American Life League
|American Life League|
Operates in the USA
|Region served||United States|
The American Life League (ALL) is one of the largest pro-life organizations 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 co-founder Judie Brown and its headquarters are in Stafford, Virginia.
American Life League sponsors several projects, including:
- Celebrate Life magazine1
- 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.2 The League's slogan in this matter is "You can't be Catholic and pro-abortion."
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, 3 In calendar year 2008, $116,344 (1.68% of expenses) was paid as compensation to its president Judie Brown.4
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 , ALL lost in the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case.2
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.5 Snopes states the ALL claims about both Aladdin6 and The Little Mermaid7 are false however their claim about The Lion King is listed as "undetermined".8
- "Pro-Life Organizations". About.com. Retrieved 2007-04-29.
- "American Life League". People For the American Way. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-10-11. Retrieved 2006-10-17.
- 2007 CEO Compensation Study Charity Navigator, August 1, 2007. Accessed October 29, 2007.
- Charity Navigator Rating - American Life League, FYE 12/2008 Accessed Sept. 24, 2010.
- 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.
- "Take Off Your Clothes!". Snopes. August 19, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- "The Aroused Minister". Snopes. August 20, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2012.
- "Sex in The Lion King". Snopes. August 19, 2007. Retrieved January 3, 2012.