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.

Are There Remains of Aborted Babies Used in Vaccines?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / May 14, 2021 /
vaccine medical syringe

  How Vaccines Are Produced All vaccines undergo several stages of development before they are approved for public use by the United States Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research or by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO). The process begins with the exploratory stage, then proceeds to the pre-clinical…

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The Miracle of Fetal Development

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 16, 2021 /

There are two ways to define the time period that marks various milestones in fetal development: gestational and fertilization age. These terms can be somewhat confusing since they are based upon different starting points. Fertilization age is a framework of time based upon the point of view of the unborn child. The gestational (or menstrual) age…

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Shouldn’t Abortion be Allowed for Serious or Fatal Birth Defects?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / April 7, 2021 /

“A society will be judged on the basis of how it treats its weakest members.” ~Pope Saint John Paul II1 Of the many reasons that women give for having abortions, the justification of birth defects is the most understandable, especially if the child is not expected to live. Women considering abortion for fatal or serious…

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The Wonder of Natural Family Planning

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 31, 2021 /
young couple's hands making a heart together

What Is Natural Family Planning? Natural family planning (NFP), often referred to as fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), is based upon pinpointing the fertile times in a woman’s body by observing and charting the natural signs in her menstrual cycle. There are several different ways to classify the primary methods of natural family planning. Some of…

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Surgical Abortion

By Brian Clowes, PhD / March 5, 2021 /
Gynecological tools on doctor's table in clinic

Abortion comes with a long list of physical dangers, but often the emotional effects are the most devastating to the mother. Read on to learn about seven types of surgical abortion and to hear stories from real women who know the pain and heartbreak firsthand.   Surgical Abortion Stories There are hundreds of stories on…

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A Short Biography of Margaret Sanger

By Brian Clowes, PhD / October 28, 2020 /

Sanger’s Early Life Margaret Sanger is a prime example of how people are molded from a young age by the direct and enduring influence of their parents. While genetics certainly play a part, people are formed by those around them all through their lives — but most especially when they are young. Margaret Louise Higgins…

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Ordinary and Extraordinary Means of Treatment

By Brian Clowes, PhD / September 2, 2020 /
patient in hospital bed, sick

When preparing our own advance medical directives, or when assisting others to do so, it is critically important for us to know precisely where ordinary means of treatment end and extraordinary means begin. Pro-euthanasia groups have made a lot of progress by lodging in the public mind the specter of power-hungry doctors “playing God” and…

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Homosexuality and Hoax Hate Crimes

By Brian Clowes, PhD / September 1, 2020 /
crowd of people protesting

The real reason for hate crime laws is not the defense of human beings from crime. There are already laws against that.…The real reason for the invention of hate crimes was the emergence of special interest groups which need boutique legislation to raise funds for their large staffs and luxurious buildings. ~Homosexual writer Andrew Sullivan.1…

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32 Hate Crime Hoaxes

By Brian Clowes, PhD / August 25, 2020 /
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As shown by this sample list of hate crime hoaxes—32 of them—the LGBT movement will stoop very low to draw attention and achieve special privileges.   1. Andrew Anthos Year and State: 2007, Michigan Description of Hoax: Anthos fell and injured his neck, and told police that he did not know how the fall had…

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Is There a Right to a Child?

By Brian Clowes, PhD / August 21, 2020 /
man and pregnant woman

The goal to be a father, to be a mother, is a human right. An absolute human right. ~Italian infertility specialist Severino Antinori.1 God bestowed men and women with an innate desire to procreate and to nurture their children. This is one of the most fundamental instincts of all, shared by all of God’s creatures.…

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