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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

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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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Abortion Should Be Legal, But…

May 22, 2009 | By | No Comments

Gallup Poll shows that 51 percent of Americans are self-identified Pro-Life.

If any statement has the conjunctive ‘but’ in the middle — what follows the ‘but’ is more important than what precedes the ‘but.’

Most Americans are not a yes or no on abortion but — but! on a continuum.

Nancy Gibbs at Time magazine notes this challenge; the simple bogus binary choice,

Are you Pro-Life or Pro-Choice?

And suggests more nuance is needed.

So Americans United for Life is giving Time news some nuance, a Plan B, so to say: To get from Binary to But.

Charmaine first noticed this when she saw the Gallup Poll showing that 51 percent of Americans are self-identified Pro-Life. But, but, when she drilled down thru the numbers the cross tabs didn’t change.

In 1975 abortion:

22 percent illegal in all cases

21 percent legal in all cases

54 percent legal under certain conditions

In 2009 abortion:

22 percent illegal in all cases

23 percent legal in all cases

53 percent legal under certain conditions

The numbers really haven’t changed.

In 1995 Gallup added another question, “With respect to the abortion issue, would you consider yourself to be pro-choice or pro-life?”

(The Alert Reader will notice the order in the choices…)

In 1995 only 33 percent of Americans self-identified as Pro-Life.

Today in 2009, 51 percent are Pro-Life.

But, but, this was the only number that really changed.

51 percent are Pro-Life, but, but, 76 percent want abortion legal under some circumstances.

Your Business Blogger(R) had to take graduate statistics twice to earn a Gentleman’s C B, so even this numbers novice can see that there is some over lap of Americans who are both Pro-Life but, but want abortion legal.

Obama might be confused when life begins in the womb. But he has company in his confusion: most Americans are confused when/if/why it ends in the womb — We are Pro-Life but, but Abortion should be legal.

Would it be true, as one political wag winced, The masses are @sses?

No, but.

But we are nuanced.

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Charmaine Yoest, with her doctorate in political science from Mr. Jefferson’s University, commissioned a scientific poll to get to the nuanced granularity of the American Public.

Her findings as president and CEO of Americans United for Life did not surprise her. And, indeed, confirmed sub-trends that now have a majority of Americans as Pro-Life.

Americans have always wanted commonsense oversight of abortion.

So let’s combine a premise and an outcome, a but not binary statement, to give Time’s Nancy Gibbs the nuance we all need. Here’s what Charmaine’s poll found,

Gallup: Abortion should be legal.

Most Americans, Abortion should be legal, but

Americans United for Life: Abortion is legal but…

…Not in the third trimester.

…Not with my tax dollars.

…I won’t pay for them overseas.

…I better know if my daughter is having one.

…Law makers should make abortion law, not judges.

…There must be some restrictions.

Americans overwhelmingly want some restrictions on abortion. They will oppose any Judicial nominee who will legislate from the bench lifting any regulation to codify Abortion on Demand.

Obama will suffer a severe loss in power and popularity if he nominates a judge who will permit the removal of commonsense regulation of abortion. A judge who advocates FOCA by stealth will have a real battle on her hands.

And as the pro-choice activists say, Pro-Lifers take no prisoners.

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For over forty years, Americans United for Life has been working on incremental changes in law, state-by-state to protect women’s health and well being.

And to collaterally save a few children.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Oklahoma recently passed legislation forbidding sex-selection abortion. India and China routinely abort first-born baby girls. (I married a first-born girl — I’ve got one too. They are really quite useful…) The citizens of Oklahoma don’t think this is a good idea and passes a commonsense law. Planned Parenthood is not happy and supports abortion on demand for any reason. The Supreme Court of the United States will overturn this law if Obama gets a radical on the court. Full Disclosure: AUL assisted in the legal crafting of this bill. See LifeNews.

From The Washington Post, Nancy Northup, president of The Center for Reproductive Rights, called the [AUL] campaign “a relentless anti-choice attack that is consistent with what their strategy has always been: to take no prisoners.”

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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

Americans United for Life Ready for the Obama Supreme Court Nominee

May 20, 2009 | By | No Comments

AUL will be conducting a press conference tomorrow, Thursday. It’s going to be good.

Americans United for Life has released a review of the potential Supreme Court Nominees.

