Shocking Scandal Exposed: Pro-Life Group Actively Promoting Pro-Life Laws!
posted at 6:17 pm on February 28, 2011 by The Other McCain
Mother Jones today published a story with this headline:
“Revealed,” really? In fact, Americans United for Life has made no secret of promoting the “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act,” versions of which have already passed in two states and are under consideration in three others. And AUL’s vice president of legal affairs Denise Burke says the law doesn’t do what Mother Jones claims:
AUL’s “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act” expressly provides that a pregnant woman may use force to protect her unborn child when she reasonably believes that unlawful force is threatening her unborn child and that her use of force is immediately necessary to protect her unborn child. The language explicitly limits the permitted use of force to a pregnant woman and does not expand it to third parties. Thus, under the express terms of AUL’s carefully crafted and narrow language, the “Pregnant Woman’s Protection Act” could not be used to justify criminal violence against abortion providers or anyone else.
There is nothing at all secretive — nothing to be “revealed” — about AUL promoting pro-life legislation, which is a service they describe on their Web site:
AUL attorneys are highly-regarded experts on pro-life legal language and the Constitution, consulting on bills and amendments across the country. In addition, our model legislation enables legislators to easily introduce bills without needing to research and write the bills themselves, helping ensure that their efforts will have the desired impact and withstand judicial scrutiny. . . .
We are continually working to help legislators enact new pro-life laws that will go into effect and not be unnecessarily tied up in court . . . . To do that, we educate legislators on the issues and provide them with model legislation and legal advice on legislative language. We work hand-in-hand with legislators to minimize avoidable problems . . .
So the Mother Jones article not only mischaracterizes the legislation AUL is promoting, the article also falsely claims to be “revealing” a fact that was already entirely public.