Alliance Defending Freedom: It’s days away: The Supreme Court’s marriage decision is expected to come down on June 29.
The Christian Post: In the wake of the U.S. House’s passage of the 20-week abortion ban, abortion advocates are calling something “cruel” and “disgusting.”
Life Site News: Americans United for Life (AUL) is leading the national opposition to the change, along with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). An Illinois-based coalition of pregnancy help organizations is currently forming an informational website on the bill.
Red State: This week abortion advocates celebrate the forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that has consigned nearly 60 million Americans to their death. They, and their political allies, will proclaim their continuing pleasure at the “freedom,” “choice,” and “privacy” that Roesupposedly provided. These euphemisms for destroying living human beings are grotesque enough. But their rhetoric doesn’t even match today’s agenda of compulsion.
The Daily Signal: How does your state regulate the abortion industry? One pro-life group has released a map to help you find out.
Life News: The Supreme Court may have sided with Hobby Lobby in its case against the Obama administration over the pro-abortion HHS mandate, but one leading pro-life group says the Obama administration’s religious discrimination continues.
Clarke Forsythe at National Review: “This case has significance for those evaluating the wisdom of pursuing similar twelve-week limits or whether an approach that focuses on a mother-child strategy, limiting abortion later in pregnancy based on both the impact of abortion on women’s health and the pain felt by the unborn, should be considered instead.”
KOAM: “U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) and U.S. Representative Randy Forbes (Va.) led an effort today to fight for Americans’ First Amendment rights by filing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius.”
Library of Law and Liberty: “Forsythe suggests that had the Supreme Court not stepped in when it did, we likely would have ended with a politically untidy resolution ‘in which most States, perhaps, retained their criminal prohibitions but some experimented with broad exceptions.’ This is what will happen if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade tomorrow.”
LifeNews: “Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven Aden emailed LifeNews about the ruling: ‘Every innocent life deserves to be protected. Not only did this law protect innocent children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protected mothers from the increased risk of physical harm and tremendous psychological consequences that come with late-term abortions.’”
Denise Burke at Washington Times: America’s abortion industry and its supporters in Congress introduced federal legislation recently that would ensure that butchers like Kermit Gosnell, the notorious late-term abortionist convicted of murder in May, enjoy the prerogative to set up shop anywhere in the country and ply their grisly trade without interference or oversight from state officials and without accountability to the women they harm.
Politico: “This past year was a real watershed moment,” said Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. The public became increasingly concerned about abortion providers being “out of control” and in need of greater regulation, Yoest said, particularly after the trial and conviction of Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell.
Kristi Burton Brown at Live Action News: Every innocent life deserves to be protected. Not only does this law protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protects mothers from the dangers and tremendous psychological consequences of late-term abortions,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Arizona’s law is entirely reasonable and constitutional, and we hope the Supreme Court takes this invitation to revisit the extreme constraints Roe v. Wade imposed on state safeguards for women’s health.
Planned Parenthood Spends Millions to ‘Refresh’ its Brand, but It’s Still the Same Taxpayer-Funded Big Abortion Business
Americans United for Life: Taken with a hearty grain of salt, remembering that Planned Parenthood is the source of the data it released, here are five things that can be gleaned from its most recent annual report, released Wednesday. 1. Abortion remains a central component of Planned Parenthood’s business . . .
Bloomberg: A group that helped states write legislation for a record number of abortion restrictions since 2011 is expanding its toolkit with proposals to let patients and their families sue clinics to enforce those rules.
Americans United for Life: Lawmakers developing plans for up-coming state legislative sessions will have “a unique package of legal tools available for protecting women and girls from the profit-driven abortion industry that consistently ignores the deadly consequences of abortion,” announced Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest. “But, new this year is an enforcement module that provides the legal means to hold abortion providers who harm women and girls accountable.”
Greg Stohr at San Francisco Chronicle (Bloomberg): “The administration has no business forcing citizens to choose between making a living and living free,” said the Hahns’ lawyer, David Cortman of the Alliance Defending Freedom. A federal appeals court ruled against Conestoga, saying that “for-profit secular corporations cannot engage in religious exercise.”
LifeNews: When it comes to the question of when human life begins, the science is crystal clear: human life begins at conception or fertilization. Americans United for Life, in a legal briefing it has prepared for the Supreme Court, has put together a collection of citations from scientific literature that proves the point.
