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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!

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 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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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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Life Camp

Hey Teens! Are you passionate about the right to LIFE? Want to learn how you can make a difference? Want to meet new friends that share your passion?

Come join us for L!fe Camp!
Sunday, August 5 – Friday, August 10, 2018
Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, WI

>> REGISTER ONLINE TODAY! <<

Early Bird Registration: $325/camper
Regular Registration (after July 1, 2018): $375/camper

 Questions about registering? Call Maddy Laufenberg at (414) 308-1058.

Camp Highlights

Educational Sessions
Choosing Life in the Face of an Adverse Diagnosis // Step by Step: Lessons from the Life of William Wilberforce // Why Men Matter in the Abortion Equation // Euthanasia History: What Led to Where We Are Now // Death Comes Calling: The Dangers of Rationing Health Care // Bringing the Message of Life to Your Community // From This Place Forward: Leading for Life in the Coming Year // YOUnique! Conception to Birth // Dr. Mildred Jefferson:  Pro Life Champion // Norma McCorvey: Won by Love // Abortion:  Everything You Never Wanted to Know // Five Bad Ways People Argue About Abortion // Making the Case for Life on Hostile Turf // The Case against Moral Relativism // Living out Your Pro-Life Convictions: Panel Discussion // 50 Years of Wisconsin Right to Life // Truth, Lies & Tribalism – The Politics of the Right to Life // Alfie Evans:  Murder or Compassion? // The Adoption Triad: Adoptive Family, Birth Family, and Adoptee // Perspectives on Adoption: Panel Discussion // And more!

 

High Ropes Course // Legislative Field Trip to Madison with Special Legislative Sessions // Experienced Pro-Life Speakers // New Friends // The “Baby Bean” Coffee Shop // The Teens for Life Store and Cantina // Games and Movie Nights // Swimming // Beach Volleyball // And so much more!

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation packet containing a finalized schedule, packing list, directions to camp, a parental release form, and other information about L!fe Camp!

Campers are Encouraged to FUNDRAISE Their Way to Camp!

With the use of peer-to-peer fundraising, you can raise the money to pay for all or part of your way to camp! Creating your own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign is easy:

  1. Visit: https://wrtl.dntly.com/campaign/send-a-teen-to-l-fe-camp#/
  2. Click the button towards the top of the page that says “Start a Fundraiser.” You will be taken to the page to set up your own fundraising page.
  3. In the “Title” box, create a name that helps people know what you’re fundraising for, such as “Help Send Me to L!fe Camp!” or “Please Help Me Learn How to Save Lives” or whatever works for you.
  4. In the “Description” box, include a few words about why people should help you go to camp.
  5. Don’t forget to upload your picture so your friends and family know this is a legitimate fundraiser!
  6. When you’ve completed these steps, hit the green “Create Fundraiser” button and, voila!, you have a fundraising page.
  7. Be sure to share your fundraiser often on social media, and e-mail it to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or anyone who might support your efforts to go to camp.
  8. You can also mention that all donations are 100% tax deductible and will make an incredible difference in a young person’s life!

Our software will keep a record of the donations you receive and we will discount your camp registration based on the amount you raise. If the amount you raise exceeds the cost of camp, you can rest assured these donations will help other teens enjoy L!fe Camp, as well!

Be a Hero. Save a Life. Fundraise Your Way to L!fe Camp!

Promo Materials

Download & Share the Life Camp Flyer

Download & Share the Life Camp Poster

Questions? Contact Maddy Laufenberg at (414) 308-1058 or mlaufenberg@wrtl.org. 

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Job Opening: Field Representative for WRTL

Wisconsin Right to Life is hiring.

Job Opening: Field Representative for Wisconsin Right to Life

The Field Representative is responsible for:

  • Managing and developing volunteer chapters
  • Giving practical and technical support to adult, teen, and college groups
  • Assisting in the planning of events throughout the state
  • Traveling to meet new and existing chapters within assigned region

Qualified applicants must be fully committed to Wisconsin Right to Life’s principles; have knowledge of Word, Excel, and general computer skills; have good organizational abilities; be self-motivated; and possess excellent phone communication skills. This is a full-time position.

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Wisconsin Right to Life

Attn: Doreen Shirek

542 Maple Drive

Mauston, WI  53948

Or email to dshirek@wrtl.org

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Fundraise your way to LifeCamp!

Do you want to be a hero and save lives? Looking to make friends that share the same values as you? Want to go to camp this summer? Join us for L!fe Camp Sunday August 6th, 2017 through Friday August 11th, 2017!

Teens aged 14-19 are encouraged to join us for L!fe Camp this year in Green Lake, Wisconsin. During this week-long camp teens will learn a number of skills not taught in many public schools: logic, reasoning, the legislative process, and how to change their world, all through the lens of life issues. Campers will also spend a day in Madison learning from elected officials and policy makers who work to protect life on a daily basis. Finally, campers will have FUN hiking, swimming, zip-lining and more!

Campers Can FUNDRAISE Their Way to Camp!

