Concert for Life Ticket Sales Update
As you may know, Wisconsin Right to Life is sponsoring a Concert for Life in commemoration of the
more than 53 million lives lost to abortion during the last 40 years. Reflection, prayer and outstanding music will highlight the evening of Friday, January 11 as we
recognize the tireless efforts made by the right-to-life community to reverse the tragedy that is Roe v. Wade. This commemoration will not be a fund-raiser, and
will not be political.
The event will feature two world-class musical acts: The Grammy-nominated Christian rock band
Sanctus Real and Country Music star and outspoken right-to-life advocate Collin Raye — Collin Raye has had 21 singles reach
the Billboard Top 10 chart and has sold over eight million albums including his Number 1 hits, Love, Me;In This Life; My Kind of Girl; and I Can Still Feel
The concert will be held in the 3,000-seat auditorium at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield,
Wisconsin. We are pleased to announce that the Elmbrook Church Bookstore now has Concert for Life tickets available. The
bookstore can be found just inside the N.E. entrance door of the church at 777 N. Barker Road in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Bookstore hours are Monday 12 pm
to 7 pm, Tuesday 9 am to 9 pm, Wednesday 9 am to 7 pm, Thursday 9 am to 7 pm, Friday 9 am to 5pm, Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, and Sunday 7:30 am to 1
Tickets are $30 (Gold Circle) and $20 (General Admission) and are available both at the Elmbrook
Church bookstore and online at: http://wrtl.org/concert/index.html
Gold Circle seating doors will open at 5:45 p.m. General Admission seating doors will open at
6:00 p.m. Event will get underway at 6:45 p.m.
Please share this information with your friends, neighbors and church family!
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Wisconsin Right to Life Legislative Conference
Our bi-annual Legislative
Conference will be held on Tuesday, February 12 at the Inn on the Park in Madison (directly across from our beautiful State Capitol). You'll receive all the
tools and information you need to help in the enactment of new Wisconsin laws that will save lives!
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Conference itself will begin at 9:00 a.m. We will begin the day with a BIG delicious breakfast. Short
workshops will follow, presented by key state legislators and right-to-life leaders to fill you in on the legislation we will be promoting and to give you helpful tips
on how to lobby your legislators. We'll head to the Capitol around 11:00 a.m. to meet with your legislators. Your appointment with your legislators will be
pre-arranged for you and our staff will help direct you to their offices.
The elections resulted in a state legislature that is even more pro-life than before! That means much can be accomplished to pass life-saving state
legislation that will protect babies and their moms.
The conference will end with a wrap-up session in the Capitol and you will be on your way home about 1:00 pm. For those who might
want to stay on, we will arrange for you a tour of our historic state Capitol building.
The cost for the Conference is: Adults $25 / Students $15.
To attend the conference, you must register and pay in advance. Call toll free 877-855-5007 or, locally, 414-778-5780 for more
The Registration Form for the Legislative Conference can be found on our website here: http://www.wrtl.org/events/legislativeconference.aspx
Gigantic Battle Looms over HHS Mandate
On day one of his administration, Governor Romney would have evoked he horrendous HHS mandate
which forces religious institutions to provide drugs and service in violation of conscience. Romney lost, and so did the promise to have this extreme
denial of freedom of speech hit the dust bin.
The mandate is scheduled to be fully enforced in August of 2013, but Catholic and other church
officials are vehement that this is not the end. Several strategies are emerging:
- Richard Doerflinger, the top pro-life lobbyist in Washington, DC for the US Conference of Catholic
Bishops, says the next push will be for a mandate exemption in the upcoming Labor/HHS appropriations bill for fiscal year 2013. The exemption is
likely to pass in the House and is a possibility in the Senate, according to Doerflinger. The key is attaching the exemption to must-pass legislation
such as an appropriations bill, with the remaining question of whether President Obama would sign legislation which contains the exemption.
- Numbers of lawsuits have been filed across the country asking that the mandate be declared
unconstitutional. The issue is likely to reach the U.S. Supreme Court at some point, but it is unclear whether the Court can or will resolve the issue
before the August deadline.
- Catholic bishops are adamant that they will not give in to the Obama administration’s goal of
defining what constitutes a religion. Speaking to the Associated Press, Cardinal Timothy Dolan stated that: “The only thing we’re certainly not prepared to
do is give in. We’re not violating our consciences. I would say no door is closed except for the door to capitulation.”
News outlets yesterday reported another development on whether President Obama's health care law
violates religious freedom. It was reported that the Supreme Court ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider Liberty University’s legal argument that the
school’s religious freedom is infringed by the law.
These battles are far from over.
American suicide networks for the elderly exposed in US TV documentary
The PBS television network screened a documentary on the “surprisingly coordinated underground world of assisted suicide” in the United States
this week. Director and writer Miri Navasky told the PBS blog:
“We were completely surprised to find out that there are groups in this country that help people to die — even in states
where assistance is not legal. Although we knew of Compassion & Choices, the right-to-die group spearheading the legalization efforts in the country, we had
no idea of the extent of their end-of-life consultation program across the country. During our initial research meetings, when we followed the Compassion &
Choices counselors and patients, it was eye-opening to learn just how detailed the information is that they provide.”
PBS focuses on the Final Exit Network, a group of elderly volunteers who attend the deaths of people
who die with the help of helium hoods. One of the men told PBS that he had attended hundreds of suicides across the country. A lawyer coaches them on how to
stay on the right side of the law (“don’t touch anything”).
Miri Navasky points out the inconsistency in American attitudes towards
assisted suicide. On the one hand, it is legal only in two states, Oregon and Washington.On the other, it is very hard to prosecute and convict people who
participate in a suicide.
“Not only are the laws vague, and they tend, perhaps purposefully, not to clearly define “assistance.”
But even when it seems that someone has violated the letter of law, juries are often reluctant to convict, especially when a person is clearly acting out of
- Michael Cook, National Right to Life News
Editor’s note. This originally appeared at
Wisconsin Right to Life's Veritas Society Releases
Three New TV Ads
Wisconsin Right to Life's Veritas Society is thrilled to announce the production of three
new television ads set to premier in 2013. The ads were produced in collaboration with Heroic Media, headquartered in Austin, Texas.
Ad #1 - Abortion Hurts
The theme “Abortion Hurts” was rated very highly in an Internet test by women 18-45 who hold an inconsistent position
on abortion. These women of childbearing age represent the “mushy middle” and are the target of Veritas Society ads crafted to engender a change in attitude to
value life. The new television ad poignantly exposes the hurt experienced by a woman, a sibling, and an unborn child. The ad is haunting and gripping, and
guaranteed to spark comment and debate.
Ad #2 - Adoption
For years, the Veritas Society deliberately avoided promotion of adoption due to research which revealed that women in
the target audience did not consider adoption as a credible alternative. Re-testing the theme with a new generation revealed new results. Women now believe
adoption is an acceptable alternative if they know or can choose the adoptive parents. Simply put, they want to know what will happen to their child.
Consequently, the new ad features a woman who decided on adoption placement because she was able to be involved in deciding the future of her child. This is a
Ad #3 - Call for Help
Heroic Media utilizes “Call for Help” ads in its media strategy. These are ads which appeal directly to the pregnant woman
and encourage her to seek help in dealing with her pregnancy. The new ad was crafted in message and talent to appeal to young women
who watch programs on MTV. All ads were produced by the Nonbox Advertising Agency, a longtime partner of the Veritas Society because
of the quality of their work, and the commitment of the firm to the cause of life.