Americans United for Life

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Founded in 1971, and based in Chicago, Illinois, Americans United for Life (AUL) is a is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization "whose vision is a nation in which everyone is welcomed in life and protected in law." Its major goals are:[1]

  • "Mandate standards for abortion clinics to protect the health and safety of women and correct often substandard conditions.
  • "Protect the rights of conscience of all healthcare professionals.
  • "Protect parental rights, ensuring parents and guardians are involved in medical decisions of children.
  • "Protect unborn victims from criminal violence, including homicide.
  • "Ban all forms of human cloning.
  • "Promote adult stem cell, cord blood and other forms of life-affirming stem cell research.
  • "Prevent euthanasia and assisted suicide.
  • "Inform women of the health risks of abortion including the link between abortion and breast cancer."

AUL President Charmaine Yoest disagreed with U.S. News and World Report religion writer Dan Gilgoff, when he said Yoest was using the "octomom", Nadya Suleman, as a "poster girl." Yoest said her comment "Her octuplets are better off alive and at home with a loving (if troubled) mother than if they were about to be dissected in a laboratory" was focused solely on the embryos themselves. Quoting Yoest comment that Suleman "provided an easy example currently in the news for people to visualize a relatively abstract concept," Gilgoff wrote "Rather than providing moral clarity on reproductive controversies, though, the octo-mom shows how morally messy they really are."[2]


  1. About AUL, Americans United for Life
  2. {{citation | title = Americans United for Life President Rebuts Octo-Mom as Poster Girl Charge | date = 16 March 2009 | author = Dan Gilgoff | journal = U.S. News and World Report | url =