ProVita Newsletter coming soon

By the end of the month there will be another issue of ProVita Newsletter.

Please consider suggesting items to include.

I’m looking for:

  • News about UFL
  • Scholarly activities of member
  • Good research web pages and other sources
  • Scholar opportunities, including calls for papers, conferences, symposia, conventions, colloquia, talks and lectures.
  • Scholarly articles from the pro-life perspective, neutral, or pro-abortion perspective.

I’m also looking for someone who could write a 600-750 essay on pro-life scholarship in the discipline of philosophy.

If you have anything or are interested in writing the essay on philosophy, e-mail me at:


The abstract of another pro-abortion law review article

The abstract of another pro-abortion law review article has been published on the SSRN Medical-Legal Studies ejournal. It is:

“Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies – Introduction”   Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights Series, University of Pennsylvania Press, pages 1-10, 2014

REBECCA J. COOK, University of Toronto – Faculty of LawEmail: JOANNA N. ERDMAN, Dalhousie University – Schulich School of LawEmail: Joanna.Erdman@Dal.Ca BERNARD DICKENS, University of Toronto – Faculty of LawEmail:

As this introduction illustrates, Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective: Cases and Controversies offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.  While the United States and Western Europe may have been the vanguard of abortion law reform in the latter half of the twentieth century, Central and South America are proving to be laboratories of thought and innovation in the twenty-first century, as are particular countries in Africa and Asia. Abortion Law in Transnational Perspective offers a fresh look at significant transnational legal developments in recent years, examining key judicial decisions, constitutional texts, and regulatory reforms of abortion law in order to envision ways ahead.  The chapters summarized in this introduction investigate issues of access, rights, and justice, as well as social constructions of women, sexuality, and pregnancy, through different legal procedures and regimes. They address the promises and risks of using legal procedure to achieve reproductive justice from different national, regional, and international vantage points; how public and courtroom debates are framed within medical, religious, and human rights arguments; the meaning of different narratives that recur in abortion litigation and language; and how respect for women and prenatal life is expressed in various legal regimes. By exploring how legal actors advocate, regulate, and adjudicate the issue of abortion, this timely volume seeks to build on existing developments to bring about change of a larger order.

Posted 141001 by Lynn Wardle


Sunday Long Island lecture on Baby Safe Havens



presents a lecture


Children of Hope Foundation/Baby Safe Haven


Timothy Jaccard


Molloy College (Amphitheatre, Kellenberg Hall)

1000 Hempstead Ave.,

Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002

(For directions check the website –


Sunday, October 5, 2014

2:30 PM Refreshments, 3:00 – 4:30 PM lecture

All are welcome – free of charge – JOIN US  The newborn Baby Anglica was left in a toilet covered with wet toilet paper. Nassau County Police Department paramedic, Timothy Jaccard, was called to the scene and wept. The seasoned medical technician knew he had to do something.  Thus began what was to be his life’s mission – to save as many children as he could from succumbing to these desperate acts. In 1998 Jaccard founded the Long Island-based nonprofit AMT – Ambulance Medical Technicians Children of Hope Foundation /Baby Safe Haven. “Safe Havens” are designated public places, such as police stations, fire houses and hospitals where babies can be left safely with no questions asked. Today, Timothy Jaccard will tell us his story about the many babies that were saved through his efforts and the Children of Hope Foundation.

For further information contact: Dr. Clara Sarrocco –  Re:  Jaccard lecture

Sponsored by Long Island Chapter of University Faculty for Life & Molloy College Campus Ministries.

University Faculty for Life Essay Contest 2015

University Faculty for Life is now accepting submissions from college and university students for its Scholarly Achievement Award in Creative Writing, Literary Criticism, or Research.

Guidelines for the contest and a one-page flyer are available and will eventually be posted at  Email for the flyer and complete contest rules.

Although the deadline for the 2015 contest is Saturday, 16 May 2015, please encourage college and university students to consider submitting their work now. Three reminders will be emailed at appropriate intervals during the balance of this academic year (15 November, 1 February, and 30 April).

