Watchdog Complaint Attacking Prolife Study Program in Raleigh

NC Values Coalition Statement on Watchdog Complaint Attacking Texas-Based Human Coalition's Prolife Study Program in Raleigh


"North Carolinians should be leary of Campaign for Accountability, a Washington, DC-based liberal nonprofit that uses litigation and aggressive communications in an attempt to defund pregnancy centers, at a time when Marist poll finds more Americans are pro-life. North Carolina Values Coalition applauds the innovative Continuum of Care program and work that Human Coalition is accomplishing in North Carolina to coordinate long-term assistance through a network of support services for women choosing to keep their baby."

"It is ironic that pro-abortion enthusiasts who rally for public funding of Planned Parenthood fail to understand how a faith-based, life-affirming nonprofit can practice good samaritan principles without proselytizing. The Campaign for Accountability should review the recent Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer Supreme Court ruling that clearly states government cannot discriminate against religious organizations and exclude them from receiving grant funding simply because they are religious."

- Tami Fitzgerald, NC Values Coalition Executive Director




Background Information: 

Human Coalition operates two pregnancy center & women's clinics in North Carolina and four additional centers in Texas, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Ohio. The two-year North Carolina pilot received state funding to develop and implement continuum of care and support program to assist women experiencing crisis pregnancies to continue their pregnancies
to full term. The funds were to be used for nonsectarian purposes.  Administrators of the program were to submit a report for  reconsideration of additional fundi by April 1, 2019. An overview of the Campaign for Accountability complaint filed with Governor Cooper is available for review.


On June 26, 2017, the US Supreme Court ruled 7-2, in the Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Inc. v. Comer case, that religious organizations may not be excluded from state programs if they have a secular intent. The case raised questions over church-state separation without discriminating against those who are religious. Alliance Defending Freedom provided this case overview


In February 2019, Marist polled Americans' attitudes on abortion and for the first time since 2009 as many or more Americans have identified as pro-life as have identified as pro-choice.

By the Numbers: In the poll survey taken Feb.12-17, Americans are now as likely to identify as pro-life (47%) as they are pro-choice (47%). Last month, a similar Marist survey found that Americans were more likely to identify as pro-choice than pro-life 55% to 38%, a 17-point gap. 

Most significant finding in the recent poll was that Democrats, specifically those under the the age of 45, seem to be leading the shift: This month's poll found 34% of Democrats identify as pro-life vs. 61% pro-choice. Last month, those numbers were 20% and 75%, respectively. Among Americans under 45, 47% identify as pro-life vs. 48% pro-choice. In January, those numbers were 28% and 65%, respectively. Poll Methodology: This survey of 1,008 adults was conducted via landline or cell phones, Feb. 12–Feb. 17 by The Marist Poll.

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