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AUL Represents State Legislators in Historic Supreme Court Case, Fights to Protect Health and Safety Standards for Women Vulnerable to Abortion Industry Abuses

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

“At every turn, the abortion industry fights health and safety standards that offer real protection to women, going to court to keep profits high and standards low,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (02-03-16) – Americans United for Life, the nation’s leading advocate of protecting women’s health through commonsense legislation, filed an amicus curie (friend of the court) brief today, along with co-counsel the Bioethics Defense Fund, in the most significant abortion case before the Supreme Court in decades, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, formerly known as Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole. On the brief, AUL represents legislators from across the nation and demonstrates to the Court that state efforts to protect women through reasonable health and safety standards must be upheld for reasons of common sense and medical reality. “At every turn, the abortion industry fights health and safety standards that offer real protection to women, going to court to keep profits high and standards low and ignoring the severe medical risks to women exposed to the reality of abortion in America,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “AUL’s legal team is proud to stand with men and women from across the country – more than 460 Republicans and Democrats – who are working to protect life in law in their states.”

“This historical case provides an important opportunity for the Supreme Court to affirm its support of laws that protect women’s health,” Dr. Yoest noted. “After more than four decades of the abortion industry’s recalcitrant opposition to meaningful oversight, the Supreme Court must unequivocally affirm that it meant what it has said as far back as Roe: states may regulate abortion to protect a mother’s health.”

The case, Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, involves Texas House Bill 2, a measure enacted in 2013 with a number of life-affirming provisions. Placing profit above women’s health, abortion providers challenged provisions requiring them to meet the same health and safety standards as ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs), as well as to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. In June 2015, the Fifth Circuit upheld the provisions, and abortion providers appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court in their continued effort to avoid compliance with the commonsense requirements.

AUL has been active in this case since its inception. In addition to providing expert consultation on the constitutionality of HB 2 before and after it was enacted, AUL filed an amicus brief in the Fifth Circuit on behalf of Texas Legislators.

AUL’s current brief, (available here), was filed on behalf of more than 460 public officeholders from states with provisions similar to the Texas health and safety standards. The brief demonstrates that the Supreme Court has promised “wide discretion” to state lawmakers in the regulation of abortion and gives significant deference to legislative determinations as to the medical necessity for enacting health and safety regulations. Here, both the legislative record and the evidence before the trial court confirm that the State of Texas acted in the best interest of women, and the Supreme Court must uphold HB 2.

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

New Number One State Tops AUL’s “Life List” for Protecting Mothers and Infants from Abortion Industry Abuses

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Americans United for Life Releases 11th Edition of Defending Life to Equip Legislators in 2016 Session, Predicts Trends

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-12-16) – This year’s prestigious Americans United for Life’s “Life List” a ranking of the 50 states based on how well they protect life in law has a new number one, announced Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. Based on analysis of legal and legislative achievements over the last year combined with accomplishments since Roe v. Wade became law, Oklahoma is now number one on the Life List, as well as achieving a Life List All Star ranking for 2016. To equip legislators for the further pro-life legal accomplishments in 2016, AUL also released its 11th edition of Defending Life, in advance of the March for Life, in time for its distribution to pro-life leaders nationwide.

“The momentum for creating a culture that respects life in the law increases each year, empowered with tools such as Americans United for Life’s model legislation constitutionally sound and deliberately crafted to protect women and their unborn infants from a predatory abortion industry,” said Dr. Yoest. “This is a historic time for life. More life-affirming and protective state laws have been enacted since 2010 than in any similar period since Roe v. Wade, and AUL has been involved in nearly one-third abortion-related measures enacted over the last six years.”

