As the media prepares their analysis of the First 100 days of President Donald Trump’s administration, we pro-life Americans have a lot to celebrate. Americans United for Life has been working in Washington D.C. around the clock as a Supreme Court Justice took his seat, as Planned Parenthood suffered an historic setback and as international aid was redirected from abortion advocacy to real healthcare. And that’s just the beginning.
Pro-life Victories in the First 100 days include:
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the Supreme Court as the 113th member of the high court.
AUL fought for the confirmation of Justice Gorsuch as our analysis found him committed to a scrupulous weighing of legal precedent and factual evidence. He repeatedly affirmed a commitment to interpreting the Constitution as written, rather than legislating from the bench, a dangerous practice that leads to tragic decisions like Roe v. Wade. And AUL’s unique SCOTUS 101 project analyzed some of the key legal issues impacting the life issue.
Vice President Mike Pence cast a tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate, keeping a campaign promise to free American taxpayers from supporting Planned Parenthood.
In its last day, the Obama administration’s “midnight” rule forced states to allow Title X family planning and preventive health care funding to go to Planned Parenthood or other clinics that provide abortions, despite the fact that a number of states had acted to exclude abortion providers from eligibility for Title X funding in their state. In casting his vote, Vice President Pence stood with members of the House and Senate who had worked to free state leaders from a dictate to give money to abortion providers through Title X funds. This is only the beginning of efforts to redirect the half-a-BILLION dollars going to the nation’s largest abortion provider to real, full-service medical centers to help women and their unborn children.
President Trump reinstated the “Mexico City” Policy that blocks taxpayer funds from subsidizing international programs promoting abortion.
The President’s executive order restored a rule championed by some former presidents. AUL’s analysis of the Mexico City policy finds that it “provides that for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) to be eligible to receive federal funding, they must agree not to perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations … Exceptions exist for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or threat to the mother’s life or health.”
Coming soon, efforts to address the life-ending mandates in Obamacare, as well as efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.
Just this week, AUL staff attorney Deanna Wallace participated in a news conference on Capitol Hill as pro-life leaders stood together, calling for an end to taxpayer funding for the nation’s number one abortion provider, Planned Parenthood. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act is one such effort in the works. And AUL is closely monitoring on-going debate of the landmark anti-life law that is Obamacare, riddled with mandates that force funding of life-ending drugs and devices, as well as violating the conscience rights of those who value unborn life.
None of this would be possible without your support. Thank you for allowing us to defend women and unborn children in these historic times.