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Americans United for Life Action Calls on the Senate to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act to Address Abortion Funding Problem in the Exchanges

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, June 25th, 2015

“Whether or not an insurance Exchange is established by the federal or state government, it receives taxpayer dollars, which should not be used to pay for abortions and life-ending drugs and devices,” said AUL Action’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-25-15) – In King v. Burwell, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federally run health insurance Exchanges in 36 states can receive taxpayer subsidies through the Affordable Care Act. For Americans United for Life and AUL Action, the problem is that the ‘Obamacare’ subsidies—taxpayer dollars—can be used by abortion-covering insurance plans. “Whether or not an insurance Exchange is established by the federal or state government, it receives taxpayer dollars, which should not be used to pay for abortions and life-ending drugs and devices,” said AUL Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “AUL Action calls on the U.S. Senate to address this problem by moving immediately to pass the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, S. 582, which would apply and make permanent the life-affirming principles of the Hyde Amendment to the Affordable Care Act.

In stark contrast to the longstanding federal policy of the Hyde Amendment, the Affordable Care Act has been upheld to allow federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize insurance plans that cover abortion. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in September 2014 revealed that the problem is even worse: abortion-covering insurance plans are failing to even follow the Affordable Care Act’s separation of funds requirements and the Obama Administration is seemingly enabling this circumvention of the plain language of the Affordable Care Act.

The GAO report also confirmed the difficulty in identifying abortion-covering plans, demonstrating that 11 of the 18 health insurance issuers interviewed did not make abortion coverage information available online prior to enrollment. Americans who are inadvertently or through employment with a small business enrolled in insurance plans that cover abortion are required to pay an “abortion premium” that will be used exclusively to pay for abortions.

The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would ensure that whether an Exchange is run by the federal or a state government, the Obamacare federal subsidies it receives—taxpayer dollars—are not subsidizing abortions. The Act would also protect Americans from Obamacare’s covert abortion premium. U.S. House of Representatives already passed the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act in January and is pending in the Senate Finance Committee as S. 582.

Since the day the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, AUL Action has been working at both the state and federal level to mitigate the abortion problems riddled throughout Obamacare.

Abortion is woven into the healthcare law at multiple levels, making repeal of the law a pro-life necessity, including:

  • Failing to prohibit the use of federal tax dollars for abortion, abortion coverage, and abortion-inducing drugs and devices.
  • Pretending that the Hyde Amendment protections were enough to prohibit direct payment for abortions.
  • Permitting federally subsidized Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) to provide abortion coverage through the state insurance exchanges required in all 50 states.
  • Failing to prohibit all multi-state qualified health plans from providing coverage for abortion.
  • Including a “preventive care” mandate that is being used to force coverage of drugs and devices known to end life.
  • Failing to provide comprehensive First Amendment conscience protections for individuals, employers, and insurance companies that have religious or moral objections to abortion.

To learn more about AUL’s Real Health Care Respects Life initiatives click here.

AUL Releases “The New Leviathan”: The Mega-Centers Report, How Planned Parenthood Has Become Abortion, Inc.

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

“At Planned Parenthood, abortion sales are UP and other services are DOWN,” observed AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This is as a result of a move to create abortion mega-centers to mass produce abortions at an even deadlier rate.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-24-15) – “Over the last 45 years, Planned Parenthood has become the expert in making money from ending lives,” observed Americans United for Life President & CEO Dr. Yoest, in releasing AUL’s “Mega-Center Report,” entitled “The New Leviathan” (available here) which details how the billion-dollar abortion profiteer has increased its profits and market share, even as fewer U.S. women seek abortions. “Unlike the national trend observed by the Associated Press last week, the Centers for Disease Control, and everywhere else that abortions are on the decline, at Planned Parenthood abortion sales are up – meanwhile its overall patients and other services are down. This is as a result of a move to create abortion mega-centers to mass-produce abortions at an even deadlier rate.”

