After an objection from at least one local political leader, Metcalfe's Market president Tim Metcalfe has decided not to include a speaker he invited to appear at The World’s Largest Brat Fest, a charity event his company sponsors annually.Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/writers/jack_craver/madison-s-brat-fest-cancels-speaking-invitation-to-anti-abortion/article_abe1bf94-df72-11e3-894c-001a4bcf887a.html#ixzz32GEXVAAR
Madison Ald. Lisa Subeck had written an open letter to Metcalfe rejecting an offer to participate in the 34-year-old Memorial Weekend event as a “celebrity cashier” because of a scheduled speech by Bob Lenz, a motivational Christian speaker who is deeply involved in Save the Storks, an anti-abortion movement. The organization sponsors “Stork Buses,” vehicles which park in front of abortion clinics offering ultrasound exams in an effort to divert women from terminating pregnancies.
Although Lenz told the Wisconsin State Journal that his talk would not focus on abortion, instead touching on general Christian themes, Subeck, the head of progressive group United Wisconsin and one of two Democrats running for an open state Assembly district on Madison’s west side, said the two could not be separated given Lenz’s prominent role in anti-abortion activism.
Obviously the tie between suicide and abortion is well known, not good press for NARAL.