Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

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

“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 […]

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Debunking the Myths of FOCA 2.0

The Federal Abortion Expansion Act Deceptively Packaged to Appeal to Women, but Designed to Exterminate Protective Laws By Anna Franzonello and Mary Harned, AUL staff attorneys Holding a hearing on S. 1696, deceptively titled “The Women’s Health Protection Act,” the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary heard many myths from abortion proponents about the “need” for S. 1696’s evisceration of all life-affirming legislation. Essentially this is FOCA 2.0, another federal attempt to expand abortion policy, while also destroying pro-life legislation and blocking new life-protecting efforts. Below are a sampling of myths along with the truth about the radical and dangerous […]

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Senate Considering Federal Abortion Expansion Act in Benign Sounding Bill that Radicalizes Abortion law

Americans United for Life Board Member details health risks of abortion for mothers and their unborn children in Senate Judiciary Hearing WASHINGTON, D.C. (07-15-14) – The benignly named but deadly Women’s Health Protection Act took center stage today in a Senate Judiciary hearing in which the realities of S.1696 became clear. “This dangerous legislation could invalidate virtually any type of current state health and safety regulation and the kinds of common-sense regulation of abortion that has strong momentum across the country,” noted Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “Going even further, S.1696 would also prohibit the future […]

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Alaska Joins Majority of States Protecting Unborn Children and their Parents from the Wrongful Acts of Others

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell who today signed into law Alaska SB 200. The new law provides a civil right of action for wrongful death of an unborn child at any point in the pregnancy. The new law, based in part on AUL model legislation, provides a civil remedy to parents when someone causes the death of their unborn child against their will, while fetal homicide laws provide a criminal penalty. “Everyone should agree that pregnant women and their unborn children should be protected from violent or negligent acts of another,” […]

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Friends and Supporters, Thank You!

What a great day yesterday was! The Hobby Lobby decision was an important win for all of us! We’re still celebrating here in DC and I hope you are too, because this was your win. This is simply a note of thanks: Thank you for making yesterday possible. At midnight last night, we completed our 2014 Fiscal Year having met our financial goal for our online campaign, and we now move into our next fiscal year energized to meet the opportunities before us. We will continue to need your support as the year progresses, but your special gifts during our […]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

AUL Analysis of Hobby Lobby Case

Yesterday’s decision: The HHS “contraceptive” mandate requiring three closely held corporations to provide health insurance coverage for life-ending drugs and devices violates the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) because the “mandate” is contrary to the sincerely held religious beliefs of the companies’ owners. Assuming that the government has a “compelling interest” in the “mandate” (which the Court does not decide, but simply assumes for purposes of this case), there are less restrictive means to accomplish the government’s goal. Breakdown: Today’s decision applies to family businesses which are organized as closely held corporations (e.g. the Green and Hahn family businesses, Hobby […]

Monday, June 30th, 2014

AUL Calls Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholding First Amendment Conscience Rights “a Victory for Common-sense”

“The anti-life mandate the Obama Administration tried to impose on these families is evidence of Big Abortion’s manipulative agenda, as they move from choice to coercion,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-30-14) – “Today’s decision is a victory for common-sense as pro-life Americans do not lose their First Amendment freedoms when they open a family business or when they value unborn life,” commented Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest, upon hearing news that the Court ruled in favor of the Green and Hahn families in two cases challenging Obamacare’s coercive HHS Mandate. “These cases underscore […]

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Affirms First Amendment Rights of Pro-Life Americans

“In a brazen affront to the First Amendment, Massachusetts government officials had sought to use the threat of arrest and criminal conviction to silence those offering women life-affirming alternatives to abortion,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. WASHINGTON, D.C. (06-26-14) –  The U.S. Supreme Court has struck down a 2007 Massachusetts law that created an expansive “no-pro-life speech zone” around the state’s abortion clinics. Over six years of litigation, attorneys at Americans United for Life (AUL) twice filed amicus curiae briefs in the Supreme Court arguing that the law, which was enforceable through criminal sanctions, was unconstitutional. “In a brazen affront to […]

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Whenever a woman conceives a child, a father is born…

Long before a child is delivered, most fathers will prepare, plan and pray for his child’s arrival. Encouraging and supporting a child’s mother throughout her pregnancy, a father can make the child’s arrival into the world more peaceful, more soothing and more stable. Even though he does not experience the intimacy with the child that a mother will during pregnancy, his affirmation and support for both mother and child will have a lasting impact — but this is only the beginning. During the child’s life, great fathers will be part-time disciplinarian and provider, sometime entertainer and mischief-maker, but always full-time […]

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Judicial Interference in the Protection of Human Life

In a new book entitled “Protection of Human Life in Its Early Stages,” AUL’s William Saunders contributes an important chapter on “Judicial Interference in the Protection of Human Life.” By a close examination of the U.S. Constitution, Saunders shows how the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade was contrary to the principles of American self-government and to the rule of law. Further, he shows how the decision was contrary to science and to fundamental principles of human rights. Such a misguided decision could not be limited to “the abortion context” but adversely affected other areas of public policy formation, […]