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Splitting the Baby in Half? Americans United for Life Statement on Cloture

December 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

You’d think there’d be parking in Your Nation’s Capital in the dead of night.

You’d be wrong.

16 inches of snow and the Senate vote forced Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine into an unconventional parking spot for our Monster SUV with its enormous (carbon) footprint.

No. Every Senate Staffer worked all weekend and not because the DC snowplowpersons buried their cars.

(If the boss is working, the staff better be working. More than just business etiquette.)

So. Senate rules allow for 30 hours of debate from dropped bill to vote taking. 30 hours was up at 1am last night. Reid got his speedy vote on health care reform. They broke it. They bought it.

The baby is split.

Both Americans United for Life and Planned Parenthood now oppose ObamaCare.

What makes for such strange, well, bedfellows?

Our liberal pro-choice friends want abortion at any time, for any reason, at an everyday low price, funded by tax payers.

Conservative pro-lifers do not want any tax dollars to pay for abortion. As well as that other stuff; like the science that life begins at conception…

Both sides are unhappy with the bill. This is not a reason for our legislators to be happy.

Yes, some cynics– ok, me– suggest that pro-choice Planned Parenthood is not genuinely against ObamaCare. Liberals are planning to hang the abortion ornament on the healthcare Christmas tree on later laps. The Alert Reader will note that AUL had a statement up immediately after the vote. Planned Parenthood, as of this writing, has not updated there website.

The Senate Democrats have proved that they are indeed, the Party of Death. Let us work to show that the House Democrats are not.


This is how bad the Senate Democrats miscalculated: An Alert Reader sends this last night,

I was not for Huckabee last year, but watching him in Nebraska, [home of Nelson(D)] I would definitely like to vote for him in 2012. Merry Christmas!

Conservatives, who outnumber liberals 2 to 1 are now mad and mobilized. And so are pro-choicers. Planned Parenthood and Huckabee are surely planning joint appearances.

Charmaine_Yoest_aul_pub_shot_2009.jpgHere is Charmaine’s statement, 60 Senators Just Made History…

60 U.S. Senators just made history by voting to move forward with a bill that imposes a first-ever mandatory abortion tax on the American people.

Majority Leader Reid held this vote in the middle of the night because he knows that the vast majority of Americans don’t want this new tax and don’t want tax dollars bankrolling insurance plans that cover abortion.

A ‘yes’ vote is a solid ‘yes’ to the expansion of federal funding for abortion.

We will be making this tragic decision clear to those constituents who have been misinformed that their Senator is pro-life.

ObamaCare cloture is not something that a Solomon would do.


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WebCast Debrief & Audio File

December 18, 2009 | By | No Comments

Some 26,000 good-guys registered to listen to the WebCast that was conducted this past Tuesday night in Charmaine’s offices at Americans United for Life.

Following is the follow-up letter from the Stop the Abortion Mandate coalition.

webcast_15-Dec-2009_group_presenters.jpg Webcast presenters: L to R Tony Perkins, Family Research Council; Wendy Wright, Concerned Women for America; Kristan Hawkins, Students for Life; David Bereit, 40 Days for Life; Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life Marjorie Dannenfelser, Susan B. Anthony List; and Douglas Johnson, National Right to Life.

Photo Credit: Hannah Yoest

“Help stop the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade…”

Listen to the recording of the URGENT nationwide webcast to prevent Washington D.C. bureaucrats and abortion industry lobbyists from using GOVERNMENT FUNDS to pay for abortions and bailout the failing abortion industry!

Despite the fact that most Americans do NOT want our government to pay for abortion with their money, the Senate caved in to pressure from Planned Parenthood and abortion industry lobbyists.

The Senate health care bill — if passed into law — will result in a MASSIVE government-funded bailout of the abortion industry — and the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade!

