AULA calls for hearings to learn what the abortion industry does with 1/3 of a billion tax dollars


WASHINGTON, D.C. (03-08-11) – AULA President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted with profound regret that the U.S. Senate rejected the Continuing Resolution passed by the House, which cut the one-third of a billion dollars the federal government currently gives to the nation’s largest abortion provider: Planned Parenthood. 

“De-funding abortion should be the most bi-partisan effort in Washington, D.C.,” said Dr. Yoest. “With more than 70 percent of Americans in agreement that no tax dollars should go to the abortion industry, elected officials will find broad support for cutting this part of the budget.”

Yoest noted that the majority of the Senate is poised to add abortion dollars back to its version of the budget despite the House’s vote to cut such funding. While the matter failed in the Senate, the effort to cut funding to Planned Parenthood passed with bipartisan support in the House, through an amendment from Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) to H.R. 1, the long-term Continuing Resolution. 

“If the Senate insists on funding the abortion industry, then it’s time taxpayers insist on learning more about what is done with more than $360 million of their tax dollars,” said Dr. Yoest. “AULA calls for hearings to investigate Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers’ consistent disregard for the law and for the health and safety of women and girls. And while this is taking place, we call on Congress to freeze Planned Parenthood’s currently-allocated federal funding.”

“Planned Parenthood’s legacy is a sordid one of ruined lives and deceptive, politically-motivated actions. AULA is working hard to ensure Americans’ tax dollars do not line the pockets of an organization that has a pattern and practice of failing to safeguard women’s rights and health.”


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.