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.

Five Pro-Family Priorities for the 118th Congress and Beyond

Policies and Public Opinion on Putting Families First

The family is the primary social institution oriented towards the bearing and rearing of children. An agenda to strengthen that institution should protect families from the economic and cultural forces that can undermine them. This report, a collaboration between the Institute for Family Studies and the Ethics and Public Policy Center, offers five policy ideas for an authentically pro-family Congress to champion.

Protecting the Unborn: A Scholars’ Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Political Prudence

“Protecting the Unborn: A Scholars’ Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Political Prudence,” signed by EPPC’s Ryan T. Anderson, Erika Bachiochi, Alexandra DeSanctis, Aaron Kheriaty, Carl R. Trueman, Ed Whelan, and George Weigel with a coalition of leading intellectuals, articulates an ethically sound foundation for pro-life efforts and offers guidance for political leaders in prudent decision-making in the post-Roe political landscape.

Envisioning a Pro-Family Policy Agenda: A Statement of Principles

“Envisioning a Pro-Family Policy Agenda: A Statement of Principles” was signed by EPPC’s Ryan T. Anderson, Erika Bachiochi, and Patrick T. Brown, as well as other leading intellectuals. The document suggests eleven tenets that should guide a pro-life, pro-family approach to policymaking.

Raising a Family in the Digital Age

Raising a Family in the Digital Age: A Technology Guide for Parents, by Clare Morell, Patrick Brown, Noelle Mering, and Mary Hasson, is a 20-page resource designed to help educate parents about the harms and dangers of today’s technologies and equip them with practical tools to protect their children.

EPPC’s 2022 Family Almanac

The 2022 Family Almanac, compiled by Patrick Brown, contains a wealth of data about the state of the American family, comprehensively assessing what families look like, why they matter, and where their biggest pain points are. This resource proves a vital tool for readers and policymakers in understanding the challenge and opportunities for conservative family policy.

Amicus Briefs

EPPC and our scholars regularly file amicus briefs in key cases to promote a true and full account of human nature and human flourishing in the context of American constitutional law. Compiled on this page are some of our amicus briefs in cases addressing the right to life, marriage, gender ideology, religious freedom, free speech, and the rule of law. 

Program Publications

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Biden once supported work requirements for social benefits. Why he should do so again

Patrick T. Brown

A debt ceiling endgame could be in sight, even if an agreement is far from a sure thing. And part of the deal in helping America avoid default may be tightening work requirements on safety-net programs.


CNN / May 17, 2023

What conservatives can learn from Major League Baseball’s pitch clock

Patrick T. Brown

Baseball fans have always prided the game as being outside of time, and the introduction of a leaguewide pitch clock in Major League Baseball this offseason rubbed traditionalists the wrong way.


Deseret News / May 14, 2023

The Justice Mothers Are Due

Erika Bachiochi

If soldiers deserve a pension for serving their country, mothers also deserve material support. History suggests this is a very American idea.


The Plough / May 12, 2023

Bipartisan Legislation on Kids and Tech Gains Momentum in Congress

Patrick T. Brown

If “Power to the People” captured the raucous spirit of the 1970s, perhaps a slogan updated for the energy being felt in state legislatures might be “Power to the Parents.”


The border surge is Biden’s problem to solve

Patrick T. Brown

There’s a line from conservative columnist and CNN political commentator Jonah Goldberg that gets at many Americans’ views toward the border: “My preferred immigration policy is that we have one.”


CNN / May 4, 2023

Reactionary Feminism Isn’t Radical Enough

Alexandra DeSanctis

A coherent account of creation, givenness, human nature, and personalism is directly responsive to each flaw and harm generated by the Sexual Revolution ideology. The notion of being a human person means something substantive about who I am, how I should act, how I deserve to be treated, and how I must treat others.


The Public Discourse / May 1, 2023

If Kevin McCarthy’s tightrope act works, Democrats would face an agonizing choice

Patrick T. Brown

Congress is facing a ticking time bomb, as the political drama in Washington, DC, continues to underscore the need to find a solution to the debt limit. And as each tick on the clock grows louder, the negotiations will increasingly overshadow anything else happening on Capitol Hill.


CNN / April 21, 2023

Program Appearances

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AUDIO: Rethinking Feminism

Lean Out / May 10, 2023

VIDEO: YWA Leader Call with Clare Morell

Concerned Women for America / May 9, 2023

VIDEO: The Smear Merchants

The Andrew Klavan Show / May 5, 2023

Abortion Pill Rulings in Conflict: What Happens Next?

WTTW Chicago Tonight / April 11, 2023

AUDIO: Issues, Etc. with EPPC’s Patrick Brown on A Pro-Family Social and Economic Agenda

Issues, Etc. Podcast / March 9, 2023

VIDEO: Ryan T. Anderson on the Harms of Abortion

EDIFY / January 16, 2023

AUDIO: Ryan T. Anderson on Pastoral Life

The Lamplighters / January 16, 2023