CONGRESS TAKES LIFE SERIOUSLY AT THREE CAPITOL HILL EVENTS
Pro-life leaders and members of Congress had a big week last week as three key events showed Washington at work in evaluating how life issues are handled throughout government – and in discussing how to get the American taxpayer out of the business of paying for abortions.
The House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing for H.R. 3, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” on Tuesday. AUL staff attorney Kellie Fiedorek attended the packed hearing that required an overflow room for attendees. “Americans agree—whether pro-life or pro-abortion—that they don’t want their tax dollars paying for abortion,” said Fiedorek.The Washington Post covered the event and Fiedorek. Click here to read more.
On Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee Subcommittee on Health held a hearing on H.R. 358, the “Protect Life Act.” Helen Alvare, J.D., who sits on Americans United for Life’s Board of Advisors, presented key testimony at the Congressional hearing in support of the bill, “The nation can and should both respect conscience-driven health care providers, and deliver to the most vulnerable Americans the health care their human dignity requires.”
Next up, Americans United for Life Action joined Members of Congress and various other pro-life organizations on Capitol Hill Thursday to call on Congress to immediately freeze the millions of tax dollars going to Planned Parenthood and to open investigations into defunding Planned Parenthood following the revelations of possible misconduct in Planned Parenthood clinics.
The nation’s largest abortion chain came under intense scrutiny when Lila Rose’s Live Action released videos shot undercover in a number of Planned Parenthood clinics where clinic operators appeared to give advice on how to skirt the law when dealing with underage girls and illegal aliens being exploited through sex trafficking. Read AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest discuss the value of pro-life representatives at this critical time with the Boston Globe here.
On The Docket
PROUD TO BE ON AUL'S LIFE LIST:
GOV. HALEY BARBOUR TELLS CPAC
SOCIAL ISSUES IMPORTANT TOO
Thousands of conservative activists came to Washington, D.C. last week for the Conservative Political Action Conference where some of the brightest political stars and presidential contenders rub shoulders with grassroots leaders from across the country.
During his highly publicized speech, Governor Haley Barbour acknowledged that economic issues are very important right now … but reminded the CPAC audience that social issues are vital as well. Barbour proudly reminded the audience that when he first became governor, he was at the top of AUL’s Life List for protecting life in Mississippi. The AUL kudos were widely reported by political media. Check out this article at Politico.
ANOTHER CPAC STAR:
AUL'S ANNA FRANZONELLO
Attorney Anna Franzonello represented AUL at a special CPAC panel on “The Pro-Life Movement: Plans and Goals,” in which she detailed AUL’s federal legislative strategy to achieve goals from clinic regulations to conscience protections.
Franzonello noted, “The recent uncovering of Kermit Gosnell’s ‘House of Horrors’ abortion clinic in Philadelphia has brought some national attention to the fact that ‘legal’ abortion has not been ‘safe’ for women. However the harm to women at his hands is not an isolated incident.” AUL’s model legislation at the state level is also part of the solution in a society that wants to protect women and children from ruthless abortionists.
Click here to watch an interview from CPAC between Franzonello and a reporter from Breitbart TV on the issues facing the pro-life movement today.
SAUNDERS TO THE UN:
ASSISTED SUICIDE IS NOT A RIGHT
Closing out a busy week, AUL’s Senior Counsel Bill Saunders was at the United Nations in New York Friday where he was invited to represent the various speakers from the January 2010 conference in Doha, Qatar. At the UN, as he did in Doha, Saunders spoke about “Why Assisted Suicide is Not a Human Right.”
Saunders told the distinguished international body: “… Legalizing assisted suicide shifts society in profound and subtle ways away from an orientation of caring for the sick … (and) it diminishes the noblest instincts of every civilization to lend a helping hand to those in need.” To read Saunders’ complete remarks, click here.
IN THE NEWS
Controversy surrounded the federal government’s handling of abortion data when it was reported that the Centers for Disease Control was refusing to release key data. Read Clarke Forsythe’s comments at the Fox News website here.
After her stellar performance in Richmond, Virginia, discussing the troubles that Planned Parenthood is having in its clinics, Anna Franzonello has an op-ed in the Richmond Times-Dispatch for a point-counter point on the life issue. Click here to see Anna take on a Planned Parenthood spokesperson in her own words.