For achievements in protecting life in law and in the courts in 2015, three states were honored as 2016 Life List All Stars, including:

  • Arkansas for enacting seven new life-affirming, abortion-related laws, several of which were based on AUL model legislation that is featured in AUL’s Women’s Protection Project.
  • Oklahoma for enacting legislation found in both the Infants’ Protection Project, and Women’s Protection Project, giving it top honors for protecting mothers and their children last session.
  • Texas for enacting portions of AUL’s Parental Involvement Enhancement Act, as well as its continued defense of House Bill 2 (enacted in 2013, based in part on AUL language, and composed of the types of laws featured in Women’s Protection Project).  Portions of HB 2 requiring abortion clinics to meet the same high-quality health and safety standards as other facilities performing outpatient surgeries and requiring abortion providers to maintain hospital admitting privileges are now before the U.S. Supreme Court in  Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole.

Each year, AUL releases the Life List to recognize accomplishments, both in passing pro-life laws and defending them in court, since Roe v. Wade. This year’s top 10 on the 2016 Life List (in order) are Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Indiana, North Dakota, Missouri, and Texas.  For the complete list, click here.

In 2016, the states least protective of women and children against abortion industry abuses are: Washington (for the 7th time in a row), followed by Vermont, New Jersey, California, Oregon, Nevada, New York, Hawaii, Connecticut, and Wyoming.

Trending now: “Already, AUL’s newly released Infants’ Protection Project is getting a lot of attention from legislators, in particular the Unborn Infants Dignity Act which ensures that mothers are given the opportunity to ensure that their deceased infants receive respectful treatment, and that the bodies of aborted infants are not exploited,” noted Dr. Yoest. “Further, in light of the Supreme Court’s decision to review Texas’s health and safety requirements for abortion providers, state leaders are also considering stronger protections for women from the chaos of under-regulated abortion clinics.”

To read an overview of 2016 Life List and Life List All Stars, click here.

To request your copy of the newly updated model legislation found in Defending Life, click here.

For more information on accomplishments for life in the 2015 State Session, click here.

AUL’s Legal Team Files 29th Brief Defending Conscience Rights of Americans Opposed to Life-Ending Drugs

By Americans United for Life
Monday, January 11th, 2016

“Obamacare’s punishing life-ending mandates represent the abortion industry’s move from ‘choice’ to coercion, and AUL won’t give up the fight to protect Americans’ freedoms,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-11-16) – Americans United for Life’s legal team filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief today in seven consolidated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenge the Obama Administration’s “HHS mandate” that forces religious non-profit employers to facilitate insurance coverage of life-ending drugs and devices.  The filing marks AUL’s 29th amicus brief defending the rights of Americans under assault by the landmark anti-life law that is known as Obamacare.

“The Obama Administration’s commitment to advancing an abortion agenda is so perverse that it has spent several years in court attempting to force nuns, priests, and religious schools to be complicit in providing insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices. AUL is committed to defending freedom of conscience and urges the Supreme Court to put an end to this coercive, unlawful, and unconstitutional mandate.” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

She continued: “The Obama Administration has known from day one that its HHS Mandate violates religious freedom guarantees, which is why it crafted a narrow exemption for churches. But it is equally unlawful and unconstitutional to demand that religious non-profits, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor and Priest for Life, which share the same religious objection as those churches that were granted exemptions, comply with the mandate.”

The Obama Administration announced in an August 2014 regulation that those with religious beliefs opposed to facilitating and paying for life-ending drugs and devices must hand over to the federal government the name and contact information “for any of the plan’s third party administrators and health insurance issuers.” The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) made clear that it will use that information to force the religious employer’s insurance carrier to include the objected-to items and services in the policies purchased by the religious employer.

In November 2015, the Supreme Court granted review in seven cases challenging the Obama Administration’s mandate that forces these religious non-profits to facilitate insurance coverage of life-ending drugs and devices. The now-consolidated cases of Zubik et al. v. Burwell, Priests for Life et al. v. Department of Health & Human Services, Roman Catholic Archbishop v. Burwell, East Texas Baptist University vs. Burwell, Little Sisters of the Poor et al. v. Burwell, Southern Nazarene University et al. v. Burwell, and Geneva College v. Burwell, are on appeal from the Third, Fifth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits.

