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Stop the Abortion Mandate: The Video

August 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

charmaine_stopabortionmandate_hotair_screenshot_aul.jpg “Let all the babies be born.

Then let us drown those we don’t like from the litter.

Let all the old folks die.

Who wants to feel their pain — they’re so old and bitter?”*

Apologies to G.K. Chesterton.

Charmaine Yoest, PH.D.

Screen Shot Courtesy Hot Air.

Obama is having trouble selling his socialized medicine.

Cecile Richards, CEO of Planned Parenthood supports Obama’s health care government take over.

Americans United for Life Action does not.

Planned Parenthood has a money-making business model selling abortion. The Obama plan will demand abortion in health insurance plans and will provide tax dollars to provide for abortion on demand. Though all nine months — and beyond: See Obama and the death of a live birth.

Planned Parenthood will make more — lots more — money.

Your Business Blogger(R) loves business. But not this one.


Join Fight FOCA *”Let all the babies be born.

Then let us drown those we do not like.”

GK Chesterton, Babies and Distributism, GK’s Weekly, 11/12/32

Thank you (foot)notes:

Bait and switch healthcare – the Trojan Horse strategy,

Below is an open letter to those who support the life of the pre-born and stand against a mandate which would fund abortions from tax revenue. This letter is from Charmaine Yoest, P.H. D, President and CEO of Americans United for Life. She writes:

“We’ve got inside information: Yesterday a media-relations executive from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, giving a talk here in Washington on Planned Parenthood’s health care reform strategy, made a comment that revealed the impact we’ve been making in thwarting the abortion industry’s agenda. She lamented that because the “anti-choice” movement — meaning pro-lifers like you and me — had attracted so much attention to her organization’s efforts to mandate abortion funding in health care reform, Planned Parenthood was being forced onto the defensive.

Anti-Abortion Coalition Called Into Question, By Sara Jerome

Myths about abortion in “Health Care” debacle

Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted in The Washington Post Denial of Care for the Elderly

August 1, 2009 | By | No Comments

charmaine_obamacon_me_yoest.pngCharmaine was interviewed on Thursday afternoon by Ceci Connolly from The Washington Post.

The WaPo Reporter was working on the story hook of the fear of senior citizens have about the legislation [that] would require every Medicare recipient to “choose how they want to die…” in Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors, Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as ‘Death Care’

Charmaine said,

“The emphasis on cost containment means “you’ll end up with denial of care for the elderly,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, who also testified against the Supreme Court nomination of Sonia Sotomayor.

Possible abortion coverage and end-of-life care in the health bill will be “a watershed battle for the life community.”

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The liberal MSNBC changes ‘Death Care’ to ‘Euthanasia.’

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‘Euthanasia’ claims stoke seniors’ fears on health care, in

The Seattle Times, A campaign on conservative talk radio — fueled unintentionally by President Obama’s calls to control exorbitant medical bills — has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care overhaul bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life “rationing” and even “euthanasia.”

Media Alert: Charmaine Debates Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss

July 29, 2009 | By | No Comments

There are many reasons not to condone women selling their bodies. There is one really ugly reason.

Please look carefully at the two women debating the wisdom of prostitution.

Heidi Fleiss is younger, yes younger, than Charmaine Yoest.

Prostitution does not seem to help appearances.

Charmaine_Heidi_Fleiss.jpg Back in 2005 Charmaine debated the Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss on MSNBC hosted by Rita Cosby.

They debated the buying and selling of a woman’s…time…?

Heidi was for.

Charmaine was against that kind of market transaction.

You Can Rent the woman on the Left.

You Can’t Touch the woman the Right.

The type of cash for favors reported at the notorious Moonlight Bunny Range where every girl has her price. YouTube of half-clad Bunnies follows:

Charmaine Yoest debates

Heidi Fleiss on Bunny Ranch

The Alert Reader will recall that the Bunny Range series was one of MSNBC’s most popular features. This may have been the high point for the now liberal cable outlet.

MSNBC has gone down (in viewship?)

