About the Author

Brian Clowes, PhD

Dr. Brian Clowes has been HLI’s director of research since 1995 and is one of the most accomplished and respected intellectuals in the international pro-life movement. Best known as author of the most exhaustive pro-life informational resource volume The Facts of Life, and for his Pro-Life Basic Training Course, Brian is the author of nine books and over 500 scholarly and popular articles, and has traveled to 70 countries on six continents as a pro-life speaker, educator and trainer.

Is AIDS a “Gay” Disease?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 9, 2022 /
3d illustration of HIV virus. Medical concept.

“HIV is a gay disease.” This is a myth that refuses to die. Misinformation, fear, ignorance and media sensationalism continue to fuel this myth in America. For every one person like me trying to tell the truth about HIV transmission, there seems to be a dozen shrieking, simpleminded, natural-born dullards with a staggering inability to…

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Does Legalizing Abortion Stop Filthy, Back-Alley Abortions?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 4, 2022 /

Why All the Talk about Back-Alley Abortions? Before Roe v. Wade led to the widespread legalization of abortion, pro-abortion activists had a problem. The procedure was viewed with extraordinary negativity, and statistics did not back up their various arguments for legalizing abortion. Recognizing that abortion itself was unpalatable to the public, they resorted to a…

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How Many People are Homosexuals?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / February 2, 2022 /
silhouettes crowd of people with question marks

Homosexuality is one in 10. It’s one in 10 on the football team. It’s one in 10 on the baseball team. It’s one in 10 on the softball team. It’s one in 10 on the basketball team. Those are facts. ~Homosexual activist Pat Griffin1   One of the most persuasive arguments that homosexual activists use…

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Does Abortion Reduce Welfare Costs?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / January 12, 2022 /
poor man's hands

Supporters of abortion tend to lack foresight and misunderstand human nature. These defects inevitably lead to many cases of the “law of unintended consequences.” One example of this lack of foresight is the claim that when the government pays for a poor woman’s abortion, it saves money by avoiding delivery and welfare costs. In fact,…

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Abortifacient Brief: The Intrauterine Device

By Brian Clowes, PhD / January 5, 2022 /

The intrauterine device (IUD) is a foreign body inserted into the uterus. IUDs are made of a non-reactive plastic such as polyethylene and may include active chemicals or elements such as progesterone or copper which slowly diffuse into the uterus over a period of several years. Human Life International has a free e-book, How Contraception Built…

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What is the Role of Conscience in Moral Decision-Making?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / October 15, 2021 /
decision making; conscience

The Modern Misunderstanding of Conscience The Catholic Church teaches that the conscience is a natural facility of our reason that directs us to do good and avoid evil; that makes judgments about the good and evil of particular acts; and that bears witness after the fact to the good or evil that we have done,…

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Planned Parenthood Abortion Statistics

By Brian Clowes, PhD / July 2, 2021 /

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has been in the news a lot in recent years because of its many leadership problems, a large number of employees exposing its “toxic and racist work environment,” and its continuing struggle to keep a tight lid on its harvesting of preborn baby parts.1 Of course, the organization’s…

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What Are the Environmental Impacts of Hormonal Birth Control?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / June 4, 2021 /
fish in shallow water

Have you ever stopped for gas and watched a giant ten-wheel fuel tanker rumble up to refill the gas station’s tanks? These trucks are enormous, forty feet long, and each carries enough gasoline to fill a small backyard swimming pool. The powerful hormones in abortifacient methods of birth control dictate their modes of operation. Every…

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Shouldn’t We Allow Abortions to Help Victims of Rape?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 26, 2021 /

Some people disclaim their natural heritage. I always name my origin. It didn’t hold me back and neither has my color. I was born in poverty. My father raped my mother when she was 12. Now they’ve named a park for me in Chester, Pennsylvania. — Renowned Gospel singer Ethel Waters1 From an ethical and…

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Are Abortions Safer than Childbirth?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 21, 2021 /
pregnant woman in white dress

In their efforts to legitimize and humanize a procedure that most people find unpalatable at best and murderous at worst, pro-abortionists often claim that abortion is much safer than childbirth. The National Abortion Federation (a trade union for abortion mills) alleges, “Death occurs in 0.0006% of all legal surgical abortions…. In comparison, a woman’s risk…

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