About UFL

University Faculty for Life was founded in 1989 to promote research, dialogue, and publication by faculty who respect the value of human life from conception to natural death. Abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia are highly controversial topics, but we believe they should not be resolved by the shouting, news bites, and slogans that have dominated popular presentations. Because we believe the evidence is on our side, we would like to assure a hearing for our views in the academic community.

Our three basic issues (abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia) have many dimensions—political, social, legal, medical, biological, psychological, ethical, and religious. We do not have a detailed statement of orthodoxy; rather, we have provided an interdisciplinary forum in which scholars can discuss these issues.

Since 1990 the UFL has published a quarterly newsletter titled Pro Vita. Beginning in 1991 it has held an annual Conference at various university campuses, and, since 1992 the Conference proceedings have been published in book form and distributed to UFL members and hundreds of university libraries. We have sent letters to public figures who misstate biological facts and submitted several amicus curiae briefs on the life issues to the Supreme Court.

The media regularly show pro-life people as mindless zealots. We hope our presence will change that image. We also believe that academicians united on these issues can encourage others to speak out in their own schools and communities.
The University of Notre Dame Chapter was begun in 2010.