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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.

GAO Report Reveals Abortion Funding in Obamacare

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

“Americans are paying for Abortion out of federally-subsidized premiums.
That is taxpayer funding for abortion, period,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (09-16-14) “The Obama Administration has completely failed to keep its promise to protect taxpayer dollars from abortion funding. The release of the non-partisan federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on Obamacare abortion funding demonstrates that Americans are paying for abortion in their healthcare,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “AUL stood with the majority of Americans on the issue of life during the debates over healthcare. At that time, 7 in 10 Americans self-identified both as pro-life and pro-choice said they did not want their tax dollars going to support abortion. But today, we have proof that abortionists have taxpayers to thank for their profit margins.”

Yoest continued, “The report is compelling. It documents how the Obama Administration has abandoned and even undermined the very promises that enabled the healthcare legislation to pass the U.S. House of Representatives.”

When objections to taxpayer funding for abortion or abortion coverage nearly brought down the bill, it took an eleventh hour “compromise”—statutory language provided by Senator Ben Nelson (D-NE) and a promised executive order—to save the ACA. Now, over four years later, the GAO report confirms that the abortion deal was effectively meaningless.

The language in the law is unambiguous—“separate payments” are required for abortion funding. Yet, insurance issuers are not collecting separate payments. In fact, the Obama Administration is telling issuers that they do not need to collect two checks. 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.

“Abortions are being paid for out of federally-subsidized premiums. That is taxpayer funding for abortion, period,” said Yoest.

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.

Real healthcare respects life. To learn more, click here.

AUL Joins Fight for Workplace Protections for Pregnant Women

By Americans United for Life
Friday, September 12th, 2014

“It was absolutely unacceptable that while other (UPS) employees’ physical needs were accommodated, a hard-working pregnant mother was not given the same options,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (09-12-14) – Americans United for Life filed an amicus brief this week, fighting for continued workplace protections for pregnant mothers, at issue in Young v United Parcel Service (UPS). The landmark case aims to preserve the employment protections of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978 (PDA) for working mothers. AUL Senior Counsel Clarke D. Forsythe was instrumental in drafting the brief and will serve as co-counsel in the case along with AUL General Counsel Ovide M. Lamontagne. Lead counsel on the brief are Carrie Severino (counsel of record) and Jonathan Keim of the Judicial Education Project, and Professor Thomas Berg and Professor Teresa Collett of the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

“Americans United for Life joined this effort to empower women working to provide for their families and to take care of their unborn children. It was absolutely unacceptable that while other employees’ physical needs were accommodated, a hard-working pregnant mother was not given the same options for lighter duty,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “This case is about protecting pregnant mothers from employment discrimination. Women should not suffer physical hardship at work or lose their jobs because they are having a baby. And pregnant mothers should not be refused the same accommodations offered others.”

In this case, Peggy Young, a pregnant mother, was a driver for UPS. Though other workers received a “lighter duty” accommodation when needed, Peggy was denied one during her pregnancy, in violation of the federal PDA. Young lost in the two lower courts. The Supreme Court agreed to hear her appeal on July 1 (No. 12-1226) and will hear arguments in the case in the coming term that starts Monday, October 6th.

The brief was filed on behalf of 23 pro-life groups and the Judicial Education Project, including: All Our Lives, American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists (AAPLOG), American Life League, Anglicans for Life (AFL), Bethany Christian Services, Birthmother Ministries, the Catholic Medical Association, the Christian Legal Society, Christian Adoption Services, Concerned Women for America (CWA), Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) of the Southern Baptist Convention, Feminists For Nonviolent Choices, Heartbeat International, Inc., Law of Life Project (LOLP), Life Legal Defense Foundation (LLDF), March for Life Education and Defense Fund, the National Association of Evangelicals, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA), 

A copy of the brief is available here

What the New York Times forgot to say about abortion …

By Charmaine Yoest
Friday, August 29th, 2014

I wanted to be sure you saw that the New York Times, in a national profile piece out now for its weekend magazine, included Americans United for Life board member and prominent physician Dr. Monique Chireau in a long overdue discussion. Just how safe are chemical abortion drugs? And whom can you trust to tell you the truth? 

