PRO-LIFE LEGISLATORS IN TEXAS & NEBRASKA ADVANCE AUL MODEL LEGISLATION
AUL's Daniel McConchie with former Nebraska Gov. Kay Orr
AUL and AULA’s leadership in defending life in law was highlighted last week as pro-life bills in Texas and Nebraska advanced. AULA applauded the efforts of Texas Representative Jodie Laubenberg and State Senator Dan Patrick as they introduced a bill that would ensure that abortion providers are not dispensing already-dangerous, abortion-inducing drugs in an unapproved and medically-inappropriate manner.
The bill requires that abortion providers dispense abortion-inducing drugs only in the way tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and outlined in the drug’s label. These requirements will prevent the dangerous “off-label” use of abortion-inducing drugs that has killed at least seven women in the United States alone—an “off-label” use that Planned Parenthood readily admits to, on its website and in court documents. To read more on this, click here.
And in Nebraska, Americans United for Life Action Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel McConchie called on Nebraska’s legislators to vote in favor of LB690, which would strengthen Nebraska parents’ ability to help their minor children. The bill, based on AUL’s model legislation, would mandate that parents give consent before a minor may obtain an abortion.
McConchie testified before the Judiciary Committee of the Nebraska Legislature on the bill sponsored by state Sen. Lydia Brasch. Before the committee, he noted that even the U.S. Supreme Court acknowledges that “immature minors often lack the ability to make fully informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-range consequences.”
“We know that parental consent laws save lives,” said McConchie. “A 2008 study showed that parental consent laws reduce the minor abortion rate by 18.7 percent, while parental notification laws only reduce the abortion rate by about 5 percent.”
To track the progress of all pro-life legislation at the state level (not just legislation that AUL has worked on), click here.
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The most up-to-date version of AUL’s premiere legal tool for pro-life legislators and activists around the world has just been released. Defending Life 2011 provides the necessary building blocks for a culture that respects and protects life and for laws that reflect this desired cultural imperative. This latest edition of AUL’s signature publication emphasizes the importance of life-affirming legislation and seeks to educate legislators, the media, and the American public on the full spectrum of life issues and the many opportunities and challenges we face.
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To learn more about the status of life in all 50 states, to review model legislation, and to download a copy, click here.
STRONG AUL ARGUMENTS IN ILLINOIS PARENTAL NOTICE CASE DRAW REACTION FROM APA
In the March 4 edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Psychiatric News, the APA announced that it had joined an amicus curiae brief filed in an Illinois state court, opposing the state’s parental notification law and attempting to directly counter an earlier brief filed by AUL.
It seems that AUL’s brief hit a nerve with the APA, drawing the pro-abortion organization to not only join an opposing brief, but to also publicly acknowledge that it is specifically responding to AUL’s brief. That brief, based on extensive evidence and filed last fall on behalf of a number of Illinois legislators, argued that parental involvement laws (requiring either parental consent or parental notification) decrease both abortion and birth rates of minors. AUL also argued that parental involvement laws protect minors from the physical and psychological harms inherent in abortion, as well as from the harms of sexual exploitation.
The APA did not hide its abortion bias when filing its opposing brief. In the Psychiatric News, the APA acknowledged that it was “continuing APA’s tradition of support for women’s reproductive rights.”
AUL staff attorney Mailee Smith analyzed the APA response. To read her critique, click here. To view AUL’s brief in the case, Hope Clinic for Women v. Adams, click here.
IN THE NEWS
The American Medical Association News line took note of AUL's objections to the loss of freedom of conscience for health care workers when the Obama Administration rescinded conscience regulations (which would have provided effective enforcement mechanisms for current federal laws that allow pro-life medical personnel to follow their conscience when refusing to participate in abortions.) To read more, click here.
Citizen Link Magazine takes a look at pro-life initiatives around the country. Click here to read more.