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Legal help for victims

 The following Freedom2Care coalition-participating legal organizations have agreed to receive requests for legal help with cases of discrimination on the basis of conscience:

Alliance Defense Fund

The Alliance Defense Fund is a pro-life law firm that defends the sanctity of life and the right to practice life-affirming medicine throughout the United States.  Among its many conscience rights cases, in 2011 ADF successfully required Vanderbilt University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey to stop requiring health personnel to assist in abortions, and also represented the Christian Medical Association in a winning case to uphold a state law protecting the conscience rights of pro-life health professionals.  ADF offers free advice and representation through its hotline, 1-800-TELL-ADF.

Becket Law

Becket Law is a non-profit, public-interest legal and educational institute with a mission to protect the free expression of all faiths. Becket exists to vindicate a simple but frequently neglected principle: that because the religious impulse is natural to human beings, religious expression is natural to human culture. We advance that principle in three arenas-the courts of law, the court of public opinion, and the academy-both in the United States and abroad.

Potential Legal Matter: Legal Assistants, inquiries@becketfund.org, 202.349.7220. To discuss an existing or potential legal matter, please contact our Legal Assistants via email at inquiries@becketfund.org. Include your full name, your contact information, a brief summary of your situation, and a specific statement of the assistance you seek. We prefer email correspondence, but if email is unavailable to you, please call (202) 349-7220. We respond to intake requests as our schedule allows. Due to court schedules and other time commitments, it may take us several business weeks to respond to your request. 

200 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: 202.955.0095
Business Hours: 9am-6pm M-F

Bioethics Defense Fund

Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) is a public-interest law firm whose mission is to advocate for human dignity in law, science and medicine.  BDF provides legal expertise, policy strategy and professional education on the issues of healthcare rights of conscience, abortion and its impact on women, human cloning/destructive human embryo research, and end of life issues including physician-assisted suicide and healthcare rationing. Learn more at www.bdfund.org or contact BDF president and general counsel Nikolas T. Nikas at ntnikas@bdfund.org or at (602) 751-7234. 

Law of Life Project

The Law of Life Project would like to participate in providing legal counsel without charge in response to inquiries from individuals and organizations reporting cases of conscience-related discrimination. For more information, visit www.lawoflifeproject.org. FRC Building, Suite 521 • 801 G. Street, N.W. • Washington, D.C. 20001 • 202.587.5652

Life Legal Defense Foundation

Life Legal Defense Foundation is a public interest non-profit law firm that defends the civil rights of pro-life advocates, and is committed to protecting the individual freedoms of health care professionals. LLDF recently presented a training addressing the conscience rights of medical professionals entitled Do No Harm.  Information about the training is available at lldf.org.  At the end of March in San Francisco, California, LLDF will co- sponsor Make Straight the Pathway, a conference addressing current issues in health care, including conscience rights.  Details will be available on LLDF’s website soon. If you are in need of legal assistance, please do not hesitate to call: 707-224-6675. Life Legal Defense Foundation P.O. Box 2105. Napa, CA 94558.

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