Abortion is erroneous. And the reality is that women are often in terrible situations and abusive relationships when they face pressure to choose abortion. To capitalize on vulnerable circumstances, abortion activists ignore the connection and love that exists between babies and their mothers, declaring abortion is the only choice. At Americans United for Life, we affirm the dignity and incredible capabilities of mothers.
Each summer, Americans United for Life hosts legal fellows and undergraduate interns from around the country, all of whom have unique stories about how they came to join the pro-life movement. Today Abby Balmert, an Americans United for Life Legal Fellow, joins "Life, Liberty, and Law" to share her experience in the pro-life movement. Abby is pursuing her J.D. at Georgetown Law after four years as a policy advisor on Capitol Hill involved with the Pro-Life Caucus. Abby speaks about her unique experiences, including her work with Casa Teresa in Orange County, California, which exists “to provide pregnant women in crisis a loving home to begin their healing journey and to break cycles, transform women and help families thrive through effective, caring residential programs.” We celebrate the movement to affirm and equip women throughout motherhood.
As Americans United for Life carries out our mission of advancing the human right to life in culture, law, and policy, we seek partnership and guidance from experts in various fields, especially the medical discipline of obstetrics and gynecology. A multi-faceted team enables us to care holistically for the women and children at risk of being harmed by abortion.
Dr. Christina Francis joins Tom Shakely, Noah Brandt, and Anna Claire Noblitt of Americans United for Life to discuss these important issues. Dr. Francis is a practicing OB/GYN who offers her in-depth medical expertise, knowledge of bioethics, and life-affirming reasoning with those wrestling with the reality of abortion. She is chair of the board of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG), a board member of Indiana Right to Life, and an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute. Dr. Francis currently resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she works with women and children who are often victims of the abortion industry.
American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG)
While we usually focus on what is going on right here in the United States, today we have the opportunity to discuss what is happening on the human right to life across the Atlantic. In June, the European Parliament adopted the Matic Report, an extreme pro-abortion step that seeks to enshrine abortion as a fundamental right. To break down what pro-life advocates are doing to protect life in Europe, Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Jean-Paul Van De Walle. Jean-Paul serves as Legal Counsel, Europe for ADF International in Brussels where he advocates for religious freedom, life, and the family at the European Union. Jean-Paul speaks on the work of ADF International, the danger posed by the Matic Report, and the rising hope of pro-family policies in Europe.
Jean-Paul Van De Walle at ADF International
European Centre for Law & Justice (ECLJ) Webinar on the European Parliament and the Matic Report
ECLJ: Why Abortion Is No Human Right
“Judges have delivered themselves into our hands—if we have the political wit to spring the trap. On the other hand, if we don't act, if we acquiesce in this, then we may be sleepwalking. We may be merely going through the motions when we vote again later this year on partial-birth abortion. It may be unavailing. It may become a gesture without consequence.”
Those are the words of Professor Hadley Arkes, pro-life legal maverick and friend of AUL’s “Life, Liberty, and Law”. He delivered those words at an Americans United for Life legislators conference in 1998, prior to the ultimately successful effort to forbid the horrendous practice of partial birth abortion.
Today we delve back into the Americans United for Life archives to listen to Professor Arkes’s full address, which continues to provide insight into our efforts today in courts and legislatures to protect women and children.
Let’s journey back to 1998, where Americans United for Life Senior Counsel Clarke Forsythe introduces Hadley Arkes.
Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, testified on June 16, 2021 before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate’s Subcommittee on the Constitution in opposition to the so-called "Women’s Health Protection Act". Noah Brandt, Tom Shakely, and Steve Aden of Americans United for Life reflect on Catherine's powerful testimony, the realities of the threat of abortion expansion, and what Americans United for Life is doing to protect life as the U.S. Supreme Court gets set to consider Mississippi's 15-week protection law.
Catherine Glenn Foster Testifies in U.S. Senate Against Extreme Abortion Expansion
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Anyone who has spent any time in Washington, DC, or cities like it, has experienced the phenomenon: a young man and woman walking down the street, pushing a stroller—but in that stroller, there’s no baby. There’s a dog. It’s true.
In so many circles the decisions surrounding family formation, and especially children, are becoming nothing more than another lifestyle choice. We are increasing drinking the kool-aid as a culture, that children, similar to pets or a new car, are little more than a symbol of status or achievement. But children are so much more. And while children are a part of a family, they are also endowed with rights of their own.
Katy Faust, Founder and Director of Them Before Us, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk children's rights, bioethics, and how we can strengthen the American family
Them Before Us: Children's Rights Before Adult Desires
Them Before Us: Why We Need a Global Children's Rights Movement
We’re living through a time when, despite all our pretending in culture, in media, in law, it increasingly seems as it “might makes right”. As Americans, we’ve got a Constitution that we’re proud of—but on so many of the key issues, our Constitution and its guarantees and protections seem to evaporate. When our Constitution is silent, Supreme Court justices spring into action to creatively furnish cultural mores or supply new rights that they discovered in “emanations” from the written text. Most Americans understand this to be what it is: raw judicial power, rule by conjecture and innuendo. What Congress won’t do, and what Americans won’t vote for, judges can simply impose.
This plays out nowhere more clearly than with the human right to life. We have a Constitutional right to life. And yet: if someone wants to void that right we simply call the situation “complex” and that right vanishes in the form of abortion, euthanasia, suicide by physician, etc. We’ve got to recover a sense in America of what’s true, what’s fundamental, what’s right.
Bill Saunders, international human rights scholar who has devoted his life to recovering first principles, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law." Bill Saunders is a Law Fellow with the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America, where he is also Professor and Director of the Program in Human Rights in the School of Arts & Sciences and Co-Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Columbus School of Law. Bill also serves as Chair of the Religious Liberties Practice Group of the Federalist Society. Prior to joining The Catholic University of America, Bill served as Senior Counsel with Americans United for Life for a decade.
The Catholic University of America, M.A. Human Rights
Unborn Human Life and Fundamental Rights: Leading Constitutional Cases under Scrutiny
The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that it would hear a new case later this year from the state of Mississippi. Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health concerns a protection for pre-born children beginning at 15 weeks gestational age. If the Supreme Court upholds Mississippi's pro-life law, it would be the most meaningful victory in decades in the fight to advance the human right to life.
Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to discuss why the Supreme Court took up this case, how they may rule, and what it could mean for life across America.
For too long, pro-life concerns have taken a backseat to other issues by politicians who were elected in part because of the hard work of pro-life advocates. Only in the last few years have a few leaders stepped up to the plate to put the human right to life at the forefront of the public policy agenda.
Senator Steve Daines, of the great state of Montana, founded the pro-life caucus in the United States Senate to ensure that lifesaving legislation is advocated for and fiercely defended in Congress.
Sen. Steve Daines joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak on his work in the Senate, the success of the U.S. Senate pro-life caucus, and the latest opportunity before the Supreme Court to protect life.
We marked the most serious baby bust in more than four decades last year. A country without children is a country without a future. Some understand that and are getting serious about how America can become more friendly and encouraging towards starting and raising a family.
Mary Margaret Olohan, Social Issues Reporter at The Daily Caller News Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about her experience growing up in a large family of 13, what messages the culture communicates regarding what a "perfect" family should look like, and the proposals from politicians on Capitol Hill about how advocates and lawmakers can strengthen American family life.
Mary Margaret on Twitter
American Moment Conversation with Dr. Ryan Anderson
When any member of the human family is a victim of violence, they deserve justice. This inherent truth is the guiding truth behind why "Unborn Victims of Violence" acts, also called fetal homicide laws, exist.
Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to walk us through why and how fetal homicide laws came into being, the impressive success they continue to have in communities across the country, and why they are an important part of protecting life.
Hutchings Celebrates Passage of Wyoming 'Unborn Victims of Violence Act'
Over the span of a decade, the state of Missouri went from have multiple abortion businesses—each performing tens of thousands of abortions every year—to having only one abortion business licensed in the state and fewer than 50 abortions performed last year.
Achievements like this don't happen by chance. In Missouri's case, these pro-life achievement was forged by advocates and lawmakers committed to a holistic understanding of the human person and human rights.
Mike Kehoe, Missouri Lieutenant Governor, is one of those leaders who participated in his state's pro-life revolution first-hand. Mike Kehoe joins Noah Brandt and Catherine Glenn Foster to speak on the importance of advocacy to state lawmakers, the inherent dignity and value of every human life, and playing the long game in the cause for life. Mike serves as Missouri's 48th Lieutenant Governor and previously served in the Missouri State Senate.
This is the third of three conversations with Midwestern leaders recorded during the Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Midwest March for Life takes place annually and this year celebrated Missouri becoming the first state in the union where abortions do not regularly take place.
Mike Kehoe on Twitter
Lt. Governor Mike Kehoe's Biography
Although they may appear to be crystal clear, thoughtful and intelligent people nonetheless disagree on human rights. We don't have to like it, but we must understand why it happens. Through understanding, we can learn to more effectively communicate with our friends and colleagues on behalf of the human right to life.
Dr. Bob Onder, Missouri State Senator and a medical doctor, joins Catherine Glenn Foster and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to speak on what it means to be a pro-life physician in the legislature, how scientific knowledge informs our pro-life convictions, and how we can reach new people in the cause for life.
This is the second of three conversations with Midwestern leaders recorded during the Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Midwest March for Life takes place annually and this year celebrated Missouri becoming the first state in the union where abortions do not regularly take place.
Dr. Bob Onder on Facebook
Dr. Onder on Twitter
Even the best legislation meant to protect life at the state level won't have its intended effect without a state attorney general ready to vigorously defend state law in court. In the face of opposition from abortion activists and their political allies, pro-life states need strong attorneys general.
Americans United for Life speaks with Eric Schmitt, one of America's great pro-life Attorneys General who is defending life-saving laws that protect mothers and their children. Eric Schmitt is Missouri's 43rd Attorney General, and previously served as Missouri State Treasurer and as a pro-life legislator in the Missouri State Senate. Attorney General Schmitt speaks on defending pro-life laws in court, what it takes to represent Missouri's people rather than special interests, and the reason why he has taken the Biden administration to Court more times than any other state attorney general.
This is the first of three conversations with Midwestern leaders recorded during the Midwest March for Life in Jefferson City, Missouri. The Midwest March for Life takes place annually and this year celebrated Missouri becoming the first state in the union where abortions do not regularly take place.
Eric Schmitt, Missouri Attorney General
Eric Schmitt on Facebook
Eric Schmitt on Twitter
Congressman Henry Hyde became the namesake of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal taxpayers dollars from financing abortion businesses. The Hyde Amendment has for decades ensured that no American would be implicated in the tragedy of abortion via taxpayer support.
"Hyde" has always been more than a buzzword or a policy idea. Hyde was a real man, who had an impact on America so substantial that we are still wrestling with his vision and the consensus against needless abortions today.
Congressman Hyde’s work couldn't be more relevant today, as many politicians, even those who formerly supported the Hyde Amendment have now turned away and embraced the promotion of abortion and taxpayer dollars. Now more than ever, it’s vitally important to hear from the man behind the Hyde Amendment himself, since the drama of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill became the first spending bill since 1976 without Hyde Amendment protections.
Fortunately, Congressman's Hyde’s remarks to Americans United for Life in the late 1990s remain fresh and instructive. We hear from Congressman Hyde himself on the need for enlightened Americans to support mothers and families facing unexpected pregnancy, the vital importance of pro-life work against abortion, and the realities of partial birth abortion.
Oregon has been America's grim national leader on the issue of suicide since 1994, when Oregonians voted 51% to 49% to make suicide lawful by means of a physician-furnished lethal overdose. Since the lifting of a 1997 injunction that had delayed the availability of physician-prescribed self harm for Oregonians, thousands have died from suicide by overdose.
Every life lost has come at least partially as a result of the lie that suicide can be medicinal—as if physicians or so-called caretakers administering a fatal overdose could call that deadly act “healthcare”. What was true yesterday remains true today—the role of the physician is never to intentionally cause harm—it is, rather, to heal and to cure.
Lois Anderson, Executive Director of Oregon Right to Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to share Oregon's experience with suicide and lessons from the front lines of Oregon's suicide prevention efforts, her work with Oregon Right to Life across the spectrum of issues, and how advocates everywhere can protect those in their communities who most at risk to forms of self-harm and violence.
Every year communities across the nation gather together to march for the lives of those lost to the violence of abortion. From Washington, DC and San Francisco and Annapolis to Jefferson City, Americans proudly and boldly stand for life. Kathy Forck, leader of the Midwest March for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about this year's Midwest March for Life, taking place on April 14th outside of the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City, Missouri. Kathy speaks on what the March for Life and Midwest March for Life mean for so many, the incredible pro-life achievement that is the "Missouri Miracle," and how Americans can take action in their communities for the righteous cause for life.
March for Life
Midwest March for Life
In Roe v. Wade, Justice Harry Blackmun structured the argument of the majority around the history of abortion laws. The problem? Blackmun's history simply doesn't hold up—it didn't at the time, and it doesn't today.
Joseph W. Dellapenna, Professor of Law at Villanova University School of Law, literally wrote the book on the true history of abortion. Professor Dellapenna's incredible 1,300 page book, "Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History," takes the reader through the past, present, and future of abortion jurisprudence. Professor Dellapenna lays out how an unbroken tradition refutes the claims that falsely suggest that children in the womb have not been treated as persons in our law—or as persons under the Constitution of the United States.
Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Professor Joseph Dellapenna on the myths of abortion history, the true history of abortion in America, and Roe v. Wade and its future.
Professor Joseph Dellapenna
Dispelling the Myths of Abortion History
Wesley J. Smith, Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and Chair of the Center on Human Exceptionalism, returns to Life, Liberty, and Law with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt. Wesley speaks on the historical status of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, the ongoing Uyghur genocide and other human crises in China under its Communist regime, and the need to conserve the spirit of true American freedom.
More Proof of China Uyghur Atrocities
Apple Supplier Charged with Exploiting Uyghur Forced Labor
The French Revolution is Attacking the American Revolution
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler represents Missouri's 4th Congressional District and joins Noah Brandt and Tom Shakely on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to speak about the role of elected officials in carrying the torch for the human right to life in law and policy. Congresswoman Hartzler leads the House Value Action Team and is one of America's best advocates for life and adoption.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler
Rep. Vicky Hartzler on Twitter
“Should we welcome, or even tolerate, the cloning of human beings?” That is the question with which Dr. Leon Kass, M.D., Ph.D. opens his speech at a conference focused on coalition-building hosted by Americans United for Life in 1998. Dr. Kass covers the science, morality, and human rights concerns underpinning the debate on the ethics of human reproductive cloning—the attempt to make copies of the human person.
