State Assembly Passes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2015Contact: Matt Sande, Cell (262) 352-0890
Sam Guzman, Cell (262) 744-9671

State Assembly Passes Bill Defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
They cannot be trusted, says Pro-Life Wisconsin

A bill diverting federal Title X Family Planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) passed the State Assembly today. Assembly Bill (AB) 310 passed on a 60-35 vote.

“We thank Assembly Republicans for taking another bite out of Wisconsin’s abortion giant,” said PLW State Director Dan Miller. “Abortion is not healthcare. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization with a net worth of over $10 million that profits from killing unborn babies, should not be considered a healthcare provider. Wisconsin cannot continue to throw money at organizations that perform abortions.”

Assembly Bill 310 would redirect federal Title X family planning funds away from organizations that perform abortions to public entities including state, county, and local health departments and clinics. Currently, $3.5 million annually in Title X funds are granted directly to PPWI as they are the sole applicant for the funds in Wisconsin. The legislation would require the state Department of Health Services to apply for the federal Title X grant and, if awarded the grant, give public health entities and programs first priority for funding. It would exclude organizations that provide abortion services from receiving any of the funds.

“Assembly Bill 310 respects the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers who oppose the use of public funds for abortion,” said PLW Legislative Director Matt Sande. “Family planning funds undeniably free up resources within receiving organizations, like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to engage in the surgical abortion business. And despite their protestations, it is an open question whether they engage in the grisly trade of aborted fetal body parts. They cannot be trusted and are not entitled to the people of Wisconsin’s money.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin thanks Rep. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) for his strong leadership on AB 310, and we look forward to passage of this legislation in the state Senate. We urge the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker to keep moving down the long road toward totally defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin of all taxpayer dollars. The 2011-2013 state biennial budget began the journey by prohibiting state and federal Title V Maternal and Child Health funds from going to organizations or their affiliates that perform or refer for abortions, redirecting them to public entities.

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Pro-Life Wisconsin

For Immediate Release
September 10, 2015

Contact: Sam Guzman, Communications Director, Cell (262) 744-9671
Dan Miller, State Director, Cell (262) 993-6262

Pro-Life Wisconsin Unveils New Brand at Madison Event
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MADISON – Pro-Life Wisconsin unveiled a new brand identity at a special event in Madison on Wednesday, September 9. The new brand was revealed at an intimate gathering of about 50 people at The Coopers Tavern in Madison. In attendance were close supporters of Pro-Life Wisconsin, state legislators and media. The comprehensive re-brand, which has been over a year in the making, is the first in the organization’s 23 year history.

“Pro-Life Wisconsin has been around for more than two decades, and in that time, the culture has undergone massive changes,” said Sam Guzman, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s Communications Director. “We will always remain true to our message and core principles, but we realize that even a timeless message must be presented in fresh ways. With this re-brand, we wanted to re-think how we speak to the culture, presenting the pro-life message in a way that can bring healing and hope.”

“We live in a culture that does not value human life, and our mission is to change that,” said Dan Miller, Pro-Life Wisconsin’s State Director. “Pro-Life Wisconsin stands for a positive message of human dignity. We believe each person is a child of God that possesses infinite worth, and we want to see abortion, and all threats to human life, ended in our lifetime. We’ve never wavered from that mission. We are excited about our new brand identity, and we believe it will help us change hearts and minds throughout Wisconsin.”

“People love Pro-Life Wisconsin because we are passionate, committed, consistent, and we don’t compromise,” said Guzman. “Most of all, they love us because we care about each person, each individual life. We will never leave anyone behind or say, ‘Your life isn’t worth protecting.’ That is what we’ve always stood for, and we are confident that our new brand identity communicates this very well.”

The Pro-Life Wisconsin rebrand consists of a new logo, the tagline “Love. For Life.”, a newly designed website, and updated promotional materials. The brand will be implemented progressively over the next few months.

Pro-Life Wisconsin is a statewide, faith-based legislative and educational organization founded in 1992 to restore and protect the inalienable right to life of all citizens of Wisconsin, whether born or preborn, young, old, disabled or ter­minally ill. Pro-Life Wisconsin affirms that the right to life exists from the moment of conception and extends until natural death; this truth being handed down by God and articulated in the Declaration of Independence.

Download the new Pro-Life Wisconsin About Us brochure here.

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Health Committee to Hear Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood

For Immediate Release
September 2, 2015

Contact: Matt Sande, Legislative Director, Cell (262) 352-0890
Sam Guzman, Communications Director, Cell (262) 744-9671

Health Committee to Hear Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood
Abortion is not healthcare, says Pro-Life Wisconsin
The Assembly Health Committee will hold a public hearing today at the State Capitol on two bills that will further defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state’s largest abortion provider. Authored by Representative Andre Jacque (R-De Pere),Assembly Bill (AB) 310 and Assembly Bill (AB) 311 together will eliminate approximately $7.5 million in public funding from PPWI.

“Abortion is not healthcare,” said PLW State Director Dan Miller. “Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, a non-profit organization with a net worth of over $10 million that profits from killing unborn babies and exploits women in distress, should not be considered a healthcare provider. Wisconsin cannot continue to throw money at organizations that perform or refer for abortions.”

Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW) Legislative Director Matt Sande will offer public testimony in support of AB 310 and AB 311. Casey Mattox, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and a national expert on Planned Parenthood’s fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, will also testify along with Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinic manager.