The concern of AUL, the country’s oldest Pro-Life public interest law firm, is that nominees might be “empathetic” to petitioners to the Supreme Court — rather than honoring the Justices’ oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.”

Your Business Blogger(R) served as an Armored Cavalry Officer and at commissioning — becoming an officer and gentleman — also took an oath to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution.” The oath of commissioned military officers is to the document not to the president — to a piece of paper, not to a person.

(It quite literally took an act of Congress to make Your Business Blogger (R) a gentleman…)

None of Obama’s short list of nominees seem to understand this distinction on the job of a Supreme Court Justice: To be faithful to the Constitution and NOT to show “empathy” to any person or case before the Court.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Get on Twitter and follow Jack and Charmaine, @JackYoest @CharmaineYoest

Read America’s Unsettled Conscience on Abortion.

Visit Ultrasound Technology, Laws Credited for Pro-life Shift.

Lots of Links and good writing at Roundup: Obama Starts Conversations with Potential Supreme Court Picks.

Ultrasound technology and laws credited for pro-life shift, quotes Charmaine; always a good idea…

DEACON FOR LIFE

Read how numbers can be presented, Slight Majority Of U.S. Residents Call Themselves ‘Pro-life;’ 76% Say Abortion Should Be Legal, Poll Shows.

Conservatives, Interest Groups Gear Up for SCotUS Battle

New Gallup Poll Says Majority of Americans are Pro-Life, By Focus on the Family

Saint Luke, “Inasmuch as many have undertaken to compile a narrative…”, Life and the Supreme Court

The Oath of office

Media Alert: Charmaine on FOX Why Does USA Poll Pro-Life? & Abortion Debate Intensifes in National Journal

May 19, 2009 | By | 2 Comments

Charmaine recently appeared on FOX discussing the shift in polling — America is now 51 percent Pro-Life according to Gallup:


Charmaine Yoest, Ph.D. on FOX

Charmaine was also interviewed for National Journal,

Abortion Debate Intensifies, Awaits Nominee, Tuesday, By Amy Harder, May 19, 2009

Abortion has re-emerged as a hot issue, and if history is any indication, it will get even hotter when President Obama makes his Supreme Court nomination.

Obama — who first spoke out for a nominee with “empathy” before a Planned Parenthood audience in 2007 — rekindled conservatives’ wariness over the weekend with his speech at the University of Notre Dame, calling for “fair-minded” dialogue and “common ground.”

Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, found Obama’s speech at Notre Dame troubling in light of the names at the top of his short list. “He continues to want to use rhetoric to describe a mythical common ground while at the same time pursuing a real radical actual agenda,” Yoest said. Her group recently released a report criticizing possible nominees such as Solicitor General Elena Kagan, appellate judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Wood, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and outgoing Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears.


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Thank you (foot)notes:

Follow Jack and Charmaine on Twitter: @JackYoest @CharmaineYoest

Pro-Life Group Details Pro-Abortion Views of Likely Obama Supreme Court Picks, by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com Editor, May 19, 2009,

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — A leading pro-life legal group has compiled a detailed analysis of the pro-abortion views of the several leading contenders from which President Barack Obama is expected to pick the next Supreme Court justice.

Americans United for Life indicates pro-life advocates should expect a fierce battle over abortion with virtually any of the leading candidates.

Read, AUL’s short list for justice, with two notes to readers…

Media Alert: Charmaine on FOX News; Article up on Human Events

May 18, 2009 | By | No Comments

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Charmaine is scheduling to appear on FOX today — taped interview on the recent Gallup poll on 51 percent Pro-Life finding and probable Supreme Court nominees. Hit times will be tonight and possibly through out the day.

Also see her article in Human Events,

Obama’s Short List of Abortion Supporters, by Charmaine Yoest, [Ph.D.] 05/18/2009

Americans are used to hearing nominees for the Supreme Court carefully hedge their answers to any question related to Roe v. Wade and abortion. This reflects a political reality in which any hint of sympathy toward defending unborn life in the law spells confirmation challenges for a potential nominee.

In contrast, this political reality does not exist for those committed to an abortion-rights ideology. A study Americans United for Life released this week examining the life-related views of President Obama’s rumored “short-list” for the Supreme Court documents demonstrated on-the-record evidence of the potential nominees’ pro-abortion opinions expressed consistently and without hesitation.

