Media Alerts

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Mississippi Lawmakers Embrace Protections for Mothers and Unborn Children in Bill Limiting Abortion at 5 months of Pregnancy

“Such common-sense limits on a dangerous procedure represent the views of the vast majority of Americans and the realities of abortion’s deadly consequences so late in pregnancy,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. WASHINGTON, D.C. (04-01-14) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended the courage of the vast majority of Mississippi Legislators who today voted overwhelmingly “to put the lives and health of mothers and children first,” by passing mother-child protections in MS H 1400, a bill that would limit abortion after 5 months of pregnancy. The bill, substantially based on AUL model legislation, passed the Mississippi […]

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Cutting-Edge Protections for Women from Dangerous Chemical Abortion Drugs as well as Life-Saving Clinic Regulations

“An all-woman panel of judges understood that common-sense limits on abortion are both legal and desirable for protecting women from abortion industry abuses,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-27-14) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest applauded a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in which a Texas regulation of chemical abortion drugs and requirements for hospital admitting privileges were upheld, as the appeals court reversed the lower court decision in Planned Parenthood v. Gregory Abbott. “Women in Texas will now be protected from abortion industry misuse of life-ending drugs and will be […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

AUL Commends Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Pro-Life Legislators for Protecting Hoosiers from Forced Funding of Abortion-related Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-26-14) — Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Indiana Governor Mike Pence and leading pro-life legislators for enacting a measure that protects Hoosiers from forced funding of abortion-related services via their health insurance plans. This week Governor Pence signed into law HB 1123, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Thompson, which is based on AUL model legislation. The bill prohibits “accident and sickness insurance policies” from covering abortion in most circumstances except through a separate rider. This law makes Indiana the ninth state to prohibit private insurance plans operating within their states from covering most abortions. “As […]

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

AUL Observed Chief Justice Roberts Clearly Understood the Life Issues at Stake for Companies like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties

“With the clock ticking on oral arguments today, Chief Justice John Roberts underscored the crucial issues of this case — that Americans are being compelled to comply with anti-life policies or face business killing, job killing fines,” said AUL’s Ovide Lamontagne who attended today’s oral arguments. WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-25-14) — Americans United for Life General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne attended oral arguments today in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius, having overseen the filing of 19 amicus curiae briefs related to life and conscience issues raised in Obamacare, including those in this case. On leaving the court, Lamontagne […]

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Obamacare puts “The Con” in Contraception by forcing Anti-Life policies and “Punishing, Crippling Job-Killing Fines” as Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case

“This administration put ‘The Con’ in contraception, by hiding an anti-life agenda in the construction of the Affordable Care Act and forcing Americans to fund anti-life drugs mislabeled as contraception,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-25-14) — Americans United for Life, having filed 19 amicus curiae briefs related to life and conscience issues raised in Obamacare, noted that oral arguments today before the U.S. Supreme Court address in part “a fundamental shift in tactics by abortion advocates, moving Americans from ‘choice’ to coercion as people are forced to fund and facilitate life-ending drugs and devices or face punishing, crippling, job-killing […]

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

AUL Urges West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to Protect Mothers and their Unborn Children from Dangerous Late-Term Abortions

“Protecting women and their unborn children from the ravages of unsafe abortions should always be a bi-partisan effort,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest. WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-12-14) – Americans United for Life this week urged West Virginia Governor Ray Tomblin to protect mothers and their unborn children from the dangerous repercussions of late-term abortions, asking him to sign a bill already passed by Democratically-led state house and senate legislators. “Protecting women and their unborn children from the ravages of unsafe abortions should always be a bi-partisan effort,” said AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “We commend the state leaders in […]

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Taxpayers Continue to Oppose Big Abortion’s Move from Choice to Coercion When it Comes to Funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-06-14) – Noting a CNN poll out today indicating that a clear majority of Americans oppose public funding of abortion, Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest urged lawmakers to enact measures, such as the “No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act” recently passed by the U.S. House, as well as support on-going efforts related to the anti-life policies embedded in Obamacare. “Ending public funding of abortion is the most obvious common ground in America,” said Dr. Yoest. “This poll underscores the need to protect American taxpayers from coerced funding of […]

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Nebraska Governor Signs Pregnancy Center Proclamation Honoring Woman-Centered Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-06-14) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended Governor Dave Heineman who is scheduled to sign the “Pregnancy Center Proclamation” today to honor the work of woman-centered Pregnancy Resource Centers that equip pregnant women with options counseling, medical services, material assistance and support. The Proclamation was based on AUL model legislation. “Anchoring Americans United for Life’s Mother-Child strategy is our admiration and support for Pregnancy Resource Center volunteers who provide care and assistance to expectant mothers as they work through their options,” said Dr. Yoest. Twelve pregnancy centers are expected to participate in […]

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Guttmacher Institute Fails to Acknowledge the Impact of Pro-Life Legislation even as It Reports Big Abortion’s Decline, notes Americans United for Life

WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-31-14) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called the Guttmacher Institute’s release of “data” on a decline in abortion rates “an abortion industry propaganda piece short on data and long on strained conclusions.” She noted: “It is impossible really to know the true abortion rate, given that abortionists are not required to report on the chemical and surgical abortions that they do. Their reporting is totally voluntary, and in fact California does not report at all. “But what is compelling about this report can be seen on the front page of the Guttmacher Institute […]

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Americans United for Life Releases 9th Edition of “Pro-Life Playbook” as Thousands of Pro-Life Americans March for Life

“Motivated by love for BOTH mother and unborn child, Americans United for Life is working to equip pro-life Americans with the next generation of legal tools,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest, from the March for Life. WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-22-14) – As thousands of pro-life activists marched through the streets of the nation’s capitol, Americans United for Life is releasing its 9th edition of Defending Life, equipping pro-life Americans and their elected officials with model legislation designed to protect BOTH mother and unborn child from abortion industry abuses. Each year, Defending Life is designed to address a particular vacuum in current […]