How Unelected Bureaucrats Target Pro-Life Speech | American Center for Law and Justice
  Search  |  Login  |  Register

ACLJ Profile Completion


How Bureaucrats Target Pro-Life Speech

By Allison Fick1431457351889

For twenty-five years, the ACLJ has been fighting to protect the life and liberties of the American people, including the unborn. From standing up to Planned Parenthood to protecting pro-life counselors’ free speech rights, we have fought to preserve life on all fronts.

One of our most recent battles involves the City of New York. As you may recall, we represented The Evergreen Association and Life Center of New York. These two organizations operate pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in New York City and serve countless women and unborn children in the city. The problem:  they became the target of a New York City ordinance subjecting them to burdensome and unfair requirements. We filed a federal lawsuit.

In March 2011, the City enacted a pro-abortion law that restricts the speech of pro-life pregnancy centers, forcing them to comply with onerous disclosure requirements. The law specifically provides the Commissioner—an unelected city official appointed by a pro-abortion mayor—with the power to create the rules regarding the required disclosures. In addition to what the law actually says, the Commissioner has the authority to write the rules and decide how to apply the law. And what did the Commissioner do? He used his power to push the pro-abortion agenda by targeting pro-life crisis pregnancy centers with the oppressive requirements.

 In our brief to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, not only did we challenge  the validity of the law, but we also fought for much-needed parameters on the Commissioner’s decision-making authority. We  argued the law gives the Commissioner unbridled discretion and allows for arbitrary enforcement of the law. After a lengthy legal battle, we succeeded in convincing the court to strike down two of three of the provisions of the law that we challenged as unconstitutional. An important victory for life.
The unchecked power of unelected bureaucrats is a major problem in our nation today. Unelected officials have too much power. They should not be able to side-step the Constitution and impose  their political agenda.

We, along with every high school civics student, understand that our government is composed of three branches—the legislative, executive, and judicial. However, in reality, our government actually functions with an even more powerful fourth branch: bureaucracy. Today—more than ever—unelected bureaucrats have taken it upon themselves to make law and force their political views upon us, the citizens who did not elect them.

To learn more about how we can resist illegal abuse from government bureaucracy, reform our broken system, and restore our Republic, Pre-Order “Undemocratic” NOW. ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow’s new book will be available May 19th. Join the fight to learn more about the crises we face and what we can do about it at

Get the new book from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jay Sekulow: UNDEMOCRATIC

Stop the Pain. Stop Abortions.

Pro Life  Signatures


Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.

Make this a monthly tax-deductible gift.

We’re fighting the abortion industry and defending the unborn in court and in Congress. Defend life with your tax-deductible gift today. Have your gift doubled through our Matching Challenge.

Email Address is required.
First Name is required.
Last Name is required.
Credit Card Number is required.
Verification Code is required.
Expiration Month is required.
Expiration Year is required.
Receive the latest news, updates, and contribution opportunities from ACLJ.
Encourage your friends to sign and donate by sharing this petition.
Latest in
Pro Life

ACLJ Asks Supreme Court to Take Big Abortion Case

By Jordan Sekulow1520899200000

The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) has filed another brief with the Supreme Court of the United States asking the Court to review the case involving the undercover investigation of the abortion industry conducted by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP). The brief supports the petition...

read more

Protecting Free Speech Rights of Pro-Life Centers

By Walter M. Weber1520277349542

The ACLJ filed a friend-of-the-court brief today in the Supreme Court in an important free speech case from California. The case is First Resort, Inc. v. Herrera . At stake are the free speech rights of pro-life pregnancy centers and, indeed, countless charitable agencies. Here's the background:

read more

ACLJ Files Lawsuit to Defend Pro-Life Counselors

By Francis J. Manion1520019702758

The Supreme Court of the United States has long recognized that the right to use public sidewalks “for purposes of assembly, communicating thoughts between citizens, and discussing public questions . . . has, from ancient times, been a part of the privileges, immunities, rights, and liberties of...

read more

The Fight Against Eugenic Abortion is Now

By Olivia Summers1519657200000

Just over a week ago, we celebrated the fact that Lucas Warren—an 18-month-old who has Down syndrome—was selected as Gerber’s Spokesbaby for 2018. Lucas’ dad, Jason Warren, stated : “We’re hoping this will impact everyone — that it will shed a little bit of light on the special needs community and...

read more