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Read the entire article here.

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Also see America is Pro-Life.

Media Alert: Americans United for Life Announces Legal Prospectus on Probable Supreme Court Nominees

May 15, 2009 | By | No Comments

Today, Americans United for Life, AUL, Announces Legal Prospectus on Probable Supreme Court Nominees

Washington, DC — Americans United for Life (AUL) announces today a new legal prospectus on the probable “short list” of President Obama’s Supreme Court nominees, and their records on life issues. AUL is the nation’s first national pro-life organization and the leading legal and public policy organization in the pro-life movement.

The comprehensive, concise document identifies nine probable nominees and highlights cases, past writings, opinions, and arguments indicating affinities for pro-abortion activism. In addition, it explains how past interpretations by some of the individuals could be applied to future rulings on life issues. The prospectus also identifies personal endorsements of and political contributions to extreme, pro-abortion activist groups.

For example, Solicitor General Elena Kagan tops many ‘short-lists’ and yet she has publicly and repeatedly criticized federal regulations that prohibit federally funded abortion counseling. Kagan argues that the regulations amount to the subsidization of “anti-abortion” speech. Another short-list topper, Judge Diane Wood, has disputed the constitutionality of partial-birth abortion bans enacted in Illinois and Wisconsin.

To access the prospectus, visit: http://www.aul.org/ussc_potentials

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Tony Mauro at The Blog of Legal Times writes, Anti-Abortion Rights Group: Thumbs Down For Supreme Court Short List,

Americans United for Life, a leading anti-abortion rights group, has issued a negative appraisal of many of the presumed short-list possible nominees to replace retiring Justice David Souter. The group’s analysis seems to guarantee that abortion rights will become a rallying cry in the coming debate, no matter whom President Barack Obama nominates.

In a release announcing the analysis Charmaine Yoest, president of the organization, says, “The records of these potential nominees are absolutely the most radically pro-abortion our country has ever seen. Every potential nominee is pro-abortion and would advance President Obama’s radical agenda.” She vowed to “make the pro-life voice heard” during the confirmation process.

Americans United for Life Announces Legal Prospectus on Probable Supreme Court Nominees

More Americans are Pro-Life, Report Says,

Americans are more pro-life than pro-abortion, according to a new Gallup poll.

The poll reveals that 51 percent of Americans call themselves pro-life while 42 percent are pro-abortion. Seven percent of respondents had no opinion on the topic.

This is the first time the pendulum has swung to the pro-life side since Gallup began conducting the poll in 1995. Last year, 50 percent considered themselves pro-abortion and 44 percent pro-life.

The Banner is Unfurled

National Journal, Under the Influence

AUL Summer Research Assistant position open

TONY PHYRILLAS, Americans United for Life: Expect pro-abortion pick for Supreme Court

Media Alert: Charmaine Quoted in National Journal, Internet Impact on the Supreme Court Nomination

May 14, 2009 | By | No Comments

Amy Harder, writing at the National Journal, interviewed Charmaine on the on-line battle on the up-coming Supreme Court Nomination. Also see nice quote from David All.

Online SCOTUS Rumble Sets Stage For Nomination Fight

Interest Groups And Media Observers Weigh In On What Influence The Internet Will Have On Upcoming High Court Battle, by Amy Harder, Thursday, May 14, 2009,

Americans United For Life says it has already seen an overwhelming response from its online supporters in discussions anticipating a nominee. “We had to upgrade the back end of our computer operation because we’ve seen such an outpouring of interest being more active on these issues,” said Charmaine Yoest, the anti-abortion group’s president. Her organization echoes a common concern on the right that Obama will nominate a judicial activist who will trigger a “dramatic shift in public understanding of the role of the courts,” Yoest said. “When you go down the path of accepting judicial activism as the norm, that dramatically increases the amount of power judges have.”

Yoest said her group will be ready to go right out of the gate once a nominee is announced. She said its “robust” online advocacy program, Facebook community and new IT system will mean “better, faster and cheaper” communication with supporters. “We’re ready whenever they bring it out,” she said. “There won’t be a huge delay.”

Charmaine predicts that the next Supreme Court Justice nominee will be a woman. a pro-choice, abortion advocate. See the AUL analysis here.

See Charmaine’s writing on “The Woman’s Chair.”

Tiny URL: http://tiny.cc/YIeWC

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