How Roe Happened: The road to and away from our current abortion regime. | NRO Intervierw with Clark D. Forsythe
Kathryn Jean Lopez interviews Clark D. Forsythe of Americans United for Life at National Review: The political, social, and medical turmoil caused by the decisions has lasted for forty years and shows no signs of abating,” Clarke Forsythe writes in his Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. The book is an authoritative resource on the back story behind the decision — the uncertainties, the politics, the all-too-human influences that went into the Roe and Doe decisions issued that day. Forsythe talks with National Review Online’s Kathryn Jean Lopez about what happened and how these four decades of knowledge and grave experience can shape our future.
USA Today: Justices won’t reconsider decisions striking down Oklahoma laws on mandatory ultrasound and abortion-inducing drugs, but more states are seeking to defend their laws.
Abortions that cause babies pain: AZ law at the Supreme Court | Casey Mattox on The Source with Paul Anderson
U.S. Appeals Court Eases the Burden on Texas to Enact Abortion Safety Regulations | Clark D. Forsythe at NRO
Clark D. Forsythe at National Review: Meanwhile, the media gave a collective yawn for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit’s stay of that injunction on Thursday, October 31. Also ignored: the fact that the decision to stay the injunction was issued by a panel of three women judges — Priscilla Owen, Jennifer Elrod, and Catharina Haynes — after they reviewed the medical record that Texas compiled in support of its regulations.
LifeNews: Americans United for Life president Charmaine Yoest recently said, “Oklahoma legislators acted to curb the dangerous misuse of life-ending drugs by requiring physicians to follow FDA protocols that better protect women’s lives and health. But once again, the Oklahoma Supreme Court put itself between the abortion industry and the U.S. Supreme Court by reverse-engineering statutory language to invalidate the Legislature’s common-sense regulation of life-ending drugs. The Court’s decision is a thinly-veiled attempt to shield its original opinion from further review.” “This kind of legal maneuvering now exposes women to the increased dangers of life-ending drugs when misused by abortion profiteers,” she added.
16 states ask Supreme Court to affirm Ariz. law against abortions that cause babies pain | Alliance Defending Freedom
Sixteen states are among the parties that filed briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court this week that encourage the high court to reverse a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision against an Arizona law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks.
Steven Aden at LifeNews: Scholars, activists, and others who think they know all they need to know about the Supreme Court’s landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade should pick up and read Clarke Forsythe’s Abuse of Discretion. This masterful and very readable volume offers many surprises gleaned from the innumerable hours Forsythe spent reading in the justices’ personal papers at the Library of Congress, as well as personal interviews he conducted with law clerks and others who were involved in the decision.
Lyle Denniston at SCOTUS Blog: The new case, Horne v. Isaacson (docket 13-402), is from Arizona, and the 2012 law at stake would prohibit a woman from having an abortion at twenty weeks or later in pregnancy — three or four weeks before the commonly accepted point at which a fetus could survive if born alive (that is, the point of fetal “viability”).
Ed Whelan at National Review: The weekend issue of the Wall Street Journal features Jeffrey Rosen’s favorable review of Clarke D. Forsythe’s important new book, Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. Rosen’s review is available, for subscribers-only (I think), here. Here’s an excerpt:
LiveActionNews: Imagine my great joy when I realized the university has an active and outspoken pro-life organization. Chose Life at Yale or CLAY is a organization that provides a forum and community for students at Yale who oppose abortion. According to their website CLAY, “ upholds the dignity of human life through weekly meetings, discussions, campus outreach, special events, and other educational initiatives.
Shutdown and Default Considered Small Price to Pay for Banning Birth Control, Say Catholic Bishops and Paul Ryan | RH Reality Check
Adele M. Stan at RH Reality Check: The panel on which Doerflinger appeared—a breakout session titled “Values and Obamacare: The Threat to Religious Freedom, Life & the Family”—also featured Anna Franzonello of Americans United for Life and Casey Mattox of the Alliance Defending Freedom, both of whom are attorneys working on cases challenging the birth control provision, often referred to as the HHS contraception mandate.
World Magazine: Arizona appeals abortion law to high court. After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decided in May to throw out Arizona’s ban on non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks, Attorney General Tom Horne and Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) haven’t given up the fight. They are now asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the decision.
ProLife Blogs: Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest observed that Roe v. Wade’s “Achilles Heel, its faulty legal reasoning, provides a direction for current, pro-life legal strategy.” Dr. Yoest made her remarks at a special National Press Club event, launching Abuse of Discretion by AUL Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe.
