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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.

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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.

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

June 3, 2009 | By | No Comments

Be sure to get Charrmaine’s media updates on Twitter from Your Business Blogger(R) and @charmaineyoest

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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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?

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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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Listen to Charmaine on NPR on the Sotomayor Nomination

May 29, 2009 | By | No Comments

Alert Readers following on Twitter know that Charmaine was interviewed on NPR yesterday. Did Nina Totenberg actually say “Pro-Life” and not “Anti-Abortion”?

Maybe the media is a-moving? Becoming, well, fair and balanced…?

Not likely. Michael Medved author of Hollywood vs America reminds us that journalists in the Main Stream Media began their descent into bias when they turned into Truth Tellers rather than Reporters of Fact.

The truth is, of course, what the liberals think it is. And liberals are usually wrong.

Listen to the interview here on Obama’s Supreme Court Nomination, Sotomayor.

So why do Hollywood and the newspapers — going broke — continue to produce product against American values (including that business drive to make a profit)? Read Making Money vs Making a Movie.

Media Alert: Charmaine FOX Video; Quoted in The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, WorldNetDaily, CQ

May 28, 2009 | By | No Comments

The Sotomayor nomination: Charmaine taped ABC and is scheduled for CNN tonight at 8pm. The humidity is down, but will her hair stay up? The Big Question.

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Charmaine on FOX debating abortion and

incremental sonogram legislation.

In The Washington Post, Battle Lines Are Drawn On Sotomayor Nomination; Ideology, Abortion and Remarks on Ethnicity Come to Fore; Washington Community Reacts to Sotomayor; Members of the Washington community give their opinion on Obama’s decision to nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court, By Robert Barnes, Washington Post, Staff Writer, Thursday, May 28, 2009,

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, described Sotomayor as a “radical pick.” But Yoest acknowledged that Sotomayor’s most notable ruling on abortion was on the conservative side. In the ruling, she said the Bush administration had the right to prohibit abortions by overseas organizations receiving U.S. funding, as well as the right to prohibit the groups from speaking out against the restrictions.

Yoest said Sotomayor was following the court’s precedents, something she might not do if she were on the Supreme Court. “There is no doubt that Judge Sotomayor’s philosophy is that she is not only a practitioner of activism, but a defender of it,” she said.

On the other side of the debate, Northup’s concern is just the opposite. “That decision certainly doesn’t suggest she’s a judicial activist,” [Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights] said, adding that her organization knows of no instance in which Sotomayor has talked about Roe or expressed support for abortion rights. “We don’t want any Souters, either,” she said. The reference was to retiring Justice David H. Souter, whose jurisprudence surprised his advocates once he joined the court…

From The Chicago Tribune on line, Abortion views hard to judge; Rights activists fear Sotomayor not in their court

“What we know about her we like, but I don’t know the answer on abortion rights,” Eleanor Smeal, president of the Feminist Majority Foundation, said in an interview.

Abortion opponents say they are convinced Sotomayor is an “extreme” supporter of abortion, although several acknowledge they do not have specific evidence of her views.

“She is a radical pick that divides America,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

WND CHANGING OF THE GUARD, Limbaugh: Obama’s judicial pick a ‘racist’ Criticizes comment that Hispanic woman can make better decisions than white male, Posted: May 26, 2009, By Bob Unruh, © 2009 WorldNetDaily,

Charmaine Yoest, chief of Americans United for Life, said the nomination torches any statements by Obama he wants “common ground” over the abortion war.

“A vote to confirm Judge Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court Justice is a vote to strip Americans of the ability to choose for themselves how to regulate abortion. Our recent polling data speaks to this point of judicial activism and as a woman, I don’t believe she ‘represents’ American women,” she said.

“The Supreme Court took on the role of the ‘National Abortion Control Board’ in 1973 with Roe vs. Wade, and Judge Sotomayor will further entrench the court’s self-appointed role as the sole arbiter of abortion policy. Based on her judicial philosophy, she will work to elevate unrestricted, unregulated, and taxpayer-funded abortion-on-demand to a fundamental constitutional right by reading the sweeping Freedom of Choice Act – also known as FOCA – into the Constitution,” she continued.


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Fearful of Latino Losses, GOP Cautious with Sotomayor

By Jonathan Allen, CQ Staff,

That emotion was clear in the reactions of conservative interest groups to the nomination.

