Legislation / Court Cases

Big Abortion & Big Politics (2015)

Big Abortion and their powerful friends are becoming more and more brazen. They want to coerce all Americans into supporting their pro-abortion agenda and they don’t care if it violates our beliefs.

Take for example, Hillary Clinton’s recent speech to a women’s conference in New York. She claimed that women’s access to abortion is threatened, and then she said:

“And deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed…”

Those are our pro-life beliefs that she is talking about.

Pro-abortion allies are moving far beyond words. As one example: we’re now battling an Illinois bill, SB 1564, that would force pro-life doctors to either provide or refer for abortion.

An Americans United for Life [AUL] attorney, Anna Paprocki, was at the Illinois State House as the state senate debated the bill, and she heard the chief co-sponsor of this bill make a shocking admission. State Senator Linda Holmes was surprisingly frank:

“I want to say to any doctor out there…your moral beliefs—frankly, I could give a d*#n.”

Anna was there in the Illinois Senate to testify and fight for life-affirming beliefs. To fight for Life. In the face of Senator Holmes’ contempt, Anna gave testimony against this dangerous bill.

This legislative season, the AUL team has been providing expert testimony all across the country. In fact, the New York Times says there is “a flurry of roadblocks to abortion” in state legislatures.

AUL has testified in Colorado in favor of HB 1112, the “Born-Alive Infant Protection Act.”
Associate Corporate Counsel Evangeline Bartz testified in favor of a 20-week abortion ban in Maryland.
Staff Counsel Anna Paprocki testified in favor of an abortion business regulations bill in Nebraska, before heading to Illinois for the fight on the conscience bill.
And our General Counsel Ovide Lamontagne flew to Colorado to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of SB 268, the ‘Offenses Against Unborn Children Act.’ This bill would ensure that violent offenders are held responsible for harming a preborn child.

So far this year, there have already been nine pro-life measures passed based on AUL model legislation.

And there’s still more to come! An additional 30 bills have been introduced in state legislatures all across the country.

In fact, Salon magazine says: “We’re living in an anti-choice nightmare!”
Salon magazine is tracking the increase in pro-life laws carefully and here’s their conclusion:

“We’re only five months into the new year, but it’s already been one of the most dangerous on record…”
They mean ‘dangerous’ to abortion rights. Yet, the abortion industry agenda is the one that is truly dangerous.

Big Abortion wants to force pro-life Americans to participate in abortion but now they’re not even trying to hide their real agenda. They will stop at nothing to ensure that pro-life Americans pay for and participate in abortion.

This is why it’s so important to keep a strong presence on the ground in Illinois… in Colorado… in Nebraska… and in states across the nation.

Each new piece of legislation, each time we testify in favor of LIFE, each new pro-life bill passed into law is because of our solidarity, allowing us to take yet another step forward in the fight for LIFE.
[21 May 2015, AUL email]