(in politics?) since.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Since this report Heidi, The Hollywood Madam has signed a Hollywood movie deal for Five Million Dollars, and

Charmaine has been appointed as president and CEO of Americans United for Life.

Every girl has her price; every girl makes her own deal.

Rita Cosby Live and Direct transcript.

Also see Beauty is as Beauty Does.

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Video Credit: Peter Shinn and The Dude.

Media Alert: Sotomayor Fundamental Right to Abortion; Charmaine Yoest in Human Events

July 28, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine’s Testimony

to the Judiciary CommitteeCharmaine has an article in Human Events,

Sotomayor: Fundamental Right To Abortion, Not to Bear Arms, by Charmaine Yoest, 07/28/2009

Of all the generalities and evasions that Judge Sonia Sotomayor offered the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing, surely the strangest was one she made when describing her role in the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Sotomayor was on the PRLDEF’s board of directors for twelve years during the 1980s and early 1990s, a period when the fund issued no less than six briefs to the Supreme Court in abortion cases. Those briefs argued, among other things, that abortion was a “fundamental right” and that, contrary to scientific evidence, “the belief that life begins at conception is religious.” In them, the PRLDEF called upon the high court to strike down every common-sense state law regulating abortion, including ones supported by the overwhelming majority of Americans — such as parental-notification and informed-consent laws….

Dr. Yoest was the principal pro-life leader asked to testify at the Sotomayor hearings. For more, see

Dr. Yoest is President & CEO of Americans United for Life and AUL Action.

Read the entire article here.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Panel to vote on Sotomayor, confirmation likely,

The anti-abortion rights group Americans United for Life has also weighed in against Sotomayor, writing to senators urging a “no” vote and announcing that it, too, would include her confirmation vote in its annual scorecard.

The group said it was concerned Sotomayor would “undermine any efforts by our elected representatives to pass even the most widely accepted regulations on abortion and circumvent the will of the people.”

Abortion unleashed in Obama healthcare; The current health care bill will expand abortion more than anything since the Roe v. Wade decision by the Supreme Court. It will offer no freedom and little choice,

After the last election, the media wanted to write an obituary about the pro-life movement,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, “but on Capitol Hill they’re getting a lot of questions about FOCA, and this event is being taken very seriously. This battle over health care may seem new in some ways, but it’s the latest fight over FOCA, dressed up differently.”

Abortion a hurdle in health plan, Opponents gear up to fight ‘any mandate’ to require procedure, by Sylvia A Smith, Washington editor

WASHINGTON – Any health insurance bill Washington comes up with must ban coverage of abortion, one of the most common surgical procedures in the U.S., a group of organizations that oppose abortion has told Congress and President Obama.

The groups said they will ratchet up a campaign to ensure the “abortion mandate” is stripped from the bill.

“Abortion is not health care and does not belong in health-care reform,” the president of Americans United for Life said in a letter to President Obama on Thursday.

Charmaine Yoest said her organization will oppose any bill that “fails to explicitly exclude both abortion funding and mandatory abortion coverage” and that doesn’t allow health care providers to refuse to perform abortions.

Charmaine Quoted In USA TODAY, Politico & The Washington Post

July 24, 2009 | By | No Comments

USA TODAY interviews Charmaine in Abortion fight is ‘enduring divide,’ by Joan Biskupic,

“Judge Sotomayor represents the future of the Supreme Court,” says Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, which would like to win reversal of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that made abortion legal nationwide. Yoest testified against Sotomayor, who would be President Obama’s first appointment and the first Hispanic justice.

As a lower court judge, Sotomayor never ruled on abortion rights and, like nominees before her, she declined to tell senators her position on the issue.

Yoest said activists against abortion are mobilizing tens of thousands of people to urge members of Congress to ensure that any new health care law excludes the abortion procedure, so insurance companies would not be required to pay for it and no government funds would go toward it. (Law dating to the 1970s prohibits the use of federal Medicaid funds for abortion except in cases of rape, incest or when the woman’s life is endangered.)

