Richard M. Doerflinger was the associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he worked for more than 34 years. Among his duties wass the preparation of policy statements and congressional testimony on abortion, euthanasia, conscience rights in health care, embryo research, and other medical-moral issues for the bishops’ conference. He is also Adjunct Fellow in Bioethics and Public Policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia and serves on the advisory board to the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Bannockburn, Illinois.
Doerflinger has testified before Congress, the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, the National Institutes of Health, the President’s Council on Bioethics, and several state legislatures on the way public policy treats human life at its most vulnerable stages. His writings on medical ethics and public policy include contributions to the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Hastings Center Report, Duquesne Law Review, Cell Proliferation, the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal, the Encyclopedia of Catholic Doctrine (Our Sunday Visitor Press, 1997), the National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and the American Journal of Bioethics. He holds a B.A. and an M.A. in divinity from the University of Chicago and has conducted doctoral studies in theology at that institution and the Catholic University of America.
In January 2009, Doerflinger was honored as one of the first recipients of the Gerard Health Foundation’s “Life Prize,” recognizing his efforts to awaken the conscience of America to the sanctity of human life. In April 2011, he was named the first recipient of the Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, awarded annually by the Center for Ethics and Culture “to honor individuals whose outstanding efforts have served to proclaim the Gospel of Life by steadfastly affirming and defending the sanctity of human life from its earliest stages.”
Public Policy Publications:
- Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America
- Hemlock's Twisted Logic
- Flirting with Death
- Stop The New Attack On Conscience Rights
- The High Costs Of “Free” Birth Control
- Cloning Con
- Science and Morality: No Conflict
- Testimony of Richard M. Doerflinger in support of the Pain Relief Promotion Act of 1999 House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution
- Testimony of Richard M. Doerflinger on behalf of the Committee for Pro-Life Activities National Conference of Catholic Bishops Subject: Human Cloning
- Testimony of Richard M. Doerflinger on Embryonic Stem Cell Research
- The Ethics of Funding Embryonic Stem Cell Research: A Catholic Viewpoint
- Challenges for a (Somewhat) Pro-Life Congress
- Observations: Criminal Penalties for Abortion
- A Careful Reading
- Defending Hyde
- The Public Relations of Death
- Life Issues Forum: Much Ado About Hobby Lobby
- A Perfect Storm
- Women's Freedom, Redefined
- The Death of 'Pro-Choice'
- Shutting Down the Facts
- Will You Have to Pay For Abortions in Your Health Plan?
- Keeping Politics out of Church?
- After the Election: Life, Marriage, and Freedom
- Coercion in the Name of Freedom?
- On Conscience Rights: There Outta Be a Law
- Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee (Maryland General Assembly)
- The HHS Mandate, Unborn Life, and the Professionals: A Cog in the Political Machine
- On Abortion Rates: Good News and Cause for Reflection
- Conscientious Abortions? We Don’t Need New Laws Protecting Abortionists
- Is Conscience Partisan? A Look at the Clinton, Moynihan, and Kennedy Records
- The Many Casualties of Cloning
- Some Good News on Abortion Rates
- John Paul II: the Apostle of Life
- Whatever happened to ‘reducing abortions’?
- Troubled Iowa Dreams
- Anti-Life, Anti-Science