemporary politics and social issues.  She previously made her career in retail and wholesale sales and management, specializing in product lines ranging from fresh food to fashion.

When she’s not working for a cause, Mary Beth enjoys policy discussions surrounding a pro-human platform, volunteering for disability rights and awareness causes, and serving the congregation at her Catholic parish. She also enjoys learning about wine and its cultural influence, cooking for friends, and looking for a good reason to go to the gym before work. Gahn is a magna cum laude alumna of Saint Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri.

                                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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Wisconsin Right to Life is Ready to Work with Legislators to Protect Life

“With the recent events surrounding the abortion issue in Virginia and New York, it has become clear what the endgame is for abortion advocates who support killing our unborn babies: Abortion through all nine months of pregnancy for any reason and, should the baby be born alive after a failed abortion, infanticide,” shared Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger.

“Wisconsin Right to Life has worked for years to protect the most vulnerable. Wisconsin is only one election away from becoming New York, where the unborn, babies born alive after failed abortions, and their mothers literally have no protection.

“During the efforts to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Sonya’s Law, and many other protective, pro-life laws, Wisconsin Right to Life worked with both Wisconsin State Senate and Wisconsin State Assembly members to ensure unborn children and their mothers were protected. During that time, we had a pro-life governor who signed this legislation into law. We no longer have a governor who will protect the lives of the unborn. Our children are at risk.

“Wisconsin Right to Life will continue to work with our pro-life leaders in Wisconsin’s Senate and Assembly to ensure all innocent lives are protected in Wisconsin. We know that those who want to expand the abortion industry and, in turn, their profits will stop at nothing to get what they want.

“We must do all we can to stand for life at every age, from conception until natural death.”

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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Response of Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger, to Last Night’s State of the State Address

Governor Evers’ Objectives for Wisconsin

In response to Governor Evers’ State of the State last night, Wisconsin Right to Life’s Executive Director had this to say, “Last night we heard where Governor Evers wants to focus his first year as Governor of Wisconsin.  I agree with what he shared.  He said, ‘…what’s best for our kids is best for our state. The investment we make in our kids today will yield dividends for generations to come.’

“But, in order for our plans to be best for our kids, we need to stop the killing of our unborn children before they are born.

“This school year, we are missing 5,640 children who should have been going to kindergarten. We are missing 10,925 seniors in high school who would go on to enter the work-force and college in Wisconsin.

“As we talk about the economy in Wisconsin and the growth of industry here, we know how to help Governor Evers solve many of Wisconsin’s problems. Stop killing unborn children. They will fill our classrooms; they will add to the income tax base in our state and help employers fill the many job openings that are available because of the historic low unemployment rate we see in Wisconsin.

“If Governor Evers is not going to address the underlying issue of killing our unborn children, we will not be doing what is best for the children in our state.”

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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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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