Susan B. Anthony List: “Authentic pro-life feminism”

by E. Carroll

-SBAL President Marjorie Dannenfelser said of Sharron Angle’s victory in the Nevada Senate Republican primary:

“Sharron Angle is helping to usher in the year of the pro-life woman by leading the return to feminism’s pro-life roots.  Voters believe in Sharron’s ability to unseat one of the pro-abortion health care bill’s biggest supporters and that opportunity comes at a critical turning point for women in politics.”

-“SBAL Candidate Fund-endorsed Carly Fiorina defeated opponents Tom Campbell and Chuck DeVore in the California Senate Republican primary.”

-SBAL announced its endorsement of Sharron Angle, candidate for U.S. Senate in Nevada.

-SBAL President Marjorie Dannenfelser called Tuesday’s victories for pro-life women candidates “the greatest affirmation of our mission in the history of the organization,” and “proof that Americans are responding to authentic, pro-life feminism.”

-SBAL “announced its endorsement of Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin, citing her “’perfect pro-life voting record and outspoken advocacy of pro-life issues.’”

-SBAL President Marjorie Dannenfelser’s response to Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s veto of HB 1143:

“Today, Charlie Crist, reversed his previously pro-woman, pro-life stance.  By vetoing a bill that gives a woman seeking an abortion the option to have an ultrasound, he denies them vital information needed to make the most educated decision possible.  Every other medical field is moving toward giving patients more information before a procedure. This veto shows a lack of confidence in women’s ability to process the full range of information that is technologically available.  It is not ‘mean-spirited’ to give a woman the most complete information in making an informed decision about something as serious as abortion.  If the visual reality of a child developing in her womb makes a woman change her decision to abort, we’re achieving what so many claim to support, which is to put the decision-making power in the hands of women and help make abortions rare.  To deny women the full range of information is paternalistic and elitist.  This is exactly the kind of double-standard we’re witnessing in the feminist debate right now, where a man like Governor Crist can tell women what is best for them, while insisting that this is freedom.

“Unfortunately Governor Crist’s betrayal goes beyond denying information to women and extends to entangling all Floridians in the act of subsidizing abortions with their tax dollars.  By vetoing this legislation, Governor Crist is allowing Floridians’ tax dollars to subsidize insurance plans that pay for abortion as permitted in the new federal health care bill.  Governor Crist had the chance to ensure that no tax dollars would pay for plans with abortion as several states have already done.  Instead he betrayed the consciences of Floridians and punished women and the unborn.”


Susan B. Anthony List: Cecile Bledsoe

by E. Carroll

-SBAL announced the launch of  “a one-week $20,000 independent expenditure campaign highlighting the strong pro-life leadership record of Republican candidate Cecile Bledsoe in Arkansas’ third congressional district.”

Americans United for Life: The next generation of RU-486?

by E. Carroll

-Over the last week, AUL has continued to voice concerns to members regarding Elena Kagan.

-AUL “filed testimony with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Advisory Committee for Reproductive Health Drugs, urging the FDA not to approve the abortion drug Ulipristal or make it available over-the-counter.”

‘The FDA and abortion proponents are representing Ulipristal as if it were Plan B – however, in many respects, it’s simply the next generation of RU-486,’ said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans United for Life. ‘The American people need to know that Ulipristal works in the same way as RU-486 to kill an embryo before or after implantation. Ulipristal also has potential to be a dangerous drug that will place women’s lives in danger.’

National Right to Life: O-H-I-O

by E. Carroll

-NRL “announced that House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio will headline a Saturday morning general session at the annual National Right to Life Convention in June.  In addition, Mr. Boehner will receive the National Right to Life Legislative Leadership Award.”

Americans United for Life: Abortion, postponements, and obsessions… OH MY!

by E. Carroll

AUL reports:

-“In 1997, while serving as an associate White House Counsel to President Bill Clinton, Elena Kagan advised the President on HR 1122, a bill to ban partial-birth abortions. Kagan’s memo to the President containing her advice was selectively leaked to the press and has been spun to present Kagan as a moderate who would possibly be friendly to pro-life legislation.  The memo, however, does not support that conclusion.  Rather, Kagan’s advice to President Clinton indicates that she could be hostile to pro-life legislation.  Moreover, it raises questions regarding her respect for the Constitution.”

-Elena Kagan calls Aharon Barak her “judicial hero.”

-“During her Senate confirmation hearings last year to become U.S. Solicitor General, Elena Kagan was asked her view of the role of foreign law in statutory interpretation.  Kagan responded: ‘At least some members of the Court find foreign law relevant in at least some contexts. When this is the case, I think the Solicitor General’s office should offer reasonable foreign law arguments to attract these Justices’ support for the positions that the office is taking.’”

-AUL is asking that Elena Kagan’s confirmation hearings be postponed.

-Oklahoma is the sixth state to opt out of “taxpayer-funded” abortion.

-“Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should extensively question Kagan about her financial support of a pro-abortion organization, lifetime work for pro-abortion policy makers, troubling admiration for judicial activists, hostile views towards commonsense regulations of abortion, and her disapproval of federal funding for programs that help pregnant women simply because the recipients of federal funds are religious organizations.  All of these raise serious concerns about Kagan’s judicial philosophy and whether she will respect Court holdings that contradict her views.

