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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The ‘Fetal-Heartbeat Debunking’ Squad

Alexandra DeSanctis

The elaborate song and dance from abortion supporters entirely misses the point.


National Review Online / September 29, 2022

Give Parents Power to Make the Internet Safer for Kids

Patrick T. Brown

Conservatives should take California’s recent legislation and build on it to protect children from online dangers.


Deseret News / September 22, 2022

Congress Has a Role to Play in Limiting Abortion

Alexandra DeSanctis

A response to conservative complaints about Lindsey Graham’s proposed federal abortion law.


National Review / September 22, 2022

The Work Is Just Beginning for the Pro-Life Movement

Patrick T. Brown

Conservatives should advance policies that make life easier for all families.


The Dispatch / September 16, 2022

On the Pro-Life Senate Bill and ‘Late Term’ Abortion

Alexandra DeSanctis

What matters, in the end, is what happens in an abortion procedure, and whether we believe that act should be legally permissible.


National Review Online / September 13, 2022

Are Parents Really Unable to Work in the Post-Covid Economy?

Patrick T. Brown

Marriage and parenthood can change a lot about a couples’ outlook on life, work, and what is most important.


Institute for Family Studies / September 1, 2022

Is the future of the suburbs in Utah’s Daybreak?

Patrick T. Brown

Families want elbow room but also amenities of urban living. Smart developers can offer both.


Deseret News / August 22, 2022

Program Appearances

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AUDIO: Patrick T. Brown on the Institutionalized Podcast

Institutionalized Podcast / September 18, 2022

VIDEO: Patrick T. Brown on American Family Policy

Moment of Truth / September 19, 2022

Alexandra DeSanctis on Tearing Us Apart

Notre Dame Center for Constitutional Studies / September 8, 2022

AUDIO: Patrick Brown on Student Debt

Rush to Reason / August 22, 2022

AUDIO: Erika Bachiochi on Feminism and Overturning Roe

The Ezra Klein Show / May 31, 2022

AUDIO: Ryan T. Anderson on NPR on the Origins of Life

NPR / May 8, 2022

AUDIO: Patrick T. Brown on Pro-Family Policy

Marketplace / May 4, 2022