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University of St. Thomas

Prolife Center

Blessed John Paul II proclaimed that we are all "called to stand up for life! To respect and defend the mystery of life always and everywhere." At the University of St. Thomas Prolife Center, this is our mission - to carry out the calling through our works and prayers against all attacks on human life.

We work each day to achieve legal protection of all human life, including the unborn, the elderly, and the very ill.

We are driven by the single truth that all life is precious, from the moment of fertilization to the moment of natural death. Our goal is to equip lawyers with the knowledge and skills needed to change our country's laws to reflect this truth.

The Center focuses on three key areas to promote effective legal protection for human life:

  • Train law students and lawyers in the defense of life
  • Assist government officials in drafting, passing, and defending laws to protect human life
  • Develop needed legal scholarship on constitutional, regulatory, and cultural barriers to creating a Culture of Life


Teresa Stanton Collett

Director, Prolife Center
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Our Leadership

The Prolife Center was founded on the belief that if we are going to see the day when our country's laws respect all life, we need more lawyers who are equipped with a deep desire to change the law as well as the knowledge and skills needed to do so.

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Teresa S. Collett


Our director, Professor Teresa S. Collett, has decades of experience representing individuals and organizations, supporting state governments and testifying before state and national legislative committees in order to protect human life.

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Michael S. Paulsen


Principal Faculty Member Professor Michael S. Paulsen is among the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation.

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Featured Video

Life Beyond Roe - June 2022

On June 29, 2022, Professor Collett was invited to speak during the online event "Life After Roe," a national webcast organized by David Bereit of the Equal Rights Institute, the Pro-Life Partners Foundation and the Thomas More Society.

Prolife Center News

Physician-Assisted Suicide - A Webinar Update

Professor Teresa Collett and Jason Adkins from the Minnesota Catholic Conference discuss physician-assisted suicide and anticipated legislative efforts to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Minnesota in the upcoming 2024 legislative session.


MOMS group argues to intervene in abortion case - TheCatholicSpirit.com

Professor Teresa Collett argued at the MN Court of Appeals for MOMS, Mothers Offering Maternal Support, on November 1, 2023.

Listen to Oral Arguments Here

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Minnesota Protection of Life and Conscience - an update

Professor Teresa Collett participated in a webinar discussing the prior Minnesota legislative session and Minnesota Protection of Life and Conscience in September 2023.

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Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Political Prudence

Professor Collett was part of a group of scholars offering a 'Statement of Pro-Life Principle and Political Prudence' that was organized by the Ethics and Public Policy Center and published by Public Discourse.

Read the Statement

Support the Prolife Center

The Prolife Center has made significant strides toward accomplishing our mission of training law students and attorneys to protect life. With your financial support, we can undertake even more initiatives. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the University of St. Thomas Pro-life Center.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible gift to the center, please visit the university's online giving page (link below). In the 'Choose your Designation' field, select Profile Center in the School of Law from the drop-down menu.

Contributions can also be mailed to the Development Office at University of St. Thomas, P.O. Box 64947, St. Paul, MN 55164-0947. Specify that your gift contributes to the work of the Prolife Center at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.