What People Are Saying

“I’ve teamed with Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, to carry on the fight for life by saving the Hyde Amendment. In fact, Americans United for Life was involved in the early defense of the Hyde Amendment as well. And Americans United for Life is helping me now – just like they helped Henry Hyde all these years – to make sure our tax dollars are never used to pay for abortions.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)

“[Americans United for Life is] “the premier pro-life organization in America.”

– Governor Mike Huckabee (2009)

“Founded in 1971, Americans United for Life (AUL) has been involved in every pro-life case before the Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels.”

– Sen. Rick Santorum, former U.S. Senator of Pennsylvania

“AUL has… been making progress – persistently, year by year, in the courts and legislatures… AUL is a thoughtful, strategic leader.”

Congressman Henry Hyde (Illinois), former AUL board member

“Long known to me as the ‘legal arm of the pro-life movement,’ they work tirelessly to help legislatures pass the best pro-life laws possible, and then to defend those laws in court against attacks by Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.”

Senator Tom Coburn, M.D., Oklahoma (2009)

“AUL has really made themselves a major player in the health care abortion discussion. They are pushing the envelope in new and creative ways.”

-- David Brody, White House Correspondent for Christian Broadcasting Network, (2010)

“[AUL President and CEO Charmaine] Yoest is a calm, articulate, smart abortion opponent — the kind who gives abortion-rights supporters nightmares.”

Jacqueline Salmon, Reporter, The Washington Post (2009)

“I thank God for AUL and its gifted, tenacious staff. You’re the reason that the life issue has been elevated to this status during this debate… I am so grateful for your work to keep it front and center! I know I speak for all of us that we’re praying for you and we will continue to work here at home to help you in any way we can. Thank you for bringing us all together and for taking a stand on the Hill.”

Sue Swayze, Indiana Right to Life (2010)

“[AUL is] filled with the heavy hitters of the pro-life movement.”

– Catherine Crier, former Court TV host wrote on page 34 of her book Contempt (2005)

Praise for AUL’s Trademark Publication Defending Life:

“This year’s AUL legal guide, Defending Life 2010, provides a valuable resource for prolife leaders.  This state-by-state scorecard of progress in the effort to defend life lets elected officials, grassroots activists and citizens know exactly where we are on our shared priority.  I am proud that the report reflects the sweeping reforms we have enacted in Texas, saving thousands of lives in the process.  This is not a book you leave on the shelf to collect dust. This information is ammunition in a fight that is far from over. I know you will find this guide informative and useful as you continue to promote and protect life in your state.”

– Governor Rick Perry, Texas

“Defending Life is a valuable resource for anyone dedicated to protecting human life through our legal system.  I encourage you to use this resource in your efforts to build a pro-life community across the nation.”

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Washington State

“I really value the rock-solid legal advice in each year’s edition of Defending Life.  From the beginning of life to the end of life, AUL’s legal guide has more concrete usable information on pro-life law than any other resource.  It is a must-have for every state legislator.”

State Representative Lance Kinzer, Kansas

“AUL’s Defending Life is the best legal resource for state legislators in the country.  If you are looking to pass meaningful laws that protect human life from beginning to end, this is the book you need.”

State Senator Todd Lamb, Oklahoma

“Defending Life 2010 provides a comprehensive resource for state legislators.  Not only is the analysis of the legislative and judicial work methodical, but it is also educational in communicating rights of the unborn.”

State Representative Linda L. Upmeyer, Iowa

“For the past several years AUL’s annual Defending Life books have been the “go to source” for up to the moment, accurate information of the prolife pulse in the United States.  AUL has earned the reputation as a trusted partner for prolife legislators across America.  May God continue to bless your excellent efforts in leading the prolife movement.”

– State Senator Delbert Scott, Missouri

“AUL is one of the most helpful and most responsive pro-life organizations I have encountered. Whether one is preparing direct information for a bill, or just needing background information and support for pro-life issues, AUL is the ‘go-to’ organization.”

State Senator Dave Schultheis, Colorado

“Thanks in no small measure to the work of organizations like AUL, we are getting closer to the day that every baby will have the same opportunity I had – to take a first breath in this world, welcomed in love and protected by law.”

State Senator David Shafer, Georgia

“As soon as we amend the constitution, I’m going to file every single law we can from that blue book of yours.” –

– State Representative Matthew Hill, Tennessee

“I can tell you that every single piece of legislation that we have passed in Mississippi that has been signed off on by AUL… has been upheld.”

– State Senator Alan Nunnelee, Mississippi

“As a member of the state legislature, I eagerly await the distribution of Defending Life.”

State Representative Kathleen Souza, New Hampshire

“AUL’s Defending Life is an invaluable resource, combining practical help with visionary guidance.  It puts the fruits of countless hours of meticulous research at your fingertips, while providing a roadmap for future pro-life endeavors.”

Catherine Short, Legal Director of Life Legal Defense Foundation