This analysis created by AUL attorneys and experts, the Mega-Center Report documents how Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has gobbled up the abortion market, aggressively displacing unaffiliated abortion clinics in favor of its large facilities in urban centers, so that it can increase the number of abortions performed. “Mega-centers” (centers or offices of at least 10,000 square feet) have opened in at least 18 cities since 2004.

“Planned Parenthood’s mega-centers strategy coincides with its increasing share of the U.S. abortion market: from performing 1 in 5 abortions to 1 in 3,” noted Dr. Yoest. In fact, far from emphasizing healthcare, PPFA decreed that as of January 2013 ALL of its affiliates must perform abortions.

In contrast to its growing abortion business, during the era of mega-center expansion, Planned Parenthood’s overall client base has declined by 10 percent. Simultaneously, cancer screening and prevention services at PPFA’s centers have been cut by more than 50 percent.

“Planned Parenthood deceptively holds itself out as protecting women’s health, as it cuts legitimate health care in favor of abortion sales, while lobbying for more taxpayer largesse,” said Dr. Yoest.

Planned Parenthood’s ability to open mega-centers and take over the abortion market has been enabled by hefty taxpayer funding. PPFA affiliates’ reported revenue from taxpayer dollars has increased from $272.7 million in its 2004-2005 fiscal year, to an average of $536.6 million in each one of the past 4 years. According to PPFA’s most recently released annual report, 41% of Planned Parenthood’s $1.3 billion in revenue came from the American taxpayer.

This report – the third installment in Americans United for Life’s ongoing expose of the nation’s largest abortion provider – spotlights Planned Parenthood’s indisputable status as America’s largest abortion provider. Building on the information released in The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood and The Planned Parenthood Exhibits, AUL continues to detail how Planned Parenthood exploits women and profits from abortions.

“The time is now for Congress to defund Planned Parenthood and invest taxpayers’ hard-earned money in real healthcare that saves lives and safeguards women’s health,” said Dr. Yoest.

To learn more, click here.

Statement by Dr. Charmaine Yoest at Selma Project Rally

By Americans United for Life
Saturday, June 20th, 2015

It is an honor to stand here today, with these dear friends – with the brave and courageous members of the Black Prolife movement.

We are all grieving together as we gather tonight in the shadow of the tragic and murderous racial violence that unfolded in Charleston this week.

So it’s appropriate, and humbling, that we meet here in Selma, a special place, a historic place. There’s a heritage here – blood has been spilled here that we must commit our hearts to worthy of. We are inspired by the brave men and women who stood here, who stood together to say that people of color deserve equal protection under the law. They marched together to claim their human rights, established by God, and to insist that their civil rights must be upheld by the secular authorities.

This is our heritage. And here tonight on the anniversary of Juneteenth – when we celebrate the end of slavery – and standing in a place where heroes fought a great battle for civil rights — we come together to say that the fight against the abortion industry is the great human rights battle of our generation.

The abortion industry is rooted in racism – its history is cloaked with the foul odor of eugenic racism – and it continues so today. We know that black women are their target – sought out when they are at their most vulnerable – so that an evil industry can profit from their pain.

We know that abortion is the number one killer of black lives in the United States. More than diabetes. More than heart disease. More than cancer. Abortion snuffs out more black lives than all other causes of death, combined.

This is what Margaret Sanger set out to accomplish when she established the Negro Project in 1939. And now today Black women account for 37% of all abortions, bearing the brunt of an unregulated and unscrupulous industry. Planned Parenthood is targeting these women, all while claiming to be defenders of women’s health.

We are here tonight to join together to say that #BlackWomenMatter.

The death of Tonya Reeves at the hands of Planned Parenthood – a single, mother from the South Side of Chicago – her death matters.
The death of Lakisha Wilson at a Cleveland clinic – her death matters.

