The tentacles of Roe v. Wade intertwine themselves through the lives of men and women in America, and even into the very heart of the federal government – through programs and funds that underwrite the deadly abortion industry. In what may be the only truly bi-partisan agreement possible today, millions of Americans believe - as Americans United for Life does - that no taxpayer dollars should go toward the business of abortion. This is a message from Democrats and Republicans, from men and women, across race, creed and color barriers.
It is time to get Uncle Sam out of the abortion business.
In the House, efforts are underway to free American taxpayers from their forced participation in abortion. But the Senate so far refuses to act. Specifically, Americans do not want their hard-earned money to support Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortionist franchise – and highly profitable at that.
Today, would you please sign AUL’s petition to De-Fund Planned Parenthood, and then forward this e-mail letter to friends and family so that together, we can send Washington, D.C. a message – “We the People want our money out of the business of abortion.” Click here to sign the petition.
On The Docket
AUL COMBATS THE "BACK ALLEY"
The past week has been filled with one horrifying story after another about the deplorable and inhumane conditions at Kermit Gosnell's West Philadelphia abortion clinic. Sadly, this unfit practitioner and his “House of Horrors” are not aberrations.
In just the past year, there have been investigations of abortionists Ann Kristin Neuhaus in Kansas; Rapin Osathanondh in Massachusetts; Steven Brigham in New Jersey, Maryland, and Pennsylvania; Alberto Hodari in Michigan; Tami Lynn Holst Thorndike in North Dakota; Feliciano Rios and Andrew Rutland in California; Romeo Ferrer and Nicola Riley in Maryland; Randall Whitney and James Pendergraft in Florida; the Beacon Women's Center in Alabama, and Salomon Epstein in New York.
For more than a decade, AUL has led the nationwide effort to combat the reality of “back-alley” abortions, advocating for meaningful and comprehensive regulation and oversight of abortion clinics across the nation. Drawing on our successful defense of Arizona's 1999 abortion clinic regulation law, AUL has developed model legislation requiring regular inspections of abortion clinics and strict adherence to medically-appropriate standards of care.
In direct response to the lurid reports from Philadelphia and elsewhere, AUL is already working with a number of states to enact our model clinic regulations and to ensure that state health departments enforce these protective standards. As legislators and citizens become more aware of the shocking conditions at many abortion clinics and the stories of the women harmed, we will have even more opportunities to put an end to the true “back alley.” Click here to read more about AUL’s model legislation.
AUL ASSISTS PRO-LIFE OB-GYNS AS
THEY LOBBY CONGRESS
With the assistance of AUL’s Federal Governmental Affairs team, members of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) arrived in Washington, D.C. last week to visit Members of Congress. While a number of legislative issues were discussed, the pro-life physicians particularly emphasized the importance of protecting the rights of conscience of health care providers.
“Americans need legislation passed that safeguards our ability as physicians to abide by the Hippocratic Oath to ‘do no harm’ to the women we serve,” Dr. Alan Sawyer, President-Elect of AAPLOG told Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI)’s Legislative Director. “We want to provide true health care for women that seeks to heal, not to kill.”
The Pro-Life physicians also asked that Congress ensure that American tax dollars do not support abortion. They encouraged Members of the House to pass H.R. 3, the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act. In meetings with Senators, the doctors asked that the Senate introduce similar legislation.
AUL’s staff counsel Kellie Fiedorek, who attended many of the closed-door sessions with the physicians, called the doctors’ pro-life efforts on Capitol Hill both “valuable and effective” given the physicians’ “unique understanding of how the life issue plays out in real lives.”
AUL IN THE NEWS
AUL Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe’s work on behalf of the unborn was profiled in World magazine in an extensive and well-written discussion of the life issue. To read more, click here.
Playing off the State of the Union last week, AUL attorney Anna Franzonello discussed the state of the union between Barack Obama and Planned Parenthood. To read the Washington Times article, click here.