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Americans United for Life Debunks Planned Parenthood Denials, Sends Letter to Congress Assessing Three Troubling Issues With Their Response to Shocking Videos

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

“In their response to Congress, Planned Parenthood continues to dodge, deny and deflect, refusing to address the real, substantive concerns about their unethical and potentially illegal corporate practices that are now publicly documented,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07- 23-15) – Faced with Congressional and state investigations in crimes possibly committed by Planned Parenthood abortionists for their inhumane harvesting and sale of aborted baby hearts, lungs, and livers, and other body parts, Senior Counsel for Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) Roger Evans authored an initial reply to the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee trying to downplay the horrific facts that arose from the release of undercover videos from the Center for Medical Progress.  Today, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life sent a letter to Chairman Fred Upton, and additional House and Senate leadership, detailing three troubling areas in that response, to further the work of Congressional leadership as well as to the various committees engaged in investigating video of Planned Parenthood doctors discussing how they crush unborn infants to gather more parts for sale. The letter systematically addressed Evans’ claims, debunking the claims made to the Committee and documenting the legal challenges currently facing Planned Parenthood.

“On the videos, America clearly sees abortionists admitting to altering how they perform abortions to get more infant parts for sale, describing crushing the unborn to avoid valuable organs or considering ‘less crunchy’ means to a horrific end,” noted AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This is not a theoretical conversation. The videos speak for themselves.”

“It’s time for a thorough and honest investigation of the legal issues that come from possible use of illegal partial birth abortion techniques or possible illegal profits from trafficking in the human remains of unborn victims of abortion. Given the fact that Planned Parenthood receives almost half of its billion-dollar budget from taxpayers, Congressional and state officials must get to the bottom of this trafficking in the broken bodies of unborn victims of abortion.”

AUL’s legal analysis of the Planned Parenthood response documents issues related to the following three areas and states that their letter:

  • Elevates concern that Planned Parenthood is altering its abortion techniques to gain baby organs it can sell.
  • Confirms the necessity of investigating whether Planned Parenthood is profiting from the sale of baby body parts while manipulating events to create a perception of no gain.
  • Suggests that the unethical and illegal activity appears to go well beyond an individual and may be organization-wide.

 “Planned Parenthood’s behavior and motives are key to evaluating possible criminal acts in this case,” noted Dr. Yoest. For example, Planned Parenthood’s Senior Medical Director described how she, in fact, treats abortions differently based on whether or not she intends to harvest a baby’s body parts. When asked “how much of a difference can that actually make if you know kind of what’s expected or what [body parts] we need?” Dr. Nucatola replied: “It makes a huge difference.”

AUL has previously noted that the videos raise many on-going questions:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts?
  • Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?

AUL’s analysis notes that concerns about Planned Parenthood’s behavior are not from the videos alone. In an additional letter to the E&C Committee, “several former Planned Parenthood officers and employers ‘personally attest’ that Planned Parenthood ‘has operated as a law unto itself, gladly accepting tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer support while using the rubric of ‘reproductive rights’ to claim an exemption from the normal standards of accountability that every other recipient of public funds is expected to meet.’”

Dr. Yoest observed that despite the serious legal issues brought to light by the videos, some politicians are ignoring Planned Parenthood’s alleged behavior to ask for investigation of those concerned about the harvesting and trafficking of infant body parts. She said: “Planned Parenthood’s enablers, among them this week certain House Democrats, are pursuing the tired and misleading strategy of attacking the messenger rather than responding to the merits of the very serious legal and ethical issues raised by the conduct of the organization’s abortionists.  Denial and obfuscation will not advance the public policy issues raised by the work of the Center for Medical Progress which must be addressed immediately and head-on.”

To read AUL’s analysis of claims made by Planned Parenthood to the E&C Committee, click here.

For more in the legal questions surrounding Planned Parenthood harvesting and sale of infant body parts, click here.