“This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench at a time when the courts are at a crossroad and critical abortion regulations — supported by the vast majority of Americans — like partial-birth abortion and informed consent laws lie in the balance,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life, a group that opposes abortion. Other conservative groups called Sotomayor a radical judicial activist — words that in battles past have been used to rally core supporters, yet neutral toward Hispanics, just like the strategists recommend.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Brayton gives voice and ink to the position that Roe was well reasoned. Not many liberals even assume that position any longer.

Sotomayor and Judges Making “Policy” Posted on: May 28, 2009 9:09 AM, by Ed Brayton

The point is that the line between interpreting the law and making policy is not nearly as clear as conservatives want people to think. Indeed, here is a textbook example of what conservatives really mean when they say a judge should not “set policy” from Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life, speaking about Sotomayor:

“She believes the role of the court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board denying the American people to right to be heard on this critical issue,” Yoest said. “This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench at a time when the courts are at a crossroad and critical abortion regulations – supported by the vast majority of Americans – like partial-birth abortion and informed consent laws lie in the balance.”

They think that Roe v Wade was an example of “making policy” but that simply isn’t true. Whether you agree with it or not, Roe v Wade was a decision based on the constitutionality of laws forbidding abortion. So very much like “judicial activism” and its various cognates, when conservatives talk about judges “making policy” or “legislating from the bench” all they really mean is “judges ruling in ways we don’t like.”

Steve Benen writing the Political Animal column at The Washington Monthly, May 28, 2009

SHE’S PRO-CHOICE, RIGHT?…. ,

Shortly after Sotomayor was introduced as the nominee, Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, quickly blasted her as “a radical pick” who “believes the role of the court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board.”

What was that based on? Apparently nothing. The right assumes she’s pro-choice; the left assumes she’s pro-choice. But no one seems to know whether she’s pro-choice or not.

David G. Savage and Peter Nicholas reporting for the LA Times,

May 28, 2009

Abortion rights groups concerned about Sotomayor’s stance; Obama’s Supreme Court nominee has little record on issues related to Roe vs. Wade

Media Alert: Reactions to Charmaine’s Interviews on Sotomayor

May 27, 2009 | By | No Comments

Yes, yes, the nomination is important, but we’ve got the real news — our new SWAG just arrived. We just got the new AUL baseball caps and golf shirts. Branding lives!

If you want to know how to get one, give us a tweet on Twitter @JackYoest @CharmaineYoest

On the CBS News Political HotSheet, Sotomayor Nomination Renews Roe V. Wade Debate, Posted by Declan McCullagh,

Americans United for Life said she would “impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench,” and pointed to a YouTube video saying that courts of appeal are where “policy is made.”

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FrontPage Magazine, By John Perazzo reports, Sonia Sotomayor – Obama’s New Activist Judge,

A number of notable conservatives, meanwhile, have taken a different view of the nomination. For instance, Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, called Sotomayor “an avowed judicial activist” who “believes the role of the Court is to set policy,” and who will likely “impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others from the bench.”

Dahlia Lithwick at Slate writes Republicans won’t beat Sonia Sotomayor,

The case against Sotomayor–to the extent it’s being made, is that her life is such a tumultuous blend of personal hardship and deep feeling that she cannot separate the law from her own agenda. In short, she feels too much….[Goodness!] Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, rushed to describe her as “a radical pick” who “believes the role of the court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board.”

Our liberal friends at Media Matters write, Media uncritically repeat claim that New Haven firefighters case shows Sotomayor is an activist.

The Guardian has Sotomayor: closet moderate

Pro Ecclesia does not quite understand the separation of powers and the work and role of the Court, Sotomayor Blurs Lines in Abortion War [UPDATED],

“She is a radical pick that divides America,” [ED.: Really? She seems like a fairly safe and conventional (albeit clearly liberal) pick to my "untrained" eyes.] Americans United for Life said this morning. “She believes the role of the court is to set policy, which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the ‘National Abortion Control Board.’” [ED.: NEWS FLASH!!! The Supreme Court, like it or not, DOES set policy. They have ever since a little case back in the early 1800s called Marbury v. Madison.]

The anti-science women who run Choice Matters, not only don’t know when life begins — also do not know that Americans United for Life believes that the Sotomayor nomination divides America.

RaceWire claims to be color blind. Or maybe just blind, She rests her case.

