Thomas More Society

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The Thomas More Society is a conservative[1][2] pro-life[3] law firm based in Chicago.[4]

Their website describes them as "a not-for-profit, national public interest law firm dedicated to restoring respect in law for life, family, and religious liberty." The Thomas More Society defends and fosters support for these causes by providing pro bono legal services from local trial courts to the United States Supreme Court.

The Thomas More Society has had two victories in Scheidler v. National Organization for Women in 2003 (8-1) and 2006 (8-0) both .[5][better source needed] Thomas More Society has sought, from their perspective and those for whom they advocate, to ensure the First Amendment to the United States Constitution rights to free speech and association are secure and protected by law.[citation needed]

Selected cases[edit]

  • In 2016, the Thomas More Society represented anti-abortion activist David Daleiden, of California, pro bono.[6][7][8]
  • In 2015, the Thomas More Society filed amicus briefs in the civil case of actress Sofia Vergara being sued by her ex-boyfriend in an embryo case.[9][10][11]
  • Filing suit on behalf of the Missionary Sisters of St. Charles against a strip club that moved in behind their convent, allegedly causing harm and disruption.[12][13]
  • Seeking to "Protect the religious liberty rights" of business owners against the HHS Abortion Pill Mandate.[14]
  • Urging the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the dispute over Choose Life license plates.[15]
  • Taking part in the unsuccessful defense of the Iowa Board of Medicine's rule effectively banning telemedical abortions, by submitting an amicus brief to the Court and legal research to the Iowa Attorney General.[16][17]
  • Representing a mother suing a county, medical providers, and a school district in her objections to the legal emancipation of her teenage child.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Christina Cauterucci (28 January 2016). "Frozen embryos and the anti-abortion activists who love them". Slate Magazine. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Anti-Abortion Groups Join Battles Over Frozen Embryos". The New York Times. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016. Thomas Olp, of the Thomas More Society, a conservative public-interest law firm that filed the brief in concert with Missouri Right to Life and other anti-abortion groups, said...
  3. ^ "Catholic San Francisco". 1 August 2005. Archived from the original on February 3, 2016. Retrieved February 4, 2016.
  4. ^ "Thomas More Society celebrates 15 years on the front line of the culture wars". Chicago Tribune. 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  5. ^ "N.O.W. v. Scheidler". Thomas More Society. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  6. ^ Matt Coker. "Irvine Anti-Abortion Activist Unveils New Abortion Sting Video on Eve of Court Date - OC Weekly". OC Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  7. ^ Matt Coker. "Planned Parenthood Hit Videographers Indicted in Texas - OC Weekly". OC Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  8. ^ Mike Pearl. "What We Know About the Charges Against the Pro-Life Hidden Camera Activists". VICE. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  9. ^ "Thomas More Society files Amicus Briefs in celebrity embryos custody war". Retrieved 4 February 2016. A national pro-life nonprofit law firm submitted court papers hoping to file a "friend-of-the-court" brief in the legal dispute over frozen embryos created by actress Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb, arguing the embryos should be considered human lives, not "property," the group announced Wednesday.
  10. ^ "Anti-Abortion Groups Join Battles Over Frozen Embryos". The New York Times. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  11. ^ Amanda Marcotte. "The new anti-choice mission: Target frozen embryos to make it harder for couples like Sofia Vergara and Nick Loeb to break up". Salon. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Nuns dressed down by judge in lawsuit with strip club". Chicago Sun-Times. 26 January 2016. Retrieved 20 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Lawsuit Against Strip Club Hits the News". Thomas More Society. Retrieved 2016-04-02.[dead link]
  14. ^ "U.S. Supreme Court Orders Autocam Case to Be Re-Decided in Light of Religious Liberty". Thomas More Society. 2014-08-05. Retrieved 2016-04-02.[dead link]
  15. ^ "U.S. Supreme Court Should Resolve Dispute Over Choose Life License Plates". Thomas More Society. 2014-08-14. Retrieved 2016-04-02.[dead link]
  16. ^ "Iowa Court Affirms Prohibition of Dangerous Webcam Abortions". Thomas More Society. 2014-08-19. Retrieved 2016-04-02.[dead link]
  17. ^ "PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF THE HEARTLAND, INC. and JILL MEADOWS, Appellants, vs. IOWA BOARD OF MEDICINE" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-03.[dead link]
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