Abortion harms women, and as African American women bear a disproportionate burden of that risk, we must fight for pro-life laws to be enforced for their sake and the sake of all women.

Abortion harms women, and it is simply not right that the abortion industry is allowed to continue operating outside the law because so many of their victims don’t have access to society’s levers of powers. Their deaths, their injuries matter. Black women matter.

Pro-life laws must be enforced to protect the women who suffer behind the closed doors of abortion clinics. Despite the fact that abortion harms all women, there is no denying that African American women bear a greater burden of the travesty of an abortion clinic Today, we stand in solidarity with women throughout America, and in a special way minority and poor women who are routinely targeted and exploited by Big Abortion.

For over 40 years, Americans United for Life, has provided legal service to the pro-life community, and we have responded to the horrors of abortion with more than 50 pieces of model legislation, published in Defending Life, our guidebook of pro-life legislation. Our priority legislative project today is the Women’s Protection Project, which offers states a package of model laws that can be passed to protect women from a greedy industry that puts profits over people.

And we know that pro-life laws save lives: According to the scholar Dr. Michael J. New, legislative efforts to enact parental involvement laws, informed consent laws, and limits on taxpayer funding of abortion has contributed to a 25 percent nationwide decline in the number of abortions performed since 1992.

But WE KNOW that all too often even after we’ve worked to pass pro-life laws, civil authorities choose to ignore them, and lives are lost. All of us here remember the “House of Horrors” in Pennsylvania.

Convicted murderer and abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell could have been stopped if only Pennsylvania officials had enforced the pro-life laws on the books. AFTER Karnamaya Mongar died inside Gosnell’s clinic, AFTER the bodies of babies – some of them killed after birth – were discovered, we learned through the grand jury investigative report that a political decision had been made to ignore laws that would have stopped him. Kermit Gosnell made millions in his legal, unregulated clinic, yet he refused to spend money to sterilize his equipment or meet basic health and safety codes. For example, contrary to the law in effect at the time, no inspections of his clinic were performed by Pennsylvania health licensing authorities for over a decade before his arrest. And Kermit Gosnell is no aberration when it comes to abortion providers evading the law.

To be clear – the first, legal line of defense for women in abortion clinics when it comes to the law MUST BE state and local officials properly and consistently enforcing a state’s abortion-related laws.

But just as the civil authorities refused to allow Black citizens their legal right to vote in the 1950s; today they too often turn a blind eye to illegal atrocities in the abortion industry.

It is time for us to act. It is time for this industry that preys on vulnerable women to be held to account. Our Americans United for Life legal team has created an Enforcement Module as a tool to empower individuals and organizations to enforce the laws when officials do not defend women and girls from the criminal acts of abortionists. This is THE MISSING LINK in our legal defense against abortion industry abuses.

AUL’s Enforcement Module empowers the people. It empowers communities to take action when the authorities allow abortionists free rein. The Enforcement Module, when passed by a legislature and signed into law, creates a private right of action for the individual to hold the state accountable for enforcing the laws that protect life in their communities.

Americans United for Life is proud to work alongside other members of The Selma Project to educate people about how to get involved in protecting the innocent. Today we are here to remember the names of precious women, who lost their lives in an under-regulated, callous, profit-centered industry sometimes protected deliberately or negligently by political officials. We are here to say, their lives mattered.

We will not be silent – women’s lives are on the line. And #BlackWomenMatter.

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AUL Stands With Diverse, Pro-Life Coalition in Selma Because #BlackWomenMatter, Calls on Office Holders to Enforce Laws Protecting Women in Abortion Clinics

By Americans United for Life
Friday, June 19th, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: In historic Selma, Alabama, Rally at Christ the King Cathedral and March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge planned for June 19 and 20, 2015

“We stand here in Selma to note once again that when laws that protect health and safety are not enforced, African Americans bear too heavy a burden,” said Dr. Yoest. “Life-saving health and safety standards must be enforced.”