Click here to read the letter >>

 

AUL says Taxpayers Should No Longer Be Forced to Support Planned Parenthood Abortion Profiteering

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

“Today’s undercover video reveals a top Planned Parenthood doctor haggling over prices for the body parts of unborn victims of abortion while ghoulishly joking about wanting a Lamborghini, meanwhile taxpayers are sending $1.26 million tax dollars a day to support the nation’s number one abortion conglomerate,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “It’s time to free the American taxpayer from their forced support of Abortion, Inc. Taxpayers should not be contributing to abortion profiteering.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-21-15) – “For a second time, The Center for Medical Progress has released a shocking video, revealing the dirty underbelly of Planned Parenthood’s profiteering as it turns women and their unborn children into commodities,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. Today’s video features a conversation with the President of the Planned Parenthood Medical Director’s Council, Dr. Mary Gatter, who negotiates the beginnings of a contract to sell the body parts of the unborn for $100 per piece and her willingness to alter how she does abortions to a “less crunchy technique” to get more whole specimens for sale.

“While Cecile Richards claims that Planned Parenthood does not profit from the sale of aborted babies, Dr. Gatter notes that “[the compensation] has to be big enough that it makes it worthwhile for me,” noted Yoest. “This certainly sounds like a discussion of profit.”

“Real healthcare respects life. Planned Parenthood respects a fat bottom line,” said Dr. Yoest. “Every day 1.26 million taxpayer dollars are directed to the nation’s largest abortion chain. In fact, taxpayer dollars accounted for at least 40% of Planned Parenthood’s total revenue. And while the number of abortions has gone up, life-saving healthcare has gone down. Under Cecile Richards’ leadership, Planned Parenthood’s cancer screening and prevention services have been cut by more than half.”

“It’s time for state and federal investigations to examine whether laws have been broken by Planned Parenthood, and it’s time to get the American taxpayer out of the business of abortion,” Dr. Yoest said.

In 1993, the United States Congress enacted, 42 U.S.C. 289g, regulating fetal research in general. In particular, 42 U.S.C. 289g-2(a) makes it unlawful for any person ‘to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.’

42 U.S.C. 289g-2(e)(3) defines ‘valuable consideration’ to exclude ‘reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.’ A legal issue will be whether PP received ‘valuable consideration’ in their selling of the broken bodies of aborted infants.

“This means that it is illegal for Planned Parenthood to have profited from the sale of aborted hearts, livers and lungs. Let’s not lose sight of the spirit of the law in a discussion of the letter of the law. Planned Parenthood’s selling of the broken bodies of unborn children is inhumane and troubling no matter how any investigation concludes. And if Planned Parenthood’s conduct does not violate the federal law prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue and organs, then the law must be changed.”

To learn more about AUL’s legal assessment of Planned Parenthood’s sale of hearts, lungs and livers of unborn victims of abortion, click here.

Americans United for Life on Why Planned Parenthood’s Excuses Fall Short

By Americans United for Life
Monday, July 20th, 2015

Releases A Point-by-Point Response to Planned Parenthood’s Damage-Control “Talking Points”

“The nation’s number one conglomerate of abortionists is harvesting the organs of aborted babies. This is an undisputed fact,” noted Americans United for Life President and CEO. “A thorough and honest assessment of Planned Parenthood must be engaged and their political friends in the White House must not be allowed to ignore possible crimes.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-20-15) – Faced with investigations of possible illegal sales of organs from aborted babies, and alleged use of an illegal, inhumane technique for ending unborn life, Planned Parenthood attempted to change the story with an orchestrated spin campaign to distract from the facts at hand, noted Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “The nation’s number one conglomerate of abortionists is harvesting the organs of aborted babies. This is an undisputed fact. However, selling aborted baby organs for profit is unethical and illegal, and the American people deserve answers about what is happening behind the closed doors of abortion clinics and how an international organization making nearly half of its billion-plus dollar budget from overburdened taxpayers is operating.”

