"AUL has proven that momentum for life at the state level can counter the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade."
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that despite the possible continuation of the pro-abortion federal policies of now re-elected President Obama, AUL's proven track record of state legislative success is a roadmap to expand a culture of life – with or without the president's support. A pro-life majority being retained in the U.S. House also means that President Obama will not be able to force through his radical abortion agenda without opposition.
"At the state level, I believe we will see even more legislatures take back the life issue with model legislation and continue creative abortion limitation in light of Obama's aggressive pushing of abortion on Americans. Already, AUL has worked with ten states in passing legislation to opt out of permitting taxpayer-subsidized abortion coverage through Obamacare. And we predict that the courts are going to see an ever increasing number of lawsuits as Americans fight for their First Amendment Rights of Conscience."
For more on AUL's track record of legislative success, click here to read this weekend's Sunday New York Times Magazine profile of Dr. Yoest.
Americans United for Life Action engaged pro-life voters through an innovative, on-line community effort "Team Life 2012" and spearheaded get-out-the-vote efforts through campaigns in Nebraska, Montana, Ohio, Florida, Virginia, Maine, Iowa, Colorado, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire.
Of on-going concern with Obamacare is the continuing violation of First Amendment Rights of Conscience. In defense of life, AUL and AULA engaged in the healthcare debate at multiple levels. In HHS v. Florida, AUL filed an amicus curiae brief with the Supreme Court, along with lead counsel the Bioethics Defense Fund and other pro-life organizations, challenging the "abortion premium mandate" provision in the healthcare law. AUL argued that the law violates the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment by effectively forcing millions of individuals to personally pay a separate premium to fund abortion in violation of their sincerely held religious, ethical, or moral beliefs.
Following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, AUL released model "opt out" legislation to assist states in safeguarding against abortion coverage being included in their state insurance exchanges. To date, AUL has assisted ten states in enacting opt-outs.
For more information on healthcare that respects the First Amendment Rights of Conscience of all Americans, click here.
SOURCE Americans United for Life Action