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Wisconsin Right to Life Files Request with Federal Court to Allow Radio Ad Barred by McCain-Feingold

Contact: Barbara Lyons, Executive Director, Wisconsin Right to Life, 414-778-5780, 877-855-5007 wrtl@wrtl.org;   James Bopp, Jr., Bopp, Coleson & Bostrom, 812-232-2434, 812-243-0825 cell, jboppjr@aol.com


WASHINGTON, Aug. 25 /Christian Newswire/ --  "Today, Wisconsin Right to Life filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the District Court for the District of Columbia to allow WRTL to air a radio ad within the next few weeks asking Wisconsin citizens to contact Senators Kohl and Feingold and to urge them to vote to move the Child Custody Protection Act to conference committee," said Barbara Lyons, Executive Director of Wisconsin Right to Life.


"Wisconsin is currently in the blackout period mandated by the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law. Because Senator Kohl appears on the primary election ballot, permission is needed from the federal court to air grassroots lobbying ads mentioning his name, even though the radio ad has nothing to do with elections. Wisconsin Right to Life officials risk jail terms if the radio ad is aired without permission by the federal court," said James Bopp, Jr. counsel to WRTL


The pleadings filed today request a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction, so that WRTL may begin running the radio ad on September 5th.


The Child Custody Protection Act is legislation which would prevent the transport of minors across state lines for abortions to avoid parental consent or notification laws in the minor's home state. This legislation passed overwhelmingly in both houses of the Congress, most recently by the U.S. Senate on July 25 by a 65-34 vote.


Senator Kohl voted in favor of the measure and Senator Feingold voted against it.


In a rare procedural move, the Senate Democratic leadership has blocked a motion to release the bill to a conference committee.


"This legislation is especially critical for Wisconsin parents and minors because minors are transported to Illinois, which has no parental involvement law, to keep their abortions secret from their parents," continued Lyons. "The Child Custody Protection Act, which has overwhelming support from the public, needs to reach the President's desk where it will be signed into law. With only a few weeks remaining in this session of Congress, this unique opportunity to protect Wisconsin parents and minors cannot be lost because of the roadblock set up by the Senate Democratic leadership. Prior to this year, many attempts to pass this legislation have been stalled in the Senate. Parents and minors should not have to wait for yet another legislative session to have their rights protected.


"Our ad is favorable to Senator Kohl, mentioning that he voted in favor of the Child Custody Protection Act. It is ridiculous for anyone to claim that the ad is a 'ruse' to defeat Senator Kohl. It is a genuine grassroots lobbying ad that deserves to be aired. It is free speech in its purest form," stated Lyons."


The pleadings in the case are posted at www.jamesmadisoncenter.org


Currently, Wisconsin Right to Life is at the center of ongoing litigation to create an exception for grassroots lobbying to the McCain/Feingold campaign finance law. In January of 2006, the U. S. Supreme Court in a unanimous vote granted Wisconsin Right to Life the authority to mount such a challenge in the courts. Oral arguments in Wisconsin Right to Life v. Federal Elections Commission will be held in the District Court for the District of Columbia on September 18.


Wisconsin Right to Life believes that each human life is inherently valuable from fertilization to natural death. Our mission is: "To make euthanasia, infanticide, abortion and destruction of human embryos socially, ethically and legally unacceptable solutions to human problems and to promote positive alternatives to each of these acts."