WASHINGTON, D.C./ATLANTA, GA (06-19-15) – Americans United for Life President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest joined a diverse coalition of African American and pro-life organizations for a special event — TheSelmaProject.com — announcing a new partnership on behalf of women, especially women of color, who have been victimized by a lawless abortion industry. “It’s not enough to pass commonsense laws that protect women’s health and safety,” said Dr. Yoest. “Laws must be enforced so that all will be safe.”

At a series of events, Dr. Yoest will highlight the importance of AUL’s mother-child strategy in developing model legislation that protects women from abortion industry abuses. AUL’s Women’s Protection Project is part of the more that 50 pieces of model legislation in Defending Life, including an enforcement module for when the legal system breaks down.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Two events are included in TheSelmaProject.com. A Rally at 7 p.m. on June 19 at the Christ the King Cathedral, 1204 Highland Ave., Selma, Alabama. Marchers will convene at 8:15 a.m. on the Selma side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and march toward Montgomery, ending at the nearby park where a news conference will immediately take place.

“Convicted murderer and abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell could have been stopped if only Pennsylvania officials had enforced the pro-life laws on the books,” said Dr. Yoest. “To be clear – the first, legal line of defense for women in abortion clinics when it comes to the law must be state and local officials properly and consistently enforcing a state’s abortion-related laws.

“But if they refuse to act, AUL has created an Enforcement Module as a tool to empower individuals and organizations to enforce the laws when officials do not defend women and girls from the criminal acts of abortionists. This is the missing link in our legal defense against abortion industry abuses.

“Abortion harms women, and African-American women suffer more than others because of the tragic number of abortions in their community. Black women account for 37% of abortions and are 5 times more likely than white women to have an abortion. We stand here in Selma to note once again that when laws that protect health and safety are not enforced, African Americans bear too heavy a burden. Life-saving health and safety standards must be enforced to protect women from the negligence of abortionists. Americans United for Life is proud to work alongside other members of The Selma Project to educate people about how to get involved in protecting the innocent.” To read Dr. Yoest’s full statement, go to www.aul.org.

New Texas Law to Protect Young Girls from Sexual Predators Based in Part on AUL’s Women’s Protection Project

By Americans United for Life
Monday, June 15th, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-15-15) – Americans United for Life President & CEO, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, commended Governor Greg Abbott for signing Texas HB 3994, a measure based in part on AUL model legislation designed to protect young girls from sexual predators. The new law requires that parents or guardians be notified and be placed in charge of caring for their minor children, including decisions regarding abortion. “Too often, sexual predators use abortion to cover up their crimes against young girls, faking consent or claiming to be the parent so that the evidence of their criminal acts will be destroyed,” said Dr. Yoest. “This law ensures that the people making decisions with and for young girls are those who love them and will stand by them.”

The bill, sponsored by Rep. Geanie Morrison, passed the Texas House with overwhelming support by a vote of 93 to 46 and it passed the Texas Senate by a vote of 21 to 10. “Led by Rep. Morrison and with the help of pro-life leaders like the Texas Alliance for Life, this law represents the kind of commonsense limits on abortion that protect vulnerable, young girls.”

The law requires that a physician assume that a girl seeking an abortion is a minor unless the girl presents a valid government ID proving otherwise. Given the irrevocable nature of an abortion, the law also requires that an abortionist must provide the young girl 48 hours to reflect on the procedure and to notify the parent/guardian of the minor child. For those girls who prefer, they may appear in court to ask for permission if they do not wish to engage their parents or guardian.

But, importantly, the law holds the abortionists accountable to report suspected child abuse to authorities.

“The abortion industry has functioned as a co-conspirator to sexual predators, accepting money to destroy the living evidence of a crime and turning a blind eye to girls who are being abused,” said Dr. Yoest. “This bill, which is long overdue, puts a young girl’s interests ahead of an abortionist’s convenience.”

