Pro-Life Wisconsin Energized by 10% Decline in Wisconsin Abortions

For Immediate Release
August 26, 2015Contact: Dan Miller, State Director, Cell (262) 993-6262
Sam Guzman, Communications Director, Cell (262) 744-9671

Pro-Life Wisconsin Energized by 10% Decline in Wisconsin Abortions

Pro-Life Wisconsin is encouraged and energized by the recently released 2014 abortion statistics demonstrating a 10.24% decline in abortions. “Pro-Life Wisconsin’s message, that every life matters, is not an abstraction,” said Dan Miller, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director. “It’s not just about a number, but about helping real people and saving real lives. Each day, we bring our message to the streets of Wisconsin with love and compassion, and lives are changed as a result. In 2014, our sidewalk counselors witnessed 154 babies saved from abortion in Milwaukee alone!”

2013 Wisconsin Act 37, passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by Governor Walker, requires abortionists to perform ultrasounds and display and describe the ultrasound images to pregnant women. “Sonya’s Law, effective in 2014, may have been a factor in Wisconsin’s steep abortion decline,” said Miller. “Sonya, for whom this law was named, saw a Pro-Life Wisconsin bus ad advertising help for women in crisis pregnancies. As a result of our educational efforts, Sonya made a call that not only saved her child, but may have also saved many others.”

“The 2014 statistics prove that our educational programs, legislative efforts, and sidewalk counselors are having a life-saving impact in Wisconsin,” Miller continued. “But while we are encouraged by the abortion decline, this is no time to sit back and relax. There are 5,800 babies who lost their lives in 2014. For as much as we celebrate each life saved, we cannot be content while a single child is lost to abortion. We will press on until Wisconsin has no more abortions to report!”

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Abortions Down 10% in Wisconsin

q3es1BREAKING news! The numbers for 2014 have just been released and abortions are DOWN 10% in Wisconsin! Read the full report here.

Thanks to passionate pro-lifers like you, our statewide efforts are having an amazing impact.

While every life saved is great news, we aren’t content to just see abortion decrease. We won’t stop until the abortion rate is ZERO in our state. Let’s keep working hard to save every unborn life!

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Three AWESOME Pro-Life Events You Need to Attend This Fall!

Planned Parenthood is in the news, and Americans are outraged at the horrible atrocities they carry out every day. But you may be asking: What can I do? How can I help put abortionists out of business once and for all? Well, here are three ways you can make a difference and save lives!

1. Run or walk in the Loving Life 5K: Run for the vulnerable this fall! Join Pro-Life Wisconsin for our second annual Loving Life 5K on September 26

This fun run will help moms and babies around Wisconsin by supporting our crisis pregnancy outreach efforts. Last year, around 90 pro-lifers came out to enjoy a beautiful morning and raised over $8,000 for a great cause! CLICK HERE to register now!

2. The Memorial to the Unborn: The undercover videos released over the past few weeks reveal how little respect Planned Parenthood has for human life. They aren’t just content to kill babies, they also sell their body parts!

The annual National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children on September 12 is all about honoring lives lost to abortion, and prayer vigils will be held at burial sites for aborted children around the country. Click here to learn about the vigils happening in Wisconsin.

3. Our Annual Auction Dinner with Abby Johnson! Our Annual Auction Dinner, coming Saturday October 17, is our biggest fundraiser of the year. The donations of pro-lifers like you at this critical event help us carry on our life-saving work throughout the rest of the year.

This year, we’ll host our biggest auction yet! Our keynote speaker is Planned Parenthood employee turned pro-life activist, Abby Johnsonand we have a brand new venue, the beautiful Harley-Davison Museum® in Milwaukee! Space is limited, so register now!

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Hundreds Rally in Wisconsin Against Planned Parenthood

On Saturday, August 22, hundreds of pro-lifers gathered outside 10 Planned Parenthood locations throughout Wisconsin to call for a complete defunding of Planned Parenthood, as well as to voice outrage over their atrocities, including abortion, trafficking of baby body parts, the sexualization of children, and other violations of human dignity.