With the use of peer-to-peer fundraising, you can raise the money to pay for all or part of your way to camp! Creating your own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign is easy:

  1. Visit: https://wrtl.dntly.com/campaign/send-a-teen-to-l-fe-camp#/
  2. Hit one of the two green buttons that says, “Fundraise”. You will be taken to the page to set up your own fundraiser. Make sure you select the “Send a Teen to L!fe Camp” campaign.
  3. Under “What Do You Want to Call Your Fundraiser” create a name that helps people know what you’re fundraising for, such as “Help Send Me to L!fe Camp!” or “Please Help Me Learn How to Save Lives” or whatever works for you.
  4. Under “Tell Supporters Why They Should Give to the Cause You’re Fundraising For” include a few words about why people should help you go to camp.
  5. Don’t forget to upload your picture so your friends and family know this is a legitimate fundraiser!
  6. When you’ve completed these steps, hit the green “Create Your Fundraiser” button and, voila!, you have a fundraising page.
  7. Be sure to share your fundraiser often on social media, and e-mail it to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or anyone who might support your efforts to go to camp.
  8. You can also mention that all donations are 100% tax deductible and will make an incredible difference in a young person’s life.

Our software will keep a record of the donations you receive and we will discount your camp registration based on the amount you raise. If the amount you raise exceeds the cost of camp, you can rest assured these donations will help other teens enjoy L!fe Camp, as well!

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House Speaker Paul Ryan meets with Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director Heather Weininger

On Wednesday, April 26, Wisconsin Right to Life Executive Director, Heather Weininger, met with Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, in his Washington, DC office.

“We are so proud of all his work to protect the unborn, both as a Congressman, representing Wisconsin’s 1st District, and now, also as the Speaker of the House,” said Weininger. “It was great spending time with Speaker Ryan discussing pro-life issues!”

“Paul Ryan is really a long-time friend of mine,” continued Weininger, “as he and my former boss were in the same freshman class. Paul’s office was across the hall from ours and we worked together on many occasions.”

“The Speaker was kind enough to post to Twitter a picture of our visit, reading, “Congress and the presidency are united in defense of the unborn. Proud to meet with fellow Wisconsinites who are too.”

We love that! Interestingly, just after the Speaker’s Twitter post, OUR Twitter nearly crashed from all the traffic! Thank you Speaker Ryan!

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Learn More About Notorious Abortionist Gosnell at the NRL Convention This Summer in Milwaukee

Wisconsin Right to Life is thrilled to host the National Right to Life Convention this summer in Milwaukee!

This convention is filled with impactful information from a wide variety of pro-life speakers and experts that will sharpen your skills in the fight for life and invigorate your passion for the cause.

One of NRL Convention’s keynote speakers that I’m excited to tell you about is Ann McElhinney. She is an author, journalist, and film producer who wrote along with her husband the NYT Best Seller Gosnell – The Untold Story of America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer.

I have to admit, I had a hard time actually getting myself to read her book. Deep down, I knew I was not quite ready for the horrific truth it would tell – I’d probably never be ready. But I knew this book would share what has happened to real people, living human beings.

I returned from a mini-vacation with my husband and children to see that Gosnell had arrived in the mail. Even though I was hesitant to pick it up, I took a deep breath and dove into its pages. For the sake of Gosnell’s victims, I had to learn more.

Let me tell you, this book had me constantly wondering whether I was truly reading non-fiction, or fiction. I knew Kermit Gosnell was a notorious Philadelphia abortionist responsible for the deaths of thousands of unborn children. What I didn’t know was the extent of the atrocities he committed, completelyunobserved – or even blatantly ignored – by governmental bureaucratic agencies.

After reading the book in one sitting, I couldn’t shake the feeling of horror.

What shook me the most was the fact that Kermit Gosnell was not eventually arrested and convicted due to his gory abortion practice or barbaric medical conditions. It was because he was suspected on a drug charge.

Ultimately, justice prevailed and Kermit Gosnell is behind bars. But our work isn’t over until all of his victims are recognized – the vulnerable mothers subjected to the sickening conditions of his abortion facilities, and the unborn children who lost their precious lives at his hands.

If you have read Gosnell, want to learn more about him, or want to dive deeper into how we can prevent further atrocities like the ones he committed, join us in Milwaukee from June 29th – July 1st, 2017.  It’seasy to register today!

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Wisconsin Right to Life Mourns the Death of Norma McCorvey

Wisconsin Right to Life mourns the death of pro-life activist Norma McCorvey, known as “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. McCorvey became an outspoken advocate for the right-to-life cause. McCorvey died at her assisted-living facility in Texas on Saturday, February 18th. She was 69.

“While pro-abortion advocates used Norma McCorvey to advance their efforts to legalize abortion in the early 1970s, she spent the last half of her life attempting to right the terrible wrong of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision,” stated Heather Weininger, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life. “Norma became an outspoken advocate for protecting the lives of mothers and their unborn children, speaking at right-to-life events across the country. Norma McCorvey was a friend and valued ally in the fight for life, and she will be deeply missed.”

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