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AUL Action Calls on Congress to De-Fund Abortionists, Separating Taxpayer Dollars from the Billion Dollar Industry

“The highly profitable abortion industry – raking in BILLIONS – should be cut off from taxpayer funding,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (01-22-15) – Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called on members of Congress to pass the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act, “a vote supported by 7 in 10 Americans – whether self described as pro-life or pro-choice– who have said that they don’t want their hard-earned money to pay for abortions. And yet, during the Obama Administration’s tenure the abortion business run by Planned Parenthood has reported over 510 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROFIT. At the same time, Planned Parenthood has taken in 3 BILLION tax dollars. In fact, more than 40 percent of its overall support comes from taxpayers.”

She continued, “Under Cecile Richard’s tenure at Planned Parenthood, the number of abortions performed by Planned Parenthood has gone up; taxpayer support of abortion has gone up, while other services, like breast screenings have gone down. Richards has deceptively advertised Planned Parenthood as a full-service location, while she has ordered all Planned Parenthood clinics to perform abortions. In fact, 94 percent of its pregnancy related ‘services’ are abortion. Why is this corporate giant receiving any money from struggling taxpayers?”

On the eve of the President’s State of the Union Address Dr. Yoest released a short video, calling on the President to give account for billions of tax dollars spent on Planned Parenthood alone, a business that performs about 1 in 3 abortions, according to their reports. To watch Dr. Yoest’s video, click here. To read recent AUL analysis of the Billion-Dollar business, conducted by Planned Parenthood, click here:

In a letter to Capitol Hill, Dr. Yoest informed members of Congress that the No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Act will be a scored vote for life. The No Taxpayer Funding of Abortion Action would make permanent the protections found in the Hyde Amendment, which offers taxpayers some protections from funding abortions, when it is applied.

In 1980, AULA’s sister organization Americans United for Life won a historic victory for Americans when we successfully defended the Hyde Amendment in Harris v. McRae before the U.S. Supreme Court. AUL attorney and former Vice Chair of AUL’s board Victor Rosenblum successfully argued the case before the Supreme Court. This important court decision upheld federal and state prohibitions on public funding of abortion except in the case of the life of the mother.

AUL has been pivotal in holding Planned Parenthood accountable for their use of the glut of federal funds they lobby for and receive each year. You can read more in The Case for Investigating Planned Parenthood and the Planned Parenthood Exhibits.

To learn more about the health risks of abortion to women, click here: