Time article on premature viability study

Time Magazine ran an article discussing the possible impact of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine on the viability of premature babies which showed that a small percentage of babies born at 22 weeks could survive if given the proper treatment.”How a New Study on Premature Babies Could Influence the Abortion Debate,” by Eliza Gray.

HT Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas (MN.).

Teresa Collett on Ecuador abortion legalization battle

UFL President Teresa Collett was quoted in a LifeNews.com article, “Human Rights Watch Pressures Ecuador to Legalize Abortion, Pro-Life Nation Fights Back.” In it she responds to the Human Life Watch assertion that abortion restriction laws are “cruel” and “degrading” to women.

The legal claim is absolutely false, say international legal experts like Professor Teresa Collett of the University of St. Thomas. Collett said the demand made by HRW to Dr. Mauro Andino of Ecuador’s Justice commission has “no basis” in law. The pressure to “legalize abortion in a broad range of cases has no basis” in UN treaties or any other legally binding convention to which Ecuador belongs, she said.


2015 Life and Learning Program

Here is a sneak preview of the 2015 Life and Learning UFL Conference program to be held at St. Thomas Law School in Minneapolis May 29-30. For more information and to register for the Conference, go to the UFL web page here.

Conference Program

25th Annual Conference


Life & Learning XXIV

May 29 – 30, 2015

Hosted by

University of St. Thomas School of Law

Minneapolis, MN

Friday, May 29th

12:00 – 2:00pm          Conference Registration

12:00 – 5:00pm          Refreshments

2:00 – 2:15pm              Conference Opening and Welcome

Teresa Collett, UFL President and Conference Host

2:30 – 4:00pm             Panel Session I

  • A
    • “Countering Some Popular Arguments for Euthanasia”, Catherine Deavel (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Addressing the Issues of Abortion and Euthanasia in the Fundamentals of Nursing: Utilizing the Theory of Moral Distress.”, Elizabeth Sutton MSN, RN (Queensborough Community College)”
    • “Compassion and Assisted Suicide”, Mary Rose Lemmons (University of St. Thomas)
  • B
    • “The Telos of the Child”, Deborah Savage, Ph.D.( St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity)
    • “Overcoming the Imaginative Barrier to Embryonic Personhood”, Richard Stith (Valparaiso University Law School)
    • “The Authentic Identity of Motherhood: Surrogacy and the Nature of Woman”, John Goerke (Student, University of St. Thomas)

4:15-5:15 pm     Plenary Address I – Melissa Moschella

5:30 –7:15 pm              Dinner – McGinley Center Ballroom

Saturday, May 30th

8:00 – 9:00 am          Mass

8:15 – 9:15 am             Continental Breakfast

9:30 – 11:00 am         Panel Session II

  • A
    • “Why the Right to Elective Abortion Fails Casey’s Own Interest-Balancing Methodology – and Why It Matters”, Steve Gilles (Quinnipiac University School of Law)
    • “A Draft Opinion Overruling Roe v. Wade”, Clarke Forsythe (Americans United for Life)
    • “PPACA (Obamacare) and Abortion”, Lynn Wardle (J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University)
  • B
    • “Suicide, Shakespeare and Sloth”, Bernadette Waterman Ward (University of Dallas)
    • “Evangelical and Catholic Vampire Hunters Together”, David Deavel (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Abortion Distortion: Correcting Literary Criticism’s Misreading of Early Twentieth- Century Abortion Fiction”, Jeff Koloze (Lorain County Community College) – delivered by David Mall

11:15 – 12:30pm        Lunch 

1:00 – 2:00 pm         Plenary Address II  –  Daniel Gannon

2:15 – 3:15 pm           Panel Session III

  • A
    • “Walker – McGill v. Stuart Before the U.S. Supreme Court: Ultrasounds as Ordinary Informed Consent”, Morse Tan (Northern Illinois University College of Law)
    • “Significant Restrictions on Abortions at 8 Weeks is Consistent with Legal Principles of Roe”, Michael Degnan (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Rape, Acute Stress, and Pregnancy: Was Jack Willke Right?”, Richard Fehring (Marquette University)
  • B
    • “Abortion and the Argument from Uncertainty”, Mathew Lu (University of St. Thomas)
    • “Historical Reenactments: A Key Pro-life Argument”, Charles Bellinger (Brite Divinity School)
    • “The Problem with Polling Millennials on Abortion”, Tina Whittington (Students for Life of America)

3:30 – 4:30 pm           Panel Session IV

  • A
    • “Economies of Co-Operation: An Alternative to Capitalism, Collectivism, and the Culture of Death”,  Eric Manchester (St. Charles Borromeo Seminary)
    • “Creating a Culture of Pro-Life Virtue: Persistent Acts of Mercy, Not Random Acts of Kindness”, Heidi Giebel (University of St. Thomas)
    • Barbara Freres
  • B
    • “Actions of the UN Secretary General regarding conflict –related rape”, Teresa Collett (University of St. Thomas School of Law)
    • “A Critique of Carter v. Canada”, Richard Myers (Ave Maria School of Law)

4:30 – 5:00 pm       Open Microphone –

5:30  pm                   Catholic Vigil Mass –

6:30 – 8:30pm       Closing Banquet –

                                    UFL Writing Contest Award Presentation                           

8:30 – 10:30pm    Hospitality Suite-





Dr. Moschella talks about IVF and Children at MU

On April 29th Marquette Students for Life and Marquette University Faculty for Life sponsored a lunch and evening talk by Melissa Moschella, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Catholic University of America and Fellow at the Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture. She spoke on the detrimental physical, psychological, social, and spiritual effects of IVF on the children conceived by the procedure.

Dr. Moschella presented at the 2014 UFL Conference at Fordham University.

Dr. Melissa Moschella lectures on the effect of IVF on children.

Dr. Melissa Moschella lectures on the effect of IVF on children.

Marquette students and faculty listen to Dr. Moschella's presentation.

Marquette students and faculty listen to Dr. Moschella’s presentation.

Dr. Moschella discusses with a member of the audience after the lunch talk.

Dr. Moschella discusses with a member of the audience after the lunch talk.

Staying at Doubletree for the Conference

Note that if you are planning to stay at the Doubletree for the conference, you should call them at 612-332-6800 rather than using the online registration, which seems not to be working properly. Use the group code FL5. See more about the hotels here.

More 2015 Conference information – hotels

Our 2015 Conference page now includes hotel information. Several hotels near the conference site offer special rates.