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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 latest pro-life news (02/18/13)

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From Pro-Life Wisconsin.

And from Wisconsin Right To Life:

Judge Rebecca Bradley Endorsed by the Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee

The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee has endorsed Judge Rebecca Bradley in the February 19 primary election for Milwaukee Circuit Court. She was appointed to the Court by Governor Scott Walker to replace Judge Thomas Donegan who retired in 2012.

Judge Bradley faces two candidates in the February 19 primary. The two candidates receiving the most votes in the primary will advance to the April 2 general election.

The Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee is greatly impressed with Judge Bradley's judicial philosophy that favors interpreting the law rather than making law. Her judicial philosophy has served the Milwaukee County Circuit Court well and will continue to do so into the future.

If you are a resident of Milwaukee County, please vote for Judge Rebecca Bradley on Tuesday, February 19.

Authorized and paid for by the Wisconsin Right to Life Political Action Committee, Richard Fox, Treasurer. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate's committee.

Oregon Doctor-Prescribed Suicide Deaths Increase Again in 2012

Oregon deaths from legal doctor-prescribed suicide climbed to 77 in 2012. Previous year totals were 71 deaths in 2011, 65 in 2010 and 59 in 2009. Prescriptions written for lethal drugs have also increased.

The Oregon report and reports from patients and families reveal gaping holes in supposed “safeguards” for citizens under this law. For example, in only 11 of the 77 Oregon deaths in 2012 was a doctor or health care provider present at the time of death. This leaves the question open as to whether there was coercion, or someone — say a family member who would inherit from the patient — administered the pills. Only 2 of the 77 patients had a psychiatric evaluation, even though it is well known that depression which could lead to feelings of hopelessness can be treated. Family members cannot get records on how their loved one died, and the death certificate states that the patient died of “natural” causes. Two Oregon patients were denied payment for chemotherapy under the Oregon Health Care Plan and instead offered payment for suicide pills, even though they did not ask for them. Patients have reported getting “sales pitches” for lethal drugs, even though they wanted treatment.

Oregon and Washington are the only states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal. A Montana Supreme Court decision left legality in that state in doubt. And, right at this time a fierce battle is being waged in the Vermont legislature to legalize. Just this week the Vermont Senate defeated a law based on the Oregon model and substituted language which would exempt a doctor who prescribes medicine with the intent to relieve pain to a terminally ill person from prosecution or civil liability. Defeat of the Oregon model was huge, but the battle is not over since the Vermont House can gut the Senate version of the measure and go back to the Oregon model. Watch for breaking details here.

The battle does not stop in Vermont. A New Jersey legislative committee recently approved an Oregon model bill. Legislation to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide has been introduced in Connecticut, Hawaii and Kansas.

On the plus side, Massachusetts citizens defeated a ballot measure to legalize doctor-prescribed suicide in November of 2012. And, this week a Montana legislative committee defeated efforts to formally legalize there.

Wisconsin Right to Life follows this issue closely and is involved with a coalition of national groups to work against the mounting efforts to legalize death in the various states.

Barbara Lyons

Planned Parenthood Takes Challenge of Web Cam Law into State Court

Wisconsin’s new law requiring an in person exam for a woman seeking an abortion was enacted last year under the leadership of Wisconsin Right to Life. The impact of the law is to prohibit web cab discussions pioneered by Planned Parenthood in other states where a woman at a remote location talks to the abortionist over a web cam, and RU 486 chemical abortion pills are dispensed to her where she is located.

Planned Parenthood planned to use web cam discussions and dispensation of abortion pills at a remote location as a means to bring abortion into local communities.

Here is a chronology of what has occurred since the law went into effect in April of 2012:

April 2012: Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin (PPWI) immediately announced it would stop doing all RU 486 chemical abortions because the law was too vague.

December 2012: PPWI filed a challenge in federal court asking that the law be enjoined.

February 2013: The Wisconsin Department of Justice reached an agreement with PPWI regarding specifics of the law which would resolve the challenge and asked for approval from the federal court. The federal judge declined on grounds that she has no authority as a federal official to adopt a specific construction of state statutes. PPWI then removed its challenge from federal court and filed it in state court.

The net result of all of this activity is that the law is still in effect, PPWI continues its self-imposed decision not to offer any chemical abortions, and the challenge will move forward in state court. Stay tuned.

Barbara Lyons


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