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Major Victory in Senate over Taxpayer Funded Abortion

Yesterday, a group of pro-life Senators led by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) banded together, leading an effort to block a Senate Defense-spending bill that would have opened the door for taxpayer-funded abortions on military bases. The 56-43 vote in the U.S. Senate fell four votes short of the 60 votes the bill’s proponents needed to move it forward.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of AUL Action, recognized McCain and his colleagues for outstanding work as they “led the fight to win today’s key vote rejecting taxpayer-funded abortion in the military.” The vote was a major setback for the abortion industry’s agenda in Washington as its leaders fight to expand abortion without limitations and at any price.

“The momentum is on the side of Life,” said Yoest. “We stopped taxpayer-funded abortion on military bases against overwhelming odds in the Senate. If one vote had gone the other way, the result would be different. That’s why we must remain steadfast in our fight.”

We’ve been updating you for weeks on our fight to stop the Burris Amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill, and – after yesterday – experts believe that this issue is now dead during this Congressional session.

“Our goal,” Yoest told Bench Briefs, “is to stop bad measures like the Burris Amendment. But we have a bigger goal too, which is to restore a culture of Life in America. If we are going to succeed, we’ll need a different Senate next year – a Senate that respects Life.”

National Review and The Washington Times both featured opinion pieces on the Burris Amendment by AUL’s Denise Burke this week, click here to read them.