Tuesday 23 December 2014


Robert P. George – Keynote Speaker

Robert P. GeorgeRobert P. George holds Princeton’s celebrated McCormick Chair in Jurisprudence and is the founding director of the James Madison Program. He has served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as a presidential appointee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology, of which he continues to be a corresponding member. He is a former Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. He is the author of In Defense of Natural Law, Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality, and The Clash of Orthodoxies: Law, Religion and Morality in Crisis, and co-author of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life, Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, and What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense. His scholarly articles and reviews have appeared in such journals as the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the American Journal of Jurisprudence, and the Review of Politics. Professor George is a recipient of many honors and awards, including the Presidential Citizens Medal, the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, the Canterbury Medal of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Sidney Hook Memorial Award of the National Association of Scholars, the Philip Merrill Award of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Bradley Prize for Intellectual and Civic Achievement and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award from Princeton’s Department of Politics. He was the 2007 John Dewey Lecturer in the Philosophy of Law at Harvard, the 2008 Judge Guido Calabresi Lecturer in Law and Religion at Yale, the 2008 Sir Malcolm Knox Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews, and the 2010 Frank Irvine Lecturer in Law at Cornell University. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds honorary doctorates of law, ethics, science, letters, civil law, humane letters, and juridical science. A graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School, he also received a master’s degree in theology from Harvard and a doctorate in philosophy of law from Oxford University. 

Hadley Arkes – Panelist for “Publicly Pro-Life: Why Abortion Is Not a Private Issue”

ArkesHadley Arkes has been a member of the Amherst College faculty since 1966, and since 1987 he has been the Edward Ney Professor of Jurisprudence. He has written five books with Princeton University press, but his most recent books have been with Cambridge University Press, including Natural Rights and the Right to Choose (2002), and Constitutional Illusions & Anchoring Truths: The Touchstone of the Natural Law (2010). He was the main advocate, and architect, of the bill that became known as the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act. The purpose of that proposal was to offer the “most modest first step” of all in legislating on abortion, and opening a conversation even with people who called themselves “pro-choice.” Professor Arkes led the testimony on the bill before the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House in July 2000, then again in July 2001. Professor Arkes has been the founder, at Amherst, of the Committee for the American Founding, a group of alumni and students seeking to preserve, at Amherst, the doctrines of “natural rights” taught by the American Founders and Lincoln. That interest has been carried over now to the founding of a new center for the jurisprudence of natural law, in Washington, D.C.: the James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding, named for one of the premier minds among the American Founders.

Charmaine Yoest – Panelist for “Publicly Pro-Life: Why Abortion Is Not a Private Issue”

YoestDr. Charmaine Yoest is President & CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), the first national pro-life organization in the nation, whose legal strategists have been involved in every pro-life case before the United States Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade. Dr. Yoest has been called to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee as well as to provide Congressional testimonies. She is also the co-author of Mother in the Middle, an examination of childcare policy, published by HarperCollins. A regular political commentator, Dr. Yoest has appeared on all of the major networks and cable outlets. Previously, Dr. Yoest served as the Project Director of the Family, Gender and Tenure Project at the University of Virginia and as a Vice President at the Family Research Council.  She was also a recipient of Mellon, Olin, Bradley, and Kohler Fellowships. Dr. Yoest has a Ph.D. in Politics from the University of Virginia. She and her husband, Jack, have five children.

Christopher Tollefsen – Panelist for “Publicly Pro-Life: Why Abortion Is Not a Private Issue”


Dr. Christopher Tollefsen is Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.  He specializes in moral philosophy and practical ethics.  Dr. Tollefsen is author of Biomedical Research and Beyond: Expanding the Ethics of Inquiry and co-author, with Robert P. George, of Embryo: A Defense of Human Life. He has also written a number of papers on beginning and end of life issues including “Missing Persons: Engelhardt on Abortion” and “The New Natural Law Theory”.  He is a fellow of the James Madison Society and a Senior Fellow of the Witherspoon Institute, where he teaches seminars on natural law philosophy. He also sits on the board of Public Discourse. Dr. Tollefsen received his PhD in philosophy from Emory University.  He and his wife have nine children.