William Wan writes Abortion Foes Rally Online Against Health Care Reform in The Washington Post,

Abortion foes — including some leaders among religious conservatives — put on a massive webcast last night aimed at rallying anti-abortion forces against current health care reform bills in Congress…

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, equates the health care plan to “a stealth agenda to impose FOCA [the Freedom of Choice Act favoring abortion rights].”

Join Fight FOCA Ben Smith in Politico reports, Abortion and the public option.


Thank you (foot)notes:

Jill Stanek questions the objectivity of the abortion-friendly USA TODAY, “To relegate the debate over abortion as one of “religious differences” is to say it is esoteric and unsolvable.”

Pro-life webcast gathers 36,000.

Stop the Abortion Mandate!

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Kim Gandy from NOW Stepping Down See the Charmaine and Kim Smackdown

June 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

LifeNews reports that Kim Gandy is leaving the leadership of the National Organization for Women (NOW) to spend more time with her family. Maybe…

It is more likely that she will join the liberal feminists running the Obama administration.

gandy_yoest_six_panel_smack_down.JPG Charmaine has crossed paths with NOW’s Gandy a time or two. The most memorable was in November 2005. At the time Your Business Blogger(R) noted the altercation,

I was in the middle of drafting an article on the glass ceiling for women. And got a first person account instead.

Click on image to enlarge; Charmaine on Right in red.

Today I thought I’d give the little woman a respite from the laundry and the kids. “Go play in the Nation’s Capital,” I said to Charmaine this morning. “Have a fun lunch with the girls!”

Then on the radio I hear Rush talk about a smack down at the Supreme Court and see a photo of Charmaine in her red power suit at Rush Limbaugh EIB Extra… .

She had Kim Gandy in a half-nelson. Elbowing Gandy aside at a press conference.

I have sat through a number of cantankerous board meetings. Adversarial budget negotiations. Hardball sales presentations. Terminations. Giving and getting.

But no one actually got spanked.

I thought the gathering of girls today would be a powder puff tea party of cooperation. Sweetness and light and reason and ‘Please’ and ‘Thankyou.’

I was wrong. No one fights like a woman on a mission.

I’ll have to rewrite the glass ceiling article.

(It is a joy to marry over your head.)

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Thank you (foot)notes:

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Press Release: AUL Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe Publishes new book.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President & CEO said, “Politics for the Greatest Good is a critical book for the pro-life movement at this time in history. This important focus on the achievable in political strategy…AUL Action

FOXBusiness reports, Americans United for Life Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe Publishes Politics for the Greatest Good is now available at bookstores and

Heather Smith, Top Radio Talk-Show Producer Joins Americans United for Life

June 8, 2009 | By | No Comments

Alert Readers following on Twitter know that Americans United for Life is making numerous key, high talent, hires,

Top Radio Talk-Show Producer Heather Smith Joins Americans United for Life.


Heather Smith

Washington, DC — Heather Smith has joined Americans United for Life (AUL) as Director of Communications. Her focus will be to oversee corporate communications including traditional media, internet, and new media.

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL President & CEO commented: “I am very pleased Heather is joining our team. As a veteran producer of radio, television, and film, she brings a wealth of experience and an insider’s perspective to our communications efforts.”

Miss Smith said: “It is a great honor to join the foremost pro-life organization in the country. I look forward to expanding AUL’s media outreach and working with the AUL legal team toward our goal of seeing a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law.”

She has produced three top-10 nationally syndicated radio programs: The G. Gordon Liddy Show, The Laura Ingraham Show, and most recently, The Lars Larson Show. She has also worked at FOX News Channel, where she produced Weekend Live with Tony Snow and FOX News Live, and booked guests for FOX’s breaking news special programming. In addition, she has produced film documentaries hosted by former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and by Dick Morris. Previously she booked interviews for WFLA-AM’s The Shannon Burke Show and worked on several documentaries for PBS and History Channel.

Miss Smith has been in front of the microphone as well, having begun her media career in 1997 as an alternative rock disc jockey and radio talk show host. She has also been interviewed on FOX News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, and nationally syndicated talk radio programs about grassroots-activism campaigns she oversaw in Florida.

Please join us in welcoming Heather Smith to the Pro-Life professional legal-eagles at Americans United for Life.

Sotomayor: Who Sleeps Better at Night, AUL or NARAL? Charmaine Interviewed in USA Today And by AP

June 5, 2009 | By | No Comments

Alert Readers following on Twitter know that Charmaine has been in a number of media interviews.

Sometimes as a source.

Sometimes as a target.

See her quote in USA Today this morning on the Sotomayor nomination,

Sotomayor, a trial judge for six years and appellate judge for 11, has not ruled on a case involving Roe v. Wade. She has decided a few cases at the fringes of the issue, yet those defy predictions.

On Wednesday, Feinstein explained why she will persist on the abortion rights question: “I remember what it was like when abortion was illegal, and the lives of young desperate women were in jeopardy.” She said she worries that “Americans no longer appreciate what it would mean if (abortion rights) were taken away.”

Nominees usually elude such questions during their hearings.

“I don’t have concerns about this nominee in the sense that I think there is something on the record (against abortion rights),” says Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights. “We just think it’s important for Supreme Court nominees to say where they stand.”

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, agrees. While observing that she and Northup both see nothing definitive in Sotomayor’s record, Yoest says, “I think Nancy’s probably sleeping a little better at night.”

JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS at AP interviewed Charmaine for GOP leader doesn’t rule out Sotomayor filibuster

Abortion-rights opponents circulated a 1988 legal brief joined by the PRLDEF that took a position in strong support of abortion rights and argued strenuously against dismantling the underpinnings of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established a woman’s right to end her pregnancy.

The brief, submitted to the Supreme Court to support a challenge to a Missouri law making it illegal to use public officials or facilities for abortions, warns of “the danger of tampering with the core framework of Roe v. Wade.” The brief said doing so would disproportionately harm poor women of color. The high court ultimately upheld the Missouri law in the case, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services.

There is no evidence or indication that Sotomayor had any role in drafting the brief, or the PRLDEF’s decision to join it. Cesar A. Perales, now the group’s president, said its board has never been involved in deciding which cases the organization takes on or matters of litigation. Board members sometimes do, however, help decide which legal issues the organization should focus on, Perales said.

But abortion-rights opponents said the brief raises questions about Sotomayor’s stance on Roe.

“It’s explicitly a pro-abortion argument,” said Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life. “That specific case makes it very difficult for her to say that she doesn’t have a position” on abortion rights.

Other citations on Sotomayor,

CitizenLink reports,

In a recent poll commissioned by Americans United for Life, 69 percent of respondents said they do not want a Supreme Court justice who opposes “making it illegal for someone to take a girl younger than the age of 18 across state lines to obtain abortions without her parents’ knowledge.”

The Catholic Review writes

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, a public-interest law and policy organization, said in a statement that “for all the president’s talk of finding ‘common ground,’ this appointment completely contradicts that hollow promise.” Without explaining why, Yoest said Sotomayor’s “judicial philosophy undermines common ground” and called her “a radical pick that divides America.”

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More Media on the Killing of Tiller, Reaction from Americans United for Life

June 3, 2009 | By | No Comments

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Pro-life leaders, groups condemn murder of Kansas abortion doctor, By Chaz Muth at the Catholic News Service reports,

WASHINGTON – Pro-life advocates universally condemned the May 31 murder of a Kansas abortion doctor, with officials from several U.S. right-to-life groups saying such extreme acts only hurt the pro-life cause.

“We condemn this lawless act of violence,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of the Americans United for Life. “The foundational right to life that our work is dedicated to extends to everyone. Whoever is responsible for this reprehensible violence must be brought to justice under the law.”

