Life, Liberty, and Law

Life, Liberty, and Law

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Ben Clapper and Alex Seghers on Louisiana Right to Life, June Medical Services v. Russo, and practical pro-life activities
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 https://prolifelouisiana.org
53:19
June 1, 2020
Matt Vallière on the Patients Rights Action Fund, suicide by physician, and better choices
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 https://patientsrightsaction.org We Urgently Need Federal Triage Protocols That Ethically and Legally Ensure Equal Access to Care https://www.newsweek.com/we-urgently-need-federal-triage-protocols-that-ethically-legally-ensure-equal-access-care-1498163 Standing against assisted suicide https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/healthcare/standing-against-assisted-suicide
1:02:29
May 25, 2020
The role of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade
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".
33:11
May 22, 2020
Michele Menke on pregnancy resource centers, offering mothers and fathers real choice, and post-abortion recovery
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 https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/28/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 https://pregnancybarnhart.com https://www.instagram.com/shelmenke
48:28
May 18, 2020
Gracy Olmstead on pursuing the true goods of life and living with an attitude of stewardship and affection
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. Granola: https://mailchi.mp/41ee604d27e2/granola https://twitter.com/gracyolmstead https://www.facebook.com/gracyolm/ https://www.instagram.com/gracywrites/
1:19:04
May 11, 2020
Josh Craddock on originalism, 'prenatal personhood,' and the 'abortion is a positive good' narrative
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 (https://www.thepublicdiscourse.com/2017/08/19758/) Protecting Prenatal Persons: Does the Fourteenth Amendment Prohibit Abortion? (https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2970761) The Pro-Life Reply to: "Abortion is a Constitutional Right" (https://www.liveaction.org/news/pro-life-replies-abortion-constitutional-right/) Abortion as Positive Good: The Democrats’ New Rhetoric Has Vile Precedents (https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/11/abortion-as-positive-good-the-democrats-new-rhetoric-has-vile-precedents/)
55:51
May 4, 2020
David French on originalism, the U.S. Constitution, and the achievements of the pro-life movement
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. https://thedispatch.com https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/common-good-constitutionalism/609037/ https://thedispatch.com/p/beyond-originalism-495
1:38:24
April 27, 2020
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty on America's pandemic response and the frontline realities confronting our physicians and medical personnel
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.
52:36
April 20, 2020
Johnny Burtka on cultural change, The American Conservative, and America post-pandemic
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.
57:07
April 13, 2020
Dr. Chad Pecknold on solidarity amidst pandemic, the nature of the common good, and post-liberal conservatism
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.
1:17:27
April 6, 2020
Alison Centofante on rallying at the U.S. Supreme Court, Live Action's witness, and experiencing pregnancy
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.
43:34
March 30, 2020
Steve Aden, Katie Glenn, and Clarke Forsythe on confronting abortion activism amidst a pandemic
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.
17:11
March 26, 2020
Kathryn Jean Lopez on living in a time of pandemic, her book 'A Year With the Mystics,' and pro-life politics
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.
1:08:49
March 23, 2020
Wesley J. Smith on China's crimes against human life, threats to human liberty, and the West's silent complicity
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/
1:16:38
March 16, 2020
Sen. Katrina Jackson and Sen. Regina Barrow on Louisiana's 'Unsafe Abortion Protection Act' and real pro-life bipartisanship
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.
37:33
March 9, 2020
Sen. Chuck Schumer threatens the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts issues a rebuke
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.
12:41
March 5, 2020
'Protect Women, Protect Life Rally' and June Medical Services Oral Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court
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". https://www.facebook.com/AmericansUnitedforLife/videos/483436305868435/
20:34
March 4, 2020
Virginia March for Life and the growth of pro-life witness throughout the country
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.
30:54
March 2, 2020
"A fetus that was born" and the U.S. Senate's failure on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
"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.
10:00
February 28, 2020
Brad Hahn on Solidarity HealthShare, healthcare sharing ministries, and new models for patient care
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.
41:26
February 24, 2020
Kristen Day on Democrats for Life, her challenge to Mayor Pete to be inclusive, and pro-life bipartisanship
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?
53:19
February 17, 2020
Alexandra DeSanctis and Mary Margaret Olohan on the March for Life, Democratic presidential contenders, and the future of abortion politics
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.
