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American Life League is a large Roman Catholic interest group in the United States, which holds the position "neither abortion nor euthanasia can ever be medically necessary or morally permitted." Its definition of euthanasia includes withdrawal of hydration and nutrition following a determination of brain death. " [1] It opposes birth control that might be associated with an abortion, and which "leads to a state of mind that treats sexual activity as if it has nothing to do with babies; babies are treated as "accidents," as a burden to be eliminated." [2]

It is a 501(c)(3) organization founded by in 1979 by Judie and Paul Brown and other individuals as the American Life Lobby, concerned with what Pope John Paul II called "the culture of death." Brown broke from the National Right to Life Committee to form the new organization. Paul Weyrich and Richard Viguerie helped it form. [3] They define that as ranging "the single cell human embryo to the elderly, the infirm and others at risk of having their life terminated by acts of euthanasia, and state "abortion is murder, pure and simple."[1] While it bases its policies on its interpretation of Catholic doctrine, Michael Hichborn of ALL said that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), an arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, supports revealed "homosexualism and abortion activism".[4]


It opposes "fetal tissue and embryo research, and questions the use of vaccines, such as rubella, that are created from human tissue cells." Brown states "Abortion is never necessary to save a mother's life." She supports Randall Terry and Operation Rescue. In 1996 when William Bennett and Ralph Reed questioned the U.S. Republican Party's absolutist anti-abortion plank, she assembled 11 pro-life leaders including the Family Research Council's Gary Bauer and Focus on the Family's James Dobson to express their strong support of the Human Life Amendment and collective rejection of any exceptions for abortion.[3]


Charity Navigator gives the organization its next-to-lowest one-star rating for efficiency; it was at a deficit in Fiscal Year 2007. Judie Brown is the most highly compensated employee, at $127,707. In comparison, the Life Legal Defense Foundation, also a pro-life organization, received four stars, and its most highly compensated employee, Executive Director Dana Cody, received $68,683.[5]

Super Bowl controversy

In February 2010, their communications director, Katie Walker, 23, wrote a Washington Post "Guest Voices" column, with reader response, supporting the Super Bowl ad of Tim Tebow, and explaining

what do young women want? Human rights for all human beings for starters.

Today's young women are rejecting the selfishness of the feminist "me-first" paradigm and embracing the "other." We are embracing a rational, compassionate and selfless call for civil rights -- not just for me, not just for woman, but for every human being. Until all human beings -- including those in the womb -- are recognized as persons under law, any effort for true justice will be undermined. Young women want human personhood and they want it now.

The feminist philosophy young women have been force-fed by the media, by pop culture and by our education system for 50 years has failed in one critical way. It has not and could not dispel the searing images of the 20th century from our brains. It could not convince us that a me-first approach to life was somehow going to safeguard us from another Holocaust, from more racism, more lynchings, more genocide. It could not and will not be able to marry selfishness and love.[6]


ALL objects to the partial channeling of relief funds from an MTV benefit, for the survivors of the Haitian earthquake, through the United Nations Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), "a United Nation’s program notorious for funding abortions, condoms and sterilization projects...Our hearts and prayers go out to the Haitian people who need food, water, medicine, housing and help rebuilding. The last thing Haitians need is UNICEF’s anti-life agenda of abortion, contraception, sterilization and sexual immorality. We will not let UNICEF’s despicable record of using humanitarian crisis to push their anti-life agenda go unnoticed and unchallenged." [7] The ALL news release gives no indication that UNICEF actually plans any of these activities, but the possibility appears sufficient to raise their concern.


  1. 1.0 1.1 I'm New, American Life League
  2. I'm New, American Life League
  3. 3.0 3.1 "American Life League", Right Wing Watch, People for the American Way
  4. Patrick B. Craine (2 February 2010), "U.S. Bishops' Exec Responds to Charges of Cooperation with Pro-Abortion, Homosexualist Group", LifeSiteNews
  5. American Life League, Charity Navigator, Fiscal Year ending 12/2007
  6. Katie Walker (1 February 2010), "Tim Tebow, pro-life and what young women want", Washington Post
  7. Katie Walker (3 February 2010), Hope for Haiti Now' All-Star Digital Release Funnels Portion of Proceeds to Pro-abortion UNICEF