Life, Liberty, and Law

Life, Liberty, and Law

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Conversations on the human right to life, brought to you by Americans United for Life and hosted by Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt.


Ben Clapper and Alex Seghers on Louisiana Right to Life, June Medical Services v. Russo, and practical pro-life activities
Jun 1 • 53 min
Ben Clapper, Executive Director of Louisiana Right to Life, and Alex Seghers, Director of Education, join Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to share Louisiana’s road to the Supreme Court in the June Medical Services v. Russo case, Louisiana Right to Life’s work…
Matt Vallière on the Patients Rights Action Fund, suicide by physician, and better choices
May 25 • 62 min
One person dies of suicide every eleven minutes in our country. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans between 10 and 34 years of age. The fight against suicide is in many ways, the rallying cry of the next generation. While the broad…
The role of the U.S. Supreme Court, Brown v. Board of Education, and Roe v. Wade
May 22 • 33 min
What is the role of the United States Supreme Court? What is “settled law”? And how does the Supreme Court attempt to rectify its wrongs? These questions and more were at stake when the Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Brown v. Board of…
Michele Menke on pregnancy resource centers, offering mothers and fathers real choice, and post-abortion recovery
May 18 • 48 min
If a woman chooses abortion because she feels she has no other options, has she made a free choice? Planned Parenthood and other abortion businesses exist to push one choice in response to unexpected pregnancy: abortion. But America has thousands of…
Gracy Olmstead on pursuing the true goods of life and living with an attitude of stewardship and affection
May 11 • 79 min
Conserving, encountering, or rekindling the true goods of life amidst uncertainty seems like just the common-sense thing to do. But what makes the “good life” good? And how might we strive to come through this moment in time to live in truly better and…
Josh Craddock on originalism, ‘prenatal personhood,’ and the ‘abortion is a positive good’ narrative
May 4 • 55 min
America was founded with a commitment to the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. So how is it that America remains so confused about the full scope of human rights? And why are abortion activists going so far as to embrace John C.…
David French on originalism, the U.S. Constitution, and the achievements of the pro-life movement
Apr 27 • 98 min
David French, Senior Editor at The Dispatch, former senior writer at National Review, and attorney, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on “Life, Liberty, and Law” to talk originalism, U.S. Constitutional interpretation of the past, present, and future, and…
Dr. Aaron Kheriaty on America’s pandemic response and the frontline realities confronting our physicians and medical personnel
Apr 20 • 52 min
We’re bracing in America for the coronavirus to impact our cities and communities in waves. We are living in a new normal, and this virus is not going away. As we grapple with how best to mitigate the deadly consequences of this new normal, our frontline…
Johnny Burtka on cultural change, The American Conservative, and America post-pandemic
Apr 13 • 57 min
As we live through this pandemic, we are in some sense able to look ourselves in the mirror and discover what sort of lives we’re living—and if we’re finding ourselves happier and more fulfilled with the content of our lives today than we were yesterday,…
Dr. Chad Pecknold on solidarity amidst pandemic, the nature of the common good, and post-liberal conservatism
Apr 6 • 77 min
As we live through this time of pandemic in the life of America and the world, many of us find ourselves grappling with questions at the heart of the human experience. What does it mean to live a good life? Am I spending my time in the best way possible?…
Alison Centofante on rallying at the U.S. Supreme Court, Live Action’s witness, and experiencing pregnancy
Mar 30 • 43 min
Alison Centofante, Director of External Affairs at Live Action, served as master of ceremonies at the “Protect Women, Protect Life Rally” earlier this month at the U.S. Supreme Court. Alison joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on this special…
Steve Aden, Katie Glenn, and Clarke Forsythe on confronting abortion activism amidst a pandemic
Mar 26 • 17 min
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip America, governors and other authorities are ordering all non-essential businesses and services shuttered. Restaurants, barber shops and salons, clothing stories, government offices, and even churches have…
Kathryn Jean Lopez on living in a time of pandemic, her book ‘A Year With the Mystics,’ and pro-life politics
Mar 23 • 68 min
Kathryn Jean Lopez, author, columnist, National Review editor-at-large, and National Review Institute senior fellow joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on Life, Liberty, and Law to reflect on how we stay grounded in this time of pandemic, her recent book “A…
Wesley J. Smith on China’s crimes against human life, threats to human liberty, and the West’s silent complicity
Mar 16 • 76 min
Wesley J. Smith, Chair and Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to discuss the threat that Communist China poses to human dignity and human rights. Wesley characterizes China as “The…
