EPPC Welcomes Alexandra DeSanctis as Fellow in Life and Family Initiative


September 6, 2022


The Ethics and Public Policy Center is pleased to announce that Alexandra DeSanctis has joined EPPC as a Fellow in the Life & Family Initiative, after serving for two years as a Visiting Fellow at EPPC. DeSanctis is co-author, with Ryan T. Anderson, of the 2022 book Tearing Us Apart: How Abortion Harms Everything and Solves Nothing.

Since 2016, DeSanctis has been a writer at National Review, where she covers politics, elections, culture, and abortion policy. She first joined NR as a William F. Buckley Jr. Fellow in Political Journalism with the National Review Institute and since 2018 has been a staff writer. She has been a regular commentator on NR’s podcast “The Editors.”

Her writing has been published in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and The Atlantic, among other publications. She speaks for high-school and college audiences across the country about abortion and the pro-life movement.

DeSanctis’ work at EPPC will focus on culture and family issues, with a particular focus on abortion policy and pro-life advocacy. 

Praise for Alexandra DeSanctis

Jeanne Mancini, President, March for Life:

“The Ethics and Public Policy Center has gained a stellar researcher and writer in Alexandra DeSanctis, and the pro-life movement will be one of the blessed recipients of her work. In this historic moment, we desperately need great minds like Alexandra’s fully devoted to deep analysis and thorough writing. She will be a tremendous resource for anyone working to build a culture of life.” 

Marjorie Dannenfelser, President, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America:

“Alexandra DeSanctis’ keen and insightful writing has become a new and welcome standard in pro-life journalism—presenting truth to the public and elected officials with singular clarity among media outlets.  Alexandra challenges her readers to look beneath the surface of the issues, inviting her audience to consider the full moral and strategic picture rather than settle for tropes and political slogans. She brings passion and intellectual prowess to EPPC at a critical turning point in history for unborn girls and boys and their mothers.”

Vincent Phillip Muñoz, Tocqueville Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Notre Dame:

“Alexandra DeSanctis is the pro-life voice of her generation. She adds a powerful and persuasive voice to EPPC’s formidable team of scholars. Since her undergraduate days at Notre Dame, where I was privileged to be one of her professors, she has tenaciously defended the dignity of all members of the human family and given voice to those who cannot speak in their own name.”

Rich Lowry, editor in chief, National Review:

“Alexandra DeSanctis is one of the most fearless journalists in America. She is dogged, factual, and principled. It’s been an honor being in the same journalistic and intellectual foxhole with her at National Review all these years, and I salute EPPC for bringing her on as a full-time fellow. I’m delighted that she is taking this next step in her career, and look forward to her continued contributions to NR.”


Life and Family Initiative

EPPC’s Life and Family Initiative brings together the longstanding pro-life efforts of many EPPC scholars—including Mary FioRitoErika BachiochiPatrick T. Brown, and Alexandra DeSanctis—and coordinates with our existing programs on HHS AccountabilityBioethics and American DemocracyThe Constitution, the Courts, and the CultureCatholic Studies, and Evangelicals in Civic Life to create an integrated, holistic response addressing both the necessary protections for unborn children and the necessary support for pregnant mothers and their families.


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