Thomas Farr – Panelist for “Publicly Pro-Life: Why Abortion Is Not a Private Issue”

FarrThomas F. Farr is director of the Religious Freedom Project at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and a visiting associate professor of religion and international affairs at Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. A former American diplomat and leading authority on international religious freedom, Farr has published widely, including “Diplomacy in an Age of Faith” in Foreign Affairs(March/April 2008), and World of Faith and Freedom: Why International Religious Liberty is Vital to American National Security (Oxford University Press, 2008). Farr received his B.A. in history from Mercer University, and his Ph.D. in modern British and European history from the University of North Carolina. He has served in both the U.S. Army and the American Foreign Service. Dr. Farr and his wife, Margaret, have three daughters and nine grandchildren.

John Keown – Panel Moderator for “Publicly Pro-Life: Why Abortion Is Not a Private Issue”

John KeownJohn Keown is the Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics at Georgetown University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. Having graduated in law from Cambridge, John Keown took a doctorate at Oxford. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales, winning the Prize for Advocacy. He soon became the first holder of a newly-created lectureship in the law and ethics of medicine at Cambridge, where he was elected to a Fellowship at Queens’ College and, later, a Senior Research Fellowship at Churchill College. Professor Keown’s research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the United States Supreme Court, the Law Lords, the House of Commons, the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, and the Australian Senate, before which he was invited to testify. He has served as a member of the ethics committee of the British Medical Association and has been regularly consulted, not least by politicians and the media, on legal and ethical aspects of medicine. He has also written a play based on one of the classic cases in bioethics: the trial of Dr. Leonard Arthur for the attempted murder of a newborn baby with Down’s syndrome. Professor Keown has published widely in the law and ethics of medicine, specializing on issues at the beginning and end of life.

Steven Mosher – Breakout Speaker: “It’s Time To Ban Sex-Selective Abortions”

MosherSteven W. Mosher is an internationally recognized authority on China and population issues, as well as an acclaimed author, speaker. He has worked tirelessly since 1979 to fight coercive population control programs and has helped hundreds of thousands of women and families worldwide over the years. Steven has appeared numerous times before Congress as an expert in world population, China, and human rights abuses. He has also made TV appearances on Good Morning America, 60 Minutes, The Today Show, 20/20, FOX and CNN news, as well as being a regular guest on talk radio shows across the nation. He is also the author of the best-selling A Mother’s Ordeal: One Woman’s Fight Against China’s One-Child Policy. Other books include Hegemon: China’s Plan to Dominate Asia and the World, China Attacks, China Misperceived: American Illusions and Chinese Reality, Journey to the Forbidden China, and Broken Earth: The Rural Chinese.
Articles by Steve have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, The New Republic, The Washington Post, National Review, Reason, The Asian Wall Street Journal, Freedom Review, Linacre Quarterly, Catholic World Report, Human Life Review, First Things, and numerous other publications.
Steven Mosher lives in Virginia with his wife, Vera, and their nine children.

Hanna Klaus – Breakout Speaker: “What Happens When You Own Your Own Fertility”

KlausHanna Klaus is a Medical Mission Sister who directed the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Holy Family Hospital in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Currently she is the Executive Director of the Natural Family Planning Center of Washington, D.C., Inc. and the Teen STAR Program. She is a gynecologist who has conducted use-­effectiveness research and training of teachers in sexuality education programs. Teen STAR, “Sexuality Teaching in the context of Adult Responsibility”, is an international proactive sexuality education program for teens which currently operates in 27 countries. Holistic Sexuality is a program for college students offered either as a credit course, or an elective. Born in Vienna, Austria, she is a graduate of the University of Louisville and the University’s Medical School. She served residencies in Pathology at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, and in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Barnes and Allied Hospitals, St. Louis, MO. After a year as a teaching fellow at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Medical School she joined the Medical Mission Sisters. Dr. Klaus directed the just completed USAID funded PEPFAR grant to offer Teen STAR in Ethiopia and Uganda, which graduated 55,000 teens and young adults. She has published 70 scientific articles and 49 popular articles and received the USCCB People of Life Award in 2009. Dr. Klaus currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland.

Karen Clifton  – Breakout Speaker: “The Sanctity of All Life: The Death Penalty”

CliftonKaren Clifton is the Executive Director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network to End the Death Penalty. She began her work against the death penalty in 1996 in Houston, Texas, when her social justice and advocacy projects intersected with those of Sr. Helen Prejean, CSJ. In 2008, Karen spearheaded the formation of the Catholic Mobilizing Network (CMN). Headquartered in Washington, DC, CMN seeks to apply the Church’s teaching on the dignity of human life in the areas of capital punishment and restorative justice. Karen’s work has been associated with the Catholic Worker, the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the San Jose Clinic, AIDS ministry and the Ignatian Spirituality Project. Karen holds a Masters in Divinity from University of St. Thomas, St. Mary’s School of Theology, and has worked in spiritual direction since 1996, remaining active in parish apostolates in Houston, TX, and Washington, DC. She is the mother of five adult children and grandmother to five grandchildren. Karen was awarded the 2011 Servitor Pacis Award by the Path to Peace Foundation, the Mission of the Vatican to the United Nations to promote peace.