Sen. Katrina Jackson and Sen. Regina Barrow on Louisiana’s ‘Unsafe Abortion Protection Act’ and real pro-life bipartisanship
Mar 9 • 37 min
Louisiana State Senators Katrina Jackson and Regina Barrow join Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt on “Life, Liberty, and Law” to discuss Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” now before the U.S. Supreme Court in June Medical Services v. Russo and what…
Sen. Chuck Schumer threatens the U.S. Supreme Court and Chief Justice John Roberts issues a rebuke
Mar 4 • 12 min
Today, Congressman Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip, spoke at the “Protect Women, Protect Life Rally” on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to affirm the constitutionality of Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act”. At the same time, only steps…
‘Protect Women, Protect Life Rally’ and June Medical Services Oral Arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court
Mar 4 • 20 min
Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life, joins Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel, and Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to break down the “Protect Women, Protect Life Rally” at the U.S. Supreme Court and the Oral Arguments in June…
Virginia March for Life and the growth of pro-life witness throughout the country
Mar 2 • 30 min
Since Roe was imposed on America, the March for Life has taken place in Washington, DC every January to witness to a better and more life-affirming America. Now, as extremists in certain states seek to “codify Roe” by inserting abortion into state law,…
“A fetus that was born” and the U.S. Senate’s failure on the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act
Feb 28 • 10 min
“A fetus that was born.” Incredibly, these five words were used by CNN to describe a human baby in its reporting on Sen. Ben Sasse’s “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act”. Though it earned bipartisan support, the bill failed in the U.S. Senate.…
Brad Hahn on Solidarity HealthShare, healthcare sharing ministries, and new models for patient care
Feb 24 • 41 min
Americans cite healthcare as the top issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential election according to a recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll. Brad Hahn, CEO of Solidarity HealthShare, joins “Life, Liberty, and Law” to speak with Tom Shakely and Noah…
Kristen Day on Democrats for Life, her challenge to Mayor Pete to be inclusive, and pro-life bipartisanship
Feb 17 • 53 min
Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about Democrats for Life and her recent Fox News town hall exchange with former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg on whether the Democratic Party…
Alexandra DeSanctis and Mary Margaret Olohan on the March for Life, Democratic presidential contenders, and the future of abortion politics
Feb 10 • 51 min
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review and Visiting Fellow at Ethics and Public Policy Center, and Mary Margaret Olohan, Social Issues Reporter at The Daily Caller News Foundation, return to “Life, Liberty, and Law” with Tom Shakely and Noah…
Joe Zalot on the National Catholic Bioethics Center and how to make life-affirming healthcare decisions
Feb 3 • 73 min
How can we better navigate challenging life and death decisions for ourselves or love ones? And how can we ensure that we’re navigating those challenges in a life-affirming way? Joe Zalot, Staff Ethicist at the National Catholic Bioethics Center, joins…
Charlie Camosy on human progress and the challenge of achieving contentment
Jan 27 • 36 min
Charlie Camosy, Associate Professor of Ethics at Fordham University and author of “Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People”, returns to “Life, Liberty, and Law” with Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to speak about…
Steve Aden and Natalie Hejran on ‘Defending Life,’ America’s playbook for life
Jan 20 • 38 min
“Defending Life” empowers American law and policy advocates to advance the human right to life in every state. Steven H. Aden, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel at Americans United for Life joins Natalie Hejran, Staff Counsel, and Tom Shakely and Noah…
Mary Forr, Katie Glenn, and Michael New on the District of Columbia City Council and human rights
Jan 13 • 40 min
Washington, DC’s City Council continues to embrace the fiction that human rights can ever include the violence of abortion. Mary Forr, Catholic Policy and Advocacy Manager for the Archdiocese of Washington, joins Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at…
Hadley Arkes on culture, politics, and the role of the law as a teacher
Jan 6 • 101 min
Does culture shape politics? Or does politics shape culture? Hadley Arkes, author, professor, and political scientist, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to consider these questions and speak on natural law, the moral…
Achievements and setbacks for the human right to life in 2019 and what’s to come in 2020
Jan 1 • 57 min
Happy New Year! Clarke Forsythe and Katie Glenn of Americans United for Life join Tom Shakely to reflect on the achievements and setbacks for the human right to life in 2019, and to talk shop on what’s likely to come in 2020 during this presidential…
Terrisa Bukovinac on Pro-Life San Francisco, Planned Parenthood, and direct action
Dec 30, 2019 • 53 min