In its brief, available here, AUL demonstrates that the life of a new human being begins at fertilization (conception), that so-called “emergency contraception” has post-fertilization effects that can prevent a new, developing human being from implanting in the uterus and thus ending his or her young life, and that forcing the religious employers such as Little Sisters of the Poor and Priests for Life to facilitate and provide coverage for such drugs violates their freedom of conscience guaranteed by the Constitution and federal law.

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

Dr. Yoest remarked that “federal law and the Constitution do not support the Obama Administration’s shell-game of selective respect for religious freedom.  The Supreme Court has already rightly held in Hobby Lobby that the Obama Administration cannot punish family-run businesses with crippling fines for being pro-life. It is basic commonsense that the law likewise protects nuns, priests, and religious schools from similar coercion.”

Click here to learn more about life-affirming healthcare.

AUL Commends Second House Vote to Free Taxpayers from Forced Funding of Abortion Business

By Americans United for Life
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

“The nation’s largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood makes 43 percent of its $1.3 billion budget from beleaguered taxpayers,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “It’s time to redirect the money to true healthcare needs for women and children.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-06-16) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended the U.S. House for passing H.R. 3762, the “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act,” as amended by the Senate, to disentangle the American taxpayer from forced funding of the abortion industry. “During the healthcare debate, we learned that 7 in 10 Americans did not want their hard earned money to pay for abortions. Americans United for Life thanks the members of the U.S. House for respecting the taxpayers’ wishes, and urges President Obama to sign the bill into law,” said Dr. Yoest. “While we know that it’s unlikely that the President will respect the majority of Americans who do not want to be forced into business with the abortion industry, this vote shows that the framework is there to defund Big Abortion with a pro-life president.”

In a letter to the U.S. House before the vote, Dr. Yoest noted that the shocking Center for Medical Progress videos, showing Planned Parenthood doctors and personnel coldly discussing the sale and dismemberment of aborted infants, was one of many reasons to end taxpayer dollars from supporting the abortion industry.

She wrote: “Planned Parenthood’s Senior Medical Director, Dr. Deborah Nucatola, discussed in one of the videos how she strategically ‘crushes’ the babies she aborts in order to best harvest their hearts, lungs and livers. These videos shed light for the American people to see Planned Parenthood for what it truly is, the abortion industry that puts profits ahead of anything else. The recorded conversations also raise serious concern that Planned Parenthood may be violating federal fetal tissue trafficking laws, the Partial Birth Abortion Ban—a law that Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Nucatola flippantly describes as ‘open to interpretation’—and the federal Born Alive Infant Protection Act. As Americans United for Life has documented, Planned Parenthood’s harvesting of baby body parts is one of a growing list of scandals that should make Planned Parenthood ineligible for the tremendous amount of taxpayer dollars it takes in annually.”

In its 2015 fiscal year, Planned Parenthood reported that 43% of its nearly $1.3 billion in revenue came at the taxpayers’ expense. A report issued by the Government Accountability Office in March 2015 documented that Planned Parenthood receives half a billion dollars annually from federal and joint federal-state programs.

“The federal government has a responsibility to the American people to ensure the integrity of these programs,” said Dr. Yoest.

To learn more about Planned Parenthood’s scandal-ridden business model, click here.

A Special Prayer Request

By Charmaine Yoest
Saturday, December 19th, 2015

I have a special prayer request.  Yesterday morning our friend, Jeanneane Maxon, was diagnosed with brain cancer.  There are still many questions to be answered, but what is clear is that she has a difficult road ahead in the weeks and months to come and needs our prayers. 

I wanted to be sure that you had the details that we know because Jeanneane is so special to the AUL family.  For the last four years she has served as a senior leader of our team, heading up and coordinating our External Affairs, Communications and Development work.   That role was so integral to all that we do that we joked her title should have been Vice President of Stuff.  She had resigned from that position about a month ago, with her last day just last Friday, because she had been having health challenges.  Her doctors were attributing the migraine headaches and other issues to adjusting to having her thyroid removed last year.

But Thursday evening, she had a migraine with numbness that sent her to the ER.  An MRI then revealed a tumor behind her left frontal lobe the size of a lime.   She will almost certainly have to have it removed in a surgery that involves significant recovery time.  As a result, her family decided to have her fly to Dallas yesterday where she will be able to recuperate with family who live there. 