Michael Sean Winters at America writes Sonia Sotomayor: A Different Pro-Life Angle

It took just about an hour for Americans United for Life, a pro-life lobbying outfit, to denounce the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. “Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy undermines common ground,” the group said in a press release. “She is a radical pick that divides America.”

The Plum LineGreg Sargent’s blog writes, Steele: I Really Don’t Know Whether Sotomayor Is An “Activist” Judge,

Steele’s fellow Republicans and conservatives, however, say those Sotomayor comments prove she is an activist judge. Senator Orrin Hatch told MSNBC yesterday that Sotomayor’s 2005 claim “means you’re going to get an activist justice on the Supreme Court.” Americans United for Life denounced her as an “avowed judicial activist.”

Steele doesn’t agree. Yet.

David Brody, CBN News White House Correspondent, reports at CBN News, Conservatives Down on ‘Policy Maker’ Sotomayor

“This is a judge who has gone on the record in defense of the idea of judicial activism so it’s pretty certain that she’s going to approach the bench with an intention of imposing her own personal political preferences into the process,” said Charmaine Yoest with Americans United for Life.

Campus Progress has talking points…that are actually quite good. Maybe not what the liberal Obama-lamas intended, Meet Judge Sotomayor.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

Read the latest email from AUL at the jump.

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Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted in Sotomayor Nomination; Watch the AP Clip

May 26, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine _AP.jpgPresident Obama nominated Judge Sotomayor and Charmaine offered an analysis of her judicial temperament.

Charmaine on AP video

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Alert Readers following us on Twitter (@JackYoest; @CharmaineYoest) know that Your Business Blogger(R) performed duties today as wheel man of the monster SUV. The Dreamer filled the assignment as executive assistant as Charmaine did a number of media interviews across Your Nation’s Capital.

But the real issue: How does Charmaine’s hair look on camera? It was a humid mess in DC today…

Charmaine also made a number of terrific hires today at Americans United for Life. Announcements to follow.

Some of her media hits include;

The Associated Press

Sotomayor: A liberal record _ but not entirely so

The Associated Press

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, called Sotomayor "a radical pick that divides America." The most controversial civil rights lawsuit

Obama nominates Sotomayor to Supreme Court

CNN International – USA

Charmaine Yoest, head of Americans United for Life, ripped Obama's choice of Sotomayor, calling it "a radical pick that divides America.

Some Voices Rise Against Sotomayor's Nomination

ABC News – USA

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, calls Sotomayor “a radical pick that divides America. She believes the role of the Court is

The Rational Hysterics

Newsweek – USA

And even though Sotomayor has decided only a single abortion case (against the abortion-rights side) Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life

re: National Abortion Control Board – Kathryn Jean Lopez – Bench

By benchmemos@nationalreview.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2009. re: National Abortion Control Board [Kathryn Jean Lopez]. I think Charmaine Yoest probably won't be a surrogate for the RNC on this issue. 05/26 10:43 AM · Share

Bench Memos – http://bench.nationalreview.com/

Sotomayor Blurs Lines in Abortion War

U.S. News & World Report – Washington,DC,USA

"She is a radical pick that divides America," Americans United for Life said this morning. "She believes the role of the court is to set policy,

See all stories on this topic

SaddleBrooke Democrats » Blog Archive » Neo-cons begin the nay

Charmaine Yoest, the president of Americans United for Life, blasted Sotomayor as “a radical pick that divides America.” The Judicial Confirmation Network circulated a memo from its counsel, Wendy Long, calling Sotomayor a “favorite of

SaddleBrooke Democrats – http://www.saddlebrookedemocrats.org/

TONY PHYRILLAS: 'Avowed Judicial Activist Judge Who Undermines

By TONY PHYRILLAS

From Americans United for Life (AUL) President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest: "A vote to confirm Judge Sotomayor as the next Supreme Court Justice is a vote to strip Americans of the ability to choose for themselves how to regulate abortion

TONY PHYRILLAS – http://tonyphyrillas.blogspot.com/

Sotomayor: A liberal record _ but not entirely so – Kansas City Star

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, called Sotomayor "a radical pick that divides America."</p><p>The most controversial civil rights lawsuit of her time as a judge concerns the race discrimination claims of white

Kansas City Star: Politics – http://www.kansascity.com/153/index.xml

Obama Supreme Court Pick Lacks Abortion History, but Criticized

By lsn@LifeSiteNews.com

Americans United for Life (AUL) President & CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest responded to the nomination, saying, "For all the President's talk of finding 'common ground,' this appointment completely contradicts that hollow promise.

LifeSiteNews.com Headlines – http://www.lifesite.net/

Is Sotomayor an Abortion Centrist? (Updated) – Steven Waldman

By Steve Waldman

"She believes the role of the Court is to set policy which is exactly the philosophy that led to the Supreme Court turning into the National Abortion Control Board," said the group's president, Charmaine Yoest.

Steven Waldman – http://blog.beliefnet.com/stevenwaldman/

Opposing Views: THEY SAID WHAT?: Mixed Reactions Pour in on Obama

Charmaine Yoest, president, Americans United for Life "(Sotomayor) brings a lifelong commitment to equality, justice and opportunity, as well as the respect of her peers, unassailable integrity, and a keen intellect informed by

Opposing Views – Issues, Experts,… – http://www.opposingviews.com/

PCC List: Majority of Americans Believe Abortion Hurts Women

By Michele Shoun

In a new national survey conducted by the Polling Company for the pro-life organization Americans United for Life, 68 percent said they know a woman who had one while 30 percent said they did not. Of those who knew a post-abortive woman

PCC List – http://pcclist.blogspot.com/

BrothersJudd Blog: AN EASY RIDE:

"She is a radical pick that divides America," Americans United for Life said this morning. [...] Despite the purported outrage by conservative groups, Sotomayor's thin record on abortion is most likely a relief to those groups–and may

BrothersJudd Blog – http://brothersjuddblog.com/

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Memo to Senate Members: What do Americans Want in the Next Supreme Court Justice? New Polling Data Reveal Answers

May 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

MEDIA ADVISORY

TELE-NEWS CONFERENCE

Memo to Senate Members: What do Americans Want in the Next Supreme Court Justice?

New Polling Data Reveal Answers

WHAT

Tele-News Conference to share a memo from Americans United for Life (AUL) urging all members of the Senate to consider fresh polling data on what Americans want in the next Supreme Court Justice. The data show that while the U.S. is supposedly a “divided” nation on the issue of abortion, overwhelming majorities of Americans agree on numerous issues relevant to the selection of a Supreme Court Justice, including:

· The role of interpreting the law vs. judicial activism based on personal viewpoints and opinion

· The role of states in regulating abortion

· Agreement/disagreement with positions held by potential nominees on

o Late term abortion

o Tax dollars paying for abortion

o Parental notification/consent before abortion

· Demographic preferences such as desired gender of the next Justice

The data also detail the political party, past voting record and demographic make-up of those polled. Q&A will follow a brief discussion of the poll findings.

WHO

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life (AUL) (www.AUL.org)

Kellyanne Conway, President of The Polling Company, Inc. (www.PollingCompany.com)

WHERE

Tele-News Conference

For dial-in phone number and pass code to attend, contact:

Colleen O’Boyle (ext. 122) or Arina Grossu (ext. 104) at (703) 683-5004

WHEN Thursday, May 21st

10:00 AM ET

Pro-Life State Rankings by Americans United for Life

February 9, 2009 | By | One Comment

Americans United for Life has released a state-by-state review of local abortion laws. The ranking is based on a numerical evaluation-criteria. See State by State Legal Guide to Abortion, Bioethics and the End of Life.

The Best States

1. Pennsylvania

2. Louisiana

3. South Dakota

4. Oklahoma

5. Mississippi

6. Texas

7. North Dakota

8. Nebraska

9. Arkansas

10. Indiana

The Worst States

50. California

49. Hawaii

48. Vermont

47. New Jersey

46. Connecticut

45. Nevada

44. Oregon

43. New York

42. Washington

41. Illinois

And please sign the FightFOCA petition!


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Thank you (foot)notes:

The KansasJackass loves abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Also see LifeNews reports, Missouri Bill Introduced for Ultrasound, Better Informed Consent Before Abortion

See 12 States Weigh Ultrasound Abortion Bills, by Christianity Today.

Is The State You Live In For Or Against Life?

See Craig’s Cogitations.

Is your state for or against life?

Read the outstanding writing by Meredith Turney at California Ranks DEAD Last.

SwampFox discusses FOCA

Jeremy Alford blogs How pro-life is Louisiana?