51:35
February 10, 2020
Joe Zalot on the National Catholic Bioethics Center and how to make life-affirming healthcare decisions
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.
1:13:10
February 3, 2020
Charlie Camosy on human progress and the challenge of achieving contentment
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?
36:18
January 27, 2020
Steve Aden and Natalie Hejran on 'Defending Life,' America's playbook for life
"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. 
38:52
January 20, 2020
Mary Forr, Katie Glenn, and Michael New on the District of Columbia City Council and human rights
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.
40:31
January 13, 2020
Hadley Arkes on culture, politics, and the role of the law as a teacher
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.
1:41:29
January 6, 2020
Achievements and setbacks for the human right to life in 2019 and what's to come in 2020
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.
57:19
January 1, 2020
Terrisa Bukovinac on Pro-Life San Francisco, Planned Parenthood, and direct action
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.
53:23
December 30, 2019
A portrait of a pro-life advocate, the importance of pro-life stewardship, and the impact of support
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.
31:43
December 23, 2019
Clarke Forsythe on 'Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade' and the fiction of abortion rights
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.
45:29
December 16, 2019
Mary Margaret Olohan on family values, presidential contenders, and life issues in the media
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.
43:53
December 9, 2019
Katie Glenn on prenatal testing, non-discrimination laws, and the return of eugenics
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.
22:14
December 2, 2019
Dennis Horan on abortion and threats to the human right to life in a pre-Roe era
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.
23:23
November 25, 2019
Alexandra DeSanctis on SCOTUS and Louisiana's Unsafe Abortion Protection Act
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.
49:24
November 19, 2019
Dr. David Prentice on when human life begins and the science of human development
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.
50:34
November 18, 2019
Dennis Gerber on the power of charity in family life and the impact of adoption
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.
39:36
November 11, 2019
Michael New on America's declining abortion rate and what's driving the decline
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.
42:08
November 4, 2019
Bobby Schindler on Terri Schiavo and advocacy for patients and families confronting denial of basic care
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.
51:45
October 28, 2019
Lee Edwards on advocacy for life and liberty and a lifetime at the intersection of culture and politics
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.
1:27:18
October 21, 2019
Clarke Forsythe on politics, achieving the greatest good, and prudence in public life
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.
22:34
October 14, 2019
Richard Doerflinger on suicide, equal protection, and the rights of patients
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.
50:31
October 7, 2019
U.S. Supreme Court announces it will consider abortion for the first time in three years
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.
17:39
October 4, 2019
A portrait of a pro-life advocate, Capitol Hill life, and public service
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.
33:52
October 3, 2019
Charlie Camosy on 'Resisting Throwaway Culture,' the consistent life ethic, and social justice
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.
1:28:00
September 30, 2019
Fr. Frank Pavone on Priests for Life, public witness to human life, and faith and reason
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.
23:09
September 26, 2019
Mary Eberstadt on the sexual revolution, identity politics, and life issues
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?
31:53
September 23, 2019
Constitution Day, the Supreme Court, and Roe's political nature
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.
28:54
September 17, 2019
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer and the Illinois scandal of 2,246 hoarded human remains
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.
11:28
September 16, 2019
Louis Brown on the future of American healthcare reform and religious liberty
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.
47:06
September 9, 2019
Catherine and Matt Hadro on reporting, storytelling, and witnessing to Americans in the cause for life
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.
46:28
September 2, 2019
Katie Glenn on how states are leading through life-affirming law and policy
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.
19:48
August 26, 2019
Catherine Davis on healing after abortion, the National Day of Mourning, and prejudice
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.
38:13
August 23, 2019
Alexandra DeSanctis on politics, Planned Parenthood, and family leave
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.
45:08
August 19, 2019
Wesley J. Smith on advocacy, human dignity, and human exceptionalism
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".
58:30
August 12, 2019
Rachel Morrison and litigation on behalf of human life
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.
25:55
August 5, 2019
Terrisa Bukovinac and witnessing to life at the Democratic debates
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.
25:33
July 31, 2019
Steve Aden and the challenge of well-written pro-life law and policy
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.
30:17
July 29, 2019
Clarke Forsythe and the long view on the human right to life
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.
26:24
July 22, 2019
Life, Liberty, and Law
Introducing Life, Liberty, and Law—conversations on the human right to life, brought to you by Americans United for Life, the national leader in life-affirming law and policy.
01:08
July 11, 2019