In a document prepared by AUL’s legal team, attorneys debunk Planned Parenthood’s excuses when faced with serious legal issues that must be addressed. Click here to read more.

“The analysis is one more reason why Planned Parenthood must be investigated, and why AUL is calling on Congress for an honest assessment,” said Dr. Yoest, adding: “President Barack Obama and his pro-abortion Attorney General, Loretta Lynch both have close relationships with Planned Parenthood and may like to turn a blind eye to the gut- wrenching conduct of Planned Parenthood executives. Consider the fact that Attorney General Lynch once signed onto a brief in support of partial-birth abortion with Planned Parenthood. That’s how close both Barack Obama and Loretta Lynch are to Cecile Richards. They both want to allow Planned Parenthood to continue to make money from hearts, lungs and livers harvested from aborted babies. But tough questions must be asked.”

Click here for more on AUL’s petition to call for an honest and thorough investigation.

AUL’s analysis of abortion industry spin noted: “Planned Parenthood’s Senior Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola has been caught on camera discussing how she strategically kills babies to harvest and sell their hearts, lungs, and livers. With over 2 million views and counting on Youtube, the viral video released by the Center for Medical Progress has created a legal challenge and public relations nightmare for Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates.

“As will be explained in detail below, the ‘talking points’ document issued by Planned Parenthood’s public relations firm, attempts to dodge and distract from this scandal, but the ‘talking points’ themselves utterly fail to respond to the shocking allegations raised by the Center for Medical Progress’ video.”

Click here to read analysis of Planned Parenthood’s talking points.

Click here to learn more about the allegations and issues surrounding Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the harvesting and sale of infant remains.

Click here to learn more about the allegations and issues surrounding Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the harvesting and sale of infant remains.

AUL Calls on White House to Investigate Alleged Sales of Aborted Infant Hearts, Lungs and Livers at Planned Parenthood

By Americans United for Life
Friday, July 17th, 2015

“Is the nation’s number one conglomerate of abortionists acting like a gruesome eBay for the sale of infant hearts, lungs and livers? Have laws been broken?” asked AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “The American people have questions that must be addressed.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-17-15) – Americans United for Life President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest launched a petition today calling on President Barack Obama to order U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate Planned Parenthood’s alleged role in selling human hearts, lungs and livers of aborted infants, following revelations in a shocking video from The Center for Medical Progress.

“Is the nation’s number one conglomerate of abortionists acting like a gruesome eBay for the sale of infant hearts, lungs and livers? Have laws been broken? The American people have questions about how their tax dollars are being spent at Planned Parenthood, a billion-plus dollar a year conglomerate receiving more than half of its budget from hard working taxpayers,” said Dr. Yoest. “Americans were shocked to see images of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing a ‘menu’ of aborted baby hearts, lungs and livers that she targets during abortions to provide to waiting buyers. But the attorney general must act along with Congress to utilize her powers to investigate Cecile Richard’s claims that Planned Parenthood’s sale of hearts, lungs and livers parts is not illegal.”

The petition reads as follows:

TITLE: We Petition the Obama Administration to: Order the Attorney General to Investigate Planned Parenthood’s Sale of Aborted Baby Parts

On July 14, 2015, shocking undercover video was released of top Planned Parenthood executives engaging in discussion related to the selling of baby livers, lungs and hearts from aborted children. In response, the Governors of Louisiana and Texas, as well as two Congressional Committees are investigating Planned Parenthood, which is an organization that receives over $500 million dollars in taxpayer funding annually.

We are calling on the Attorney General to conduct an investigation of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and its affiliates for actions to “knowingly acquire, receive or otherwise transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration” pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 289g-2, “Prohibitions Regarding Human Fetal Tissue?”

To sign the petition, click here: www.InvestigateBigAbortion.com.

To learn more about the controversial allegations about alleged sales of baby body hearts, lungs and livers through Planned Parenthood, click here.

