FAQ

How does National Right to Life define “life” and “right to life”?
As the most fundamental right of every innocent human being, beginning at conception and continuing to natural death.
What is the legal foundation for the definition of life?

America’s first document as a new nation, The Declaration of Independence, states that we are all “created equal” and endowed by our Creator “with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life …” Our nation’s founders emphasized the preeminence of the right to “Life” by citing it first among the unalienable rights this nation was established to secure.

Does National Right to Life appeal to specific special-interest groups for its base of support?
As the nation’s oldest and largest national pro-life group, National Right to Life welcomes all people to join us in this great cause. Our nationwide, non-partisan, non-sectarian network is comprised of affiliates from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, more than 3,000 community chapters, hundreds of thousands of members and millions of individual supporters across the country. The strength of National Right to Life is derived from our broad base of diverse, dedicated people.
Does National Right to Life focus on more than one issue?
Since National Right to Life’s founding in 1968 as the first nationwide right-to-life group, it has dedicated itself entirely to one issue: defending life, America’s first right. Our constituencies are united to protect innocent human life threatened by abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide, euthanasia and embryo-killing research.
How is National Right to Life governed?
National Right to Life is governed by a representative board of directors, comprised of a delegate from each state affiliate and nine directors elected at-large.
How does National Right to Life protect against discrimination?

National Right to Life and our Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics work tirelessly to fight health care discrimination against people based on age and disability or the belief that certain persons do not deserve to live because of a perceived “low quality of life.” National Right to Life also makes available to individuals the Will to Live, a pro-life alternative to the Living Will.

What are the various formal registered entities associated with National Right to Life?

National Right to Life works to restore protection for human life through the work of the:

  • National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), which provides leadership, communications, organizational lobbying, and legislative work on both the federal and state levels.
  • National Right to Life Political Action Committee (NRL PAC), founded in 1979, which works to elect, on state and federal levels, officials who respect democracy’s most precious right, the right to life.
  • National Right to Life Victory Fund, an independent expenditure political action committee founded in 2012 with the express purpose of electing a pro-life president and electing pro-life majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate.
  • National Right to Life Educational Trust Fund and the National Right to Life Educational Foundation, Inc., which prepare and distribute a wide range of educational materials, advertisements and pro-life educational activities.
What types of groups are actively engaged with National Right to Life’s mission?
There are many groups affected by our culture’s lack of respect for human life. These include the disability rights community, post-abortion community, Hispanic community, Black community, faith community, teachers and health care professionals.