AUL 40th Anniversary Gala Keynote Speaker Unveiled

In This Issue: AUL announces that Carly Fiorina will be the keynote address at the 40th Anniversary Gala; Bill Saunders discusses life in international law; and AUL launches its on-line store.


 Carly Fiorina To Give Keynote Address at Americans United for Life 40th Anniversary Gala

  AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest announced today that former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina will give the keynote address during AUL’s 40th Anniversary Gala at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 2. Incorporated in 1971, before the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, AUL will mark the accomplishments of four decades serving as the nation’s premier pro-life legal team and as the source of much of the pro-life model legislation that has had such an impact across the country.

“As the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company, Carly Fiorina has lived a life of accomplishment and achievement that beautifully demonstrates that being pro-life is pro-woman,” said Dr. Yoest. “We are honored to have Carly articulate her vision of moving forward toward restoring a culture of life while celebrating AUL’s four decades of pro-life victories.”

Fiorina will be joined by other national and political luminaries who will participate in the event. For a complete list of the honorary co-chairs as well as the sitting U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives serving as honorary hosts, click here:
Milestones for AUL include: successfully defending the Hyde Amendment before the U.S. Supreme Court, establishing the intellectual groundwork for fetal homicide laws enacted  in 37 states, reducing abortions state by state through innovative model legislation found in Defending Life (a catalogue of 39 pieces of innovative model legislation), leading in the fight against assisted suicide, and testifying for life in state legislatures around the country and in the last two Supreme Court justice confirmation hearings.
For more information about the gala celebration or to register, click here.

To sign AUL’s virtual guest book in celebration of 40 years of service, click here.

Ellmers Responds to Americans’ Vote with bill to De-Fund United Nations Population Fund

Rep. Renee Ellmers & Dr. Charmaine Yoest 

This past spring, cutting federal funding to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)—a major proponent of China’s coercive one-child policy—won the American people’s vote in the first round of the YouCut program, started by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va).  In response, Representative Renee Ellmers (R-NC) introduced legislation to prohibit U.S. taxpayer dollars from going to the UNFPA. Congressional action is expected on the measure next week.   

Because of the UNFPA’s support for, and participation in, China’s brutal policy forcing women to have abortions, the U.S. has long withheld funding to the UNFPA.  However, on March 11, 2009, President Obama reinstated funding to the controversial UNFPA despite widespread public opposition.  President Obama’s reinstatement has resulted in the allocation of $145 million in taxpayer funds ($40 million in FY11) to the UNFPA.    
Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest noted that AULA has been engaged on Capitol Hill to oppose the funding because of its commitment to “human rights for all human beings.”
“China’s one-child policy is an inhumane and egregious attack on women and has resulted in a loss of life in China by as many as 400 million people,” said Dr. Yoest. “By prohibiting federal funding of the UNFPA, Representative Ellmers’ bill would ensure that American taxpayers are not supporting coerced abortion and the abuse of women in China.”
To contact your Member of Congress and urge him or her to support H.R. 2059 ending UNFPA funding, click here.

No International Right to Abortion Exists, says Saunders to Notre Dame Law School

William Saunders & Notre Dame law students

Changes in international law that could have implications in the United States was the topic of a Notre Dame University Law School event last week that was the first in a series of international releases of the coming San Jose Articles, so named because the American Convention on Human Rights was adopted in San Jose, Costa Rica, as a human rights treaty for the Americas, in November 22, 1969. It came into legal force in July 1978 after a number of nations ratified it.

AUL’s Sr. Vice President William Saunders is one of an elite group of attorneys and human rights experts who have been working to draft the articles, now set for international release in early October at the United Nations. Saunders addressed the Federalist Society of Notre Dame as part of a pre-release of the human rights guidelines designed to protect human life, born and unborn.
The international effort to advance a “human right” to abortion has been on-going at least since the Cairo conference on population and development in 1994, Saunders said, adding, “This trend will impact American courts when Roe v. Wade is ultimately overturned as more activist judges are turning to international law to justify U.S. rulings.”
“Given the plague of out-come driven judging in American courts, it is certain that pro-abortion lawyers are going to argue for an international right to abortion, and that American lawyers are going to need to be prepared,” he said.
 The San Jose articles will be available on-line at on October 6.


Study Confirms RU-486 (Drug-Induced) Abortions Convenient for Abortion Providers but Dangerous and Less Desirable for Women

  A study publicized this week in BJOG, an International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaeclogy, confirmed that drug-induced abortions are more painful and less preferred by women than surgical abortions. Among the complications of abortion discussed, researchers noted that 37 percent of women who had drug-induced abortions experienced more bleeding compared to 4 percent who had surgical abortions.

AUL Staff attorney Mailee Smith, in analyzing the study, observed that there was only one reason for abortion providers to push drug-induced abortions, as is the current trend.

“The answer is money,” she said. “Abortion-inducing drugs are more convenient for abortion providers, especially given the fact that providers in the U.S. admittedly administer the drugs in a manner not approved by the Food & Drug Administration.”

For more on the study from Smith, click here.

Get your AUL Gear:
Americans United for Life Official Online Store Open for Business


AUL is excited to announce the rollout of our new AUL Official Online Store. You can now purchase official AUL merchandise including the AUL travel mug, AUL polo shirts, AUL wind jacket and much more. You can also find AUL’s recent publications, Defending Life 2010 and The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood available for purchase. All item costs include shipping and each purchase supports AUL’s work for life.  


In the News

Catholic News Agency, in a nationwide wire story, noted AUL’s involvement in the successful passage of the Weldon Amendment that protects human beings from becoming property through patenting. To read more click here.