To respond swiftly to this crisis, the 70+ pro-life and pro-family organizations that make up the Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition joined together on Tuesday, December 15, for a huge nationwide webcast, featuring a panel of expert presenters:

Webcast presenters: Tony Perkins, Wendy Wright, Kristan Hawkins, David Bereit, Charmaine Yoest, Marjorie Dannenfelser, and Douglas Johnson

The entire webcast event was recorded, and as you listen to the audio, you will discover:

* The LATEST UPDATES straight from our nation’s capital…

* The shocking implications of the bill that the abortion industry is trying to ram through the United States Senate RIGHT NOW…

* Why respected leaders, national organizations, and pro-life people are joining together in record numbers to BLOCK this attempted power-grab…

* How YOU can make a difference at this crucial moment…

Listen now — click here

Download MP3 file here

Dispel the Myth

The Stupak-Pitts Amendment (see the actual language here) which passed in U.S. House of Representatives verison of health care reform ensures that government money will not be used to fund abortions. The Stupak Amendment clearly maintains the current status quo keeping in line with the already in-place Hyde Amendment. However, some are falsely saying that that the Stupak Amendment goes beyond Hyde. Check out our chart below which compares Stupak to Hyde and read this op-ed by the Con. Bart Stupak on what exactly his amendment does.


Stupak vs Hyde Chart

For more info, see Americans United for Life blog.


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AUL Battles for the Pro-Life Work Against the Government Take-Over of Health Care

December 17, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine recently sent this letter on the challenges of the government take-over of healthcare,

Dear Friend of Life,

NARAL Pro-Choice America claims to have 41 solidly pro-choice Senators and 185 pro-choice Congressmen. These pro-abortion politicians and the pro-abortion special interests are working around the clock to tear down pro-life safeguards that have been in place for decades.


ObamaCare Cash for Kids Abortion Bailout

These pro-abortion efforts have intensified recently with the government takeover of health care and we expect them to ramp up even more in the weeks and months to come. You have been invaluable to the pro-life effort – including your help in getting the Stupak-Pitts Amendment passed in the House but we need your help now more than ever. We have lost key votes in the Senate and need to act now to prevent more.

Pro-abortion activists are intensifying their efforts – will you help us ramp up our efforts with your tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more to Americans United for Life? We urgently need your help now in 2009 to continue our work in the coming weeks and plan for our much-needed larger efforts in the coming months.

Americans United for Life (AUL) is our nation’s first national pro-life group, but we don’t have anywhere near the $1 billion annual budget that Planned Parenthood does. We simply have the support of pro-life families and individuals like you. We know you have been bombarded with fund raising appeals as the New Year approaches – including appeals from us – but this battle to roll back decades of existing pro-life law cannot go unchallenged. We must get our pro-life message out to as many people as possible.

We urgently need the support of you and friends of life around the nation to stand with us and support our life saving efforts before the end of 2009. Our immediate challenge is the very real prospect of taxpayer-funded abortion. For decades, the “Hyde Amendment” has served as a cornerstone of pro-life policy in preventing the government from subsidizing abortion. The number of babies saved by the Hyde Amendment numbers in the hundreds-of-thousands or even millions. And it is under relentless attack by the pro-abortion lobby.

How much does Planned Parenthood – the world’s largest abortion provider (with an annual budget in excess of $1 billion) – stand to profit from this tragedy? Planned Parenthood, and its national network of abortion clinics, generated $85 million in profit last year! How many more lives will be lost with taxpayer dollars being used to fund abortion-on-demand?

As Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and their pro-abortion allies race towards government-run health care, we move perilously close to a new world in which taxpayers will foot the bill for abortion-on-demand. This is unacceptable. The taking of innocent life is not health care. And you should never be forced to pay for abortions! This tragedy of increased abortions funded by taxpayer dollars will happen without the intensified efforts of Americans United for Life and pro-life families across our nation standing in opposition.

Will you help us ramp up our year end efforts with your urgent, tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more to Americans United for Life?



Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Americans United for Life

P.S. Founded in 1971, AUL is the first national pro-life organization in America. As we enter our fourth decade of pro-life work, we’ll continue to make sure your tax dollars are never used to pay for abortions. I’m counting on your urgent year-end, tax-deductible contribution of $50, $100, $250 or more so AUL can continue our efforts!


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Stop the Abortion Mandate: WebCast Tonight, Free

December 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

webcast_15-Dec-2009.jpgCharmaine is hosting the Stop The Abortion Mandate WebCast from her offices in Your Nation’s Capital across from the Treasury building.

Interesting venue. The US Treasury is where our tax dollars will flow into – and out of – to pay for abortions under ObamaCare. Register and listen in tonight.


Obama’s Cash for Kids Program Abortion is horror enough. Now we have to pay for it. Cash for Kids.

Even Pro-Choice liberals don’t care for this…

Charmaine’s letter follows.


