AUL’s weekly Bench Briefs newsletter for 7/14/2010 is below. To sign up to receive this newsletter weekly, click here.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
This Week’s Feature
Dr. Charmaine Yoest was present in Chicago last Friday to accept the prestigious Alliance Award, recognizing the long-standing partnership between AUL and the Alliance Defense Fund in defending human life in the courts. ADF President Alan Sears presented the award, commenting that AUL has stood with ADF since its founding and noting that,“…thousands of people are alive today because of AUL’s efforts.”
On The Docket
William Saunders, AUL Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs, warned in a Human Events op-ed this week that U.S. senators should not let themselves be fooled by the verbal “sleight of hand” that Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan attempted when answering questions about her time as an adviser to President Clinton on partial-birth abortion.
The questions, Saunders writes, centered upon “Kagan’s attempt to lobby the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) to change its position statement on partial-birth abortion to reflect her preferred language as debate on the heinous practice heated up on Capitol Hill. … There seems to be a clear difference between what Kagan told the Senate [about what transpired] and what may have actually taken place.” Read more on the AUL Blog.
AUL applauds Louisiana’s decision to become the fourth state to opt out of the federal health care reform law’s abortion-funding mandate. Gov. Bobby Jindal last week signed House Bill 1247, “The Abortion Insurance Opt-out Act,” a bill based on a piece of model legislation crafted by Americans United for Life. The new law prohibits health insurers participating in the state-run health insurance exchange (scheduled to go into effect in 2014) from offering plans or policies that cover abortions. In the three short months since President Obama signed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” into law, four states – Arizona, Mississippi, Tennessee, and now Louisiana – have acted to protect life and to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not used to fund abortions. To learn more about AUL’s model bill on which the Louisiana law is based, the “Federal Abortion-Mandate Opt-Out Act,” click here.
AUL President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest was a featured speaker during last Saturday’s “Ending Abortion” nationwide teleconference. She and other leading pro-life experts grouped into ten panels to address the biggest challenges facing the pro-life movement–and the solutions that can help bring an end to abortion in your community. Click here to listen to the entire teleconference online for free.