-“Yesterday, we asked the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone the Kagan confirmation hearings if the Clinton Presidential Library fails to deliver important documents from Ms. Kagan’s tenure in the Clinton Administration with enough lead time to allow Senators to thoroughly examine them. In a Senate floor speech yesterday, Senator Jeff Sessions said that he would have no choice but to ask for a delay if the documents are not delivered in a timely fashion. I applaud Senator Sessions for his leadership. The American people and their elected representatives need to have all of the facts available to them when weighing this critical, lifetime appointment to the United States Supreme Court.”

Americans United for Life: Not the “Roe decision!”

by E. Carroll

-AUL President Yoest released the following statement regarding Elena Kagan’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“Elena Kagan has strong ties to abortion-advocacy organizations and expressed admiration for activist judges who have worked to advance social policy rather than to impartially interpret the law. Americans United for Life will oppose President Obama’s attempt to reshape the Court as an activist, pro-abortion institution through which unelected judges will work to impose an out-of-the-mainstream social agenda upon the American people.”

-“President Obama’s choice of Solicitor General Kagan makes it clear that liberal judicial activism will be the impact of this untried and untested judicial pick, leading to unknown consequences for the American people.  The President’s portrayal of Solicitor-General Kagan as mainstream and centrist is inconsistent with Kagan’s own record. She has been an abortion advocate and activist and an apologist for activist judges. Kagan’s confirmation will give us the kind of activist, radical Supreme Court that gave us the Roe decision.”

Yoest made the following comments: “President Obama has chosen another activist who seeks to reshape the traditional understanding of the Constitution to suit her personal views. Kagan has been open in her admiration of activist judges who re-write the law to suit themselves and advocated that judges ‘advance’ social policy rather than faithfully applying the law.

“Today’s AUL analysis shows that Kagan has contributed money to the National Partnership for Women and Families, a pro-choice organization with strong ties to Emily’s List and NARAL. She is an ardent abortion supporter, even arguing the federal government is subsidizing ‘anti-abortion speech’ when, in Title X, the federal government is prohibited from referring women for abortion. Ironically, her free speech sentiments do not extend to critics of aggressive activism. She has referred to those who call for respect and adherence to the Constitution ‘irresponsible’ and asserted that their criticism was ‘harmful to our constitutional system and to the value of a judiciary.

“We know that Kagan embraces judicial activism and abortion-on-demand. It’s how she will turn her views into law that is hidden to the American people. Kagan is a stealth candidate; a woman with an open and extreme philosophy but no track record on how she will implement her own judicial activism. Obama is taking too great a risk with America’s future with the Kagan pick.”

-AUL reports, “In 2006, Elena Kagan, the President’s nominee to the Supreme Court, called Aharon Barak ‘my judicial hero. He is the judge who has best advanced democracy, human rights, the rule of law, and justice.’”

-“Americans United for Life filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of leading medical organizations defending a New York nurse’s freedom to object to the participation in abortion for reasons of conscience.”

-“Elena Kagan has extensively criticized the Supreme Court decision in Rust v. Sullivan,[1] where the Court upheld the constitutionality of Dept. of Health and Human Services’ regulations that prohibit Title X family planning funds from being “used in programs where abortion is a method of family planning.”  This prohibition also applies to promoting and counseling on abortion.”

-AUL President Yoest released the following statement: “President Obama’s executive order on taxpayer-funded abortion has always been a smokescreen. Now, the Secretary Sebelius letter demonstrates that the Administration has no intention of implementing the EO. We appreciate Leader Boehner’s effort today to raise the issue. That’s why we are working with 29 states to advance opt-out legislation.”’s-letter-from-leader-boehner-to-secretary-sebelius/

-“While serving as a clerk for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the United States Supreme Court in October 1987, Elena Kagan wrote a memo arguing that “all religious organizations should be off limits” from receiving federal funding to support projects authorized by the Adolescent Family Life Act (including pregnancy testing, adoption counseling and referral services, prenatal and postnatal care, educational services, residential care, child care, consumer education, etc.) because those projects are “so close to the central concerns of religion.”[1]

“The Supreme Court rejected Kagan’s position in Bowen v. Kendrick.[2] In Bowen, the Supreme Court reversed the district court’s ruling that federal grants to religious organizations under the Adolescent Family Life Act (AFLA) violated the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.  Notably, Justice Marshall dissented.”

-“Americans United for Life (AUL) was victorious in the passage of SB 793, a Missouri bill which will prohibit insurance plans participating in new state health insurance exchanges from providing abortion coverage.  The bill also enhances the state’s existing informed consent law to ensure that women receive essential information about health risks and alternatives before choosing abortion.”

-“Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA), a staunch abortion advocate, voiced support for Kagan- “I have no reason to think anything else except that [Kagan] would be a very strong supporter of privacy rights because everyone she worked for held that view.”[1] (“Privacy rights” is the euphemism under which Justice Blackmun imposed a right to abortion on America in Roe v. Wade.)”

Americans United for Life: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood

by E. Carroll

-AUL reports, “The Mississippi House passed a bill to opt the state out of the abortion mandate in the federal health care bill, and today the final procedural hurdle was cleared enabling the bill to go to Governor Barbour for signature.”

-“Florida just became the fourth state to pass legislation opting-out of taxpayer-funded abortion provisions established by the new federal health care reform law.  Florida’s legislation ensures that insurance plans that cover abortions and participate in new health care exchanges cannot receive tax dollars.”

-AUL was scheduled to “present House Republican Leader John A. Boehner with the 2010 Henry J. Hyde Defender of Life Award.”