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Wisconsin Right to Life Praises Budget Provisions That

Protect Taxpayers and Babies

Monday, June 27, 2011

Wisconsin Right to Life today is praising Governor Scott Walker and the

state legislature for passing a state budget containing two budget

provisions strongly promoted by Wisconsin Right to Life.

"Governor Walker and the state legislature acted courageously to protect

Wisconsin taxpayers from having their tax dollars used to destroy human life,"

said Susan Armacost, Legislative Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.

The first budget provision cut
off a substantial amount of tax dollars to

abortion providers like Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin by directing 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 or abortion referrals, or any providers that have

affiliates that provide abortion services or abortion referrals.”

The second provision prohibits 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. This provision makes 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 medical facility

for the performance of an abortion except in certain cases specified in current


"While there is more work to be done to protect taxpayers from paying

for abortions, this state budget has greatly improved the situation. On

behalf of Wisconsin Right to Life members and supporters throughout the state,

we extend our heartfelt thanks to Governor Walker and the legislature," said


Susan Armacost, Legislative Director

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UW Tried Unsuccessfully to Convince Governor Walker
to Veto the UW Budget Provision

The recently enacted Wisconsin state budget (AB 40) contains a provision which puts the University of Wisconsin Health Care Authority (UWHCA) under the provisions of our state law which prohibits the use of state tax dollars for the performance of abortions.   UWHCA tried to persuade legislators that it would lose accreditation if the provision was enacted.  This argument is phony -- federal and state law protect UWHCA from discrimination if it does not participate in abortion activities.  With the help of Atty. Matt Bowman of the Alliance Defense Fund, Wisconsin Right to Life successfully exposed this false attempt to "scare" legislators and the UW provision was included in AB 40.

Last week UWHCA changed tactics and came up with new phony arguments to try to convince Governor Walker to use a line item veto to strike out the UW provision.   New UWHCA claims and their rebuttal by Atty. Bowman are as follows:

Phony Claim #1:  UWHCA is a public authority "that does not receive state funds and that calling its funds state funds is 'incorrect' and potentially harmful to the hospital."

Rebuttal:  All AB 40 does is to include the UWHCA as an "agency of the state"  and make it, as an agency, subject to the provisions of law which prohibit the use of state taxpayer dollars for the performance of abortions.  In no instance does AB 40 state that UWHCA uses "funds of the state."

Phony Claim #2:   UWHCA claims it is not actually paying for the performance of abortions so the provision is unnecessary.

Rebuttal:  Atty. Bowman received a letter from UWHCA dated March 5, 2010 in response to an open records request.  In the letter, UWHCA admits that it pays residents who are trained to perform abortions at Planned Parenthood.    Stipends and benefits which UWHCA spent on training at Planned Parenthood was $21,149 in 2007, $19,301 in 2008 and $18,428 in 2009.

Phony Claim #3:  UWHCA fears that its OB/GYN program will be harmed by the budget provision and the number of OB/GYNs in the state will be reduced, threatening access to health care for women.

Rebuttal:  This claim is almost laughable.  As Bowman so aptly points out, by insisting on strong abortion components to its programs (like the ill-fated late-term abortion plan at the Madison Surgery Center), it is UWHCA that is discouraging pro-life individuals from entering the OB/GYN program.  It is highly possible that the provision included in AB 40 will attract students and residents who currently shy away from becoming OB/GYNs because of the pressure to perform or be involved in abortion.

UWHCA underwent a real skewering due to its phony claims and will now be bound by the provision included in the state budget that the Governor Walker signed yesterday.    


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Recall Elections Threaten Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Agenda

It is critical to keep the strong right-to-life majority in the Wisconsin State Senate

This summer’s recall elections will either preserve the opportunity to pass more laws protecting the right-to-life, or doom the entire Wisconsin Right to Life legislative agenda.

In danger are six Republican Senators who have strongly backed right-to-life legislation for many years.  The right-to-life majority which currently exists in the State Senate could be strengthened if any of the three pro-abortion Democratic Senators are successfully recalled.

At risk are the following legislative proposals:

  • Further defunding of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin
  • Passage of the Woman’s Protection Act which would address coercive abortions, prohibit RU 486 chemical web cam abortions, require an ultrasound prior to an abortion and regulate and license abortions clinics
  • Opt-ing out of abortion coverage in the health insurance exchanges set up by Obamacare
  • Repealing the law which prohibits abstinence-only sex education in public schools.

The general election for recall of the six right-to-life Republican Senators is Tuesday, August 9.   Battling to stay in the Senate to complete their terms are Senators Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse), Luther Olsen (R-Ripon), Sheila Harsdorf (R-River Falls), Randy Hopper (R-Fond du Lac), and Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay).

The general election for the three pro-abortion Democratic Senators is Tuesday, August 16.   Those Senators are Robert Wirch (D-Pleasant Prairie), Jim Holperin (D-Conover), and Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay).

Wisconsin Right to Life is actively involved in providing voters in the nine Senate districts with information on candidate positions and the importance of maintaining the strong right-to-life majority in the State Senate. 

Please watch for volunteer opportunities to help Wisconsin Right to Life at this critical time.  

Thank you. 



Sarah Palin’s Incredibly Beautiful Email
Reveals Her Innermost Thoughts about Trig

To the Sisters, Brother, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, and Friends of Trig Paxson Van Palin (or whatever you end up naming him!):

I am blessing you with this surprise baby because I only want the best for you. I’ve heard your prayers that this baby will be happy and healthy, and I’ve answered them because I only want the best for you!