In Milwaukee, over 200 protesters gathered outside the Planned Parenthood on Wisconsin Avenue, and another 150 gathered at the Planned Parenthood on Jackson Street. Over 100 gathered at the Planned Parenthood in Waukesha and 100 at the location in Wisconsin Rapids.

The Wisconsin protests were coordinated by local pro-lifers, including many Pro-Life Wisconsin affiliates, as part of the nationwide #ProtestPPeffort that drew an estimate 60,000 to the sidewalks outside of Planned Parenthoods across the country.

Click here to see pictures from the Milwaukee rally!

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Watch: Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director, Dan Miller, Testifies on Aborted Fetal Body Parts Bill

CaptureFor years, Pro-Life Wisconsin has advocated for the passage of a bill banning the sale and use of aborted fetal body parts. Now, due to the shocking undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress, legislators are looking at this legislation once again with a new perspective.

The recently introduced bill, AB305, lead by Reps. André Jacque (R-De Pere), Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc), and Sen. Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville), would ban the sale and donation of fetal body parts in Wisconsin.

On Tuesday, August 11, the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety heard testimony on AB305 from pro-life doctors, concerned citizens, and Pro-Life Wisconsin, among others. Pro-Life Wisconsin State Director, Dan Miller, testified in favor of the bill, citing the heinousness of abortion and the importance of preventing gross violations of human dignity as reasons for passing this critical legislation.

If you’d like to watch Dan’s testimony, click here and press the TV icon to watch the testimony. Dan’s testimony begins at 2 hours and 12 minutes.

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Run for Their Lives at the Loving Life 5K!

design_draft1Join us for the Second Annual Loving Life 5K! The Loving Life 5k fun run/walk is an event in support of moms and babies throughout the state of Wisconsin! This exciting event will take place in the beautiful Grant Park in South Milwaukee. The fun run itself is family friendly and encourages people of all ages to participate! Snacks provided for participants, along with other fun activities!

Event details and schedule

  • Check in and race day registration begin 8am-9:30am.
  • Check in and parking located at Grant Park, Area 5A.
  • Start time 10am.
  • Please bring signed waivers and legal ID.
  • Be prepared for Wisconsin weather! September could be warm or cool, so layers are recommended.
  • Date: Sept. 26
  • Directions to Grant Park

REGISTER NOW

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ACTION ALERT: Legislative Co-sponsors Needed on Three Pro-Life Bills

davita-ginde-planned-parenthood-brainThree pro-life bills have recently been circulated for co-sponsorship in the Wisconsin Legislature that together ban the sale and use of aborted fetal body parts and further defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. The deadline for state legislators to co-sponsor these critical pro-life bills is this Thursday, August 6. Robust co-sponsorship of these bills is needed to move them speedily through committee and onto the Assembly floor for full debate.

ACT NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL your state senator and state representative NOW and urge him/her to co-sponsor the following three bills:

  1. LRB 1645/2 (Reps. Jacque & Kleefisch): Banning the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts
  1. LRB 2675/1 (Rep. Jacque): Eliminating inflated Medicaid contraceptive drug reimbursement rates
  1. LRB 2674/1 (Rep. Jacque): Diverting federal Title X Family Planning funds away from organizations that perform or refer for abortions

To find out who your state senator and state representative is, click here and type in your street address, city and zip code in the upper right hand corner. Click on the search icon to the right and the name and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear, along with their pictures.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state senator and state representative, please call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Thank you for SPEAKING UP!

Banning the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts (LRB 1645/2)

LRB 1645/2 would prohibit the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts. The bill bans persons from knowingly and for valuable consideration acquiring, receiving, or transferring a fetal body part. It also bans persons from knowingly providing, receiving, or using for experimentation a fetal body part. A fetal body part is a cell, tissue, organ, or other part of, or any material derived from any cell or tissue of, an unborn child who is aborted by an induced abortion. The legislation would also require the abortionist to determine, if medically possible, the gender of the preborn child and report it to the Department of Health Services (DHS). It also establishes new provisions on the proper disposal of aborted fetal remains, through either burial, interment, entombment, cremation, or incineration. The lack of current standard allows for disposal of fetal remains as trash or medical waste.

