Congress Turns Pro-Life! Senate Joins House: Offers Historic Opportunity to Protect Women and Children from Abortion Industry Abuses
“It’s time to stand with women against this politically protected abortion conglomerate that values profits over people,” said AULA’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (11-04-14) – Following a sweep of the Senate with pro-life wins in North Carolina, Iowa, Kansas, Colorado and other states, we are now positioned to BREAK THE BLOCKADE surrounding the U.S. Senate and protect women and girls from abortion industry abuses. “We know that abortion harms women, and yet abortion industry abuses are ignored and at least half a billion tax dollars given to them with little oversight, little regulation and little concern for what happens behind the closed doors of abortion clinics. We must stand with women against this politically protected abortion conglomerate that values profits over people,” said AULA President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest.
“We celebrate new leadership in the fight for life in the elections of Senators whom AULA worked to elect,” said Dr. Yoest. “And the governors’ races are just as important, given the tremendous momentum for protecting life at the state level.”
While pro-life legislation has been blocked at the federal level, women and their unborn children have seen increasing protection across the country, as pro-life measures have become law, through the hard work of pro-life legislators and compassionate governors. The pro-abortion think tank, the Guttmacher Institute recently noted that more pro-life legislation was passed at the state level from 2011-2013 than in the previous decade. 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 2011.
“AULA also welcomes back the pro-life leadership in the U.S. House who have championed legislation to protect women and their unborn children,” said Yoest.
Consider this list of key life-saving measures passed by the House and blocked by the Senate since pro-life Republicans took control of the House in 2011:
- Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act prohibiting abortion after 5 months of pregnancy (i.e., 20 weeks gestation);
- No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act applying the restrictions on abortion funding found in the Hyde Amendment to all federal funding streams and requiring that all plans offered through the ACA Exchanges disclose if abortion coverage is included;
- Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act prohibiting sex-selective abortions;
- Protect Life Act ensuring that no funds appropriated or authorized through the ACA can be used for abortion or insurance plans that provide abortion coverage;
- The “Pence Amendment” (House. Amendment. 95), this measure would have prohibited the use of federal funds for Planned Parenthood;
- The “Black-Roby Resolution to Defund Planned Parenthood” (House Continuing Resolution 36), this measure would have defunded Planned Parenthood in the Continuing Resolution;
- The “Foxx Amendment” (House Amendment 298), prohibits federal funds from being used to train abortion providers.
Also in the win column, AULA congratulates the voters of Tennessee who voted “Yes” on Amendment 1, which requires the Tennessee state constitution to be neutral on abortion, allowing legislators to pass health and safety standards. Currently, the state Supreme Court has ruled that Tennessee’s Constitution provides for an even more radical abortion environment than created in Roe v. Wade.
#VotingforLife is a unique AULA campaign in this election through get-out-the-vote efforts of all kinds across the country, in strategic races. For interviews with Dr. Yoest or other AULA experts the implications of this election, e-mail email@example.com
Americans United for Life (AUL) is the legal architect of the pro-life movement. We are accumulating victories, building momentum, and advancing a culture of life in America. Our vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life since 1971.