AUL - Defense Authorization Battle


This Week: Senate Defense Authorization Battle  

Interview Former Air Force Lt. Col. Denise Burke

WASHINGTON, DC – (9/20/10) - The battle over the Senate Defense Authorization bill begins in earnest today, and one of its flashpoints will be the controversial Burris Amendment. This amendment, which establishes taxpayer-funded abortions on military bases, is “the opening salvo in a carefully-orchestrated war on the U.S. military” writes Denise Burke, a former Lt Colonel in the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, in today’s Washington Times.

Both a senior attorney with Americans United for Life and a 14-year U.S. military veteran, Denise Burke is an excellent interview choice during this week’s debate.

Read Denise Burke’s Washington Times op-ed here.


Denise BurkeDenise Burke began her legal career as a Judge Advocate with the United States Air Force where she served both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Burke served in a variety of high-profile positions including as an instructor at the Air Force Judge Advocate General School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. Burke voluntarily returned to active duty with Air Force in the immediate wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Her military decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

She is Vice President of Legal Affairs for Americans United for Life, the first national pro-life organization, whose legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the United States Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. Burke directs all aspects of AUL’s extensive legal program and serves as Editor-in-Chief of AUL’s publication, Defending Life, an annual compendium of legal and policy analyses on critical and emerging life issues.