Life and Family Initiative

EPPC is committed both to ensuring the equal protection of unborn children in the law and to providing concrete support to families by advancing a pro-life, pro-family agenda that takes our duties in justice to the unborn and to families seriously.

Recognizing the duties of care owed by parents to their dependent children, and the rights those duties engender, we seek to order society toward the full flourishing of human beings by properly protecting both. A full account of reproductive justice must embrace the inherent dignity and value of each human being by giving pregnant women and caregiving families the societal support they deserve and require. It must also ask of expectant mothers that they offer their developing unborn children due care, and of fathers that they take up their shared duties of care toward both mother and child. And it must prevent abortionists from performing acts of lethal violence to vulnerable and dependent human beings.

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.

The Life and Family Initiative works nationwide to advance pro-life policies that protect unborn children by restricting abortion at the state and federal levels, via legislation, regulation, and litigation. We continue to advance cultural remedies and propose robust public policies that support families and offer necessary aid to women facing unexpected pregnancies. The Initiative builds on the heroic and critical work that maternity homes, pregnancy resource centers, and countless volunteers have carried out for more than fifty years. Strong families and communities are the essential building-block of a healthy society, and economic policy must keep that point front and center.

Building an authentic culture of life will require an energetic agenda to support mothers and children, to more fully engage fathers, and to call upon society at large to promote justice and the common good. 

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After Roe and Dobbs

Erika Bachiochi

As pro-life advocates and legislators consider how they ought to proceed in the post-Roe era, they should heed the wisdom of the early feminists who, as champions of both women and their dependent children, understood the power – and limits – of the law to effect real change.

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Plough / May 16, 2022

Pro-Life, Post-Roe

Alexandra DeSanctis

In addition to protecting unborn children under law, the pro-life movement must redouble its efforts to help expectant mothers in need, particularly as states move to regulate abortion.

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National Review / May 12, 2022

Vandalism at a Northern Virginia Pro-Life Resource Center

Alexandra DeSanctis

Over the weekend, vandals defaced a pro-life pregnancy-resource center in Manassas, Va., writing three graffiti messages on the side of the building: “Abortion is a right,” “Fake clinic,” and “Liars.”

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National Review Online / May 10, 2022

The Pro-Family Agenda Republicans Should Embrace After Roe

Patrick T. Brown

The movement that describes itself as pro-life must encompass a broader vision of policy than just prohibiting access to abortion.

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New York Times / May 10, 2022

The ‘Forced Birth’ Falsehood

Alexandra DeSanctis

The argument that pro-life laws “force women to give birth” betrays the mistaken premise undergirding the pro-abortion case.

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National Review Online / May 5, 2022

Trump’s Divisiveness Was Worth the Price to Secure What May Be the End of Roe…

Patrick T. Brown

I have mixed feelings about Donald Trump’s legacy. But I’m glad he appointed conservative Supreme Court justices.

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USA Today / May 4, 2022

What Americans Really Think about Abortion

Alexandra DeSanctis

Public opinion on abortion cannot be captured by simply asking people if they want Roe overturned.

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National Review Online / May 3, 2022