The next step is a meeting with a neurosurgeon on Monday afternoon to make decisions about surgery and subsequent treatment.  

When I saw Jeanneane in the hospital yesterday morning, I took with me one of our AUL winter scarves, and a “faith” necklace, and she laughed and told me that she had worn her #TeamLife T-shirt into the emergency room.   That’s classic Jeanneane.  This is a young woman who has poured her life and her entire career into the pro-life movement, and it is encouraging to see us together turning around to support her.

Please join us in praying for Jeanneane and her family.  We already see God at work in how this was discovered and diagnosed, and we are believing that our God of Impossible Things is in control of the days ahead as well.

Yours,
Charmaine

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
- Hebrews 11:1

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AUL Launches “Infants’ Protection Project,” Ensuring that the Humanity of the Unborn is Legally Protected and Respected

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Heading into 2016 State Legislative Sessions, the Infants’ Protection Project will be a Companion to AUL’s Influential Women’s Protection Project

“In this season, as many consider the beauty of the words ‘Unto Us a Child is Born,’ Americans United for Life is launching a new ‘Infants’ Protection Project’ because every life can change the world and deserves a chance,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (12-08-15) – “At this time of the year, when many pause from daily struggles to reflect on the unique contributions one baby made to the world, Americans United for Life is announcing its groundbreaking ‘Infants’ Protection Project’ to advance legal protections for the humanity of the unborn, as well as to address ongoing abortion industry abuses,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Already, AUL is receiving requests for a legislative package to address not only the barbaric trafficking in infant body parts, revealed by the Center for Medical Progress videos, but also the inhumanity of late-term abortion procedures which cause excruciating deaths for infants and carry substantial health risks for women. During this season, when many consider the beauty of a mother and her newborn son, Americans United for Life offers this package of legislation to care for both mother and child.”

Dr. Yoest continued, “AUL’s unique legislative package, the Infants’ Protection Project, is being released in advance of the 2016 edition of Defending Life, the pro-life playbook, which will be released nationwide in January as state legislative sessions open and the nation commemorates the tragic anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

“For more than 40 years, AUL has worked to protect unborn children and their mothers with constitutionally sound model legislation. The Infants’ Protection Project builds on AUL’s uniquely effective mother-child strategy that considers both victims of a greedy abortion industry that places profits over people.”

AUL’s unique package of laws in the Infants Protection Project includes:

  1. Unborn Infants Dignity Act – prohibits experimenting on the remains of aborted infants and requires that regardless of the circumstances of their demise, every deceased unborn infant is treated with dignity and respect and that the bodies of aborted infants cannot be sold.
  2. “Missouri Preamble” – unique measure providing the fullest legal protection to unborn children (given the U.S. Supreme Court’s abortion jurisprudence) and requiring that state laws be interpreted to provide such protection to the unborn.
  3. Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act – state prohibition on partial-birth abortions which provides stronger enforcement mechanisms than the federal ban on this gruesome and unnecessary procedure.
  4. Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act – prohibits sex-selection abortions and abortions performed for genetic abnormalities including Down syndrome.
  5. Women’s Health Defense Act – limits abortions at five months of pregnancy based on the pain experienced by unborn children (and the substantial maternal health risks of such abortions; it is also a legislative component of AUL’s Women’s Protection Project.)
  6. Perinatal Hospice Information Act – informed consent enhancement requiring information about perinatal hospice and other supportive, life-affirming options for families facing lethal fetal anomalies.
  7. Born-Alive Infant Protection Act – requires that children who survive attempted abortions be given medically appropriate care and treatment.
  8. Unborn Wrongful Death Act – authorizes a wrongful death (civil) action when an unborn child, at any stage of development, is killed through the criminal or negligent act of a third-party.

The vast majority of Americans support limiting abortions later in pregnancy when an unborn baby will experience a horrific death. A Marist poll found that “[m]ost Americans, 84%, agree there should be significant restrictions and safe guards associated with the procedure including limits to within the first three months of pregnancy, allowed only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother, or never permitted.”