Claremont Institute: In their effort to appeal the Ninth Circuit’s ruling, the state of Arizona has enlisted John Eastman and the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence to serve as lead counsel on the case. We are joined by Maricopa County Attorney William Montgomery and his office, Edwin Meese III of the Heritage Foundation, Arizona Solicitor General Robert Ellman, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Americans United for Life. The petition for writ of certiorari asking the Supreme Court to review the case was filed on Friday, September 27, 2013. You can view the full petition here.
Americans United for Life: “Horne v. Isaacson may well be the landmark case that leads the Supreme Court to acknowledge the health risks of abortion for women and girls,” said AUL’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest.
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and Maricopa County Attorney General Bill Montgomery asked the U.S. Supreme Court Friday to reverse a U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit decision against an Arizona law restricting non-emergency abortions after 20 weeks.
Life News: Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys are co-counsel in the case as well. “Every innocent life deserves to be protected. Not only does this law protect children in the womb who experience horrific pain during a late-term abortion, it also protects mothers from the dangers and tremendous psychological consequences of late-term abortions,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. “Arizona’s law is entirely reasonable and constitutional, and we hope the Supreme Court takes this invitation to revisit the extreme constraints Roe v. Wade imposed on state safeguards for women’s health.”
PR Newswire: Americans United for Life Senior Counsel, Clarke Forsythe, one of the nation’s leading legal experts on abortion in American jurisprudence, details how the legal foundation in the United States Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton is crumbling under the weight of biased reasoning, short-sighted impulses and policy prejudices that motivated the Justices in 1973.
Weekly Standard: In a new book about the history of Roe, Abuse of Discretion, lawyer Clarke Forsythe combs through the historical record of the Supreme Court’s decision, from case files to personal papers, to show exactly how pell-mell the verdict was. And in the course of all this he highlights how out-of-the-norm America’s abortion regime is.
LifeNews: During an private event for pro-life leaders on the deadly impact of Obamacare, the head of a national pro-life group said Americans will be forced to pay for abortions starting on October 1.
Bloomberg: State legislatures trying to curtail abortions have suffered a 0-for-8 losing streak after court challenges to their new laws this year.
Americans United for Life: In a second special session of the Texas Legislature, office holders will again consider a life-saving package of legislation aimed at reining in an unmonitored, unregulated and unsupervised abortion industry, as well as legislation based on AUL-model legislation that would require life-ending drugs to be administered only by following FDA protocols. The newly renamed bills, HB2 and SB2, would also limit abortions after 5 months of pregnancy, would require that abortions take place in facilities regulated like out-patient surgical facilities, and be performed only by physicians who have admitting privileges at local hospitals so that the best care possible would be given in a life-threatening emergency.
LifeNews: After Judge Wake’s ruling overturning the law, Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser told LifeNews she was disappointed. “Judge Wake’s ruling thwarts the will of Arizona taxpayers to stop funding big abortion businesses such as Planned Parenthood. As a result, funds will be reduced for agencies that provide whole women’s health care. According to Planned Parenthood’s own annual report, its government subsidies have reached an all-time high, even as the number of cancer screenings and other prevention and contraceptive services they offer has dropped dramatically,” she said. “Planned Parenthood’s growing abortion toll, meanwhile, is evidence of their continued failure to show true concern for vulnerable women and girls.” . . . Attorneys with Alliance Defending Freedom, which co-authored the legislation with the SBA List, have helped state Solicitor General David Cole defend the law to date.
Mailee Smith at National Review: This week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Arizona’s law prohibiting abortion at or after 20 weeks of pregnancy – a law that was based on uncontroverted medical evidence that abortion’s risks to maternal health increase dramatically at 20 weeks gestation.
Life News: A number of Americans have helped plan this event including representatives from Priests for Life, the Pro-Life Secretariat of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, Alliance Defending Freedom, Susan B. Anthony List, Students for Life of America, LiveAction, and Americans United for Life.
Jeanneane Maxon at Washington Times: It is clear the time is now to protect women and children victimized by Big Abortion by enacting common-sense clinic regulations, informed consent requirements, mandated reporting of sexual abuse, parental involvement in young girl’s abortion decisions and legal protections for born-alive infants. Americans United for Life has been championing these laws for decades, providing model legislation and protecting women from unregulated Big Abortion.
