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National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) Biography

Position:
Con to the question "Should Abortion Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“While there are many things that society can and should do to ensure that women are never denied basic rights or opportunities on account of their sex or reproductive status, to claim that these rights require the death of the innocent is to undermine the very foundations of justice itself… We believe in freedom, but absolute freedom, to do whatever one wishes without limits, cannot exist. If people are ‘free to choose,’ to harm or kill one another for any reason whatsoever, all live in fear, not freedom… [S]ociety as a whole has something at stake when one human being claims the right to kill another or to decide who is worthy of life.”

“Reasons for Abortion and a Few Responses,” www.NRLC.org, Jan. 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The National Right to Life Committee [NRLC] was founded in the mid 1960s in response to abortion laws being liberalized in various states. These laws ultimately led to the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade released on January 22, 1973, legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. Prior to that case the abortion debate had been centered in the legislatures of the states, 17 of which had legalized abortion under some circumstances and 33 of which had voted to continue to protect human life from conception. In June of that year, the National Right to Life Committee was formally incorporated as a non-sectarian, non- partisan, pro-life group with a board consisting of an elected representative from each of the 50 states. These first board members included experts in the fields of science, medicine, medical ethics, constitutional law, and religion. It was also in 1973 that NRLC held its second annual Convention. Since its official beginning at that conference, the National Right to Life Committee has grown to represent over 3000 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.”

“The Official National Right to Life Facebook Group,” Facebook.com (accessed May 20, 2010)

Mission:

“The ultimate goal of the National Right to Life Committee is to restore legal protection to innocent human life. The primary interest of the National Right to Life Committee and its members has been the abortion controversy; however, it is also concerned with related matters of medical ethics which relate to the right to life issues of euthanasia and infanticide.”

“The Official National Right to Life Facebook Group,” Facebook.com (accessed May 20, 2010)

Other:
A 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation
Contact Info:
Phone
(202) 626-8800
Email
[email protected]
Website
www.NRLC.org
Quoted in:
Should Abortion Be Legal? – Pro & Con Quotes