Many pro-life faculty on college campuses in the U.S. and Canada have experienced a strong sense of isolation and disrespect for their views, said the new president of University Faculty for Life.
They also often are denied university resources that are commonly available to other faculty and some have experienced out-of-hand rejection or little review of their articles or books that take the pro-life perspective, said Teresa Collett.
Modern academia is "very skeptical" of claims about objective truth, so young faculty in particular are limited in defending or even exploring the idea that law should protect the unborn, she added.
Collett, a professor in the School of Law at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis, made the comments in an interview in South Bend, Ind., where her group held its annual meeting.
The University Faculty for Life was founded in 1989 by a handful of professors to provide support and fellowship and to foster pro-life scholarship in the face of discrimination they felt at both secular and religious colleges.
"In most institutions, particularly before tenure but even after tenure, the reigning orthodoxy on abortion is enforced by faculty review committees and administrators," she said.