IRS officially grants tax exempt status to new non-profit group, Coalition for Life of Iowa

Yesterday attorneys from the Thomas More Society, a national public interest law firm based in Chicago, finally received an official “Determination Letter” from the Internal Revenue Service granting tax exempt status to the Coalition for Life of Iowa, a newly formed grass roots pro-life citizen group based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The IRS had long delayed approval of the Coalition’s request for the exemption, pressing it for “details” about the content of its members’ prayers at a Planned Parenthood abortion facility and demanding that it refrain from activities at Planned Parenthood that could be construed as protesting or picketing by police or harassing or being confrontational with abortion-bound clients. IRS also demanded that every member of the board of directors of the Coalition sign a statement, under penalty of perjury, that they will not picket or protest or organize others to picket or protest outside of Planned Parenthood.