AULA to Congress: Repeal Health Care


Washington, D.C. (1/19/11) – Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called on Congress to repeal President Obama’s health care law that violates existing standards prohibiting federal funding of abortion. She observed, “With the Obama Administration arguing in court that they have the right to force this upon Americans because they may tax us, AULA calls on Congress to say no to this abortion tax and the law that violates the principles of the pro-life Hyde Amendment. The vast majority of Americans agree that no tax for abortions is acceptable.”

Dr. Yoest continued: “It is time to repeal President Obama’s health care law.  It allows taxpayer funding to go to insurance plans that cover abortions, directly contrary to the long-standing Hyde Amendment.  It also permits, contrary to Hyde, direct funding of abortion in some areas. This was demonstrated in the furor over federal funding of abortion through ‘high-risk pools,” which is now prohibited.

“It contains vague ‘mandates’ for private insurance plans into which abortion coverage can be pushed.  And, as AULA predicted, the President’s executive order does not remedy the anti-life aspects of the law.  Given the pro-abortion sentiments of Obama’s administration, it is unlikely that they will attempt to keep abortion out of health care through its regulations. But they are out of step with the vast majority of Americans – pro-life and pro-choice – who agree that we should not pay for abortions with tax dollars.”


AUL Action is the legislative action arm of Americans United for Life, a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision since 1971 is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. AULA played an important role during the Health Care Reform debates because of its opposition to taxpayer funded abortion, which included pivotal advertising campaigns in 14 congressional districts and extensive work on Capitol Hill. AULA's efforts during the last two Supreme Court confirmation events led to Dr. Yoest being asked to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee twice. AUL's legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.