 

There is documented evidence of the UW-Madison conducting research on human fetal brain and pancreatic tissue. These preborn children did not consent to their abortions and certainly did not consent to experimentation. We expect Wisconsin’s medical research community to procure fetal tissue ethically; for example, from stillbirths or miscarriages with maternal consent. Federal law prohibits the interstate trafficking of human fetal body parts. Wisconsin’s intrastate commercial activity must have a similar prohibition so that we can guarantee the highest ethical standards of academic research and medical care in our state.

 

Defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin / Part 1: Eliminating Inflated Medicaid Contraceptive Drug Reimbursement Rates (LRB 2675/1)

LRB 2675/1 would reimburse Wisconsin’s Medicaid family planning providers, including PPWI, at acquisition cost, or the actual cost providers pay for contraceptive drugs under the federal 340B drug program. The bill would supplant informal agreements with DHS over the last ten years that paid Medicaid family planning providers a heavily inflated reimbursement rate for contraceptives.

Currently, PPWI and other family planning providers bill Medicaid high above what they actual pay for the heavily discounted 340B birth control drugs. The bill would curtail the exorbitant contraceptive drug reimbursement rates for PPWI and other Medicaid family planning providers. It’s bad enough that millions of taxpayer-funded family planning dollars annually subsidize chemical and surgical abortions in our state, without the “piling on” that has been occurring through insider deals struck during the Doyle administration. The bill’s common sense approach will reimburse Medicaid family planning providers what they actually pay for contraceptive drugs, nothing more and nothing less, as most states already do. If PPWI cannot operate its clinics under this equitable payment model, then they can seek private funding. It is expected that the bill’s enactment would cut PPWI’s annual public subsidy by approximately $4.5 million.

 

Defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin / Part 2: Diverting Federal Title X Family Planning Funds Away from Organizations that Perform or Refer for Abortions (LRB 2674/1)

Currently, federal Title X family planning funds are granted directly to PPWI, as they are the only applicant in Wisconsin. PPWI receives more than $3 million annually from Title X.

LRB 2674/1 would require the DHS to apply, on an annual basis, for family planning grant funds under Title X of the federal Public Health Service Act and to distribute funds received first to public entities, including state, county, and local health departments and health clinics. If any moneys remain after those distributions, DHS may then distribute grant funds to nonpublic entities that are hospitals or federally qualified health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive care. Under this bill, a public entity that receives family planning and preventive health services grant funds may provide some or all of the funds to other public or private entities provided that the recipient of the funds does not provide abortion services, make referrals for abortion services, or have an affiliate that provides abortion services or makes referrals for abortion services.

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ACT NOW: Bills Circulating in State Legislature to Ban the Sale and Use of Aborted Baby Body Parts/Defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

State Representatives Andre Jacque (R-DePere) and Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) are currently circulating for co-sponsorship legislation that would ban the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts. Representative Jacque is also circulating for co-sponsorship legislation that would continue the defunding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) that began with Governor Walker’s first budget in 2011.

Banning the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts (LRB 1645/2)

LRB 1645/2 would prohibit the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts. The bill bans persons from knowingly and for valuable consideration acquiring, receiving, or transferring a fetal body part. It also bans persons from knowingly providing, receiving, or using for experimentation a fetal body part. A fetal body part is a cell, tissue, organ, or other part of, or any material derived from any cell or tissue of, an unborn child who is aborted by an induced abortion. The legislation would also require the abortionist to determine, if medically possible, the gender of the preborn child and report it to the Department of Health Services (DHS). It also establishes new provisions on the proper disposal of aborted fetal remains, through either burial, interment, entombment, cremation, or incineration. The lack of current standard allows for disposal of fetal remains as trash or medical waste.

