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- Overall, we rate the National Right to Life Committee far right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of anti-abortion propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as a lack of transparency and several failed fact checks.
Reasoning: Extreme Right, Propaganda, Conspiracy, Lack of Transparency, Failed Fact Checks
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 45/180
Founded in 1968, by Mildred Fay Jefferson (mentioned as one of the founders, however, the others are not known as their history page is “undergoing maintenance.”) The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) is a national anti-abortion organization that states its mission as “Devoted to disseminating information and support for pro-life issues.” Furthermore, the National Right to Life Committee also lobbies to put in place pro-life policies and states its purpose as “to elect pro-life men and women to Congress and the White House who will lead our country back to the day when innocent human life is protected by our laws.” They are headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Carol Tobias is the President of the organization.
Funded by / Ownership
The National Right to Life Committee is a nonprofit 501(c)(4)organization that is funded through donations. Compared to similar organizations such as PRO-LIFE Across AMERICA (MN) which has a 4-star rating, Charity Navigator rated NRLC 1 out of 4 stars. Please view their Accountability & Transparency Performance Metrics here. The website does not include board members or names of donors.
Analysis / Bias
In review, the National Right to Life Committee primarily reports on anti-abortion and pro-Evangelical Christian issues such as euthanasia, and assisted suicide. Editorially, they support Republicans and oppose Democrats “Democrats Unapologetically Advocate for Abortion up until Birth and beyond. They also fund “Texans for Ronny Jackson” (Ronny L. Jackson is a former White House physician who is running for Congress as a Republican in Texas). When reporting on the issues that they are passionate about they utilize factually mixed sources such as first things and Fox News.
The website also provides a link to their news website called NRL News, which strongly endorses President Trump such as this A glorious day to remember: November 8, 2016 when Donald Trump was elected President. Read our dedicated review of NRL News. In general, they advocate for anti-abortion legislation and a pro-conservative agenda while sometimes publishing false information as seen below.
Failed Fact Checks
- “Under the Baucus bill … federal funds would subsidize coverage of elective abortions.” – False
- The Obama White House recognizes a “baby that has not been born” for security purposes. – Mostly False
- The Obama administration will give Pennsylvania $160 million to pay for health insurance plans that cover “any legal abortion.” – False
- Will all legal abortions be covered by federally subsidized health insurance policies in state “high-risk pools”? – False
Overall, we rate the National Right to Life Committee far right biased and Questionable based on the promotion of anti-abortion propaganda and conspiracy theories as well as a lack of transparency and several failed fact checks. (M. Huitsing 7/14/2020)