March for Life 2024: Thomas More Society Legal Panel at Law of Life Summit
January 22, 2024
On Thursday, January 18—the eve of the national March for Life—Thomas More Society hosted a legal panel at the Law of Life Summit in Washington, D.C. The legal panel featured the Thomas More Society team for discussion and remarks on some of the most pressing pro-life legal battles, past and present. The panel was comprised of Andy Bath (EVP and General Counsel) as our presenter, Thomas Olp (EVP), Peter Breen (EVP and Head of Litigation), Michele Sterlace-Accorsi (Feminists Choosing Life of New York), Professor Teresa Collet (University of St. Thomas School of Law), and Martin Cannon (Senior Counsel).
Thank you to all those who were able to join us at the March for Life in Washington, D.C. For those unable to attend, here's a quick recap of our panel:
Michele Sterlace-Accorsi, from Feminists Choosing Life of New York and a friend of Thomas More Society, joined to give a summary of New York’s radical Reproductive Health Act. New York's RHA upends two centuries of New York law to strip the unborn of any personhood rights.
Professor Teresa Collet, of the University of St. Thomas School of Law, joined the panel to give everyone a deeper dive into the legal theory underpinning our court challenge to New York's RHA. Prof. Collet began with a foray into the debate on personhood for the unborn, and what constitutional protections should be extended to the innocent human beings in the womb, and then tied that into our argument against the RHA's radical erasure of any legal protections whatsoever for those in the womb.