Media Alerts

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Abortion Clinic Regulations based on AUL Model Legislation Signed by Oklahoma Governor

WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-29-14) – Following the legislature’s overwhelming votes in support, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed SB 1848, a bill regulating abortion clinics in the state and requiring abortionists to have admitting privileges within 30 miles. Based on Americans United for Life model legislation found in the Women’s Protection Project, the bill is designed to protect women from “house of horrors” clinics such as the clinic in which convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell operated. “Common-sense regulation of abortion clinics is not only popular with Americans, it represents the very least that the highly profitable abortion industry should do for women,” said AUL President […]

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

AUL Commends Live Action Report Revealing Planned Parenthood’s Callous Disregard for Women and Unborn Children’s Suffering

WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-28-14) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest observed that a new report released today from Live Action, detailing results of their undercover video investigations of the nation’s largest abortion provider Planned Parenthood “illustrates how profits came before human decency.” Dr. Yoest commented: “Lila Rose and her team did a masterful job revealing Planned Parenthood’s true feelings towards suffering women and their unborn children, illustrating the callous disregard they have for hurting people. Faced with sometimes ailing women and even living children newly born, with sex offenders and child molesters, with sex traffickers and underage girls, […]