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Created Equal: Reflections on the Unalienable Right to Life

Media Statements and Press Releases

Hawaii Bully Bill Media Statement: Crackdown on Pro-Life Free Speech Will Be Fought in Court

Thursday, April 13, 2017

With a new measure which aggressively targets pro-life pregnancy centers passing the house vote in the state of Hawaii this week, the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) president, Thomas Glessner, J.D., has issued the following statement:

“State sponsored anti-life activists are so in love with abortion that they want to suppress the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers in Hawaii and force them to become abortion referral agencies. They cannot tolerate the existence of life-affirming pregnancy centers that give mothers contemplating abortion hope and support as they are empowered to choose life.

If these actions become law in Hawaii they will be fought in federal court in the same manner that we are now fighting the anti-life and anti-pregnancy center laws in California and Illinois. Ultimately, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will decide the constitutionality of these laws and NIFLA anticipates victory at that level.”

About the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) is a national nonprofit organization providing legal counsel, education and training for pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) and Pregnancy Medical Clinics (PMCs). Representing a network of more than 1,400 PRCs across the United States, NIFLA has recently challenged laws in California and Illinois that target their members.

To book interviews with Thomas Glessner, J.D. about the Hawaii legislature referenced above or anti-life measures like it which are currently being appealed, please contact NIFLA’s media team at mediafornifla@nifla.org.

If you would like more information about what NIFLA is doing to make a difference in the pro-life movement, please click here.


Supreme Court Appeal Media Statement: “California FACT Act” Must Be Corrected

Monday, March 20, 2017

The National Institutes of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its challenge to the California FACT Act.

This law forces pro-life pregnancy resource centers to refer for abortions regardless of First Amendment rights to free speech and religious liberty, or the pro-life principles of center staffs and volunteers. NIFLA has filed this appeal in partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom.

NIFLA president Thomas Glessner, J.D. has released the following statement regarding this case:

“U.S. courts have always respected the freedoms of speech and conscience, whether for medical professionals to not participate in abortions or conscientious objectors to war. The so-called ‘California FACT Act’ attempts to force pro-life pregnancy resource centers (PRCs), which provide free counseling, medical services, and care to women, to become abortion referral agencies. This is a shocking violation of the U.S. Constitution, previous U.S. Supreme Court rulings, and simple common sense.

Across America, thousands of PRCs have provided compassionate care to millions of vulnerable women. Run by pro-life nurses, doctors, and other employees, as well as volunteers, these privately funded organizations provide free ultrasounds, counseling, education, adoptions, maternity housing, and more.

Unlike Planned Parenthood, which receives over $500 million from federal taxpayers, PRCs are almost entirely privately funded. We are the pro-life alternative to Planned Parenthood. Perhaps this is why America's abortion giant has hypocritically supported the 'California FACT Act' even as it has claimed a right to taxpayer funding.

It’s not just pregnant women who are helped from PRCs — taxpayers also benefit. A 2010 study by NIFLA and the nation's two other largest PRC umbrella groups found that these volunteers and the compassionate, full-time employees of PRCs saved taxpayers $100 million in 2010 alone. The same study found that volunteers — such as nurses, doctors, and other medical professionals — spend 5.8 million hours helping vulnerable women and their unborn children each year.

Federal courts in Maryland, New York, and Texas have ruled in favor of free speech, conscience rights, and the unborn — as did a state judge in Illinois. The Ninth Circuit Court became the lone exception when it ruled against NIFLA's members’ rights to free speech and freedom of conscience, and we urge the U.S. Supreme Court to correct this error.”

About the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) is a national nonprofit organization providing legal counsel, education and training for pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) and Pregnancy Medical Clinics (PMCs). Representing a network of more than 1,400 PRCs across the United States, NIFLA has recently challenged laws in California and Illinois that target their members.

To book interviews with Thomas Glessner, J.D. about the California FACT Act or rulings like it which are being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, please contact NIFLA’s media team at mediafornifla@nifla.org.

If you would like more information about what NIFLA is doing to make a difference in the pro-life movement, please click here.


CBO Media Statement: Planned Parenthood Kills Children, Must Be Defunded

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) president Thomas Glessner, J.D. has released this statement regarding the CBO report [cbo.gov] and examining the possibilities of defunding of Planned Parenthood:

“Planned Parenthood should be defunded because its business is based upon killing unborn children. Beyond any and all other reasons, defunding should take place for this reason.

Furthermore, many of the contraceptives provided by Planned Parenthood double as abortion-inducing drugs and devices — meaning that pregnancies are being ended by Planned Parenthood instead of being prevented. The FDA, Congress, and the abortion industry have long refused to acknowledge this scientific reality, which means the CBO report is based upon a false understanding of pregnancy prevention.

This is not CBO's fault, but it is the reality of the situation. It is also notable that the World Health Organization considers the Pill a Class-1 Carcinogen, and various other birth control methods have been linked to significant health risks for women.

On the positive side, taxpayers benefit from this provision. CBO reports that taxpayers would spend $156 million fewer dollars over a decade by defunding Planned Parenthood, even if women used more Medicaid dollars during their pregnancies.

These savings could be even greater. The report does not address the work of 3,000 pro-life pregnancy resource centers, which help women choose life and — unlike Planned Parenthood — do not charge a dime to help vulnerable women with ultrasounds, maternity housing, education, adoption, and more. If Planned Parenthood funding went to pro-life centers instead of abortion profiteers, vulnerable women would be far better off. More importantly, so would their beautiful children, who we could then welcome into the world.”

About the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) is a national nonprofit organization providing legal counsel, education and training for pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) and Pregnancy Medical Clinics (PMCs). Representing a network of more than 1,400 PRCs across the United States, NIFLA has recently challenged laws in California and Illinois that target their members.

To book interviews with Thomas Glessner, J.D. about defunding Planned Parenthood or cases which are currently being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, please contact NIFLA’s media team at mediafornifla@nifla.org.

If you would like more information about what NIFLA is doing to make a difference in the pro-life movement, please click here.


Hawaii “Bully Bill” Media Statement

Friday, March 10, 2017

National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) president Thomas Glessner, J.D. has condemned the Hawaii State Senate’s passage of Hawaii SB501 “Bully Bill” legislature which forces pro-life outlets — even those located in churches — to refer for abortion.

“The Hawaii State Senate has tragically joined with California and Illinois to force pro-life pregnancy resource centers to become abortion referral agencies. The Hawaii effort to suppress free speech is especially concerning because one of the state’s pro-life centers is housed in a church — which means the church itself would be forced to refer for abortions. This is an egregious violation of religious freedom.

Also shocking was that testimony from a pregnancy resource center director and several pro-life center employees was deleted from the state’s official record. This is extremely concerning, and constitutes government-suppressed speech.

NIFLA, which is appealing a similar case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court, is already working with the Alliance Defending Freedom, as it has elsewhere, to oppose this bill in court should it become law.”

About the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates

The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates (NIFLA) is a national nonprofit organization providing legal counsel, education and training for pro-life Pregnancy Resource Centers (PRC) and Pregnancy Medical Clinics (PMCs). Representing a network of more than 1,400 PRCs across the United States, NIFLA has recently challenged laws in California and Illinois that target their members.

To book interviews with Thomas Glessner, J.D. about the Hawaii “Bully Bill” or legislature like it which is currently being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, please contact NIFLA’s media team at mediafornifla@nifla.org.

If you would like more information about the SB501 Hawaii “Bully Bill” or legislature like it which is currently being appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, please click here.

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