ProVita coming soon

In the next couple of weeks I will be working on the Spring 2014 issue of ProVita, the UFL online newsletter. If you have anything you would like to see included, e-mail me at Items I’m looking for:

  • News about UFL
  • Scholarly activities of UFL members
  • Useful online resources
  • New research on any side of the issues of abortion, euthanasia, and infanticide
  • Anything else you think might be valuable to UFL members and other who are interested in pro-life scholarship.

Beckwith’s Vatican talk in honor of Evangelium Vitae

Francis Beckwith’s talk, “On Making the Case for Life: St. Peter’s Counsel to Always Be Ready,” which he gave at a Vatican conference on John Paul II’s encyclical, Evangelium Vitae, was recently published in National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly (Winter, 2014). You can find a link to it on Beckwith’s blog, Return to Rome.

When is a free speech zone not a free speech zone?

When someone speaks out against abortion. See this National Catholic Register article about two pro-life activists, Thrin and Joan Short, who were harassed by a faculty member at University of California–Santa Barbara.

South Dakota’s ban on sex-selection abortion

Here is a good article by Dave Andrusko on South Dakota’ s ban on sex-selection abortions. The article discusses the signifiance of the ban and also effectively rebuts some of the arguments that have been made against these laws.

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The Church, the UN, and American Foreign Policy talk at St. Thomas

The Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas is sponsoring a talk by Susan Yoshihara, director of research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, entitled “The Church, the UN, and American Foreign Policy.”

Wednesday, April 16 at 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

University of St. Thomas
McNeely Hall, Room 100
2078 Grand Avenue
Saint Paul, MN

Tickets Available at

“Recently a United Nations committee presumed to direct the Vatican to change canon law on abortion and other matters. Some countries have gone so far as to argue that United Nations should revoke its recognition of the Holy See as a Permanent Observer at the United Nations. Susan Yoshihara, director of research at the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, will discuss these attacks on the Church and its relevance to American politics. She received a Ph.D. in international relations from the Fletcher School, Tufts University and spent 20 years as a U.S. Navy helicopter pilot. Registration begins at 7 p.m. Lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. This event is cosponsored by the Catholic Defense League.”


Interview about Dr. Jerome Lejeune

Here is an interview by Peter Jesserer Smith in The National Catholic Register with Aude Dugast, who is working for the canonization (declaration of sainthood) in the Catholic Church of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, who discovered the genetic cause of Down’s Syndrom and who was an advisor for University Faculty for Life until his death in 1994. Lejeune’s choice to defend the unborn Down’s Syndrome babies against abortion cost him his career as the preeminent genetic biologist.