Terrisa Bukovinac, founder of Pro-Life San Francisco, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk about the mission of Pro-Life San Francisco, the present and future of Planned Parenthood and David Daleiden and the Center for Medical Progress’s court…
A portrait of a pro-life advocate, the importance of pro-life stewardship, and the impact of support
Dec 23, 2019 • 31 min
As Americans United for Life stands alongside our national peers in the cause for life, we reflect on the role that any one person can play in supporting life-saving and heart-changing work through both visionary and sacrificial giving. Tom Shakely and…
Clarke Forsythe on ‘Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade’ and the fiction of abortion rights
Dec 16, 2019 • 45 min
Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, joins Noah Brandt to discuss his book “Abuse of Discretion: The Inside Story of Roe v. Wade” and the fiction of abortion rights as a matter of constitutional law. Although people have heard the…
Mary Margaret Olohan on family values, presidential contenders, and life issues in the media
Dec 9, 2019 • 43 min
Mary Margaret Olohan, reporter on Social Issues for The Daily Caller News Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to break down what leading presidential contenders are saying when it comes to the human right to life,…
Katie Glenn on prenatal testing, non-discrimination laws, and the return of eugenics
Dec 2, 2019 • 22 min
Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life, returns to “Life, Liberty, and Law” to address Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent vetoing of a patient protection law that would have prohibited abortions targeting persons with Down…
Dennis Horan on abortion and threats to the human right to life in a pre-Roe era
Nov 25, 2019 • 23 min
Dennis Horan, a nationally prominent attorney, speaks to us in the present from his moment in the past. In this special historical episode of “Life, Liberty, and Law,” Dennis speaks a mere six months before the emergence of Americans United for Life onto…
Alexandra DeSanctis on SCOTUS and Louisiana’s Unsafe Abortion Protection Act
Nov 19, 2019 • 49 min
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to unpack the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” in 2020, the first abortion-focused…
Dr. David Prentice on when human life begins and the science of human development
Nov 18, 2019 • 50 min
When does human life begin? It’s the central question that requires answering when considering the human right to life. And science and medicine provide a clear answer. It turns out that the greater challenge lies in addressing the ethical, moral, and…
Dennis Gerber on the power of charity in family life and the impact of adoption
Nov 11, 2019 • 39 min
Dennis Gerber, President & CEO of the Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund, joins Tom Shakely to speak about the importance of charity and the value of modeling solidarity and service in family life through intentional philanthropy. Dennis also shares his…
Michael New on America’s declining abortion rate and what’s driving the decline
Nov 4, 2019 • 42 min
Dr. Michael New, Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Catholic University of America, joins Tom Shakely to talk about America’s declining abortion rate. Dr. New debunks some of the false reasons for…
Bobby Schindler on Terri Schiavo and advocacy for patients and families confronting denial of basic care
Oct 28, 2019 • 51 min
Bobby Schindler, President of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network, Senior Fellow at Americans United for Life, and Associate Scholar at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, fought alongside his family for the life of Terri Schiavo, his sister, for more than…
Lee Edwards on advocacy for life and liberty and a lifetime at the intersection of culture and politics
Oct 21, 2019 • 87 min
Lee Edwards, Distinguished Fellow in Conservative Thought at the Institute for Constitutional Government at The Heritage Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to reflect on the human right to life in the context of a lifetime in politics—including…
Clarke Forsythe on politics, achieving the greatest good, and prudence in public life
Oct 14, 2019 • 22 min
Clarke Forsythe joins Tom Shakely to speak on the virtue of prudence in the public square, and specifically on how we can make prudential decisions in an overheated political climate. Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life, is author…
Richard Doerflinger on suicide, equal protection, and the rights of patients
Oct 7, 2019 • 50 min
Richard Doerflinger joins Tom Shakely and Alyssa Grasinski to speak on the advance of America’s pro-suicide advocates over the course of Doerflinger’s 36-year career at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in their Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities,…
U.S. Supreme Court announces it will consider abortion for the first time in three years
Oct 4, 2019 • 17 min
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced that it will consider Louisiana’s law requiring that abortion facilities to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. Catherine Glenn Foster, President & CEO of Americans United for Life joins Steven H. Aden,…
A portrait of a pro-life advocate, Capitol Hill life, and public service
Oct 3, 2019 • 33 min
It can be too easy to lose sight of the human person in the midst of America’s fractious political debates over the human right to life. Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt speak with Monica Mosimann on “Life, Liberty, and Law” about her experience as a pro-life…
