Professor Hadley Arkes Underscores Natural Rights at National Nonprofit Law Firm Celebration in Omaha
On October 25, 2017 in Omaha, Nebraska, the Thomas More Society hosted a 20th anniversary celebration in Omaha, Nebraska, Hadley Arkes, a legend in the pro-life movement, inspired those is attendance at the October 19th gala event. The evening also served as the 8th annual fundraising banquet for the Omaha office of the national nonprofit law firm founded in Chicago to restore respect in law for life, family and religious liberty.
Thomas More Society attorney Christine Delgado welcomed the nearly 250 attendees to the event that was supported by 25 volunteers. An invocation was offered by Archbishop Emeritus Elden F. Curtiss.
Founder, President and Chief Counsel Tom Brejcha spoke to the gathering about the bi-coastal reach of the Thomas More Society work. “As we celebrate in the heartland, we have attorneys fighting for our precious rights on either coast. Martin Cannon is currently defending pro-life sidewalk counselors with Church@theRock in Brooklyn, New York, against unjust felony charges brought by an Attorney General accepted campaign contributions from Planned Parenthood. At the same time, Matt Heffron is defending undercover pro-life journalist David Daleiden in federal court in San Francisco against vicious attacks by the abortion lobby.”
Arkes was the evening’s keynote speaker, and the recipient of the Defender of Life Award, presented to him by Thomas More Society Executive Vice President and Senior Counsel Andrew Bath. The award is given for heroic contributions to the pro-life movement.
As a longtime professor of jurisprudence at Amhurst College, Arkes is the architect of the bill known as the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act, Arkes has long been an advocate of “natural law” theory. Opening conversation with people who called themselves “pro-choice,” Arkes began his quest by strategically seeking to preserve the lives of children who survived abortion. He continues to espouse and defend natural law” theory taught by the American Founders and President Lincoln, who continually returned to those deep axioms of law that underlay the Constitution. He told those gathered, “If those who support abortion deny the legality of a moral right to life of the unborn, then, by that logic, there is no moral basis for any law in our nation.”
Following Arkes comments, Thomas More Society clients, Dr. Pat Castle of Life Runners, and Maris Bentley of Nebraskans for Founders’ Values shared how the law firm worked to defend their rights and freedoms with legal actions in courtrooms and beyond. Special Counsel Peter Breen presented an opportunity to support the Thomas More Society mission and the evening was concluded with a benediction by Fr. Frank Baumert, pastor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, the evening’s venue.