AP: An elderly Swiss woman who would rather end her life now than decline further in health found sympathy Tuesday from the European Court of Human Rights, which called on the Swiss to clarify their laws on so-called passive assisted suicide. | Gross v. Switzerland, 67810/10
World Congress of Families VII (WCF Sydney 2013) Opens in Two Weeks — Latest Chapter in Forging an International Pro-Family Movement
Christian Newswire: “This is a testament to the growth and vibrancy of the international pro-family movement,” Jacobs declared. World Congress of Families now has more than 40 Partners — pro-family, pro-marriage, and pro-life groups in the United States, Canada, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Poland, Russia, Australia and South Africa. “These organizations — including groups in the U.S. like Focus on the Family, Concerned Women for America, Americans United for Life and Alliance Defending Freedom — representing millions of members, support us financially and promote our projects and activities,” Jacobs disclosed.
Denise Burke of AUL at Washington Times: Sadly, Big Abortion continues to equate women’s health and safety with mere access to abortion. Access to sanitary and appropriately regulated and inspected abortion facilities is simply not part of their political and self-interested calculus.
Juliet Eilperin at Washington Post: As abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell begins to draw national attention for how he ran his Philadelphia clinic, it raises a question: Can the allegedly egregious acts of one provider shift the broader abortion debate?
NY Times: The Alabama Legislature late Tuesday adopted stringent new regulations for abortion clinics that supporters called a step to protect women but that others called medically unnecessary and a disguised effort to force the closing of the state’s five abortion clinics.
The New American: Alan Sears, president of Alliance Defending Freedom, called Pope Francis “a leader who has stood strongly for the values of religious freedom, the sanctity of human life, marriage, and the family, often under very trying circumstances. We appreciate his many strong statements over the years on the protection of marriage and the unborn, and trust he will continue to be a powerful voice on the deep importance of these issues.”
AUL Files Tenth Brief Supporting First Amendment Freedom of Conscience as Constitutional Challenges to Obamacare Continue
PRNewswire: AUL’s brief is filed in the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in Annex Medical, Inc. v. Sebelius, a case filed by a private, for-profit business based in Minnetonka, Minnesota and operated according to the owners’ Christian beliefs.
Charisma News: Obamacare’s employer mandate has become the “bludgeon” with which the government feels empowered to cripple the consciences of religious employers. That’s the argument of a friend-of-the-court brief that Alliance Defending Freedom, Americans United for Life, and several state family policy councils filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit Thursday.
David Crary at Bay News 9 (AP): “Anti-abortion groups divided over legal tactics”
LifeNews: “Americans, including those who create and provide jobs, should be free to live according to their faith rather than be forced into surrendering their consciences,” said Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Casey Mattox. “ObamaCare demands that Americans choose between two poison pills: either desert your faith to comply with the government, or resist and be punished. The Obama administration’s attacks on faith and employers prove that it doesn’t respect either one.”
Melodika.net: “With another phony compromise, the Obama Administration continues to insult the intelligence of the American people and trample our Constitutionally-guaranteed rights,” said AUL’s President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest, as the Health and Human Services Department released additional regulations for Obamacare. “Our Freedom of Conscience, which is guaranteed by the First Amendment has been violated by Obamacare and these new regulations do not resolve the offense.”
LifeNews: Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest called for the U.S. Senate to vote no on cloture on the nomination of Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in what will be a scored vote on
Americans United for Life Action Calls for NO Vote on Caitlin Halligan to the U.S. Court of Appeals in what will be a Scored Vote on Life
International Business Times: Halligan “is unqualified to sit on such a prestigious court because of her conduct in office, using her position in state government to advance radical, pro-abortion legal theories against the constitutional rights of pro-life citizens,” said AULA’s Dr. Yoest.
Information about the Family Research Council webcast and video is here. It runs just over 61 minutes. An extensive description of the event begins: “Religious liberty in America has long been a cherished freedom. In recent decades, reaction to displaying that religion in the public sphere has grown increasingly hostile. What is being done about this slow and methodical attack on the First Freedom? Come hear from those who have battled on the front lines of this issue and have sought to protect the liberty our forefathers handed down. From prayer in schools to speaking against sin in a public place, there are numerous ways that religious liberty has been attacked. It is imperative that we make ourselves aware of the battle fronts and support those who stand as sentinels against encroachment on our first freedom. Join FRC for an informative and important discussion on religious liberty with Kellie Fiedorek, Ken Klukowski, and Adele Keim.”
Missouri Family Policy Council: “All Americans, not just those in church organizations, are guaranteed freedom of conscience in their daily lives and in their work,” commented Matt Bowman, senior legal counsel for the Alliance Defending Freedom. “The government has no business putting religious freedom on the negotiating table, or picking and choosing who is allowed to exercise their faith.”
