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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.

Passionate pro-lifer calls Tebow ad "disappointing"


From CITIZENS FOR A PRO-LIFE SOCIETY (CPLS)

From Monica Migliorino Miller, Ph.D. Director of CPLS

see www.prolifesociety.com

see "Requiem for the Disappeared" on You Tube
One of the most compelling pro-life movies ever made.
On the burials of the aborted unborn.

Tim Tebow Ad--  Was it Pro-life and What Was all that Fuss About Anyway?

I watched the Super Bowl because I wanted to see the Tim Tebow ad.  When all is said and done--and it is done now---this ad was not worth the enormous controversy that it generated.  Indeed, put forth as an ad that would promote the pro-life position--versus the pro-choice position-- well, I must have missed it.  It wasn't there!  Please watch the ad for yourself. See the link below. Was this really an ad about a mom's decision to choose life for her unborn child? Unless you knew that the producers of the ad were pro-life--you would have NO IDEA that the supposed issue of this ad was the choice to give life--rather than a choice to abort.  Indeed, the ad's script makes it sound like Tim Tebow had post-natal health issues--not that his mother was encouraged to abortion him. After all--that's the impression one gets when Tebow's mom says: "I can remember so many times when I almost lost him."

Tell us what you think by simply responding to this email.  I am disappointed, and feel that pro-lifers were sucked into a controversy that really wasn't there. Maybe the real controversy is that an anti-abortion group paid for an ad  during the Super Bowl.  If we judge the ad on its own merits--it is not a an anti-abortion ad.  This is not to say that it is a bad ad-- it's just that the ad itself-- the very ad that actually aired on nationwide TV coast to coast, watched by millions during a Super Bowl, was not an ad that focused on the pro-life issue--or in any way drew attention to that issue. 

Now--that's said--- are there any benefits from the Tebow ad? Yes,  and here they are:

1.      Value of the AD was in Pre-Super Bowl Hype
Even though the ad that actually aired was not focused on the pro-life or abortion issue-the very fact that pro-abortion people made a stink about it in the weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, was a plus for the pro-life movement.  The threat that a pro-life commercial was to air during the Super Bowl caused millions of people to focus on the abortion issue--and the pro-abortionists looked foolish, narrow-minded, paranoid and ridiculous.  Now that the real ad has aired--and the abortion issue was never addressed--the pro-abortionists look even more ridiculous.

2.     Some People May Actually Check Out the Full Story on Tebow
  I am willing to grant that the ad had a very very very subtle pro-life subtext--  too subtle to be called a real pro-life commercial-- but it is possible that some who viewed the ad may actually check out the Focus on the Family website and read the full story about Tim Tebow.    I may be wrong here-- but I cannot imagine that all that many people will do so-- but some may-- perhaps thousands out of the 60 million or so who watched the Super Bowl--but the commercial just wasn't compelling or provocative enough to inspire anyone to be especially motivated to check out the full story--unless they're a big Tim Tebow fan.    I hope I am wrong here--after-all the ad cost $2.5 million dollars!   

3.      It was a FIRST AND PERHAPS MORE WILL FOLLOW.
At least CBS was willing to take an ad from a pro-life group and air it despite the vehement pre-airing opposition. Perhaps, in the future, an ad with an obvious pro-life message will make it into prime time.   Something new did happen here. Focus on the Family can take the credit for being the first.  Will they be the last?  Let's hope not!
 

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I disagree in part with Miller. Knowing her militant past and approach, I’m sure she would have preferred a no holds barred, in your face ad. That, like many of the pro-life movement’s more questionable tactics would have backfired.

The ad didn’t have the self-righteous, lecturing, pontificating tone so many critics were expecting, and that is exactly why it worked! It was charming, light-hearted, clever. Had it been the "pro-life" ad Miller desired, it would have never cleared CBS management.

What did Miller expect? Horrific video and pictures? Save it for the sidewalks.

Miller also feels the uneducated won’t know the background of the Tebow story after watching the ad. It’s impossible to convey the all the details of this amazing episode in just 30 seconds. Miller is correct in acknowledging the hype the ad received which was beyond golden took care of that.

Finally, don't be so optimistic, Ms. Miller. Your final paragraphs about the benefits of the ad are what have the folks at Planned Parenthood all nervous. And maybe, just maybe, the Tebows paved the way for the type of ad you really want to see someday.

Now, here's the latest News You Can Use from WRTL:



 

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Communicating While in Coma - Would New Findings Haved Helped Terri Schiavo?

Next month marks the fifth anniversary of the starvation death of Terri Schindler Schiavo. It is both a vindication and a tragedy that new testing reveals some patients diagnosed as being in a "persistent vegetative state" can comprehend what is being said and answer simple questions. This in spite of their outward appearance of being unaware of their surroundings.

The Schindler family (Terri's mother, father, brother and sister) begged for such tests to be done on Terri. The villain in the Schiavo case was and continues to be Judge Greer who never gave Terri a fighting chance. Greer refused the family's request for sophisticated brain scanning. In the words of Wesley Smith, "I will go to my grave believing the judge knew what he didn't want to know." That Terri could indeed comprehend what was going on around her.

Beyond Terri, this new research has profound medical and ethical implications for patients who languish in a state in which they appear to lack awareness. Many decisions to remove life support systems, even feeding tubes, have been made based on the seemingly hopeless "persistent vegetative state" of the patient. Why allow the person to languish, they argue, when they have lost their humanity? Let them die a "dignified" death.

When Rom Houben, a Belgian man, "woke up" 23 years after being in a diagnosed PVS state and related that he was conscious that whole time, many scoffed and attempted to undermine this man's experience and the findings of the medical people working with Houben. The new study gives further evidence that some patients really do have an "inner voice."

