AUL APPLAUDS THE HOUSE FOR PASSING THE “HISTORIC PROTECTIONS” IN THE NO TAXPAYER FUNDING OF ABORTION ACT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (05-04-11) – Americans United for Life President and CEO Dr. Charmaine Yoest applauded the House’s vote to protect Americans from being forced to subsidize the abortion industry with their tax dollars, and to ensure that health care providers’ rights of conscience are protected. “This historic vote is the first time the Hyde Amendment has been made a permanent protection of the American taxpayer. We hope the Senate will follow suit.”
Dr. Yoest made the following statement: “The 251 to 175 bipartisan vote is evidence that the House is in tune with the majority of Americans who do not want to see their tax dollars go to the bloated, scandal-ridden abortion industry,” Dr. Yoest noted.
“Democrats and Republicans in the House have come together on these important matters. Passing a permanent, government-wide prohibition on the use of federal taxpayer funding for elective abortions and the subsidization of insurance coverage for elective abortions is a tremendous pro-life victory, ” Yoest stated.
“Today’s vote marks a historic day to celebrate – the House has thwarted the abortion industry’s efforts to target vulnerable annual “riders” to appropriations bills and regulations that currently prohibit federal funding of abortion. Today’s key vote also protects our health care providers’ basic civil right to provide care without violating one’s conscience.”
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Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971.
AUL’s legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court including the successful defense of the Hyde Amendment. AUL also publishes Defending Life, the most comprehensive state-by-state legal guide of its kind, which is distributed annually to legislators across the nation.
Recently, Americans United for Life detailed the facts on taxpayer-funding of abortion during the debate over federal health care legislation, provided legal assistance to states working to opt out of abortion provisions created by federal health care law, and has played a major role in educating policymakers on the record of President Obama’s then-nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court.