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What is the Pro-Life Path to Overturning Roe v. Wade?

By Jeanneane Maxon
Friday, November 14th, 2014

The title of this week’s feature in the Deseret News is “No longer silent and incremental: the pro-life path to overturning Roe v. Wade.”

Reporter Sara Israelsen-Hartley wrote:

“The anti-abortion movement has gradually shifted its tactics away from the aggressive in-your-face demonstrations to discreetly working the state political system, and observers, legal experts and even pro-abortion rights groups admit the strategy is working. Since 2000, state legislatures have passed 435 abortion restrictions nationwide (260 in the past five years alone), a continuous streak of small, strategic and often overlooked anti-abortion victories.”

Talking about health and safety standards so popular with legislators, AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest said:

“One of the things we’re really focused on moving forward is clinic regulations …It’s one of the things that upsets the other side the most, because they are profit driven, and the cheaper and shoddier they can provide their horrible product, the higher their profit margin. That’s why they’re so upset about clinic regulations.”

Such laws have had the “biggest, immediate impact” in protecting lives, the reporter agreed. “Anti-abortion activists are quite strategic,” says Joshua C. Wilson, a political science professor at the University of Denver.”If they have trouble at the federal level, fertile ground is at the state level.”

And so it has been with your help. Consider this chart from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute:

You made a difference in protecting lives across the country. In the article Yoest said:

“The anti-abortion campaign is wonderfully diverse … and the variety of approaches play an important role in the overall strategy. Some groups reach out to post-abortion women, others educate pregnant women and their partners about alternatives to abortion while others focus on getting anti-abortion legislators elected.

We (at AUL) deliberately set out to put a strategy together that addressed the fact that the courts were blocking any kind of major overarching strategy.”

So what’s next? The abortion lobby is talking about it. Donna Barry, director of the Women’s Health and Rights Program at the Center for American Progress, said:

“It’s possible (the anti-abortion activists) have more stuff up their sleeve we don’t know about.”

And so we do, but we can’t do it without you.

Thanks for supporting AUL’s work of saving lives through law. Next year is going to be even better!

Click here for the full article at DeseretNews.com.

AUL Supports Texas in Efforts to Protect Women from Dangerous Conditions in Abortion Clinics

By Americans United for Life
Monday, November 10th, 2014

“These laws close no clinics. Abortion clinics close when they refuse to invest in protecting women,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Contrast real out-patient medical facilities that establish health and safety standards, with abortion clinics that rush to court to fight against keeping women safe.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-10-14) – Americans United for Life filed an amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) brief today arguing that a high-profile Texas law requiring that abortion clinics meet basic health and safety standards is needed to protect women and is constitutional. “The abortion industry puts profits over people,” observed AUL’s President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Ironic isn’t it that the people who say they support ‘safe’ abortions actively work against the most basic health and safety standards in court, protecting abortionists’ profits rather than women.

“This case represents a desperate Big Abortion industry fight to provide substandard, dangerous ‘care’ to the very women they claim to serve; and shows how Texas law makers are the true champions of women’s health.”

The requirement that abortion clinics comply with Texas’ ambulatory surgical center standards was part of House Bill (HB) 2, a measure passed during a special legislative session in the summer of 2013. HB 2 also included a requirement that individual abortion providers maintain admitting privileges at a local hospital, so that in an emergency, medically appropriate care can be accomplished. Both requirements have been challenged by abortion providers.

Rather than addressing the obvious benefit these requirements provide to women, the abortion industry is, instead, arguing that the requirements will be expensive.

“Contrast real out-patient medical facilities that establish health and safety standards, with abortion clinics that rush to court to fight against keeping women safe,” said Dr. Yoest. “These laws close no clinics. Abortion clinics close when they refuse to invest in protecting women.”

As AUL’s brief argues, under the abortion industry’s self-interested logic, an abortion clinic—such as that formerly run by convicted felon Kermit Gosnell—could automatically veto any maternal health law because it would cost the clinic “too much” to come into compliance with rational, medically-based regulations intended to protect women’s health and safety.