Dr. George Tiller, 67, of Wichita, Kan., was fatally shot while serving as an usher at the city’s Formation Lutheran Church during morning services, according to The Associated Press

David Brody at CBN reports, Randall Terry Is Not Spokesman for Pro-Life Movement,

Let’s start with a reality check. Randall Terry does not speak for the broader pro-life movement. It’s important to note that just because Randall Terry from Operation Rescue speaks out forcefully againt abortion doctor George Tiller that does not mean his sentiment is shared among mainstream pro-life groups.

You don’t need to believe me. Just compare Operation Rescue’s website with Concerned Women for America or Americans United for Life and on and on. The sanctity of life message is the underlying theme but the tactics and language are different. Much different.

Colleen Raezler at NewsBusters reports

Media: Tiller a Martyr, Abortion Not Killing and Pro-Lifers are Crazy

Tiller as Abortion Rights Martyr

Broadcast networks painted Tiller as a man willing to die in defense of women’s rights.

All of the broadcast coverage noted past attempts people have made to disrupt Tiller’s work – a bombing of his clinic in the 1980s and a 1993 attack in which he was shot in both arms – which, while pertinent to the story, also increased the aura of martyrdom that now surrounds him.

Statements from major pro-life organizations revealed a different story: that the pro-life community truly views all loss of human life as a tragedy.

Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, said “The foundational right to life that our work is dedicated to extends to everyone.”

Opposing Views has Murder Not Justified, Pro-Life Leaders Say, By Baptist Press , News With a Christian Perspective

Among those issuing statements condemning the killing were representatives of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, National Right to Life Committee, Americans United for Life, Family Research Council, Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Care Net, Susan B. Anthony List, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, American Life League, Operation Rescue, Christian Defense Coalition, 40 Days for Life, Stand True, Priests for Life and Pro-life Action League.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

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Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted on the Tiller Killing in US News & World Report, CNN

June 1, 2009 | By | No Comments

Americans United for Life issued a statement on the killing of Tiller who performed third trimester abortions,

Washington, DC – Americans United for Life President and CEO, Dr. Charmaine Yoest, issued the following statement to address the murder of Dr. George Tiller: ?

“We condemn this lawless act of violence. The foundational right to life that our work is dedicated to extends to everyone. Whoever is responsible for this reprehensible violence must be brought to justice under the law.”

Alert Readers who follow us on Twitter, jackyoest and charmaineyoest, know that AUL is saying very little out of respect for the Tiller family left behind.

USN&WR has George Tiller Murder Knocks a Burgeoning Antiabortion Movement Back on Its Heels, by Dan Gilgoff,

It’s too early to tell if the killing will halt the antiabortion movement’s recent momentum….[I look forward to reading if our friend Dan Gilgoff would ever be able to buck his editor's style book requirement of using 'anti-abortion' rather than 'pro-life.']

According to news reports, Kansas police have apprehended Kansan Scott Roeder, an abortion opponent, as a possible suspect in the murder. “Roeder is most definitely not part of the pro-life movement,” said Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life president and CEO, in an E-mail message this morning.

CBN has Pro-life Leaders Respond to Tiller Shooting, with a review of Pro-Life reactions.

CNN reports, Obama, others condemn Kansas abortion doctor’s killing

Zenit reports, Pro-life Groups Denounce Murder of Abortionist, Condemn Attack as Contrary to Goals of Promoting Human Dignity

Kay Steiger at Campus Progress, writes Rebirth of Anti-Abortion Terrorism, The murder of Dr. George Tiller in Kansas brings back old memories of radicalized violence against abortion providers. As much as Your Business Blogger(R) and Your Business Professor loves academia, the children at Campus Progress, like most academics, are wrong. Kay is a bit confused about terrorism– and has yet to learn the difference between acts of war and criminal acts. The unfortunate Kay is still suffering from the Bush Derangement Syndrome where she pokes fun at the past president,

Opinions: “I have opinions of my own — strong opinions — but I don’t always agree with them.” -George W. Bush

Who cares anymore?

Houston Belief

See The Moderate Voice

The Huffington Post has Cristina Page writing, The Murder of Dr. Tiller, a Foreshadowing

Tiller Murder a Lawless Act of Violence

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