Georgette Forney – Breakout Speaker: “What’s So Bad About About Abortion?”

ForneyGeorgette is the President of Anglicans for Life and the co-founder of the National Silent No More Awareness Campaign. She serves on the National Episcopal Church Standing Committee for National Concerns and the National Pro-Life Religious Council’s Board of Directors. Georgette had an abortion at age sixteen and nineteen years later experienced healing, forgiveness and reconciliation after going through the Forgiven and Set Free healing program. In September 2005, Georgette presented at the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children’s Annual Conference in England, in April 2005, she spoke at Princeton University’s Organization of Women Leaders Conference and in May she was invited by the White House to attend a meeting with 19 religious leaders and President Bush. In the spring of 2004, Georgette addressed the Senate Commerce sub-committee on Science, Technology and Space, chaired by Senator Brownback (KS-R) regarding the impact of abortion on women’s health. In addition, she regularly speaks at Episcopal and Anglican Churches nationwide and in June 2003, she addressed the Pro-Life Caucus of the U.S. House of Representatives concerning the impact of abortion on women. She has spoken at the National Right to Life Convention for the last eight years as well as at the National Memorial for the Unborn Service in Washington, D.C. Georgette lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Jim, and their daughter, Rebekah.

Rabbi David Novak – Breakout Speaker: “The Right to Life and Children’s Rights”

David NovakDavid Novak holds the J. Richard and Dorothy Shiff Chair of Jewish Studies as Professor of the Study of Religion and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto since 1997. He is a member of The Centre for Ethics, a part of the Joint Centre for Bioethics at the University College. From 1997 to 2002 he also was Director of the Jewish Studies Programme. In 2006 he received the Dean’s Award for Excellence. From 1989 to 1997 he was the Edgar M. Bronfman Professor of Modern Judaic Studies at the University of Virginia. Previously he taught at Oklahoma City University, Old Dominion University, the New School for Social Research, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, and Baruch College of the City University of New York. From 1966 to 1969 he was Jewish Chaplain to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, National Institute of Mental Health, in Washington, DC From 1966 to 1989 he served as a pulpit rabbi in several communities in the United States.

Jennifer Lahl – Breakout Speaker: “The Ethics of the New Modern Family”

Jennifer LahlJennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl has 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBC, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address egg trafficking.  She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine and on the Board of Reference for Joni Eareckson Tada’s Institute on Disability. In 2009, Lahl was associate producer of the documentary film, Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate. She also produced the documentary films Eggsploitation and Father’s Day, which explores the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. She is currently at work on a documentary film, slated for release in 2014, that will explore the issue of surrogacy.


Anne-Elisabeth Giuliani – Breakout Speaker: “Toward a Spirituality of Life”

Anne Elisabeth GiulianiAnne-Elisabeth Giuliani currently serves as a Chaplain-in-Residence in Copley Hall at Georgetown University, while working as a research historian and as an interpreter in the field of international affairs. Before coming to the United States in 1990, she studied medicine and linguistics in France. At Georgetown, her past endeavors have included doctoral studies in American History, full-time ministry, and lecturer posts. Anne-Elisabeth received her formation in theology and spirituality at the Studium of Notre-Dame de Vie (Our Lady of Life) near Avignon, France. She continues to be involved with this international theological center rooted in the tradition of the great Carmelite saints and mystics. Her collaboration with Jesuits as well as her commitment to inter-religious dialogue almost span three decades in Europe and the United States. Her own work focuses on the spiritual formation of the laity in the context of the new evangelization, the spirituality of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, and the developments of Christian spirituality since Vatican II. Over her years in Washington, she has led a variety of pastoral and liturgical programs, prayer groups, retreats, as well as interfaith and intercultural initiatives. She enjoys working in a residence hall, striving to foster an atmosphere of faith, joy, and inner freedom conducive to students’ intellectual, emotional, and spiritual growth.


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