AUL’s brief (available here) was filed on behalf of 44 Texas Legislators and demonstrates that, under clear Supreme Court precedent, states have a strong interest in protecting women from potential harms related to abortion.

AUL files 21st Amicus Brief Defending Conscience Rights of Pro-Life Americans Burdened by Obamacare’s Draconian “HHS Mandate”

By Americans United for Life
Monday, November 10th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-10-14) – Americans United for Life filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief today in yet another legal challenge to the most obvious “Obamacare” deception: the “HHS Mandate.” The Mandate forces employers to provide insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices. This 21st brief demonstrates that Obamacare funds drugs and devices that can end unborn life, and are damaging to women.

“Voters spoke clearly about their opposition to the landmark, anti-life law that is Obamacare,” noted AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This law violates the First Amendment conscience rights of Americans by leveling job-killing, business-destroying fines on those who do not want to fund life-ending drugs and devices. Thankfully, there are schools like Dordt College that are rising up to push back against the Obama Administration’s efforts to trample on our most cherished freedoms.

“And AUL’s brief in this case details how the life-ending drugs and devices that are misleadingly labeled as ‘contraception’ actually end life. Through the influence of Planned Parenthood and the abortion lobby, Americans are coerced to comply with these life-ending drugs and devices through the coverage mandates,” noted Dr. Yoest.

The case, Dordt College v. Burwell, was filed by Dordt College and Cornerstone University, both private Christian colleges. While the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has expressly exempted churches and their auxiliaries with the same religious objections, it refuses to do the same for Dordt, Cornerstone, or other non-profit, faith-based universities. In May, a federal district court granted Dordt College and Cornerstone University a preliminary injunction against the enforcement of the coercive Mandate. The Obama Administration then appealed to the Eighth Circuit.

AUL’s brief (available here) demonstrates that some drugs defined by the FDA as “contraception” can work after conception, ending the life of an already-developing human being, and that the so-called “accommodation” announced by HHS does not protect employers who object to the known life-ending effects of these drugs.

The brief was filed on behalf of Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists, Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, The National Catholic Bioethics Center, Alabama Physicians for Life, National Association of Pro Life Nurses, and National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Across the Country: #VotingforLife Paid off

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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Congress Turns Pro-Life! Senate Joins House: Offers Historic Opportunity to Protect Women and Children from Abortion Industry Abuses

“It’s time to stand with women against this politically protected abortion conglomerate that values profits over people,” said AULA’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-04-14) – Following a sweep of the Senate with pro-life wins in North Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and other states, we are now positioned to BREAK THE BLOCKADE surrounding the U.S. Senate and protect women and girls from abortion industry abuses. “We know that abortion harms women, and yet abortion industry abuses are ignored and at least half a billion tax dollars given to them with little oversight, little regulation and little concern for what happens behind the closed doors of abortion clinics. We must stand with women against this politically protected abortion conglomerate that values profits over people,” said AULA President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

“We celebrate new leadership in the fight for life in the elections of Senators whom AULA worked to elect,” said Dr. Yoest. “And the governors’ races are just as important, given the tremendous momentum for protecting life at the state level.”

While pro-life legislation has been blocked at the federal level, women and their unborn children have seen increasing protection across the country, as pro-life measures have become law, through the hard work of pro-life legislators and compassionate governors. The pro-abortion think tank, the Guttmacher Institute recently noted that more pro-life legislation was passed at the state level from 2011-2013 than in the previous decade. In just the last four years, AUL and our sister organization AUL Action have helped enact 74 life-affirming measures, fully one-third of all the protective measures enacted since 2011.

“AULA also welcomes back the pro-life leadership in the U.S. House who have championed legislation to protect women and their unborn children,” said Yoest.

