AUL - State-by-State Strategic Moves are Winning for Life

In This Issue: Americans United for Life takes its case directly to the American people through a number of media outlets – explaining why state-by-state strategic moves are winning for life and giving a voice to pro-life supporters who make this work possible.

PBS on What Americans "Need to Know" on
Pro-Life Victories at the State Level


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Since Roe v. Wade became the law of the land, more than 350 laws have been passed that limit its reach and power, and AUL’s legal team reports that nearly 70 of those laws were passed this year.  PBS picked up the story and aired a featured interview with Dr. Charmaine Yoest nationwide on Friday on their “Need to Know” program. The remarkable state-level legislative victories we are seeing has drawn extensive media attention this year, putting AUL at center stage because of its meticulous work in the states.

In a one-on-one interview, Dr. Yoest discussed the legal strategies and the big picture in providing women and girls with legal protections, including a discussion of AUL’s Defending Life, a guidebook of model legislation for state office holders who wish to introduce pro-life measures.

Talking with PBS’ Alison Stewart, Dr. Yoest noted that interest in protecting life is at an historic high and in the last year AUL has “seen a doubling in the number of pieces of legislation.”

Click here to watch the discussion.

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What We Don't Know About Abortion:
Forsythe and Harrison Ask "How Safe is
This Elective Surgery?"

bb-pregnant-stethoscope.jpgConsidering that abortion is a procedure that impacts one in ten people, you might think that the data on the short and long term consequences of abortion would be readily available. Reporting in National Review, AUL’s Clarke Forsythe and physician Donna Harrison paint a grim picture of an under-regulated, barely monitored surgery that happens daily in the United States.

“Across the United States, public-health departments only haphazardly collect information about deaths and complications from this elective procedure,” they wrote. “Abortion advocates commonly claim that ‘abortion is safer than childbirth.’ But is that true? Little published information exists in the United States on deaths and complications resulting from abortion.”

“In the U.S., there are two sources of data on abortion deaths and complications, both equally unreliable: the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Alan Guttmacher Institute. Both rely on voluntary (not mandatory) reporting. Neither has any reliable mechanism for double-checking the accuracy of the submitted information.”

To read their entire analysis, click here.

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"Scarlet Letter Campaign' is a War on Choice

bb-scarlet-letter.jpg“There is a new war on choice in this country, and the leaders are none other than the captains of the abortion industry,” wrote attorney Mailee Smith for the Washington Times of a campaign to tarnish the walls of pregnancy care centers with signs about abortion.

 “Their target: pregnancy care centers (PCCs). Their technique: Brand the centers with a ‘scarlet letter’ and force them to advertise abortion. Their goal: disparage the centers and drive women to abortion clinics.”

 “It's no wonder. Pregnancy care centers - and the compassionate and nonjudgmental services they offer - undercut the abortion industry's bottom line. If women hear the truth about abortion and understand that they truly have a life-affirming choice, the abortion industry's profits will decrease.”

For more of Smith’s observations about the abortion industry’s campaign against pregnancy care centers, click here.

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"Scarlet Letter" Campaign
Moves to San Francisco

“Reports are that San Francisco is the latest city looking to force pro-life pregnancy centers to state that they don’t provide or refer for abortions. And that just underscores the fact that the lifesaving work of pregnancy centers is giving abortion proponents an extreme case of heartburn that they will do anything to try to stop,” wrote AUL’s Vice President for Legislative Affairs Dan McConchie for

“City Supervisor Malia Cohen told the San Francisco Chronicle that she was working with NARAL Pro-Choice California to draft legislation that would require centers to post a sign in their waiting room indicating whether they provide or refer for abortions.” To read more about this attempt to stigmatize pregnancy care centers, click here.

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In the News

The National Catholic Register talks with Dr. Yoest about presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty. “We are very impressed with his pro-life commitment. He’s really solid, and it’s exciting to have somebody who is willing to talk about defending life on the campaign trail,” said Dr. Yoest. To read the entire article, click here. AULA Attorney Kellie Fiedorek tells Citizen Link about the need for Congress to pass the Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act (CIANA), which would require parents to be notified if their minor daughter has an abortion anywhere in the country.

Now, Republican Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Orrin Hatch of Utah are looking for co-sponsors to reintroduce the legislation. To learn more, click here.

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Thank You

In this issue of Bench Briefs, the generous support of people across this country made it possible for AUL to have a platform for sharing the viewpoint that life is worth defending and that working together, pro-life victories can and will be won. Your support made this a good news day. Next week marks the end of our fiscal year – please consider a year-end contribution. Click here to partner with us in defending life. Thank you for being part of AUL’s team!