I have been very privileged to know and work with many pro-life legal groups all over the US, but I have to say that the staff at Life Legal Defense Foundation stands out. When they offered their help to the Birmingham pro-life community, they literally became a part of us. Their passionate work on behalf of pre-born children and those people who were being denied First Amendment rights never wavered and was always a labor of love. The pro-life movement is blessed to have this great organization on our side.
Fr. Terry Gensemer
Director, Alabama CEC For Life
Along with many other Catholic and Christian organizations, Legatus and its members are fighting to preserve their freedom to exercise their Catholic faith in everyday life, a freedom that is being threatened by the contraceptive/abortifacient mandate imposed by the Obama administration. Life Legal Defense Foundation has brought to this fight a groundbreaking brief that exposes the shoddy, agenda-driven pseudoscience that underlies the mandate, while also confirming the scientific basis for our belief that life begins at conception. We are very grateful for LLDF’s assistance as we stand together for religious freedom and the right to life of the unborn.
John Hurt, Legatus
Dear Katie and Life Legal Defense Foundation, I wanted to take a moment or two to express my deepest thanks for the assistance and aid you gave the embattled pro-life remnant of NEA Delegates to the NEA Representative Assembly, the highest authority in the NEA. We meet annually during the first week of July, and this year we had a surprise for the NEA leadership: we had gathered enough signatures to force a secret ballot election that would amend the NEA Bylaws so that the NEA would have a position of ‘No Position’ on the matters of abortion and family planning. This concerned the NEA, and they promptly informed us that they would, in violation of the NEA Constitution, permit delegates to adjust the language we had submitted so that it would be watered down, and the impact that we were seeking negated. We contacted the ACLJ, the ADF, and the Pacific Justice Institute for legal assistance, and they all turned us down, claiming that it was out of their areas of expertise, and that, frankly, we did not have a case even if it were their area of interest. We had almost entirely given up hope when a good friend of mine, Reverend Chet Gallagher of Operation Save America, suggested I call Life Legal, and speak with Ms. Short. I agreed to do so, and Ms. Short agreed to draft a letter informing the NEA, its Board of Directors, attorney and officers that if they insisted on violating the internal governing documents of the NEA, legal remedy would be sought in federal court under the statutes that establish and guarantee tax-exempt status to the NEA. And do you know what happened? The NEA leadership backed down immediately and agreed to protect us on the floor of the RA! We lost the vote, but it was far closer than anyone expected (3,180 yes, 4,902 no), prompting the Resolutions Committee to meet to consider evaluating whether or not the positions of the NEA on abortion and family planning need to be looked at again. Now, we don’t know if that will happen, but we do know this: we will be back again next year, and this time we will campaign more diligently toward victory. We know this: without the vigilant and selfless work of the Life Legal Defense Foundation generally and Catherine Short specifically, we would have faced an even more arduous fight than we did. Where other Christian legal groups seemed uninterested in the battle that we are waging to pull national organizations like the NEA out of the abortion industry, Life Legal was there despite the uphill nature of that battle. We proudly stand with Life Legal, and we encourage you to as well.
Scott D. Austin, Delegate, NEA Representative Assembly Member,
Nevada State Education Association Board of Directors Member,
Clark County Education Association Executive Board
As president of the Center for Bioethics and Culture, it has been my privilege to partner with LLDF over the years on numerous projects, in our shared efforts to protect and defend those who have no voice. In particular, we have collaborated on projects surrounding stem cell research, human cloning and exploitation of egg donors, with our greatest accomplishment being the production of ‘Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate,’ a documentary film which was an official selection in the 2010 California Independent Film Festival.
Jennifer Lahl, President Center for Bioethics and Culture
My lawsuit against Planned Parenthood has been resolved. It was a long and difficult battle, and I am so grateful to Life Legal for sticking by me throughout this ordeal. Without Life Legal, I would never have been able to fight that battle for almost seven years. Thank you Life Legal!
