Bill in Congress targets women receiving resources, support from pregnancy care centers
The following quote may be attributed to Alliance Defending Freedom Senior Counsel Denise Burke regarding the U.S. Senate’s consideration Thursday of legislation that targets women receiving resources and invaluable support from thousands of pregnancy care centers across the country:
“While we celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent ruling that there are important interests in protecting unborn life, some legislators are actually working to prevent women facing unplanned pregnancies from receiving the resources and life-saving support they need. In a reckless attempt to incapacitate the life-affirming work of thousands of pregnancy care centers across the country, these lawmakers are pushing legislation that would force these centers to comply with government-approved speech or face punishment. The Supreme Court has already made it abundantly clear in a case ADF attorneys won on behalf of pregnancy care centers that the government can’t target certain speakers because it doesn’t like a particular viewpoint. We will continue to defend pregnancy care centers and their constitutionally protected freedoms against such hostile attacks by government officials and pro-abortion politicians.”
Alliance Defending Freedom is an alliance-building, non-profit legal organization committed to protecting religious freedom, free speech, parental rights, and the sanctity of life.
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Denise Burke serves as senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, where she is a member of the Center for Legislative Advocacy. In this role, her efforts are directed toward protecting life from conception to natural death and defending the conscience rights of health care professionals. Prior to joining ADF, Burke served as vice president of legal affairs for Americans United for Life. She began her career with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, United States Air Force, both on active duty and in the reserve. Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, she served as an instructor at the USAF JAG School and on the editorial board of the Air Force Law Review. In response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Burke volunteered to serve again on active duty. In recognition of her service, the Air Force awarded her the Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. A member of the state bar of Texas, Burke is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and multiple federal district and appellate courts. She earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Maryland, followed by her Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University.