From: AUL
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: AUL Bench Briefs - A New Wave of Life-Saving Legislation
Date: Mon Jan 06 12:00:54 MST 2014

In This Issue: Americans United for Life Launches New Wave of Life-Saving Legislation and the Media Takes Note.

New for 2014: AUL Launches the "New Frontier" in Protecting Women from Abortion Industry Abuses

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."

"This legislative package represents the new frontier in pro-life protections, combining what we know about the deadly health risks of abortion with constitutionally sound legal language," said Dr. Yoest. AUL released theWomen's Protection Project in advance of the anniversary ofRoe v. Wade to begin distribution to legislators gearing up for the 2014 legislative session.

Bloomberg Notes AUL's New "Toolkit" Can Make a Difference

Reporting on the Women's Protection Project, reporter Esmé E. Deprez noted: "Legislatures in 30 mostly Republican-controlled states passed 203 abortion restrictions in the last three years, about as many as in all of the prior decade. In that time, at least73 clinics have closed or stopped performing abortions. The new laws were responsible for roughly half of the closures, while declining demand, industry consolidation and crackdowns on unfit providers also contributed, according to data compiled by Bloomberg."

2013: Another Blockbuster Year for Life-Affirming Legislation

Writing at the Christian Post, AUL attorney Mailee Smith celebrated 2013 as a great year for life. She wrote: "In 2013, 48 states considered approximately 360 measures related to abortion, most of which sought to protect women and their unborn children from a predatory abortion industry which, as the Kermit Gosnell case aptly demonstrates, places concerns for profit over women's health and safety."

Planned Parenthood Continues to Leave a Trail of Tears

Despite millions spent to create a positive public image, Planned Parenthood continues to leave a trail of tears in its abortion-centric business. AUL attorney Anna Franzonello analyzed data, dumped by the nation's largest abortion provider over the holidays, making several key observations for National Review.

From October 1, 2011, to September 30, 2012 (Planned Parenthood's "service” year), Planned Parenthood affiliates performed 327,166 abortions that averages almost 900 abortions each and every day. In terms of time, money, and unduplicated patients, abortion is substantially more important to Planned Parenthood than the ‘3 percent of services' line it routinely tries to sell.”

  Life by the Numbers

Approximately 10 percent of women who have had an abortion will suffer complications, some of them life-threatening, life-changing and life-long. To learn more about the health-risks of abortion,click here.

New Year's Resolution: Plan to Save a Life

AUL launched its Planned Giving program in 2013 to assist AUL supporters in making a plan that works for them and their personal goals to make a life-saving donation. AUL planned giving experts and on-line tools are available.Click here to learn more.

Save the Date: January 21 and January 22, 2014

Americans United for Life and National March for Life will sponsor a legal conference "The New Frontier In ReversingRoe" as part of the March for Life official program of events, leading up to the march itself. To learn more or to attend,click here.


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