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.

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.

Program Publications

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Making It Easier to Have a Child Doesn’t Require Making Birth Free

Patrick T. Brown

We can and should expand safety-net programs around birth, but for middle- and upper-class families, ensuring predictability, rather than eliminating all out-of-pocket costs, might be a better goal. 


Institute for Family Studies / January 23, 2023

How the GOP Can Make Childbirth Affordable Without Breaking the Bank

Patrick T. Brown

A truly pro-life party should better address the financial strains new parents face.


The Dispatch / January 23, 2023

The Joy of Life in a Post-Roe World

Ryan T. Anderson

The Church’s no to abortion is because of a fundamental yes to life.


Word On Fire / January 19, 2023

The Case for Child Care at Work

Patrick T. Brown

Companies competing for workers can stand out by being family friendly and offering benefits tailored for parents.


Deseret News / January 16, 2023

The story of the March for Life

Alexandra DeSanctis

The pro-life movement refuses to give up on the dream of a country in which every human being, born and unborn, is welcomed, valued and cherished.


Our Sunday Visitor / January 16, 2023

The realization about the IRS that the GOP needs to have

Patrick T. Brown

A Republican Party friendly to the working-class shouldn’t reflexively oppose more frequent audits of high-income individuals on limited government grounds.


CNN / January 13, 2023

The Revolt against the Sexual Revolution

Alexandra DeSanctis

Neither Christine Emba nor Louise Perry go far enough in recognizing exactly how deep the rot of this ideology goes.


Public Discourse / January 10, 2023

Program Appearances

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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

VIDEO: “What Is Sex-Realist Feminism?”

Fairer Disputations / January 5, 2023

VIDEO: Patrick T. Brown on the Respect for Marriage Act

INFOCUS / November 21, 2022

AUDIO: Alexandra DeSanctis with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute

/ November 15, 2022

AUDIO: Patrick T. Brown on How the GOP can Help Families

The Federalist Radio Hour / November 15, 2022

VIDEO: Ryan T. Anderson on the Future of the Pro-Life Movement

FOCUS Catholic / October 20, 2022