American Life League

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American Life League, Inc.
American Life League logo.png
Stafford County Virginia incorporated and unincorporated areas Stafford Courthouse highlighted.svg
Location in Stafford County
and the state of Virginia.
SuccessorLife Amendment PAC
American Life Lobby
FoundedApril 1, 1979 (1979-04-01)
EIN: 52-1238301
Area served
United States
Key people
Judith "Judie" A. Brown,
Patrick Murphy
Hugh Richard Brown III
Phillipe Schepens, M.D.
$5,022,739 (2012)
Expenses$4,991,338 (2012)

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

Projects and resources[edit]

Projects that American Life League sponsors include:

  • Celebrate Life Magazine[1] is a bi-monthly 32-page magazine on 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 name pro-choice Catholic politicians who knowingly defy Church doctrine and statements by church officials,. 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."
  • STOPP Planned Parenthood International[3] is an organization developed to teach parents, grandparents, and school administrators about what Planned Parenthood discusses when it goes into schools.
  • American Life League Report[4] is a video series on pro-life topics.
  • ALL Speakers Bureau[5] lists ALL staffers who are available to speak about pro-life topics.
  • ALL Associate Program[6] is a network of organizations around the world who are "dedicated to the sacredness of human life."
  • Defund Planned Parenthood Action Center[7] includes a petition against government funding of Planned Parenthood. It also includes news and updates about Planned Parenthood.
  • The Pill Kills[8] discourages people from using contraceptive medication, making claims about its effects on a woman's body as well as the effect that contraceptives have on fish once they enter the water supply. The Association of Reproductive Health Professionals says that ALL's claims regarding fish are "not supported by science".[9]
  • The American Life League site[10] provides visitors with pro-life resources and educational literature.


American Life League was founded on April 1, 1979[11][12] by Judie Brown and nine other pro-life Americans after a schism with the National Right to Life Committee. Within less than a year of its founding, ALL had 68,000 members and received assistance founding ALL from Howard Phillips,[13] publicity from Heritage Foundation co-founder Paul Weyrich, and membership lists provided by right-wing direct mail specialist Richard Viguerie.[14]

Street tactics[edit]

ALL helped to establish the "rescue movement", which utilizes several tactics against abortion and related services. These tactics, adopted and popularized by ALL,[citation needed] 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,[15] and the United States Supreme Court refused to hear the case.[2]

Disney boycotts[edit]

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 the claims.[16] Snopes states the ALL claims about both Aladdin[17] and The Little Mermaid[18] are false. However, their claim about The Lion King is listed by the site as "legend".[19]


As of 2012, the non-profit charity evaluator Charity Navigator gives ALL a ranking of 2 out of 4 stars for financial accountability and transparency.[20] In 2005, ALL was on Charity Navigator's list of highest paid CEOs, with one-third of its income spent on fundraising and administrative expenses and $699,857 (almost 9% of its income) paid out to its CEOs.[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Pro-Life Organizations". Archived from the original on February 23, 2007. Retrieved April 29, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "American Life League". People For the American Way. 2006. Archived from the original on October 11, 2006. Retrieved October 17, 2006.
  3. ^ "STOPP". Archived from the original on February 7, 2014. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "ALL Report". Archived from the original on July 27, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "Speakers Bureau". Archived from the original on March 23, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
  6. ^ "Associate Program". Archived from the original on March 26, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  7. ^ "Defund Planned Parenthood". Archived from the original on February 8, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  8. ^ "The Pill Kills". Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved March 26, 2014.
  9. ^ Little, Becky (July 31, 2017). "How One Bad Science Headline Can Echo Across the Internet". Smithsonian. Archived from the original on April 11, 2019.
  10. ^ "pro-life gear and books". Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  11. ^ "Founded". Archived from the original on March 30, 2014. Retrieved March 30, 2014.
  12. ^ Archived May 2, 2014, at the Wayback Machine A saintly influence: Pope John Paul II's impact on American Life League—and me. Judie Brown. Celebrate Life Magazine.
  13. ^ Smith, Peter (May 6, 2013). "Catholics Bid Farewell to Pro-Life Lion Howard Phillips". National Catholic Register. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  14. ^ "Right Wing Watch - American Life League". People for the American Way. Wayback Machine. April 2006. Archived from the original on October 11, 2006. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  15. ^ American Life League v. ACLU appeal at Findlaw
  16. ^ Smith, Leef (September 1, 1995). "Disney's Loin King? Group Sees Dirt in the Dust". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on March 5, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  17. ^ "Take Off Your Clothes!". Snopes. August 19, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  18. ^ "The Aroused Minister". Snopes. August 20, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  19. ^ "Sex in The Lion King". Snopes. August 19, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  20. ^ "American Life League". Charity Navigator. Archived from the original on July 4, 2014. Retrieved July 2, 2014.
  21. ^ "2007 CEO Compensation Study". Charity Navigator. 2007. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)

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