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, AUL president, says the ranking offers every reason for optimism for conservatives in Louisiana, especially with the election of Democratic President Barack Obama, who is pro-choice. “Since the election, we have seen a huge outpouring of grassroots support for our work opposing the radically pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act as well as hundreds of inquiries about life-affirming legislation,” Youest says.

Life as it Happens has more on Obama and FOCA.

Kyrie Eleison gives a link.

The Spin Cipher has Freedom of Choice for who?

Cellar dweller has California at bottom of list in pro-life group’s ranking of states.

Charmaine on the Obama Abortion Business Bail Out; Reuters, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times

January 24, 2009 | By | 3 Comments

baby_boo_march_for_life_2009.jpg Charmaine was busy with media interviews while she marched in the March for Life.

(This was quite an act: no child was left behind…) Obama is beginning to fulfill his campaign promises to bail out the abortion business.

Baby Boo working the crowd at the March for Life

If you support abortion or not, you are now going to pay for abortion…the world over.

Your Business Blogger(R) does not care for the government bail out of any business. Especially not the abortion business.

Obama lifts restrictions on abortion funding, 24 Jan 2009, Source: Reuters

By Jeff Mason and Deborah Charles (Additional reporting by Ed Stoddard)

WASHINGTON, Jan 23 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Friday lifted restrictions on U.S. government funding for groups that provide abortion services or counseling abroad, reversing a policy of his Republican predecessor George W. Bush…

“When we wake up every morning to a deepening financial crisis, it is an insult to the American people to bail out the abortion industry,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life.

“Planned Parenthood is a billion-dollar company and they do not need additional resources to burden the American taxpayer.”…

The United States spends more than $400 million on overseas family planning assistance each year.

Jon Ward writes in The Washington Times, Obama changes policy on abortion, Saturday, January 24, 2009

“What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends,” said Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life Action.

Mr. Obama’s promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act, which would repeal all state and local restrictions on abortion, such as parental notification laws and measures allowing physicians to deny abortions based on their own faith convictions, came under fire Thursday from congressional Republicans.

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LAURA MECKLER reports in The Wall Street Journal, Obama Intends to Lift Family-Planning ‘Gag Rule’; Move Would Restore Funds to International Groups Involved With Abortion; Timing Shows Sensitivity to Foes of Roe v. Wade,

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, thinks the change in policy amounts to U.S. tax dollars funding abortion and sees no positive outcome.

LifeNews.com Editor, Steven Ertelt, reports

Pro-Life Advocates: Obama Has Already Betrayed Promise to Reduce Abortions January 23, 2009,

Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] the president of Americans United for Life, also responded to the news.

“What a terrible way to begin a new administration: with an abortion business bailout that will exploit women in developing countries for political ends,” she told LifeNews.com.

“We should not export the tragedy of abortion to other nations, and we certainly shouldn’t do so via the hard-earned dollars of American taxpayers,” she said.

Denise Burke, [Americans United for Life] Vice President of Legal Affairs said the move also creates foreign policy headaches because it has the U.S. funding pro-abortion groups that are actively lobbying other nations to reverse their long-standing pro-life laws.

“Pro-abortion organizations like the International Planned Parenthood Federation are actively working to impose radically pro-abortion laws on developing nations, showing no regard for the will of the people in these countries,” she said. “This move is a significant step backwards in respecting the sovereignty of nations, in empowering women, and in protecting unborn.”

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Thank you (foot)notes,

Notae Zuinglii, Bible and Theology writes, Legitimizing Murder

Yes we can, use your money to fund abortions

“The time has come to set aside childish things.” Barak H. Obama 1/20/09

See Mike’s Noise, We Surrender! “Bailout” plan is now law

Visit Tradition Catholic Reflections

President Bush writes,

In 2002, I was honored to sign into law the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which extends legal protection to children who survive an abortion attempt.

Born Alive protection is opposed by Obama.

Republican Leader John Boehner is blogging. Read his post at Americans United for Life Action, Mr. President: Reconsider FOCA

January 22, 2009

A Guest Post by Republican Leader John Boehner

Yesterday, on the eve of the 36th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v Wade decision, 105 Members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he reconsider his support for overturning pro-life laws–even laws enacted by the States. Specifically we asked the President to withdraw his pledge to sign the so-named Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), which would in one tragic act overturn virtually all pro-life laws nationwide, and to refuse to support policies that incrementally enact the FOCA agenda by rescinding or weakening existing pro-life laws….