There is documented evidence of the UW-Madison conducting research on human fetal brain and pancreatic tissue. These preborn children did not consent to their abortions and certainly did not consent to experimentation. We expect Wisconsin’s medical research community to procure fetal tissue ethically; for example, from stillbirths or miscarriages with maternal consent. Federal law prohibits the interstate trafficking of human fetal body parts. Wisconsin’s intrastate commercial activity must have a similar prohibition so that we can guarantee the highest ethical standards of academic research and medical care in our state.

Defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin / Part 1: Eliminating Inflated Medicaid Contraceptive Drug Reimbursement Rates(LRB 2675/1)

LRB 2675/1 would reimburse Wisconsin’s Medicaid family planning providers, including PPWI, at acquisition cost, or the actual cost providers pay for contraceptive drugs under the federal 340B drug program. The bill would supplant informal agreements with DHS over the last ten years that paid Medicaid family planning providers a heavily inflated reimbursement rate for contraceptives.

Currently, PPWI and other family planning providers bill Medicaid high above what they actual pay for the heavily discounted 340B birth control drugs. The bill would curtail the exorbitant contraceptive drug reimbursement rates for PPWI and other Medicaid family planning providers. It’s bad enough that millions of taxpayer-funded family planning dollars annually subsidize chemical and surgical abortions in our state, without the “piling on” that has been occurring through insider deals struck during the Doyle administration. The bill’s common sense approach will reimburse Medicaid family planning providers what they actually pay for contraceptive drugs, nothing more and nothing less, as most states already do. If PPWI cannot operate its clinics under this equitable payment model, then they can seek private funding. It is expected that the bill’s enactment would cut PPWI’s annual public subsidy by approximately$4.5 million.

Defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin / Part 2: Diverting Federal Title X Family Planning Funds Away from Organizations that Perform of Refer for Abortions (LRB 2674/1)

Currently, federal Title X family planning funds are granted directly to PPWI, as they are the only applicant in Wisconsin. PPWI receives more than$3 million annually from Title X.

LRB 2674/1 would require the DHS to apply, on an annual basis, for family planning grant funds under Title X of the federal Public Health Service Act and to distribute funds received first to public entities, including state, county, and local health departments and health clinics. If any moneys remain after those distributions, DHS may then distribute grant funds to nonpublic entities that are hospitals or federally qualified health centers that provide comprehensive primary and preventive care. Under this bill, a public entity that receives family planning and preventive health services grant funds may provide some or all of the funds to other public or private entities provided that the recipient of the funds does not provide abortion services, make referrals for abortion services, or have an affiliate that provides abortion services or makes referrals for abortion services.

ACT NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL Governor Walker, your state senator and state representative NOW and urge him/her to:

  1. Support legislation to ban the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts;
  2. Call for a state investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to assess whether they traffic in human fetal body parts and whether any state and federal laws have been violated;
  3. Call for a TOTAL defunding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin.

Governor Walker can be emailed at:govgeneral@wisconsin.gov and called at: (608) 266-1212.

To find out who your state senator and state representative is, click here and type in your street address, city and zip code in the upper right hand corner. Click on the search icon to the right and the name and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear, along with their pictures.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state senator and state representative, please call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Thank you for making your PRO-LIFE VOICE heard!

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ActionAlert

Disturbed by the Latest Planned Parenthood Video? Here Are 3 Things You Can Do TODAY!

ActionAlertIn case you haven’t heard, the Center for Medical Progress just released another video exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in baby body parts. This one is just as shocking as the first one, if not more so. In it, Dr. Mary Gatter, a Planned Parenthood employee, haggles on prices with undercover activists posing as representatives of a biotech company. At the end, she chillingly jokes that she hopes to buy a Lamborghini with the profit she makes on the sale of baby body parts.

