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National Right to Life

National Right to Life

The National Right to Life Committee, also known as NRLC, is the largest pro-life group in the United States with over 7 million members, 3,000 local chapters, 50 state affiliates, and headquarters in Washington, D.C. This nonpartisan and non-sectarian organization was established in 1973 to respond to the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion practice in all fifty states; and since then, NRLC is committed to legally protect the innocent human life through influencing legislation and educating people to make efforts primarily against abortion, and other related issues pertaining to medical ethics specifically on pro-life issues such as euthanasia, assisted suicide, and infanticide.

Through its strong lobbying presence, NRLC has played a crucial role in the accomplishment of many legislative reforms at the national level such as a federal conscience clause ascertaining medical staff the right to say no in the participation of abortion procedures; the banning on conducting non-therapeutic tests on unborn and newborn babies; and amendments to appropriations bills that prohibit or curtail the use of federal funds to finance or promote abortions in the United States and abroad. NRLC was also instrumental in the federal legislation that banned partial birth abortion or late-term abortion.

Moreover, NLRC has a yearly budget of over $9 million and it provides sufficient information to its state affiliates, local chapters, the press, the public and its individual members through its biweekly newsletter, the National Right to Life News, with a circulation of 135,000.

What they represent

The National Right to Life Committee seeks to put an end to legalized abortion in the United States. They exist to represent defenseless and innocent human lives. The organization carries out four outreach programs, namely: the National Teens for Life, responsible for organizing different activities for its teenage members, which includes helping adult groups in their efforts to pass legislation; the American Victims of Abortion, composed of women who have experienced abortion, who lobby government decision-makers; the National Pro-Life Religious Council; and the Black Americans for Life, with an aim to discourage African American women from undergoing abortions.


In June 1973, a group of pro-life leaders gathered in Detroit for the founding of a new organization, the National Right to Life Committee, in response to a United States Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade, that was released in January 1973, which held that women had a constitutional right to abortion; thus legalizing the practice of human abortion in all 50 states, throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy. NRLC’s founding members included leaders in various fields such as religion, science, law, medicine, and ethics; and its board is comprised of an elected representative from each of the 50 states.

Major Issues

NRLC is focused on issues concerning unborn victims of violence, parental involvement, human embryos, Freedom of Choice Act, equal rights amendment, abortion non-discrimination, born-alive infants, pain of the unborn, partial birth abortion, Medicare, international issues and other congressional issues. Moreover, NRLC has recently endorsed presumptive Republican nominee Senator John McCain for president for the upcoming elections, as McCain has a record of solid voting against abortion and he has cast 31 pro-life votes since 1997.