Friday, August 29th, 2014

What the New York Times forgot to say about abortion …

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? Reporter 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 […]

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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

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, […]

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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

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 […]

Friday, August 15th, 2014

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

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 […]

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Dr. Charmaine Yoest in the News

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 …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 […]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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

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 […]

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,” […]