2019 | Week of June 17 | #1313
The last couple of weeks have been a bit topsy-turvy in Wisconsin, what with Governor Evers abusing his power and raising the so-called “Rainbow Pride Flag” over our State Capitol. Unless you have zero access to the news, I’m sure you’ve heard about this issue.
We responded organizationally by immediately issuing a press release denouncing the governor’s action and encouraging people to call his office and share their opinion about this decision. Later we launched a petition asking citizens across the state to sign, calling on the governor to take down the flag that gives special recognition to one small but politically powerful special-interest group over all other citizens. The petition reminds the governor that the state capitol belongs to all Wisconsin citizens and that he was elected by a majority of the voters, not by a special-interest group.
So far the governor has not taken the flag down. Nevertheless, it’s important that he gets input from all sorts of people.
On the positive side, the State Senate passed four reasonably good pro-life bills, including one that requires attending medical personnel during an abortion to do everything to save the life of a baby who somehow manages to survive an abortion as they would for any baby born alive in any other circumstance. Unfortunately, Governor Evers has repeatedly said he’ll veto all the bills.
Certainly, the governor has the authority to authorize a flag to fly over the capitol and to veto any piece of legislation he wants. But that doesn’t mean all his decisions are good, right, moral, ethical, or even in the best interest of the citizens of our state.
Fortunately, we have some good news to counter some of the bad news. In the last month, Dan Miller, director of Pro-Life Wisconsin, and I have been all over the state giving money to a dozen of our awesome life-saving, woman-helping pregnancy care centers. We’ve done this as representatives of Choose Life Wisconsin.
Not quite two years ago after ten years of working to make a dream become a reality, the Choose Life Wisconsin license plates went on sale. The $25 tax-deductible extra fee that people pay for the plate goes to Choose Life Wisconsin, which in turn grants that money to pregnancy care centers that submit grant requests.
Twice a year, Dan Miller and I personally present the checks to the pregnancy care centers. In the last few weeks, we’ve given out $17,000 in funds that have come in from the sale of the Choose Life plate. So far, in the last year, we have given out right at $47,000 to 25 pregnancy care centers, all coming from the sales and renewals of the over 1200 Choose Life plates being sported on cars all over the state. Talk about exciting!
Giving money to these incredible pro-life ground troops is exciting enough, but the big bonus is just being with the directors, their staff and sometimes even board members who come for the presentation, which is always memorialized with a picture. In addition, we get a tour and are treated to enthusiastic explanations of services offered and how God is blessing their work. I suspect we leave more blessed by these amazing servants than we have blessed them.
When we leave, Dan and I always remark something to the effect, “Imagine what we could do for these centers if we could just get more of these awesome plates sold?” Frankly, we’d love to see tens of thousands of Choose Life plates on cars in the Badger State right now. We’re off to a great start. We just need to keep the momentum going.
Really the Choose Life plate accomplishes two things: money for the excellent work of pregnancy care centers and a strong pro-life message communicated on a license plate. The plate is quite distinctive. It’s done in classic Wisconsin red, white and black. On the white background is a black ink infant footprint on the left and the words Choose Life in red under the plate number. It’s a tasteful pro-life message reminding people of the right choice when an unborn baby is involved.
You can be part of this exciting good news. Visit Chooselifewisconsin.com for more information on how to get the Choose Life Wisconsin license plate. Fortunately, at least for now, Governor Evers can’t mess with this great good news plate that is part of bringing real help and real hope to women and their unborn babies.
For more information and to learn how you can support the work of Wisconsin Family Council, please visit wifamilycouncil.org or call 888-378-7395.
This is Julaine Appling for Wisconsin Family Council reminding you the prophet Hosea said, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”