For more information on the Women’s Protection Project, click here.

For more information on the health risks of abortion for women and girls, click here

Dr. Charmaine Yoest calls for U.S. Senate to Pass 5-Month Abortion Limit

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, June 11th, 2015

This morning, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President & CEO of Americans United for Life participated in a press conference on Capitol Hill calling for the U.S. Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act which would limit abortions after five months of pregnancy.

The conference, which was organized by Senator Lindsey Graham featured other speakers including Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List, Tony Perkins, President of the Family Research Council, Carol Tobias, President of National Right to Life, and Penny Nance, CEO and President of Concerned Women for America.

Watch Charmaine’s comments at the conference below:

Dr. Charmaine Yoest calls for U.S. Senate to Pass 5-Month Abortion Limit

Watch: Dr. Charmaine Yoest's comments this morning at a press conference on Capitol Hill to introduce the 5-month abortion limit in the U.S. Senate

Posted by Americans United for Life on Thursday, 11 June 2015

Click here to watch the full press conference.

Click here for photos from the conference.

Click here to read the press release we published this morning.

Americans United for Life Action Calls on U.S. Senate to Support Commonsense Limits on Abortions at 5 Months of Pregnancy

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, June 11th, 2015

“Unborn infants should not be subjected to the inhuman pain of later term abortion nor should women’s lives and health be put at risk, so that abortionists can sell a deadly product through all nine months of pregnancy,” said AULA’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-11-15) – Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in the Senate, introduced by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) after winning support of the U.S. House. Sen. Graham, in a Capitol Hill news conference today is expected to announce that the bill is moving forward. Dr. Yoest said that this would be a “scored vote for a commonsense limit that protects women’s health and that a majority of voters across the country support.”

Dr. Yoest made the following remarks: “Limiting abortion at 5 months of pregnancy is a commonsense response to the ugly reality of later term abortions, which causes tremendous pain to fully-formed infants and exposes women to dangerous health risks. The abortion lobby denies the pain of the unborn, and refuses to be honest about what can happen to women during a risky late-term abortion procedure.

“After two months of pregnancy, a woman’s chance of dying from an abortion increases 38 percent each week. At 5 months of pregnancy, a woman is 35 times more likely to die from an abortion than she was in the first trimester. It gets worse. After 21 weeks, a woman is 91 times more likely to die from an abortion than she was in the first trimester.

“It is entirely appropriate to limit abortion at 5 months of pregnancy because of the health risks to all women who are exposed to these procedures. And Americans United for Life Action calls on the Senate to include language on the health risks of abortion to women in the bill as a reason for its passage. Unborn infants should not be subjected to inhuman and painful brutality while women’s lives and health are put at risk, all so that abortionists can sell a deadly product through all nine months of pregnancy.

“Including the legislative goal of addressing the harms of abortion to women would also address issues raised by the U.S. Supreme Court. In both Gonzales v. Carhart and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the Supreme Court ruled that Roe v. Wade’s ‘essential’ holding, explicitly included ‘the principle that the State has legitimate interests from the outset of the pregnancy in protecting the health of the woman.’ That legal reality in current pro-life Constitutional law means that including women’s health interests in the law is the right way to move this legislation forward.”

For more on the health risks of abortion for women, click here.

For more on AUL’s model legislation to limit abortion after 5 months of pregnancy, click here.

Click here to watch a livestream of the press conference.

Diverse, Pro-Life Coalition Says #BlackWomenMatter, Call on Office Holders to Enforce Laws Protecting Women’s Health and Safety in Abortion Clinics

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY: In historic Selma, Alabama, Rally at Christ the King Cathedral and March across the Edmund Pettus Bridge planned for June 19 and 20, 2015

“Criminal acts against far too many women of color are being ignored here in Alabama and nationwide,” said event organizer Catherine Davis. “But we promise you that an energized coalition will be working together to hold abortionists accountable and to call on office holders to enforce the law.”