What Media Matters Doesn’t Know about the Law Addressing Sale of Baby Body Parts

By Ovide Lamontagne
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

In a misleading article published this week, Media Matters claims that the undercover video released by the Center for Medical Progress exposing the harvesting and selling of the body parts of aborted fetuses is deceptive in three material ways.

The first two so-called “deceptions” are fact-based, but any complete and objective reading of the entire transcript of the “lunch” with Dr. Deborah Nucatola leads to a clear and convincing factual conclusion: at the highest levels, Planned Parenthood knew of and enabled the harvesting and selling of the body parts of aborted fetuses from many of its clinics across the country.

Regarding its so-called “third deception,” in the context of CMP’s expose, Media Matters makes an incorrect statement of federal law applicable in this case when it asserts:  “Donating Fetal Tissue Is Legal With Consent Of Donor.”

42 U.S.C. 289g-2(a) is the relevant federal statute and makes it unlawful for any person “to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” Nowhere in 42 U.S.C. 289g-2 is the mother’s “consent” even referenced.  Stated in other words, federal law prohibits the purchase and sale of aborted fetal tissue and organs for valuable consideration even with the consent of the mother — period.

The “donation” of fetal tissue and “informed consent” is addressed in 42 U.S.C. 289g-1, but that section of federal law pertains to the “transplantation” of human fetal tissue for “therapeutic purposes.”  Nowhere in the video or in the transcript does Dr. Nucatola limit or define her organization’s (or her own) harvesting and selling of aborted fetal tissue for transplantation of human fetal tissue for therapeutic purposes.

Media Matters is simply wrong in asserting or suggesting that in the context of the expose of Center for Medical Progress, that federal law allows the donation of fetal tissue with the donor’s consent.  Despite its effort to undermine or rebut the clear and convincing evidence CMP has introduced into this matter, Media Matters is simply wrong on all counts.

AUL Calls for Immediate Congressional and State Investigations into Abortion Profiteering

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

“Americans were shocked today to see images of a top Planned Parenthood doctor discussing a ‘menu’ of aborted baby hearts, lungs and livers that she targets during abortions to provide to waiting buyers. Because of the highly secretive, rarely monitored world of Big Abortion, we are told to ‘trust but never verify’ the nature of their grisly business,” observed AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest, following a Planned Parenthood statement after the release of shocking undercover video investigation.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-14-15) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called for an immediate Congressional and state investigations into the alleged atrocities exposed by the images from the new undercover video released by The Center for Medical Progress documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts including hearts, lung, livers and “lower extremities.” Yoest made the following statement following Planned Parenthood’s denial of illegal activity.

Dr. Yoest said: “Americans were shocked today to see images of Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Senior Director of Medical Services Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing a ‘menu’ of aborted baby hearts, lungs and livers that she targets during abortions to provide to waiting buyers. As taxpayer dollars make up more than 40 percent of Planned Parenthood’s budget, Congress must utilize their subpoena power to investigate Cecile Richard’s claims that Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts is not illegal. Because of the highly secretive, rarely monitored world of Big Abortion, we are told to ‘trust but never verify’ the nature of their grisly business. Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar corporate behemoth. Of course they deny wrong-doing despite the troubling evidence otherwise.”

The video raises many on-going questions:

  • How much money is being exchanged for baby hearts, livers, lungs, and other body parts?
    Are interstate commerce laws being violated in the transportation of baby parts?
  • Are mothers fully informed, and do they give legal consent to the sale of their babies’ hearts, livers, and lungs?
  • Is the illegal Partial Birth Abortion procedure used in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Is the Born Alive Infant Protection Act violated in in an effort to gain valuable later-term, more fully formed heads and hearts?
  • Are women encouraged to endure dangerous late-term abortion procedures by abortionists who know that body parts from more developed infants sell for more money?
  • Are federal funds used to subsidize any of the facilities or procedures used in “harvesting” fetal tissue after the abortion was performed?

