Obama Administration Targets WRTL and Similar Organizations with Crippling Regulations

Using the IRS, the Obama Administration is proposing new regulations which attack the free speech rights of Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) and similar groups to speak for the unborn and other vulnerable people.

Under the new regulations, the IRS will dramatically limit the ability of WRTL to give you basic information provided for over 40 years on the positions of candidates on right-to-life issues, the voting records of legislators, statements legislators make about right-to-life issues, and our right to discuss the positions of nominees for federal judgeships including the U.S. Supreme Court!

These crippling regulations are a clear violation to speech rights guaranteed under the First Amendment to the Constitution not only to WRTL, but to your rights of free speech and association. In the end, those we defend — and whom you help defend through your support of our work — will suffer the most when we are silenced as the voice for the voiceless.

Why are these new regulations being imposed? Because WRTL is viewed as a threat by pro-abortion groups and the Obama administration, a favorite tactic is to use regulations to attempt to undermine public support for unborn children by limiting our ability to speak about them at election time.

For the past 10 years, WRTL has been at the forefront of the battle over free speech, winning a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2007. WRTL is currently challenging the suffocating rules imposed by the state Government Accountability Board, similar to the proposed IRS regulations, before the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago where a decision is expected at any time. Facing this new and ominous threat, WRTL will continue its legendary work to protect free speech for those in Wisconsin and across the country.

Barbara Lyons

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