Dear Friend,

We desperately need your help as the U.S. Senate moves on pro-abortion health care legislation, so please join us for a Stop the Abortion Mandate Coalition live audiocast roundtable – Tuesday night, December 15th at 9 p.m. ET – to find out what you can do to take action on this urgent issue.


WHAT: Stop the Abortion Mandate Urgent Audiocast

TIME: 9 PM Eastern, 8 PM Central, 7 PM Mountain, 6 PM Pacific

Register now at:

Expert presenters include:

CHARMAINE YOEST, Americans United for Life


TONY PERKINS, Family Research Council

KRISTAN HAWKINS, Students for Life of America

DOUGLAS JOHNSON, National Right to Life Committee

KRISTEN DAY, Democrats for Life

WENDY WRIGHT, Concerned Women for America

DAVID BEREIT, 40 Days for Life


The LATEST UPDATES on abortion and its inclusion in the Senate health care


What’s at stake if the abortion industry successfully pushes their agenda through passage of this pro-abortion bill…

What you can do SPECIFICALLY to help us BLOCK this NOW.

We hope you can join us. Thank you for helping defend life!

For Life,


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

President & CEO

P.S. Even if you can’t participate in this live audiocast, you can contact Congress today by clicking here and call your Senator at (202) 224-3121.

P.S.S. Please forward this email to at least one friend.


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Senator Hatch reads AUL Action’s Score Letter about Abortion in Health Care, by Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.

November 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

Senator Hatch reads Americans United for Life Action’s Score Letter about Abortion in Health Care, by Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D.. A “score” is the report card used by non-profits to grade politicians on each vote. Watch the short video:


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Politics and Management

November 5, 2009 | By | No Comments

Alert Reader Stan H sends this along, circulating on the ‘net:

Dear Employees:

As the CEO of this organization, I have resigned myself to the fact that Barrack Obama is our President and that our taxes and government fees will increase in a BIG way. To compensate for these increases, our prices would have to increase by about 10%.

But since we cannot increase our prices right now due to the dismal state of the economy, we will have to lay off sixty of our employees instead. This has really been bothering me since I believe we are family here and I didn’t know how to choose who would have to go.

So, this is what I did. I walked through our parking lots and found sixty ‘Obama’ bumper stickers on our employees’ cars and have decided these folks will be the ones to let go. I can’t think of a more fair way to approach this problem.

They voted for change…… I gave it to them.

I will see the rest of you at the annual company picnic.


Are all managers really like this? Or is this boss simply more honest?

Media Alert: Charmaine in The Wall Street Journalon Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Fund Abortion

October 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine_Yoest_aul_pub_shot_2009.jpgCharmaine has an article up this morning on your tax dollars going to pay for abortions. Only 13 percent of the American public approves of tax-payer funding of abortion.


* OCTOBER 14, 2009, 6:57 P.M. ET

Tax Dollars Shouldn’t Fund Abortion

Every Democratic health bill so far on offer would change 30 years of federal practice.


The debate over health-care reform is now entering a new phase. This week, the Senate Finance Committee voted for Sen. Max Baucus’s health-care bill, which sets up a possible Senate vote on the legislation later this month. Aggressive negotiations are underway on how to handle abortion funding.

Democratic leaders claim that all they want is to maintain the “status quo” on abortion. In reality, maintaining what we have now isn’t even on the table. To do that, a health-care bill would have to explicitly prevent federal dollars from being used for elective abortions. Provisions that would have done that were killed by all five committees that have handled health-care reform bills this year. Instead, the abortion compromise in the works is a provision modeled on an amendment Rep. Lois Capps (D., Calif.) added to the House bill.

The Capps Amendment is a radical departure from the status quo. As it stands now, the federal government does not pay into health-care plans that cover elective abortions. What’s more, no government health plans cover elective abortion, period. That includes Medicaid, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and other programs.

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Herbert Meyer Writes, What the President’s Attack on the CIA Really Means

August 31, 2009 | By | No Comments

John Howland, who runs the USNA-AT-Large sends this along — it deserves a wide audience.

What the President’s Attack on the CIA Really Means, By Herbert Meyer, August 26, 2009

There is now just one group of people exempt from President Obama’s worldwide ban on torture: the men and women of the CIA.

