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Join Pro-Life Wisconsin as we travel to the 2016 March for Life of Chicago. It is shaping up to be the largest pro-life event in Illinois, with approximately 10,000 people anticipated! 

Join Pro-Life Wisconsinites and over 700,000 other pro-lifers as we mark the tragic anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.

The annual March for Life will be held Friday, January 22, in Washington D.C. Pro-Life Wisconsin's buses will be leaving on Wednesday, January 20, and returning Sunday, January 24.

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2011-2012 Legislative Session

  Biennial Budget Bill

In June the Wisconsin Legislature passed and Governor Walker signed a biennial budget bill (2011 Wisconsin Act 32) that respects the consciences of pro-life taxpayers who wholly oppose the use of public funds for abortion.  The budget bill redirects $1 million in state and federal family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI), the state's largest abortion provider, and applies current law abortion funding restrictions to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (UWHC) Authority. The bill also removes boys/men aged 15-44 from the BadgerCare Family Planning Program and requires parental notification for minor girls in the program.

In 2010 PPWI collected more than $18 million in federal and state family planning funds which they repeatedly claim lower the abortion rate. Yet chemical and surgical abortions in Wisconsin continue to rise. PPWI performed 5,439 abortions in 2009, a 56% increase from 2008, when PPWI was responsible for 3,053 abortions. The biennial budget bill effectively prevents PPWI from receiving close to $1 million annually in state and federal Title V Maternal and Child Health family planning funds, a good start down the long road toward totally defunding them of all taxpayer dollars.

Applying current law abortion funding restrictions to the UWHC Authority will prohibit them from using state funds to perform abortions. The UWHC Authority pays medical residents in the UW School of Medicine OB/Gyn Department for two four-week rotations at a Planned Parenthood facility in Madison where they view and perform abortions, a grisly practice which stains the reputation of Wisconsin's flagship hospital. Furthermore, the UWHC Authority's ability to perform late-term abortions at the Madison Surgery Center or some other location, should they choose to resume such plans, would be obstructed under the new funding restrictions.

Subject to the approval of the Obama Administration, the budget bill makes common-sense changes to the BadgerCare Family Planning Program which currently provides free, taxpayer-funded birth control to 15, 16 and 17-year-old boys and girls without their parents' knowledge or consent.  Removing boys from the program and requiring parental notification for minor girls in the program will go a long way toward restoring parental authority in the sensitive area of teen sexual health.  The state of Wisconsin will include these changes in a Medicaid waiver application to the federal Department of Health and Human Services who we hope will approve them.

Pro-Life Wisconsin applauds the Governor and the Wisconsin Legislature for enacting these life affirming budget measures. We especially thank freshman Representative Andre Jacque (R-Bellevue) for his advocacy. In his first speech on the Assembly floor, Jacque powerfully rebutted an attempt by the minority Democrats to restore funding to Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. The anti-life amendment was defeated with all Republicans, one Independent (Bob Ziegelbauer [Manitowoc]), and two Democrats (Tony Staskunas [West Allis] and Peggy Krusick [Milwaukee]) voting against it. We also thank Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Dan LeMahieu (R-Cascade) for authoring the UWHC abortion funding restriction motion.  Most of all, we thank all of you who called, emailed, or wrote to your state senators and state representatives. Your voices made a difference!

PLW Press Release (Attorney General Request) (July 7, 2011)

PLW Monday Update (Governor Signs Budget) (June 27, 2011)

PLW Press Release (Wisconsin Legislature Passes Budget) (June 17, 2011)

PLW Press Release (UWHCA Abortion Funding Restrictions) (June 3, 2011)

PLW Press Release (Planned Parenthood Funding Cut) (May 18, 2011)

PLW Legislative Memo (Joint Finance Committee) (May 16, 2011)

PLW Press Release (PLW Ad / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) (May 3, 2011)

PLW Legislative Memo (Joint Finance Committee) (March 18, 2011)

PLW Action Alert (Monday Update) (March 7, 2011)

PLW Press Release (Governor unveils budget proposal) (March 2, 2011)

PLW Legislative Memo (June 2, 2011)

Madison Capital Times Article (August 6, 2011)

Text of 2011 Assembly Bill 214

PLW Monday Update (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel column) (September 12. 2011)

2011-12 Policy Papers

     Personhood Constitutional Amendment
     Personhood Q & A
     Defunding Planned Parenthood
     Health Care Freedom of Conscience Act
     Repealing the Sexual Education Mandate