mcReporter Emily Bazelon wrote: “Monique Chireau, a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Duke University School of Medicine and a board member of Americans United for Life, says the number of women who die or suffer serious complications from abortions may be higher than reported. ‘The truth is we have no idea what the rates of morbidity and mortality for abortions are in the United States, because the data system is flawed,’ she told me. Some states don’t accurately report, she said, and the numbers may not be dependable, because women who go to the doctor or emergency room with complications may be reluctant to say that they’ve had a medical abortion. ‘Despite all we may hear about abortion being a benign procedure, it’s really not,’ Chireau said of the pills.” 

Abortion harms women. In fact, abortion – including chemical abortion from life-ending drugs – should come with a warning label. Chemical abortions have resulted in deaths when women’s bodies became wracked with deadly infection. And women taking life-ending drugs are admitted to hospitals at a higher rate than women experiencing surgical abortion. 

Of course, the New York Times concluded otherwise. Looking the other way and disregarding the evidence, they breezily concluded that abortion is safe. 

That’s why our work is so essential. To learn about abortion, women can’t look to the abortion industry or its political allies. You can’t trust what they say about the harms women experience. 

Abortion data in the United States is VOLUNTARILY reported by abortionists  and some states don’t report at all

In contrast to most important health indicators – births, deaths, cancer, HIV, STDs, etc. – there is no national reporting law requiring that abortions or their complications be reported to national health officials or agencies. Our model legislation has been designed to address this void. And to require women and girls be given all the information available before having an abortion or taking a life-ending drug.

Thank you for helping us hold the abortion industry accountable for their egregious abuse of women, girls and the unborn. Your support enables us to help pass legislation that will force open their closed books, revealing the truth about how abortion harms women in the United States.

AUL Notes “New” HHS Rules for Obamacare Fall Short in Protecting ALL Americans’ Conscience Rights

By Americans United for Life
Friday, August 22nd, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-22-14) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that the “new” HHS mandate announced today continues to violate American conscience rights. Yoest made the following statement, following news of the 8th Revision to the Health and Human Service mandates issued under Obamacare.

She said: “Once again HHS continues to violate the conscience rights of Americans while claiming just the opposite. Our own organization is a good example of the challenge posed: Americans United for Life is a public interest law firm that opposes life-ending drugs and devices required under the HHS mandate. Nevertheless, because we are not a faith-based group, we may be forced to purchase life-ending drugs and devices following the radical pro-abortion political agenda of this Administration.”

The mandate also creates a second-class citizenship status for people of faith by granting accommodations for some, but not others. Churches are exempt, but other religious employers with the same religious objection to life-ending drugs and devices, for example the Little Sisters of the Poor, are still required to participate in the life-ending drugs scheme devised by HHS. As Justice Kennedy observed in the Hobby Lobby decision, people of faith are still not treated equally under the mandate, and ‘the insistence of an agency such as HHS on distinguishing between different religious believers—burdening one while accommodating the other’ violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

“During the debate over Obamacare, AUL argued repeatedly and testified to the need to protect the conscience rights of all Americans. Today’s regulations attempt to entrench and deepen the anti-life nature of Obamacare. Americans still need protection from the anti-life mandates interwoven into the fabric of the healthcare law.”

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.

Click here to read comments made by Americans United for Life to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Click here to learn more about healthcare that respects life.

Iowa Regulation of Dangerous Chemical Abortion Drugs Upheld, Protecting Women and Girls as Medical Doctors Recommend

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-19-14) – An Iowa trial court today upheld a rule from the Iowa Board of Medicine that regulates chemical abortion by requiring that a physician physically examine a woman before providing abortion-inducing drugs. The physician-approved regulation, which was adopted by an 8-2 vote of the Board of Medicine, would protect women from potentially dangerous misuse, such as taking the drug too late in pregnancy or during an ectopic pregnancy, by requiring an in-person exam by a physician rather than a videoconference. This practice is sometime called “telemed abortion.”

