LOS ANGELES, Aug. 15 Dr. Charmaine Yoest, President of Americans United for Life, will attend the Saddleback Civil Forum on the Presidency, Saturday, August 16, 2008, in Lake Forest, California. This will be the first public forum between the two candidates.
In the discussions leading up to the event, one topic has been consistently minimized: abortion.
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, has said he will be more interested in "uniting" questions, and has suggested he will stick to topics such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, climate change, and human rights.
However, recent reports that the Democratic Party has modified its platform language regarding abortion make the issue particularly relevant and timely. The conversation is certain to continue with the addition of a statement supporting both Roe v. Wade and "a woman's decision to have a child."
Dr. Yoest said, "to try to establish a moral equivalency between motherhood and abortion is offensive to millions of voters."
"Abortion remains a key issue for millions of American voters. I hope the candidates will engage this important issue at the forum," added Yoest.
Dr. Yoest will be available for interviews immediately following the event.
About Americans United for Life
Americans United for Life (AUL) is a nonprofit, public-interest law and policy organization whose vision is a nation in which every human being is welcomed in life and protected in law. The first national pro-life organization in America, AUL has been committed to defending human life through vigorous judicial, legislative, and educational efforts at both the federal and state levels since 1971. The Wall Street Journal has profiled AUL, and PBS's Frontline program chronicled AUL's successful efforts in Mississippi.
SOURCE Americans United For Life