As Dr. Kass puts it, “We have to decide nothing less than whether human procreation is going to remain human, whether children are going to be made rather than begotten, and whether we wish to say yes to the road that leads to the dehumanizing hell of brave new world.”
Dr. Kass served as the Chairman of the President’s Council on Bioethics from 2001 to 2005 and has been engaged for more than 40 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. His most recent book, “What So Proudly We Hail: The American Soul in Story, Speech, and Song,” seeks to promote American identity, character and citizenship.
Dr. Kass’s evergreen remarks, delivered nearly a quarter century ago, remain fresh and relevant. Dr. Kass lays out how to avoid what he terms the “Frankenstein-ian hubris” of those who would promote reproductive human clones.
Roger Severino, Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center (EPPC), joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to discuss civil rights, EPPC's HHS Accountability Project, and rights of conscience. Before joining the EPPC, Roger was the Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he led a team of more than 250, responsible for enforcing our nation’s civil rights, conscience and religious freedom, and health information privacy laws.
Roger Severino at the Ethics and Public Policy Center
Roger Severino on Twitter
Jeanne Mancini, President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to discuss the March for Life, advocacy across the states, and America's bright future. The annual March for Life in Washington, DC commemorates the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
Previously Jeanne worked with the Family Research Council (FRC), where she focused on issues related to the inherent dignity of the human person, including abortion, women’s health, and end-of-life issues. Prior to FRC Jeanne worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Office of the Secretary. Her federal government experience includes global health policy, as well as domestic and international health care issues. Before working in public policy, Jeanne worked for the Catholic Church in a variety of positions involving educating on life issues, human sexuality, marriage, and family.
Jeanne has made frequent media appearances including interviews on MSNBC, CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS, and others. Jeanne’s writings have appeared in The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, the Washington Post and numerous others publications.
Jeanne holds an undergraduate degree in psychology from James Madison University and a Master’s degree in the theology of marriage and family from the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Jeanne resides in northern Virginia with her husband, David.
March for Life
Jeanne Mancini on Twitter
Dr. Ryan Anderson, President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on AUL's "Life, Liberty, and Law" to introduce the basics of human dignity, human rights, and religious liberty as a means to restore American culture. Before his recent appointment as president of the EPPC, Ryan was the William E. Simon senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation. Ryan continues to serve as John Paul II Teaching Fellow at the University of Dallas and Founding Editor of Public Discourse. Ryan received his B.A. from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in political philosophy from the University of Notre Dame.
Ethics & Public Policy Center
Religious Liberty Isn't Enough (Wall Street Journal)
Ryan Anderson at Ethics & Public Policy Center
Ryan Anderson on Twitter
Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about the importance of advocating for human rights in the states, her recent experiences on the ground in New Mexico and Montana and the value of grassroots advocacy, and how to engage on issues of importance when it comes to the human right to life.
We’re proud at Americans United for Life to share “Unsafe: America’s Abortion Industry Endangers Women," a 50-State investigative report on the dirty and dangerous abortion industry. Unsafe tells the story of how the abortion industry bet everything on a strategy of total repeal of the nation’s abortion laws, believing against the evidence that abortion would be safe if it were just made legal. America’s women lost that bet—big time—when the U.S. Supreme Court struck down abortion laws in all 50 states in Roe v. Wade.
Unsafe is most comprehensive research investigation of abortion industry inspections ever conducted—it’s the most documented record of the tragic consequences of Roe v. Wade that exists.
Unsafe reveals the reality of conditions in abortion businesses, documenting that more than 300 facilities in 39 states were cited for more than 2,400 health and safety deficiencies between 2008 and 2020, including hundreds of significant violations of state laws meant to ensure basic health and safety.
Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with two of the authors behind "Unsafe:" Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life and Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel, on the sorry state of the abortion industry and what we can do to protect mothers and their children.
Unsafe: America's Abortion Industry Endangers Women
Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, speaks with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on the renewed urgency of her mission with Democratic control of the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. Kristen also speaks on the implications of the Joe Biden presidency on the human right to life, and the opportunities and challenges of the next four years.
As the United States approaches the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Americans United for Life reflects on the past, present, and future of our nation's most notorious U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In more ways than one Roe has defined a generation. But things may be finally ripe for change. Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Noah Brandt to discuss Roe v. Wade's 'unsettled' nature, the role of the U.S. Supreme Court, and America's half century of abortion culture.
"We had been praying for a baby—unable to have children for years, when Duncan was suddenly put in our lives," a young mother shared with Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert. Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, shares the testimony of State Senator Rapert and an incredible life-affirming experience with a young mother and her son. Arkansas's culture of life is a witness to America on what sort of future is possible and how we can build that better future, together.
Every year the team at Americans United for Life ranks all 50 states on how welcoming and protective each state is to all human life. These rankings play an integral role in advancing the human right to life in culture, law, and policy at the state level, allowing advocates and lawmakers to understand where their state stands and what should be done to better protect human life. Today we will listen in to leaders from the state of Arkansas as they celebrate their state’s first place ranking on the Americans United for Life "Life List" for 2021.
Americans United for Life Ranks Arkansas ‘Most Pro-Life State’ and Releases Life List 2021
President Joe Biden. Ready for that? It’s time to take an honest look at what pro-life gains are at risk and to examine where pro-life advocates and lawmakers may be able to find common ground with the new administration.
Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel and Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life. Steve and Katie break down what changes we could see in the coming year when it comes to the federal government’s policy as it relates to life and how we can preserve the protections which continue to save lives across the country.
Steve Aden on Twitter
Katie Glenn on Twitter
Among the most important players within the pro-life movement are those advocates on the ground—the leaders in communities across the country working for strong pro-life candidates running for public office. In politics, it’s especially true that passion must be matched with action, and our guest today knows firsthand how important both action and passion are for forging a successful political future.
We’re delighted to speak with Mallory Quigley, Vice President of Communications at Susan B. Anthony List. Mallory breaks down what the 2020 elections mean for pro-lifers and what opportunities we may have in the years to come.
Mallory Quigley at Susan B. Anthony List
Mallory Quigley on EWTN's "Life on the Rock"
Mallory Quigley on Twitter
In politics, there are no permanent victories. We’ve just lived through what we were told was the most important election of our lifetimes.
We’re told that every four years and with a seeming increasing fury, but the story of American voter turnout does suggest that this election felt different—at 74 million+ votes, President Donald Trump won more voters than any other sitting president and increased his vote totals by more than 11 million from those of his shock 2016 victory. And against all apparent odds, President Joe Biden looks to have secured more than 80 million votes—securing not only the presidency, but crushing President Barack Obama’s previous high-water mark in terms of voter turnout.
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review and Visiting Fellow at EPPC, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to consider the prospect of a Joe Biden and Kamala Harris presidency, but even more importantly, the victories and takeaways from across the states, the state of the states and courts, and one election that is still to come.
Massachusetts Democrats Push Unlimited Abortion in Annual Budget
Fifth Circuit Permits Texas and Louisiana to Defund Planned Parenthood
Alexandra DeSanctis on Twitter
Americans United for Life travels back to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court nomination. We hear from then-Senator Joe Biden, who chaired the hearings, and we hear from Americans United for Life offering expert testimony on the future of the U.S. Supreme Court as it concerns the human right to life.
Since 1973, more than 60 million American children have been killed by the violence of abortion. The horror of approximately 2,000 daily killings stems from the United States Supreme Court’s constitutional errors in Roe v. Wade. The Court made two fundamental errors in Roe: first, in its refusal to read the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantees of equal protection and due process to extend to preborn persons; and second, in its erroneous conclusion that “the right to privacy extends to abortion.”
