Posts Tagged ‘Abortion’

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The Anti-Woman World of Roe

Roe v. Wade will turn 40 next year, leading many to consider how the decision has affected America’s women and families.  Abortion advocates are already laying the groundwork for what will certainly become a jarring celebration of a life-ending procedure. Planned Parenthood Action’s website invites individuals to post statements about what Roe has meant to them.  The presently posted comments largely follow the same theme—“because of Roe, I have been able to do X” (e.g., go to college, start a family years after an abortion, follow my dreams).  In other words, these individuals believe that, but for the availability of […]

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Hoosiers Act to Defund ALL Abortion Mills

On Tuesday, May 10th, Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana signed a bill containing numerous pro-life provisions.  A survey of the headlines for most news stories about the bill, however, would lead one to conclude that the legislation’s sole purpose is to bankrupt Planned Parenthood.  In reality, the first section of the bill ensures that tax dollars in the Hoosier state do not bankroll any participant in the abortion industry—not just the nation’s largest abortion provider.[1] Section 1 of Indiana House Bill 1210 prohibits any agency of the state from contracting with or making grants (state funds or state-administered federal funds) […]

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Idaho Becomes 6th State to Opt-Out of Taxpayer Subsidization of Abortion Coverage – 1st in 2011

 On Friday, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter signed Senate Bill 1115, which prohibits insurance plans from covering most abortions in the Idaho health insurance Exchange (scheduled to go into effect by 2014 pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)).  The bill provides an exception for coverage of abortions when the life of the mother is endangered or the pregnancy is the result of rape or incest. In 2010, five states – Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee – enacted “opt-out” laws to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to subsidize abortion coverage within their state Exchanges. […]

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

A Missed Opportunity Leads to More Battles over Federal Funding for Abortions

A Missed Opportunity During the 2009-10 health care reform debate, we at Americans United for Life strongly urged Congress to adopt a prohibition on federal funding for elective abortions that would cover all provisions in the new health care reform bill.  Amendments offered in both the House and the Senate would have accomplished this – the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the House and the Hatch-Nelson-Casey amendment in the Senate.  Unfortunately, Congress passed the final health care reform bill without including either of these amendments prohibiting federal funding for abortions. In order to win the votes of a handful of pro-life Democrats […]

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

States Continue to ‘Opt-Out’

It’s only been 2.5 months since the health care bill was signed into law, but states are continuing to opt-out of the abortion-mandate in the federal health care law. In Florida, Governor Crist is debating whether to sign a bill addressing health care that contains the opt-out and a mandate that women be given the opportunity to view an ultrasound prior to abortion.  Rumor is that he’s leaning toward vetoing the bill, but calls and emails from concerned pro-life Floridians are pouring into his office, so he may be reconsidering. In Missouri, SB 793 will soon hit Governor Nixon’s desk.  […]

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Court Victory in Alaska – Parental Notice Measure to Go on August Ballot

Chalk up another defeat for Planned Parenthood. Pro-life advocates have been working tirelessly to put an initiative on the ballot that would give parents the right to be notified before their minor daughter obtains an abortion.  Planned Parenthood sued arguing that the 36,000 people who had signed a petition to put it on the ballot were not given sufficient information about the measure prior to signing.  The court disagreed and ruled that the amendment can go on the August primary ballot. Currently there is no parental notification in the state.  In November 2007, Planned Parenthood won a lawsuit against a […]

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

Mississippi 3rd State Where Opt-Out Becomes Law

Governor Haley Barbour has just signed Mississippi’s opt-out bill into law making the state the third to enact this important legislation.  The bill, based on the AUL model, prohibits insurance plans in the soon-to-be-created health care exchanges from providing abortion coverage.  The federal health care law allows taxpayer dollars to be used to subsidize insurance plans that include abortion coverage in the exchanges unless a state proactively chooses to prohibit abortion coverage in those plans. The bill was championed by long-time AUL friend and Mississippi Senator Alan Nunnelee.  So far, Arizona and Tennessee have enacted similar laws. In a release, […]

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

What Did Barack Obama Promise Planned Parenthood?

Last year before the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Barack Obama told pro-abortion activists: “The first thing I’d do as President is sign the Freedom of Choice Act.” With a single stroke of the pen, Barack Obama would wipe away virtually every state law on abortion nationwide. Instantly, it will undo thirty-seven years of legal work, research, and educational successes that AUL has accomplished in the 50 states. Put another way: Barack Obama will undermine the very reason we exist — to protect human life state by state. Sen. Barack Obama has co-sponsored this “Freedom of Choice Act” legislation with 18 […]

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Drastic Reduction of Abortions in Michigan Demonstrate the Importance of Incremental Protections

As life-affirming laws in Michigan increase, the abortion rates in Michigan continue to plummet. Michigan state health officials announced last week that the abortion rate in the state have dropped to a record low since record-keeping began in 1979. The current abortion rate shows a 50% drop since the peak in 1987, and a 3.7% drop from 2006. The Michigan Department of Community Health reported that in 1987 there were 350 abortions for every 1,000 live births. In 2007, the number of abortions dropped to 200 abortions for every 1,000 live births. The drastic drop in the Michigan abortion rate […]

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Fourth Circuit Strikes Down Partial Birth Abortion Ban Nearly Identical to Federal Ban Upheld by USSC in 2007

In what appears to be an unprecedented manifestation of judicial activism, the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday struck down Virginia’s partial-birth abortion ban—a ban that is almost identical to the federal ban upheld last year by the United States Supreme Court (USSC) in Gonzales v. Carhart. First, the Court engaged in a circular pattern of logic to conclude that, while both statutes utilize the same definition, the Virginia statute is somehow unconstitutional. Further, while the Virginia statute clearly excludes D&E abortions from its prohibition, the Fourth Circuit found that the statute prohibits all D&E abortions. The Circuit also pandered to abortionists’ […]