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            In 2007, the USCL made the decision to make available, free of charge, documents from its vast research warehouse to pro-lifers from around the world, including many of the one-of-a-kind documents noted above. We hope you will visit our library often.

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Early History

            The United States Coalition for Life (USCL) was founded in September 1972 in Export ( Pitt sburgh), Pennsylvania . Its research projects cover a full range of pro-life concerns, including abortion, contraception, sterilization, population control, euthanasia, eugenics, fetal experimentation, vital organ transplantation, classroom sex instruction, homosexuality, and pornography.  

 

            From its conception, the USCL has had an amazing track record in terms of promoting pro-life legislation and policies in the United States Congress, and in researching and exposing the federal government’s massive anti-life programs at home and abroad. Some of the outstanding accomplishments of the USCL include:

 

  • Between 1973 and 1993, the USCL presented pro-life testimony - both written and oral - before more than 30 Congressional Committees and federal agencies in Washington, D.C., including the historic Bayh Hearings on A Human Life Amendment, the nomination of Nelson Rockefeller as Vice President of the United States; the Kennedy Fetal Experimentation hearings; and numerous foreign aid, food and drug, health revenue sharing, and other authorization and appropriations hearings.

 

  • On January 23, 1975, Coalition representatives met with White House members of the President’s Domestic Council to protest the Administration’s continued support for anti-life programs, particularly within the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, and the State Department.

 

  • The USCL was the first pro-life organization to sponsor international pro-life teams to three consecutive World Conferences – the World Population Conference in Bucharest, the World Food Conference in Rome, and the International Women’s Conference in Mexico City . In each case, the USCL represented the sole organized pro-life opposition to the international anti-life establishment including the International Planned Parenthood Federation and the Rockefeller Population Council.

 

  • The USCL has published and distributed numerous pro-life position papers, including a special White Paper on Population Control which was presented to the United States Catholic Bishops at their annual meeting in November 1973.  

 

  • The USCL played a major role in the passage of the famous Helms’ Anti-Abortion Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act, and the defeat of many anti-life amendments to both domestic and foreign legislation.

 

  • The USCL conducted the original research and publication in The Pro-Life Reporter of such anti-life publications and programs as:

 

Los Super Machos, a blasphemous parody of the Virgin Birth. The anti-life publication carrying the parody was funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

 

Population Control – Whose Right to Live?, an anti-Catholic and anti-life publication of the Xerox Corporation.

 

Stop the Stork Campaign, a televised anti-baby initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.

 

Federal Funding of the Upjohn Company and Upjohn’s development of new methods of baby-killing, including prostaglandin abortions.

HEW’s Five-Year Plan for Family Planning and Population Services.  The USCL was the first national, pro-life organization to actively oppose the federal government’s massive billion-dollar domestic birth-control program.

 

Federal Funding of Anti-Life Agencies. The USCL’s official publication The Pro-Life Reporter has systematically documented the anti-people policies of the Pathfinder Fund, Planned Parenthood-World Population, UNICEF, United Nations Fund for Population Activities, Zero Population Growth, the Population Council, and numerous university anti-life centers in the United States and abroad.

Operation Lawsuit by the Association for Voluntary Sterilization and the

Office of Economic Opportunity ’s Sterilization Quotas. The USCL exposed these sterilization programs directed against welfare recipients.

The Rockefeller Commission on Population Growth and the American Future. The USCL responded to the Rockefeller Commission anti-life report with “A Pro-Life Response to Population Growth and the American Future,” a demographic study of U.S. domestic population policies and programs.   

 

U.S. Vietnamese Refugee Camp Birth Control and Abortion Programs. The USCL was the first and only pro-life agency to expose the federal government’s anti-life program, which was funded under the 1975 Indochina Migration and Refugee Act of 1975. The USCL’s research findings, documenting the abortion programs at Camp Pendleton and Fort Indiantown Gap, were responsible for ending these federal anti-life initiatives directed against pregnant Vietnamese refugee women coming to the United States from war-torn South Vietnam .

 

“Who Will Defend Michael?” The historic two-part series on the March of Dimes’ multi-faceted, anti-life programs, including lethal fetal experimentation and eugenic abortion was published by the USCL in 1976. The publication of “Who Will Defend Michael?” led to the creation in 1978 of the International Foundation for Genetic Research, popularly known as the Michael Fund (based in Pitt sburgh, Pennsylvania ), the pro-life alternative to the March of Dimes. 

  

 

 

Under the USCL’s “Declaration for Life,” we vow …

  • To protect the right to life of the unborn child, and restore public and governmental reverence for human life as a gift from God.
  • To lobby on behalf of a Mandatory Human Life Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and other pro-life legislation at all levels of government, and to guarantee the right to life of all innocent human beings from fertilization/conception (whether by natural coitus or artificial means including but not limited to invitro-fertilization and cloning), until true death (as traditionally determined by the cessation of a heartbeat, respiration, pulse, and blood pressure and the onset of rigor mortis).
  • To research and present public testimony to Congress and federal agencies on all aspects of pro-life and anti-life government programs and policies.
  • To oppose all forms of tax-subsidized government and privately-sponsored, anti-life programs and policies of population control, and to uphold the traditional life principles set forth in Casti Connubii (1930) and the Vatican ’s Declaration on Procured Abortion (1974).
  • To oppose all forms of human embryo and fetal experimentation, except such experimentation directly related to the well-being of the unborn or newborn child, and to stress the need for the protection of human subjects in behavioral and biological research and vital organ transplantation programs, especially with regard to informed consent.  
  • To promote positive federal programs and policies directed toward increased food production and preservation, universal literacy, improved maternal and child health care programs, and other pro-life alternatives to the anti-life Malthusian challenge facing us in the United States and abroad.
  • To foster cooperation and mutual assistance among all organizations, foundations, and societies – private, public, and religious – in the United States and abroad which share these goals and objectives.  

USCL Research Library and Archives

            In the fall of 2007, the USCL made the decision to make available, free of charge, documents from its vast research warehouse to pro-lifers from around the world, including many of the one-of-a-kind documents noted above. We hope you will visit our library often. Please remember that it is your donation that will make it possible for the USCL to continue to post important documents and articles on vital pro-life issues taken from our vast archives which span over 35 years.