Fortunately, as scholars ranging from Professor Robert P. George to Professor Mark Tushnet have observed, the judiciary is not the sole interpreter of the Constitution. Rather, the legislature and executive share in this responsibility. Since Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the judicial and legislative branches, as well as the states, have engaged in a kind of trench warfare over the logic and scope of Roe’s secondary error. The Lincoln Proposal, co-authored by Catherine Glenn Foster, Dr. Chad Pecknold, and Josh Craddock, offers a bold vision to repair our constitutional order by turning the executive’s attention to the task of correcting Roe’s first and foundational error.
We speak with Dr. Chad Pecknold and Josh Craddock on their “Lincoln Proposal” and how— regardless of whatever lingering indifference exists from our legislative or judiciary classes—future pro-life presidents should act to protect pre-born persons.
Lincoln Proposal: A Constitutional Vision
The Lincoln Proposal: Pro-Life Presidents Must Take Ambitious and Bold Action to Protect the Constitutional Rights of Preborn Children
How Pro-Life Presidents Should Defend the Unborn
A Scientific View of When Life Begins
The COVID-19 pandemic has infected more than ten million Americans. And the virus has claimed the precious lives of more than 200,000 Americans. Even if you were never sick, you may know someone who had it—and your life was definitely impacted by the decisions policy makers made in response to the virus.
Dr. Jay Richards joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and our global public response. Jay is an Assistant Research Professor in the School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America, Executive Editor of The Stream and a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality. Jay speaks about his most recent book, "The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe."
The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic into a Catastrophe
Dr. Jay Richards at Discovery Institute
Dr. Jay Richards on Twitter
While Americans United for Life primarily focusses on defending the dignity, value, and basic human rights for at risk persons here in the United States, the fight to defend the human right to life is also raging across the world through international institutions and throughout nations far from our shores. Elyssa Koren, Director of United Nations Advocacy at ADF International, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to speak about how she advocates for the human right to life at the United Nations and through international institutions.
Geneva Consensus Declaration on Promoting Women's Health and Strengthening the Family
Elyssa Koren on Twitter
Jessica Anderson, Executive Director at Heritage Action for America, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about grassroots engagement and the challenge of holding lawmakers accountable on life issues, the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, and what the future may hold in the year to come.
Jessica Anderson on Twitter
Heritage Action for America
Erika Bachiochi joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on Amy Coney Barrett as a new feminist icon, the problems with "capitalistic" ways of treating human beings, and recovering a sense of true rights and relationships. Erika also previews her forthcoming book, “The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision”. Erika is a Fellow with the Ethics & Public Policy Center and a legal scholar specializing in equal protection jurisprudence, feminist legal theory, Catholic social teaching, and sexual ethics. Erika is also a Senior Fellow at the Abigail Adams Institute in Cambridge, MA, where she founded and directs the Wollstonecraft Project.
What I will teach my children about Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Amy Coney Barrett: A New Feminist Icon
Erika Bachiochi on Twitter
Before Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court did not function as if it were America's National Abortion Control Board. Instead, the issue of abortion was left America's voters and their elected representatives across the states. As Roe was being handed down and the violence of abortion was being imposed across America, human rights advocates came together in the 1960s and '70s to fight the scourge of nationalized abortion. Jack Gorby, a co-founder of Americans United for Life, was one of those human rights advocates who was there at the beginning of America's most contentious culture war issue. In addition to his role with Americans United for Life, Jack is an accomplished attorney and professor emeritus at John Marshall Law school. Jack joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on his role in the fight against abortion from Roe through to the present.
Americans United for Life was the first pro-life organization in America to explicitly call for President Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Noah Brandt to talk shop on Judge Amy Cony Barrett's U.S. Supreme Court nomination hearings and what comes next.
Americans United for Life Urges the Confirmation Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court
Americans United for Life Urges the President to Nominate Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court
Americans United for Life Commemorates the Life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Looks Forward to Her Life-Affirming Successor
While many have heard about the horrors that occur behind the doors at Planned Parenthood businesses across the country, far fewer have experienced those horrors as a way of life. Indeed, while many have the first-hand experience of the tragedy of abortion from either the patient or the abortion business side of the table, Abby Johnson understands the tragedy from both sides—as both patient and perpetrator.
Abby worked for eight years at Planned Parenthood before abandoning her work at America’s largest abortion business after recognizing the reality of the existence of the human person in prior to birth. Abby now leads And Then There Were None, which helps workers in the abortion industry get out. Abby is also the author of the best selling book “Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line” which was recently adapted into a feature film. Abby joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to share her story and her leadership on advocating for the rights of the youngest Americans.
And Then There Were None
Unplanned: The Dramatic True Story of a Former Planned Parenthood Leader's Eye-Opening Journey across the Life Line
Politely Rude with Abby Johnson
In "Divided Hearts of America," Benjamin Watson laces up for a new cause: bringing empathy and understanding to all sides of the abortion debate. A million-dollar budget isn’t much for Hollywood, but Benjamin Watson is hoping that it’s enough to tell a story and bring empathy to a hot-button topic. Venturing onto a new field, the New England Patriot’s tight end has executive-produced and partially self-financed Divided Hearts of America, a look at the debate around abortion in America.
Ben Watson joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on Life, Liberty, and Law to speak about "Divided Hearts of America" and how to build a culture of life in a nation deeply divided over the issue of abortion.
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Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on Life, Liberty, and Law to commemorate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and contemplate the future of her seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.
Amy Coney Barrett is the best mom for the Supreme Court
In time, the United States of America is projected to become a majority minority nation. Latino Americans are projected to grow the most during the coming decades, particularly those having migrated from Central and South America. Meanwhile, the human right to life continues to demand the attention of all Americans.
Alfonso Aguilar, President of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about American ideals, the human right to life in the Latino community, and what the future holds for our country.
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Alfonso Aguilar on Twitter
Americans United for Life was the very first national pro-life organization in America—incorporated in 1971, two years before the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. While so much has changed since 1971, the fight to protect the human right to life is more relevant than ever.
Patrick Trueman, former Executive Director of Americans United for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to reflect on the early days of the organization and its continuing work to advance the human right to life in culture, law, and policy. Patrick Trueman is President of the National Center on Sexual Exploitation and is a former Chief of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Criminal Division at the U. S. Department of Justice from 1988 to 1993.
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Charlie Camosy, author of "Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People," returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak on his recent USA Today op-ed, "A bipartisan COVID-19 compromise: Invest in improved care for elderly Americans." Charlies speaks on on reforming America's attitude toward the elderly, reimagining family life, and happiness.
A bipartisan COVID-19 compromise: Invest in improved care for elderly Americans
Louis Brown, Executive Director of Christ Medicus Foundation, returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak on a new birth for American civil rights, racial justice, and the human right to life in light of his recent Public Discourse piece, "A New Birth for American Civil Rights."
Christ Medicus Foundation
Evangelizing in an Anxious Age: A Catholic Moral Response to Bigotry
A New Birth for American Civil Rights
Every election cycle we tend to see a lot of opinion polls and studies of what the American people think and believe on important public policy issues. Interpreting this data is vital to fostering an understanding that cuts across our stale and fractured public discourse. Dr. Michael New, a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America and an associate scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" to discuss new information on Americans really think about abortion.
