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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.

The Kevin Fischer "Whippersnapper Hall of Fame"- Inductee #22

Whippersnapper Hall of Fame

All children who go to Walt Disney World are quite fortunate.

Some are more fortunate than others.

On my recent visit to Mickey’s parks in Florida, I witnessed a truly remarkable site: many children with Down syndrome. The smiles on parents’ faces were as big and bright as theirs. Remarkable, indeed, because as the website  “Women for Faith & Family” reports:

“According to a 1999 study published in the journal Prenatal Diagnosis, 92 percent of children diagnosed before birth with this chromosomal abnormality are aborted.”

Such a lack of understanding and compassion completely baffles me. Those who make the decision to abort these innocent souls clearly fail to comprehend the happiness a Down syndrome child can bring to a family, a joy I saw on display numerous times at Walt Disney World.

Pro-lifers support public policies in place in Wisconsin and many other states that require medical officials to give pregnant women the option of seeing an ultrasound before an abortion.

Under Wisconsin law, “at least 24 hours before the abortion is to be performed or induced, the physician who is to perform or induce the abortion or any other qualified physician” is required to, in person, inform the woman “that fetal ultrasound imaging and auscultation of fetal heart tone services are available that enable a pregnant woman to view the image or hear the heartbeat of her unborn child. In so informing the woman and describing these services, the physician shall advise the woman as to how she may obtain these services if she desires to do so.”
Wisconsin statute 253.10(3)(c)1(g)

In Oklahoma it’s mandatory that a woman see an ultrasound at least one hour before an abortion is scheduled.

A good idea for families informed that they’re about to give birth to a baby with Down syndrome might be to watch a video featuring teens Drew Anderson and Toni Alten-Crowe who were students at Loveland High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. They have Down syndrome, and both were part of a special program in their school to help kids like them mix with others. The two inspired the program to take off and become successful and their story was told in a recent TV episode.

Anderson and Alten-Crowe make my Hall of Fame llist, but I also want to give special recognition to Eileen Haupt and Leticia Velasquez, moms of Down syndrome children who founded KIDS, Keep Infants with Down Syndrome. God bless them for the work they do.

And finally, a young baby girl with Down syndrome recently captured the hearts and imagination of the world. Little Taya Kennedy now has her own modeling agency because her parents envisioned, not a less than imperfect child, but one that is precious and yes, beautiful.


1) The Conservative Casanova

2) American Sweetheart

3) Eva Lorraine Molina

4) Matt Kallerud

5) Hannah Giles

6) Jillian Bandes

7) Jonathan McCoy

8) James O’Keefe

9) Jackie Seal

10) Jill Metzler

11) Ron Fournier

12) Jake Shafer

13) Bree McMahon

14) Keli Carender

15) Jessica Watson

16, 17 and 18) Christopher “Kreece” Fuchs, Xavier Helgesen and Jeff Kurtzman

19) Vanessa Jean Louis

20) Zack Goodman

21) Lila Rose

22) Drew Anderson and Toni Alten-Crowe

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