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Reaction Statement of AUL’s President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest to Two Pro-Life Victories in the House

sells the broken bodies of unborn infants,” said AUL’s Dr. Yoest. “It’s time to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect those funds to true, healthcare facilities for women.”


WASHINGTON, D.C. (09-18-15)
— Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest commended the members of the U.S. House for two, historic, pro-life votes to both protect infants born alive during an abortion from infanticide and to redirect scarce taxpayer dollars to true healthcare facilities for women.

The House voted 241 to 187 on Rep. Diane Black’s Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015. And it voted 248 to 177 in favor of Rep. Trent Franks’ Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection bill.

“Planned Parenthood takes half-a-billion dollars each year from struggling taxpayers to use in its abortion franchises nationwide, which do not provide full-service medical care for women. Real healthcare respects life. In light of the troubling Center for Medical Progress videos, the U.S. House made the right call in suspending that level of investment so that women and girls’ healthcare needs will be met in a safe environment,” said Dr. Yoest.

“One of the most disturbing discussions in the undercover videos are cold, calculating conversations on the part of top Planned Parenthood officials who discuss the kind of money they can make from babies who die during an abortion, but because their bodies remained intact, their parts are worth more money,” noted Dr. Yoest. “A humane society makes it clear in our laws and in our culture that a child born alive deserves protection. I commend the members of the House for standing up for the most vulnerable among us.”

Yesterday, before the house Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health, Dr. Yoest testified about troubling legal issues raised in the undercover videos revealing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking in infant body parts. To read her testimony and to see AUL’s legal analysis of the issues raised, click here.

To learn more about the health risks of abortion for all women, click here.