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AUL Releases 2013 Life List, Honoring New Life Leaders as AUL Legislative Models Make their Mark in the 50 States
Also Out on the 40th Anniversary of Roe: AUL Life List All Stars Commend Legislative Achievements in 2012
“This analysis of cumulative successes across the country illustrates the effectiveness of AUL’s models, laying the foundation for rolling back and reversing Roe v. Wade,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.
WASHINGTON, D.C. (1/17/2013) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest released AUL’s annual “Life List,” a well-respected ranking of the 50 states based on their on-going legal efforts to create and sustain a culture of life. While the “Life List” notes legislative accomplishments from the previous year, it also takes into account each state’s cumulative record in defending and protecting the lives of their citizens – from conception to natural death.
THE 2013 LIFE LIST honors the accomplishments of the top ten most pro-life states: 1. Louisiana, 2. Oklahoma, 3. Pennsylvania, 4. Arkansas, 5. Arizona, 6. Nebraska, 7. Indiana, 8. Missouri, 9. Georgia, 10. Virginia. To view the complete list, click here.
Most improved this year was Arizona, moving from No. 14 to No. 5 as a result of becoming the first to enact AUL’s groundbreaking “Women’s Health Protection Act,” prohibiting abortions at or after 20 weeks gestation based on growing medical evidence of the risks of late-term abortions on women’s health as well as the pain experienced by an unborn child.
“Americans United for Life has been leading the way in innovative legislation that protects women and girls from a profit-hungry Big Abortion industry, bloated with taxpayer dollars,” said Dr. Yoest. “I predict that we’ll see a large number of bills this year that also work to protect the First Amendment Freedom of all Americans who do not want to be forced into business with Big Abortion.”
AUL is the premier source for innovative, life-affirming legislation and will soon release Defending Life, its annual guidebook on abortion, bioethics, healthcare freedom of conscience, and the end of life, which includes AUL’s cutting-edge model legislation. Supported by this innovative tool, AUL was active in 8 of the top 10 states including: Oklahoma (#2), Arkansas (#4), Arizona (#5), Nebraska (#6), Indiana (#7), Missouri (#8), Georgia (#9), and Virginia (#10). Nationally, AUL helped enact 19 pro-life bills in 2012.
“LIFE LIST” ALL STARS: New this year, the AUL Life List All Stars commend legislative contributions during the 2012 state sessions. With outstanding track records of pro-life successes, the AUL All Stars are Arizona, Georgia, New Hampshire, Virginia, and South Carolina.
- Arizona became the first state to enact AUL’s “Women’s Health Defense Act,” prohibiting abortions at or after 20-weeks gestation based on the well-documented dangers of late-term abortions to women’s health and the pain experienced by unborn children.
- Georgia enacted a prohibition on abortions at or after 20-weeks gestation and revised the state’s reporting requirements for late-term abortions, requiring an abortion provider to report the medical diagnosis that necessitated the procedure. Georgia also enacted a measure that includes abortion clinics, or “reproductive healthcare facilities,” in the definition of mandatory reporters for suspected child sexual abuse.
- New Hampshire legislators overrode Governor John Lynch’s veto of a prohibition on partial-birth abortion, joining 19 other states that have also banned the dangerous and grisly practice.
- Virginia enacted an ultrasound requirement that is based, in substantial part, on AUL’s model language. Recognizing that the performance of an ultrasound is the “gold standard” of patient care, the measure requires the performance of an ultrasound before an abortion and that the woman be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound and have it explained to her.
- South Carolina became the eighth state to enact AUL’s “Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act,” prohibiting insurance plans that cover abortions from participating in any Exchanges (required to be operational in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act or “Obamacare”) operating within the state.
For more on the AUL All Star track records of 2012 successes, click here.
The 2012 state legislative year produced significant victories for Life across the United States, building on 2011’s historic progress and laying the groundwork for future victories in 2013 and beyond. Through its state representatives and other significant relationships with state-based allies, AUL actively worked in 39 states to enact life-affirming laws and to defeat anti-life initiatives. In 2012, AUL realized several important victories for life, including the enactment of 19 life-affirming laws.
TRENDS IN LEGISLATION: In 2012, the most popular abortion-related legislative measures included prohibitions on government funding and insurance coverage for abortion, legislation and resolutions related to pregnancy care centers, informed consent for abortion, ultrasound requirements, restrictions or regulations on abortion-inducing drugs and so-call “telemed” abortions, and abortion clinic regulations and other abortion provider requirements.
Importantly, there was a nearly 40 percent increase in the number of measures introduced to protect healthcare freedom of conscience. Moreover, as a result of a substantial increase in the number of bills related to pain management and palliative care, measures related to end-of-life issues increased nearly two-fold.
For more on AUL’s “Life List” and the “Life List” All Stars as well as for information on Defending Life’s model legislation, click here.
Join Us in Washington, D.C. as We Remember 40 years of Roe v. Wade
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
This week, the media recognized AUL’s astonishing success in fighting “Big Abortion” in the states. And this time, the news of our work has made it into the cover story of Time Magazine! As the cover aptly states, “40 Years Ago, Abortion-Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory with Roe v. Wade: THEY’VE BEEN LOSING EVER SINCE.”
In the article, reporter Kate Pickert observes how both legal restrictions and the tide of popular opinion have rendered pro-abortion advocates less and less effective. On the legal front, she notes, “In 2011, 92 abortion-regulating provisions – a record number – passed in 24 states after Republicans gained new and larger majorities in 2010 in many legislatures across the country.”
This legal contribution has been made, in significant part, by the work of AUL – we were instrumental in helping to enact 28 of all pro-life laws passed in 2011. Pickert noted AUL President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest’s perspective, “As we work on this common-ground package of legislation, we are more where the American people are.”
Recently the work of AUL and Dr. Charmaine Yoest brought us to the attention of several additional major media outlets including The New York Times, Mother Jones, and the The New Republic. Our work has also been reaffirmed with the data coming from the pro-abortion Guttmacher Institute, citing the “tidal wave” of pro-life legislation as a “troubling-trend” as they see it, and The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) referencing pro-life legislation as contributing to a 5% drop in abortion according to their most recent data.
Our common ground approach has not only served to advance the cause of AUL’s constitutionally sound, pro-life legislation, but it also corresponds with current public opinion, as the majority of Americans now support the cause of life. Through the law, AUL is affecting the culture, and national media has taken note.
Yours for Life,
Vice President for External Affairs & Corporate Counsel
Americans United for Life
MANCHESTER, N.H.—To help voters identify which candidates are most likely to defend traditional values and protect the natural rights of families, Cornerstone Action is today releasing its 2012 Families First Voter Guide, a comprehensive look at Republicans running for state representative, state senator and executive office positions across New Hampshire.
“If used as intended, Cornerstone’s 2012 Families First Voter Guide will help New Hampshire citizens choose the most conservative candidates for state representative, state senator and executive offices,” said Shannon McGinley, Cornerstone’s acting executive director. “If elected, these are the candidates who will work to advance citizens’ rights of conscience and religion, protect innocent human life, defend the natural family and traditional marriage, restore the natural rights of parents to raise, educate and care for their own children, and enact free market economic policies to ensure prosperity in New Hampshire.”
To use the 2012 Families First Voter Guide, voters will first need to match their communities or city wards with the proper House, Senate and Executive Council districts. Once they know which district or districts they live in, they can look up which candidates are running in those districts, whether those candidates signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge and how incumbent candidates rated on Cornerstone’s 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard.
Importantly, the voter guide only lists 2011-2012 Legislative Scorecard scores for incumbent candidates for re-election. The scorecard was based on 39 roll call votes in the House and 20 roll call votes in the Senate from the just-completed legislative session. High scores indicate an incumbent legislator’s willingness to support Cornerstone’s legislative agenda during the past session and foreshadow how these candidates will vote upon reelection.
At least 10 incumbent Republican candidates voted with Cornerstone 100 percent of the time, and for that the organization has labeled them “Heroes of the Family.” Many other Republicans scored nearly as well, and most voted with Cornerstone at least 50 percent of the time. Notably, not one Democrat scored above 40 percent on the scorecard, and the great majority of the party voted with Cornerstone less than 30 percent of the time.
“We truly hope at least some Democrats will surprise us by recognizing the traditional values of our great state in the next session so they can receive the same recognition as some of their Republican colleagues,” McGinley said. “There’s no reason for New Hampshire’s families to be represented by only one party, and we would hope some of the Democratic Party’s conservative leaders take back their party from some of its more liberal members, and that will clearly benefit New Hampshire families.”
The 2012 Families First Voter Guide also lists the 68 Republican candidates who signed Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge. These pledge signers are the candidates who have courageously indicated their support for proven, traditional values, leaving voters with no doubts about their intentions. Notably, not one Democrat signed the Families First Pledge.
“Because of the woefully inadequate scores of the Democrats and lack of a single signed pledge, Cornerstone made the decision not to expend resources on compiling a Democrat primary voter guide for 2012,” McGinley said. “However, candidates who make it through their primaries will have another opportunity to sign Cornerstone’s Families First Pledge and the upcoming general election voter guide will include all candidates for office.
“Cornerstone hopes voters will use the 2012 Families First Voter Guide to support the candidates who have the strongest pro-family scores and who signed our Families First Pledge,” McGinley added. “We look forward to working with these candidates once they are in office to advance the policies the pledge outlines. Candidates who stay true to the pledge once serving in elected office will have the added benefit of helping to make New Hampshire the best place to live in the Northeast.”
About Cornerstone Action
Cornerstone-Action and Cornerstone Policy Research are non-partisan, non-profit organizations dedicated to preserving New Hampshire’s traditional values, limited government, and free markets through education, information and advocacy. Our vision is to create an environment in which strong families—the foundation of our society—can lead New Hampshire into a new era of prosperity and strength. For more information, please visit nhcornerstone.org.
New Hampshire- Congressman Frank Guinta has been characteristically hiding in a corner as the whole country discusses the Republican platform to ban abortions, without any exceptions in cases of rape, incest, or to save the woman's life. His desire to give the federal government complete power over a woman and her family's medical decisions is disturbing.
Naomi Andrews, Campaign Manager for Candidate Carol Shea-Porter, released the following statement:
“Congressman Frank Guinta's chilling insistence that a woman should die rather than be allowed to have a medically necessary abortion to save her life is more restrictive than the National Right to Life's position, and shows how little regard he has for women and their families who love and need them.”
*http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100811/GJNEWS02/708119932/0/FOSNEWS0413 “In response to two questions on abortion, Guinta said he is pro life, and, were a repeal to Roe v. Wade come up while he was serving in Congress, he would vote for a no-holds barred ban on abortion with "no exceptions.”
Link to Calen Frett’s uploaded questionnaire. Relevant statement from NRLC: "The NRLC believes that unborn children should be protected by law, and that abortion should be permitted only when necessary to prevent the death of the mother."