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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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Monday June 13, 2011

 
 
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Planned Parenthood and UW Abortion Practices
Curbed by Joint Finance Committee Facility

Wisconsin Right to Life worked closely with Rep. Robin Vos (R-Racine), Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend), Rep. Dan LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), Rep. Andre Jacque (R-Green Bay) and other key legislators on two important measures adopted by the state’s Joint Finance Committee which do the following:

Cut off tax dollars to abortion providers like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin

By a 12-4 vote, the Joint Finance Committee approved a motion to direct family planning dollars under the Title V program to public health Departments.  The counties “may not provide either state or federal Title V funds to providers that provide abortion services of abortion referrals, or any providers that have affiliates that provide abortion services or abortion referrals.”

Voting for the measure were Republican Senators Alberta Darling, Luther Olsen, Randy Hopper, Joe Leibham, Glenn Grothman, and Sheila Harsdorf and Republican Representatives Robin Vos, Dan Meyer, John Nygren, Pat Strachota, Joel Kleefisch, and Dan LeMahieu.   Voting against were Democratic Senators Bob Jauch and Lena Taylor and Democratic Representatives Tamara Grigsby and Jennifer Schilling.

Prohibit UW Hospitals and Clinics from using public funds for abortion.  Under this prohibition UW can no longer pay medical students to learn to perform abortions, and it eliminates any further consideration of the ill-fated late-term abortion plan attempted by UW in the past few years.

Also by a 12-4 vote, the Joint Finance Committee approved a motion to make the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority subject to “provisions of current law that prohibit the use of public funds to pay a physician or surgeon or a hospital, clinic or mother medical facility for the performance of an abortion except in certain cases specified in current law.”

Voting for the measure were Republican Senators Alberta Darling, Luther Olsen, Randy Hopper, Joe Leibham, Glenn Grothman, and Sheila Harsdorf and Republican Representatives Robin Vos, Dan Meyer, John Nygren, Pat Strachota, Joel Kleefisch, and Dan LeMahieu.   Voting against were Democratic Senators Bob Jauch and Lena Taylor and Democratic Representatives Tamara Grigsby and Jennifer Schilling.

These two important motions are not yet law.  They are part of the massive biennial state budget which must be approved by both houses of the legislature and signed into law by Governor Walker.

Wisconsin Right to Life praises those legislators who worked on the development of these motions and voted for them.   To help Wisconsin Right to Life ensure that these measures become law, please join our online E-Voice network here: http://www.wrtl.org/e-voice

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Upcoming Recall Elections Threaten Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Agenda

If you thought that the seemingly endless election cycle ended with the November 2010 elections, you're in for a rude awakening!  Wisconsin is once again in full election mode with the potential of nine sitting State Senators facing recall elections.  Six Republican and three Democrats face the very real possibility of a recall election in July pending the validation of signed recall petitions and any legal challenges. 

Why are these legislators facing recall elections?  It goes back to the contentious  battle on collective bargaining in February.  You will remember that all 14 Democratic senators left the state to prevent a vote on the collective bargaining issue from taking place  And you will also remember that the Republicans found a way in which they could vote on the issue without the Democratic senators being present.  Hence, one of the most brutal political battles in our state's history began and it is still raging.

Those supporting Republicans on this issue are targeting for recall pro-abortion Democratic Senators Robert Wirch (Pleasant Prairie), Jim Holperin (Conover), and Dave Hansen (Green Bay) because they left the state to avoid a vote from taking place. Those supporting  Democrats are targeting Republican Senators Alberta Darling (River Hills), Dan Kapanke (LaCrosse), Robert Cowles (Green Bay), Luther Olsen (Ripon), Sheila Harsdorf (River Falls) and Randy Hopper (Fond du Lac) because they disagreed with their votes on the collective bargaining issue.  Five of these Republicans are solidly right-to-life.  The sixth Republican senator votes the right-to-life position most of the time.

The Democrats hope they can defeat three of the targeted Republican Senators, thus taking back control of the State Senate.  But Republicans feel they have a good chance of defeating two of the three targeted  Democratic senators.  As the 215,000 recall signatures are being reviewed by the Government Accountability Board  and the two sides continue to trade insults and accusations, we are all left to wonder how it will turn out in the end.  

But there is one thing we do know... if the recall elections result in the State Senate returning to pro-abortion Democratic leadership, the Wisconsin Right to Life agenda will be stopped dead in its tracks.  Here are the life-saving legislative priorities of Wisconsin Right to Life:

1. Eliminate Taxpayer Dollars for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortion. Planned Parenthood "counsels" women and then refers them to their own abortion clinics where they perform abortions for profit. Planned Parenthood also "counsels" minors and keeps it secret from parents. Planned Parenthood must not receive one more penny of our tax dollars to carry out its disgraceful activities. Wisconsin Right to Life is at the forefront of bringing this goal to fruition.

2. The Woman's Protection Act will save the lives of babies and protect the health of women. Sponsored by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and Assembly Representative Michelle Litjens (R-Oshkosh),  the Woman's Protection Act will do the following:

 -  Require abortionists to tell a woman seeking abortion that no one can coerce her to abort
    and assist pregnant women in abusive situations to find help.