“Women can die when life-ending drugs are carelessly administered,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Iowa’s regulation and today’s decision demonstrates that doctors agree that chemical abortion can be dangerous for women and requires a careful examination. Providing these drugs without a physical examination by a physician amounts to nothing less than reckless gambling with the lives of women.”

During the litigation, Planned Parenthood admitted that, under its preferred method of chemical abortion, a physician never physically meets with a woman. Moreover, staff members—such as certified medical assistants (CMAs)—conduct physical exams or ultrasounds instead of doctors or other licensed healthcare providers.

Today’s decision acknowledged that chemical abortion is not safe for some women, and that the Board’s purpose was to ensure the health and safety of women considering chemical abortion by requiring physician presence. Such presence promotes the necessary physician-patient relationship and helps ensure examination by healthcare personnel trained to recognize the dangers inherent in the chemical abortion process.

The court also rejected Planned Parenthood’s arguments that the regulation is invalid under the U.S. Constitution, finding that the regulation poses no “undue burden” to women seeking chemical abortion in the state of Iowa.

AUL is a leader in assisting states seeking to rein in the abortion industry’s misuse of abortion inducing drugs. AUL’s model Abortion-Inducing Drugs Safety Act, which prohibits “telemed abortion” and requires that abortion providers follow FDA restrictions when administering dangerous abortion-inducing drugs, can be found here. Currently, at least 14 states prohibit “telemed abortions.”

Click here to learn more about the health risks of abortion for women.

Americans United for Life Asks Ninth Circuit to Hear Evidence of Alleged Corruption at Planned Parenthood

By Americans United for Life
Friday, August 15th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-15-14) Americans United for Life filed an amicus brief in support of a petition for rehearing in the whistleblower case, Gonzalez ex rel. U.S. v. Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, asking the Ninth Circuit to reconsider its recent dismal and give the case its day in court. Victor Gonzalez, represented by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), has alleged that taxpayers were fraudulently billed millions of dollars, paid to Planned Parenthood affiliates of California. AUL filed its brief on behalf of Concerned Women for America, which represents taxpaying members nationwide.

“As AUL documented in The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood, misuse of taxpayer monies is a serious concern nationwide, deserving a thorough investigation,” noted AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Publicly available state and federal audit reports document that Planned Parenthood’s corporate culture enables and encourages inappropriate billing practices through its affiliates and clinics across the nation. The allegations of former Planned Parenthood employees in several unsealed whistleblower lawsuits corroborate Mr. Gonzalez’s allegation. In fact, these lawsuits suggest that Planned Parenthood trains its employees to disregard the law and to engage in improper billing practices.”

In 2004, the California Department of Health Services (CDHS) audited Planned Parenthood of San Diego and Riverside Counties and found that the Planned Parenthood affiliate’s improper billing practice resulted in overpayment from the government of at least $5,213,545.92 in just one fiscal year. In 2008, an action against Planned Parenthood affiliates in California was brought by Victor Gonzalez under the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. § 3729, on behalf of the United States of America, under the qui tam provisions of the FCA. Mr. Gonzalez’s complaint alleges that the over-billing practice was not limited to the San Diego affiliate.

During his employment as the Vice President of Finance and Administration with Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles (PPLA), Mr. Gonzalez was asked by Mary-Jane Wagle, then-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of PPLA, to perform an assessment of the impact of these over-billing practices. The result of this assessment revealed approximately $2,144,313.17 in additional income from improper billing. This was the alleged financial impact for only one of the then-ten Planned Parenthood affiliates in California and only for one fiscal year.

Mr. Gonzalez estimates that, over a six-year period beginning in 1999, overbilling by Planned Parenthood’s California affiliates exceeded $180 million. As his complaint notes, “This conservative figure only takes into account the illegal and unscrupulous billing practices of [Planned Parenthood affiliates] within the state of California.”

The AUL brief notes that Mr. Gonzalez’s claims are sufficient for the case, but argues that additional state and federal audit reports, as well as allegations from other former employees, suggest a systemic problem at Planned Parenthood affiliates nationwide, buttressing the plausibility of his claims.

Click here to read AUL’s brief.

Click here to learn more about The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood.

