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Kenosha Alderman Asking City Council To Condemn Abortion

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Kenosha Alderman David Paff

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services publishes data every year about abortions in the state. In the most recent year that has data available, 2019, there were 6,511 abortions state-wide. Forty-two percent of these were done after 8 weeks of gestation. In 2019 there were about 10 abortions for every 100 live births.

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The U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recently published data that 6.6 Million abortions were committed in the 2010-2019 decade.

Numbers like the above really irk Alderman David Paff. He wants to condemn, along with his colleagues, the act of abortion in the State of Wisconsin. Paff authored, with the help of the City Attorney’s office, a resolution. A resolution has the force of law and only requires one full vote of the city council, unlike an ordinance change that requires one reading and two weeks later or so, a final vote.

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Kenosha Alderman Daniel Prozanski (D) *

Although resolutions have the force of law, they also can be non-binding and symbolic, or “the opinion of council.” This was seen last week when Alderman Jan Michalski (D) * brought forward a resolution to “condemn the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.” There was once a resolution by Alderman Prozanski (D) and former Alderman Orth (D) * to condemn Act 10, a popular republican-backed bill in the state legislature that was signed into law by Scott Walker (R) *.

Alderman Rocco Lamacchia

Alderman Paff forwarded the resolution to the Finance Committee, chaired by Prozanski. Resolutions have to go before a committee before the City Council, unless the mayor agrees. This is because of the so-called “dictator ordinance” proposed by former mayor Keith Bosman and voted into law by the majority-democrat City Council circa 2013. Prozanski denied Paff’s request to put the resolution for a vote. The resolution was dead… that is, until Paff picked up the phone and called Alderman Rocco Lamacchia, who is the chairman of the Public Safety and Welfare Committee. Lamacchia agreed quickly to place the item on his March 28, 2022 agenda for a vote. “I don’t support abortion,” Lamacchia told KCE “I’m Catholic, it’s wrong.” Not only will Lamacchia be placing the item on his agenda for a vote, he will also be voting “yes” on the item, he told us in a phone interview Saturday.

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We reached out to Mayor John Antaramian (D) * and Council President David Bogdala for comment and they didn’t wish to speak with KCE about this resolution. We reached out to Prozanski for comment, and he told us in part “Alderperson Paff’s resolution was not put on the Finance Agenda because Alderperson Paff provided no backup information nor did he call me or email me and let me know this was coming/details. So, with no additional information I decided to keep that item off THIS meeting’s agenda. I can’t think of an Alderperson that has an item they would like placed on the agenda that did not place a call/email or provide backup information. I personally think that Alderperson Paff’s resolution would be more germane to Public Safety and Welfare Committee.”

Rev. Curtis McMiller, Pastor Heritage Baptist Church, Kenosha

Popular Local Church Leader Reacts

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Baptist preacher, Pastor Curtis McMiller was happy to see this resolution come forward, telling KCE “Exod 20:13, Prov 6:16, 17, and Prov 24:11, 12 – Of course, these passages speak against abortion, and rightly so. It is straight out of the word of God, the Bible!”

Avoiding A Vote

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According to a City Council insider, the majority of Aldermen are hoping to avoid a vote altogether. Even though the Council is made up of about 14 democrats and 3 republicans, many of them don’t want to vote on this issue – they don’t want their stance on abortion to be a matter of public record. It is believed the Council will “table” this indefinitely or use another parliamentary procedure to avoid a “yes” or “no” vote. If they can’t, it is believed that will vote “no” with commentary saying that this isn’t “within the purview of the City,” contradicting their support opining on Moscow, some 4,934 miles from Kenosha “as the crow flies.”

Paff’s Opponent

KCE thought it fair to reach out to Paff’s opponent in this years April 5 election for comment. We did not immediately hear back from her, but will update this article when and if she responds.

* We are frequently asked why we put a (D) or an (R) after some politician’s names and not for others. We wish to explain. For some folks, it’s clear, they declare a party. President Joe Biden (D) declares himself a Democrat and does most things in line with his party, so we would put the (D) after his name. The Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis (R) declares he is a Republican and does most things in line with his party, so we would put the (R) after his name. For others, it might not seem so clear. For example, Mayor John Antaramian (D) spent time in the Wisconsin legislature and declared himself a democrat and to this day, most of the things he does align with the democratic party, so we put a (D) after his name. There are others that seem even less clear. Let’s use two examples. Sheriff David Clarke (R) ran as and took office as a Democrat, and the (D) was placed after his name. This may have been a campaign strategy for him. We will always place a (R) after his name because almost everything he does aligns with the Republican Party. For the Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth (D), he ran and lost as a democrat. He later ran and took office as a Republican, probably as a political strategy. Most of his actions, however are aligned with the Democratic party. We put a (D) after his name. Many local elected officials are non-partisan, but they might sign a pledge to align with a party. For example, many local elected officials and candidates for office signed a pledge to essentially “vote as a democrat.” Click here to see this pledge and list. Those folks will be identified with a (D) after their name. It isn’t always black and white. I always say “don’t listen to what someone says, listen to what someone does.”

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  1. Waste of time. they need to be focusing on the crime in Kenosha before Kenosha becomes one of the top worse cities in America.

    1. I agree, specifically and exponentially, about the Ukraine resolution. Why are we wasting time and legal resources drafting resolutions for things that have no direct bearing on the City? Is it “because it’s the cool thing to do?” Do we fly the Ukrainian flag over City Hall for a day? Tragic, yes, absolutely. We don’t need to allocate our City’s resources on that to “send our thoughts and prayers”. Absolutely pointless.

      How about we spend time figuring out how to pay for pothole repairs and getting that into the budget? Or, perhaps the Alderpersons can use their downtime in a different fashion like driving around the City looking for burnt out street lights and other dilapidated areas in need of repair if they truly have nothing else better to do.

    2. Crime in District 6 was a focus in Paff’s platform this cycle, yet he chooses to bring forth an empty resolution about abortion.

      I haven’t seen anything from him about crime.

  2. Why don’t you put (C) communist after people who declare or align with the Democratic or Socalist party and or way of thinking .

  3. Thanks so much for the list. It is sometimes very hard to determine because the Dems tend to try to hide their affiliation.

  4. Don’t see a problem with them condemning abortion.
    We allow the killing of an unborn baby because it’s inconvenient, but won’t allow the killing of a convicted murderer. Doesn’t make a lot of sense.

  5. This is a waste of time. We need to focus on reducing crime, taxes and the overt political corruption of our community. In our nation, religion should be kept out of laws. It’s fine for any leader to be against abortion, but that does not give them a right to use the government to coerce others. Otherwise, what would prevent a leader who is of a religion you disagree with do the same?

    1. J.H. Grimson, this has nothing to do with religion. A life is a life. You should be thankful your mother didn’t have an abortion.

  6. I support J Frank Wilson’s comment on putting a (C) communist after people who declare or align with the Democratic or Socalist party and or way of thinking.

    I just asked you the other day about a rino alderman who claims to be a registered member of the republican party though he is a yes man to the cabal that runs this city. Never a proposal of his own or for that matter ever voices an opinion. Just a “yes” man. Another Mayor’s boot licker. He loves those people.This Alderman does nothing for his district. Never has, never will. Just some imaginary status he feels he has to help him feel important.

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