YouTube: See BDF’s Dorinda Bordlee debate “The Lasting Effects of Roe” at Rutgers Law School


June 10, 2011 at 9:22 PM Leave a comment

Planned Parenthood misleading Komen supporters and the American Taxpayer?

As abortion proponents are fighting to continue taxpayer funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider, we are also learning about how Planned Parenthood has likely been fleecing well-intentioned supporters of the breast cancer organization Komen for the Cure. Komen claims that it allows grants to Planned Parenthood because they provide breast screenings. But staff at many Planned Parenthood clinics have revealed contradictory evidence, as revealed in an undercover investigation by Live Action, a Los Angeles based organization. As reported in the Washington Post:

“Every Planned Parenthood, without exception, tells her she will have to go elsewhere for a mammogram, and many clinics admit that no Planned Parenthood clinics provide this breast cancer screening procedure,” according to the group’s news release.

Read the full Washington Post article

Review the BDF resource on the Komen-Planned Parenthood link here:

April 8, 2011 at 11:19 AM Leave a comment

BDF presents “Holistic Feminism/Federalism” Argument at Rutgers Law School Abortion Debate

At a Rutgers Law School debate, BDF Senior Counsel Bordlee engaged law students with an argument based on federalism and pro-life feminism , a position that holistically integrates the interests of the woman, her child, and the often ignored legal and moral duties of the father.

Continue Reading February 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM 3 comments

If you want civility, demand honesty

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by Dorinda Bordlee and Nikolas Nikas | Washington, DC | | 1/25/11 4:29 PM

As pundits encourage us to engage in a national examination of conscience on the tone of our civil discourse, hundreds of thousands of students, young adults and pro-life veterans demonstrated civility in action over the past few days.   At Marches for Life at the Capitol, on the West Coast, and at statehouses across the nation, the violence of abortion was met with a message of care and concern for both the woman and her unborn child. 

The tone that we take in the public square is a legitimate topic of discussion. Yet when it comes to abortion and healthcare, some pundits and politicians have long overlooked the prerequisite condition of authentic civil discourse; namely, honesty about the terms of the debate.  

President Obama recently noted that “only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation.”

Civil and honest – the two are indeed related. Civility in our public discourse is undermined if citizens have reason to believe that they are being misled. The most recent “Newspeak” rose out of the various health care mega-bills in the last Congress.  While most citizens at town hall meetings were respectful in their tone, the scream-at-your-Congressperson approach taken by a few aptly expressed the hair-pulling frustration experienced by the vast majority of citizens across the political spectrum.

January 26, 2011 at 11:49 AM Leave a comment

VA Court: Obamacare Mandate Unconstitutional

Read a key quote of the Virginia federal court decision finding the Obamacare individual mandate unconstitutional. Review resources that allow you to read the full text of the court decision, and learn about the abortion provisions of Obamacare and ways BDF can help your state opt-out.

Continue Reading December 13, 2010 at 9:03 AM Leave a comment

BDF Files Science Brief in Case Enjoining Obama Taxpayer Funded Embryonic Stem Cell Policy

Contact:  Dorinda C. Bordlee, Senior Counsel, Bioethics Defense Fund, 504-231-7234,

 The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia will hear oral arguments Monday, December 6, 2010, addressing the ruling by the lower court that the Obama administration’s NIH Guidelines violate federal law because they authorize taxpayer funding of stem cell research that necessarily destroys living human embryos, in violation of the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.  

On November 1, 2010, Bioethics Defense Fund filed an amicus brief on behalf of Dr. Maureen L. Condic, a research scientist and embryology professor, presenting the D.C. Circuit with a cogent scientific white paper entitled, When Does Human Life Begin: A Scientific Perspective (Westchester Institute, 2008).  As explained by Dr. Condic:

It is important for the Court to understand the scientific evidence presented in our amicus brief because it solidly addresses the common misperception that the question of when human life begins cannot be resolved.  This question has been entirely resolved by modern scientific investigation.  While the moral and legal status of human beings at early stages of development remain as issues to be addressed by law and public policy, the public and the courts should be made aware that the scientific facts are unambiguous; based on universally accepted scientific criteria, human embryos are clearly human organisms, i.e., human beings, and not merely collections of cells.

BDF attorney Dorinda C. Bordlee says that the brief on behalf of Dr. Condic is foundational because “any credible policy regarding research on human beings at the embryonic stage of life must first address the serious ethical and legal regulations that Congress has already enacted regarding research that harms or destroys human subjects.”  Bordlee explained in the amicus brief that “the Obama administration has never even raised, much less engaged the central moral question posed by embryonic stem cell research, namely, the moral status of the human embryo used and destroyed in this context.”  

Nikolas T. Nikas, BDF president and general counsel, stated, “This litigation is of critical importance because the Obama policy disregards the will of Congress based on the consciences of citizens who do not want their tax dollars used to support research that makes them complicit in the intentional destruction of human lives.”  


Read more about the district court decision that enjoined the Obama policy here.


Bioethics Defense Fund,, is a public-interest legal organization whose mission includes advocating for the protection of human life in science and medicine through litigation, legislation and public education. 


December 3, 2010 at 4:22 PM Leave a comment

VICTORY: Federal court strikes down Obama embryonic stem cell funding guidelines

Dorinda C. Bordlee, Bioethics Defense Fund,, (504) 231-7234

August 23, 2010. Bioethics Defense Fund (BDF) attorneys applauded a federal ruling today that struck down the Obama embryonic stem cell (ESC) funding guidelines.  “We congratulate the scientists and their attorneys who had the vision to bring this important legal challenge to the immoral Obama policy of using public funds to destroy human embryos,” said BDF President Nikolas T. Nikas.  

Recognizing that the current Congress could change the provision relied on by the court to strike down the Obama policy, Nikas encouraged states legislatures to consider enacting complete prohibitions on embryonic stem cell research and human cloning similar to the BDF-drafted bill recently enacted in Arizona.

In today’s federal ruling, the court enjoined the Obama embryonic stem cell guidelines on the grounds that they violate an annual budget rider known as the Dickey-Wicker Amendment.  In his opinion, Chief Judge Royce C. Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia wrote:

“The Dickey-Wicker Amendment is unambiguous. It prohibits research in which a human embryo is destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subject to risk of injury or death greater than that allowed under applicable regulations. The [Obama] Guidelines violate that prohibition by allowing federal funding of ESC [embryonic stem cell] research because ESC research depends upon the destruction of a human embryo.” 

 BDF Senior Counsel Dorinda C. Bordlee said, “Human life should never be treated as raw material for science experiments — and failed experiments at that, since embryonic stem cells have never been used to help even one patient.  The federal court’s ruling demonstrates a clear understanding of the congressional intent, as well as the basic biological fact that human embryonic stem cell research destroys human embryos.” 

Law in the Service of Life: Because of current efforts in Congress to defeat the life-protective Dickey-Wicker Amendment, Nikas and Bordlee encourage state legislators and policy-makers to contact BDF about their model legislation to ban embryonic stem cell research and human cloning, as recently enacted in Arizona.  BDF provides pro bono drafting consultation, legislative education, and testimony. 

BDF Resources:




  • BDF’s background on the 2009 Obama policy of funding human embryo research despite breakthroughs in iPSC research that creates stem cells without destroying human embryos.

August 23, 2010 at 8:22 PM 5 comments

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