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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

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December 27, 2010
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Income limits raised for taxpayer-funded birth
control
 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Dec. 23 [emphasis added]:
A state program that provides free birth control to those from
the ages of 15 to 44 will be available to more people after the
federal government on Thursday approved raising income limits
in the program.


Wisconsin is the first state to raise the income levels for the
program.


The federal approval makes the program more widely available,
but its future remains unclear because of skepticism from
Republicans who will take over state government in January.


The family planning program, which also provides screening for
sexually transmitted diseases, had been available to those
making 200% above the federal poverty level.
The changes
approved Thursday raise eligibility to 300% of the federal
poverty level, making it available to individuals who earn
up to $32,490 a year.


The program is controversial because girls as young as 15
can get access to birth control without parental consent.

Virtually anyone age 15 to 17 is eligible for the program because
parental income is not taken into account when determining if
children qualify for the program.


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Give the gift of life
 

As we continue to celebrate the birth
of our Savior, please remember that of
all the gifts you give this Christmas, none
is more precious than the gift of life you
give by supporting Pro-Life Wisconsin.


There’s no better time than this season of perpetual hope to give the gift of life. And to sweeten the deal, your donation to Pro-Life Wisconsin Education Task Force on or before December 31can be written off as a charitable contribution for your 2010 taxes.

We’re working harder than ever before to defend each and every innocent life. Please click here to keep the ball rolling!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for empty manger Christmas caroling!
 

On Christmas Eve day, Pro-Life Wisconsin and 40 Days for Life-Milwaukee sang Christmas carols from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. outside Affiliated Medical Services in Milwaukee. Affiliated is located at 1428 N. Farwell Ave. Affiliated is one of Wisconsin's four stand-alone abortion facilities and the only late-term abortion facility in the state.

Empty manger carolers also gathered at the Orin Rd., Madison Planned Parenthood abortuary on Dec. 23.

2011 Rally for Life
 

Pro-Life Wisconsin will observe Roe v. Wade in Milwaukee on Saturday, January 15, 2011, since a number of us will be in Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life.

The Rally for Life will be held at Three Holy Women - St. Rita's campus, 1601 N. Cass St., Milwaukee, WI.

Schedule for the day as follows:
* 8:10 a.m. Rosary
* 8:30 a.m. Mass with Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, as the main celebrant
* Prayer and witness at Affiliated Medical Services will follow Mass
* 10:30 a.m. Continental potluck breakfast at St. Rita's (please bring a dish of breakfast treats to pass)

Questions? Call Pro-Life Wisconsin at (262) 796-1111.

San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West betrays Catholic name, principles

From American Life League:
San Francisco-based Catholic Healthcare West is a system of 41 hospitals and medical centers located in California, Arizona and Nevada. CHW is the eighth largest hospital system in the nation and the largest not-for-profit provider in California.

CHW member St. Joseph’s Hospital of Phoenix, Arizona, became steeped in scandal earlier this year when the head of the ethics committee, Sr. Margaret McBride, approved the abortion of an 11-week preborn baby whose mother suffered from pulmonary hypertension. Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, investigated the case and, after interviewing Sr. McBride, informed her that she had excommunicated herself by approving the abortion. Since then, CHW has defended Sr. McBride’s decision and, after months of debate, Bishop Olmsted issued a letter to CHW declaring his intent to revoke his endorsement of St. Joseph’s Hospital as a Catholic hospital unless CHW met three specific conditions.

Prompted by Bishop Olmsted’s stern warning, American Life League conducted its own investigation into CHW’s activities and discovered that its scandals are not limited to one member hospital aborting a preborn baby – as if that by itself were not scandalous and tragic enough. In just two days, ALL found the following:

– CHW has granted money to at least six organizations that promote abortion, birth control and/or homosexual lifestyles.

– CHW helped create the “Healthy San Francisco” health plan, which covers elective abortion.

– At least one CHW member hospital promotes the nation's largest abortion chain, Planned Parenthood, on its website, and another lists the provision of contraceptives as a service.

– 12 CHW members (as of 2001) performed tubal ligations.

– 20 members currently refer for vasectomies by staff physicians on their web sites.

– CHW Arizona’s health care plan covers oral contraceptives and diaphragms.

– CHW's CEO made donations to the Obama campaign and strongly endorsed the USCCB-condemned Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Obama administration includes death panels in Medicare

New York Times, Dec. 25:
When a proposal to encourage end-of-life planning touched off a political storm over “death panels,” Democrats dropped it from legislation to overhaul the health care system. But the Obama administration will achieve the same goal by regulation, starting Jan. 1.

Under the new policy, outlined in a Medicare regulation, the government will pay doctors who advise patients on options for end-of-life care, which may include advance directives to forgo aggressive life-sustaining treatment.

To read more from the New York Times, click here.

To download Pro-Life Wisconsin's Protective Power of Attorney for Healthcare, click here.

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