AFL-CIO

How the AFL-CIO has let the abortion industry infiltrate them:

In 1989, an amicus brief was submitted to the United States Supreme Court in the case of Webster v. Reproductive Health Services. The AFL-CIO submitted their brief in support of Reproductive Health Services (supporting unrestricted legal abortion).

In 1990, the AFL-CIO maintained neutrality on abortion and voted to not adopt a pro-choice stance.

As of April 9, 1996, 656 organizations endorsed the Fight the Right March. AFL-CIO and its chapters were listed. Included were Florida, Indiana Staet, Maine, Michigan State, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Puerto Rico Federation of Labor, San Francisco Labor Council, Union Label & Service Trades Department, Vermont State Labor Council, and Virginia State.

In 2006, the American Federation of Teachers, AFL-CIO (AFT), stated their support for “reproductive rights.” The statues included:

  • “Over the last two decades we have witnessed increasing efforts of anti-choice forces to undermine the reproductive rights of American women”
  • And, with state legislatures adopting incremental legislation with restrictive measures causing limitations to “reproductive healthcare and abortion rights”
  • “Women should have the right to make the profoundly personal choice of whether and when to bear children”
  • Work to ensure teens have access to sex education and “information about avoiding unwanted pregnancies
  • Discussing how the “American Federation of Teachers has supported women’s reproductive rights since 1981″

With the resolution to work with other organizations in an effort to “preserve reproductive rights” and to ask the US Senate to review the qualifications of a US Supreme Court nominee in order to assure the “reproductive rights to American women,” calling for medically accurate sex education programs in public school that include abstinence education and information on birth control, and calling the Food and Drug Administration to approve over-the-counter emergency contraceptives.

As well, in 2006, Priests for Life issued a statement in reaction to the AFL-CIO Executive Council’s decision to oppose Proposition 85 – the parental notification for abortion initiative in California.

In 2008, the then 14.1 million member AFL-CIO  was moving toward adopting a resolution supporting abortion. In November of 2007, six pro-abortion resolutions were considered at the biennial national convention in Washington, D.C. In a “compromise,” the resolutions were sent to the Executive Council for further consideration.

A nationwide poll conducted by the Wirthlin Group asked 1000 respondents whether they wanted the AFL-CIO to take a position on abortion “or should it concentrate on issues such as wages and workplace safety?”

  • 77% of members of union households stated safety
  • 12% of members of union households were in favor of a position on abortion

Following up to the question on abortion, the respondents were then asked if the AFL-CIO should it be opposed or in favor of abortion

  • 43% of respondents stated they wanted a pro-life stance
  • 31% of respondents were in favor of a pro-abortion stance
  • There was almost an identical split with non-union households.
  • Female union members wanted the position to be pro-life by a nearly 2 to 1 margin – 52% to 28%.

Stated Neil Newhouse, senior vice president of the Wirthlin Group, “AFL-CIO is out of step with its membership in two respects. First union members of union households overwhelmingly do not want the federation to take a position on abortion. Second, if the AFL-CIO does take a position, its members want it to be anti-abortion.”