 -  Prohibit web-cam RU486 chemical abortions.

 -  Require abortionists to show women seeking abortions an ultrasound of her unborn child
    and hear the heartbeat of her child.

 -  Require abortion clinics to be regulated and licensed.  Currently, abortion clinics are
    unregulated.

3.   Obamacare Opt-Out will permit Wisconsin to opt-out of abortion coverage in state healthcare exchanges set up by Obamacare. Senator Rich Zipperer (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Robin Vos (R-Racine) are the authors of legislation to accomplish the opt-out for Wisconsin.

4.  Repeal Sex Education Law that was passed last session while the legislature was in the hands of pro-abortion leadership. The law will not permit public school districts to teach an abstinence-only approach to pregnancy prevention. Legislation is being developed that would repeal the objectionable portions of the law and restore, among other things, the ability of school districts to present an abstinence-only approach.

There may be other legislative initiatives later in the legislative session that will be promoted or supported by Wisconsin Right to Life.

It is crucial that the right-to-life victories attained in the 2010 elections are not undone by these recall elections!  If the Democrats are successful in unseating Republican senators, they will be emboldened to attempt recall efforts against Governor Scott Walker, other State Senators and members of the Assembly at a later date.  And you can be sure that Planned Parenthood and their allies in the radical pro-abortion movement will be very involved and will stop at nothing to see courageous right-to-life public officials defeated.

Wisconsin Right to Life will be closely monitoring the recall efforts and will provide you with updated information.

 

 

 


Watch Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki
Speaking to Wisconsin Right to Life's Veritas Society
June 2nd Gathering

Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome Listecki presented a moving message of life to those gathered June 2nd for a Wisconsin Right to Life Veritas Society gathering in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
  
Watch the video here: http://wrtl.org/ArchbishopListecki

As part of his presentation, Archbishop Listecki made it clear that life is always worthy of protection.  He said,

"You can't talk about justice issues without first talking about life...

...We must focus our attention on marshalling resources and focus on realistic goals which seek to limit abortion...we must band together and concentrate on what is achieavble... 

We have a governor who is pro-life. And many legislators who were elected on pro-life platforms.  So, securing the conscience clause for health care workers - extremely important...   

And limiting government funding for abortion or agencies that would counsel or support abortions.  These are achievable goals and would definately hurt the abortion industry."


           

 

 


 

Sex-Selection Abortions of Females Finally Raising Concern

- By Dave Andrusko, National Right to Life

For whatever combination of reasons, thankfully there finally seems to be growing concern about the startling sex-ratio imbalance which is largely the result of sex-selective abortions made possible by the use of ultrasounds. Female babies are being aborted in astonishing numbers because they are female.

But….to pro-abortion feminists, trying to stop abortions on the basis of gender is a threat to their core belief: no abortion can ever be prohibited no matter what the reason or how late in pregnancy. I was about to write a piece based on such gibberish (“To protect girls, women must have rights,” by Sara Ditum) when a friend sent me a really scary piece from TIME magazine, based on an interview with Beijing-based journalist Mara Hvistendahl author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls and the Consequences of a World Full of Men.”

I should at least mention that Ditum’s bottom line is “The way to prevent sex-selective abortion isn’t to legislate against it or attack the women who seek it – it’s to create cultural changes that transform the place of women.” Of course equality between the sexes—treating women not as “burdens” but as assets– is key. In the meanwhile, until that utopia is reached, millions and millions of women are being aborted—and the situation is rapidly growing worse.

Hvistendah “spoke with TIME about why women are becoming scarce, what that means for the world and why, so far, so few people have bothered to act.” Let me highlight three points that jump out at the reader.

#1. In countries with these skewed sex-ratios, “the ratio for first births is still close to its natural level: somewhere around 105 males for every 100 females.”  It’s what follows that explains the discrepancy: “An article published online in May in the medical journal The Lancet shows that Indians who first give birth to a girl are more likely to use sex-selective abortion during a second or subsequent pregnancy — presumably to ensure that their family eventually includes at least one son. Sex-selective abortion is illegal in India, but the procedure appears increasingly common.”

#2. Perhaps the point that should most shock us, “A preference for sons may be rooted in centuries-old tradition, but the rising sex ratio is no more than a few decades old. Hvistendahl explains that sex-selective abortion was in fact promoted by American scholars and non-governmental organizations in the 20th century as a way to stanch population growth. If families kept having children to ensure at least one son, the thinking went, then many ‘excess’  births could be averted by terminating the less-wanted female ones.” [But it hasn’t been confined to sex-selective abortions. In an earlier book, Hvistendah and historian Matthew Connelly documented that “many Americans and Europeans in Asia encouraged routine sterilization and even forced abortion among couples who already had children.”]

#3. Returning to the crucial significance of abortion, “In some ways, perhaps, the most likely advocates for the world’s missing girls are also the most hamstrung. Sex selection reveals deep gender discrimination. Yet the very women’s rights advocates who might fight that discrimination are often the same people who’ve campaigned hard in the U.S. and elsewhere to secure a woman’s right to choose her reproductive future.”

Here we hear an echo of Ditum’s argument: you start banning ANY abortion, no matter how abhorrent,  and……
 


 

 

 

 

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