“These bills respect the consciences of Wisconsin taxpayers who oppose the use of public funds for abortion,” said Sande. “Family planning funds undeniably free up resources within receiving organizations, like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, to engage in the surgical abortion business. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin has deceived our children by fostering a false sense of security about ‘safe sex,’ and has profited greatly from selling abortions to teen girls whose birth control fails. And despite their protestations, it is an open question whether they engage in the grisly trade of aborted fetal body parts.”

Assembly Bill 310 would redirect federal Title X family planning funds away from organizations that perform or refer for abortions to public entities including state, county, and local health departments and clinics. Currently, more than $3 million annually in Title X funds are granted directly to PPWI. Assembly Bill 311 would dramatically reduce PPWI’s Medicaid reimbursement rate for contraceptive drugs, paying them at the actual cost they pay for these drugs, not the artificially inflated rate they and other family planning clinics are getting now. This will eliminate $4.5 million from PPWI.

Polls consistently demonstrate that Americans are opposed to taxpayer funding of abortions. Pro-Life Wisconsin urges the Wisconsin Legislature and Governor Walker to keep moving down the long road toward totally defunding Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin of all taxpayer dollars. The 2011-2013 state biennial budget began the journey by prohibiting state and federal Title V Maternal and Child Health funds from going to organizations or their affiliates that perform or refer for abortions, redirecting them to public entities.

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ACT NOW: State Legislature to Hold Public Hearing on Bills Defunding Planned Parenthood

This Wednesday, the Assembly Health Committee will hold a public hearing in the State Capitol on two bills that that will further defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state’s largest abortion provider. Authored by Representative Andre Jacque (R-De Pere),Assembly Bill (AB) 310 and Assembly Bill (AB) 311 together will eliminate approximately $7.5 million in public funding from PPWI.

Pro-Life Wisconsin (PLW) State Director Dan Miller and Legislative Director Matt Sande will attend the public hearing. Sande will offer public testimony. Casey Mattox, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom and a national expert on Planned Parenthood’s fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars, will also testify along with Sue Thayer, former Planned Parenthood of the Heartland clinic manager.

Assembly Bill 310 would redirect federal Title X family planning funds away from organizations that perform or refer for abortions to public entities including state, county, and local health departments and clinics. Currently, more than $3 million annually in Title X funds are granted directly to PPWI.

Assembly Bill 311 would dramatically reduce PPWI’s Medicaid reimbursement rate for contraceptive drugs, paying them at the actual cost they pay for these drugs, not the artificially inflated rate they and other family planning clinics are getting now. This will eliminate $4.5 millionfrom PPWI.

In 2011, PLW was the lead organization in defunding PPWI of $1 million annually in Title V block grant funding, forcing the closure of 5 of their birth control/abortion referral clinics. With your continued help, we will close them all!

ACT NOW!

1. ATTEND – Please ATTEND the Assembly Health Committee PUBLIC HEARING this Wednesday in Room 417 North of the State Capitol Building at 9:00 a.m. and register or testify in support of AB 310 and AB 311.

2. CALL/EMAIL – If you cannot attend the public hearing, please CALL or EMAIL your state representative and state senator NOW and urge him/her to DEFUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WISCONSIN – PASS AB 310 & AB 311!

Tell him/her that “Abortion is NOT healthcare and taxpayer funding of abortion providers violates my conscience.”

To find out who your state representative or state senator 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 representative and state senator will appear, along with their pictures.

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

Thank you for making a difference!

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We’re fighting Planned Parenthood. Here’s how you can help.

1365426712_img_20120918_4There’s a war on babies in this country. And who’s leading it? Planned Parenthood. If you don’t believe me, read these quotes from Planned Parenthood employees talking about harvesting aborted baby body parts:

“I’m going to crush below, I’m going to crush above, and I’m going to see if I can get it all intact.”

“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung liver…”

“These are intact kidneys.”

That’s just a small sampling of the horrifying things said in the seven undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress.

These videos are shocking the nation, but Pro-Life Wisconsin is not standing idly by. Here are three concrete ways we are fighting the most evil organization in our nation, Planned Parenthood:

  1. We’re working closely with legislators at the state capitol to defund Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. In fact, I recently testified at the capitol in favor of one of these bills, AB305. By diverting federal money away from Planned Parenthood, as well as deflating their Medicaid reimbursements, we hope to take $7.5 million from the number one abortion provider in our state.
  2. We are protesting Planned Parenthood. Our affiliates around the state are organizing grassroots rallies to protest Planned Parenthood’s atrocities. Eight rallies will be help across Wisconsin tomorrow, August 22, to participate in the #ProtestPP movement, the biggest single protest of Planned Parenthood in our nation’s history. Click here for details. 
  3. We are educating the women of our state that there are much better options than Planned Parenthood. Our recent crisis pregnancy bus ad campaign brought a life-saving alternative to the streets of Milwaukee, saving 30 babies. 

We won’t rest until Planned Parenthood is out of business. But we need your help to fight this well funded abortion giant. Here’s what you can do:

First, join us this Saturday at one of the #ProtestPP rallies. Your witness sends a powerful message that you stand against Planned Parenthood.

Second, pray for us as we carry on this spiritually demanding work. Scripture reminds us that we “wrestle not against flesh and blood,” but against spiritual powers. Pray for our protection and renewed energy!

Finally, please support Pro-Life Wisconsin financially today. Planned Parenthood receives millions of dollars in government funding and corporate donations. Our staff is passionate about protecting life, but without much needed funds, we can’t carry out our life saving work. Your gift of $250, $100, or $25 can make a big difference in the fight for life.

Together, we can stop Planned Parenthood and end abortion in our state.

Through Christ,

Dan Miller
State Director
Pro-Life Wisconsin

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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.

“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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