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Created Equal: Reflections on the Unalienable Right to Life

History

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) was founded in 1993 by attorney Thomas A. Glessner, and supported by major leaders in the prolife movement. NIFLA's mission is to provide legal advice, counsel, education and training to prolife Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRCs) and Pregnancy Medical Clinics (PMCs). Currently, NIFLA has over 1,430 PRC members across the country. Of these, more than 1,000 operate as PMCs — licensed medical clinics which provide ultrasound confirmation of pregnancy to abortion at risk mothers.

At the time of NIFLA's founding, serious political and legal attacks were being mounted by the abortion industry against PRCs/PMCs across the nation. In order to protect their life-affirming work, NIFLA developed legal guidelines to help PRCs /PMCs understand the necessary legal requirements to operate. In addition, NIFLA developed legal guidelines to enable PRCs to convert operations into licensed medical clinics and provide to their clientele medical services, such as ultrasound. By converting to medical clinic status, PMCs utilize the powerful tool of ultrasound to confirm pregnancy for abortion-minded and abortion-vulnerable patients and to educate them about options.

NIFLA has led and organized resistance to politically motivated legislative efforts in Oregon, Maryland, Washington, New York and Virginia that would have been extremely harmful to the operations of the PRCs/PMCs if passed. The legal guidelines developed and promoted by NIFLA have served to provide guidance to PRCs/PMCs, enabling them to avoid the legal pitfalls that would arise from such enacted legislation.

In 1998, NIFLA developed the Institute in Limited Obstetric Ultrasound — a professional course taught nine times a year. To date, more than 4,000 nurses and other licensed healthcare professionals have been trained in the medical protocols of limited obstetric ultrasound in the PMC setting. In addition, NIFLA provides online training in ultrasound imaging through its Physicians Online Ultrasound Training Course.

In 2001, NIFLA established The Life Choice Project (TLC), where a PRC is given all the tools to covert to medical clinic status. Through TLC, NIFLA has directly presided over the conversion of hundreds of PRCs into licensed medical clinics.

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