Consider this list of key life-saving measures passed by the House and blocked by the Senate since pro-life Republicans took control of the House in 2011:

  • Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 5 months of pregnancy (i.e., 20 weeks gestation);
  • No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act applying the restrictions on abortion funding found in the Hyde Amendment to all federal funding streams and requiring that all plans offered through the ACA Exchanges disclose if abortion coverage is included;
  • Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act­ prohibiting sex-selective abortions;
  • Protect Life Act ensuring that no funds appropriated or authorized through the ACA can be used for abortion or insurance plans that provide abortion coverage;
  • The “Pence Amendment” (House. Amendment. 95), this measure would have prohibited the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood;
  • The “Black-Roby Resolution to Defund Planned Parenthood” (House Continuing Resolution 36), this measure would have defunded Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution;
  • The “Foxx Amendment” (House Amendment 298), prohibits federal funds from being used to train abortion providers.

Also in the win column, AULA congratulates the voters of Tennessee who voted “Yes” on Amendment 1, which requires the Tennessee state constitution to be neutral on abortion, allowing legislators to pass health and safety standards. Currently, the state Supreme Court has ruled that Tennessee’s Constitution provides for an even more radical abortion environment than created in Roe v. Wade.

#VotingforLife is a unique AULA campaign in this election through get-out-the-vote efforts of all kinds across the country, in strategic races. For interviews with Dr. Yoest or other AULA experts the implications of this election, e-mail press@aul.org

North Dakota Supreme Court Rejects Abortion Advocates’ Challenge to AUL-based law that Protects Women from Misuse of Life-ending Drugs

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

“The abortion lobby puts profits over people, but today’s decision validated the hard work of North Dakota legislators who cared enough about women to fight for them,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

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Sponsor of the bill, AUL ally State Representative Bette Grande

WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-28-14) – North Dakota women will be better protected from dangerous, life-ending drugs as the result of a decision by the North Dakota Supreme Court today. The state’s high court reversed a North Dakota trial judge and set aside his injunction of a law that regulates chemical abortion drugs, based on Americans United for Life model legislation. The law requires that the drugs used to end pre-born life be administered only in the way approved by the FDA.

“We know that women have died when given life-ending, chemical abortion drugs,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Big Abortion is determined to increase profits and take advantage of women by selling the dangerous drugs in ways that have been linked to at least eight deaths. But one by one, courts are telling Big Abortion ‘no.’”

The case, MKB Management v. Burdick, stems from a challenge to HB 1297, enacted in 2011 and sponsored by AUL ally Representative Bette Grande. A North Dakota trial court invalidated the law, and the State appealed to the North Dakota Supreme Court, which, under applicable state laws, will declare a state law unconstitutional only if four Justices agree. Today, the North Dakota Supreme Court ruled that there was not a sufficient majority to invalidate the law, meaning that trial court’s decision permanently enjoining the law is reversed.

AUL filed an amicus curiae “friend-of-the-court” brief on behalf of 49 North Dakota Legislators, including bill sponsor Representative Grande. The brief argued that the State Legislature had a substantial interest in regulating abortion to protect women’s health, and that the U.S. Supreme Court’s precedents supported the law.

Similar laws have already been upheld in Texas and Ohio, and last week a state trial court in Oklahoma refused to enjoin a 2014 abortion-inducing drug regulation while it evaluates abortion advocates’ challenge to that law. An Arizona law, preliminarily enjoined by the Ninth Circuit, is currently pending on a cert petition in the U.S. Supreme Court.

For more on the health-risks of abortion to women and their unborn children, click here.

AUL Calls on HHS to Exempt All Those with Moral Objections to Anti-Life Policies in Obamacare

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “failure to sincerely address the abuses of its anti-American, anti-life, coercive mandate is reprehensible,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-21-14) – To hold the Obama Administration accountable for its anti-life policies in Obamacare regulations, Americans United for Life filed an official comment with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and called on AUL’s nationwide grassroots network to also comment on anti-life policies that trample on American’s First Amendment Conscience Rights. “HHS cannot claim ignorance regarding these serious concerns and anti-life policies,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Numerous times pro-life advocates, including AUL, have urged HHS and the Institute of Medicine to respect life and First Amendment conscience rights in developing the guidelines. Instead, abortion and anti-life policies pervade the mandate.”