Charlie Camosy on ‘Resisting Throwaway Culture,’ the consistent life ethic, and social justice
Sep 30, 2019 • 88 min
Charlie Camosy, author of “Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic Can Unite a Fractured People,” joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to consider “throwaway culture,” the true vision of the “consistent life ethic,” and attitudes that affirm…
Fr. Frank Pavone on Priests for Life, public witness to human life, and faith and reason
Sep 26, 2019 • 23 min
Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, a family of ministries advancing a culture of life, joins Tom Shakely for a special episode on public witness to the human right to life and the complementary way in which faith and reason work…
Mary Eberstadt on the sexual revolution, identity politics, and life issues
Sep 23, 2019 • 31 min
Mary Eberstadt, Senior Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute, joins Tom Shakely to speak about her latest book, “Primal Screams: How the Sexual Revolution Created Identity Politics”. “Who am I?” The question today haunts every society in the…
Constitution Day, the Supreme Court, and Roe’s political nature
Sep 17, 2019 • 28 min
Each September 17th we mark Constitution Day—a day of honor and observance for America’s greatest achievement in self-governance and the basis for our national democratic republic. Tom Shakely hosts an Americans United for Life conversation with Steve…
Abortionist Ulrich Klopfer and the Illinois scandal of 2,246 hoarded human remains
Sep 16, 2019 • 11 min
An America where abortion is lawful—where the intentional targeting and killing of human life is lawful—has created opportunities for abortionists like Kermit Gosnell and Ulrich Klopfer to realize their own warped sociopathy. In the wake of disgraced…
Louis Brown on the future of American healthcare reform and religious liberty
Sep 9, 2019 • 47 min
Louis Brown, Executive Director of Christ Medicus Foundation, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt for a conversation on the future of American healthcare reform, an introduction to the vision of Christ Medicus Foundation, and the issue of religious liberty…
Catherine and Matt Hadro on reporting, storytelling, and witnessing to Americans in the cause for life
Sep 2, 2019 • 46 min
Catherine and Matt Hadro are a pro-life power couple. Catherine hosts EWTN Pro-Life Weekly, where she introduces Americans to countless stories of life and hope. Matt is a Senior Correspondent at Catholic News Agency and has served in the U.S. House of…
Katie Glenn on how states are leading through life-affirming law and policy
Aug 26, 2019 • 19 min
Katie Glenn, Government Affairs Counsel at Americans United for Life shares why she came into the fight for life, explains how life-affirming law and policy is put into place in America throughout the states, and calls on all life-affirming Americans to…
Catherine Davis on healing after abortion, the National Day of Mourning, and prejudice
Aug 23, 2019 • 38 min
Catherine Davis, founder of The Restoration Project joins Tom Shakely to preview the National Day of Mourning, a processional from Richmond, Virginia to Birmingham, Alabama, witnessing to the more than 20 million black lives lost to abortion. Catherine…
Alexandra DeSanctis on politics, Planned Parenthood, and family leave
Aug 19, 2019 • 45 min
Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt to talk shop on the life issues in this political moment, the state of Planned Parenthood after Dr. Leana Wen’s firing, the prospect of bi-partisan consensus for paid…
Wesley J. Smith on advocacy, human dignity, and human exceptionalism
Aug 12, 2019 • 58 min
Wesley J. Smith is a standout leader in the mission to educate Americans on the risks of undermining and demeaning the value of human life—particularly when it comes to euthanasia and suicide by physician. Wesley Smith is a Senior Fellow at the Discovery…
Rachel Morrison and litigation on behalf of human life
Aug 5, 2019 • 25 min
Effective pro-life public policy means defending legislation in front of judges across the country by presenting them with persuasive logic and evidence to uphold life affirming laws. What does it take to persuade a judge to rule for life? What’s going on…
Terrisa Bukovinac and witnessing to life at the Democratic debates
Jul 30, 2019 • 25 min
Terrisa Bukovinac, Founder of Pro-Life San Francisco, joins Tom Shakely and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life from Detroit, where she’s witnessing to life during the Democratic presidential debates.
Steve Aden and the challenge of well-written pro-life law and policy
Jul 29, 2019 • 30 min
What’s it like to argue against Planned Parenthood in court? What separates well-written legislation from poorly written law and policy? And why would someone in their right mind move from Honolulu to Washington, DC? Steve Aden, Chief Legal Officer &…
Clarke Forsythe and the long view on the human right to life
Jul 22, 2019 • 26 min
Welcome to “Life, Liberty and Law,” a new podcast from Americans United for Life featuring conversations on the human right to life. We speak with Clarke Forsythe, Senior Counsel at Americans United for Life. Clarke has been working on human right to life…
Life, Liberty, and Law
Jul 10, 2019 • 1 min
Introducing Life, Liberty, and Law—conversations on the human right to life, brought to you by Americans United for Life, the national leader in life-affirming law and policy.