AUL - How Roe can be Overturned

Congratulations Congressman Chris Smith:
AUL’s 2012 Henry J. Hyde Defender
of Life Winner


Rep. Chris Smith and Dr. Charmaine Yoest

On May 31, AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest awarded Congressman Chris Smith AUL’s 2012 Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award for his many accomplishments and consistent leadership “moving the country to a day in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.” Washington dignitaries joined AUL on our rooftop terrace overlooking the White House to celebrate Congressman Smith’s career, which has been a “testimony to the impact that one person can have on both his country and on behalf of the most vulnerable among us,” said Dr. Yoest. 

Earlier that day, Speaker John Boehner (a former AUL Defender of Life Award winner) hailed his colleague and applauded him for his heroic pro-life efforts. “For more than 30 years, Congressman Chris Smith has been a fearless and passionate pro-life advocate,” Boehner said. “He has been a consistent voice for the voiceless and has fought to ensure that the United States’ domestic and international policy is to protect innocent human life.” 

To watch video of the event click here, or to read more from the Washington Examiner, a story highlighted at the Drudge Report, click here.


Politico Reports: “Abortion opponents see new vehicle for challenging Roe” 


“If Congress someday manages to pass a ban on sex-selective abortions, it could be an ideal vehicle for bringing the next direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, legal experts argued Thursday at a forum sponsored by Americans United for Life,” reported Politico.

Before the Smith event, AUL hosted a legal symposium deconstructing the Planned Parenthood vs. Casey decision, as it approaches its 20 year anniversary. The decision has often been hailed as the legal hook upon which hangs the states’ ability to reign in unfettered and unregulated abortion through legislative actions. In a panel headed by Dr. Yoest, distinguished scholars and attorneys Michael Stokes Paulsen and Erika Bachiochi, along with AUL’s Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe broke down the “worst Supreme Court decision of all time,” according to Paulsen. Still, the silver lining of Casey is the pro-life legislative juggernaut that is sweeping through state houses across the country, fueled with AUL’s model legislation.

“Enacting narrowly crafted abortion restrictions has become the foundation of the pro-life movement’s legal strategy in the years since Casey,” explained Dr. Yoest. “Even though Roe remains law,” she said, “these limited restrictions are a way of ‘carefully and systematically moving towards a post-Roe era.’”

To watch video of the event, click here. To read more from Politico, click here.


Headlining on the Drudge Report: AUL frames the Debate in the New War on Women


AUL made an all-out push to protect unborn girls from discrimination last week, asking members of the U.S. House to support H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2012, which would prevent killing an unborn child based on his or her sex. While the abortion lobby has denied that sex selection abortion is an issue, new videos released this week from Live Action confirm that, even on a decision as extreme as killing a child for being a certain sex, the abortion lobby is glad to oblige. This first effort was not successful as the bill required a two-thirds majority, but it ignited a conversation that continues to reverberate. 

“This is a real war on women,” said Dr. Yoest, making comments that were widely reported (Click here to read more.) “And it is wrong when we turn a blind eye to women being eliminated in the womb simply for being a member of the female sex.”  

To read AUL’s analysis of the Live Action undercover videos detailing a callous disregard for the lives of unborn women, click here.


New Hampshire Sends Two Bills to Governor John Lynch, Passes AUL Resolution Honoring Pregnancy Centers 

The New Hampshire House sent two bills championed by AUL to the Governor’s desk last week: HB 1679, a ban on partial-birth abortion, and HB 217, a bill that allows homicide charges when an unborn child eight weeks old or later is killed through the criminal actions of a third-party, such as during a crime. Governor John Lynch is hostile to pro-life bills and has routinely vetoed them in the past.             Additionally, the New Hampshire Legislature has joined a chorus of states in praising the life-saving work of pregnancy care centers by passing AUL’s model resolution. In contrast to many states where the resolution was simply considered on the floor, this resolution went before committees in both the House and Senate. AUL’s Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel Jeanneane Maxon (at right) traveled to New Hampshire twice to testify on behalf of the resolution. To read her remarks, click here.



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