We’ve known this has been going on for decades, but the callousness of these videos are still shocking and horrifying. If you’re disturbed, don’t worry, you can take action to put an end to this evil practice here in Wisconsin. Here are three things you can do today:

ACT NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL Governor Walker, your state senator and state representative NOW and urge him/her to:

  1. Support Representative Andre Jacque’s soon-to-be-reintroduced bill to ban the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts;
  2. Back Representative Jesse Kremer’s call for a state investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to assess whether they traffic in human fetal body parts and whether any state and federal laws have been violated;
  3. Call for a TOTAL defunding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, especially Medicaid tax dollars that comprise the bulk of Planned Parenthood’s state funding.

Governor Walker can be emailed at: govgeneral@wisconsin.gov and called at: (608) 266-1212.

To find out who your state senator and state representative is, click here and type in your street address, city and zip code in the upper right hand corner. Click on the search icon to the right and the name and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear, along with their pictures.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state senator and state representative, please call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Thank you for making a difference!

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ACT NOW: Rep. Jacque Renews Legislative Effort to Halt Trafficking of Aborted Baby Body Parts, Defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

In the wake of last week’s undercover video revelation of Planned Parenthood affiliates across the nation employing the illegal partial birth abortion procedure to extract and sell intact fetal body parts, State Representative Andre Jacque(R-DePere) announced his renewed push to ban the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts and defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state’s largest abortion provider.

In his press statement, Rep. Jacque explained, “In the coming week, I will be unveiling two proposals which combined are expected to eliminate half or more of the funding each year that Planned Parenthood gets in Wisconsin, by ending the massive overbilling of Medicaid and taxpayers through abuse of the 340 B program and by reprioritizing Title X (family planning) funds to public health programs and agencies. I’ll also be renewing my efforts on the state level with an updated version of 2013 AB 224 to protect the dignity of human life and end the trafficking of aborted baby body parts by preventing their sale, transfer or experimentation.”

State Representative Jesse Kremer (R- Nekoosa) is calling on Governor Walker and Health Secretary Kitty Rhoades to launch a state investigation of PPWI to assess whether they traffic in human fetal body parts and whether any state and federal laws have been violated. Rep. Kremer explained in his press statement that “Wisconsin has the right to know if illegal partial birth abortions and the selling of unborn baby body parts is occurring right here in our state, and I ask the Secretary of the Department of Health Services, Governor Scott Walker, and my fellow legislative leaders to act quickly to ensure our state law is being obeyed.” State Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and State RepresentativesDavid Craig (R-Big Bend) and Romaine Quinn(R-Rice Lake) are also publicly backing Rep. Kremer’s call for a state investigation.

Last week Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW) Legislative Director Matt Sande was interviewed on Up Front with Vicki McKenna, WIBA Radio 1310 Madison, stating that the undercover video “exposes the coarseness and brutality of the abortion industry, kind of like a Gosnell moment that brings the barbarity of abortion to the fore of the American conscience.” Sande also explained PLW’s strong effort over the past two legislative sessions to ban the sale and use of aborted fetal body parts in Wisconsin and to fully defund PPWI, calling on Wisconsinites to contact Governor Walker and their state legislators and urge them to back the efforts of Reps. Jacque and Kremer.

ACT NOW!

Please CALL or EMAIL Governor Walker, your state senator and state representative NOW and urge him/her to:

  1. Support Representative Andre Jacque’s soon-to-be-reintroduced bill to ban the sale and use of aborted human fetal body parts;
  2. Back Representative Jesse Kremer’s call for a state investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin to assess whether they traffic in human fetal body parts and whether any state and federal laws have been violated;
  3. Call for a TOTAL defunding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, especially Medicaid tax dollars that comprise the bulk of Planned Parenthood’s state funding.

Governor Walker can be emailed at:govgeneral@wisconsin.gov and called at: (608) 266-1212.

To find out who your state senator and state representative is, click here and type in your street address, city and zip code in the upper right hand corner. Click on the search icon to the right and the name and contact information of your state senator and state representative will appear, along with their pictures.

If you prefer to leave a telephone message with your state senator and state representative, please call the toll-free State Legislative Hotline at (800) 362-9472.

Thank you for making a difference!

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