Friday, May 28, 2010

House Passes Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell; Vote Pending in Senate

On Thursday, May 27, 2010 the House of Representatives voted 234-194 to repeal what is known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to allow open homosexuality in the military.  This was added as an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill

Voting in favor of the repeal were Congressmen:  Obey, Moore, Kind, Kagen, and Baldwin.

Voting against the repeal were Congressmen:  Petri and Sensenbrenner

Not Voting was Congressman Ryan

A final vote is still pending in the U.S. Senate.  Wisconsin residents can share their views with their U.S. Senators.  Senator Russ Feingold (202) 224-5323 and Senator Herb Kohl at (202) 224-5653.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Congress Considers Overturning "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

Following the lead of President Obama, the House of Representatives is poised to vote on legislation this Thursday to repeal what is known as the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.  If this policy is approved, it will allow for homosexuals to serve openly in the military.  Retired Chaplains have issued great concern as to how this will impact the chaplaincy ministry, veterans groups like the American Legion and VFW have gone on record for being against the change as has the Center for Military Readiness. It is being reported that Speaker Nancy Pelosi will attempt to ram through this amendment to the 2011 National Defense Authorization Act straight from the floor of the House of Representatives.  You may contact your Congressmen and Senators as follows:
Congressional Phone Numbers

District                                    Name                           Phone
1                                  Paul Ryan                    (202) 225-3031
2                                  Tammy Baldwin         (202) 225-2906
3                                  Ron Kind                    (202) 225-5506
4                                  Gwen Moore               (202) 225-4572
5                                  James Sensenbrenner  (202) 225-5101
6                                  Tom Petri                    (202) 225-2476
7                                  David Obey                 (202) 225-3365
8                                  Steve Kagen                (202) 225-5665

Senate Phone Numbers
                                    Russ Feingold             (202) 224-5323
                                    Herb Kohl                   (202) 224-5653

Monday, May 24, 2010

UW Health Committed to Second Trimester Abortions

Although the Madison Surgery Center no longer appears to be the venue for the planned second trimester abortions approved by UW Clinics and Authority Board, according to the May 5, 2010 Capitol Times, UW Health issued a statement denying it had dropped its plans [to provide second trimester abortions].  “UW Health remains strongly committed to a comprehensive women’s reproductive health service that includes this important procedure.  All of our clinical programs are designed and implemented to best serve the needs of our patients.  Because of the sensitive nature of this clinical program, we do not consider it in the best interests of our patients to discuss the timing or location of these services.  We remain steadfast in our commitment to ensure that area women have access to a comprehensive women’s health program.”  The Wisconsin State Journal also quoted UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board chairman David Walsh that they had not gone back on their decision to offer the abortions.  To voice your concerns on this issue you may contact the following:

UW Health – UW Hospitals & Clinics
Main:  1-800-323-8942
Patient Relations:  (608) 265-0400

David Walsh
Chair of the UW Hospital Clinics Authority Board
(608) 258-4269

Donna Katen-Bahensky
President & CEO UW Health
(608) 263-8025

Ronald Gilmore
V.P. Public Affairs UW-Health
(608) 263-5800

Jeffrey Grossman
President & CEO
UW Medical Foundation
(608) 263-7013

UW Chancellor Biddy Martin
(608) 262-9946

UW Office, Board of Regents
(608) 262-2324