“The American public is demanding answers to these legal questions. An investigation must look at whether Planned Parenthood is following federal, state, and local laws, based on evidence that they are receiving monies for the sale of aborted infants.”

“In 1993, the United States Congress enacted, 42 U.S.C. 289g, regulating fetal research in general. In particular, 42 U.S.C. 289g-2(a) makes it unlawful for any person ‘to knowingly acquire, receive, or otherwise transfer any fetal tissue for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.’ (Emphasis added.)”

“42 U.S.C. 289g-2(e)(3) defines ‘valuable consideration’ to exclude ‘reasonable payments associated with the transportation, implantation, processing, preservation, quality control, or storage of human fetal tissue.’ A legal issue will be whether Planned Parenthood received ‘valuable consideration’ in their selling of the broken bodies of aborted infants.”

“This means that it is illegal for Planned Parenthood to have profited from the sale of aborted hearts, livers, and lungs. Let’s not lose sight of the spirit of the law in a discussion of the letter of the law. Planned Parenthood’s selling of the broken bodies of unborn children is inhumane and troubling no matter how any investigation concludes. And if Planned Parenthood’s conduct does not violate the federal law prohibiting the sale of fetal tissue and organs, then the law must be changed.”

To read AUL’s full statement today following the release of the shocking video investigation click here.

Click here to learn more about Planned Parenthood’s deadly business model

AUL Calls for Immediate Congressional Investigation into Abortion Profiteering

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Says Shocking Undercover Video Showing Planned Parenthood Earning Profits from Sale of Aborted Baby Parts, Reveals Anew How Abortion, Inc. Truly Operates

“Planned Parenthood is Abortion, Inc. Increasing their market share of abortions, cutting life-affirming services and now apparently creating an abortion market, callously utilizing their unborn victims for one purpose – making money,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-14-15) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called for an immediate Congressional investigation into the alleged atrocities exposed by the images from the new undercover video released by The Center for Medical Progress documenting Planned Parenthood’s baby parts sales. Dr. Yoest observed: “This video provides a shocking reality check about the grisly, inhumane business model of Planned Parenthood.  Under Cecile Richards’ leadership, breast screenings are down, abortions are up and profits are up, as even the bodies of the unborn become something else for her to sell. We call for an immediate Congressional investigation into these alleged atrocities. And just as important, the time is now to de-fund Planned Parenthood. The American taxpayer should not be in business with such callous profiteers.”

She continued: “As AUL’s recent report ‘The New Leviathan’ illustrates, Planned Parenthood is Abortion, Inc. Increasing their market share of abortions, cutting life-affirming services and now apparently creating a secretive abortion market, callously utilizing their unborn victims for one purpose – making money. This kind of gruesome behavior explains why Planned Parenthood has worked so hard to increase its share of the abortion market to 1 in 3, even as the number of women having abortions seems to be declining.”

“The Center for Medical Progress’ Project Lead David Daleiden’s shocking video shows that later term abortions, such as those after 5 months of pregnancy, produce infant body parts more valuable for sale. Perhaps that is one reason why the nation’s largest abortion provider fights limiting abortions at a point at which abortions become so dangerous to women as well as the unborn child. Congress needs to use their subpoena power to determine how Planned Parenthood is using taxpayer dollars and whether they are violating the federal prohibition on sale of human body parts.”

In July of 2011, AUL released its explosive exposé “The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood,” which documents known and alleged abuses including misuse of federal healthcare and family planning funds, failure to report criminal child sexual abuse, failure to comply with parental involvement laws, assisting those involved in prostitution and/or sex trafficking, dangerous abuse of the abortion drug RU-486, misinformation about so-called “emergency contraception” including the new drug ella, willingness to give women deceptive and false information, and a willingness to refer women to substandard clinics.  In September of that year, U.S. Congressman Cliff Stearns, then head of the Energy and Commerce House Committee, launched an investigation into Planned Parenthood—an investigation largely motivated by the troubling questions raised in this report.