Click here to view the Planned Parenthood Exhibits.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest in the News

By Americans United for Life
Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Recent commentary by AUL’s President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest

Dr. Charmaine Yoest at ThinkProgress: The connection between work/life policies and the life issue

July 31, 2014

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…There may be the inklings of a coalition with religious conservatives and progressives on these issues. Charmaine Yoest, President of the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life (AUL) who has done past work on work/family issues, noted that her group doesn’t have the bandwidth to take them on. But they are issues she still cares about. “There really is connective tissue between work/life policies and the life issue,” she told ThinkProgress. “Because so much of it comes back to societal attitudes toward motherhood.” She pointed out that “the ideal worker is all designed around a kind of male approach to the workplace” that leaves little room for women to “invest time in particularly small babies.” While she doesn’t agree with spending more money on daycare, she pointed out that flexibility is important. That’s true in her own organization. “Every mom who works for AUL to one degree or another has negotiated some sort of flexible schedule,” she noted.

But some of those who killed off work/family leave the first time around still haven’t changed their minds. Buchanan hasn’t. “I don’t agree with another major federal undertaking,” he said when asked about how he viewed something like universal child care. “We’re talking about something that’s not remotely on the table.” But gone was the rhetoric around socialism and weakening the family; in its place were strictly fiscal concerns. “They country doesn’t have the money for any major national undertaking like this,” he explained.

Women’s rights advocates remain hopeful that the climate has changed enough, that people like Buchannan are far enough removed, people like Yoest are taking the helm, and some elected leaders have claimed the mantle, that these policies are taken seriously…

Click here to read the entire article >>

Dr. Charmaine Yoest at EWTN: Big Abortion drops “pro-choice” label

July 31, 2014

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Abortion advocates’ recent shift away from the term “pro-choice” could be due to improving medicine and technology showing the harsh reality and effects of the procedure.

“Health is a popular buzz word for abortionists, but is much weakened as medical science shows women’s health is harmed by abortion,” Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, told CNA.

A July 28 article in the New York Times detailed how abortion rights activists are beginning to change the pro-choice label to more vague terminology, saying that they do not want to limit the abortion spectrum to the term. The issue has been transferred to the general labels of “women’s health” and “economic security,” but advocates have still not found a suitable alternative name.

Yoest believes that abortion rights supporters are seeking another term as they are working to normalize abortion by creating the misconception that – since it is publicly funded – abortion is healthcare.

“The abortion industry is moving from choice to coercion, changing their strategy from mainstream abortion in culture to integrating it into healthcare,” she said.

Click here to read the entire article >>

AUL Files 19th Brief Defending the Rights of Those Burdened by Obamacare’s Anti-life Mandates

By Americans United for Life
Monday, August 4th, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. (08-04-14) – “Just like the Green family of Hobby Lobby and the Hahn of Conestoga Wood, who successfully defended themselves from the coercive Obamacare anti-life mandates, the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) faces a horrific ‘choice’ staying in business or violating their beliefs,” said Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest, as AUL filed an amicus curiae brief today in the Eleventh Circuit in the case Eternal Word Television Network v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The so-called ‘accommodation’ from the Obama Administration requires EWTN to arrange for and facilitate coverage for the life-ending drugs and devices to which it has a religious objection, violating their First Amendment rights.”

Important to note, while the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has expressly exempted churches and their auxiliaries with the same religious objections, they refuse to do the same for EWTN, which also objects to arranging for the purchase of life-ending drugs and devices.

Concurring in the Hobby Lobby case where respect for religious beliefs prevailed, Justice Kennedy noted that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “is inconsistent with the insistence of an agency such as HHS on distinguishing between different religious believers—burdening one while accommodating the other—when it may treat them both equally by offering both of them the same accommodation.”

Ultimately, it is for the EWTN, not the Obama Administration or the courts, to determine whether what HHS has styled as an “accommodation” burdens their religious beliefs. The U.S. Supreme Court squarely addressed this point in the Hobby Lobby decision, holding that the Green and Hahn families “sincerely believe that providing the insurance coverage demanded by the HHS regulations lies on the forbidden side of the line, and it is not for us to say that their religious beliefs are mistaken or insubstantial.”

