This Week's Feature
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Coming Soon: Turning Military Facilities into Abortion Clinics?
Every American opposed to
taxpayer-funded abortion should be aware of a major legislative battle coming
in September. When the Senate reconvenes, debate is expected to begin on this
year’s Department of Defense (DOD) Authorization bill. Last May, when the
Senate Armed Services Committee was putting this bill together, Senator Roland
Burris (D-IL) added an amendment that would strike a provision in the U.S. Code
that prohibits DOD medical personnel or
facilities from performing abortions.
The Burris amendment would - simply
put - turn U.S. military facilities into abortion clinics.
Advocates for the amendment argue
that the change would not amount to taxpayer funding for abortion, but
this is completely false. American taxpayers will be footing the bill for
elective abortions by paying for these military facilities, additional
equipment, and the use of needed military personnel to perform abortions.
Further, more money may be used to search for, hire, and transport new
personnel to perform those abortions. From 1993 to 1996, when President Clinton allowed abortions in military
facilities, the administration had to seek out civilians to perform the
abortions – all military physicians refused to perform or assist in elective
Senator John McCain (R-AZ), arguing
on the floor of the Senate that “abortion now is going to be performed in
military hospitals,” temporarily stopped this bill from moving forward. But
this was only a delay and the Senator is preparing to lead this fight again in
the fall. We expect at least one amendment to be offered on the Senate Floor
to strike the Burris Amendment. We’ll keep you updated on this important issue.
For more information, check out the website of our sister
organization, AUL Action.
On The Docket
FDA gives “Green Light” to dangerous new Abortion Drug
Last Friday, the
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it had approved ella, a new abortion drug similar to RU-486 that is
being marketed as an emergency contraceptive. “The FDA’s irresponsible approval
of ella (Ulipristal), without adequate safety studies, places women’s health
and lives at risk,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President and CEO of Americans
United for Life. “Furthermore, billing this abortion-causing drug as an
‘emergency contraceptive’ is misleading to the public.”
The announcement, made late on a Friday in the middle of August,
was likely timed to avoid media attention and the public scrutiny that comes
with it. But ella’s approval clearly places women at risk and should
raise serious questions from the American people.
RU-486, which has a similar chemical make-up to ella, is
known to cause serious adverse health risks such as severe bleeding, ruptured
tubal pregnancies, serious infections, and even death. To ensure that ella is actually safe
for women, particularly if it is used off-label, the drug needs further study.
In addition, ella has been falsely represented as just an
emergency contraceptive, yet the FDA’s own labelling for ella
acknowledges that the drug may cause abortions and is not just a contraceptive.
Read more about ella on the AUL blog.
Working with State Legislators to Advance Life
AUL’s Vice President of Government Affairs, Dan McConchie,
recently returned from networking with state legislators from across the
country at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council
(ALEC) in San Diego, CA. It was ALEC’s
largest meeting ever with more than 1,600 attendees. Legislators were particularly interested in
AUL’s model bill - the Abortion Mandate Opt-Out Act - which helps states
opt-out of the abortion mandate in the new federal health care law. “Five
states have enacted opt-out laws so far,” said McConchie, “and this is just the
beginning. There was a real excitement at ALEC over our model bill - I think
you’ll see this type of legislation moving forward in several states during
their coming legislative sessions.” Read more at the AUL blog.