What Pro-Lifers Can Learn From the Notre Dame Abortion Survey
National abortion study finds out-of-touch labels, knowledge gaps, appetite for moral discussion
We’re sure you’ve heard about the U.S. Supreme Court’s latest abortion decision, June Medical Services v Russo. We’ve spoken about it a lot at Americans United for Life. And you’ve no doubt heard that a close majority of the Justices ruled against Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act,” striking down basic health and safety protections and handing what appeared to be a win to abortion businesses and activists. But the story—it turns out—isn’t so simple.
We’ve released a comprehensive white paper entitled, “Disappointment and Opportunity: Americans United for Life Assesses the Supreme Court’s Decision in June Medical Services.” We share some of our key takeaways today.
The fight to protect human life will play an integral role in the November elections and beyond, whether gatekeepers and elites like it or not. In this era of fake news, it‘s more important than ever that we have good and reliable journalism—news that you know you can trust. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Leah Hickman, a reporter covering pro-life issues with WORLD News Group, on the role that the human right to life life will play in the November elections, how we speak about life in our culture, and WORLD's new newsletter, "Vitals."
It’s been six weeks since seven men on the United States Supreme Court imposed the violence of abortion upon America through Roe v. Wade. The date is March 7, 1973 and Americans United for Life has been called to testify before a committee of the U.S. Senate on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Roe. Journey back with us in this special episode to hear the words of Dr. Victor Rosenblum and Americans United for Life from this pivotal moment in American history and the history of human rights.
Statement of Professor Victor Rosenblum, Vice Chairman, Americans United for Life, before the McLellan Committee of the U.S. Senate, March 7, 1973.
We listen in today to a special conversation on the Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court between Ed Whelan, President of the Ethics & Public Policy Center and Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel of Americans United for Life. Steve leads the conversation as part of Americans United for Life’s Legal Fellows and Summer Internships program, a part of our commitment to equipping and empowering rising generations of attorneys and experts on the Constitution and the human right to life. Steve and Ed speak on originalism and textualism, the future of the U.S. Supreme Court as an institutional force in American life, and the future of Roe, Casey, and abortion jurisprudence in light of John Roberts’s June Medical services decision and how we forge ahead in the times to come.
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“I urge you, then—as Hamilton would have urged you—to keep in mind that the federal government is not bad but good," Antonin Scalia, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, once said. "The trick is to use it wisely,” How can our politics and the broader public policy process be oriented to serve the common good and recapture Justice Scalia call to action? Josh Hammer, Opinion Editor at Newsweek, Of Counsel at First Liberty Institute, and syndicated columnist, joins us today to get us to the heart of that challenge. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Josh on the role of the judiciary in our politics, how to preserve human rights across the globe, and how to strive for a society in which all feel a part.
Kanye West appeared in North Charleston, South Carolina over the weekend after declaring himself a presidential candidate, delivering what Fox News described as a "freewheeling monologue" that focused on his experience with abortion. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life listen to audio from Kanye West's appearance and reflect on what his witness to the human right to life means today and what it might mean tomorrow.
Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to discuss the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case Planned Parenthood v. Casey—the most important abortion case after the 1973 Roe v. Wade case. Clarke discusses the U.S. Supreme Court's approach to the human right to life in these important cases and the past, present, and future of abortion jurisprudence.
Americans agree overwhelmingly on any number of critical issues—until the pollsters get involved, phrasing their questions in ways they know will confuse, mislead, and divide, and lead the politicians looking to those polls to embrace positions that alienate rather than bring Americans together. It's an under-appreciated truth of our national life that Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs affirm the human right to life, for instance. Terrisa Bukovinak of Pro-Life San Francisco returns to Life, Liberty, and Law and is joined by Herb Geraghty and Krista Corbello of Rehumanize International, whose mission is to ensure that each and every human being's life is respected, valued, and protected. Rehumanize adheres to an ethos called the Consistent Life Ethic, which calls for an opposition to all forms of aggressive violence against human beings. Tom Shakely speaks with Terrisa, Herb, and Krista on these issues and more.
Pro-Life San Francisco
Happy Independence Day from all of us at Americans United for Life! We’re celebrating July 4th this year with a special conversation following on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s head-scratching decision in June Medical Services v. Russo. Wherever you are and whenever it is that you might be listening, we hope you pause and join with us for a moment in thanking God for the blessings of liberty that we celebrate this and every Independence Day. Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review and Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center and Josh Craddock, Affiliated Scholar at the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, return to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt for a conversation on the Constitution, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the future of the human right to life.
The US Supreme Court has issued its first major decision relating to abortion since Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement. But what was at issue was ultimately represented a much lower bar for the high court than abortion itself, relating simply to whether a state has the power to uphold health and safety standards meant specifically to protect women from substandard forms of care. Tragically, the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief John Roberts repudiated common sense health and safety laws of the sort at issue in this case, June Medical Services v. Russo. Worse, the High Court determined that abortion businesses can in effect litigate in order to lower standards of care for those who become their patients. It’s a terrible day for Louisiana, for Sen Katrina Jackson, the Democrat who sponsored the law at the heart of this case, and ultimately for human rights. Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, Steven H. Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel, and Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, join Tom Shakely to discuss June Medical Services v. Russo, Chief Justice John Roberts, and the future for advancing the human right to life in culture, law and policy.
Americans United for Life Shocked by Tragic Supreme Court Decision Striking Down Health Protections for Women
Obianuju Ekeocha (Uju) is biomedical scientist who lives and works in the United Kingdom. A native African woman, Uju is the founder of “Culture of Life Africa,” an organization dedicated to defending the sanctity and dignity of human life through the dissemination of good information, research, and education. Uju is an internationally acclaimed pro-life speaker and strategist who has spoken in 18 countries, as well as the United Nations. Uju joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about Africa and the culture of life, ideological neocolonialism, philanthropic racism, and more.
Target Africa: Ideological Neo-Colonialism Of The Twenty-First Century
Culture of Life Africa
Hadley Arkes returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk originalism, the U.S. Supreme Court under Chief Justice John Roberts, and the principles and moral sensibilities that lie beyond the Constitution's text. David French and Josh Craddock have joined "Life, Liberty, and Law" previous to talk on originalism and textualism, and as the debate over the practical usefulness of originalism intensifies, Hadley contributes to this important conversation. Hadley also discusses the possibilities for pro-life law and policy in light of what appears to be a U.S. Supreme Court increasingly comfortable with (call it whatever you want) forms of judicial supremacy and judicial activism and the threat SCOTUS's continuing evolution into a sort of super-legislature. Hadley Arkes is an author, professor, and political scientist. Hadley is professor emeritus at Amherst College and is founder and director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding.
What have you been up to these last few months? While most of us have been confined to our homes, life may have taken on a slower pace than we are used to. But that slower pace certainly isn’t the case for everyone. Who has been more active than ever? Abortion businesses. Abortion, Inc. has been so busy in part because it has been fighting to reverse life-affirming safeguards in order to send abortion drugs through the mail. Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel with Americans United for Life, joins Noah Brandt for a conversation on how we can fight back against the abortion lobby's attempt to bring abortion into the home.
Alexandra DeSanctis, staff writer at National Review and Visiting Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, DC, returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk Planned Parenthood's capture of coronavirus relief funds meant for American small businesses, the present and future of the "Trump v. Biden" presidential race, and a troubling case study in where "fake news" comes from when reporters act as activists.
Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, and Alex Seghers, Director of Education, join Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to share Louisiana’s road to the Supreme Court in the June Medical Services v. Russo case, Louisiana Right to Life's work to protect life across the spectrum, and Louisiana's shining example to the entire nation of bipartisanship in upholding the human right to life.
