Lifeline Spring 2012

Recap and Update of Current Cases

Sidewalk counselors FACE wave of attack

Alison Aranda

The Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act, passed by Congress in 1993, was purportedly enacted to protect women seeking abortion and abortion providers against threats of physical violence. The Obama administration, however, is using the FACE Act to intimidate and bully peaceful sidewalk counselors. [Read article]

Trust Pro-Abortion Women? No Way!

Katie Short

January 22, the anniversary of the deadly Roe v. Wade decision, is traditionally marked by events hosted by both pro-life and pro-abortion groups. This year, a pro-abortion group (called variously Trust Women, the Silver Ribbon Campaign, and the Center for Policy Analysis) decided it would commemorate not just the Roe v. Wade date but the entire month of January with a display of banners along San Francisco’s iconic Market Street. [Read article]


Dana Cody

Thomas Jefferson believed that “No provision in our Constitution ought to be dearer to man than that which protects the rights of conscience against the enterprises of the civil authority.” Certainly he was referring to the free exercise clause of the first amendment to the U.S. Constitution which not too many years before was created by the Founding Fathers to protect religious liberty. [Read article]

Ask the Attorney: An Interview with Marcella Ketelhut

Marcella Tyler Ketelhut, a new member of Life Legal Board of Directors, graduated from U.C.L.A. in 1982 with a degree in Political Science/International Relations. She received her law degree from the Columbus School of Law, at the Catholic University of America, also graduating in the inaugural class of the Institute for Communications Law in 1985. [Read article]

A Report from the Front Lines

Thomas Brejcha

Thomas Brejcha of the Thomas More Society reports firsthand on the status of the various lawsuits in Aurora, Illinois. Life Legal Defense Foundation is proud to partner with Tom and the TMS on these legal cases.

Three separate cases arose out of the furor surrounding the opening in 2007 of what was then America’s biggest abortion clinic, with 12 or 13 surgical recovery rooms—a furor that led Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, to call Aurora, Illinois, a large suburb west of Chicago “Ground Zero” in the nation’s “war” over abortion rights. [Read article]

Planned Parenthood, Politics and Prosecutorial Good Conduct: The Phill Kline Story

Anthony Wynne

Once at the speaker’s podium, Mr. Kline immediately captured the full attention of his audience with a heartbreaking story of a young girl who was victimized first by her own father, and then by Planned Parenthood. Then, often in the rising and falling cadences of a Southern preacher, Mr. Kline began to tell his story, or as he called it, “the story of Kansas.” It was not simply a recounting of his personal experiences in the pro-life battle, but a story told in larger contexts—cultural, political and even biblical. [Read article]

Should doctors be forced to kill?

Wes Smith

(Reprinted from The Daily Caller).

Fifty years ago, doctors would have been excoriated professionally for assisting a patient’s suicide or performing a non-therapeutic abortion. After all, the Hippocratic Oath proscribed both practices, while the laws of most states made them felonies. My, how times have changed. [Read article]

Mark Your Calendars:

2012 LLDF Annual Benefit [Read article]

[Lifeline Vol. XXI, No. 1 (Spring 2012) is available in PDF format.]