In its official comment filed today (available here), AUL called HHS to exempt all religious and moral objectors from its coercive Obamacare mandate in accordance with state and federal laws and the U.S. Supreme Court’s clear directive in the Hobby Lobby decision. The AUL comment also extensively documents that including life-ending drugs and devices, deceptively labeled as “contraception,” goes against the stated intent of the preventive services provision of the Affordable Care Act. Rather than focusing on women’s health, an ideologically driven recommendation from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) intertwined anti-life polices in Obamacare, under the influences of the pro-abortion advocates who made up the committee. The AUL comment demands that HHS remove life-ending drugs and devices, such as the abortion inducing drug ella, from the mandate.

“HHS’ failure to sincerely address the abuses of its anti-American, anti-life, coercive mandate is reprehensible,” said Dr. Yoest.

“All Americans with religious or moral objections must be exempted from the mandate and drugs and devices with known life-ending mechanisms of action must be removed from the list of required coverage.”

Since 2010, Americans United for Life and the pro-life majority it represents nationwide have submitted thousands of comments about the importance of protecting the First Amendment conscience rights of Americans as well as urging respect for life in healthcare. Americans United for Life has filed amicus curiae (friend-of-the-court) briefs in 20 cases on behalf of national medical organizations demonstrating that the life of a new human being begins at fertilization (conception), that so-called ‘emergency contraception’ has a post-fertilization effect that can result in the end of his or her young life, and that forcing employers to provide coverage for such drugs violates their constitutionally protected freedom of conscience.

While the Obama Administration has tinkered with the regulations, nothing has changed. The so-called “accommodation” operates with the same failures after the recent, interim final rule issued in August 2014. HHS makes it explicitly clear that it will force the religious employer’s insurance issuer to include the objected-to items and services. The inappropriate and coercive impact on the plan paid and arranged for by the religious employer remains the same.

To file your own comment with HHS, click here.

AUL Stands with Arizona Legislators Fighting to Protect Women

By Americans United for Life
Friday, October 10th, 2014

“The real war on women takes place in abortion clinics across the country as the abortion industry fights for profits, for secrecy and for reduced protections for women and their unborn children,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-10-14) – In an effort to protect women and girls from dangerous life-ending drugs used in chemical abortions, AUL filed an amicus curiae (“friend-of-the-court”) brief in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of 38 Arizona legislators. The brief is filed in Humble v. Planned Parenthood in support of a 2012 state law based on AUL model legislation and regulates the administration of life-ending drugs. The health and safety standard at issue in the case requires that life-ending drugs, such as the RU-486 regimen, be provided only as prescribed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. “As the abortion industry fights for higher profits and lower standards, we continue fighting to protect women from the legal back-alley,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Chemical abortion drugs are dangerous. One study found that chemical abortion failed with 18.3 percent of women who are given it – that’s almost one in five – and women have died when given these deadly drugs by abortion providers like Planned Parenthood.”

She continued: “The real war on women takes place in abortion clinics across the country as the abortion industry fights for profits, for secrecy and for reduced protections for women and their unborn children.”

The Arizona law in question was challenged by Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers seeking to administer abortion-inducing drugs outside of restrictions put in place by the FDA. A federal district court refused to stay the law while litigation proceeds, but the Ninth Circuit reversed that determination and enjoined the law. Arizona is now asking the Supreme Court to grant certiorari to hear the case on appeal and reverse the Ninth Circuit’s decision.

Since the RU-486 regimen was approved, thousands of women have faced complications, many of them life-threatening. Both the FDA and the drug manufacturer have acknowledged the substantial risk of complications following use of the RU-486 regimen. In fact, the FDA acknowledged these risks when it approved the drugs under a special code section used for drugs that can be safely used only if distribution or use is restricted.

At least fourteen women are known to have died. Eight of these women died of severe bacterial infections that would not otherwise harm healthy women. All eight of those women were instructed to use the drugs in a manner that directly contravened the approved FDA protocol.

The Arizona law seeks to ensure that the RU-486 regimen is administered only in the way approved by the FDA. Rather than allowing providers to hand out dangerous drugs and send women home to self-administer away from physician oversight and beyond the gestational limit approved by the FDA, the law requires that the drugs be administered in a clinical setting within the gestational limit approved by the FDA.

