(LifeSiteNews) — Very often you don’t get good news in the pro-life movement. But there is actually a lot of good news coming out of legal challenges, and no team is better at doing legal challenges on pro-life issues than the Thomas More Society. They’re absolutely fabulous. Peter Breen, Tom Brejcha — their group has been absolutely stellar in supporting every pro-life group out there that’s worthy of the name, and the victories are stellar.
So we wanted to show you this roundup from the lawyers at this year’s Law of Life Summit, which took place ahead of the March for Life in Washington, D.C. I was also asked to give a reason why people should trust LifeSiteNews and how they can know what media to trust. That’s there for you as well on this special episode of The John-Henry Westen Show.
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There were several other speakers who gave excellent remarks at this year’s Law of Life Summit. One of them was Peter Breen, executive vice president and head of litigation for the Thomas More Society. His message was an important one: It is entirely possible to score major pro-life victories even in deeply pro-abortion states.
Breen recounted the Thomas More Society’s legal battle last year against Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, whose office was responsible for drafting a state Senate bill that declared the speech of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers to be a “deceptive business practice.”
Illinois threw the kitchen sink at crisis pregnancy centers. As Breen explained, “They essentially put into law saying what we know to be false is true, and you must adhere to it. And if you don’t, we’re going to subject you $50,000 fines, ruinous investigations, we’re going to issue subpoenas on you, and what have you. And this was looking like an existential threat to the pregnancy center movement in Illinois in particular.”
But after almost five months of legal battles and tireless activism, Raoul agreed to a permanent injunction blocking the state of Illinois from enforcing the unconstitutional and blatantly discriminatory law.
“I put this to you because it’s important to see us actually score points in a blue state,” Breen said. “The AG got one softball question at his press conference, and every other question was about our lawsuit, about what the pro-life movement was doing. And we were able to reframe that debate and really reshape the way this thing was being covered in a hard blue state like Illinois. And that is something to be proud of, right?”
For much more from Breen and other speakers at this year’s Law of Life Summit, tune in to this special episode of The John-Henry Westen Show.
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