LifeSiteNews: “The abortion lobby today is a little like the old Soviet bloc, that looked invincible right up to the very day it collapsed under the weight of its own stagnation,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, at a conference at the National Press Club Thursday afternoon. “The old guard of the Kremlin were on the wrong side of history, the wrong side of science and the truth in very much the same way that Big Abortion is today.”
Roll Call: Abortion opponents rallying by the thousands Friday in Washington at the annual March for Life have lost some political battles lately but won a string of court victories, thanks in part to a diverse coalition challenging a contraception mandate in the health care overhaul . . . The white shoe law firm of Jones Day has also deployed a team of lawyers around the country, including a half-dozen in its Washington office, to defend Catholic dioceses and educational institutions suing the federal government. Other leading players representing the plaintiffs include the anti-abortion group Americans United for Life, the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alliance Defending Freedom and the American Center for Law and Justice.
LifeNews: A new report from Americans United for Life, that monitors changes to pro-life laws on abortion and bioethics and end-of-life issues named Louisiana the most pro-life state in the nation. Washington state came in at the bottom of the list of 50 states on abortion.
Despite President Obama’s Win, Pro-Life Victories “are in the works,” says AULA’s Dr. Charmaine Yoest
Sacramento Bee: Americans United for Life Action President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest said that despite the possible continuation of the pro-abortion federal policies of now re-elected President Obama, AUL’s proven track record of state legislative success is a roadmap to expand a culture of life – with or without the president’s support. A pro-life majority being retained in the U.S. House also means that President Obama will not be able to force through his radical abortion agenda without opposition.
LifeNews: Americans United for Life (AUL) filed a brief today in Nebraska v. Health and Human Services, a case initiated by the state of Nebraska and six other states challenging the Obama Administration’s “HHS Mandate,” which requires that employers provide insurance coverage for all forms of FDA-approved “contraception,” including life-ending drugs and devices classified as “emergency contraception.”
Jon A. Shields at the First Things: Nearly twenty years ago, the judicious James Davison Hunter noted that journalistic reporting on abortion is “remarkable for its superficiality” since it rarely explores the “deeper issues and implications of the abortion controversy.” Maybe it is simply the partisan heat generated by a close presidential contest, but abortion coverage appears to be getting worse, not better. Just consider the mendacious, slash-and-burn New York Times Magazine story by Emily Bazelon on Charmaine Yoest, the director of Americans United for Life.
Emily Bazelon at the NY Times: Yoest put her arm around her daughter and finessed the slogan a bit. “We’re fighting Planned Parenthood to protect women,” she said. “When those babies aren’t born, that is a loss for their mothers, and that’s part of why they need a chance to live.” It’s the kind of deft reframing of the abortion debate that has put Yoest (pronounced “yoast”) at the center of anti-abortion politics and enabled her to help push through the greatest number of abortion restrictions since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973.
Americans U. for Life at Life News: “No federal funds pay for abortion,” is Planned Parenthood’s favored response whenever taxpayer funding for the nation’s largest abortion provider is questioned. But even in spite of funding restrictions such as the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid funds from being used directly for abortion (a restriction which Planned Parenthood unequivocally states it “strongly opposes”[i]), Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding subsidizes its abortion practice.
LifeNews: In Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest v. State of Alaska, the Superior Court for the State of Alaska ruled that the parental notification law, which requires an abortion provider to give notice to a parent or guardian before performing an abortion on a minor, does not violate the state’s constitution. The court also upheld provisions requiring that the parent or guardian provide valid identification and providing for criminal penalties for those who violate the law.
Charmaine Yoest at National Review The Corner: My favorite line of the night? “I know this president. And I can tell you that he cares deeply about the next generation of women in this country; his daughters, all of our daughters.” The irony of abortion supporters professing their concern for the next generation never gets old.
USA Today: “The question of rape always stirs the emotions whenever it is introduced into the abortion debate,” Dr. Fred Mecklenburg wrote in 1972. “Unfortunately, the emotional impact of rape often clouds the real issues and the real facts.” . . . One widely accepted study suggests a 5 percent pregnancy rate following rape, resulting in 32,000 pregnancies each year. The report was from the Medical University of South Carolina and was published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and cited by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Washington Post: Paul Ryan is known around Washington as a budget wonk, the Republican legislator with big economic ideas. Antiabortion groups see something else in Romney’s vice presidential pick: a stalwart opponent of abortion rights.