Atlanta, GA (06-10-15) – A diverse coalition of African American and pro-life organizations will join together for a special event — TheSelmaProject.com — announcing a new partnership on behalf of women, especially women of color, who have been victimized by a lawless abortion industry. Organizer Catherine Davis, president of The Restoration Project, noted that women of color who represent the majority of Big Abortion’s business “are too often ignored and treated as disposable when horrific acts, sexual assaults and life-threatening injuries happen behind the closed doors of abortion clinics.”

“It’s time for either law enforcement to do its job or for new legislation to empower those who will fight for the helpless,” said Davis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, African-American women account for 37 percent of all abortions, while non-Hispanic white women are 34 percent, Hispanic women are 22 percent and women of other races are at 8 percent. Considering that African Americans make up 13.2 percent of the population, writer and philosopher Michael Novak calculated that abortion had ended the lives of one in four African Americans. This also means that women of color are experiencing the extreme health risks of abortion for women in far greater numbers.

“Together, we will pray for those harmed by a callous abortion industry that puts profits over people, but our event won’t stop there,” said Davis. “Abortionists must be held accountable for criminal acts and civil wrongs. And we will work to pass legislation like Americans United for Life’s Enforcement law, because if office holders won’t help us, we must help ourselves.”

Two events will launch TheSelmaProject.com: A Rally at 7 p.m. on June 19 at Christ the King Cathedral, 1204 Highland Ave., Selma, Alabama and a march on June 20. The march will begin at 9:00 a.m. on the Selma side of the Edmund Pettus Bridge and it will end at the nearby park where a news conference will immediately take place.

Participants include: Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest; Dr. Alveda King, well-known activist and Director of African American Outreach of Priests for Life; Founder and President of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education Star Parker, Dr. Freda Bush, physician, writer, speaker; Ryan Bomberger, co-founder and chief creative officer of The Radiance Foundation; Fr. Terry Gensemer, director of Charismatic Episcopal Church for Life; and Priests for Life Founder Fr. Frank Pavone.

The campaign notes, “There’s Still VIOLENCE in Selma, and She’s the Target. #BlackWomenMatter.” For more information go to www.theselmaproject.com

5th Circuit Protects Women’s Health with Ruling Holding Texas Abortionists to Real Medical Standards

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-09-15) – In a sweeping victory for women, the Fifth Circuit has upheld a Texas law requiring that abortion clinics meet the same health and safety standards as facilities that provide other outpatient surgeries. In a per curiam decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Lakey, the Court found that the medical requirement advances Texas’ interests in safeguarding maternal health and protecting women from substandard abortion facilities and practices. “Texas has struck a decisive blow for women’s health and safety against a predatory abortion industry,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “A largely under-monitored, under-supervised, and secretive abortion industry tells women ‘trust but don’t verify that our clinics are clean and safe.’ No longer should women be abandoned to self-serving and false assurances from an industry that puts profits over people.”

For more than a decade, AUL has led the nationwide effort to combat the reality of legal “back alley” abortions, advocating for meaningful and comprehensive regulation and oversight of abortion clinics across the nation. AUL attorneys and experts have drafted model legislation requiring that abortion clinics meet the same basic health and safety standards as other ambulatory surgical facilities, defended abortion clinic regulations in court, and worked with concerned legislators across the nation to better protect women and children.

“AUL is partnering with influential legislators to ensure that American women are no longer victimized by a profit-centered abortion industry, willing to spend significant money opposing efforts to enact commonsense health and safety standards rather than invest that money in women’s safety,” said Dr. Yoest. “And while Big Abortion fights against protecting women, they rake in millions in taxpayer funding each year.” Click here to learn more about tax dollars going to abortion purveyors.