Louisiana Right to Life
One person dies of suicide every eleven minutes in our country. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans between 10 and 34 years of age. The fight against suicide is in many ways, the rallying cry of the next generation.
While the broad consensus to fight suicide across society has been extolled from almost all corners, suicide by physician is less often understood to be the tragedy that it is. Indeed, the scourge of suicide by physician is infecting American healthcare and culture and reversing the age-old understanding of the physician as a healer. Nihilistic but powerful activists, tacitly in league with monied insurance interests, promote suicide by physician as an antidote to the uncertainty that can come from disability, increasing age, and other forms of vulnerability.
Matt Vallière, Executive Director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk about what patients truly deserve and how to make better choices in uncertain times.
Patients Rights Action Fund
We Urgently Need Federal Triage Protocols That Ethically and Legally Ensure Equal Access to Care
Standing against assisted suicide
What is the role of the United States Supreme Court? What is "settled law"? And how does the Supreme Court attempt to rectify its wrongs? These questions and more were at stake when the Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of Education on May 17, 1954. In Brown, the Supreme Court finally acknowledged the moral evil and legal fiction that was state-sanctioned segregation of the races. To get to that critical decision, the Supreme Court had to reverse itself on a prior ruling that had guided the nation for more than 50 years, Plessy v. Ferguson. The Court's courage in reversing its precedent and in charting a new course offers a heartening beacon of light, illuminating the path that could reverse erroneous Court precedent set in Roe v. Wade. Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life joins Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law".
If a woman chooses abortion because she feels she has no other options, has she made a free choice? Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses exist to push one choice in response to unexpected pregnancy: abortion. But America has thousands of pregnancy resource centers that exist to help women seeking choices other than abortion. Truly, pregnancy resource clinics make it possible to plan parenthood.
Who are the people making real and life affirming choice as possible for those mothers who may feel they have no other choice than abortion? They’re not being run for profit, like some abortion businesses, and they’re not generating hundreds of billions of dollars in taxpayer funding, like Planned Parenthood. They're run by everyday hometown heroes, women and men who volunteer their time out of love and in the spirit of solidarity to change lives for the better.
Michele Menke, RN Manager of Hand 'n Hand Pregnancy Help Center, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law". Michele is one of America’s everyday heroes, offering real choice to those in need. Michele shares with us what it’s like to help women make life-affirming choices, and also shares with us her life story as a wife and mother of five who has overcome the trauma and violence of abortion.
She Never Told Anyone She Had an Abortion Until One Day Her Story Saved a Baby From Abortion
Hand 'n Hand Pregnancy Help Center in Barnhart, Missouri
Conserving, encountering, or rekindling the true goods of life amidst uncertainty seems like just the common-sense thing to do. But what makes the “good life” good? And how might we strive to come through this moment in time to live in truly better and perhaps even a more humane way? Gracy Olmstead joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to consider these questions and more. Gracy grew up in rural Idaho and now lives in Northern Virginia. Gracy is a wife and mother who writes on farming, localism, and family, and publishes the monthly newsletter Granola, on these themes and more. Gracy’s writing has appeared in many places, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Conservative, National Review, and Christianity Today.
America was founded with a commitment to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So how is it that America remains so confused about the full scope of human rights? And why are abortion activists going so far as to embrace John C. Calhoun's pro-slavery logic—treating abortion as if it weren't simply an unfortunate but tolerable practice, but instead callously promoting abortion as a "positive good" for America and all developed nations? Josh Craddock, an affiliated scholar at the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, joins us to speak about these issues and more. A Washington, DC based attorney, Josh previously clerked for Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and is a former editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
The Constitution Already Prohibits Abortion: An Originalist Case for Prenatal Personhood
Protecting Prenatal Persons: Does the Fourteenth Amendment Prohibit Abortion?
The Pro-Life Reply to: "Abortion is a Constitutional Right"
Abortion as Positive Good: The Democrats’ New Rhetoric Has Vile Precedents
David French, Senior Editor at The Dispatch, former senior writer at National Review, and attorney, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to talk originalism, U.S. Constitutional interpretation of the past, present, and future, and how the human right to life can continue to advance in culture, law, and policy.
We’re bracing in America for the coronavirus to impact our cities and communities in waves. We are living in a new normal, and this virus is not going away. As we grapple with how best to mitigate the deadly consequences of this new normal, our frontline physicians and medical personnel are facing life-and-death questions about how to deliver the best care possible given limited and sometimes even non-existent essential resources. And there are a host of ethical questions that must be navigated to ensure we don’t needlessly sacrifice human lives or surrender to inhumane forms of rationing, denial of treatment, or simply cultural indifference to those who are most vulnerable.
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty stands at the intersection of these issues and is one of America’s frontline physicians confronting this crisis. Dr. Kheriaty is Director of the Medical Ethics Program at UCI Health in Southern California and serves as chairman of the medical ethics committees at UCI Hospital and at the California Department of State Hospitals. Dr. Kheriaty joins Tom Shakely to share a physician's perspective on America's pandemic response and more.
As we live through this pandemic, we are in some sense able to look ourselves in the mirror and discover what sort of lives we’re living—and if we’re finding ourselves happier and more fulfilled with the content of our lives today than we were yesterday, this is a time for thoughtful reflection about what we will do improve things post-pandemic. And we’ve got a chance to do this not only individually and in our families, but also as a nation. Who do we, as the American people, want to become in a post-pandemic world? And what cultural changes might have already been underway, but which we might find accelerated in the months and years to come? Johnny Burtka, Executive Director and Acting Editor of The American Conservative, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to consider these questions and more.
As we live through this time of pandemic in the life of America and the world, many of us find ourselves grappling with questions at the heart of the human experience. What does it mean to live a good life? Am I spending my time in the best way possible? How can I help build a better life for my family, my loved ones, my community? And what does it mean to protect life when all of us find ourselves vulnerable, even powerless? Dr. Chad Pecknold, Associate Professor at the Catholic University of America and Fellow at Catholic University’s Institute for Human Ecology, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to consider these issues of human life.
Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs at Live Action, served as master of ceremonies at the "Protect Women, Protect Life Rally" earlier this month at the U.S. Supreme Court. Alison joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on this special moment of witness and the continuing work of protecting life across America, as well as Live Action's incredible pro-life witness, and experiencing pregnancy and being a mother.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip America, governors and other authorities are ordering all non-essential businesses and services shuttered. Restaurants, barber shops and salons, clothing stories, government offices, and even churches have closed for the benefit of the public. But what about abortion centers? In the minds of abortion activists, the intentional killing of children is always the most important issue—even in a time of international pandemic. Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life, Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel, and Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, join Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk about it in this special episode.
Kathryn Jean Lopez, author, columnist, National Review editor-at-large, and National Review Institute senior fellow joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on Life, Liberty, and Law to reflect on how we stay grounded in this time of pandemic, her recent book "A Year With the Mystics: Visionary Wisdom for Daily Living," and the present and future of pro-life politics.
Wesley J. Smith, Chair and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to discuss the threat that Communist China poses to human dignity and human rights. Wesley characterizes China as "The Fourth Reich" for its crimes against humanity and the Chinese people and urges the world to stop turning a blind eye to these crimes for the sake of commerce and profit.
The Fourth Reich (The American Spectator): https://spectator.org/the-fourth-reich/
Louisiana State Senators Katrina Jackson and Regina Barrow join Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on "Life, Liberty, and Law" to discuss Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act" now before the U.S. Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Russo and what real pro-life bipartisanship looks like in a politically divided time.
