Posts Tagged ‘Americans United for Life’

Texas abortion drug bill could mean more side effects and higher costs

Posted on: December 20th, 2012 by Mary Tuma 1 Comment

A GOP lawmaker is looking to make Texas the latest state to restrict the use of abortion medications in a way that some experts warn could increase the drugs’ side effects while making them more expensive. (more…)

Group pushes more anti-abortion laws with sights on ‘Roe’

Posted on: February 29th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 3 Comments

Screenshot of NARAL Pro-Choice America President Nancy Keenan (left) debating Americans United for Life President Charmaine Yoest on PBS NewsHour Feb. 23, 2012.

The national anti-abortion-rights group behind Virginia’s controversial ultrasound bill last week released seven new bills it plans to push through state legislatures this year. (more…)

At CPAC, leaders urge steering birth control conversation toward abortion

Posted on: February 10th, 2012 by Sofia Resnick 9 Comments

Stop talking about birth control. That was the key message from some of the most prominent leaders of America’s anti-abortion movement, speaking Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference. During a talk on how to advance the movement through messaging, an all-female panel discussed the Obama administration’s birth-control-coverage mandate and suggested that the best way to defeat it is by calling it an “abortion mandate.” (more…)

National anti-abortion rights group hires former Planned Parenthood director

Posted on: December 9th, 2011 by The American Independent 1 Comment

Americans United for Life, an anti-abortion-rights group that has its sights set on Planned Parenthood, announced yesterday that the group has hired Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood employee turned high-profile anti-abortion advocate. (more…)

AUL accused of using misleading testimony in report that led to Planned Parenthood investigation

Posted on: October 3rd, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Anti-abortion-rights organization Americans United for Life has started shopping around a new narrative in its continued effort to defund Planned Parenthood. This narrative eschews “abortion” and embraces “taxpayer” and “bipartisan.” (more…)

Perry to co-chair gala for influential anti-abortion rights group

Posted on: August 15th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick No Comments

Following his formal entrance into the 2012 presidential race on Saturday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed on to co-chair an anniversary gala for the influential anti-abortion rights policy group Americans United for Life, which was founded in 1971. (more…)

HHS decision to mandate contraception coverage renews action on ‘conscience-protection’ bills

Posted on: August 10th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

The day after the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services upheld the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation to include contraception in its list of preventive health services for women under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) introduced legislation intended to to allow health care providers and pharmacists to deny birth control to women if it conflicts with their religious or moral convictions. (more…)

Panel says recommendation to provide birth control coverage without co-pay is ‘evidenced based’

Posted on: July 20th, 2011 by Sofia Resnick 1 Comment

The Institute of Medicine’s recent recommendation to the U.S. Department of Health to include birth control services in a list of preventive services for women has incited controversy among anti-abortion rights advocates where there should not be, members of the IOM panel said at a National Press Club briefing Wednesday.

“Our eye was on evidence,” said Dr. Linda Rosenstock, dean of the School of Public Health at the University of California-Los Angeles and chair of the IOM Committee on Preventive Services for Women, in response to recent criticism from anti-abortion rights groups that requiring all health-insurance plans to cover birth control and emergency contraception attacks consumers’ conscience rights.

Rosenstock said the 50 percent rate of unintended pregnancy in America is one of the highest in the developed world. That statistic, coupled with health risks for mother and baby if the pregnancy is unplanned (IOM found that babies were born healthier if they were born at least a year after older siblings) informed the committee’s recommendation regarding birth control services, which includes counseling of the different methods of birth control available.

Another IOM committee member, Dr. Paula Johnson, who is chief of the Division of Women’s Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, noted that different contraceptive methods have adverse effects on different populations of women. It is important, she said, for women to learn about the full range of available methods approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

IOM is recommending HHS to require all insurance plans not only to cover all FDA-approved birth control methods available but to eliminate shared consumer costs, or co-pay.

“As someone who has worked on women’s rights for nearly 30 years, I can say that today’s news marks one of the biggest advances for women’s health in a generation,” said NARAL President Nancy Keenan in a press statement after the report dropped Tuesday.

IOM’s other recommendations for HHS include:

At least one well-woman preventive care visit for adult women annually
Annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections for sexually active women
Screening for gestational diabetes
Adding human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA testing in addition to “conventional cytology” testing every three years for women over 30
Annual counseling on sexually transmitted infections for sexually active women
Annual HIV counseling and screening for sexually active women
Comprehensive lactation support and counseling and costs of renting breastfeeding equipment
Screening and counseling for interpersonal and domestic violence
Despite the panel’s insistence that the recommendations reflected “critical gaps” in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and were based on previous recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, anti-abortion rights advocates have suggested that IOM’s recommendation would essentially be demanding that all insurance companies pay for women’s abortions.

National anti-abortion rights policy group Americans United for Life recently likened the recommendation to Planned Parenthood getting a “bail-out from the federal government.”

Predicting IOM’s decision, AUL staff counsel Anna Franzonello wrote in a blog post Tuesday:

“[I]t seems that Planned Parenthood is about to get another bail-out from the federal government and that no American will be able to choose an insurance plan that does not cover abortion-causing drugs, such as ella. Inconsistent with longstanding American values, such a coercive measure would be, unfortunately, all-too consistent with the anti-life agenda of the Obama Administration.”

The conservative online publication LifeNews.com criticized a recent NPR story, arguing the FDA-approved “morning-after pill” ella works the same way as the abortion pill mifepristone (despite contradictory opinions from many American medical associations such as the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) and “can kill an already-implanted human embryo.”

“Any group that attacks [IOM’s] recommendations looks far outside the mainstream,” NARAL spokesperson Ted Miller told The American Independent. “Currently, nearly one in three women finds it difficult to pay for birth control. This is a decision that unifies most Americans.”

In light of IOM’s report, NARAL is working to convince HHS to ensure that insured American women will have access to all forms of FDA-approved birth control without having to pay a co-pay. This is the final phase of the organization’s BC4ME campaign, which began last fall and was updated in June with a Facebook application that generates how much money women would be able to save on various forms of birth control

“Unfortunately, the current anti-choice majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has voted twice this year to defund family-planning programs that provide contraception and other basic care to millions of women and couples,” Keenan said. [W]e will fight them every step of the way.”