Including this case, Americans United for Life has filed 19 amicus curiae briefs in challenges to Obamacare’s HHS Mandate which includes requiring employers to offer life-ending drugs and devices in health insurance policies. AUL’s briefs presented analysis and arguments defending the constitutional rights of all Americans when it comes to healthcare purchases.

In its brief, AUL demonstrated 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. In addition, forcing employers to provide coverage for such drugs violates their constitutionally protected freedom of conscience.

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.

Abortion is woven into Obamacare at multiple levels, making repeal of the law a pro-life necessity. The abortion-related provisions of Obamacare, include:

  • 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 understand how the Obama Administration put “The Con” in Contraception, click here.

To learn more about life-affirming healthcare, click here.

“Mother-Child” Pro-life Strategy Remained Popular in 2014 State Legislative Sessions, Notes AUL

By Americans United for Life
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

“The abortion industry should be warned that the time is now to hold them accountable for their horrific treatment of mothers and their unborn children,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “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 2010.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-29-14) – Pro-life legislative advances continued in the 2013-2014 state legislative sessions as “common sense health and safety standards appeal to the humanity of pro-life legislators and their constituents who care about all the people harmed by abortion,” said Americans United for Life’s President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Successes in this legislative season indicate that the mother-child strategy exemplified by AUL’s Women’s Protection Project continues to be a proven legal blueprint for protecting women and their unborn children from a largely unregulated, unrestricted, and unrepentant abortion industry.”

AUL’s 2014 State Legislative Session Report (available here) shows tremendous gains nationwide with at least 56 new life-affirming legal requirements, including at least 41 protective measures related to abortion, enacted. Among the popular pieces of legislation were requirements for hospital admitting privileges for abortionists so that women in a medical emergency will receive continuity of care, AUL’s unique effort to promote perinatal hospice and on-going legislation to disentangle scarce taxpayer dollars from the abortion industry.

AUL’s legal and policy experts helped enact 11 new pro-life measures in 2014. 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 2010.

“Our ongoing efforts to hold abortion providers legally and morally accountable for complying with basic, common sense standards for safeguarding women’s health and safety, for providing women with accurate and complete information about the harms of abortion and life-affirming alternatives, and for cooperating with law enforcement when women and girls have been abused continue to gain prominence,” explained Yoest, “especially as evidence mounts of the abortion industry’s victimization of and callous disregard for the interests of women it claims to champion.”

AUL and our sister organization AUL Action have distributed more than 850 copies of the Women’s Protection Project booklet (available here) in more than 20 states and worked with legislators and allies in 11 states on legislative measures derived from the component legislation featured in the booklet.

For example, in another banner year for life in Oklahoma, the state strengthened an existing law regulating abortion-inducing drugs, enhanced its current abortion facility regulations, and enacted an admitting privileges requirement. All of these measures were based on AUL model legislation highlighted in the Women’s Protection Project. Meanwhile, using AUL’s Women’s Health Defense Act, Mississippi prohibited abortions at or after five months of pregnancy based on concerns for maternal health and the pain experienced by an unborn child. Both states also enacted perinatal hospice information requirements with the help of AUL.

At least 41 states considered more than 270 measures related to abortion this year, even as some predicted a slower legislative schedule leading up to an election year. This year’s most prominent legislative trends relating to abortion included:

  • AUL’s Women’s Protection Project gaining a significant and life-saving “foothold” in states across the nation, featuring AUL’s unique enforcement module.
  • Bans on dangerous late-term abortions, admitting privileges requirements for abortion providers, and a variety of legislative measures that disentangle American taxpayers from the abortion industry, remained popular.
  • Perinatal Hospice bills, another unique AUL effort, gaining traction as a growing number of states considered legislation requiring that a mother receive information on perinatal hospice or related services following a life-limiting diagnosis for her unborn child.

AUL, and our sister organization AUL Action, are the recognized architects of the successful state-based, pro-life legal strategy sweeping the nation and of the pro-life movement’s most comprehensive and protective model legislation, published annually in Defending Life (available here).

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