Today, Congressman Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip, spoke at the "Protect Women, Protect Life Rally" on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the constitutionality of Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act". At the same time, only steps away, Sen. Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, spoke out in opposition to Louisiana's common sense law and issued what most would recognize as an incitement to violence—targeting two members of the U.S. Supreme Court in saying that they "won't know what hit them" if they vote to uphold Louisiana's law. Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life and constitutional attorney, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to discuss this unprecedented political attack on the U.S. Supreme Court, and Chief Justice John Roberts's rebuke of Sen. Schumer.
Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, joins Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, and Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to break down the "Protect Women, Protect Life Rally" at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Oral Arguments in June Medical Services case concerning Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act".
Since Roe was imposed on America, the March for Life has taken place in Washington, DC every January to witness to a better and more life-affirming America. Now, as extremists in certain states seek to "codify Roe" by inserting abortion into state law, the March for Life is growing—in places like Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Americans United for Life attended the Virginia March for Life in Richmond and reflect on the experience and what's next.
"A fetus that was born." Incredibly, these five words were used by CNN to describe a human baby in its reporting on Sen. Ben Sasse's "Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act". Though it earned bipartisan support, the bill failed in the U.S. Senate. It would guarantee that children who survive abortion cannot be allowed to die as a result of neglect by physicians. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt reflect on CNN's reporting and the facts of the law in this special episode.
Americans cite healthcare as the top issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential election according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Brad Hahn, CEO of Solidarity HealthShare, joins "Life, Liberty, and Law" to speak with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt about what makes healthcare sharing ministries important and what new models for patient care look like in an era of increasing government encroachment into medicine broadly, and healthcare delivery particularly.
Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about Democrats for Life and her recent Fox News town hall exchange with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on whether the Democratic Party platform should return to its past inclusiveness toward pro-lifers. Can life be a bipartisan issue once more?
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review and Visiting Fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Mary Margaret Olohan, Social Issues Reporter at The Daily Caller News Foundation, return to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk on the Women's March, the March for Life, the State of the Union, and the role of abortion and human life issues in the Democratic presidential primaries.
How can we better navigate challenging life and death decisions for ourselves or love ones? And how can we ensure that we're navigating those challenges in a life-affirming way? Joe Zalot, Staff Ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about the National Catholic Bioethics Center, its service to patients and families in navigating complex ethical and moral healthcare decisions, and the present and future of healthcare ethics in America—particularly when it comes to the hardest and most cutting edge medical and ethical situations.
Charlie Camosy, Associate Professor of Ethics at Fordham University and author of "Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People", returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about the good news that the 2010s were "the best decade ever" for billions of people. Charlie, Tom, and Noah reflect on the strange reality that, even as things appear to be better than ever, we so often feel as if the world is on the brink of collapse. Are we measuring human progress in the right ways? Why is it so difficult to achieve a feeling of contentment despite material prosperity?
"Defending Life" empowers American law and policy advocates to advance the human right to life in every state. Steven H. Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life joins Natalie Hejran, Staff Counsel, and Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about the power of "Defending Life 2020: Everyone Counts" and reflect on how Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs put the lessons of "Defending Life" into practice in their state.
Washington, DC's City Council continues to embrace the fiction that human rights can ever include the violence of abortion. Mary Forr, Catholic Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Archdiocese of Washington, joins Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, and Michael New, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute for a conversation with Tom Shakely on why the District of Columbia City Council acts as if it were an official Planned Parenthood affiliate.
Does culture shape politics? Or does politics shape culture? Hadley Arkes, author, professor, and political scientist, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to consider these questions and speak on natural law, the moral foundations of law, the role of the U.S. Supreme Court, and more. Hadley has long been at the forefront of cultural, political, and life issues as professor emeritus at Amherst College and founder and director of the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, and he continues to advance life-affirming law and policy in Washington, DC.
Happy New Year! Clarke Forsythe and Katie Glenn of Americans United for Life join Tom Shakely to reflect on the achievements and setbacks for the human right to life in 2019, and to talk shop on what’s likely to come in 2020 during this presidential election year and across the states.
Terrisa Bukovinac, founder of Pro-Life San Francisco, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk about the mission of Pro-Life San Francisco, the present and future of Planned Parenthood and David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress’s court proceedings, and the distinct role that non-violent direct action has served in achieving human rights from Gandhi through Civil Rights through the present.
As Americans United for Life stands alongside our national peers in the cause for life, we reflect on the role that any one person can play in supporting life-saving and heart-changing work through both visionary and sacrificial giving. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Peter Hinman of Americans United for Life on the importance of pro-life stewardship and the impact of donor support through every gift.
Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Noah Brandt to discuss his book "Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade" and the fiction of abortion rights as a matter of constitutional law. Although people have heard the phrase "Roe v. Wade," polling shows that very few Americans can explain what Roe means. Roe set the United States on a radical course, making America one of just four nations in the world that allow abortion for any reason after viability—the point at which a human person would otherwise survive without the support of her mother. Abortion continues to roil America because of the U.S. Supreme Court's errors in its 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, and our body politic will continue to suffer until the Supreme Court reverses Roe and returns the issue to the American people through the democratic process.
Mary Margaret Olohan, reporter on Social Issues for The Daily Caller News Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to break down what leading presidential contenders are saying when it comes to the human right to life, how the media is covering (or failing to cover) life issues, and the feasibility of political progress in a time when dialog seems impossible.
Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, returns to "Life, Liberty, and Law" to address Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's recent vetoing of a patient protection law that would have prohibited abortions targeting persons with Down syndrome. Katie joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to discuss prenatal testing, non-discrimination laws, and the return of eugenics in medicine.
Dennis Horan, a nationally prominent attorney, speaks to us in the present from his moment in the past. In this special historical episode of "Life, Liberty, and Law," Dennis speaks a mere six months before the emergence of Americans United for Life onto the national scene. Dennis speaks in Chicago to a gathering of Americans in remarks that would capture the tension and uncertainty of the pre-Roe era in America, as millions were awakening to the possibility of an all-male U.S. Supreme Court intervening to impose an anti-woman and anti-child jurisprudence in what would become Roe v. Wade.
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to unpack the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to consider Louisiana's "Unsafe Abortion Protection Act" in 2020, the first abortion-focused case that the high court will consider in many years, and a breaking national poll from Americans United for Life/YouGov on the substantive health and safety issues at the heart of the Louisiana law that the high court will consider.
When does human life begin? It’s the central question that requires answering when considering the human right to life. And science and medicine provide a clear answer. It turns out that the greater challenge lies in addressing the ethical, moral, and political responses to the scientific and medical reality of human life. Who counts? Are all human beings worthy of the human right to life? Dr. David Prentice, Vice President and Research Director for the Charlotte Lozier Institute, joins us to consider these issues and share his passion for science, medicine, embryology, and resolving human rights issues that can sometimes seem unresolvable.
Dennis Gerber, President & CEO of the Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund, joins Tom Shakely to speak about the importance of charity and the value of modeling solidarity and service in family life through intentional philanthropy. Dennis also shares his experience with adoption and reflects on the power of love to transform lives. Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund enables anyone to create a donor-advised fund in a safe, secure, and confidential way in order to maximize one's philanthropic impact.
Dr. Michael New, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America, joins Tom Shakely to talk about America's declining abortion rate. Dr. New debunks some of the false reasons for America's increasing rejection of abortion, and underscores a few of the reasons that abortion is falling out of favor.