AUL’s brief, available here, was filed on behalf of Senators Kimberly Yee (bill sponsor), Andy Biggs (President), Gail Griffin, (President Pro Tempore), Nancy Barto, Judy Burges, David Farnsworth, Al Melvin, Rick Murphy, Steve Pierce, Don Shooter, Kelli Ward, and Steve Yarbrough.

AUL also filed on behalf of Representatives David Gowan (Majority Leader), Rick Gray (Majority Whip), J.D. Mesnard (Speaker Pro Tempore), Andy Tobin (Speaker), John Allen, Brenda Barton, Sonny Borrelli, Paul Boyer, Eddie Farnsworth, John Kavanagh, Adam Kwasman, Debbie Lesko, David Livingston, Phil Lovas, Catherine Miranda, Darin Mitchell, Steve Montenegro, Justin Olson, Warren Petersen, Justin Pierce, Carl Seel, T.J. Shope, Steve Smith, David Stevens, Bob Thorpe, and Kelly Townsend. The brief demonstrates that the Ninth Circuit employed an improper legal standard in order to side with Planned Parenthood and ignored clear Supreme Court precedent giving deference to a state’s interest in regulating abortion to protect women’s health.

AUL Files Against “Phony Fix” in Obamacare’s Anti-Life “Accommodation”

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-07-14) Americans United for Life has filed an amicus curie (“friend-of-the-court”) brief – AUL’s 20th on anti-life policies in Obamacare – defending the First Amendment conscience rights of Americans. At issue are regulations that allegedly “accommodate” objections to Obamacare’s anti-life policies. “The so-called ‘accommodation’ is a phony fix and changes nothing,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “People are still forced to violate their pro-life convictions by subsidizing life-ending drugs and devices. The only ‘change’ is who is to be notified about their concerns.”

Yoest noted that the “alternative process” proposed by HHS requires handing over the name and contact information “of any of the [health insurance] plan’s third party administrators and health insurance issuers,” so HHS can then use that information to force the religious employer’s insurer to include the objected-to life-ending drugs and devices. The coercive impact on the plan that is paid and arranged for by the religious employer remains the same.

“This phony fix also discriminates, particularly against those who care about the unborn and who do not work directly at a religious ministry,” noted Yoest. “Obamacare’s regulations substantially burden the beliefs of people working in family businesses and non-profits that are non-religious in nature, including AUL. This flies in the face of how the Supreme Court ruled in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.”

Importantly, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Hobby Lobby that “[b]y requiring [Plaintiffs] and their companies to arrange for such coverage, the HHS mandate demands that they engage in conduct that seriously violates their religious beliefs.” And like the job-killing fines the Obama Administration threatened to impose on family businesses under Obamacare, if a non-profit religious employer does not “yield to this demand, the economic consequences will be severe.”

AUL filed our brief (available here) in the Second Circuit in the case Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York v. Sebelius. AUL’s brief is on behalf of eight national organizations including the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS), American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG), Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, the National Catholic Bioethics Center, Alabama Physicians for Life (APFL), National Association of Pro Life Nurses (NAPN), and National Association of Catholic Nurses.

Women Win As Texas Health and Safety Standards Go to Work in Abortion Clinics, says AUL

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

“These health and safety standards close no clinics,” noted Yoest. “Instead, clinics close when they refuse to offer women minimally acceptable care, which happens all too often. They choose to close when they choose to subject women and their unborn children to their profit-focused, dangerous practices.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (10-02-14) A law requiring abortion clinics to meet the same medical standards as other facilities performing outpatient surgeries, and requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges should emergency care be needed, will go into effect immediately in Texas as a result of a U.S. 5th Circuit Court decision late Thursday. The appeals court panel disagreed with a lower court judge who ruled that the health and safety standards could not go into effect while the constitutional issues were being litigated.