Texas’ ambulatory surgical center standards were part of Texas House Bill 2, enacted in 2013, with the help of AUL experts. The measure also requires that abortion providers maintain hospital admitting privileges to ensure that women facing post-abortion complications receive proper emergency care; prohibits abortions after 20-weeks; and, specifically using AUL model language, regulates the provision of dangerous abortion-inducing drugs including RU-486. The Fifth Circuit upheld the admitting privileges requirement and abortion-inducing drugs regulations in March 2014.

AUL filed an amicus curiae brief (friend-of-the-court) brief in the Fifth Circuit in support of the mandate that abortion clinics meet the same health and safety standards as other facilities performing outpatient surgeries.

This case is expected to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court. AUL Vice President of Legal Affairs Denise Burke, writing in The Federalist, predicted in January 2015 that the high court would eventually review the life-affirming provisions of Texas House Bill 2 and, in doing so, could dramatically change America’s abortion landscape. Notably, the Supreme Court has never ruled on the constitutionality of comprehensive health and safety standards for abortion facilities.

For more on health and safety standards outlined in the model legislation in Defending Life, click here.

Oklahoma Expands Enforcement Options for Abortion Law Violations, Creates Legal Standards to Hold Sex Offenders Accountable Requiring Abortionists to Protect Young Girls

By Americans United for Life
Friday, June 5th, 2015

“Too often, sex offenders fake a parent’s signature to use abortion as a cover up for abuse, and for too long, the abortion industry has turned a blind eye to crimes committed by evil men, as they profit from the cover up,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-05-15) – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed into a law a groundbreaking, pro-life measure that passed with tremendous bi-partisan support and will expand the enforcement options for any violation of state abortion laws as well as provide greater protections for young girls who become victims of sexual abuse.

Oklahoma SB 642 is based on parts of two pieces of Americans United for Life model legislation. The new law provides broad criminal and civil penalties for any violation of the abortion code. It also specifically works to ensure that a young girl’s parents or guardians authorize an abortion, rather than a sex offender using abortion to cover up a crime by falsifying parental consent, and requires that fetal remains be sent to the proper authorities so they have the tools to prosecute sex offenders.

Sponsored by Senator Greg Treat and Representative Randy Grau, the law passed the House with a vote of 70 to 5 and passed the Senate with a vote of 40 to 5, both votes occurring late last month.

“This new law ensures that any violation of the state’s abortion laws is treated with the gravity it is due,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Additionally, this innovative law represented AUL’s ground-breaking, mother-child strategy that puts the interests of mothers, especially young mothers, and their unborn children ahead of the desires of sex offenders and abortionists,” said Dr. Yoest. “Too often, sex offenders fake a parent’s signature to use abortion as a cover up for abuse, and for too long, the abortion industry has turned a blind eye to crimes committed by evil men, as they profit from the cover up. Oklahoma is setting an example for other states on how to protect young girls by involving the people who love them and holding sex offenders accountable by preserving what they tried to hide.”

The new law:

  • Provides that anyone violating any of the state’s abortion laws is guilty of a felony and can be subject to a civil penalty or fine of up to $100,000 per day.
  • Provides criminal and civil penalties for any person causing/aiding a minor to obtain an abortion without parental consent.
  • Requires abortionists who perform an abortion on a minor who is less than 14 years old to preserve the fetal tissue and send it to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. If the abortionist does not follow these rules, it will be considered a felony. This provision protects young girls from sexual crimes, as Health and Human Services (HHS) has found that 75 percent of girls under the age of 14 who have had sex report having a forced sexual experience. This provision also provides the State of Oklahoma with the tools necessary for successful investigations and prosecutions.
  • Requires the State Board of Health to conduct pre-licensure and re-licensure inspections for abortion facilities in the state, including on-site clinic inspections and provides enforcement authority for abortion clinics which violate these standards through civil penalties or fines.

For more on the innovative laws in AUL’s Women’s Protection Project, click here.

To learn more about the health risks of abortion for women, click here

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