AUL - Can You be Forced to Post a Scarlet "A" for Abortion?

Americans United for Life’s Leaders Head to Richmond, Virginia Today for Free Speech Case Arguments in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

“Forcing pregnancy care centers to post a Scarlet Letter dislcaimer is a violation of their free speech and conscience rights. And AUL is standing with PCCs in our amicus brief,”
says AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest

Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest and members of the AUL team will be in Richmond today for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals arguments in Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore and Centro Tepeyac v. Montgomery County. At issue are ordinances enacted in Baltimore and Montgomery County requiring pregnancy care centers (PCCs) to post signs and make certain disclaimers regarding the services they do not offer.  For example, the Baltimore ordinance requires PCCs to post signs that they “d [o] not provide or make referral for abortion or birth control services.” 

“Pregnancy care centers operate across the country, staffed primarily by volunteers, helping women and girls who are pregnant and those who are new mothers make life-affirming decisions,” said Dr. Yoest. “To force them to post a Scarlet Letter disclaimer and point women away from life-affirming options is a violation of their First Amendment rights.” 

AUL filed an amicus brief in the Baltimore case on behalf of Care Net, Heartbeat International, National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, and several Baltimore area PCCs, demonstrating that PCCs abide by stringent standards and seek to provide the best care and counseling for women. For more information, click here.

AUL 2.0: Future Pro-Life Leaders on Nickelodeon Taking on Gloria Steinem and Feminism for Women’s History Month

Raising up the next generation of pro-life leaders, AUL’s Dr. Yoest took her 15-year-old daughter Helena to New York City last week to debate Gloria Steinem for a special program taped for Nickelodeon.  Slated to air in March during Women's History Month, the show will look at the history of feminist activism and debate the future of the Equal Rights Amendment. Joining Helena was Claire Nance, daughter of Penny Nance, the President of Concerned Women for America, and Meridian Paulton, daughter of John Paulton of Focus on the Family.  The special edition of “Nick News” was hosted by feminist activist and documentary producer Linda Ellerbee, with seven other teenagers and a special appearance from 78-year-old feminist icon Gloria Steinem.

“It was a great opportunity for Helena to meet Gloria Steinem and Linda Ellerbee and engage in a debate on the future of feminism,” said Dr. Yoest. “The taping was very intense and spirited. All three girls did a remarkable job representing our pro-life, pro-woman, pro-motherhood world-view.  I was deeply proud of Helena, Claire and Meridian.  They had to work hard to make their points, but their positive, upbeat, optimistic viewpoint on the strength and unique worth of women was inspirational and even moving.  Their courage and commitment in speaking out in a hostile environment provides real hope for the future of our movement.” 

During the two and half hour of taping, the girls were asked who their heroes are. Both Helena and Claire mentioned the work of pro-life heroine and President of Live Action, Lila Rose, who has exposed the anti-woman tactics of the abortion industry with her undercover videos.  

“I couldn’t be more proud of three brave girls who stood their ground for the rights and dignity of all women, born and unborn,” said Dr. Yoest.

AUL’s Maxon Says 40 years of Abortion Harms Women and Girls “physically, mentally, and even socially by telling them to deny their true potential”

At a prestigious media briefing on the impact of 40 years of extreme abortion policies on American culture, Americans United for Life Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel Jeanneane Maxon noted that the people most hurt by the radical abortion policies of the United States have been women and girls “who have been told that they are inadequate to handle both work and family and must act like men to make it in a man’s world. The abortion industry has allowed women to be harmed physically, mentally, and socially by telling them to deny their true potential and insisting they choose either work or family, because they’ll never succeed at both.”

Maxon made her remarks at the National Press Club as part of an event organized by The Justice Foundation of San Antonio, Texas, along with influential pro-life leaders such as Dr. Martin Luther King’s niece Dr. Alveda King, the National Spokesperson for Silent No More Awareness Campaign; and Allan Parker, attorney and President of The Justice Foundation. To read Maxon’s full remarks, click here.

Planned Parenthood Loses Again: Sixth Circuit Refuses Once More to Strike Down Ohio’s

Regulation of RU-486

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals late last week denied Planned Parenthood’s request that the court revisit its prior decision in Planned Parenthood Southwest Ohio v. DeWine, upholding Ohio’s regulation of RU-486. In October, the Sixth Circuit rejected Planned Parenthood’s challenge to the 2004 Ohio law requiring that abortion providers dispense RU-486 only in the manner approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   

Rather than “using as directed,” the abortion industry has been handing out life-ending drugs using unapproved protocols that violate the restrictions established by the FDA, and some women have died. And yet, the abortion industry went to court to fight for the right to continue with these potentially deadly practices.

In 2011, the FDA reported that 14 women had died after using the Mifeprex regimen, and eight of these women had died from a bacterial infection. In all eight deaths, the Mifeprex regimen had been administered in a manner unapproved by the FDA.  Significantly, no woman has died from bacterial infection following use of the Mifeprex regimen as approved by the FDA. 

To learn more on this case, click here.