Denise Fairbanks, Plaintiff, Fairbanks v. Planned Parenthood
Life Legal Defense Foundation is a fearless defender of the sanctity of human life and the right of pro lifers to participate fully in the public square. It defends freedom of speech of abortion opponents against infringement by government. It funds lawyers to defend the weak and vulnerable threatened with death by dehydration, as in the Terri Schiavo case. It provides continuing legal education for those who wish to advocate in court on behalf of the cause of human equality. In an era when many fear being unpopular and heterodox thinking is often marginalized, the LLDF courageously stands for enduring American principles of freedom of expression and the importance of human exceptionalism.
Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute
Author of Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America
For twenty years, Life Legal Defense Foundation has excelled at empowering those who speak for our society’s most vulnerable: unborn human life. Their extensive expertise and impressive history of success have increased legal protection for the unborn and kept the public square open to the pro-life message. We are proud to partner with such a tremendous group of committed professionals.
Denise M. Burke, Esq. Vice President of Legal Affairs, Americans United for Life
The legal services provided by the Life Legal Defense Foundation is without parallel, having no equal or match and is unique in kind and quality. At a time when my civil liberties were being threatened and I would could not afford legal assistance, the Life Legal Defense Foundation graciously, expertly and successfully defended my constitutional right to the freedom of religious expression. I thank God for the Life Legal Defense Foundation.
Walter B. Hoye II, Issues4Life Foundation
I am an attorney in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have had numerous contacts with a member of LLDF, Katie Short, over the past year. Ms. Short has been an invaluable help in not only responding promptly to my questions and concerns but has given me accurate and well supported information to use with my clients.
Most of my legal issues centered around First Amendment Free Speech rights for Anti-abortion demonstrators. Thanks to Ms. Short, I have been able to effectively assist my clients and I have been able to amicably correspond with the opposing sides (many times City Attorney offices) regarding the issues in question.
LLDF attorneys are well prepared, well read, and well versed in the latest cases and holdings and statutes. Ms. Short’s insights and perspective, and her legal arguments are superb and I would recommend LLDF to any newer attorney who needs some guidance from experienced and well-trained attorneys.
Suzanne Housey, Ann Arbor, MI
Life Legal Defense Foundation relentlessly defends the sanctity of human life. Whether funding precedent-setting cases, like that of Terri Schiavo, or providing everyday legal services using LLDF attorneys and attorney affiliates. LLDF ensures effective representation for advocates of the unborn and those facing forced death from euthanasia. The services provided by LLDF literally save lives.
Justice William P. Clark, Retired California Supreme Court;
National Security Advisor for Ronald Reagan
LLDF’s lawyers have proved eloquent advocates and acutely perceptive helpers in our marathon battles against the nation’s abortion industry and the National Organization for Women in defense of NOW v. Scheidler. Thanks to LLDF counsel, Katie Short, the abortionists’ strongest witness was found to be an outright fraud and our clients’ hopes for ultimate justice were renewed.
Tom Brejcha, Thomas More Society
Life Legal Defense Foundation really is in existence to help the activist — and thus the unborn baby. I received personal attention from a top flight attorney, secured the protection of my free speech rights, and didn’t have to pay a cent. God bless these dedicated pro-life people.
Judy Teyler, Founder of Community Life Coalition Castro Valley, CA
Picketing, praying, and counseling outside abortion clinics have increased dramatically over the last few years. The abortion industry, often abetted by the criminal justice system, has launched a full-scale attack on the fundamental rights on these pro-life activists. Without organizations like Life Legal Defense Foundation, these dedicated activists wouldn’t stand a chance.
Charles E. Rice, Esq. Professor of Constitutional Law,
Univ. Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, IN
For far too long, organizations like NOW, Planned Parenthood, and the ACLU have been treated to a free ride in the American legal system. The result has been the delusion of the masses, the repression of the weak, the destruction of the unwanted, and the suppression of justice. Thankfully, the Life Legal Defense Foundation has given us a practical means to put on the brakes and halt the bus. I encourage all pro-lifers to join me in supporting Life Legal Defense Foundation. Together we can end the long ride of perversity in our land — but only if we stand together.
George Grant, Coral Ridge Ministries; Author “Grand Illusions,”
“Third Time Around,” and “Trial and Error” Ft Lauderdale, FL