"We were astonished when we saw the results of the patient's scan and that he was able to correctly answer the questions that were asked by simply changing his thoughts," said Dr. Adrian Owen who is the co-author of the new study. "Not only did these scans tell us that the patient was not in a vegetative state but, more importantly, for the first time in five years it provided the patient with a way of communicating his thoughts to the outside world. We can be pretty confident that he is entirely conscious. He has to understand the instructions, comprehend speech, and then make a decision."

These findings open up a whole new universe in the thinking of the medical community and the decisions made by families. Most importantly, the findings breathe new life and hope into patients who cling to consciousness not evident to the outside world.



 

Wisconsin Right to Life Welcomes Archbishop Jerome Listecki as a Trustee of our Veritas Society

Wisconsin Right to Life welcomes Archbishop Jerome Listecki as a Trustee of our Veritas Society.  We are deeply honored that Archbishop Listecki has agreed to serve in this capacity.  He is a man of great faith and is truly an inspiration to so many in our state!

The positive right-to-life ads seen on television throughout Wisconsin for the past 14 years are a project of Wisconsin Right to Life's Veritas Society.  In 2009, Veritas ads achieved almost 68 million ad viewings by Wisconsin residents.  The impact is phenomenal in reaching the goal of changing hearts and minds to cherish human life. 

Not only are Veritas Society ads targeted to the correct population, messages are carefully researched before ads are produced.  Then, ads are aired on programs watched by women 18-34.  We estimate that 81,964 babies have been saved, cumulatively, from abortion in Wisconsin since 1995 when Veritas Society ads began running

Veritas Society television ads have become a staple in Wisconsin homes!

Come Hear the Former Planned Parenthood Director Who Rocked the Nation When She Quit and Joined the Right-to-Life Movement!

Wisconsin Right to Life Presents
ABBY JOHNSON

The former Planned Parenthood Director
who rocked the nation when she quit
and joined the right-to-life movement!


Come hear about Abby's long personal journey
from abortion salesperson to right-to-life advocate.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Best Western Inn on The Park - on the Capitol Square
22 S. Carroll Street - Madison, Wisconsin


RADIO HOST VICKI MCKENNA WILL M.C.

Coffee, tea, dessert
Admission $10.00 per person - tables of 10 $80.00
Reservations only.  Call toll free by May 10 to 877-855-5007

For more information and to download the event flyer, click here



Senator Rick Santorum to be Featured Speaker at Wisconsin Right to Life Dinner/Auction on Thursday, April 29

Rick Santorum

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Midwest Airlines Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Special Guest Speaker:  Senator Rick Santorum


 

Read Rick Santorum's biography

Dinner reservations are $65 per person; tables of ten are $600. Black tie optional. Join us for an evening of good food, fun, friends and fellowship. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and hors d'oeuvres served. Silent Auction from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

Be a table captain! Anyone who organizes or purchases a table of 10 will have their picture taken with Sen. Santorum.

To make reservations call Janna toll-free 877-855-5007 or 414- 778-5780.



 

Wisconsin Right to Life State Convention - Saturday, April 17

WRTL State Convention 2010

 

Everyone Deserves a BIRTH-DAY!
Come and celebrate LIFE

at the
Wisconsin Right to Life and Teens 4 Life State Convention
Saturday April 17, 2010
at the new Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center in Stevens Point, Wisconsin
at Highways 51 and 10.

2010 Convention Speakers

Download and print the Convention Registration Flyer.

Take a video tour of the NEW Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, Stevens Point.
 

Important Right-to-Life Links

Nightingale Alliance
Wisconsin Right to Life founded the Nightingale Alliance in 2002 and operates its website in partnership with Christian Life Resources. This is the site for important, up-to-date information on assisted suicide and euthanasia worldwide.

Do No Harm
Look to Do No Harm for resources and information on adult and embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.

Wisconsin Teens for Life
Log in at Wisconsin Right to Life (registration is free) and you’ll have access to our full website, including the Wisconsin Teens for Life page. Once you’ve logged in, just click the "Students" tab.

Wisconsin College Students
for Life

Log in at Wisconsin Right to Life (registration is free) and you’ll have access to our full website, including the Wisconsin College Students for Life page. Once you’ve logged in, just click the "Students" tab and then "College."

TeenBreaks
TeenBreaks is an outstanding website FOR teens and BY teens - real stories about real issues of all kinds. It's a place to go if you've got problems or just want to know how others feel about things. TeenBreaks includes extensive abortion information, real-life stories and help if you are pregnant. You’ll find numerous personal testimonies from teens – those who have gone through an abortion and those who have not.

Wisconsin Right to Life
Find videos, podcasts, resources and information compiled by Wisconsin's premier right-to-life organization. Our interactive online community has been drawing praise from around the nation. Log in at www.wrtl.org (registration is free) and you’ll have access to our full website where you’ll find information about all the life issues that are important to you.

National Right to Life Committee
National Right to Life’s website provides resources and information on federal right-to-life issues and legislation, compiled by the most esteemed national pro-life organization.

LifeNews
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About Wisconsin Right to Life

Wisconsin Right to Life is the state's premier pro-life organization and represents over one-half million households in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Right to Life believes that each human life is inherently valuable from fertilization until natural death. The mission of Wisconsin Right to Life is "To make euthanasia, assisted suicide, infanticide, abortion and the destruction of human embryos socially, ethically and legally unacceptable solutions to human problems and to promote positive alternatives to each of these acts."

We invite you to visit our website WisconsinRightToLife.org or you may donate securely online.

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