McCain Warns AUL: Abortion Funding in Health-Care Reform Is Being Fast-Tracked


By Charmaine Yoest | July 13, 2009

Americans United for Life has spent the last few weeks leading up to this week’s hearing in meetings with senators on the Judiciary Committee and their staffers, on both sides of the aisle, presenting them with the research that the AUL legal team has done on Judge Sotomayor’s pro-abortion advocacy.

On July 13th, we had the opportunity to meet with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to take our concerns directly to him and ask him to use his leadership in the Republican ranks to draw attention to her extreme record.

We had a good conversation with Senator McCain and he clearly shares our concerns. He was very interested in hearing about our “Worse than Souter” documentation (available at that outlines the pro-abortion advocacy that Judge Sotomayor was associated with while she served on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund.

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McCain volunteered his own concern that the “health-care reform” agenda is hurtling down the tracks as well and that it will contain abortion funding, which he strongly opposes. He even thinks it is possible that Obama will push to pass it before the August congressional recess, while we are all focused on the Sotomayor confirmation hearings and vote.

There is no doubt that abortion funding will become a mandate in the plan under consideration. McCain encouraged us to engage our grassroots supporters on the health-care reform issue as soon as possible.

We are taking his caution to heart and will be emphasizing action in opposition to the health-care government takeover in the days ahead.


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This is a cross post from AUL Blog

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The Washington Times, EDITORIAL: Sotomayor in review, A brief on judicial radicalism

From Christianity Today,

Conservatives Offer Last Words as Sotomayor Hearings Begin, by Sarah Pulliam

Senate confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor began today as the Supreme Court nominee tried to preempt some of her critics.

Norma McCorvey, known as “Jane Roe” during the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion, was arrested after she yelled that Sotomayor was “wrong” during Sen. Al Franken’s opening statement.

Sonia Sotomayor hearings are the first skirmish in ideological war over Supreme Court’s future

by Richard S. Dunham/Houston Chronicle

Republicans will cite her decisions on sensitive social issues such as affirmative action, abortion and gun rights to claim that she is to the left of the man she’d replace, retiring Justice David Souter.

“Her record of activism in support of a radical, pro-abortion agenda is clear and documented,” said Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, who is scheduled to testify at the confirmation hearing. “The American people will not tolerate a nominee who is outside the mainstream of American public opinion.”

Sotomayor's confirmation hearings at a glance – Kansas City Star

and the Supreme Court overturned; Linda Chavez, Center for Equal Opportunity; Sandy Froman, National Rifle Association; Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life; John McGinnis, Northwestern University School of Law professor.

Blue Commonwealth:: Sotomayor opponents' witness list…
By cvllelaw

And we end with Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life, who will no doubt fuss about whatever Sotomayor says in response to questions about abortion. So –. Affirmative action, guns, and abortion.

Washington Examiner, As Sotomayor hearings begin, Democrats predict easy confirmation

From the Charlotte Observer, Sonia Sotomayor is under scrutiny

Sotomayor, tough-minded yet true to her roots, defies simple labeling Activist? Trailblazer? Ideologue? Workaholic? Liberal? By Michael Doyle and Marisa Taylor, McClatchy Newspapers


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