Pro Life Legal Defense Fund, Inc.

In addition to this website, PLLDF has established an email address, published a new edition of its Newsletter, and created a Facebook page. We hope that these make us more accessible to the community and our supporters.

These outreach efforts are a small part of PLLDF's goal to build a more broad and unified community of pro-life attorneys in Massachusetts. 

It can sometimes appear that there is little interest in the pro-life cause within the Massachusetts legal community. PLLDF believes, however, that there is more concern for pro-life issues among attorneys than many might believe. We are eager to develop that concern by creating a greater network of pro-life attorneys who can feel comfortable expressing pro-life beliefs.

We welcome your comments or suggestions.


The Pro Life Legal Defense Fund invites you to join us for the 2015 Century Dinner. Every year, PLLDF gathers for an evening to celebrate pro-life accomplishments from the preceding year and look to the future for more ways to support the pro-life cause.


This year, PLLDF will present the Thomas More Award to Attorney Michael DePrimo for his outstanding contributions to the defense of life. Attorney DePrimo has distinguished himself in major pro-life litigation and appellate advocacy throughout the nation. He served as counsel at every level in the seven-year McCullen v. Coakley buffer zone challenge, which culminated in unanimous success at the United States Supreme Court. Attorney DePrimo will also be the keynote speaker of the evening.


DATE:                 Saturday, April 25th

TIME:                  6:00 p.m. – cocktails… Dinner – 7:15 p.m.

LOCATION:      Boston Marriott Newton Hotel

CONTACT:        617-969-8383

See NEWS AND EVENTS for invitation letter, reply card, and flyer for distribution.

Pro Life Legal Defense Fund Presents a FREE Seminar Titled: 


Come and hear, for FREE, from seasoned veteran advocates who have contributed significantly to the pro-life cause at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Supreme Judicial Court, the Appeals Court, Federal and State Trial Courts, the Massachusetts Legislature, in classrooms and public forums!  

This FREE seminar will be held on Saturday, April 25th, from 4:15 PM to 5:45 PM at the Boston Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton, MA. This is the same day as the 2015 Century Dinner, but attendance at the dinner is not required for attendance at the seminar.  


Massachusetts Funding and Parental Consent for Abortions 
Professor Dwight G. Duncan will describe the peculiarities of the MA abortion law including the public funding for abortions for indigents under the state constitution, and the history of the parental consent/judicial bypass for minors. (Professor Duncan teaches Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics, Religion and the Law, and Bioethics at UMass School of Law Dartmouth. He has written numerous articles on legal moral and religious issues, argued several cases before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court, and written briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court).

A Primer on First Amendment Protections for Public Speech

Michael J. DePrimo, Esq. will describe the different tests which the First Amendment requires for public, limited public, and non-public forums. He will  address abortion-specific speech and the history of abortion clinic buffer zones, including fall-out from the Supreme Court's ruling in McCullen v. Coakley. (Attorney DePrimo is a former Senior Litigation Counsel for the American Family Association’s Center for Law & Policy, and an allied attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom. He has distinguished himself in major pro-life litigation and appellate advocacy throughout the nation. He served as counsel at every level in the McCullen v. Coakley buffer zone challenge.)

Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment: Signing-Up to Hasten Death

Patricia D. Stewart, Esq. will describe Medical Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment ("MOLST") forms, which are now the law in Massachusetts. She will explain the anti-life bias in these deceptively simple forms and how to avoid the risks they pose to an unsuspecting public. (Attorney Stewart is a former litigator, and an active attorney in Massachusetts. She is a well known expert in healthcare decision making regarding medical care and life-sustaining treatment. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Massachusetts Citizens for Life, the largest pro-life advocacy organization in Massachusetts).

Protecting Life on Beacon Hill

Representative James J. Lyons, Jr. will outline some of the important “life” bills being considered in the Massachusetts Legislature this year. (Rep. Lyons is serving his third term as the representative from Andover, in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He is a longtime champion of pro-life rights from conception to natural death, and serves as a member of both the Joint Judiciary Committee and the Joint Committee on Public Health in the Massachusetts House).

To enroll, please either email to or call 617-969-8383. 

See NEWS AND EVENTS for a promotional flyer. 


National Review Online Article Explains How American Feminism is Failing Women

PLLDF Board Member Bridget L. Fay, Esq. was published at National Review Online. Her article is titled The American feminist establishment does a disservice to women through its divisive, relentless focus on abortion rights
Read more on National Review's website here.

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Professor Dwight Duncan has provided a second entry to Professors' Corner clarifying how SCOTUS has limited the rights of fathers with respect to abortion. The entry is titled Fathers Have No Say in Abortions of Their Children, Not Even to Know about Them.

Read more here
Associate Professor Emeritus Frank McLaughlin has presented a succinct and compelling scientific and philosophical argument against the use of embryonic stem cells for medical treatment. 

Read more here


McCullen attorney: Backdoor buffer zone bill chills free speech

July 29, 2014. Boston, Massachusetts. Michael DePrimo, an attorney for Eleanor McCullen, the lead plaintiff in the 9-0 decision in McCullen v. Coakley, issued a statement regarding the passage of the new buffer zone law

Read more here.


Hobby Lobby: Is There a “Scientific” Basis for Opposition to Abortifacient Contraception?


"The United States Supreme Court decision in the case of Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services, v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. held that, under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), closely-held family-run businesses whose owners have sincere religious objection to participating in abortion (by providing abortifacient contraceptives through the company health plan) are not bound by the abortifacient mandatory contraceptive provisions of RFRA. The Court found that to require compliance by these businesses to the abortifacient contraceptive mandate would substantially burden the exercise of religion by forcing them to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs or pay substantial fines."

Read more here.


What the Supreme Court did (and didn't do) to religious freedom

"In Hobby Lobby, the Court ruled that a federal law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), applied to the case, and that it covered "any exercise of religion, whether or not compelled by, or central to, a system of religious belief." The only question that government could consider was not the truth or reasonableness or centrality of the religious belief, but only whether the belief were sincere, which was not doubted in the case of these companies. Interestingly, RFRA had passed in 1993 by overwhelming majorities of both houses of Congress. This is because religious freedom, like free speech, is a vital part of our legal heritage and until recently, viewed as axiomatic."

Read more here.


Hobby Lobby and Widespread Misunderstanding about When Pregnancy Begins

"Is there a huge hole in the news coverage about mandatory contraceptive health insurance? The answer is yes. The question is why."


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Dwight G. Duncan, Professor of Law and author of a pro-life amicus brief in the Hobby Lobby case, comments on the recent pro-life victory at the United States Supreme Court.

Read more here.



"On 3/29/14, MCFL held its annual pro-life convention at Assumption College in Worcester. Attendees were treated an impressive array of speakers who presented pro-life developments from the medical, educational, legal and religious perspectives. It was a most informative day for all participants!"

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McCullen v. Coakley: Big Win For Pro-Life at United States Supreme Court (6/26/14)

"The Supreme Court of the United States announced a unanimous decision today declaring the Massachusetts buffer zone law unconstitutional. This is an enormous victory for pro-life free speech, and a tribute to the endurance of the McCullen petitioners, their counsel, and all of their supporters!..."

Read more here

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