“Momentum is on the side of LIFE,” observed Dr. Yoest. “Since the release of the Center for Medical Progress videos, Congress has been examining Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in infant body parts and the half-a-billion in tax dollars that the abortion giant receives each year, while the Supreme Court considers the constitutionality of health and safety standards long championed by AUL. But there is more that we can do, and the Infants’ Protection Project will equip legislators to protect the weakest among us, as we remember the birth of a special child at Christmastime.”

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

For more information on AUL’s model legislation, click here.

We did it! Taxes Redirected from Abortion!

By Ovide Lamontagne
Friday, December 4th, 2015

You may not have believed this possible, but this week a truly important vote took place that redirected tax dollars from the abortion industry to other important needs.

The vote took place in the U.S. Senate, reflecting the pro-life momentum sweeping the nation. The Senate voted 52-47 to repeal key provisions of the anti-life Obamacare and disentangle the taxpayer from the scandal-ridden abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. A bipartisan majority in the Senate also rejected two amendments brought by abortion-supporting politicians that would have continued to funnel nearly half a billion taxpayer dollars each year to the abortion industry.

AUL commends the Senate for its strong stand for Life and we expect that the strong pro-life majority in the House will approve the legislation.

Sadly, the pro-abortion President Obama will likely cave to the demands of his friends at Planned Parenthood and their lobby apparatus and veto the bill. Still, this is a historic moment.

And if we can do it once, we can do it again, perhaps with a president who respects your values – love for mother and child, both victims of a greedy abortion industry.

For several years, our efforts to enact life-affirming legislation in the states have seen tremendous success. We are on the verge of that same success at the federal level. For years the Senate was not only a roadblock to life-affirming laws, but under the leadership of Senator Harry Reid, it actively pursued an anti-life agenda. Last night’s votes to put an end to taxpayer-funded support of the abortion industry shows how far we’ve come. With a presidential election around the corner, the opportunities are great.

Thank you for making this moment possible.

AUL Condemns all Violence at Planned Parenthood Clinic in Colorado

By Americans United for Life
Saturday, November 28th, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-28-15) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest made the following statement, following news of the tragic shooting in a Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic:

“Our prayers and concern are with the victims today of the Colorado Springs shooting, people who did not deserve such violence. We are heartbroken for the families grieving the loss of their loved ones, especially during this time that is supposed to be one of national Thanksgiving and family celebration. We categorically condemn this violence. While we don’t know all the details of this horrific event, we know that it was an evil act, one condemned by pro-life Americans nationwide.”

Texas Again Could Change Law of the Land on Abortion, says AUL, as Health and Safety Standards Take Center Stage

By Americans United for Life
Friday, November 13th, 2015

“From Roe v. Wade to today’s case, Texas again could be pivotal in changing the law of the land on abortion, as much needed health and safety standards are debated following evidence of abortion industry profiteering at women’s expense,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.


WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-13-15) –
Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that the Supreme Court’s decision to consider health and safety standards in abortion clinics “is the right choice given all that we know now about the dangers of abortion for women and their unborn children. The Texas case Whole Woman’s Health v. Cole presents a unique and much-needed opportunity to further educate the Court and the American public about the reality of ‘back-alley’ abortions in America and to expose the abortion industry’s widespread and callous disregard for women’s health and safety. For more than 15 years, AUL has been a leader in calling for stronger protections for women through commonsense health and safety standards laid out in AUL’s Women’s Protection Project.”

She continued: “Court watchers will appreciate that Texas again is at the forefront of the continuing national debate over abortion. In January 1973, the Supreme Court struck down Texas’ prohibition on abortion in Roe v. Wade, unleashing an extreme abortion-on-demand agenda that has claimed more than 50 million children and left millions of American women at the mercy of an under-scrutinized, inadequately regulated, and profit-driven abortion industry. Now another Texas abortion law has presented the Court an opportunity to strike a decisive blow for women’s health and safety and to ensure that abortion providers – who are often more interested in maintaining profitability than in safeguarding women’s health and safety – comply with medically appropriate standards of care.”