High school essay scholarship contest

Some of you may be involved with high school pro life groups.  If so, you may be interested in the contest being co-sponsored by the Canadian newspaper, The Interim, and by the Niagara Region Right to Life. The Fr. Ted Colleton Scholarship awards $1500, $800, or $500 (Canadian) to the high school junior or senior who writes the best essays on the topic of the application of Hans Christian Anderson’s story, “The Emperors New Clothes,” to the abortion debate. More details can be found in this LifeSiteNews article.

Law, Religion, and American Healthcare conference at Harvard

Law, Religion, and American Healthcare

May 8 – 9, 2015

Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School is pleased to announce plans for our 2015 annual conference, this year entitled: “Law, Religion, and American Health Care.”

Conference Description

Religion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into conflict in the U.S. as health care has become both more secular and more heavily regulated.  Law has a dual role here, simultaneously generating conflict between religion and health care, for example through new coverage mandates or legally permissible medical interventions that violate religious norms, while also acting as a tool for religious accommodation and protection of conscience.

This conference, and anticipated edited volume, will aim to: (1) identify the various ways in which law intersects with religion and health care in the United States; (2) understand the role of law in creating or mediating conflict between religion and health care; and (3) explore potential legal solutions to allow religion and health care to simultaneously flourish in a culturally diverse nation.

Call for Abstracts

We welcome submissions on both broad conceptual questions and more specific policy issues.  Potential topics might include:

  • Analysis of the First Amendment, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and other federal, state, and local legal provisions that come into play at the intersection between religion and health care
  • The Affordable Care Act and employer-based health care coverage, including the contraceptives mandate and related court decisions
  • Legal obligations and accommodations of religious health care organizations
  • Protection (or not) of health professional conscience
  • Health care decision-making for minors with religious parents
  • Religious objection v. discriminatory behavior
  • Informed consent and information flow, e.g., religious objection to providing certain information, inclusion of religious information in consent disclosures, etc.
  • “Medicalization” of religious beliefs, e.g., regulation of homosexual conversion therapy
  • Abortion policy, including clinic protests and protections, and its relationship to religion
  • Embryonic stem cell policy and its relationship to religion
  • End-of-life care, including assisted suicide, and its relationship to religion
  • Complicity as both a legal and religious concept
  • Comparative analysis, e.g., between professions, health care practices, countries, etc.

Please note that this list is not meant to be exhaustive; we hope to receive abstracts related to the conference’s general theme even if a particular topic was not specifically listed here.  However, proposals that lack a clear linkage toall three aspects of the conference – law, religion, and health care – will not be considered.  Law will be treated broadly to include governmental policy decisions more generally.   Abstracts must propose or outline an argument/position, rather than merely stating a topic, in order to enable us to evaluate them.

In an effort to encourage interdisciplinary and international dialogue, we welcome submissions from legal scholars and lawyers, of course, but also from bioethicists, philosophers, scholars of religion and religious studies, clinicians, government officials and staff, international scholars and regulators discussing how their systems have handled these issues, and others who have a meaningful contribution to make on this topic.  We welcome submissions from advocacy organizations, think tanks, and others outside academia, but emphasize that this is a scholarly conference, and abstracts/papers will be held to academic standards of argumentation and support.

How to Participate

If you are interested in participating, please send a 1-page abstract of the paper you would plan to present to as soon as possible, but not later than December 1, 2014.   If your abstract is selected, your final paper will be due on April 3, 2015, and you will be assigned a presentation slot for the conference dates.  Please note that presenters are expected to attend the conference for its full duration.  We will pay travel expenses for presenters who must travel to Cambridge; co-authored papers must name a single presenter.

In the past, we have successfully turned several of our conferences into edited volumes (e.g., with Oxford, MIT, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins University presses). If such a volume arises out of this conference, our expectation is that conference presenters will publish their papers with us as part of the edited volume.  Those who do not wish their work to appear in a potential edited volume should so indicate on the abstract. We will accept conference papers of all lengths and styles (e.g., law review, medical, philosophy, or policy journal, etc.), but chapters in conference volumes are generally limited to about 5,000 words.  Previous conference participants have been able to publish their submissions in different formats in multiple venues, for example both as a short book chapter and a longer law review article.

How to Register

Registration information is available here.  Attendance is free and open to the public, but space is limited.


Please contact Holly Fernandez Lynch, Executive Director, Petrie-Flom Center, with any, 617.384.5475.


HT Teresa Collett