American Life League

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American Life League
Location United States.svg
Operates in the USA
Abbreviation ALL
Purpose/focus Reproductive Health
Headquarters Stafford, Virginia
Region served United States
President Judie Brown
Website All.org

American Life League (ALL) is the largest Catholic grassroots pro-life organization in the United States. The organization opposes abortion under any circumstance, all forms of contraception, embryonic stem cell research, and euthanasia. Its current president is cofounder Judie Brown1 and its headquarters is in Stafford, Virginia.

Projects and resources

American Life League sponsors several projects, including:

  • Celebrate Life Magazine2 is a bi-monthly 32-page magazine dedicated to pro-life topics, including abortion, contraception, euthanasia, infertility and cloning.
  • Crusade for the Defense of Our Catholic Church in which ALL seeks to persuade Catholics about its views on abortion, as well as expose pro-choice Catholic politicians who knowingly defy Church doctrine and statements by church officials, including Pope John Paul II, Mother Theresa, and Pope Benedict XVI. In 2004, ALL published a full-page advertisement in USA Today urging Catholic priests and bishops to deny Communion to Catholic legislators who support abortion rights.3 The League's slogan in this matter is "You can't be Catholic and pro-abortion."
  • STOPP Planned Parenthood International4 is an organization developed to teach parents, grandparents, and school administrators about what Planned Parenthood discusses when it goes into schools.
  • American Life League Report5 is a video series designed to inform people on pro-life topics.
  • ALL Speakers Bureau6 lists the speakers who are available to travel to speak to specific groups about pro-life topics.
  • ALL Associate Program7 is a network of organizations around the country and around the world who are "dedicated to the sacredness of human life."
  • Defund Planned Parenthood Action Center8 includes a petition to sign stating that the signer does not want government funding going to Planned Parenthood. It also includes news and updates about Planned Parenthood.
  • The Pill Kills9 discourages people from using contraceptive medication and explains what research has shown about its effects on a woman's body.
  • The American Life League site10 provides visitors with pro-life resources and educational materials such as pamphlets and books.
  • Jim Sedlak, ALL's vice president, wrote a downloadable book called Parent Power!!11 that discusses ways to combat Planned Parenthood in the school system.

History

American Life League was founded in 197912 by Judie Brown and nine other pro-life Americans. Since then, the organization has grown, but its mission has not changed. ALL is "committed to the protection of all innocent human beings from the moment of creation to death."13

ALL helped to establish the "rescue movement", which utilizes several tactics against abortion and related services. These tactics, adopted and popularized by ALL, include sidewalk counseling, and offering abortion alternatives to abortion-seeking patients. According to Brown these activities are free speech, and in 1994 ALL filed suit to challenge the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. In American Life League v. Reno [1], ALL lost in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case.3

In March 1995, the American Life League boycotted the then-owners of Miramax, the Walt Disney Company over the film Priest, in which a Roman Catholic priest deals with a variety of issues including his own homosexuality. Subsequently, ALL charged that Disney had concealed subliminal sexual messages in the animated films The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Aladdin. Disney denied all claims made by American Life League.14 Snopes states the ALL claims about both Aladdin15 and The Little Mermaid16 are false however their claim about The Lion King is listed as "undetermined".17

In the fiscal year ending in 2005, ALL spent one third of its income on fundraising and administrative expenses, including almost 9% or $699,857 paid out to its CEOs. 18 In calendar year 2008, $116,344 (1.68% of expenses) was paid as compensation to its president Judie Brown.19

Notes

  1. ^ "Judie Brown". Retrieved 3/26/14. 
  2. ^ "Pro-Life Organizations". About.com. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  3. ^ a b "American Life League". People For the American Way. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2006-10-17. 
  4. ^ "STOPP". Retrieved 3/25/14. 
  5. ^ "ALL Report". Retrieved 3/26/14. 
  6. ^ "Speakers Bureau". Retrieved 3/26/14. 
  7. ^ "Associate Program". Retrieved 3/26/14. 
  8. ^ "Defund Planned Parenthood". Retrieved 3/26/14. 
  9. ^ "The Pill Kills". Retrieved 3/26/14. 
  10. ^ "pro-life gear and books". Retrieved 3/30/14. 
  11. ^ "Parent Power". Retrieved 3/30/14. 
  12. ^ "Founded". Retrieved 3/30/14. 
  13. ^ "Mission statement". Retrieved 3/30/14. 
  14. ^ Disney's Loin King? Group Sees Dirt in the Dust, by Leef Smith. Published in the Washington Post on September 1, 1995. Accessed April 30, 2007.
  15. ^ "Take Off Your Clothes!". Snopes. August 19, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The Aroused Minister". Snopes. August 20, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Sex in The Lion King". Snopes. August 19, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2012. 
  18. ^ 2007 CEO Compensation Study Charity Navigator, August 1, 2007. Accessed October 29, 2007.
  19. ^ Charity Navigator Rating - American Life League, FYE 12/2008 Accessed Sept. 24, 2010.

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