Bobby Schindler, President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, Senior Fellow at Americans United for Life, and Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, fought alongside his family for the life of Terri Schiavo, his sister, for more than a decade. Today, the name "Terri Schiavo" is seared into the national memory as a face of both the right-to-life and right-to-die movements, but many are now too young to remember her story. Bobby joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on the Terri's witness to the human right to life, and share his experiences over the course of 15 years as an advocate for patients and families confronting denial of basic care and how we can foster a more life-affirming approach to caring for our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on the human right to life in the context of a lifetime in politics—including his relationships with Barry Goldwater, William F. Buckley, Jr., and Ronald Reagan. Lee Edwards is a leading historian of American conservatism and the author or editor of 25 books, including "Goldwater: The Man Who Made a Revolution," "The Essential Ronald Reagan: A Profile in Courage, Justice, and Wisdom," "Mediapolitik: How the Mass Media Have Transformed World Politics," "Globalization of the Economy: The Impact on Politics, Family, and Society," "Just Right: A Life in Pursuit of Liberty." Lee shares the role he played in the founding of Americans United for Life in the early 1970s, and the necessity of its work far into the future.
Clarke Forsythe joins Tom Shakely to speak on the virtue of prudence in the public square, and specifically on how we can make prudential decisions in an overheated political climate. Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, is author of "Politics for the Greatest Good: The Case for Prudence in the Public Square" as well as Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade. After listening to Clarke, you might realize that politics and prudence aren't quite what you thought they were.
Richard Doerflinger joins Tom Shakely and Alyssa Grasinski to speak on the advance of America's pro-suicide advocates over the course of Doerflinger's 36-year career at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, and his recent Public Discourse piece, "Assisted Suicide: The Ethics, the Laws, and the Dangers." Richard is an Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and a Fellow at the University of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, and he writes a monthly syndicated column distributed by Catholic News Service. Richard and his wife Lee Ann are active members of Sacred Heart parish in La Conner, Washington.
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will consider Louisiana’s law requiring that abortion facilities to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life joins Steven H. Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel from New Orleans for a special conversation on why the decision of the Supreme Court to consider Louisiana's case matters and what the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling could be for the human right to life.
It can be too easy to lose sight of the human person in the midst of America's fractious political debates over the human right to life. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Monica Mosimann on "Life, Liberty, and Law" about her experience as a pro-life advocate—from her upbringing in a large and life-affirming family, to her academic studies, to her experience at Americans United for Life and in the cause for life, to her next steps on Capitol Hill as a Legislative Assistant. In many ways, Monica represents a model for young women and men eager to make a positive impact in the cause for life, and we share her story as her chapter at Americans United for Life comes to a close.
Charlie Camosy, author of "Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People," joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to consider "throwaway culture," the true vision of the "consistent life ethic," and attitudes that affirm life and help foster a healthier culture. Charlie Camosy is an Associate Professor of Theological and Social Ethics at Fordham University, and in his work on ethics and policy he strives to move beyond arguments which artificially pit liberals and conservatives against each other—instead, calling Americans toward common ground by unpacking the real complexities of some of today's most passionately debated issues.
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, a family of ministries advancing a culture of life, joins Tom Shakely for a special episode on public witness to the human right to life and the complementary way in which faith and reason work together to enrich the cause for life.
Mary Eberstadt, Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute, joins Tom Shakely to speak about her latest book, "Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics". "Who am I?" The question today haunts every society in the Western world. Enormous numbers of people, both older and especially younger, do not experience any of the solidity or rootedness that typically characterizes healthy and thriving societies. As the old means of attaining maturity and establishing a firm life evaporate, identity politics grows in its attractive power. How do we chart a path back, using sociological data, to a better and healthier way of life?
Each September 17th we mark Constitution Day—a day of honor and observance for America's greatest achievement in self-governance and the basis for our national democratic republic. Tom Shakely hosts an Americans United for Life conversation with Steve Aden, Rachel Morrison, and Clarke Forsythe to reflect on Constitution Day, the Supreme Court's role in preserving the Constitution, and the political nature of Roe v. Wade as it intersects with both the text of the Constitution and the Supreme Court's role in American life.
An America where abortion is lawful—where the intentional targeting and killing of human life is lawful—has created opportunities for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Ulrich Klopfer to realize their own warped sociopathy. In the wake of disgraced abortionist Ulrich Klopfer's death, and the news that Klopfer preserved the human remains of at least 2,246 human beings in the basement of his suburban Crete, Illinois home, it's time to put this news in context. Tom Shakely hosts this special episode of "Life, Liberty, and Law," alongside Steve Aden, Clarke Forsythe, and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life.
Louis Brown, Executive Director of Christ Medicus Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt for a conversation on the future of American healthcare reform, an introduction to the vision of Christ Medicus Foundation, and the issue of religious liberty in healthcare.
Catherine and Matt Hadro are a pro-life power couple. Catherine hosts EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, where she introduces Americans to countless stories of life and hope. Matt is a Senior Correspondent at Catholic News Agency and has served in the U.S. House of Representatives as Press Secretary to Congressman Chris Smith (NJ 4). Matt and Catherine join Tom Shakely to discuss what it’s like to work as husband and wife in the cause for life.
Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life shares why she came into the fight for life, explains how life-affirming law and policy is put into place in America throughout the states, and calls on all life-affirming Americans to become effective advocates for life. Katie's recent op-eds include New president, same Planned Parenthood and Killing our girls in the name of feminism.
Catherine Davis, founder of The Restoration Project joins Tom Shakely to preview the National Day of Mourning, a processional from Richmond, Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama, witnessing to the more than 20 million black lives lost to abortion. Catherine also speaks on her own abortion experience, healing after abortion, and the prejudice inherent in Planned Parenthood's targeting of people of color.
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk shop on the life issues in this political moment, the state of Planned Parenthood after Dr. Leana Wen's firing, the prospect of bi-partisan consensus for paid family leave, and more.
Wesley J. Smith is a standout leader in the mission to educate Americans on the risks of undermining and demeaning the value of human life—particularly when it comes to euthanasia and suicide by physician. Wesley Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism, and is the author of more than a dozen books, including his latest, "Culture of Death: The Age of 'Do Harm' Medicine".
Effective pro-life public policy means defending legislation in front of judges across the country by presenting them with persuasive logic and evidence to uphold life affirming laws. What does it take to persuade a judge to rule for life? What's going on with Title X litigation accross the country? And what to make of Justice Clarence Thomas’s recent concurrence relating to eugenic abortion? Rachel N. Morrison, Esq., Litigation Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Tom Shakely to speak about the work of litigation on behalf of human life.
Terrisa Bukovinac, Founder of Pro-Life San Francisco, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life from Detroit, where she’s witnessing to life during the Democratic presidential debates.
What's it like to argue against Planned Parenthood in court? What separates well-written legislation from poorly written law and policy? And why would someone in their right mind move from Honolulu to Washington, DC? Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life, answers these questions and more—including his take on the most promising life-affirming law and policy for America’s 2020 legislative sessions.
Welcome to "Life, Liberty and Law," a new podcast from Americans United for Life featuring conversations on the human right to life. We speak with Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life. Clarke has been working on human right to life issues longer than almost anyone in America. Clarke has a keen perspective on where the pro-life movement is going and where it's been. Enjoy this conversation with Clarke on his experience, the evolving role of the Supreme Court, and the Future of Roe v. Wade.
Bonus: What Clarke is grateful for, and what Tom is grateful for.