AUL has continued to detail Planned Parenthood’s profiteering in the Planned Parenthood Exhibits as well as examinations of its financial operations.

Click here to learn more about Planned Parenthood.

Happy Birthday

By William Saunders
Saturday, July 4th, 2015

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I write to wish you a happy birthday! On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence and, thereby, the original thirteen colonies announced their determination to be free and independent of the British Empire. As Americans, this is the day we officially celebrate our national birthday and, as citizens, we all joyfully join in. So happy birthday to us all!

Do you remember the film, The Great Escape? The movie chronicles the true story of a massive, carefully-planned escape by British, Canadian and American POW’s from a supposedly “escape-proof” German prisoner of war camp. Most of the POW’s were British and Canadian; there were very few Americans, only 3. But on July 4, those 3 got together, attired as Revolutionary War soldiers, one playing the pipe, one the drum, and one carrying the flag, and they marched through the camp, proud to be Americans, to the joyous cheers of the other prisoners.

The moment delightfully illustrates several things about July 4 – Americans revere it, and others (non-Americans) do, too.  The reason, of course, is that the War of Independence was a war against tyranny, political and cultural tyranny; the ideals for which the American colonists fought – freedom, fairness, and justice – and inspired the rest of the world.

Of course, it did take several years before the newly-free Americans settled upon just the right way to secure those ideals. But in 1789, the Constitution came into effect and, though amended twenty-seven times, it endures until today.

The Constitution, which was originally presented to the states as a “frame of government,” is in direct continuity with the political philosophy and ideals expressed in the Declaration of Independence. Indeed, the Declaration has been described as the “frame” within which the Constitution hangs.

The Constitution does “frame” our life together as a nation. Its vision is one of federalism, that is, limited government (leaving the citizens free to manage their lives) and separation of powers (between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary). Its animating principle is the knowledge of the abuses that unlimited government produces and a determination that this not happen in America. Hence, governmental power is based on the “federal” model – a limited national government and more-or-less sovereign states. Power, if separated, is limited, and liberty is secured.

Its first ten amendments – the Bill of Rights – were added specifically to secure (some) individual rights, such as religious liberty and freedom of conscience, freedom of speech, freedom of the press and fair trials. It is a splendid system of government, one that continues to inspire the rest of the world.

I remember when I first entered Harvard Law School. I was inspired by these American principles and hoped to find in the study of the “law” a clear understanding of how those principles were secured to Americans by the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. Instead, I learned that many, perhaps most, of the professors believed in a “living” constitution, which, however attractive it may sound, really boils down to this: it abandons the principles of the Constitution for rule by judges.

The saddest example is, of course, Roe v. Wade. Therein, the Supreme Court purported to find a right to abortion through a tortured reading of an implied privacy right and a “liberty” interest under various Constitutional amendments. Let me assure you, as a lawyer, that nowhere in the original Constitutional text, or in its amendments, is the word “abortion” mentioned. Nor may such a “right” be fairly implied.

Indeed, Roe v. Wade is a contradiction to the legal and political traditions of the United States, as I hope my brief sketch above has shown.  In fact, the guiding principle of American history is “equal justice under law.”  America, faithful to this principle, has extended the protective circle of legal protection and recognition to those previously excluded, such as slaves, children, women. And it has done so by legal amendments to our founding documents, not by strained judicial interpretations.

Roe marked the negation of all this. However, as Americans have done before, we can reverse this and extend the circle of legal protection to the most vulnerable of all, the defenseless unborn.

On this 4th of July, let us be thankful we are Americans, blessed by the splendid system of the Declaration and the Constitution. Let us work to remove the contradiction in the heart of American liberty introduced by Roe v. Wade. In the tradition of the American patriot, John Paul Jones, let us resolve: we have not yet begun to fight!

God bless you, and happy birthday.

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.

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