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The National Legal Foundation wins unusual Supreme Court victory on behalf of Pro-life client:

Read our Press Release about this wonderful victory here.  Read the Supreme Court’s opinion here.  You can also read the Petition and Reply that we filed in our Lefemine v. Wideman case.


After this incredible victory, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the Fourth Circuit, to examine whether a narrow exception to a general rule would keep us from receiving attorney's fees. These fees are an INCREDIBLY important tool to hit rogue law enforcement agencies in the pocket book and teach them that they cannot trample the rights of Christians and others. The Fourth Circuit simply sent the case back to the trial court, and asked it to decide that issue.


UNBELIEVABLY, the trial court ruled against us. So we had to appeal AGAIN to the Fourth Circuit. This time, the Fourth Circuit ruled in our favor, instructing the district court to allow us to file a motion for fees! (Read the court's opinion here.) And FINALLY the district court awarded us over $197,000 in fees and costs. This award will send a message to law enforcement officers across the country that when they trample on the rights of pro-life protestors, there will be consequences! The court's Opinion & Order are here.



The state of North Carolina wanted to issue a "Choose Life" license plate, but not a pro-abortion, "Respect Choice" license plate. So, of course, the ACLU sued North Carolina. After a trip to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States, North Carolina won the right to issue only a pro-life plate when the case returned to the Fourth Circuit. Read our Brief in the case here.


The town of Gilbert, AZ enacted an ordinance regulating the location and size of signs, just like cities and towns across America have. The only problem is, the ordinance discriminates against churches. When a local church objected, the town dug in, and the case went all the way to the United States Supreme Court! We helped the church win a unanimous victory with this friend-of-the-court brief, explaining many of the ways the ordinance violates the Constitution.


American Atheists attacked the World Trade Center cross (the famous 9/11 cross). They wanted it excluded from the 9/11 Museum or they wanted to be able to add atheist symbols to the Museum. We filed this brief to argue why the cross should stay . . . without adding anything. The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit agreed, and the cross remains in the Museum!


Praise the Lord! The so-called contraceptive mandate in ObamaCarewhich is actually and abortion mandatehas been struck down by the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case! Read our brief here. (Also available in the right-hand column, under "Recent Briefs," as are many of our other briefs filed against this outrage in many different courts of appeal).





Welcome to the National Legal Foundation! 

The NLF is a Christian public interest law firm dedicated to the preservation of America's freedom and constitutional rights. Since the organization was founded in 1985, we have been actively involved in defending religious liberty throughout the courtrooms of the United States. Our efforts, however, do not stop at the courtroom door. 

Our goal is to make the American people aware of the law's personal impact. The erosion of our religious freedom is real. If our leaders and citizens in communities across America are not aware of the danger, they will be ill-prepared to respond when their rights are violated. It is this lack of readiness that the National Legal Foundation seeks to remedy.


April 3, 2017—Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, Inc. v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al.The City of Baltimore has singled out pregnancy centers by requiring them to make disclosures about their services, while not requiring similar disclosures by abortion providers. Our brief explains why this discrimination cannot stand!

January 24, 2017—Advocate Heath Care Network v. StapletonThe federal government regulates most private pension and health benefit plans offered by private employers. Congress rightly exempted plans operated by churches from the regulations, since the government should not intrude into churches' business. And for thirty years, religious organizations associated with churches received the same treatment. Now a class action lawsuit seeks to strip away the exemption for religious organizations. We explain in this Supreme Court brief why the exemption should NOT be taken away.

January 10, 2017—Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.The so-called "transgender bathroom" case has made it all the way to the United States Supreme Court. We filed this brief, explaining why women are at risk when anyone can use any bathroom.

August 1, 2016—Gainesville Woman Care v. FloridaWhen pro abortion forces sued to stop Florida's 24-hour waiting period law, we filed this brief to show that the state of Florida has always sought to protect unborn children.

See below for more briefs filed in abortion mandate cases.

The Supreme Court has now declared that the states must allow same-sex marriage. However, we fought against this outcome to the very end. Here are just the last 3 briefs we filed in our 25-year-long battle on this issue.

Obergefell v. Hodges (April 3, 2015)

Brenner v. Armstrong (November 21, 2014)

Kitchen v. Herbert (September 4, 2014)

The Obamacare abortion mandate: We have filed briefs in support of Christian business owners and organizations all across the United States who are fighting back against these federal regulations that force them to fund other people's abortions in violation of their consciences. Read our briefs in these cases by clicking below.

Reaching Souls, Inc. v. Sebelius (May 27, 2014)

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Sebelius (March 3, 2014)

Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores & Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius at the U.S. Supreme Court (January 28, 2014)

Conestoga Wood v. Sebelius (March 22, 2013)

Annex Medical v. Sebelius (March 14, 2013)

Liberty University v. Geithner (March 6, 2013)

Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius (February 19, 2013)

Korte v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (February 4, 2013)

O’Brien v. United States Department of Health and Human Services (November 20, 2012)





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