I heard your heart when you hinted that another boy would fit best in the Palin family, to round it out and complete that starting five line-up. Though another girl would be so nice, you didn’t think you could ask for what you REALLY wanted, but I knew, so I gave you a boy because I only want the best for you!

Then, I put the idea in your hearts that his name should be “Trig”, because it’s so fitting, with two Norse meanings: “True” and “Brave Victory”. You also have a Bristol Bay relative with that name, so I knew it would be best for you!

Then, I let Trig’s mom have an exceptionally comfortable pregnancy so she could enjoy every minute of it, and I even seemed to rush it along so she could wait until near the end to surprise you with the news—that way Piper wouldn’t have so long to wait and count down so many days—just like Christmastime when you have to wait, impatiently, for that special day to finally open your gift? (Or the way the Palins look forward to birthday celebrations that go on for three, four days … you all really like cake.) I know you, I knew you’d be better off with just a short time to wait!

Then, finally, I let Trig’s mom and dad find out before he was born that this little boy will truly be a GIFT. They were told in early tests that Trig may provide more challenges, and more joy, than what they ever may have imagined or ever asked for. At first the news seemed unreal and sad and confusing. But I gave Trig’s mom and dad lots of time to think about it because they needed lots of time to understand that everything will be OK, in fact, everything will be great, because I only want the best for you!

I’ve given Trig’s mom and dad peace and joy as they wait to meet their new son. I gave them a happy anticipation because they asked me for that. I’ll give all of you the same happy anticipation and strength to deal with Trig’s challenges, but I won’t impose on you … I just need to know you want to receive my offer to be with all of you and help you everyday to make Trig’s life a great one.

This new person in your life can help everyone put things in perspective and bind us together and get everyone focused on what really matters. The baby will expand your world and let you see and feel things you haven’t experienced yet. He’ll show you what “true, brave victory” really means as those who love him will think less about self and focus less on what the world tells you is “normal” or “perfect”. You will grow and be blessed with greater understanding that will be born along with Trig.

Trig will be his dad’s little buddy and he’ll wear Carhartts while he learns to tinker in the garage. He’ll love to be read to, he’ll want to play goalie, and he’ll steal his mom’s heart just like Track, Bristol, Willow and Piper did. And Trig will be the cuddly, innocent, mischievous, dependent little brother that his siblings have been waiting for … in fact Trig will—in some diagnostic ways—always be a mischievous, dependent little brother, because I created him a bit different than a lot of babies born into this world today.

Every child is created special, with awesome purpose and amazing potential. Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed up world you live in down there on earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome. Doctors call it “Down’s Syndrome”, and Downs kids have challenges, but can bring you much delight and more love than you can ever imagine! Just wait and see, let me prove this, because I only want the best for you!

Some of the rest of the world may not want him, but take comfort in that because the world will not compete for him. Take care of him and he will always be yours!

Trig’s mom and dad don’t want people to focus on the baby’s extra chromosome. They’re human, so they haven’t known how to explain this to people who are so caring and are interested in this new little Alaskan. Sarah and Todd want people to share in the joy of this gift I’m giving to the Palin family, and the greater Alaska family. Many people won’t understand … and I understand that. Some will think Trig should not be allowed to be born because they fear a Downs child won’t be considered “perfect” in your world. (But tell me, what do you earthlings consider “perfect” or even “normal” anyway? Have you peeked down any grocery store isle, or school hallway, or into your office lunchroom lately? Or considered the odd celebrities you celebrate as “perfect” on t.v.? Have you noticed I make ‘em all shapes and sizes? Believe me, there is no “perfect”!)

Many people will express sympathy, but you don’t want or need that, because Trig will be a joy. You will have to trust me on this.

I know it will take time to grasp this and come to accept that I only want the best for you, and I only give my best. Remember though: “My ways are not your ways, my thoughts are not your thoughts … for as the heavens are higher than the earth, my ways are higher than yours!”

I wrote that all down for you in the Good Book! Look it up! You claim that you believe me—now it’s time to live out that belief!

Please look to me as this new challenge and chapter of life unfolds in front of you. I promise to equip you. I won’t give you anything you can’t handle. I am answering your prayers. Trig can’t wait to meet you. I’m giving you ONLY THE BEST!


Trig’s Creator, Your Heavenly Father








Illinois Abortions a Travesty;
Deaths and Injuries Hidden,
Numbers Underreported

Illinois reports a shockingly-high number of abortions each year — 46,077 reported in 2009.   But an investigation by the Chicago Tribune uncovered how misleading those numbers are as the deaths of six women from botched abortions and 4,000 injuries to women were somehow missed in Health Department reports.

The Tribune found:

State regulators have documented between 7,000 and 17,000 fewer abortions a year than a national research group found in Illinois.

This reporting is the only tool Illinois authorities have to monitor some abortion providers, yet regulators may be allowing doctors and clinics to operate off the books. Regulators collect reports from 26 providers, but the abortion rights research group has identified 37 providers doing business in the state.

Also unknown to officials are the types of abortion-related problems experienced by women. Nearly 4,000 reports of abortion complications involving Illinois residents in 2009 were missing the required description.

Health care providers who intentionally fail to submit accurate and complete reports are committing a criminal act, and a failure to report abortion complications is grounds for revoking their licenses, but the Department of Public Health has never sought disciplinary action against a provider.

This story conjures up the lurid details of the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who was allowed to perform abortions in filthy, unsafe conditions with no investigations by the Pennsylvania Department of Health for decades.  Sounds like the Illinois Department of Health also operates under a “see no evil, hear no evil” philosophy.   So much for protection of women and “safe, legal” abortions.  It is a travesty.

Read the Chicago Tribune article here:,0,746323.story  



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