Yale Pro-Life Conference Offers Glimpse of Movement’s Future

Last month, students at Yale University organized a pro-life conference called “Vita et Veritas.” The conference hosted seven excellent speakers from across the country and drew guests from several states, including students from Harvard, Hillsdale, Notre Dame, Princeton, and Yale. The conference kicked off with a dinner keynote address given by Karen Gaffney, a woman with Down Syndrome who advocates for people with Down Syndrome to be fully included in schools and communities. Her talk was an important reminder of the persons at stake on the other side of every pro-life policy, law or election. The lectures on Saturday covered

Yale Wasn’t Made for People Like Me, Either

Illiberal attacks on free speech are nothing new. In the early 1970s, the Yale administration pressured the Yale Political Union to disinvite William Shockley, who was in fact a racist. A small group of students had risked the ire of the powerful to issue multiple repeated invitations to Shockley, to test the boundaries of the university’s commitment to unfettered discourse. When he came, the Yale police stood by as student protesters shut down his ability to speak. In 1974, Yale issued the famous Woodward report, in which, by twelve votes to one, Yale upheld the principles of free speech in