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Elise Rose, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Scholar

Elise Rose earned her doctorate in agronomy at Kansas State University, her Master of Arts in Teaching from Howard University, and her Bachelor of Science from Georgetown University. She is a former Adjunct Professor of Biology, as well as Director of Tutoring, at Ave Maria University. Dr. Rose has taught classes on microbiology, introductory biology laboratory and lectures, and animal biology at the college level. She has done research for the U.S. EPA, the Department of Energy, the Wisconsin State Department of Agriculture, the White House Committee on Science and Technology Policy, and NASA.


Dr. Rose has been working for the prolife cause since 1968, when more permissive abortion laws were brought to her neighboring state of Kansas. She went to her first prolife rally after the Supreme Court legalized abortion in January 1973, one month after she finished her final exam in embryology.


Elise has participated in sidewalk counseling among other prolife work.  She joined Feminists for Life in 1982, and served as National Vice President for Public Relations for Feminists for Life from 1986 to 1992. She also wrote a number of essays, including “Abortion Doesn’t Liberate Women,” and columns such as “Identifying with the Human Animal.”


After her children were born, Dr. Rose took up telephone counseling for a prolife pregnancy center. Her greatest accomplishment is to have saved several children from abortion by counseling and supporting their mothers. She continues to do sidewalk counseling and to speak and write about life issues.

Latest Research & News

  • Update: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines | September 30, 2020

    To view this chart as a PDF, see: COVID-19 Vaccine Candidates and Abortion-Derived Cell Lines   Updated June 2, 2021   Accurate information about the development and production of COVID-19 vaccines is essential, especially because many proposed candidates use newer molecular technologies for production of a viral vaccine. One concern regarding the ethical assessment of […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Updated November 2020   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]