“Women will be safer from Big Abortion’s deadly, neglect and callous practices as a result of this courageous 5th Circuit Court ruling,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Women won in Texas today. Without today’s ruling, women and their unborn children would bear the deadly risk of abortion clinics that operate with substandard practices. It’s time to hold an under-regulated, profit-driven, largely unscrutinized Big Abortion industry accountable for the so-called ‘care’ they sell.”

“These health and safety standards close no clinics,” noted Yoest. “Instead, clinics close when they refuse to offer women minimally acceptable care, which happens all too often. They choose to close when they choose to subject women and their unborn children to their profit-focused, dangerous practices.”

In March 2014, a different, and all female, panel of the 5th Circuit upheld Texas’ admitting privileges requirement, but several abortion providers had again challenged the requirement claiming it was unconstitutional as specifically applied to them.

Both requirements were part of House Bill 2, enacted in 2013 during a special session of the Texas legislature. Americans United for Life worked with allies in Texas to pass this comprehensive and protective legislation. AUL has led the charge in the states to require abortion clinics to meet comprehensive health and safety standards routinely applied to other types of medical facilities.

“For more than a decade, AUL has led the nationwide effort to combat the reality of legal ‘back-alley’ abortions, advocating for common sense and comprehensive regulation and oversight of abortion clinics across the nation,” said Dr. Yoest. “Since Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly acknowledged that a state has ‘a legitimate interest’ in seeing to it that abortion, like any other medical procedure, is performed under minimally acceptable circumstances in order to protect at least the woman.”

For more information on life-saving laws as found in AUL’s Women’s Protection Project, click here.

In Nation Founded on Rule of Law, Obama Administration Breaks the Law and its Promises, says AUL

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, September 18th, 2014

“Americans are funding death with monies designed to sustain life through real healthcare,” said AUL’s General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne. “The GAO report confirms that the Obama Administration has broken the law under the Affordable Care Act and ignores the President’s Executive Order by paying for abortions with taxpayer funds.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (09-18-14) “The Obama Administration is breaking the law by allowing abortions to be paid for under Obamacare, which expressly prohibits direct or indirect funding for abortion. Just as important, the Administration is breaking its promise to the American people made at the 11th hour in order to pass the Affordable Care Act, which we now know is a landmark anti-life law, interwoven with anti-life policies,” said Americans United for Life General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne at a Thursday news conference on Capitol Hill, in which pro-life leaders joined members of the U.S. House to discuss this week’s GAO report on abortion funding.

Lamontagne added his voice to the calls made by House members and pro-life leaders for the U.S. Senate to pass H.R. 7, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” and made the following remarks:

“Sadly, Nancy Pelosi had it right when she said that Congress would have to pass Obamacare to find out what was in it. But there was one exception, and that was the clear command in the law that taxpayer monies would not fund abortion. Without that assurance, Obamacare would not have passed. At the time, the law was modified through Executive Order designed with a Covert Abortion Premium Mandate in which taxpayer funds would always be separate from abortion funds. Even with the Executive Order, AUL warned that the American people were being deceived by how the abortion industry was sneaking abortion coverage paid by individuals into healthcare accounts.

“But the language in the law and the Executive Order is unambiguous—separate payments are required for abortion funding. Yet, the GAO found that insurance companies are not being required to collect separate payments. In fact, the Obama Administration is telling issuers that they do not need to collect two checks. The GAO found that when issuers seek guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), they are told that they can merely itemize the amount of a premium that will be used to pay for abortions.

“The Obama Administration has broken its promises and is violating the law by paying for abortions with taxpayer funds. And they instruct insurance companies to follow their lead in entangling taxpayers with abortionists. Americans are funding death with monies designed to sustain life through real healthcare. This violates the rule of law, and violates the very purpose of healthcare. Real healthcare respects life.

“Americans United for Life joins this distinguished company in calling for passage H.R. 7, the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act’ and calls on members of the House and Senate to repeal Obamacare and to begin again in building life-affirming healthcare.”

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 abortion.
  • 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.

For more information on the Covert Abortion Premium act, click here. To learn more on how abortions are funded in Obamacare, click here. To learn how Real Healthcare Respects Life, click here.

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