STATE OFFICIALS JOIN FORCES TO PROTECT WOMEN IN ABORTION CLINICS WITH AUL MODEL LEGISLATION
Aftershocks of Lila Rose’s Live Action undercover videos of improprieties behind the doors of some Planned Parenthood clinics continue in Washington, D.C. and across the country. At a Valentine’s Day vigil in front of Planned Parenthood’s national headquarters, AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest joined Lila Rose and others to be a voice for the girls and women devastated by the nation’s largest abortion provider. Lila Rose is “the Upton Sinclair of the abortion industry who has shown the corruption of the abortion business for what it is, and her work is causing many to call for new protections for women and girls,” Dr. Yoest noted. Click here to read about the event.
As more and more videos have been released, across the country, some states began to take action with the help of AUL’s state experts and AUL’s model legislation for clinic regulation and child protection. Officials in Delaware and Georgia are putting forward bills this week using AUL’s model to ensure that substandard practices, unlicensed practitioners, or dangerous conditions do not harm women and girls in abortion clinics. Oklahoma is already moving on similar legislation. Even the liberal Slate magazine noted that horrendous medical care in abortion clinics is a national problem. Click here to read more.
On The Docket
ONE SMALL STEP FOR MIKE PENCE, ONE GIANT LEAP FOR THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER
On Friday, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) introduced in the U.S. House an amendment to a funding bill for the Fiscal 2011 budget to strip Planned Parenthood of millions of tax dollars – and it passed. While not a permanent fix, it was an important symbolic first step.
AUL’s Dr. Yoest called the 240 to 185 vote to De-Fund Planned Parenthood "the best evidence that the House is listening to the majority of Americans who do not want to see their tax dollars go to the bloated abortion industry."
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION PUSHES CHANGES TO STRIP MEDICAL PRACTITIONERS OF CONSCIENCE PROTECTIONS
As AUL predicted during the health care debates, the Obama administration’s promises to protect the rights of conscience for medical personnel with their paper-thin, executive order were meaningless.
Last week, the Obama Administration rescinded almost all of a 2008 regulation providing enforcement mechanisms for existing federal law protecting the conscience rights for medical professionals – except the provision to file a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services.
“AUL predicted that the rights of conscience of medical professionals could be violated without stronger protections,” said Dr. Yoest. “This must come to an end. No longer should the civil rights of medical professionals be held hostage to political interests. This broken promise underscores the necessity for Congressional action; health care providers must have an effective means to enforce their rights written in the law.”
AUL has been fighting to protect conscience rights for the medical community. Click here to read comments AUL filed urging the Obama Administration not to rescind the Bush conscience rules.
REMEMBERING DR. BERNARD NATHANSON
AUL notes with sorrow that pro-life champion Dr. Bernard Nathanson passed away this week. A pivotal pro-life figure, Dr. Nathanson was once a leading abortionist who presided over 75,000 abortions and become a founding member of prominent pro-abortion organizations, but he later denounced his former colleagues and profession to embrace the pro-life cause and to work against the brutal abortion industry.
Dr. Yoest noted: “Dr. Nathanson was a beacon of uncompromising truth into the horrifying reality of abortion. The courage and honesty of his seminal works, ‘Aborting America’ and ‘The Silent Scream,’ have brought America demonstrably closer to the day when Roe v. Wade is overturned and everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. His work informs many of AUL’s efforts to expose the lies of abortion and the chilling depths to which pro-abortion advocates remain willing to stoop to realize their goals.
“We are indebted to him and will strive to honor and advance his enormous legacy. But there is no doubt that his greatest legacy will be found in lives saved because he told the truth about abortion and about the lies of an industry employs in a brutal and ugly business.”
IN THE NEWS
Pro-Life Americans have Bieber Fever as the pop star shares his views on life. Read more from Dr. Charmaine Yoest in Politico.
The American Spectator gives kudos to AUL and pro-life groups for choosing to use the strategy of de-funding abortion to advance life.
AUL’s Vice President for Legal Affairs Denise Burke is featured at CitizenLink talking about the nature of the pro-life bills on Capitol Hill and their current status.