Over just the last 6 years, more than 150 abortion providers in at least 30 states and the District of Columbia (DC) have faced investigations, criminal charges, administrative complaints, and/or civil lawsuits related to the provision of abortions or have been cited for violating state laws governing the operation of abortion clinics.

In light of documented abortion industry abuses, legislators responded with health and safety standards. Currently, 29 states regulate (to widely varying degrees) abortion facilities, and only 6 of these states (including Texas) require abortion clinics to meet the same health and safety standards as facilities performing other outpatient surgeries.

Dr. Yoest also noted that court watchers expect that the Court will clarify the appropriate standard of review to be applied by courts when reviewing abortion laws, the correct application of the “undue burden” standard that it announced in Planned Parenthood v Casey (1992), and the proper deference to be given a state legislature’s determination that the provision of abortion requires competent, consistent, and comprehensive regulation and oversight – things that the abortion industry clearly does not prioritize or provide.

For more information on AUL’s amicus curie briefs filed in this case, click here.

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

For more information on AUL’s model legislation, click here.

AUL Looks Forward to Supreme Court Review of Obamacare’s Anti-Life Mandates which Violate First Amendment Freedoms

By Americans United for Life
Friday, November 6th, 2015


WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-06-15) –
Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that AUL is “optimistic that the Court will uphold Americans’ fundamental freedom of conscience” in its review of legal challenges to the landmark, anti-life law that is Obamacare. The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will take up all seven of the cases challenging the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate’s so-called “accommodation” that forces religious non-profit employers to facilitate insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices against their beliefs. Responding to the news that review was granted in seven cases – Zubik, David A. et al. v. Burwell, Priests for Life et al. v. Department of Health & Human Services, Roman Catholic Archbishop v. Burwell, East Texas Baptist University vs. Burwell, Little Sisters of the Poor et al. v. Burwell, Southern Nazarene University et al. v. Burwell, and Geneva College v. Burwell – Dr. Yoest said that AUL “looks forward to a discussion of the constitutional issues raised by a law that forces people to violate their First Amendment rights of conscience to satisfy the abortion-lobby’s additions to the healthcare law.

Claiming to “accommodate” religious employers, a regulation issued by HHS in August 2014 forces those with religious beliefs opposed to facilitating and paying for life-ending drugs and devices to hand over to the federal government the name and contact information “for any of the plan’s third party administrators and health insurance issuers.” The HHS regulation makes clear that the government will use that information to force the religious employer’s insurance carrier to include the objected-to items and services in the policies purchased by the religious employer.

AUL’s Dr. Yoest observed, “As the Court already held in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood cases, it is unlawful for the Obama Administration to threaten to impose crippling fines on those who object to participating in a purely ideological agenda that embraces life-ending drugs and devices. Those cases rightly found that Green and Hahn family businesses could not be punished for being pro-life. It is basic commonsense that the law likewise protects nuns, priests, and religious schools from similar coercion. AUL is confident that, once again, religious liberty and the freedom of conscience—principles that are protected by federal law and the Constitution—will prevail against the pro-abortion ideologues of the Obama Administration.”

AUL filed amicus briefs in support of the petition for certiorari.

In its briefs, AUL demonstrates that the life of a new human being begins at fertilization (conception), that so-called “emergency contraception” has post-fertilization effects that can prevent a new, developing human being from implanting in the uterus and thus ending his or her young life, and that forcing the religious employers such as Little Sisters of the Poor and Priests for Life to facilitate and provide coverage for such drugs violates their constitutionally protected freedom of conscience.

AUL’s briefs were 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.

While optimistic about the eventual outcome of these cases, Dr. Yoest renewed AUL’s call on Congress to repeal the anti-life mandates of Obamacare and to enact the Health Care Conscience Rights Act, H.R. 940, noting that “religious non-profit employers such as Little Sisters of the Poor and Priests for Life should not be spending years in court to protect their basic right to be free from Big Abortion’s coercive agenda.”

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