Prolife Center

Blessed John Paul II proclaimed that we are all “called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere.” At the University of St. Thomas Prolife Center, this is our mission: to carry out the calling through our works and prayers against all attacks on human life.

We are driven by the single truth that all life is precious, from the moment of fertilization to the moment of natural death. Our goal is to equip lawyers with the knowledge and skills needed to change our country’s laws to reflect this truth.

What do we do?

The work of protecting human life in America’s legal system is not easy. In fact, it not only requires a labor of love. It also requires intimate knowledge of the nation’s current and previous laws, as well as a solid understanding of the process required to change those laws.

The Prolife Center focuses on three key areas as we work to promote effective legal protection for human life:

  • Training law students and lawyers in the defense of life
  • Assisting government officials in drafting, passing, and defending laws to protect human life
  • Developing needed legal scholarship on constitutional, regulatory, and cultural barriers to creating a Culture of Life

Each of the focus areas above is necessary to ensure that attorneys and law students are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to undertake this difficult but absolutely vital work. If you are interested in learning more about the Prolife Center, we encourage you to read more about our mission as well as future events.

Who are we?

Our director Professor Teresa S. Collett has decades of experience representing individuals and organizations, supporting state governments, and testifying before state and national legislative committees in order to protect human life. Additionally, Principal Faculty Member Professor Michael S. Paulsen is the leading scholarly critic of the US Supreme Court’s creation of the right to obtain an abortion. Together, we founded the University of St. Thomas Prolife Center because we firmly believe that we must train more warriors if we are going to win the battles currently being waged against life in our country.

If you have any questions or would like to donate to the Prolife Center, please contact us. We would love to talk with you more about our mission and how you can help us protect all life.