By authorizing Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to determine whether a full criminal investigation of CIA employees and contractors is warranted for the manner in which they interrogated captured terrorists, the President has thrown his power and support behind those far-left ideologues — in Congress and elsewhere — who believe that the CIA is a bigger threat to our country than al Qaeda.

I know the men and women of the CIA — I had the honor of working with them during the Reagan Administration — and they would rather have their fingernails pulled out with pliers or have holes drilled into their knees (neither of which they did to captured terrorists, as the Justice Department’s hot-shot investigators will learn) than be thought of as anything other than honorable patriots doing their best, under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, to protect our country from its enemies.

It will be excruciating for them to face their colleagues each morning under the strain of looming criminal prosecutions that will destroy their careers and deplete their meager savings accounts — and, even worse, to come home to their families each evening with the stench of President Obama’s contempt for their honor in the air.

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Media Alert: Charmaine CBN, 700 Club on Obama Abortions & Denial of Care

August 24, 2009 | By | No Comments

Charmaine will be appearing on the 700 Club tomorrow discussing abortion and healthcare.


(What an odd juxtaposition of words: Abortion — Healthcare; ‘abortion’ takes the life of a baby and ‘healthcare’ preserves life.) (Except in ObamaCare where there is denial-of-care for newborns and, now, the elderly.)

As Your Business Blogger(R) tells my students, “The best indication of future performance…is past performance.”

The clip can be watched now on the CBN website. Click here: What is the Truth About Abortions and Health Care Reform?

Please watch and let us know what you think. And how you think Charmaine’s hair looks…

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The Thanatos Syndrome: A Book Prediction On Obama Denial of Care

August 21, 2009 | By | No Comments

A must-read book suggestion for our deadly times: The Thanatos Syndrome by Walker Percy. It has been a long-time favorite of ours.

It will soon be everyone’s favorite.

From a few years ago…

Winston Churchill said that if a book is not worth reading twice, it’s not worth reading once. Charmaine has a book suggestion that deserves double coverage.

Cross Posted at Reasoned Audacity by Charmaine:

I love nothing better as a Christmas present than a good book. (Unless, of course, the present sparkles.) After all the paper has been ripped apart, discarded, and finally cleaned up. . . to sit down with a cup of tea, ignore the kids (who are fighting, hopefully, playing happily with new toys) and lose yourself in another world. . .That’s Christmas cheer for me.

If that’s you, or someone you love, then National Review has the list for you! Kathryn put up today NRO’s annual Christmas book-buying guide.


There are some terrific suggestions from Ralph McInerny, Michael Novak, Victor Davis Hanson, Mary Ann Glendon, and, well, me.

My own suggestion is The Thanatos Syndrome, by Walker Percy. First, it’s just a great story. But with Percy, there’s always two more layers. He’s such an unusual craftsman with words, that it’s a joy to read him, technically — to sit back and just watch the words march across the page. It’s almost like watching Percy play.

More importantly, however, I called this novel “subversive” because it’s not until the end of the book that the full import of the story becomes clear. He subtly pulls the reader along for a ride, then weaves a pro-life message into the book’s wackiness.

I was bemused at the end — I remember turning to Jack and saying, “Wow, how did he do that?” The book won a National Book Award!

Did I mention the underlying pro-life message??

What a hoot.

I think this Christmas, I’ll reread it.

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Now it’s your turn. What else should I be reading this Christmas??

Cross-posted at Zeitgeist.


From Ralph C. Wood,

…Percy likens late 20th-century American life to the Weimar Republic. He finds harrowing parallels between our own behaviorists and the German scientists who practiced eugenics while quoting Rilke and Goethe and Schiller.

Our culture shares with theirs, Percy suggests. a mere utilitarian regard for human life.

The logical conclusion of that view is that those who are “useless” to themselves or the world — unwanted infants, nursing home residents and victims of severe mongolism, epilepsy, encephalitis, arteriosclerosis, progressive neurological disease and hopeless schizophrenia — ought to be “compassionately” eliminated.

In the absence of a “life with dignity,” reasons one of Percy’s humanist technicians, those who make no ‘contribution” to society should all be accorded their right to a “death with dignity.”

The sickness-unto-death that first manifested itself at Verdun and the Somme did not end with Dachau and Hiroshima; it has penetrated to the very core of American culture.

Percy gives our spiritual disease terrifying expression by having a team of well-meaning humanists enact their own deceptively decent form of demonry.

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